Posted on 14 Oct 2016 at 6:00am

  The Essential RuPaul: Herstory, Philosophy & Her Fiercest Queens by John Davis, Illustrated by Libby Vanderploeg (Smith Street Books 2016) $14.95; 95 pp. The Queen has spoken. Everyone listens because, well, how can they not? Her bearing, her stature, her very demeanor demand attention from all her subjects and in this new book, these […]

Take the plunge

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 at 7:20am

Lesbian author examines swimming from all angles The Joy of Swimming by Lisa Congdon (Chronicle Books 2016); $18.95; 141 pp. People say you’re all wet. Maybe that’s not the nicest thing you’ve ever heard, but hey! If something’s true, it’s true, right? Yep, you love being in a pool, lake, pond, the ocean, a puddle, […]

Trans hero

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:55am

‘Alters’ explores a teen beset by superpowers … and new sexual identity When a new comic book title issues a “No. 1,” collectors often perk up their ears. Getting in on the ground floor of a new imprint is like attending opening night of a new play, or discovering a great new chef. So the […]

Walking down memory lane

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:50am

A spate of gay memoirs shed light on conversion therapy, pro wrestling and two different trans journeys Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley (Riverhead Books 2016); $27; 340 pp. From the time he was in fifth grade, Garrard Conley understood that he was a sinner. It became apparent with the thrill he got looking […]

PYT: Pretty, young, troubled

Posted on 09 Sep 2016 at 7:25am

The sad parallel lives – and close personal friendship – of Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor Almost from the moment she was born, Elizabeth Taylor’s life was, as Donald Bogle relates, “like something of a fairy tale.” She was a beautiful child who grew up to be a beautiful young woman with a mother who […]

BOOK REVIEW:The Charm Bracelet

Posted on 02 Sep 2016 at 7:35am

The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman (Thomas Dunne 2016) $26; 298 pp.   For every milestone day that Lolly Lindsay had, she received a special gift. Her mother started the tradition by giving Lolly a charm for her bracelet one birthday; that charm, like each to come, signified a dream or a wish, and was […]

Last gasp beach reads: A late-summer reading list

Posted on 09 Aug 2016 at 9:31am

Last gasp beach reads: A late-summer reading list

The write stuff

Posted on 07 Jul 2016 at 6:30am

Cesar Baquerizo’s mission to expose the horrors of gay conversion therapy Cesar Luis Baquerizo has a soft spot for underdogs. It’s an attitude borne from experience. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Baquerizo has lived most of his life with a 90 percent hearing loss. And he grew up gay in a culture that still takes a […]

Married men on marriage

Posted on 24 Jun 2016 at 7:25am

Anthology offers 4 stories from 4 perspectives A More Perfect Union, anthology by B.G. Thomas, J. Scott Coatsworth, Jamie Fessenden, Michael Murphy (Dreamspinner, 2016) paperback $17.99; 350 pp; eBook $6.99; 104K As we near the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing marriage equality as the law of […]

Trans panic killing

Posted on 20 May 2016 at 7:50am

‘A Murder Over a Girl’ investigates the psychology of hatred in junior high A Murder Over a Girl by Ken Corbett (Henry Holt 2016) $27; 277 pp. Larry King had a rough start in life. Born to an addict who turned tricks for drugs, Larry was neglected and abused and became a ward of the […]