Tag Archives: gay

The terms “homosexual” and “sexual orientation”

We need to be aware that the concepts “homosexual” and “sexual orientation” are modern, and perhaps Western. I don’t feel that recognizing this has anything to do with essentialism versus social construction. One is not arguing the fact that people … Continue reading

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Kai Wright’s “Drifting Toward Love”

Book Review Kai Wright, Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York Beacon Press, Boston, 2008 ISBN 978-0-8070-7968-3 This is an important book. Why would I — a dead, white male, a … Continue reading

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Shelter — pictures by Lucky Michaels of homeless LGBTQ youth at home

Untitled, 2007, Courtesy of Lucky Michaels (click picture to enlarge) The picture above was taken by Lucky Michaels, a photographer and also a counselor at Sylvia’s Place, located within the Metropolitan Community Church of New York. The shelter (named after … Continue reading

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Socrates — running his hand through Phaedo’s hair

Plato’s Phaedo is one of the hardest dialogues for me to understand. The way some commentators present it seems uncompromisingly, patronizingly self-righteous. Yet, I think there are more humanistic ways to understand it.

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Heroes — Luchino Visconti

Count Don Luchino Visconti di Modrone Here’s a sampling of my favorite Luchino Visconti films.

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Allen Ginsberg’s “America”

Note: this post is an extension of my About page. Allen Ginsberg in 1960 by Mario Jorrin/Getty Images YouTube: Photomontage of Ginsberg and his “america” music by Tom Waits. Incredibly moving. America by Allen Ginsberg America I’ve given you all … Continue reading

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Michelangelo’s “Slave Awakening”

Robert Snyder made two inspiring documentaries about Michelangelo—and films about others including Buckminster Fuller, Claudio Arrau and Willem de Kooning. I’ve been haunted by his 1989 documentary Michelangelo: Self Portrait.

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