Queer literary legend Edmund White comes vividly to life in new memoir

By : Kathi Wolfe OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Edmund White (Photo courtesy of Bloomsbury)

Are you turned on by secretly perusing the dictionary? Do you drool with desire over the smell of library books? Probably not, in our Grindr, YouTube, Internet meme age. You likely don’t think reading is sexy or transgressive. But you will after dipping into “The Unpunished Vice” by Edmund White.

The word iconic is an overused cliche. Yet, there’s no other way to describe White, 78, our most eminent queer writer. The number of literary prizes he’s received is mind-boggling. This year alone, White, a memoirist, essayist and novelist, was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction and the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Visionary Award.

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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching kids about gender fluidity, acceptance

By : Layla Ferris
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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching children throughout the nation about gender fluidity.

The 45-minute program is led by a drag queen who is trained by children’s librarians to read picture books, sing and guide children through craft activities, according to the New York Public Library website.

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New ‘Hocus Pocus’ novel features lesbian love story

By : Layla Ferris
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Disney’s cult classic movie “Hocus Pocus” has transformed into a novel that features a teenage lesbian love interest.

“Hocus Pocus and The All-New Sequel” is a two-part young adult novel that retells the original spooky story and adds a new sequel to the mix. The continuation of the story gives the Sanderson sisters the opportunity to enchant the next generation of Salem teenagers.

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St. Pete author Richard Randall shares tragedy and triumph in ‘One Hundred Little Men’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“You can go through a lot in your life and still come out on the other side to find happiness,” local author and artist Richard Randall says. “It happens.”

It’s the central point of his new book “One Hundred Little Men,” a mixture of written word and art. The autobiographical tale was published by local nonprofit Breaking Rules Publishing and follows the story of Eli, “a regular guy that you’d see at any coffee shop” as he grieves the loss of a child, begins life anew and comes out at the age of 59.

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Political commentator Sally Kohn looks at owning your hate in her new book

By : Scottie Campbell
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A story of bullying frames Sally Kohn’s book “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Humanity.” Vicky was a young girl in Kohn’s fifth grade class who was bullied in school by her peers, her teachers and even Kohn herself.

Now because of Kohn’s ability to have levelheaded discussions as a liberal political commentator — first for Fox News, and currently for CNN — the self-professed “lefty lesbian” has developed a reputation for being “nice.” Yet in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Kohn was surprised by her quickness to anger, and the memory of her treatment of Vicky began to haunt her.

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Book remembers devastating 1973 fire at gay New Orleans bar

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The cover of Robert Fieseler’s book “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.”

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A new book details the 1973 deadly fire at a New Orleans gay bar that killed 32 patrons.

Robert Fieseler’s book is called “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.”

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The Center Orlando to bring LGBTQ children’s books to the community

By : Colton Adkins
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ORLANDO | The LGBT+ Center Orlando is expanding again, and this expansion is bringing in something for the kids.

George Wallace, The Center’s executive director, says the new expansion will include a children’s library complete with LGBTQ children’s books and youth novels. A children’s library will be added into the new Center coming to Kissimmee as well.

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MegaCon brings out Central Florida’s cosplayers

By : Danny Garcia
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The fear of Tropical Depression Alberto pouring down rain wasn’t enough to keep the geeks, gamers and cosplayers away from MEGACON last weekend.

MEGACON Orlando is the southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, and attracted over 100,000 fans to the Orange County Convention Center over four days.

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The Bookworm Sez: “Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-The-Land Life”

By : Terri Schlichenmeyer
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You were going to change the world. It’s true that you were one small voice, just one person with a vision but you were sure it could be done. You were going to change the world, one corner at a time — starting with the one you called home. And in the new book “Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-The-Land Life” by Dianna Hunter, that’s sometimes all it takes.

Growing up in rural South Dakota, Dianna Hunter learned what “queer” was long before she understood her own sexuality. She was “seventeen, cosseted, closeted, and clueless” then but, once enrolled in college and living in Minneapolis in an atmosphere of early-1970s feminism and LGBT activism, she “surprised” herself by coming out.

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Drag superstar Bianca Del Rio offers up her own brand of guidance in a new advice book

By : Gregg Shapiro
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When I first heard that Bianca Del Rio had written a book, in true Bianca Del Rio fashion I thought, “Wrote a book? I didn’t even know she could read a book!” Cue the laughs.

Undoubtedly the greatest success story that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” ever launched out of the starting gate, Del Rio consistently sells out concert venues for her live shows, has graced the silver screen in “Hurricane Bianca” and its new sequel “Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate” and now has a new book of advice, “Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything“ to her name.

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GLAAD to publish LGBTQ-friendly children’s books

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA have teamed up to release a children’s book series featuring LGBTQ stories.

“We’re partnering with @littlebeebooks on a series of children’s books aimed at integrating and elevating positive LGBTQ representation in children’s literature starting with “Prince & Knight.” Everyone deserves to be represented,” GLAAD posted on Instagram along with a photo from “Prince & Knight.”

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‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski scores cookbook deal

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowksi, the Netflix reboot’s food and wine expert, will be releasing his first cookbook.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the book deal was inked with Rux Martin of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and will feature 100 recipes for “simple, healthy, visually appealing fare.”

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