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Calif. moves to comply with 2011 law that requires teaching of LGBT history

Saturday, May 11, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- California education officials took the first step this week toward complying with a law that requires public schools to include prominent gay people and gay rights' milestones in the curriculum, adopting a set of classroom material guidelines that prohibit "pejorative descriptions" based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Digital comic blocked over ‘tiny porno images’ depicting gay sex

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Apple, known for its tight controls over material and apps sold through its channels, has blocked the latest edition of a digital comic called "Saga" from being sold through comic book apps on the iPad and iPhone because it contained two scenes depicting gay sex. [ Read more → ]
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DC Comics artist quits Superman project over anti-gay author controversy

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The illustrator for the new DC Comics' "Adventures of Superman" digital anthology has backed out of the project as a result of an outpouring of public criticism over the company's decision to hire anti-gay author, activist, and National Organization For Marriage board member Orson Scott Card to pen the story line. [ Read more → ]
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Groundbreaking gay mystery series finally comes to e-book

Sunday, March 3, 2013
As the revolutionary Henry Rios series finally comes to e-book, Michael Nava took time to share more with me about the development of the character, his thoughts on bringing an end to the Rios series, and his forthcoming novel, The City of Palaces. [ Read more → ]
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Attorneys in historic same-sex marriage case sign book deal

Saturday, March 2, 2013
NEW YORK — The bipartisan legal team leading the fight for same-sex marriage has a book deal. Democrat David Boies and Republican Theodore B. Olson have signed with Viking for "A Just Cause: Law, Love, and the Case for Marriage Equality." [ Read more → ]
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Legendary author Patricia Nell Warren: Ever the Front Runner

Saturday, January 26, 2013
I recall it as if it were yesterday: stepping inside the sprawling bookstore, which smelled faintly of dust; walking past the periodicals, where gay porn titles peeked at me ever-so-discretely from the uppermost row; crossing to the back of the store, reaching “my” row, and nervously looking about before finally stepping up to the shelves, above which hung a large sign, “Gay Studies.” [ Read more → ]
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To the reader who saved my life…

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Bob, As we enter this new year, full of promise and possibility, I realized that I could not in all fairness properly close out the old without first repaying a major debt. One that I owe to you, dear reader, for quite literally saving my life. ... You likely had no idea, when you reached for the book, that the very act of reading it could so profoundly affect me, and all for the better. How could you know, after all, that while I’d long envisioned a life for myself as a writer, until you contacted me, I’d begun to consider stopping altogether? [ Read more → ]
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Acclaimed gay author surprises with two new novels

Saturday, December 8, 2012
I first met fellow writer Trebor Healey at Palm Springs Pride, where we were both signing copies of our novels at the Authors’ Village. Given that the title of my first novel includes the word “depression” and his recent title contains the word “sorrow,” we quickly bonded over a shared lament of others trying to convince us to change our titles into something “more happy.” [ Read more → ]
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‘Band of Thebes’ helps community source the best of LGBT literature

Sunday, December 2, 2012
With LGBT bookstores shuttering and the consolidation of gay media resulting in reduced promotional opportunities for publishers and authors, few venues remain for discovering literature reflecting the gay experience. Happily, Stephen Bottum continues to provide one of the best sources for LGBT publishing news on his blog, Band of Thebes, which he began five years ago. [ Read more → ]
Xavier Axelson

Author makes the leap from gay erotica to ‘legitimacy’

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Following success as a writer of erotica and as columnist for Examiner.com, author Xavier Axelson has surprised readers with his debut novel,"Velvet," a work of historical fiction which tells the tale of a royal tailor. [ Read more → ]
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Love, loss, and art: A conversation between two gay novelists

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Fellow author Jeffrey Ballam and I share many characteristics. We are both gay men, debut novelists, human rights advocates, twitter friends, and have undergone the grieving process, with each of us experiencing a partner’s death due to HIV/AIDS. I have been curious to discover more... [ Read more → ]
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A U.S. President’s Great, Great, Grandson’s Big Gay Vampire Novel

Saturday, October 27, 2012
While it may come as a surprise to learn that Ulysses S. Grant’s great-great-grandson, Ulysses Grant Dietz, serves as Chief Curator for New Jersey’s Newark Museum, it might come as a bigger surprise that he is also an author, with two gay vampire titles under his belt... [ Read more → ]
Timothy Kurek

‘The Cross in the Closet’ reinforces transphobia while dealing with homophobia

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Many people that read "The Cross in the Closet" will have had little or no experience with the "T" part of LGBT. I did not start entering intimate relationships with transgender people until years into my own advocacy work. Most people outside, and some people inside the LGBT community, do not have a grasp of the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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‘The Cross in the Closet’ — A straight Christian lives ‘openly gay’ for a year

Thursday, October 11, 2012
As the LGBT community marked "National Coming Out Day" this week, there is one story that stands out in its uniqueness. Timothy Kurek, a straight man who said he was brought up to believe that homosexuality was a sin, decided that he would explore that what it would be like to be a gay man for a year... [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Critically acclaimed author, Truman Capote

Monday, October 8, 2012
Truman Capote is a critically acclaimed author of contemporary American literature. He is best known for the novels “In Cold Blood” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Ann Bannon, popular lesbian-theme fiction author

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Ann Bannon is an author best known for her lesbian-themed fiction series, “The Beebo Brinker Chronicles.” The popularity of the novels earned her the title “The Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction.” [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Gloria Anzaldua, Author and scholar

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Gloria Anzaldua was a leading scholar of feminist, queer and Chicana theories. She was the first author to combine these subjects in poetry, narrative and autobiographical works. She helped build a multicultural feminist movement and called for people of different races to move forward together. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT Rights: What have we learned from history?

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Historically, discussions about the decline of morality have almost always been subsumed into fears about national security, and the rise of McCarthyism was no different. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that both communists and homosexuals had infiltrated the federal government and this, of course, was going to lead to the total destruction of America... [ Read more → ]
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Iconic American novelist, journalist, playwright — Gore Vidal dies at age 86

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
A true literary giant in every sense of the word, Gore Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills from complications of pneumonia, according to a statement from his nephew Burr Steers. [ Read more → ]
Chris Colfer

Chris Colfer: ‘I feel like you’ve seen me naked in a way’

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Look everywhere these days and Chris Colfer is probably there. His new children’s book, “The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell,” was just released in book stores and the film he wrote, produced and stars in, Struck By Lightning, was the closing film of Outfest in Los Angeles. [ Read more → ]
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‘Good As You’ blogger Jeremy Hooper pens book on LGBT life, fight for equality

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
NEW YORK -- Veteran blogger and LGBT advocate Jeremy Hooper, on Tuesday released his new book, "If It's a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy," a unique mix of memoir and social commentary on the debate between the LGBTQ community and its detractors. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights pioneer, groundbreaking author Rev. Robert Wood, turns 89

Monday, May 21, 2012
In 1960, the young Reverend Robert Wood (1923-present) published a first-of-its-kind book, entitled “Christ and the Homosexual,” in hopes of inspiring a movement of dialogue, new writing, and deeper understanding regarding the gay community, particularly by the Church. [ Read more → ]
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Author: Marriage amendment is about forcing ‘anti-religious values’ on children

Monday, May 7, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Author Orson Scott Card, primarily known for his science fiction writings, says "there is no need to legalize same sex marriage" in North Carolina, because there are “no laws left standing that discriminate against gay or lesbian couples." [ Read more → ]
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Archie Comics’ gay pal Kevin Keller is getting married

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Archie Comics' gay pal Kevin Keller is getting married. In a first for mainstream comic books, gay marriage will be the storyline in the January edition of the "Life with Archie" series, as the characters of fictional Riverdale gather for the wedding between Kevin and his partner. [ Read more → ]
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Scholarship funds to honor ‘Hero’ author and ‘Narnia’ Executive Producer Perry Moore

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Back in February I wrote about the untimely death of Perry Moore ... Now, Hunter Hill -- Perry Moore’s partner of seventeen years -- and family and friends are in the process of establishing four scholarship funds that will benefit young writers and local Hampton Roads students. [ Read more → ]
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