This week in the LGBTQ-themed arts:

This summer sees the Broadway debut of the late Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson’s musical adaptation of the late E. Lynn Harris’ bestselling novel Invisible Life.

In the wake of their government passing new, tenuous censorship legislation, Russian bookstores are already removing books that may offend political sensibilities, including LGBTQ novels.

Hanya Yanagihara provides Vulture with a sample of the emotive photographs that influenced her second novel A Little Life, and an in-depth analysis of each photograph.

Lammy winner John Morgan Wilson, the author of the Benjamin Justice detective series, writes on Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine blog on the unreliability and flexibility of “rules” for writing fiction.

The Publishing Triangle has announced the recipients of this year’s Ferro-Grumley Awards; Bernardine Evaristo, Kim Fu, and Robert Beachy are among the honorees.

Bustle profiles twenty-five queer authors, some of whom, if never outed as gay, identified with such concepts as gender transitivity and neutrality that are better delineated today.

Actress Maria Bello’s debut memoir is forthcoming; titled Whatever…Love is Love, it promotes the use of the term “Whatever” as a label for those, such as Bello, who detest sexuality labels.

Vulture interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates about the major comic book franchises and how they, and their film adaptations, have adapted (or not) to contemporary concerns about the marginalized.

In other comic book news, the X-Men universe is undergoing a significant historical revision: in the next issue, Iceman–one of the inaugural X-Men–will be outed as gay.

The Best American Poetry blog covers eighteen queer poets extolling their greatest mentors (not all of whom are necessarily queer) in appropriately poetic paragraphs.

In honor of National Poetry Month, West Hollywood City Poet Steven Reigns has embellished “the lampposts of Santa Monica Boulevard with lines of poetry from 22 contemporary poets.”



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