Institutions dedicated to LGBT history an exciting, largely untapped resource

USA – conservative grgoups are accusing LGBT organisations of “sexual assault on our children” through public schools’ recognition of LGBT History Month (this month). They accuse schools of teaching “sex and murder”, following the inclusion of the ‘trans panic’ story of teenager Gwen Araujo on the curriculum.

Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants

An interesting review of a new book published in the USA that looks at a (literally) unspoken aspect of queer history – the male flight attendant. The book also looks at how the murder of a male flight attendant spawned what would later become known as the “gay panic defence”
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John McCain in surprise condemnation of Putin's hate Laws

John McCain, defeated Republican candidate in the 2008 US Presidential election, has submitted an ‘op-ed’ piece to Russian neswspaper Pravda. While the piece was not published in Russia, it has been released on the English language website In it, McCain says “President Putin and his associates… don’t respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents… they write laws to codify bigotry against people whose sexual orientation they condemn”. Putin’s laws were then debated in the studio, where Stuart Milk was a guest.

LGBT rights, Latvian vodka and Putin’s Russia

Stephen Fry’s call for a boycott of everything Russian was widely reported, Cher won’t sing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. The prime minister raised the issue when meeting president Putin at the G20 two weeks ago. But it’s important that such solidarity is properly informed and doesn’t lead to unintended consequences – like the campaign started in the USA for boycotting vodka actually made in Latvia, not Russia.

THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL – coming January 2014

For all literary fans of the great Armistead Maupin, you’ll be hugely excited to know that the 9th book in Maupin’s critically and popularly acclaimed ‘Tales of th City’ series will be published in January 2014. “The Days Of Anna Madrigal” chronicles the twilight years of literature’s most beloved trans woman, now 92, and her journey from San Francisco back to Winnemucca.