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



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



Queerguru reviews Logical Family  A Memoir: by  Armistead Maupin

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Maupin had a problem with his parents.  Elements of his family’s dynamics surface in much of his best work.  Michael Tolliver, the charming character in the “Tales of the City” series, famously writes a coming out letter to his Mama after she joins the Anita Bryant campaign to “Save Our Children.”  Maupin’s parents never responded … Continue reading



Remembering TOMMY NUTTER the rebel Tailor of London in the 1960’s

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The writer Lance Richardson has put together an intriguing biography about Tommy Nutter, a tailor who in the 1960’s  reshaped the silhouette of men’s fashion, in Savile  Row the most renowned street in London for bespoke tailoring. Most of the reminiscences in the book are from Nutter’s brother David, who made his name as  celebrity photographer in … Continue reading



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