In this 1996 interview with Owen Keehnen, comic writer Frank DeCaro discusses his memoir, A Boy Named Phyllis (1996), growing up very gay in an Italian-American family in New Jersey, laughter as a means of survival in a hostile environment, and the role of television in shaping his life.
In this 1995 interview with Owen Keehnen, Camille Paglia--critic, art historian, pop philosopher, and author--discusses her book, Vamps and Tramps: New Essays (1994) and airs her views on a number of subjects, including feminist thought, gay activism, pornography, and repressive religion.
In a 1995 interview with Owen Keehnen, Scott Heim discusses his novel, Mysterious Skin (1995), the influences on his writing, UFOs, music, Kansas, filmmaker Dario Argento, and his meeting with William Burroughs.
In this 1996 interview with Owen Keehnen, poet Mark Doty discusses his memoir of his lover's death from AIDS, Heaven's Coast (1996), and his transition from poetry to prose, the nature of grieving, the writers who have most influenced his work, and his plans for the future.
In this 1994 interview with Owen Keehnen, the Irish playwright and novelist Emma Donoghue discusses her first play, first novel, and first nonfiction book, as well as her works in progress and the changing Irish political climate regarding lesbianism.
In this 2004 interview with Owen Keehnen, gay historian George Chauncey discusses the historical background of the opposition to same-sex marriage, putting it in the perspective of earlier opposition to interracial and interfaith marriage and suggesting profitable ways of countering the arguments of its opponents.
Transsexual S&M feminist, performance artist, and playwright Kate Bornstein became a celebrated gender theorist with the publication of Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (1994). In this 1998 interview with Owen Keehnen, she discusses her book, My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely (1998), an interactive work designed to cause a rethinking of the binary man/woman gender system and a breaking down of its restraints.
The German homosexual emancipation movement emerged decades before the 1969 Stonewall Riots inspired the gay liberation movement in the United States. It began with the formation of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee in 1897, but was crushed under the boot of Nazism in the early 1930s.
In this 1994 interview with Owen Keehnen, controversial journalist/activist Michelangelo Signorile discusses the three closets of power (New York, Washington, and Los Angeles) and how to dismantle them, as well as his outing of closeted celebrities.