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 […]

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 […]