Michael Dillon was the first person to medically transition from female to male. Here, Pagan Kennedy, the author of The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2007), tells the story of Dillon's unsuccessful efforts to become a Buddhist monk in India and his decision to reveal his secrets in a still unpublished autobiography he wrote near the end of his life.
Australian artist Tina Fiveash (b. 1970) often appropriates the iconography of advertising to create a missing lesbian history. Her work is frequently humorous on the surface, but just as often delivers a fierce political punch on closer inspection.
Author, activist, and television personality Keith Boykin introduces Gentleman Jigger, a novel by Harlem Renaissance writer Richard Bruce Nugent, and discusses the factors that prevented its publication before 2008.
In this wide-ranging essay about Brokeback Mountain, author Eric Patterson contends that Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain and the Annie Proulx short story on which the film is based compels Americans to consider the significance of love between men especially as it relates to the heroic national ideal of the Cowboy.
Robert Sherer's recent work uses unusual media to address two sharply distinct aspects of gay male experience. His American Pyrographs series explores male adolescence and sexuality while Blood Works comments on--and raises questions about--romance and sex in the HIV era.
Transgender people--more specifically, people who were born male but present themselves as female--are Brazil's single most marginalized group. Though activists and government agencies are beginning to address the problems they face, most Brazilian transsexuals suffer from violence, unique health risks, social isolation, and enormous emotional stresses.
Artist Laurie Toby Edison is chiefly known for three series of photographic work: Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes, Familiar Men, and Women of Japan. Edison's work reflects her engagement in the Fat Acceptance/Size movement, the feminist movement, and queer activist organizations.
Tee Corinne (1943-2006), the shy superstar of lesbian erotic art, died of liver cancer on August 27, 2006. The loss of her lover to colon cancer less than a year before inspired Corinne's final series of photographs entitled Scars, Stoma, Ostomy Bag, Portacath.
During his seventeen-year career as a professional photographer, Jack Robinson (1928-1997) captured hundreds of images of celebrities, musicians, and actors of the 1960s and early 1970s, and established himself as an important fashion photographer.
Photographer Mel Roberts (b. 1923) created powerfully homoerotic photographs set in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s. Though once considered a mere physique photographer, Roberts has come to be seen as a serious artist, and interest in his images has surged since the late 1990s.