'Cobra Killer: Gay Porn, Murder and the Manhunt to bring the Killers to Justice' by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway

Cobra Killer (Magnus Books) details (and I do mean details) the murder of amateur porn impresario Bryan Kocis by self-identified rivals, Svengali Joe Kerkes and his young companion in escorting, Harlow Cuadra. The reason for this horrid crime, the near-beheading and torching of the body, was to untangle young porn star Sean Lockhart from his… read more

Keith Boykin: Practicing Love

“We could have filled the book with stories of doom and gloom but that would have been just as dishonest as doing a book filled only with happy success stories. For most of us, life isn’t all sad and isn’t all happy.”

Editor, writer, MSNBC commentator, BET columnist, and former White House special assistant to Bill Clinton, Keith Boykin talks with Lambda about his latest anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out…. read more

'Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics' by Urvashi Vaid

The first line of Urvashi Vaid’s new book Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics (Magnus Books) is enough to make even the most moderate queen cringe: “A dizzying array of events seem to suggest that the ultimate victory of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement is not only inevitable,… read more

'For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home' edited by Keith Boykin

Despite the social and political progress made by gay men in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, some things—like bullying, bigotry, suicide (attempted and successful), and self-loathing—are constant reminders that there is a need for further change.

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough addresses these and other thorny issues through essays and poetry by more than 40 contributors, who represent a diverse cross-section of gay men of color…… read more

'Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders' by Samuel R. Delany

Delany clearly wants to push buttons, intellectually and emotionally, but he doesn’t restrict that to those buttons relating to sex. He also challenges us to think about race, class, morality, and literature itself, and what preconceptions we bring to those subjects. … read more

Edmund White: Invention, Imagination, and Memory

“…gays only make up about 3% of the population so we spend our whole lives ‘translating’ straight movies, books, ballets into gay terms and studying the heterosexuals around us—we know much more about them than they know about us, just as blacks know a lot about whites but whites know virtually nothing about blacks.” At… read more

'Sacred Monsters' by Edmund White

The essays are generally filled with fascinating gossipy details and remarkable asides. They reflect White’s masterful ability to effectively pull ideas out of novels, stories, and art, while simultaneously showcasing a personalized purview of his own life and passions…. read more

'Chulito' by Charles Rice-González

This dazzling debut takes the coming-out, coming-of-age narrative and gives it a fresh landscape, namely, the Bronx urban scene, where the street codes are “mixed into the concrete and asphalt that was used to build the neighborhood.”… read more

'At Home with Myself: Stories from the Hills of Turkey Hollow' by David Mixner

Ask anyone of any sexual identity about David Mixner, and there is a good chance they will discuss his political work.  Whether it has been his activism to end the Vietnam War, to call for global nuclear disarmament, to challenge California’s Proposition 6 (which would have made it illegal for gays and lesbians to work… read more