NYT: The Same-Sex Couple Who Got a Marriage License in 1971

Minneapolis couple Jack Baker and Michael McConnell were profiled on the front page of today’s Sunday New York Times as the first same-sex couple known to apply for a marriage license, in 1970. Read their fascinating story here. The University of Minnesota Press will publish their memoir in January 2016. MINNEAPOLIS — Long before the fight … More NYT: The Same-Sex Couple Who Got a Marriage License in 1971

#INeedDiverseGames and why representation in games matters

Image copyright of Sylvie Reuter BY ADRIENNE SHAWAssistant professor of media studies and production at Temple University  After years of trying to explain my book, Gaming at the Edge, in a sound byte, I eventually boiled it down to the following: 1) players don’t care that much about representation in games, and 2) that’s a … More #INeedDiverseGames and why representation in games matters

Students on Isherwood: "Come Again, Sir. I Don’t Get You," on death and dissociation in A Single Man

Christopher Freeman and James J. Berg, editors of the forthcoming volume The American Isherwood (January 2015), have compiled exemplary essays about writer Christopher Isherwood’s craft from their students to share on the Press blog leading up to the publication of their book. If you are attending the 2015 Modern Language Association conference in Vancouver, stop … More Students on Isherwood: "Come Again, Sir. I Don’t Get You," on death and dissociation in A Single Man

LGBT History Month: A look at behind-the-scenes groundwork that leads to the headline-grabbing victories.

BY RYAN R. THORESON In October 1994, a group of U.S. activists led by Rodney Wilson, a teacher in Missouri, created LGBT History Month. Adopting a strategy pioneered with Black History Month in the 1970s and Women’s History Month in the 1980s, the activists launched the project as a way to ensure the varied and … More LGBT History Month: A look at behind-the-scenes groundwork that leads to the headline-grabbing victories.

Students on Isherwood: "You Can’t Help Smiling," on Cabaret and Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin

Christopher Freeman and James J. Berg, editors of the forthcoming volume The American Isherwood (December 2014), have compiled exemplary essays about writer Christopher Isherwood’s craft from their students to share on the Press blog leading up to the publication of their book. This Monday, the authors will be reading at an event hosted by the University of … More Students on Isherwood: "You Can’t Help Smiling," on Cabaret and Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin

Students on Isherwood: I Am George, a meditation on life and death in A Single Man.

Today marks the occasion of what would be Christopher Isherwood’s 110th birthday (born on August 26th, 1904). To honor this event, Christopher Freeman and James J. Berg, editors of the forthcoming volume The American Isherwood (December 2014), have compiled exemplary essays about Isherwood’s craft from their students to share on the Press blog on a … More Students on Isherwood: I Am George, a meditation on life and death in A Single Man.

Sexuality in school: LGBT issues are not the exclusive concern of LGBT students.

BY JEN GILBERTAssociate professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, Toronto When lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues emerge in schools, it is often as controversy. Battles over sex education, worries about young children reading picture books about same-sex families, outrage at boys taking boys to the prom, lawsuits over gay-straight alliances, and … More Sexuality in school: LGBT issues are not the exclusive concern of LGBT students.

‘Pandemonium’ and the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s passing

BY TONY PEAKEBiographer of Derek Jarman On the 19th of February, it will have been 20 years since Derek Jarman died, at age 52, of HIV-related causes. To mark the occasion, a range of activities have been planned in the UK, kicking off with Derek Jarman: Pandemonium, an exhibition at King’s College, London, where Jarman … More ‘Pandemonium’ and the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s passing