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Letter to Councilman LaBonge
Real People as Fictional Characters
Female Actors, Part Two
One Culture Hero Award
Adelante Gay Pride Gala
Best Work of Fiction?
Tom of Finland: Sexual Liberator or Enslaver
Lying Writers
Review of The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson
Promiscuous Thoughts
A Crime of the Heart
A Letter to Michael Silverblatt
"Have you no decency, sir?"
Political Incorrectness: Female Actors and Trojans
He Hugged Moms and Dads
What is a Girly Man?
Review of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
From Sunset Boulevard to Mulholland Drive
The Gay Mammies
A Writer Protests
Review of Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro
A Spirit Preserved in 'Amber'
The Supreme Court Case
Review of Live from Golgotha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal
Review of Lost Years: A Memoir 1945-1951 by Christopher Isherwood
Review of Out For Good
Review of Hoyt Street: an Autobiography
Review of Sergei Eisenstein: A Life in Conflict.
Review of Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation
Review of Whores for Gloria
Muscles and Mascara
Review of "Blonde"
Brother Paul, Sister Jan, Brother Hinn, God and the Folks
Advice to the Next Generation
Sins of the Fathers
Beatin' Around the Bush

Cruise Not Gay! The Judge Has Spoken

The Horror, The Horror
LA--a Cliché?
Dominick, Mark & Orenthal
Holy Drag!
Ms. Hill & Mr. Tom
Mrs. guy Ritchie 
Supreme Court 
Tom Cruise 
New Times Article 

A Writer Protests

Note: The following letter, edited to omit the last sentences, was published in the August issue of Details Magazine. This is the uneditied version:

To the editors:

Mark Simpson is entirely right that the arrests of seven paratroopers facing discharges for appearing on a gay sex site is nobody's business but that of the participants. His point that real crimes are committed, and left unpunished, even uninvestigated, in the course of the many obscenities of war is a strong and accurate one. But he is entirely naive when he upholds the absurdity that "straight men" who perform, for pay or otherwise, in mutual gay sex remain straight even though aroused by each other to the point of orgasm. That is strictly a lure by the cunning operators of those sites to gullible clients who want to believe that fantasy. It is not unlike the hetero sites that hire middle-aged women to dress in school-girl uniforms and wear their hair in pigtails to pretend they are real school girls. Those seven paratroopers should not have been prosecuted, but neither should they claim to be "straight." By doing so, they compound the dishonesty of the whole situation. My gay friends now frequently quote Simpson's reason for joining a gay sexual fray when he was writing his article: "To not join in would have felt ... unmanly."

John Rechy

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