Writer Clayton Delery on Reconstructing a Hate Crime

In 1958, Fernando Rios was led into an alley outside a New Orleans gay bar, where he was beaten to death by there college students. Clayton Delery’s new book examines this hate crime and its connections to anti-immigrant prejudices and homophobia in 1950s America… read more

Read an Excerpt from 'I Told You So: Gore Vidal Talks Politics'

This November, OR Books, will be releasing I Told So: Gore Vidal Talks Politics—writer and radio host Jon Wiener’s exciting compilation of four interviews with Gore Vidal. Vidal, who died this past July, is known for his groundbreaking work as a novelist, essayist, and screenwriter—often exploring themes of homosexuality and social injustices—though he was “never… read more

'Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall' by St. Sukie de la Croix

Based on 2010 Census numbers, Chicago has the third largest urban LGBT population in the United States. The land that we know today as Chicago has had an LGBT presence since the seventeenth century. In spite of that, no one has published a history of LGBT life in Chicago until today. Chicago gay press writer St. Sukie de la Croix wrote Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall (University of Wisconsin Press) to fill that empty space on the shelf…. read more

'Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life' by Vivian Gornick

In Emma Goldman’s day, as in ours, many on the Left saw issues of sexuality, happiness, and what we might generally call the “personal” as peripheral to the class struggle. Yet Goldman herself demurred. She elucidated an anarchism that was a personal as well as a political platform, and, as the subtitle to Vivian Gornick’s book suggests, she lived it out in practice…. read more

In Remembrance: Barbara Grier

Barbara Grier, publisher, activist, archivist and lesbian-feminist hellraiser, died November 10th in Tallahassee, Florida, where she had lived for years with her partner of four decades, Donna McBride. She was 78.

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'Gay Genius' edited by Annie Murphy

Gay Genius comes with its own definition at the back of the book. The Romans thought genius was a guardian spirit, but it also means an influential person or one with high mental ability. Readers are given sample usage as well: “Your gay genius astounds me” or “ Last night my gay genius appeared to… read more