In a think piece called A Plague on All These Aids Films and Stuff former editor of POZ Walter Armstrong takes a critical look at two "feel-good" documentaries How to Survive a Plague and United in Anger, the "feel real" doc We Were Here, and two dramas Dallas Buyers Club and Ryan Murphy's forthcoming The Normal Heart, among other titles. Armstrong critiques the book The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience but not Sean Strub's Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival.
Michelangelo Signorile writes Why Gay Rights and Trans Rights Should Be Separated.
The Guardian reports on a three-person panel discussing gay vs post-gay television, from reality shows to sitcoms to Looking. Whether or not you agree, it's interesting to consider Andrew Haigh's HBO series on a continuum with Baldwin and Isherwood. Nick Mattos said,
"In the 50s and 60s, gay men were often depicted as these thoughtful, sad, somewhat tragic characters, with lives full of longing and struggle; Christopher Isherwood and James Baldwin come to mind as great authors of this trope. When I saw the first episode of Looking, I was struck by the degree to which longing had finally re-entered the queer narrative. Looking tackles the romantic lives of a certain subset of gay men with stunning lucidity, and particularly captures the frustrating nonsense and painful longing that often come into play in modern queer life.