Sleeping With the Enemy

Democrats and Republicans kicking each other out of bed—literally—during the most heated campaign in decades

 

Anise Labrum was 20 years old and living in Los Angeles not long before the last presidential election. She had been seeing her boyfriend for about a year. Back then, Labrum, a fashion stylist, loosely considered herself a Democrat. Her sweetheart, on the other hand, was a Republican. They knew they differed on politics, but it never seemed to get in the way. Then they moved to New York City, land of Democrats. (complete text)

It Was 25 Years Ago Today

Selections from the Village Voice's annual Queer Issue

 

Over the decades, many major writers have appeared in the Queer Issue (of the Village Voice), as it's now called. The list includes novelists Armistead Maupin, Eileen Myles, and Edmund White; actors Ian McKellen and Harvey Fierstein; performance artists Karen Finley and Holly Hughes; comic Marga Gomez; historian George Chauncey Jr.; sociologist Richard Sennett; theorist Monique Wittig; and many more. In 1984, James Baldwin chose this section to give a rare interview on his ideas about homosexuality. Among our other subjects were Christopher Isherwood, whose writing inspired Cabaret, and the civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.(complete text)

Essential Numbers

 

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Marital Bondage

The Museum of Sex's First Wedding Ceremony

 

The Museum of Sex closed its doors on Sunday, October 12, to all but those on the guest list for its very first wedding ceremony.(complete text)

The Village Voice is the oldest and largest alternative weekly newspaper in the United States.  I interned there from 2003 to 2004 under the mentorship of, then Executive Editor, Richard Goldstein for whom I provided research.  I subsequently worked there as an Assistant Editor and wrote 600 venue listings for villagevoice.com  I wrote each of these feature stories as well.  Click on (complete text) to see the stories as they were published.  

© 2018 by Matthew Phillp 

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