Bring on the camp: Met Gala exhibit explores camp in fashion (with pictures)

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Above: Billy Porter

NEW YORK (AP) | Louis XIV and Oscar Wilde, meet Bjork and Lady Gaga.

What quality do they share, across the centuries? An innate sense of camp – the aesthetic that’s being celebrated in the new fashion mega-exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”

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Michael Wanzie and David Gerrard bring Moises Kaufman’s ‘Gross Indecency’ to the Footlight Theatre stage

By : Colton Adkins
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Directly connected to Come Out with Pride month, Parliament House will feature “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” a play about the famous gay author and the beginnings of modern LGBTQ terminology.

Wilde, who the trials center on, was a prominent Irish novelist, poet and playwright; most known for his works “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Wilde’s success grew as more people gained access to art and literature due to industrialization.

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09.20.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Thanks to the wonders of Facebook’s “On This Day,” a feature which allows users to grin or grimace at their social media posts from yesteryear, I recently discovered I’ve been living in Florida for 11 years.

For whatever reason, I still tell folks I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio when they ask. They tend to figure out that I’m from the North when I correctly describe Diet Coke as “pop,” but I suppose I should really start telling my Lyft drivers that I’m from St. Pete. I put too much thought into small talk, which is probably why I’m so bad at it.

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The Tender Activist: How gay is The Great American Read?

By : Scottie Campbell
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I recently bought someone a book as a present. I remembered them reading the genre of book, detective mystery, in the past. I had stumbled upon the book and found myself enjoying a genre I normally wouldn’t gravitate toward. I thought by gifting the book we would share something.

To my surprise, the recipient thanked me for the book then said they hadn’t read a book in a long time. There was tired weight given to the word long. What to me is a common habit was being expressed as nearly alien to them. Caught on the judgment barometer somewhere between a mindful well-that’s-okay and an arrogant what-the-fuck, I told them they didn’t need to feel obligated to read it. They said they would give it a try.

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Fit for Print: History isn’t always pretty, or straight

By : Steve Blanchard
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I am a history nerd.

I love visiting historical places, reading up on history and even enjoying a book or film classified as historical fiction.

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Rupert Everett recounts living in ‘terror’ as a gay man during ’80s AIDS crisis

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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British actor Rupert Everett recounted the “basic terror” of the HIV/AIDS crisis as a gay man in London during the ’80s in an interview with The Guardian.

Everett, known for his roles in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” says he became free in his sexuality around the same time HIV/AIDS became prominent.

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St. Vincent will direct female version of ‘Dorian Gray’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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St. Vincent, real name Annie Clark, will direct a female version of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new adaptation will make Gray, an attractive, narcissistic man who never ages, a female. David Brike, known for the thriller “Elle,” will pen the script.

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Oscar Wilde portrait, prison cell door part of LGBTQ exhibit

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LONDON (AP) – A portrait of Oscar Wilde that once hung above the writer’s fireplace has gone on display at London’s Tate Britain gallery along with the door to Wilde’s prison cell.

The full-length painting of a dapper Wilde by Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington was sold to pay debts as Wilde awaited trial for gross indecency. In 1895, Wilde was sentenced to two years in prison, a period that inspired his poem “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.”

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