The truth about gay cliches

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 7:35am

You Can Tell Just By Looking And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico (Beacon Press 2013). $16; 190 pp. The clichés are plentiful, even the positive ones. Consider the notion that gaydar is more than just intuition. While research shows that lesbians and gay men [...]

Survivors

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 7:50am

The greatest generation may be the one that endured the AIDS crisis The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience by Perry N.Halkitis (Oxford University Press 2014)  $49.95; 249 pp. The history of AIDS is vast and can’t be told without the stories of the people lost to the disease and the ones they left [...]

That’s gay

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 at 7:50am

Book on bullying values kids’ input Schools have been concerned with bullying for decades, though recently, sexuality has entered the conversation. Of all the anti-bullying programs that help ensure the safety of gay teens, Donn Short, in “Don’t Be So Gay!,” says Toronto has one of the best. But how good is it? For three [...]

Going whole hog

Posted on 07 Feb 2014 at 8:05am

Just in time for his upcoming reading, gay ‘Star Search’ winner Sam Harris proves as gifted a storyteller as singer in his dishy memoir ‘Ham’ Ham: Slices of a Life by Sam Harris (Gallery Books 2014), $26; 304 pp. A minute in the spotlight can do wonders for a soul. It certainly did for Sam Harris, [...]

Trans tale: ‘My Brother My Sister’

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 at 7:55am

Growing up in Richmond, Va., in the post-WWII years, Molly Haskell, her brother Chevey and their friends enjoyed the same clubs, schools, cotillions, and churches. She remembers a childhood of privilege and happiness. What Chevey remembers is sneaking into Haskell’s closet to try on her clothes. Haskell never knew that until years later, when Chevey [...]

Year in review: books

Posted on 03 Jan 2014 at 7:25am

We continue our look back at ’13 with a list of the people in North Texas arts and culture who helped define the year Reading — pfft! Who has time?  Who can take hours and hours to actually read a book, especially if it’s not all that good?  Why waste that kind of time? The [...]

‘Manifest’ destiny

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 at 4:10pm

Blake Little’s photo essay of bear culture covers the erotic & esoteric   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Blake Little has spent the last five days covering gay men in honey. It’s not as kinky — or as funny — as it sounds. It’s not even all gay men: There are some ’tweens, babies, [...]

A Laramie project

Posted on 08 Nov 2013 at 5:00am

Gay author’s controversial re-telling of Matthew Shepard case bound to confuse hate crime’s legacy The Book of Matt by Stephen Jimenez (Steerforth Press 2013); $26; 360 pp. Sometimes, you don’t know what to think. You hear both sides of a story, both conflicting. Rumors are whispered, denials issued, and you’re left to make up your [...]

Another turn of the screw

Posted on 25 Oct 2013 at 9:35am

Gay author John Boyne plays it straight in a page-turning, Dickensian chiller We’ve all had the feeling: It’s bedtime, you make a sweep of the house, you locked the door … or did you? When you’re jolted awake at 3 o’dark in the morning, are you hearing something that isn’t there? Are you alone? In [...]

Food for thought? 

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 at 6:45am

Gay memoir gorges on sadness Autobiography of My Hungers by Rigoberto González (2013, University of Wisconsin Press) $19.95; 113 pp. When he was a young boy living with his family in Mexico, Rigoberto González’s kitchen job was to separate the piedrita (pebbles) from the beans before his mother put them in the pot. He enjoyed [...]