Advocate Bookshelf Tiny Tomes
March 20 2012 1:00 AM ET

Advocate Bookshelf: Tiny Tomes

Diane Anderson-Minshall

From poetry chapbooks to sex diaries and urban survival guides, the best books this week come in small (sometimes pocket-size) packages.

Author Talk Michael Bronski and Michael G Long on Bayard Rustins Legacy
March 16 2012 3:00 AM ET

Authors Talk: Michael Bronski and Michael G. Long on Bayard Rustin’s Legacy

Diane Anderson-Minshall

On the centennial of his birth, two gay historians debate the legacy of Bayard Rustin.

Rustin Instilled Power To The People
March 16 2012 3:00 AM ET

Rustin Instilled Power To The People

Michelle Garcia

Read J. Edgar Hoover's letter urging then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy to take action against the gay super-strategist of the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin.

Kristen Johnston is the Queen of Freaks
March 09 2012 8:28 PM ET

Kristen Johnston Is the Queen of Freaks

Diane Anderson-Minshall

In this exclusive interview, The Exes star Kristen Johnston tackles addiction, Hollywood, and why she loves the gays.

Gregory G Allen and Kergan Edwards Stout Tackle AIDS
February 29 2012 7:00 PM ET

Authors Tackle AIDS: Gregory G. Allen and Kergan Edwards-Stout

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Two gay authors talk about their new indie novels focused on HIV and AIDS, and about how they were told their stories were too "depressing" for mainstream publishers.

Depths of a Kanyon Behind the Wrestler Coming Out
February 28 2012 4:00 AM ET

Depths of a Kanyon: Behind the Wrestler's Coming Out

Ivan Villanueva

Chris Klucsaritis got to live a major part of his lifelong dream. As a professional wrestler, Klucsaritis was on television every week, in the ring playing a larger-than-life persona, Chris Kanyon. But outside of the ring, Klucsaritis struggled with his sexuality. Eventually, he came out in 2004 but was let go of his contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment shortly thereafter. Klucsaritis continued to vocalize the importance of being out and even teamed up with writer Ryan Clark to pen a memoir. Unfortunately, Klucsaritis did not live to see the book on shelves — he committed suicide in April 2010, a year before the Wrestling Reality’s release. Co-author Clark talks to The Advocate about his experience with Klucsaritis, and the complications of being a gay wrestler.The Advocate: How did you come to find and want to write about Chris Kanyon?Ryan Clark: I was a journalist for a local paper in Kentucky and I was going to cover a speech given by Chris, and this was National Coming Out Day, either four or five years ago, I can’t remember. We had heard in the paper that this guy had an interesting story, so we decided to cover the event for that day. I’ll tell you what, I sat there, and I am not a wrestling fan per se, and I’m not gay, but it was such a good story that I didn’t want to let it go. I felt like it could probably do a lot of good for a lot of people. I approached Chris and I asked him where his book was, and he kind of laughed, and said, “Well I’m working on a few things but nothing concrete.” So I gave him my business card and told him I’d like to throw my hat in the ring. So I wrote the story for the newspaper and I talked to his manager. And over the course of the next several months we kind of came to an agreement and it kind of went from there.What were some of the main things that you learned from your experience with Chris?One of the main things is that in many ways, people can relate to this story, because whether they are gay or not, we have all had a time when we have felt uncomfortable because we are a minority. Whether that is you are non-religious and you’re in a religious situation, or you’re gay and you’re afraid to come out, or you’re of a different race, and you’re a minority that way. Everybody can relate to the feeling of being afraid of being honest of some aspect of who they are. One of the themes of the book is that Chris wanted people to be honest with who they were, and to not go through what he went through for more than two decades and holding that in. Psychologically we’re not sure what that did to him over the course of his life. He just went through life, feeling paranoid, uncomfortable; you don’t wish that on anybody. He really wanted people to come out and be comfortable with who they are, because his own experience with coming out was a really good one. Another thing was that I learned a lot about the wrestling industry and how cutthroat it was, and how really antigay it is. Another thing that Chris wanted was an openly gay wrestling character. And they’re not ready for that. He hoped that it would be.While he was wrestling, was he expressing his identity that way?He did but he was afraid. He would be the first to tell you the ways he went about it weren’t the best. There was some confusion when he did come out, as to whether he was actually coming out, or whether he was playing a character. He made it vague on purpose, because he was afraid that if he did come out 100% in real life, as well as in his job, that he would be let go. And ultimately he was. I mean it's debatable, but the fact of the matter was that he came out and he was let go. Injuries may have played a role. But he came out, and he got released. He would have loved to be the first openly gay wrestler who was playing a gay character in the WWE, he would have loved that.

Op Ed How Eddie Izzard Inspired One Lesbian Author
February 25 2012 4:15 PM ET

Op-Ed: How Eddie Izzard Inspired One  Lesbian Author

Advocate Contributors

Justine Sarceran explains why her transgender novel was inspired by her attraction to comedian Eddie Izzard.

Advocate Bookshelf Pleasure Seekers and Secret Keepers
February 24 2012 4:00 AM ET

Bookshelf: Pleasure Seekers and Secret Keepers

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Five new books offer stories of gay men in unlikely arenas — a Southern American in Tokyo, a closeted kid in England's Romany Gypsy community, and a pleasure seeker in affluent Amsterdam circa 1907.

Sarah Colonna Finds Her Balance
February 24 2012 3:00 AM ET

Sarah Colonna Finds Her Balance

Josh Hinkle

Sarah Colonna has never kissed a girl, despite Chelsea Handler’s jokes, but she divulges other secrets about her childhood and some of her sexual partners in her new book available now, Life As I Blow It.

One on One Justin Chin and Daphne Gottlieb
February 18 2012 12:23 PM ET

 One on One: Justin Chin and Daphne Gottlieb

Advocate Contributors

LGBT author Justin Chin interviews fellow Californian and author Daphne Gottlieb, known for stitching together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue, about writing for small audiences.

Colbert to Sendak How Can a Gay Man Write Kids Books
January 26 2012 2:05 PM ET

Colbert to Sendak: How Can a Gay Man Write Kids’ Books?

Trudy Ring

Watch Stephen Colbert show amazement that Maurice Sendak, who is gay, can write books for children, and discuss removing penises from the pictures in Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen.

Work Offers New Perspective on Stein Toklas Relationship
January 18 2012 6:50 PM ET

Work Offers New Perspective on Stein-Toklas Relationship

Trudy Ring

A new edition of Gertrude Stein’s Stanzas in Meditation “reveals the fraught and jealous relationship” between her and lover-editor Alice B. Toklas.

Advocate Bookshelf Best LGBT Erotica
January 17 2012 11:20 AM ET

Advocate Bookshelf: The Best One-Handed Reads

Diane Anderson-Minshall

We're putting our bets on these (mostly brand-new) dirty tomes.