Double Life: A Short History of Sex in the USSR
Ināra Kolmane revisits 70 years of Communist power in the Eastern Bloc through the prism of sexuality.
David Kortava, "Dick Leitsch’s Guide to Seventies Gay Slang"
"The octogenarian activist and Advocate writer prepares his archives for the New York Public Library."
Brady McCombs, "Mormon support for gay marriage gradually grows"
"Mormon Alex Landers supports the legalization of gay marriage despite her religion’s opposition for a simple reason: She has LGBTQ friends who she loves and respects, including her best friend who is a bisexual man."
Bea Mitchell, "Ohio woman who claims cabbage juice can ‘cure’ homosexuality faces state probe"
"An Ohio woman who claims that fermented cabbage juice can ‘cure’ or reverse homosexuality is under scrutiny from the state’s attorney general’s office."
"Raúl Castro’s daughter to push for gay marriage in Cuba"
"Mariela Castro, a Cuban lawmaker and daughter of Communist Party chief Raul Castro, says she will push for gay marriage to be included in a constitutional reform process expected to begin in July."
Monica Rhor, "Obituary Project Honors Lives Lost to AIDS, History of Houston’s Gay Community"
"The three paragraphs stopped her cold. There, in black and white, was the news Jacqueline Kiffe had both sought and dreaded for nearly 25 years."
Julie Rodgers, "What I Learned From Gay Conversion Therapy"
"On Saturday, a group of Christians will gather in Washington for the Freedom March, an event that organizers describe as 'a celebration of freedom from homosexuality and transgenderism.'"
Alexandra Schwartz, "The Life Span of a Photographer’s Marriage, One Portrait of His Partner at a Time"
"'I said I’d never marry anybody from my home town or anybody I met in a bar, and I did both,' the photographer Michael Northrup told me recently. 'She pinched my butt, and that was that.'"
Maria Sherman, “Jay-Z’s Mom Gloria Carter Accepts GLAAD Award: ‘I Was Happy, But I Was Not Free’”
"On Saturday night, at the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, Jay-Z’s mom Gloria Carter took home a Special Recognition Award for her contribution to her son’s 4:44 track, “Smile,” which concludes with his mother performing spoken word for the song’s outro."
Tim Teeman, "How ‘217 Boxes’ Reveals John E. Fryer, the Man in the Mask Who Changed LGBT Rights Forever"
"The mask that Dr. John E. Fryer wore in 1972 to deliver his speech about what it was like to be a gay psychiatrist to an American Psychiatric Association panel was not in any of the 217 boxes the playwright and director Ain Gordon discovered at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania."
Sam Whiting, "Soni Wolf, Who Founded Dykes on Bikes and Fought to Protect Its Name, Dies"
"Soni Wolf, a founding member of Dykes on Bikes who had been named community grand marshal at the upcoming San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade in June, died before she got a chance to make one last motorcycle ride up Market Street."
In the 1980s and 1990s, the San Francisco Metropolitan Community Church wrestled with profound questions: What does it mean to minister a gay church when so many in the congregation are dying from AIDS-related complications and grieving the recently dead? How do you have faith during an epidemic? And what does it mean to participate in communion in a community ravaged by a plague?
Sexing History Swag
This American Life, "Gossip"
"This week, Sarah Koenig hosts, as we tackle the thing we all hate to love: Gossip. That's right; we've got rumor, we've got innuendo, and we've got a story of gossipers gone pro."
Nancy, "Lena Waithe's Superpowers"
"We first spoke with Lena Waithe just ahead of Master of None's second season, which featured the groundbreaking episode "Thanksgiving." Kathy checked back in shortly after Lena won an Emmy for writing that episode."
Radiolab, "Patient Zero"
"This hour, Radiolab hunts for Patient Zeroes from all over the map."