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Stephen Coy reviews BOY ERASED: a harrowing memoir of conversion therapy

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  Growing up I heard an oft-repeated joke about Church of Christ members.  As someone enters heaven, St. Peter leads him on a tour.  The newly ascended asks St. Peter, “Who is that group in the corner talking amongst themselves?”  St. Peter replies, “Shhh!  Those are Church of Christ-ers.  They think they are the only … Continue reading



Bill Cunningham was an original, a true character, in the best sense of the word.

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FASHION CLIMBING A MEMOIR WITH PHOTOGRAPHS By BILL CUNNINGHAM Preface by Hilton Als After Bill Cunningham died in 2016, his family found a memoir he had written about the earlier period of his life. It was an unexpected, and enjoyable, find. Most people remember Cunningham’s work as the photographer behind the On the Street and … Continue reading



Courting Mr. Lincoln : did Joshua Speed really win his heart?

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Much has been written about the special friendship between Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed. Louis Bayard’s novel is a fictional take, told from the views of Mary Todd and Speed. Since Lincoln and Speed almost always spoke to each other using surnames, I will do the same. Mary Todd relocated to Springfield, Illinois to live … Continue reading



DON’T TELL ME TO WAIT : How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency

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  Kerry Eleveld worked as a Washington correspondent for The Advocate, then moved on to Equality Matters, a division of Media Matters for America, the progressive watchdog. In those roles, she witnessed and wrote about the cultural transformations which took place during President Obama’s tenure and changed the entire landscape of LGBTQ rights. From this … Continue reading



Paul Flynn’s GOOD AS YOU : From Prejudice to Pride: 30 Years of Gay Britain is a terrific read

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In his review of 30 years of gay, pop culture, Paul Flynn begins with an auspicious moment in 1984 and the confluence of two, groundbreaking songs.  “Smalltown Boy” by Bronksi Beat and “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, were released in the same year.  The former was an achingly beautiful take on the pressures of … Continue reading



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