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Literature of the AIDS Epidemic, Amanda Lepore’s Life Advice, and More LGBT News

Literature of the AIDS Epidemic, Amanda Lepore’s Life Advice, and More LGBT News

Author: Parrish Turner

September 25, 2017

In other LGBT news…

In Electric Literature, writer Kenny Fries examines the early literature of the AIDS epidemic.

Sarah Schulman’s 1990 novel People in Trouble has been getting some press for tackling the menace of Trump almost 30 years ago. In The New Yorker, Peter C. Baker explores his own experience reading the book during our current political climate.

If you, like me, are looking forward to the upcoming movie version of André Aciman’s 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name, you should definitely check out the audiobook, which is narrated by actor Armie Hammer. Also, you might to read this list of 20 descriptions of Armie Hammer’s voice as he narrates.

I am also excited for the upcoming trans speculative fiction anthology, Meanwhile, Elsewhere. Editors Casey Plett and Cat Fitzpatrick sat down with Truth-Out to give some hints about what to expect:

If cis women can write country songs about shooting their abusive ex-boyfriends and have it played for kicks for millions on the radio, we can probably have a book where zombie transsexuals are out for blood.

For those of you who are struggling with actually getting that book you have been thinking about onto paper, consider hiring a “book doula” to give you that extra push. It seems to me like just a writing coach rebranded.

As a lover of indie bookstores, I was elated to read this list of some of the world’s last remaining LGBT bookstores. Have you visited any of these?

Armistead Maupin sat down with Out to discuss his new memoir and why, after so many novels, he decided to break his pattern and write a memoir.

Dance club personality and now memoirist Amanda Lepore shared some tips with the Creative Independent on how to improve your life:

I think the rhinestoning is kind of like a meditation, because you’re very quiet and counting. I feel like the meditation is in the stoning, or the whole ritual of the makeup and routine. It’s definitely magic and a discipline. Otherwise, I would just say fuck it and wouldn’t do it, or have somebody else do it.

Fall is always a great time for new books, but if you need some help finding something to read, check out this list of “100 Must Read Indie Press Books” from Book Riot. And if you are looking to read some well-crafted bisexual-themed books, here is a fantastic list of “100 Must-Read Bisexual Books.”


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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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