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The Theory That Justified Anti-Gay Crime

In the bad old days, newspapers rarely mentioned gay men except in a certain kind of true-crime story. The first clue in the cases was often a body discovered in a hotel room. In 1920, the forty-seven-year-old scion of a New England…

Stonewall on the Opera Stage

Fifty years ago this month, a police raid on a Greenwich Village watering hole jump-started the gay-liberation movement, when the “forces of faggotry,” as the Village Voice called the denizens of the Stonewall Inn and their neighbors,…

Revisiting a Symphonic AIDS Memorial

On April 30, 1983, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis held a fund-raiser at Madison Square Garden, billing it as “The Biggest Gay Event of All Time.” The main entertainment was a performance by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.…
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