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Maud Allan

November 30, 2010


Known as the Salome Dancer, Maud Allan's dancing career was ruined by a libel suit. She ended up settling down with her lover, Verna Aldwich, and teaching dance to children.

Bill Tilden

November 17, 2010


Bill Tilden turned tennis from a sissy sport into a game for athletes. Ironically, he was later ostracized for being a sissy himself, though he has always been considered one of the greats of tennis.

Charlotte Cushman

November 9, 2010


19th century American actress Charlotte Cushman wasn't just one of the greatest dramatists on stage of her day, her many lesbian relationships were full of a lot of private drama as well.

IM Interview with Andrew Patner

November 7, 2010


Chicago Sun-Times and WFMT radio classical music critic Andrew Patner talks about singing in children's choirs and the importance of seeing the famous double portrait of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears when he was 12.

Alain Locke

November 3, 2010


Father of the Harlem Renaissance Alain Locke influenced a wide range of writers, artists and musicians. He was also a closeted gay man, which isn't mentioned in most history books.

Dmitri Mitropoulos

November 2, 2010


Greek-American conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos was music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1951-1957. He was succeeded by his protege Leonard Bernstein, with whom he had an affair.

Smoke, Lilies and Jade

October 18, 2010


The groundbreaking 1926 short story "Smoke, Lilies and Jade" was published in the single issue of the Harlem Renaissance literary magazine Fire!!. Bruce Nugent's experimental gem uses stream of consciousness and ellipsis to great effect in this early gay love story.