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Parting Glances Parting Glances: Once Upon a Time of Terror (Part 2)

Though perhaps unspoken among gay men and doctors nearly 40 years ago when the AIDS crisis started, the presumption of a death sentence was understood. READ MORE.

Parting Glances: Once upon a time of terror (Pt. 1)

It's been nearly 40 years since media stories began to appear about what seemed the onset of a pandemic among gay men (and drug users). The acronym for these puzzling outbreaks on the East and West coasts was GRID. Gay Related Immune Deficiency. Later to be called AIDS. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. READ MORE.

Parting Glances: Woo! Woo! You, too, Wonder Woman?

Sixty-three years ago, when I was a gay, impressionable teenage DC Comics Book fan, a shrink named Fredric Wertham claimed that the bitter seeds of crime were sown by comic books. READ MORE.

Parting Glances: You're Only Gay Once, Mary!

"It's a pity that youth is wasted on the young," said George Bernard Shaw, whose play "Pygmalion" was given a fresh start and a heart pacer as a Broadway musical and, later, a movie "My Fair Lady." READ MORE.

Parting Glances: Dreaming of Tophat's Pink Garters

I was five years old when I had my first vivid dream. Still vividly recalled today. Imagery was induced by counting to 10, drifting off to dreamland, as ether was applied drop by drop to a mask placed over my unsuspecting little nose for a routine tonsillectomy. READ MORE.

Parting Glances: Hyde and seek with Dr. Cory

To diddle an old saying: You can't judge a gay author -- or his book -- by the cover. Case in point: Groundbreaking 1951 sociological expose, "The Homosexual in America." Gay nom de plume: Donald Webster Cory. Real name: Edward Sagarin. Outed dramatically 24 closeted years later. (A gay Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide. er, Hyde.) READ MORE.

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