'Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City' edited by Thomas Keith

Since the nineteenth century, New York City has provided inspiration, sanctuary, and community for millions of LGBTA Americans and immigrants in pursuit of dreams.  Some came to visit, in search of culture, enlightenment, or love.  Some came to make their mark as artists, writers, dancers, and actors.  Others came to escape persecution in their home… read more

'Before I Begin' by David McConnell

“Joe nodded us into the loft bashfully, laughing at himself in a soft pant for no reason whatsoever. He immediately removed his glasses after looking at me. He wore jeans and a white shirt open over his grizzled chest. He was slender, curly-haired, homely, and vaguely Italian-looking, like a high-end cobbler, except he wore black… read more

Penny Arcade: 'An Old Queen's Tale'

“No more Harry M. Koutoukas, Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, Robert Beers, Marsha P. Johnson, International Chrysis, Douglas Fisher, Ritta Redd, Tony Ingrassia, Jack Smith, Charles Ludlam, Bunny Eisenhower, Frances Francine, Taylor Mead or the others—many others whose names even I have forgotten—names once famous in gay circles. They are mostly gone now, but I walk with them still and I know I always will.”

In this excerpt from the recently released essay collection Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City (Vantage Point Books), the incomparable performance artist and writer Penny Arcade offers an elegiac, touching, and humorous remembrance of queer times now since passed…. read more