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Embarrassing Typos Mar Otherwise Sparkling Roll-Out of LGBT 'Rainbow Honor Walk' in SF: VIDEO

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Yesterday, in San Francisco's Castro District, organizers unveiled the first bronze sidewalk plaques dedicated to LGBT heroes in the Rainbow Honor Walk, a queer take on Hollywood Boulevard's "Walk of Fame" meant to honor those "self-expressed LGBT individuals, now deceased, who made significant contributions in their fields."

The first 20 honorees are Jane Addams, James Baldwin, George Choy, Federico Garcia Lorca, Allen Ginsberg, Keith Haring, Harry Hay, Sylvester James, Christine Jorgensen, Frida Kahlo, Del Martin, Yukio Mishima, Bayard Rustin, Randy Shilts, Gertrude Stein, Alan Turing, Tom Waddell, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, and Virginia Woolf.

JorgensenThe unveiling was marred by some unfortunate typos which immediately made their way to social media. Oscar Wilde's plaque celebrated the writer's "bitting" wit while trans pioneer Christine Jorgensen was described as "trangendered". More than $100,000 in donations which paid for the plaques will cover the cost of corrections, reports KGO.

According to Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin, who was there to help unveil the Virginia Woolf plaque (see below) with his husband Chris Turner and their dog Philo, the plaques with errors will be auctioned off to benefit the Honor Walk campaign and replaced.

Other attendees included Senator Mark Leno and SF Supervisor Scott Wiener, as well as activist and veteran Dan Choi.

The Walk has been in development for years:

The idea for the project had a dual genesis. In 1994, Perry suggested the idea and received media attention and the support of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. However, the overwhelming priorities of the AIDS/HIV pandemic put the project, and its fundraising goals, on hiatus. In 2009, Lindenauer, unaware of the earlier effort, envisioned the Rainbow Honor Walk. Lindenauer and Perry joined forces, put together a volunteer committee of community leaders and received the unanimous support of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

“These are just the first 20 of what we hope will be hundreds of names,” says Lindenauer, noting the Walk stretches from Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy on 19th Street at Diamond down to Castro. On Castro Street — the LGBT community’s “Main Street” – the walk will continue up to Market Street with additional wings along 18th Street. On Market Street, San Francisco’s main thoroughfare, the Walk will continue to the LGBT Center at Octavia Boulevard.

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'Penny Dreadful' Star Reeve Carney Discusses Make-out Session with Josh Hartnett: VIDEO

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One of the biggest surprises during season one of Showtime’s Victorian horror-drama Penny Dreaful was the make-out scene between Josh Hartnett's wolfy sharpshooter Ethan Chandler and Reeve Carney's bisexual decadent Dorian Gray.

When asked about the scene during a San Diego Comic Con afterparty, Carney said:

"I knew that something like that would likely happen at some point and I figure, you know, you could certainly do a lot worse than Josh Harnett. It's probably all downhill for me in terms of any man-on-man action I might have on the show. They'll have to keep their game high!"

During the same interview, Carney said that Dorian will have a new love interest in season two though Carney claims not to know whether it will be male or female. In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian’s decline begins after he cruelly rejects the love of an actress named Sibyl Vane, but the Penny Dreadful prides itself in its departures from classic texts, so Dorian could easily move in another direction.

Meanwhile, at the San Diego Comic Con’s Penny Dreadful panel, the show’s openly gay creator John Logan discussed how his gay identity helped inspire the show where all the heroes are also potential villains:

Logan also pulled a lot from his own life to develop the original characters and then bring them all together. For example, almost all of what we've seen is rooted in Logan's experience being a gay man before it was widely accepted. Logan noted, "I realized the very thing that made me different, also made me who I am," and from that, came what the show's all about. "The monster in all of us, the thing we must embrace, the thing that frightens us, the thing that makes us who we are."

The sci-fi site io9 also has some small reveals for Penny Dreadful fans looking forward to the second season including this one: we'll finally get to see what the picture of Dorian Gray actually looks like.

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Jonathan Kemp's 'London Triptych': Book Review

BY GARTH GREENWELL

9781551525020_LondonTriptychProstitution, prison, and the police are recurring themes in Jonathan Kemp’s ambitious and intricate first novel. In each of the three stories that make up his London Triptych, men find themselves clients and providers in a world of transactional sex, brought there by poverty or solitude or boredom—and lured more profoundly by the promise of something that seems for a while like freedom.

But this book aims to be more than an exploration of sexual mores and sexual obsessions, though it is certainly that. The three narratives it intertwines span a century, and two are set at pivotal moments for gay history: 1895, when Oscar Wilde was convicted of gross indecency, and 1954, when Britain’s gay witch hunts reached their peak with the trial of Lord Montagu. With a third narrative set in the 1990s, the novel presents a chronicle of gay life, or at least a certain segment of gay life, in Britain in the 20th century. 

Still, this is history of a particularly subtle and intimate kind, concerned less with the center of power than with the more vulnerable periphery. In an afterword, Kemp writes about wanting to write a history of the powerless, and his account of the Wilde trial is told from the perspective of one of the boys who, to avoid prosecution themselves, testified to Wilde’s homosexuality in court. The names of these boys, who worked for the brothel Wilde frequented, are lost to history, and Kemp writes of being drawn to what he calls their “invisibility.”

He has filled that gap in the historical record with a vividly imagined world. The narrator of these sections, Jack Rose, flees from his sadistic father and his miserable East London slum, taking refuge in a world of underground clubs and elaborate balls, a world frequented not just by boys from low-class backgrounds but by celebrities and Tory politicians and priests who lend their services, in one wonderful scene, to the consecration of a drag wedding.

London Triptych doesn’t romanticize the life of prostitution, but neither does it flatten out the lives of male prostitutes and their clients to a pattern of easily understood exploitation. Money distorts but doesn’t preclude human relationships, and one of the moving aspects of this novel is how, for each of its narrators, even such purchased and partial love can be transformative. Thus Jack finds himself changed by Wilde, whose favorite he becomes and by whom he finds himself caught, admiring him in ways that shift his sense both of the world and of himself: “I reckon most for fools or hypocrites…but never before have I looked at another’s life and thought, that’s exactly what I’d like to be.”

Jkempcropped_245x0__false_nocrop_trueThe most beautiful strand of this braided book is devoted to Colin Read, 54 years old in 1954, who has quit an advertising job to devote himself to painting. He hires a young man, Gregory, as his model, and finds himself awakening both to love and to art as he listens to the man’s stories and gazes at his form. Terrified by the intense persecution of gay men in Britain in the 1950s—which would entrap Alan Turing and John Gielgud as well as Montagu, whose trial he follows—Colin has brutally repressed his own sexuality. Under Gregory’s spell, he has his first sexual encounters in London bathrooms, experiences he finds exhilarating and humiliating in equal measure.

His confession of love to Gregory provides its own kind of humiliation. But it’s also an apotheosis, and we see Colin discover a genius that, as we learn in the book’s later scenes, will survive him: “Each brush stroke charges me…my blood sings to the paint, and the paint sings to my blood, and I have become the air that carries their voices back and forth.” Nor is the beautiful Gregory unchanged by these encounters: In what may be the most moving scene in the novel, we learn that for him, too, these encounters were more than mere transactions.

As these three narratives echo each other and finally (if only slightly) overlap, the book’s most profound theme becomes time and the changes it works on both people and the city that will outlast them. We watch the lives of gay men and their communities transform from Jack Rose’s underground “government of whores” to Colin’s cottage bathrooms and the raves and porn shoots of the 1990s, each era setting its own shapes for gay lives. And we see Gregory and Jack Rose, those desired objects, shift merely as a function of age from the category of pursued to pursuer. “You look back on your own youth and view it with the eyes of another person,” says Colin, striking the dominant tone of this fine and finally elegiac book, “and it seems as foreign as another country, as distant as a star.” 

Previous reviews...
Benjamin Alire Saenz's 'Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club'
David McConnell’s 'American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men'

Garth Greenwell is the author of Mitko, which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and a Lambda Award. Beginning this fall, he will be an Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.


Watch: Jersey Shore Meets Oscar Wilde

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"I need a mind condom, because I'm being mind-f**ked."

Transcripts from Jersey Shore delivered in the style of Oscar Wilde.

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Watch: Ben Barnes and Ben Chaplin Hot Wet Kiss in Dorian Gray

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In a preview clip from the forthcoming Oscar Wilde adaptation Dorian Gray, Ben Barnes and Ben Chaplin demonstrate the prelude to a...

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News: Oscar Wilde, El Niño, Pepto-Bismol, Vladimir Putin, Iraq

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U.S. military probing claims by Iraqi refugee that servicemembers were involved in the executions of gays in Iraq.

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Provincetown player Ryan Landry stars as Oscar Wilde in production of Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency.

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Save the Earth, piss in the shower.

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New El Niño may be second-strongest.

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The Majority: Condé Nast's 'A-gay' tower of power?

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Bolivia bans all circus animals: "Bolivia has enacted what animal rights activists are calling the world's first ban on all animals in circuses. A handful of other countries have banned the use of wild animals in circuses, but the Bolivian ban includes domestic animals as well."

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Phyllis Schlafly unleashes on the National Education Association for supporting gays at its annual convention in San Diego.

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Allen Thornell, LGBT leader in Georgia, dies after suffering stroke.

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Leonardo Dicaprio hits the beach in Ibiza.

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Pepto-Bismol ice cream: hangover cure?

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Murses and the dudes who dig them. (via the awl)

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Stonewall Shooting Sports: Gay Utah group to join gun rights march in Salt Lake City.

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Killer of gay seaman August Provost, who committed suicide while in custody, had tried to kill himself twice before.

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Movieline interviews photographer Bruce Weber.

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Maybe the only reason to see the new G.I. Joe flick?

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The NYT visits the John Bartlett boutique: "It’s not as if this store is exclusively gay; it’s just secure in its sexuality. Contrary to current film and television, there is a large segment of confident gay men out there who aren’t that obsessed with fashion. They work hard, and just need some nice clothes for jobs and second dates."

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What Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Will Smith will be wearing this fall.

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Russian PM Vladimir Putin shows off his macho self again. FLASHBACK: A river runs through Russia: Fishing with Pin-up Putin.

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75% of Poles against same-sex marriage.

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Glenn Beck: Don't get violent, even though I've been riling you up for years.

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Error rate increases as signatures are counted in Washington state anti-gay ballot measure.

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Massachusetts teen held on $1000 bond after anti-gay assault: "According to the victim, he and his female friend were walking on Bay Street when they were approached by a group of four boys. They identified two of the four as Ambers and Gregg, who appeared to be intoxicated when they directed their attention toward the victim in an aggressive manner. Though she tried to keep Ambers at a distance, the victim’s friend told officers her attempts were futile. Reports say Ambers and Gregg shouted homosexual slurs as they punched and kicked the teenager until he fell to the ground."

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Annie Lennox, backwards and forwards.


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