This week in the LGBTQ-themed arts:

Christopher Murray of the Huffington Post reflects on the contemporary approach towards looking back on gay life during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, providing a homily to Richard Elovich’s performance piece  Someone Else from Queens is Queer.

American gay author Andrew Sean Greer won Italy’s Premio Bottari Lattes Grinzano this year for his book The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.

Ryerson University in Toronto is hosting two LGBTQ-themed photographic exhibitionsWhat It Means To Be Seen, which focuses on media (mis)representation, and Faces and Phases, which depicts South African lesbians.

Spanish translations of the how-to books of Joseph Nicolosi, the American psychologist who wrongly believes that homosexuality can be “cured”, have turned up in print and online bookstores in Spain, stirring controversy.

Author David Levithan has an interview with the Associated Press about the representation of LGBTQ characters in kids’ and teens’ literature and film, and how parents should approach the subject of homosexuality with their children.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is hosting the U.S. premiere of the European paintings of Marsden Hartley, the American modernist who expatriated to France and Germany before and during World War I, and who might have been gay.

Didi K. Tatlow of the New York Times writes about danmei, a popular yet controversial Chinese literary movement comprised of young heterosexual women who write intensely erotic, often BDSM-focused stories about homosexual men.

An editorial in The Guardian discusses names of characters in literature–including an E.M. Forster classic–that have dated quite poorly.

This week sees the US release of Violette, a biopic focused on Violette Leduc, the late French bisexual author best known for The Bastard.

Kristian Nairn, the Irish actor who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones and who came out earlier this year, talks with Out on his life since.

In other news related to that TV series, George R.R. Martin–the author whose A Song of Ice and Fire saga is the basis for the show–expressed support for LGBT rights by making an appearance on the parody series Gay of Thrones.

The Daily Beast reports on Professor Andrew Lear, an expert on homosexuality in the arts from a variety of cultures and eras, who is offering an international tour of places significant in the personal and private life of Oscar Wilde.

Deadline interviews Michael Arnold about choreographing gay sex in the HBO film The Normal Heart, using the photography of Tom Bianchi.

The crucial scenes from that film are set in the Fire Island Pines neighborhood, in which a museum is hosting a series of summer art exhibits.

SheWired gives their endorsement to the Australian web series Starting From…Now!, which is currently airing its second season.



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  • Ron Fritsch

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