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The Legacy of AIDS Literature, Berry Jenkins to Direct James Baldwin Film, and More LGBTQ News

The Legacy of AIDS Literature, Berry Jenkins to Direct James Baldwin Film, and More LGBTQ News

Author: Parrish Turner

July 19, 2017

In other LGBTQ news…

Who Cares What Straight People Think? A valid question. Brandon Taylor explores this and other ideas concerning queer narratives in his article with LitHub.

Social media is the bane of my existence, but take some advice from writers who have figured out how to do it right. Roxane Gay, Alexander Chee, and more offer their thoughts on how to handle social media as a writer.

Last month, PEN America hosted a reading examining the legacy of AIDS in literature:

“As a journalist and novelist who’s covered the entirety of the AIDS crisis, I have to say honestly that the thing we are losing is an accurate history of AIDS,” said writer-activist Sarah Schulman, cataloging thirty years of inaccurate and incomplete narratives of the AIDS epidemic in media and entertainment. “Consequently, we are losing an accurate assessment of where we are today.”

I adored filmmaker Berry Jenkins’s Moonlight, so I cannot express the excitement I felt upon learning that Jenkins has been tapped to direct a movie adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. 

Speaking of things I love, there is a Kickstarter which aims to create an anthology of trans comic artists. The project, entitled We’re Still Here, already has an exciting lineup of contributors.

We’re Still Here

Irish novelist Colm Tóibín has been honored with a US lifetime achievement award. Dayton Literary Peace Prize officials have honored Tóibín with the Richard C Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.

An Indian book series, written by Vasudhendra, has been helping those living in rural India become comfortable with their sexuality and come out.

Looking for some literature for the young ones in your life? Check out these 11 LGBT-inclusive every parent should buy.

Playwright Tony Kushner talked to the  Daily Beast about his plans for a Trump centered play.

(Images via We’re Still Here)

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About: Parrish Turner

Parrish Turner is a queer writer who hails from Georgia. He holds his MFA from The New School, with a focus in creative nonfiction. His work has been featured on The Rumpus and Gertrude Press. You can learn more at

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