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.
In this 1993 interview with Owen Keehnen, Colombian author Jaime Manrique discusses his first English language novel, Latin Moon in Manhattan (1992), his writing career, his coming out in a repressive society, and his intent to master the English language.
In this 1994 interview with Owen Keehnen, journalist Neil Miller, author of Out in the World: Gay and Lesbian Life from Buenos Aires to Bangkok (1992), discusses some of the differences between American attitudes and those of other countries toward gay and lesbian life, with examples from both the most repressive and the most progressive cultures.
In this 1993 interview with Owen Keehnen, singer/songwriter Janis Ian discusses her album Breaking Silence (1993) and the difficulties in getting it produced, her public coming out, the subjects of her most popular songs, the issues she confronts in them, and her inspiration for writing them.
In addition to writing memoirs, erotica, literary fiction, and mysteries, Samuel Steward was at one time a university English professor and at another a tattoo artist. In Paris in the 1930s, he knew Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Thomas Mann, André Gide, and Lord Alfred Douglas, and he was a lover of Thornton Wilder. In this interview with Owen Keehnen in 1993, shortly before he died, Steward discusses his varied careers and his famous friends and acquaintances, and he draws provocative distinctions between being gay in the 1930s and in the 1980s and 1990s.