New Orleans is one of America's most colorful cities and boasts a rich tradition for glbtq people. The city is both a popular travel destination for gay men and lesbians and the home of a diverse glbtq community.
In this 2004 interview with Owen Keehnen, Pam Tent, a founding member of San Francisco's flamboyant Cockettes, discusses the inception and the ultimate disbanding of that counter-culture performance group and reminisces about its glittering moments and its celebrity following.
In this 1994 interview with Owen Keehnen, performer and playwright David Drake discusses the success of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, his careers as both performer and writer, his sissy boy stigma, and Hollywood homophobia.
In these two interviews with Owen Keehnen, the late author and activist David B. Feinberg (1956-1994) discusses his involvement in ACT UP, his award-winning novels Eighty-Sixed (1989) and Spontaneous Combustion (1991), his play The Pathological Flirt, and the influences on his work.
In this 1994 interview with Owen Keehnen, Lesléa Newman discusses her children's, young adult, and adult novels; the dramatization and film versions of A Letter to Harvey Milk (1987), the lesbian and Jewish influences on her writing; and the controversy over Heather Has Two Mommies (1989).
Lipstick Conspiracy is a San Francisco-based all-transgender band founded in 2003. Though still relatively new, the group has been welcomed by critics. The Portland Mercury characterized the group as rock-n-roll's first all-tranny band, the San Francisco Bay Guardian named them "Best Girl Band" of 2004, and The SF Observer praised their "simple guitar riffs" and "punchy, rhyme-induced lyrics."
Here, band members tell us about their inspiration, music, and the obstacles they have faced and share some advice for queer bands that are just starting out.
In this 1995 telephone interview with Owen Keehnen, comic novelist Mabel Maney discusses her young adult female detective and nurse novels, The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse (1991) and The Case of the Good-For-Nothing Girlfriend (1994), parodies of the Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames novels that reestablish an institution/mythology in gay terms in the late 1950s.
In this 1996 interview with Owen Keehnen, applied anthropologist Joseph Carrier discusses his findings, reported in De Los Otros (1996), regarding the unique nature of gay life and culture in Mexico and the problems and hurdles homosexual men face there in coming out and in HIV prevention.
In this 1992 interview with Owen Keehnen, clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Dr. Charles Silverstein discusses The New Joy of Gay Sex, which he co-authored with Felice Picano, pointing out the differences between the new book and its predecessor, including new essays on venereal diseases, gay relationships, and social and legal matters involving gays.