Professor Arthur Sullivan reviews a classic about Transition

Dear Sir or Madam ( A Journey from Female to Male) by Mark Rees;, reviewed by Arthur Sullivan About half way through this account of his journey from female to male, Mark Rees remarks that “[t]he most important part of the role change is the transsexual person’s acceptance by society”.  As well as his own personal journey, this book chronicles …

Polari First Book Prize Seeks Nominations

The Polari First Book Prize; the UK’s prestigious queer literature award is open for nominations from publishers. The prize winning novel will be announced at the South Bank in July. To enter, you must be a publisher and the nominated book must have been written by a UK resident and published between LGBT History Month 2011 and LGBT History Month …

Book Review: Let's Get This Straight

Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents by Tina Fakhrid-Deen is a book focused on supporting, helping and empowering children whose parents identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or/and queer (abbreviated LGBTQ). Fakhrid-Deen first of all sets out to explain that LGBTQ families do exist and are just as important and valuable as heterosexual and …

Rory's Boys, by Alan Clark

Rory’s Boys by Alan Clark- Published by Arcadia Books- ISBN 978-1-906413-88-0   An excellent novel that humorously explores the implications of age for gay men. Basically, a rich gay orphan gets told he looks old by a would-be one night stand,  inherits his fascist granny’s mansion and turns it into an old people’s home for gay men. Lots of tales, …

What Love Is- edited by Peter Burton

          Book Review: by Stephen Boyce I must admit that I am not a fan of the genre of short stories but this collection is a stirring and thoughtful exploration of the form. No single story stands out above the other and none fully encapsulate or expound the title. However, all in all, a good read. …

Beyond the Capes- by Richard de la Haye

                  Book Review, by Stephen Boyce This novel is excellent, well crafted, transporting the readers through the Canadian Wilderness to the Transport Colonies of the New World. It is an epic, a gay love story that defies the forces of history. From the moment I opened the cover to the very last …

Q: Is it a Boy or a Girl? A: It's a Baby!

A Toronto couple have hit the headlines after refusing to announce the birth sex of their child. Named Storm, the baby will remain gender neutral until it is old enough to declare its own gender identity. Parents David Stocker and Kathy Witterick were inspired by a 1978 book, X: A Fabulous Child’s Story, by Lois Gould, about a child who is brought …

Queers Built America

Queers had a role in the making of America, both as native Americans and settlers according to a new book published in the US. For those who thought the so-called gay community started in 1969 with the Stonewall riots, cultural critic Michael Bronski has a few surprises. In his book A Queer History of the United States, Bronski demonstrates that native American …

Queer Poetry Evening at Gays the Word

Gays the Word hosts a Queer Poetry Evening on May 23rd which will include the launch of The Frost Fairs by John McCullough and The Private Parts of Girls by Sophie Mayer (both from Salt Publishing, 2011).  Chroma’s Andra Simons will round off the evening with a lyrical extravaganza. To find out more, click here

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Against the Law , Peter Wildeblood, 1955. Re-published in 1999 as part of Weidenfeld and Nicolson’s 50th anniversary, with a new preface by Matthew Parris. ISBN 0 297 64382 7 A Way of Life , Peter Wildeblood, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1956 Love In A Dark Time and Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature , Colm Toibin, Simon and …