'Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota' by Stewart Van Cleve

In a few weeks, Minnesotans will vote on whether or not to approve an amendment to the state constitution which would define marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. The people who constructed this amendment implied that gay and lesbian couples are a foreign, un-Minnesotan element that should be driven from the… read more

‘Opacity and the Closet: Queer Tactics in Foucault, Barthes, and Warhol’ By Nicholas De Villiers

“The Closet” is an increasingly ill-fitting metaphor for queer men and women who wish to explore their sexuality outside of the two opposite states of either being “out” and having to confess their personal life aloud or being “closeted” and thus presumed to be living in shame or self-denial. It is this binary of being in or out of the closet that Nicholas De Villiers deconstructs in Opacity and the Closet…… read more

'The Songs of António Botto' trans. Fernando Pessoa, ed. Josiah Blackmore

Poets, whether by design or accident, capture and preserve a moment in time with every poem. This is particularly true of poets whose work has a particular historical resonance—Anne Sexton exploring women’s experiences on the cusp of second-wave feminism, for instance, or Anna Akhmatova writing about Soviet oppression. António Botto likewise preserves in his lyrics… read more

'Dancing Ledge' by Derek Jarman

You might remember the opening scene of Sebastiane—the first film recorded entirely in Latin—which depicts a score of Roman boys dancing lustfully while wielding barber-pole penises in celebration of the Emperor’s return. How could you forget? The scene only ends with a dozen synchronized orgasms. Derek Jarman’s films are not all quite this explicit, but… read more

2010 in Review: Gays & the Military

From WWII To DADT One of the biggest LGBT literary trends of the past 15 months is also an important talking point in contemporary mainstream politics: gays and the military. From acclaimed WWII biographies to critical investigations of DADT to books on gender and war to romantic tales of service men and women, here is… read more

Librarian (To Be): Stewart Van Cleve

Stewart Van Cleve is a library assistant at the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection is one of the largest LGBT special collections in the United States, well-regarded by LGBTIQ researchers around the world. 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the Tretter Collection, which makes this interview… read more

'The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools' By Stuart Biegel

Over the past twenty years, more American cities and states have passed anti-discrimination legislation that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. More workplaces have included anti-discrimination policies that address the same—some even going so far as to offer domestic partner benefits, even if the state where they are housed may not recognize same-sex partnerships. In… read more

New in September

September signals the start of the official fall book season, one of the busiest times of the year for publishers and authors alike. Some exciting fiction titles this month include Monique Truong‘s Bitter In the Mouth (Random House)—we interviewed Truong last month—and Yield (Kensington), the exciting debut from Lee Houck. In nonfiction, we’re excited about… read more

'Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities' by Julie Abraham

Lambda Award Finalist Identifying as gay or lesbian, or just having same-sex sex, forces negotiation of a common set of social tropes: self-presentation, accessibility, community, safety, danger, and a division between public and private life. Julie Abraham’s broad and insightful intellectual and cultural history Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities similarly forces us to confront… read more