Gays, immigration and the endless challenges of consciousness and activism

by Lawrence D. Mass

In the mid 1970’s I began my journey of consciousness and activism as a watchdog for reactionary developments in psychiatry that threatened to reverse the 1973–74 declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the American…


OPERA QUEENS, FANDOM, WAGNERISM and GERMANY

by Lawrence D. Mass

“Despite Germany’s praiseworthy culture of remembrance, many Germans have a jarringly tenuous grasp of the extent of Nazi crimes or the population’s involvement.” — James Angelos

Rosa von Praunheim

Rosa von Praunheim’s Opera Divas, Opera Queens looks at the world of opera in Germany through the lenses of gay…


by Lawrence D. Mass

Music Critic Peter G. Davis (right) with Conductor Riccardo Muti

How many sopranos have had their singing of Dove Sono, the Countess’s great aria in The Marriage of Figaro, described by one of the world’s most discriminating music critics as “note perfect”?

Only a few of my closest gay friends knew of my clandestine career as…


ANDREA DWORKIN — THE CASSANDRA OF REVOLUTIONARY FEMINISM

Commentary and an Interview with Martin Duberman

by Lawrence D. Mass

ANDREA DWORKIN: The Feminist as Revolutionary.

by Martin Duberman, The New Press, 351 pages, 2020

“Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first stage it is ridiculed, in the second stage it is opposed…


by Lawrence D. Mass

— 1/27/21, Holocaust Remembrance Day

“The Truth Nobody Wants to Hear”

From Left: Michael Shapiro, Gottfried Wagner, John Corigliano, William M. Hoffman, Lawrence D. Mass, 1995, at the home of Michael Shapiro, Chappaqua, New York

For Gottfried Wagner, my work on Wagner, art and addiction struck an immediate chord of recognition. I…


THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CIVIL LIBERTIES AND THE PANDEMIC: LESSONS FROM AIDS

WORLD AIDS DAY REFLECTION, 12/1/2020

by Lawrence D. Mass

Imagine the headline: The Supreme Court Affirms the Right of Gay Men to Have Sex in High-Risk Venues.

On the basis of its recent decision about civil liberties…


by Lawrence D. Mass

Banned from California: -Jim Foshee-Persecution, Redemption, Liberation…and the Gay Civil Rights Movement by Robert C. Steele, Wentworth-Schwartz Publishing, 2020, 361 pages

Over the last half century there have been many notable exhibits on LGBT history and culture. A capstone of this legacy was “Stonewall 50” at…


REMEMBERING DR. JOYCE WALLACE, EARLY AIDS HERO AND PIONEER OF HEALTH CARE FOR STREETWALKERS

photo: Daniel Susott, Village Voice

by Lawrence D. Mass

Wallace was a tireless advocate of health care for streetwalkers and the first to tell the gay community, via me, about the epidemic that would later become known as AIDS

At 74…


ALEX ROSS’S TESTIMONIAL TO THE LIFE, TIMES AND ART OF RICHARD WAGNER

by LAWRENCE D. MASS

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

by Alex Ross, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 766 pages, 2020

For every window on Wagner we think we’ve already peered through, Ross has found more lenses and prisms through which to re-view them. At his best, Ross gives dimension to individuals, artworks and events, and captures…


GMHC Founders Day Commentary

by Lawrence D. Mass

Before Larry

August 11 marks a milestone. It’s the first Founders Day commemoration since the passing of leading GMHC co-founder Larry Kramer.

It was nearly 40 years ago, in Larry’s living room on that day in 1981, that six of us gathered…

Larry Mass

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