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 […]

Political allies

Posted on 13 May 2016 at 7:35am

How a black lesbian and the first lady of the United States formed an unexpected friendship The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott (Alfred A. Knopf 2016) $30; 480 pp. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Camp Tera, nestled near New York’s Hudson River, was initially meant to be a temporary, helping place for Depression-era women who […]

Book review: ‘The Best Party of Our Lives’

Posted on 06 May 2016 at 6:00am

The Best Party of Our Lives: Stories of Gay Weddings by Sarah Galvin (Sasquatch Books 2015) $19; 226 pp. Even though she always figured she’d end up spending her life with a woman, Sarah Galvin writes that she “certainly had no interest in weddings.” They just weren’t relevant to her, except for an irksome knowledge […]

Memories that sing

Posted on 26 Feb 2016 at 7:25am

Author Rashod Ollison tells the story of his life, with the records he loved as soundtrack Soul Serenade by Rashod Ollison. c.2016, Beacon Press, $25.95 USA/$30 Canada, 230 pages Vinyl is making a comeback. Those are five words that put a smile on a music aficionado’s face. A CD isn’t the same, they say. An […]

Queer like me

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 7:20am

Jarrett Neal’s collection of fearless essays explores sexuality and race What Color is Your Hoodie? Essays on Black Gay Identity by Jarrett Neal (Chelsea Station Editions 2015) $18; 175 pp. Born to a 14-year-old mother and raised in a household with an alcoholic grandfather, Jarrett Neal was in eighth grade when his gym class accidentally […]

­Confessions off the dancefloor

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 6:30am

20 years ago, self-described ‘front row bitch’ Matthew Rettenmund wrote an exhaustive compendium of all things Madge. Now he revisits the ultimate tribute of literary superfandom, ‘The Encyclopedia Madonnica’ Matthew Rettenmund is only kidding, but his enduring commitment to Madonna isn’t lost on him when he jokes, “She has me on speed hang-up.” It’s a […]

A cookbook that sizzles

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 6:15am

Wesley Smoot’s ‘Home-O-Erotic Cookbook’ — going from beefcake to just desserts ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Wesley Smoot has a passion for publishing. And a passion for food. And he’s a gay man, so also a passion for hot, half-naked guys. The question was: How could he explore all three? The answer was: […]

Love and (gay) marriage

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 6:00am

The history of same-sex marriage is longer than you think; also, YA romance with a trans twist The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World by Michael McConnell with Jack Baker (as told to Gail Langer Karwoski) (University of Minnesota Press 2016) $22.95; 200 pp. As a child playing with neighborhood girls, Michael McConnell remembers wanting the […]