We ran (OK, some of us walked), we laughed, we bid, we danced—in short, we celebrated SUNFESTIVAL in a big, BIG way! What a joy—a Sundance!—after years of pandemic-muted celebration. We deeply appreciated those muted parties, but it was truly fabulous to return to the Convention Center and dance floor. Thanks to all who worked to make that not only possible, but delightful. See page 8 for the SUNFESTIVAL wrap-up and some photos.
This issue has lots else to offer, too. Want to toast summer—or its end—in a new way? Rich Barnett (CAMP Stories) has crafted a sweet corn margarita that might be just exactly what you’re looking for. Enjoy that with some of Ed Castelli’s wings (Sea Salt Table) as you usher in the fall football season. Or anything else you’d like to honor with a sip and a crunch.
Perhaps the prospect of fall has you thinking about some home-and-garden fix-ups? Eric Wahl has an idea that’s pure gold(enrod), and Mikey Rox offers up some budget-friendly decorating ideas.
Maybe you prefer indoor pursuits? Butch Cordora has just the thing: poker! Read all about his Gay Guyde to Poker and some upcoming poker weekends at the beach in The Writing Life. Or maybe, after reading Brent Mundt’s backstory on a Tom Wilson painting on exhibit at the Biggs Museum, you’ll be inspired to make the trip to Dover in homage—to both the artist and his subject.
September 18-24 is Banned Books Week, brought to us by the American Library Association. Chris Azzopardi suggests 11 new books we might read in defiance of the queer book ban: while books on many topics are challenged or banned, books with queer content are disproportionately targeted. Indeed, as Clarence Fluker notes in his Words Matter column, “In 2021, five of the 10 most challenged books were banned or challenged because of LGBTQIA+ content….”
Fall is not the only season arriving—campaign season is upon us as well. David Garrett has something to say about one crucial campaign—the Human Rights Campaign—in his column. And Beth Shockley (OUTlook) looks toward upcoming elections and a “Plan B” she’s considering.
But wait! There’s more! Just take a look at the TOC, opposite, and start thumbing through the pages….
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