Larry Kramer, Tom of Finland, James Baldwin, and Other LGBT News

This week in the LGBT-themed arts: This Sunday, May 25th, marks the television premiere of the HBO film The Normal Heart. Directed by Ryan Murphy (the creator of Glee) and written for the screen by Larry Kramer from his semi-autobiographical 1985 Tony-winning play, the film features an ensemble cast headlined by Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch,… read more

'Christopher Isherwood in America: Middlebrow Queer' by Jaime Harker

Perhaps the best way to approach Christopher Isherwood in America: Middlebrow Queer (University 0f Minnesota Press) by Jaime Harker is one idea at a time. The second half of Harker’s subtitle—Queer—of course refers to Queer Studies, a field in which “queer” has begun to mean so many things it may soon mean little to nothing at all…. read more

Dan Savage’s Message to Gay Youth: ‘It Gets Better’

Dan Savage spoke with the Sun-Times about the release of new book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, his own experience growing up gay, and the effect his efforts are having on gay youth throughout the globe. The book version of the social media-based stories of inspiration for… read more

'The Sixties: Diaries:1960-1969' by Christopher Isherwood

Gertrude Stein said, “A diary means yes indeed.” That’s the same unrestrained affirmation Christopher Isherwood brought to his life as captured in his diaries The Sixties: Diaries:1960-1969 skillfully edited by novelist Katherine Bucknell, editor of all three volumes of Isherwood’s diaries, as well as his memoir, Lost Years. Christopher Hitchens wrote the Vol. 2 Foreword…. read more

Matt Smith in 'Christopher & His Kind'

27-year-old Matt Smith, best known to spec fans as Dr. Who, will play Christopher Isherwood in a new BBC biopic based on the author’s autobiographical book Christopher and His Kind. The made-for-TV pic will air in the BBC-2’s Fall 2010 schedule and that’s about all we know so far. One interesting fact: Director Geoffrey Sax… read more

Isherwood through Ford's Lens: 'A Single Man' 40 Years Later

George is not only the centerpiece of the movie, he is given a complex interior life, filled with astute observations about love and grief that transcend his gay identity. Yet, despite these advances, I was left with one nagging question: why did this story need to include the ubiquitous gay suicidal ideation in its narrative?… read more