Coming out a second time

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Featured | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

While it’s true that “a rose is a rose is a rose,” Gertrude Stein was surely aware that one is not identical to the next. Rather, there are differences in petals’ shapes, in the curve of each thorn, the dentation of each leaf.

And so it is with parents. Yes, they all change diapers and suffer sleep deprivation, but, as author and LGBT activist Eric Rosswood writes, “Parenting as a gay dad is different.”

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A personal memoir

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Featured, Profiles | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Bestselling author and journalist Steven Gaines is prolific. With 13 published books, nine of them in the realm of biography, Gaines has made an art of getting into other people’s heads — and letting them into his.

He has written or co-written insightful portrayals of such luminaries as The Beatles, Alice Cooper, The Beach Boys, and fashion designers Halston and Calvin Klein. But a year ago, Gaines took a literary leap into a new realm; memoir, and he landed well.

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‘Notes on a Banana,’ a rich, enlightening memoir

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Featured | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Prepare one large stack of index cards, each containing the memory of a significant life event, its date and the author’s age at the time in one corner. Arrange the cards in chronological order. Mix in three themes — food, love and bipolar disorder — and stir gently. Skim off those cards that don’t blend well, and serve with humor, courage and poignant epiphany.

This is the recipe for “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression” (Dey Street Books, 2017), by cookbook author David Leite, creator of the website Leite’s Culinaria, and a three-time James Beard Award winner.

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Gay marriage: Monogamous or open?

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Features, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

As a psychotherapist focusing on LGBT issues, Michael Kimmel has heard it all. His clients have run the gamut from newly married gay couples to porn stars, go-go boys, male escorts and even a male “madam.”

But since June 26, 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, Kimmel has been flooded with questions about how gay men should embrace same-sex marriage.

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