This week in the LGBTQ-themed arts:

Vogue spotlights trans artist and poet Juliana Huxtable, a polymath with a multimedia exhibit, “Surround Audience,” at the New Museum.

After a three-year hiatus, Reel Affirmations–a queer film festival in Washington, D.C.–will return this August; Desiree Akhaven, Wade Gasque and David Au already have films slated to be shown.

The Los Angeles Review of Books is kicking off a new literary e-zine, The Offing, next week. Its mission statement appeals directly to LGBTQ writers, among other minorities, for inaugural submissions.

The New York Times interviewed writer and editor George Hodgman, author of the recently released memoir Bettyville, about moving back to his small Montana hometown after spending years living in New York City.

E. Annie Proulx has confessed to the Paris Review that she regrets writing Brokeback Mountain because several viewers of the film adaptation have interpreted the story ignorantly and too positively.

DC has outed Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, as bisexual; The Hollywood Reporter takes the opportunity to track the odd history of superhero comic books experimenting with LGBTQ representations.

Out interviews Tituss Burgess, a star on Netflix’s now-streaming new series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, about his experiences on Broadway and as a guest star on 30 Rock.

The Huffington Post profiles Jeremy Jordan King, whose new Immortal Testimonies novel Dark Rites covers the plight of closeted gay Broadway actors in the Roaring Twenties.

A recent episode of the ABC Family series The Fosters broke the record for television’s youngest gay kiss. The characters who kissed were 13-year-old boys; the actors were 14 and 15.

Eddie Redmayne is following up his Oscar-winning work in The Theory of Everything with the lead role in The Danish Girl, a fictionalized account of Lili Elbe; Elbe is known as being “one of the first people to have sexual reassignment surgery (or at least have it publicly revealed).”

Autostraddle interviews lesbian supermodel Patricia Velásquez on the heels of her forthcoming memoir Straight Walk.

Buzzfeed presents a diverse list of 15 books by transgender women, including Sybil Lamb, Lady Chablis and Trish Salah.

Buzzfeed also has a list of 17 sex scenes in graphic novels; Julie Maroh and Alison Bechdel are represented. (Link NSFW.)


Photo: Juliana Huxtable via

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