“If I have been proud of you and your work and put you on a pedestal, as you say, please let me keep you there, for you deserve it surely and that is my way of loving.”
The stirring love letters of pioneering photographer and LGBT icon Frances Benjamin Johnston
“The thought of you now makes me a little unbearably happy.”
Legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead’s exquisite love letters to her soulmate, Ruth Benedict:
How Virginia Woolf’s Orlando radically played censorship and revolutionized LGBT love in literature
The very first Pride parades, in glorious vintage photos, plus a brief history of the riots that precipitated them
“I do not accept subtractive models of love, only additive ones.”
Fantastic read on “horizontal” vs. “vertical” identity and how the power of love both changes us and makes us more ourselves
“I was a father for six years, a mother for ten, and for a time in between I was both, or neither, like some parental version of the schnoodle, or the cockapoo. Of course, as parents go, I was a rather feminine father; for that matter I suppose I’m a masculine mother. When I was their father I showed my boys how to make a good tomato sauce, how to fold a napkin, how to iron a dress shirt; as their mother I’ve shown them how to split wood with a maul. Whether this means I’ve had one parenting style or two, I am not entirely certain. I can assure you I am not a perfect parent and will be glad to review the long list of my mistakes. But in dealing with a parent who subverts a lot of expectations about gender, I hope my sons have learned to be more flexible and openhearted than many of their peers with traditionally gendered parents.”
Why there’s much more to the art of raising a human being than the science of chromosomal alignment.
“Silence, if it does not equal death, equals the living equivalent.”
Excerpts from Andrew Sullivan’s seminal 1993 essay “The Politics of Homosexuality,” which changed the discourse on LGBT rights:
An ambitious look at the history of sexual difference, published as a companion volume to a Smithsonian exhibition of the same title, but offering a powerful stand-alone piece of visual scholarship charting the hidden impact of gay and lesbian artists on the history of art and portraiture and how they explored the fluidity of gender and sexuality.
63 celebrated queer authors – including David Levithan, Amy Bloom, Brian Selznick, Gregory Maguire, and Lucy Thurber – offer honest, heartening, profoundly moving personal missives to their younger selves.