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Nyad, Diana Nyad, Diana
Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
 
Dattani, Mahesh
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Art Inspired by the Upstairs Lounge Fire
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/29/13
Last Updated: 01/29/13
Artwork inspired by the 1973 New Orleans Upstairs Lounge fire has recently been in the news.
Photographer Jeff Sheng's "Fearless"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/04/12
Last Updated: 08/04/12
Jeff Sheng's video slide-show about his "Fearless" project, begun in 2003, of photographing high school and college athletes who are openly glbtq, has debuted at Pride House 2012 at the London Olympics.
George Dureau Exhibition at Higher Pictures
Posted by: Wik Wikholm on 06/27/12
Last Updated: 06/27/12
The Higher Pictures Gallery is presenting Black, the first New York solo exhibition by photographer George Dureau.
Happy Birthday, Toller Cranston
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/20/12
Last Updated: 04/20/12
On April 20, 2012, Toller Cranston's 63rd birthday, it is fitting to remember that the acclaimed figure skater is also an excellent painter.
Tom of Finland in Miami Beach
Posted by: Wik Wikholm on 04/08/12
Last Updated: 04/11/12
An exhibition of the work of Tom of Finland will be at the World Museum of Erotic Art in Miami Beach from April 14 through July 31, 2012.
Keith Haring Exhibit Opens in Brooklyn
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/15/12
Last Updated: 03/15/12
On March 16, 2012, the first large-scale exhibit focusing on the early works of Keith Haring opens at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Opens March 23
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/13/12
Last Updated: 03/13/12
The British Film Institute's Lesbian & Gay Film Festival opens March 23, 2012 in London.
MOMA's Documentary Festival to Present United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/27/12
Last Updated: 01/27/12
New York's Museum of Modern Art will open its International Documentary Festival with a screening of Jim Hubbard's United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.
London's Tate Modern Presents Retrospective of the Films of Barbara Hammer
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/21/12
Last Updated: 01/24/12
In February 2012, London's Tate Modern presents a major retrospective of the films of Barbara Hammer.
Elise Dodeles in Solo Exhibition at Philadelphia LGBT Community Center
Posted by: Wik Wikholm on 01/02/12
Last Updated: 01/02/12
Accomplished lesbian artist Elise Dodeles featured in a solo exhibition at Philadelphia's William Way Community Center Gallery.
Platform Gallery Hosts Exhibition of Five Leading glbtq Artists
Posted by: Wik Wikholm on 12/10/11
Last Updated: 12/10/11
Platform Gallery of Seattle shows work by queer artists Molly Landreth, Kelli Connell, Steve Locke and Steven Frost.
Artist Raphael Perez Celebrates GLBTQ Families
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/30/11
Last Updated: 12/04/11
In an extraordinary video posted on YouTube, gay artist Raphael Perez celebrates glbtq families.
Carl Gopal Applies Queer Lens to Tough Problems
Posted by: Wik Wikholm on 09/12/11
Last Updated: 09/12/11
Australian artist Carl Gopal uses a queer lens to examine international political dynamics and other social problems.
 
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