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

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

Stephen Coy loves the shockingly brutal honest of Crystal Rasmussen’s hilarious Diary of a Drag Queen

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  Tom Rasmussen and his alter ego, Crystal Rasmussen, grew up in Lancashire, England. Now identified as non-binary, the preferred pronouns are they/them/their.  Though from modest beginnings, they became a sensation, at least in their own mind. Anyone who is a bit uptight, or even skittish, might find the brutal honesty a bit much.  Their … Continue reading

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