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The Well of Loneliness: Radclyffe Hall

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall hit US bookstores in 1928. American newspapers didn’t quite know what to make of the lesbian novel, then banned in England, or of its monocled author. The Morning Post lauded the writer as one of England’s foremost literary women while finding her appearance rather startling. “Miss Hall has …

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Gertrude Stein: Two Young Ladies Who Were Gay Together

Miss Furr and Miss Skeene from Gertrude Stein’s Geography and Plays (1922) sees the author gleefully playing with the then codeword ‘gay’ in a subtle hymn of praise to a lesbian love affair. Scroll down for a PDF of Miss Furr and Miss Skeene. Miss Furr and Miss Skeene is now, unlike its celebrated author, …

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Crown jewels: Duke of Sussex talks penis at length

In his forthcoming memoir Spare, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, cuts to the chase about his circumcision status in a lengthy discussion of the royal crown jewels. Once again, we discover just how much horse shit emanates from the quills of so-called ‘royal correspondents’. An urban legend originating in the 1990s insisted that since …

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The Bastard from the Bush

Henry Lawson’s short stories and bush poetry helped define Australian identity: blokey mateship as a national characteristic. Purely platonic, of course. But two lines from The Bastard of the Bush undermine common perceptions of homosexuality in colonial Australia. Bush ballads and poems once helped shape Australians’ perceptions of themselves. Blokes recited The Man from Snowy …

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On this day December 18: Xuân Diệu, King of Love Poetry

On December 18, 1985, the Vietnamese poet Xuân Diệu died of a heart attack. He is celebrated still in his homeland as the King of Love Poetry. As a young man in French-ruled Indochina, Xuân Diệu wrote mainly love poems. However, in 1944, he joined Ho Chi Minh’s anti-colonial resistance, and the focus of his …

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On this day December 14: Remembering Anne Rice

On December 14 1998, Anne Rice woke up with a headache and then lost consciousness. The author of the Vampire Chronicles series almost died. Diagnosed with diabetes, she recovered. Anne Rice later told ABC News (America) that in the lead up to her illness she lost weight and focus. “I was sitting at the computer, …

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Sandra Pankhurst, The Trauma Cleaner, passes away

Sandra Pankhurst, the subject of Sarah Krasnostein’s book The Trauma Cleaner, has died in Melbourne. Aged in her late 60s, Sandra suffered from a pulmonary condition before her death. Sarah Krasnostein’s award-winning biography bought Sandra Pankhurst’s amazing story to the public in 2018. Sandra described herself as a transgender woman “adopted into an abusive family, forced …

Enid Blyton beat-up – racist author cancelled decades ago

Right-wing social justice warriors now have their bloomers in a twist over the so-called ‘cancellation’ of racist English children’s author, Enid Blyton. To give credit where it’s due, the alt-right can find cancel culture anywhere. They seek it here — they seek it there —they seek it every fucking where. Enid Blyton’s bigotry necessitated revisions …

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: the Mary Poppins Festival

Mary Poppins is pure camp. The prim nanny tidies a nursery with a snap of her fingers and only has to open her umbrella to fly above London’s rooftops. The only thing camper than Poppins herself is Maryborough’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins Festival, celebrating the town’s status as the birthplace of Mary Poppins author, P L …

Rose Cleveland Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple

The lesbian love letters of an American First Lady

Rose Cleveland served as First Lady for her unmarried brother for fourteen months in the 1880s. Although history remembers her as First Lady to President Grover Cleveland, she deserves recognition in her own right and for her great relationship with the love of her life, Evangeline Whipple. A new book Precious and Adored: The Love …