Since Stonewall, Lesbian Artists in America working in a variety of media have become increasingly diverse and visible. The trend continues today despite a conservative backlash that began in the late 1990s.
An ongoing interest in butch-femme identities pervades the work of award-winning lesbian historian, writer, editor, and archivist Joan Nestle. With Deborah Edel, she co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a multi-format collection of material that has done much to chronicle and preserve lesbian lives. In this 1993 interview with Owen Keehnen, she discusses her own writing, her involvement in editing the stories of other lesbians and gay men, and her involvement with the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
Minnesota native Ellen Hart is the author of a lesbian mystery series featuring Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless and her wisecracking theatrical pal Cordelia Thorn. Five of the twelve novels published so far in that series have won Lambda Literary Awards.
Bisexual African-American poet and novelist Sapphire (Ramona Lofton) is concerned with coming out of invisibility. In this 1996 interview with Owen Keehnen, she discusses her novel Push, the power of language, her shift from poetry to prose, and her mission as artist.
In 1994, successful African-American journalist James Earl Hardy published his first novel, B-Boy Blues, a frank gay love story centering on two African-American men from widely divergent backgrounds. In this 1995 interview with Owen Keehnen, he discusses the novel's success, the controversy surrounding its subject matter and treatment, the politics of African-American literature and expression, his writing process, and upcoming projects.
In her poetry, fiction, and essays, African-American writer Jewelle Gomez seeks to merge her black, feminist, and lesbian identities into an indivisible whole. In this 1993 interview with Owen Keehnen, she discusses her Lambda Literary Award-winning first novel, The Gilda Stories, a book that revamps the myth of the vampire, and Forty-Three Septembers, a series of essays that pays tribute to the people who have significantly influenced Gomez.
In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk became the first drag queen to toss her wig into a presidential race. Running on the Queer Nation Party ticket, Blakk used drag, camp, and her unique persona to bring visibility to queer people and issues.
In his answers to twelve quick questions, film star, playwright, stage legend, and novelist Charles Busch discusses the play Taboo, the frantic production schedule for the film Die Mommie Die, the joy of receiving a Sundance award, and the crafts of writing and filmmaking.