For nearly forty years, Tommy Tune has been one of the most celebrated dancers, choreographers, and directors on Broadway. In this 1997 interview with Owen Keehnen, Tune discusses his career on the stage and in motion pictures, an injury that interrupted his career, his memoir, and some of the consequences of being gay in the spotlight.
Known to most people as "The Second Darren Stephens" in the television situation comedy Bewitched, Dick Sargent was much more than a television and movie actor. He was an active supporter of the Special Olympics, and in the last years of his life, a gay activist. In this 1992 interview with Owen Keehnen, he talks about his outing by The Star, his public declaration of his homosexuality, the public and personal consequences of his coming out, and the nature of the Hollywood closet.
Gay novelist and short story writer Allan Gurganus is author of the best-selling The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, the prize-winning short story collection White People , and the AIDS novel Plays Well with Others. In this 1997 interview with Owen Keehnen, he discusses Plays Well with Others, the spiritual quality of care giving, his battle with Harpers magazine, fending off the affections of John Cheever, and more.
In addition to being a writer and a Southern expatriate with attitude, Dorothy Allison is a lifelong feminist activist and a lesbian radical. In this 1994 interview with Owen Keehnen, she discusses her collection of essays, Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature, and her novels Bastard out of Carolina and Cavedweller, as well as her experience as a finalist for the National Book Award.
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.