Tag Archives: Gay Life

On fighting the last liberal battles

I belonged to a Facebook film forum to which I’d often post links to my lists and reviews. On Friday afternoon a couple members and I had what I thought was a polite discussion about gender and sexuality and the … Continue reading

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Loss and sexual ambiguity baked into ‘The Cakemaker’

The Jamesian sadness of lingering at the altar of the dead pervades The Cakemaker, an Israeli-German drama of understated power. One afternoon Israeli businessman Oren (Roy Miller) wanders into a Berlin cafe owned by Thomas (Tim Kalkhof). Nothing in their … Continue reading

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‘I’m spread so thin’ – the continuing adventures of being gay in the new millennium

This is the latest in a series of posts begun in June 2016 in which I reflect on the early days of being a homosexual. See hyperlinks below for earlier posts. He loved The Blue Album enough that, as a … Continue reading

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – what it means

Happy Pride! In a case brought by a Colorado baker, the court ruled by a 7-2 vote that he did not get a fair hearing on his complaint because the Colorado Civil Rights Commission demonstrated a hostility to religion in … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Jim Stafford’s ‘My Girl Bill’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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Accepting transgenderism will lead to ‘imminent tragedy’

To think that J.J. McCullough’s “Time for a Compromise on Transgenderism” is the kindest thing that National Review Online can bring itself to publish about a segment of society that until grassroots insistence couldn’t even get Human Rights Campaign to … Continue reading

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‘The four subjects actually made a derogatory, anti-gay slur in Spanish’

A reminder, as if one were needed, that the grossest crimes against the queer community can happen in one of the two or three gay friendliest cities in the United States: In video footage of the incident, four young men … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert’s ‘Same Love’

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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‘Love, Simon’ is too straight, but it’s the fantasy young gays need

Awash in cabernet, I blurted, “I’m gay.” Mom’s head snapped toward my father, who, after a moment, smiled mysteriously as if at a private joke, nodded, and said, “I know.” “You knew?” Mom said. “Yes. So did you. We talked … Continue reading

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‘I could no longer live my life as a lie’

Eric Peter Verbeeck, a Key Biscayne youth transitioning to a girl named Hope, killed herself nine days ago. Howard Cohen has her story: “He left behind a letter, the most beautiful letter you could imagine, and it was on his … Continue reading

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‘Some lovely, perilous thing…’

A colleague and lover of Ezra Pound before realizing her bisexuality, Hilda Doolittle (known as H.D.) emerged from his shadow shortly after her death. Thanks to women’s and queer studies, she’s rightly acclaimed as one of the twentieth century’s strongest … Continue reading

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ stresses suffering over fantasy

If A Fantastic Woman honored its title, we’d see Marina as a person, not a figure of suffering. Played by trans actress Daniela Vega, Marina is on her terms vulgar and determined, but director Sebastián Lelio prefers her as a … Continue reading

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