Anna Freud, Papa Sigmund and Gay Conversion Therapy

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You may know Rebecca Coffey’s science journalism from magazines like Scientific American and Discover, where she has proven herself as a teller of real-life tales that pop with quirky humor. Now she’s done herself one better in her debut novel, Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story. It’s the fact-based, fictional autobiography of Sigmund Freud’s purportedly lesbian daughter, and it’s as funny and occasionally frightening as […]

Lesbian Films: Alien No More

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What a banner few weeks it has been for lesbian-themed films gaining general release: Albert Nobbs by Roderigo Garcia, Pariah by Dee Rees and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same by Madeleine Olnek. With rare exceptions such as Donna Deitch’s iconic Desert Hearts (1985),  Kissing Jessica Stein (2001–written and coproduced by its stars, Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen) and […]

Always the Bridesmaids, Never the Brides

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I felt as giddy as a bridesmaid to learn that Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays was settling in for a cozy run at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City. As a proponent of same-sex marriage who has written on this complex topic, I was eager to see what other theater artists […]