Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform

>Gay rights activist and author, Larry Kramer, reviews a new book by Charles Upchurch, an assistant professor of history at Florida State University. This book examines changing perceptions of sex between men in early Victorian Britain, a significant yet surprisingly little explored period in the history of Western sexuality. Looking at the dramatic transformations of the era–changes in the family …

Bi-Novelists Talk About Their Love for Each Other

>A lesbian novelist who used to attack bisexuals and a bisexual author have talked about their relationship four years on. To coincide with his new novel, Jake Arnott, author of The Long Firm, tells the Guardian about his relationship with Stephanie Theobold, whilst Theobold herself explains how she had to take her views back to the drawing board when she …

A Gay Childhood in Derbyshire

>On 25 March 2009, Narvel Annable, a local author, spoke to an audience in Derby about growing up gay in the 50s and 60s. He has kindly donated notes from his speech. This is a fine moment for me! Here we are – gathered here this afternoon in Derby – me facing an audience about to announce that I am …

Lorca Was Censored to Hide His Sexuality, Biographer Reveals

>Many recognised his homosexuality from the start, but for decades Spain’s literary establishment, and even his own family, refused to acknowledge that the country’s best loved poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, was gay. Now his biographer, Ian Gibson, has conclusive evidence that Lorca’s poetic achievements sprang from his lifelong frustration at concealing his homosexuality. In Lorca y el mundo gay (Lorca …

New York’s Oldest Gay Bookstore to Close

>New York City’s only remaining gay and lesbian bookstore says it’s closing after 41 years. Oscar Wilde Bookshop owner Kim Brinster says “tough times” are the reason for the Manhattan store’s closing on March 29. She says the city once supported three gay and lesbian bookstores. Read the full article in the Herald Tribune here.

Classified: The Secret History of the Personal Column by HG Cocks

>[…] in 1915, while other men fought the battles of Loos and Ypres, a comic novelist called Alfred Barrett, the former editor of Family Circle, spotted a gap in the market for a new magazine. He called it Link, and advertised it as “the only monthly practically devoted to love interests”. […] The police were particularly interested in the number …

Gay’s the Word to Mark 30th Anniversary

>In February Gay’s the Word, the first and now last surviving British gay bookshop, will be celebrating its 30th birthday with a month of special events and promotions. Having pioneered access to gay books in the early 80’s and surviving raids, high court battles and financial scares, it is a fantastic achievement to reach thirty years. To celebrate, the shop …

Of Course Tintin Is Gay. Ask Snowy

>His adventures have sold more than 200 million copies and been translated into 50 languages, and this weekend he celebrates his 80th birthday. But how well do we really know Tintin? For Matthew Parris, one thing’s for certain, he is one of the boys… Read the full article from The Times here. The article was not to the taste of …

Edward Carpenter: A Man Before His Time

>Edward Carpenter was a radical socialist activist throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his writings, he tore into the decadent middle classes and capitalism with fervour. He supported feminism, vegetarianism and the environment, among other things. But he was an active, open, campaigning homosexual, with a live-in partner, George Merrill, and this is why the Establishment has …

Alan Bennett Gives Papers to Bodleian Library

>Alan Bennett is to give a wealth of written work from nearly 50 years as an author and playwright to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. Notes, drafts and scripts for all of his stage and TV plays were among the collection, the library said. There are also manuscripts for his autobiographies and short stories, plus letters and a number …