That it should be so, the world does not understand. So the world mocks at it. As Wilde alludes to in his speech, one major misunderstanding about queer culture that persists — still, to this day — is a misunderstanding about male-male attraction between men of different ages. Statistically, many more people that define as queer have been through trauma than straight people. This might take place in the playground or the workplace, or with family or friends and has drastic knock-on effects for queer relationship-building.
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The mind of man, moreover, works with equal strangeness on the body of time. Written by: Katy Cowan. This excerpt from Virginia Woolf's Orlando inspires a new exhibition of gouache and graphic artworks by Gilbert Lewis, The Mind of Man — featuring portraits of young gay men coming of age that Gilbert painted in his Philadelphia studio apartment between the years of and Together, they unveil the artist's development over time and mark a watershed in the cultural history of the United States when public views towards gay men in America had begun to shift at a more rapid pace in light of the outbreak of AIDS in the s, and the global rise of neoliberalism in the s.
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Canada's entry in this year's Oscars is a gay coming-of-age story set during the Sri Lankan civil war. It's called "Funny Boy," and it's the second time Indian-born director Deepa Mehta has represented her adopted country at the Oscars. Mehta is known for films that explore what it means to be an outsider and, as Bilal Qureshi reports, for films that often ignite controversy. Queer film scholar B. Ruby Rich sets the scene.