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December 2, 2019

So Many Gay Writers Ended Up in Missing Posters

 Clockwise from top left: A new book of Steve Abbott’s writing, Steve Abbott, a new book of Karl Tierney’s poetry, the flyer that was posted when Tierney went missing.
Photo: Courtesy Jim Cory

Karline Tierney still can’t really talk about it all these years later — that day in October 1995 when she flew to San Francisco International Airport to figure out what had happened to her son.

Karl Tierney was 39 and had lived in the city since 1983, lured here by the thriving gay community and its prominent literary scene. He was a poet and got 50 pieces published in magazines and anthologies. He twice had been named a finalist for the prestigious Walt Whitman Award. He was active in the Harvey Milk Club and marched in the Pride Parade.

But then he stopped returning his mom’s calls. He’d told her he’d been diagnosed as HIV-positive, and the last time she’d seen him, he’d been in a lot of discomforts, struggling with thrush, an oral fungus, and unable to eat much, she said.

“That was when we went to San Francisco to see what was wrong,” the 93-year-old great-grandmother recalled by phone from her home outside Baltimore.

Things had gone very wrong.

“He had left a note,” she said, pausing for several moments.  

Crowds arrive early on the opening day of the Golden Gate International Exposition. Feb. 18, 1939.
“Yeah, I don’t really want to talk about it,” she said.

The note implied Karl Tierney planned to kill himself, but had he? How? And where? Together with his friend David Lamble, the film critic for the Bay Area Reporter gay newspaper, she posted flyers around the city with her son’s photo and the words, “Have You Seen This Man?”

“We were trying to figure out what had happened — it was quite a mystery we were trying to solve,” Lamble recalled. “It’s like you’re sleepwalking. This vibrant man is gone, and you have to be a detective.”

Karl Tierney’s body was never found, but his bicycle was located at the Golden Gate Bridge, and his parents and friends assume he jumped to his death to avoid an even more painful end from AIDS.

San Francisco has lost more than 20,000 people to AIDS — most of them gay men — since the first death from the disease in 1981. Tierney has become part of a small but growing literary trend of posthumously publishing the work of gay men who died too early.

For the first time, Tierney’s poetry has been published as a collection. The book is called, fittingly, “Have You Seen This Man?” A reprint of the flyer his mother and Lamble posted is included inside along with 120 of his poems. It is dedicated to “all the boys who jumped to live.” 

Alysia Abbott, who lives outside Boston, wrote the 2013 memoir “Fairyland,” about losing her mom in a car accident and being raised by her gay dad in San Francisco. After he died of AIDS in 1992, his daughter inherited the rights to his work. All of it had been out of print until this new book, for which she wrote the afterword.

It was edited by Jamie Townsend, a genderqueer poet, publisher and editor who lives in Oakland. Townsend will be at the library event along with Abbott and Cory.

“There are these younger writers, editors, and scholars who are basically interested in finding artists and writers who died of AIDS, who may be kind of never achieved their full potential because they died young,” Abbott said. “Instead of letting these figures languish in the realm of being out of print, they take an interest in their work and bring it back to life.

“For a lot of queer editors and writers, it’s like their ancestry,” she continued. “It’s digging your heroes out of trash cans.”

She added that her dad was unusual in that he had a child who can help keep his memory alive, but most gay men who died of AIDS didn’t.

“Who remembers them?” she wondered. “These younger queer editors are the inheritors. They are children.”

Abbott is now 48, the same age at which her dad died.

“I made this vow to myself. I want to live the hell out of this year,” she said. “Aging is a privilege he didn’t get to enjoy.”

Her dad and Karl Tierney ran in the same circles, and “Fairyland” includes a mention of Tierney. So it’s fitting both books will be celebrated together at Sunday’s event.

Tierney asked Cory, his longtime friend, and fellow writer, to be the literary executor of his estate five weeks before he died, and by December 1995, Cory had boxes of his late friend’s work.
“His poems got better, stronger, deeper and smarter as time went on,” Cory said.
Cory was able to get some published on their own over the years, but no publishing house was interested in a book until now. The collection was published by Sibling Rivalry Press, and Publishers Weekly called it “historically significant” and “groundbreaking in its content.”
Tierney’s sister, Mary, will be at the Sunday event, but his mother cannot make the journey. Karline Tierney said she is ecstatic about the new book, which can help her son live on in some way.
“Oh, I was thrilled to pieces!” she said. “I’m happy his work is getting the recognition it deserves. It’s wonderful and not often the case once an author has passed.”
Tierney’s friend Lamble is also delighted.
“If you’re an obscure gay poet, it’s a long lead time, but I’m glad it’s happened,” he said. “I just wish Karl was around to see it.”
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight appears Sundays and Tuesdays. Email: Twitter: @hknightsf

November 5, 2019

We Are A Young Out Community and For Out Writers Rich Open Territory to Bring Out

Russel T Davies

Russell T Davies has said openly gay writers are "still very new" to society, meaning bringing gay issues to the screen is "rich open territory".
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, The Queer as Folk and Years and Years writer joked "we've always been there", adding it's time to "celebrate" that fact on TV and literature.
When quizzed by host Lauren Laverne on why he was happy to be described as "a gay writer", the Welshman replied: "Well it's unexplored territory, and it is still.
"Any sense of queerness, any sense of otherness is still very very new as a society.
"We've always been there, behind the scenes, making sensible decisions for thousand of years. Just saying: 'If you built that on the left it would all be so much better'... [or] 'Hadrian just move that wall a little bit' - there was undoubtedly a gay man there saying: 'Just don't go all the way'."
"But now as an out society we are less than 50 years old really, and that's nothing," he went on. "That's tiny little babies and there are things that we've felt, things that we've said, emotions in our hearts that have not been put on screen yet or on the page or into fiction."  

We are exactly the same'

The 56-year-old suggested it was as important for modern writers to show there are things that gay people feel, say or do "that are identical to other people".
"That needs saying as well, that we are exactly the same," he declared.
"It's all there to celebrate. It's wonderful, it's a rich open territory."
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Growing up as a "wimpish gay boy" in Swansea in the '60s and '70s, Davies told Laverne that his father was "brilliant" about the fact he didn't want to play rugby like a lot of the other lads.
He also spoke about finding a passion for drama when he joined the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre company, and his recent TV hits, including A Very English Scandal and the dystopian series Years and Years.
"The world itself is getting madder and faster and stranger and I wanted to capture that on screen."
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His song selections to take to that famous mythical island, included Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights and "the greatest club track of all" - Hold That Sucker Down (Builds like a skyscraper mix) by OT Quartet, which featured in his ground-breaking and semi-autobiographical Channel 4 series, about the lives of three gay young men in Manchester.
ELO's Mr. Blue Sky also featured as it was the track that was playing when he and his late husband Andrew walked down the aisle. Or at least it was before the record cut out, hilariously.
Davies spoke movingly about stopping work to look after his "truly extraordinary" partner, who died of a brain tumor last year.
"It was hard and also it was an honor to be the person doing that," he said of becoming Andrew's carer, following a series of debilitating operations.

'Happiest years'

Doctors had given him just 18 months to live but he survived for another eight years - "the happiest years" of their marriage. "They were so intimate and honest and everything else just falls away and there's no-nonsense - there's it's just you and him."
Davies added: "If you'd have asked me at the time what's it like to be a carer, thinking 'year four', I'd have been going [it's] 'driving me a bit mad, I wouldn't mind a bit of freedom'.
"Now I've got the freedom, I'd chuck away that freedom away in an instant just to have five more minutes sitting watching the television with him."
Davies confirmed it had been a boyhood dream come true when he was asked to re-launch Dr Who in the mid-noughties for a new generation.
Russell T Davies with Doctor Who actors Chrisopher Ecclestone and Billie Piper in 2004
Image captionRussell T Davies with Doctor Who actors Chrisopher Ecclestone and Billie Piper in 2004
He daydreamed that if he had his own personal tardis now, he'd go back to 1998 to the "magic moment" he and Andrew - "the nicest man in the world" - met in a nightclub in Manchester's Canal Street.
"He will be in every good man I ever write now."
Finally, as is a tradition on the show, this week's castaway was allowed to select a book and a luxury item. He plumped for "the finest book ever made", Asterix and the Roman Agent, as well as a box of black Ball Pentel pens - for "the artist" in him.

March 12, 2019

British Writer Gillian Freeman Writer of “Leather Boys” Who Chronicled Nazi Germany ‘Free Spirits’ Dead At 89

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 Movie "Leather Boys' 1964

Harrison Smith

Washington Post

Gillian Freeman, a British writer whose precise, richly detailed historical novels chronicled free spirits in Edwardian England and Nazi Germany, and who ventured outside the mainstream to write a pioneering study of pornography and a landmark work of gay literature, died Feb. 23 at a hospital in London. She was 89.
The cause was complications from dementia, said her husband, Edward Thorpe.
Ms. Freeman was working as a secretary for novelist Louis Golding when she began writing her first book, “The Liberty Man” (1955), about a middle-class schoolteacher and a cockney sailor whose love affair is stifled by the British class system.
She went on to write scripts for television, radio and an early Robert Altman film; scenarios for Royal Ballet choreographer Kenneth MacMillan; and about a dozen more novels, often featuring undercurrents of romance and mystery, with protagonists who are outcasts by virtue of their religion, class or sexuality. Raised in a liberal, middle-class London family, Ms. Freeman was no outsider. But she had a strong sympathy for those who were and an imagination that enabled her to craft fully realized characters such as Dick and Reggie, the gay, motorcycle-riding protagonists of “The Leather Boys” (1961).
The novel was commissioned by her literary agent turned publisher, Anthony Blond, who was bisexual. “Anthony said to her, ‘I would like a Romeo and Romeo story about simple young men, working-class young men,’ ” Thorpe said in a phone interview. “It was rather like the two guys in ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ which she preceded by about 40 years.”

Gillian Freeman wrote “The Leather Boys” before homosexuality was decriminalized in Britain. (ANL/REX/Shutterstock) 

“The Leather Boys” was published six years before homosexuality was decriminalized in England and was part of a wave of boundary-breaking gay novels that included works by Christopher Isherwood, Mary Renault and (posthumously) E.M. Forster.
It “played a vital part in liberalizing British attitudes to homosexuality,” novelist Michael Arditti wrote in the foreword to the 2014 reissue of “The Leather Boys.”
Ms. Freeman released the book under a pseudonym, Eliot George, inverting the nom de plum that Mary Ann Evans used to publish “Middlemarch.” She used her own name while serving as screenwriter for a 1964 film adaptation drawn from “the novel by Eliot George.”

Directed by Sidney J. Furie, the movie featured actress Rita Tushingham and tweaked the novel’s plot, keeping Reggie’s unhappy marriage but having him spurn the advances of a gay biker, now named Pete. “The playing is exceptionally real, lines overlapping, almost improvised,” wrote Washington Post film critic Richard L. Coe. “Understatement has made this story meaningful; overstatement would have made it merely sensational.” 

Ms. Freeman went on to survey the state of modern pornography in “The Undergrowth of Literature” (1967), which drew from magazines like Woman’s Own and Man’s Story to examine “the particular fantasies people need to get through life,” her husband said.
And she wrote two major novels set in Nazi Germany, including “The Alabaster Egg” (1970), about a Jewish woman’s tragic romance, and “Nazi Lady: The Diaries of Elisabeth von Stahlenberg, 1933-1948” (1978), which originally omitted Ms. Freeman’s name from the cover.
Appearing to be an authentic Nazi diary, the novel chronicled the daily life of a woman who marries an employee of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, meets Adolf Hitler and espouses the necessity of accepting “a certain amount of violence to achieve peaceful ends.” Ms. Freeman’s identity as author was soon revealed by the Evening Standard, but by then, the book had already fooled plenty of readers. 

According to the Telegraph, Blond wrote in a memoir that historian and conservative politician Alan Clark declared the novel “indisputably genuine . . . a contemporary document of the highest importance to social historians of the epoch.” American publishers, meanwhile, offered to double their advance if “von Stahlenberg” would agree to a book tour.
Gillian Freeman was born in London on Dec. 5, 1929. Her mother was a homemaker, and her father was a physician turned dentist, who encouraged 5-year-old Gillian’s writing efforts by clipping together her handwritten stories about dogs and fairies.
She received a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy, with honors, from the University of Reading in 1951. After moving to London, she worked as a copywriter, East End schoolteacher and newspaper reporter before being hired by Golding, one of her father’s dental patients. 

Ms. Freeman married Thorpe, a ballet critic and novelist, in 1955. They later co-wrote “Ballet Genius” (1988), which featured profiles of 20 leading dancers. By then, Ms. Freeman had written scenarios for MacMillan’s ballets “Isadora” and “Mayerling,” which depicted a suicide pact between Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his mistress.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, actresses Harriet Thorpe and Matilda Thorpe; and five grandchildren.
Ms. Freeman’s other works included the screenplay for Altman’s “That Cold Day in the Park” (1969), based on a thriller by Richard Miles, and her novel “An Easter Egg Hunt” (1981), about a 17-year-old girl’s disappearance at a boarding school during World War I.
Her “Nazi Lady” continued to bedevil inattentive readers in recent years. When Canongate published “The Secret Annexe” (2004), an anthology of war diarists edited by Irene and Alan Taylor, the book included an excerpt from the diary of Elisabeth von Stahlenberg.

Harrison Smith
Harrison Smith is a reporter on The Washington Post's obituaries desk. Since joining the obituaries section in 2015, he has profiled big-game hunters, fallen dictators and Olympic champions. He sometimes covers the living as well, and previously co-founded the South Side Weekly, a community newspaper in Chicago. 

September 13, 2017

Secular Temple of Oscar Wilde Open in NYC

 Oscar Wilder, writer, thinker and gay. Convicted of indecency

The asecular temple devoted to Oscar Wilde opened in the basement of a New York church on Tuesday, crammed with devotional style religious art to honour a trailblazer of gay rights.
Those involved in the project said it had been 20 years in the making but with transgender rights under threat from President Donald Trump’s administration and gays feeling more discrimination, it was more timely than ever.
Conceived by artists David McDermott and Peter McGough at The Church of the Village, the space will be open to members of the public five days a week and available for private ceremonies, including weddings. 
Wilde, the Irish wit and playwright, was convicted of gross indecency, sentenced in 1895 to two years hard labour, most of which he served in Reading.
"He invoked all of us to rebel, that it was the inherent quality of human beings to be rebellious, to move society, to be individual," said curator Alison Gingeras, who organised the project.
 The secular temple devoted to Oscar Wilde which was opened to the public in the basement of the Church of the Village in New York 
McDermott said the temple was a place "free of religious doctrine, honouring a watershed historical figure who pioneered the long struggle for equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender peoples."
Pastor Jeff Wells welcomed the collaboration, saying the installation "fits so deeply into the ethos of this congregation, which we call radically inclusive."
The church, which has a strong LGBTQ contingent, is located in the heart of Greenwich Village near the Stonewall Inn, a landmark of the gay rights movement in the United States.
"The Oscar Wilde Temple" transforms a basement chapel, which will continue to serve as a place of worship for deaf congregants on Sundays, back to 1882-83, the time of Wilde’s lecture tour to America.

The secular temple devoted to the Irish wit and playwright is crammed with devotional style religious art to honour the trailblazer of gay rights CREDIT: AFP
The centrepiece is an altar built around a more than four-foot (1.2-meter) statute of Wilde, carved out of wood but made to resemble marble, and on the pedestal below, his prisoner number at Reading jail.
Wilde wrote the "Ballad of Reading Gaol" under the pseudonym of that number, C33, after fleeing in exile and disgrace to France.
On the walls, hang seven oil and gold leaf canvases on linen based on newspaper coverage of his trial and imprisonment, and inspired by the Stations of the Cross paintings at the cathedral in Avranches, France.
All proceeds from private events and donations to the Temple will go to support LGBTQ youth at risk of homelessness.
"We hope that this temple is a place that is really used," said Gingeras. It will remain open until December 2 before moving to London.
McDermott and McGough, who have collaborated as artists since 1980, began their careers by living as if it were 1890, taking electricity and gas out of their apartment, and wearing starched collars.


January 27, 2017

MouthButtMilo and More than just Gay, Fighter Roxane Gay

 It’s impossible to adequately articulate how much Gay is the antithesis of Milo. Milo rose to fame as the pretty gay male hater of all things gay, of women, of people of color. He was promoted on the pages of Breitbart news–the extremist website of which President Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who on January 26 told the press to stop talking and stop reporting, is CEO.
Bannon, who has also made documentaries for Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann and equated Planned Parenthood with the Holocaust, also said "birth control makes women unattractive and crazy," said women who feel they’ve been attacked online should just "log off" and said in a radio interview in 2011 that progressives don’t like conservative women because they aren’t "dykes." Milo was built by Bannon and Bannon’s protégé is a self-described white nationalist.

{By the Author:JANUARY 2017: Once more from a hospital bed I’ve been watching the eight years of the hard work of the Obama Administration being gutted by President Trump. My anger is wide-ranging, like that of the three million Women’s March participants. But it is also specific to me and the millions of other Americans fight cancer or other diseases who are about to have their health insurance taken away for no reason other than the Republicans hated Obama and Hillary and still do.}
Last year Yiannopoulos alleged that lesbians had the highest incidence of domestic violence of all couples in an article titled "Attack of the Killer Lesbians!" Another article "Lesbian Bridezillas Bully Bridal Shop Owner Over Religious Beliefs," took the side of shop owners refusing to serve a lesbian couple.
Milo was Bannon’s golden boy. There was no one off limits in his screeds, but Milo’s favorite targets were women (especially lesbians) and people of color (especially anyone Muslim). His writing is transphobic and xenophobic and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. College groups protested him speaking on their campuses while college administrators insisted free speech was at issue.
Currently Milo is on his "Dangerous Faggot" tour, which has brought the "Alt-Right" slithering out, even on college campuses. On Jan. 3, students at the University of California, Berkeley, tried to have Milo banned from appearing. But on Jan. 26, UC Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said Milo had the right to speak on campus at a Feb. 1 event organized by the Berkeley College Republicans.
Yes, Republicans–even the so-called moderates–love Milo because they can point to him as a gay man they "know." They can embrace his virulent misogyny because he’s gay. They can say he’s not a racist because he claims to have sex with black men. They think they can even say the word f*ggot because Milo does.
It has often seemed that there is no one to stand up to Milo. Those of us who have stood up to him on social media have gotten hounded by his many trolls. Those who have written about him have received threats, too.
All of which is what makes Roxane Gay stand out like a supershero from a Marvel graphic novel. She stood up. Bigly.
In these days of The Resistance to President Trump, women are leading the protests. Our protests are taking myriad forms. On Jan. 26 award-winning writer Roxane Gay showed us what democracy–and intersectional feminism–looks like when she withdrew her upcoming book from Simon & Schuster.m
The best-selling author and New York Times columnist announced she will no longer publish her book with Simon & Schuster specifically and only because they had signed Milo Yiannopolous.
In a statement given to BuzzFeed News, Gay explained, "I was supposed to turn the book in this month and I kept thinking about how egregious it is to give someone like Milo a platform for his blunt, inelegant hate and provocation. I just couldn’t bring myself to turn the book in. My editor emailed me last week and I kept staring at that email in my inbox and finally over the weekend I asked my agent to pull the book."
Gay appeared at Indiana University Jan. 25 to a crowd so huge, there were hundreds in an over-flow room. There she explained she could not normalize racism. Gay also revealed–and this is both shocking and utterly unsurprising given who is now president–that Milo’s $250,000 advance is more than the advances for her first five books.
In her statement Gay said she was not calling for censorship, she was making her own statement, which, as she had said in her tweet, she could actually afford to do.
"Milo has every right to say what he wants to say, however distasteful I and many others find it to be. He doesn’t have a right to have a book published by a major publisher but he has, in some bizarre twist of fate, been afforded that privilege. So be it."
Emphasizing that as a well-known and popular writer (and, I would add, much beloved), Gay said she is in a "fortunate enough" position to withdraw her book. "I recognize that other writers aren’t and understand that completely," she added.
Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy responded to S&S authors with a letter in which she said in part, "First and foremost, I want to make clear that we do not support or condone, nor will we publish, hate speech," BuzzFeed News reported. "Not from our authors. Not in our books. Not at out imprints. Not from our employees and not in our workplace."
According to Reidy, the decision to publish "Dangerous" was an "editorially independent" one made without the "involvement or knowledge of our other publishers." The book was pitched as an "examination of the issues of political correctness and free speech," Reidy said in the letter.
Reidy explained, "The imprint believed that an articulate discussion of these issues, coming from an unconventional source like Mr. Yiannopoulos, could become an incisive commentary on today’s social discourse that would sit well within its scope and mission, which is to publish works for a conservative audience.” We will need more brave people like her in the coming weeks, months and years. We will need people willing to put everything on the line. We will need people to remind those who can’t stand up that there are heroes walking among us and that their voices can propel us forward.
Gay is the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She has a PhD and teaches at Purdue University. She writes so much it’s hard to keep up with her work.
Gay said she was "putting my money where my mouth is."
Last summer, Gay and poet Yona Harvey were announced as writers for Marvel Comics World of Wakanda, a spin-off from the company's Black Panther title, making her the first black woman to be a lead writer for Marvel.
Roxane Gay is a boss. She fends off haters with aplomb. She makes time to send consoling tweets to women in the hospital and responds to aspiring writers and talks about the movies she loves (you’d be surprised).
And whether Simon & Schuster knows it or not, Gay’s made a statement about them that many of us will not soon forget. 

Victoria A. Brownworth is an award-winning journalist, editor and writer and the author and editor of nearly 30 books. She has won the NLGJA and the Society of Professional Journalists awards, the Lambda Literary Award and has been nominated for the Scripps-Howard Award, RFK Award and the Pulitzer Prize. She won the 2013 SPJ Award for Enterprise Reporting. She is a regular contributor to The Advocate and SheWired, a blogger for Huffington Post and A Room of Her Own, senior politics reporter and contributing editor for Curve magazine, contributing editor for Lambda Literary Review and a columnist for San Francisco Bay Area Reporter. Her reporting and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, Village Voice, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, Ms Magazine, Diva and Slate. Her book, Coming Out of Cancer: Writings from the Lesbian Cancer Epidemic won the Lambda Literary Award, From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth won the 2012 Moonbeam Award for cultural & historical fiction. Her new novel, Ordinary Mayhem, won the IPPY Award for fiction and the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery. Her book Erasure: Silencing Lesbians and her next novel, Sleep So Deep, will both be published in fall 2017. @VABVOX

This portion of Victoria’s writing  and the entire post on Curve Magazine. As always tittle and editing by adamfoxie blog

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