Why Provincetown?: May Water

Why Provincetown?: May Water

Sep 6, 2013

Holding hands while strolling along the surf, salty kisses in the waves, tanned faces sporting smiles, matching outfits. Some couples nervously new and cute in their partnership, others more comfortable and secure. They look like couples in any summer tourist town right? Nuh uh, look again. A huge number of the couples I spy are same-sex couples. Eye liner and...

Sneak Peek: Conor’s Mate by Jade Astor

Sneak Peek: Conor’s Mate by Jade Astor

Apr 29, 2013

Conor is a nervous wreck. His impending nuptials to King Lyndor are a big deal—not only will he be meeting his future mate for the first time, but the arranged marriage is also in place to unite two formerly feuding kingdoms. His journey to Quellaria is grueling and unpleasant, and since the dawn of a new day rests on the shoulders of his happy marriage, he...

Venice in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Joy Lynn Fielding

Venice in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Joy Lynn Fielding

Apr 12, 2013

My purse, my person, my extremest means, Lie all unlock’d to your occasions. —Said by Antonio to Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (1.1.46). While Shakespearean scholars disagree whether or not Antonio and Bassanio were lovers, there is no doubt that Venice has a history in which homosexual acts were common enough to trouble the authorities greatly...

Gay Relationships Through History: The Symbolist Movement

Gay Relationships Through History: The Symbolist Movement

Mar 20, 2013

Death, desire, and decadence. These three concepts provided the framework for a period of artistic and literary growth known as the Symbolist Movement, which initially came to France from England in the latter half of the nineteenth century, some sixty years after the French Revolution first decriminalized homosexuality with the Penal Code of 1791. The pioneers...

The Importance of Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Oscar Wilde

Mar 6, 2013

Comedy, tragedy, love, discrimination, simplicity, decadence—all can be used to describe the paradoxical life of Oscar Wilde. His life is a complicated one, but all the more interesting for it. Since his death in 1900, Wilde has become a rallying point for the gay community after all the persecution he faced for nothing more than loving another man. His...

Gay Relationships Through History: Ancient China

Gay Relationships Through History: Ancient China

Feb 20, 2013

The relationship of homosexuality to any culture is often complex, bearing the weight of that culture’s religious traditions and family structures. Before the influence of Christianity, eastern countries such as China had a very different experience of homosexuality than their western counterparts. In ancient China, strict distinctions between homosexual and...

Gay Relationships Through History: Twelfth-Century Europe

Gay Relationships Through History: Twelfth-Century Europe

Feb 13, 2013

With so many sweeping changes in the sociopolitical landscape this past election, 2012 has proven to be a pivotal year for the LGBT community. Yet the debate for equality continues to rage on, and even these days, it’s not uncommon to hear some opponents of same-sex rights attribute their antigay stance to a firm grasp of Christian values and devotion to the...

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