This week in the LGBTQ-themed arts:

Moroccan filmmaker and activist Abdellah Taïa discusses the social and political stigmatization of homosexuals in Arab and Muslim countries, on the heels of the release of his semi-autobiographical film Salvation Army.

Next month, Lambda Award finalist Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla will lead a session in the Indo-American Arts Council’s premiere Literary Festival in New York City. Jhumpa Lahiri and Salman Rushdie will also be present.

WNYC interviews Whitney Joiner–the founder of The Recollectors, an initiative that records the memories of the children who lost their parents to AIDS–about her closeted father, who only lived to see her turn thirteen years old.

Richard Blanco, the most recent U.S. presidential inauguration poet and author of the upcoming Prince of Los Cocuyos, offers a selection of Spanish-language music from his childhood that influences him today as a poet. (You can also hear him read a poetic homily to same-sex marriage, courtesy of The Daily Beast.)

Gay poet Steven Reigns was recently named West Hollywood’s first City Poet.

From the City of West Hollywood blog:

On October 6, 2014, our first City Poet was inaugurated. Steven Reigns will serve a two-year term and will enhance the literary arts through poetry readings, workshops, and other programs.

The Halloween season offers LGBT  horror fans the perfect opportunity to celebrate the joys of being scared witless.

Papermag offers a glimpse into the over-the-top hedonism and bizarre job opportunities that defined New York City nightclubs in the relatively lawless 1980s and early ’90s, before Mayor Giuliani’s term.

Salon uses Martin Scorsese’s new documentary The Fifty-Year Argument to highlight the vitality of the editor in literature.

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ journal profiles the hectic life and multi-faceted oeuvre of Susan Sontag.

This month, writer and social critic bell hooks and actress and activist Laverne Cox engaged in a lively public conversation.

Photo:  Richard Blanco via Beacon Press


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