Homosexuality

Polari, the secret gay argot, is making a surprising comeback

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Imagine you’re a gay man living in the year 1950. Not unnaturally, you would like to meet another gay man.…

Naomi Wolf is holed below the waterline

15 June 2019 9:00 am

What is it about Naomi Wolf that inspires such venom? Perhaps that she’s American, brash, media-savvy and not averse to…

How long before Baby Sussex slips down the line of succession?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Endangered species The UN claimed a million species of plants and animals could become extinct. If they all died out,…

Tchaikovsky: an uneasy mix of desire for fame and a loathing for the familiarity of strangers

Love me or go to hell – Tchaikovsky’s message to his public

12 May 2018 9:00 am

This is a wonderful and moving book of correspondence and biographical documents promising one Tchaikovsky in its subtitle and introduction,…

They say Enoch Powell had a fine mind. I’m not so sure

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Enoch Powell has been in many minds this month. It’s the 50th anniversary of his famous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech…

Wilfred Owen’s troubling obsession with young boys

6 January 2018 9:00 am

This year is the centenary of the Armistice to end what Siegfried Sassoon called ‘the world’s worst wound’: the first…

Cottaging in the age of Grindr

25 November 2017 9:00 am

There are nights when, crossing the dark parkland by my house, I see a man beneath a remote streetlamp. He…

‘Les Modes se suivent et ne se ressemblent pas’, 1926, cover design for Harper’s Bazaar

The time is right for an Erté revival – a new hero for our gender-anxious times

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Erté was destined for the imperial navy. Failing that, the army. His father and uncle had been navy men. There…

Arabian nights

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Recall the media coverage at the height of the Jimmy Savile scandal, times it by about a thousand, and you…

How pleasant to know Mr Lear

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Edward Lear liked to tell the story of how he was once sitting in a railway carriage with two women…

Persistent buggers

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The credit for decriminalising male homosexuality in 1967 — for those over 21 in England and Wales at least —…

Donald Trump represents the new normal – on both sides of the Atlantic

19 November 2016 9:00 am

What was your favourite response from the liberals to Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election? Actress Emma Watson…

One night in the backwoods

4 June 2016 9:00 am

When I was 38, I let a drunk pick me up in a bar. You know, just to see if…

Jeremy Thorpe gets off Scott-free

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Appropriately for the dog days of British politics, there’s plenty of canine activity in this neatly groomed account of the…

At last – Going Clear is over here

23 April 2016 9:00 am

At last! It has taken over two years, but a British publisher has summoned up the nerve to bring out…

T.E. Lawrence: from young romantic to shame-shattered veteran

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Is there anything new to be said about T.E. Lawrence? I mean, really. In the century since his stirring exploits…

Sex behind the scenes at Sofia’s National Palace of Culture

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Garth Greenwell’s debut novel is as dreary and oppressive as the Soviet-era apartment buildings among which it takes place. But…

The writer Natalie Barney and painter Romaine Brooks in Paris c. 1915

From Auden to Wilde: a roll call of gay talent

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Comintern was the name given to the international communist network in the Soviet era, advancing the cause wherever it…

‘Like Georgia O’Keefe, Mapplethorpe eroticised flowers — possibly finding them more biddable than his frisky partners in gimp masks and chains.’ Left: Self-portrait, 1982. Right: Calla Lily

Robert Mapplethorpe: bad boy with a camera

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Robert Mapplethorpe made his reputation as a photographer in the period between the 1969 gay-bashing raid at the Stonewall Inn…

Hitting rock bottom in LA

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The title of this book tells you a lot. Jack Sutherland, who grew up in London and Los Angeles, worked…

Happy early days: Erika and Klaus in 1927

Was Klaus Mann all Thomas Mann's fault?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Thomas Mann, despite strong homosexual emotions, had six children. The two eldest, Erika and Klaus, born in 1905 and 1906…

A.N. Wilson’s diary: Why the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Ryanair are giving us a spring break

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Quarrelling about the date of Easter has been a Christian pastime for centuries. The chief bone of contention is whether…

'The tide is turning': Justin Welby interviewed by Michael Gove

12 December 2015 9:00 am

There was, of course, something very special about the House of Commons debate on Syria earlier this month. The moral…

Griffith in 1961, at the height of his powers

A portrait of a gay boxer

3 October 2015 9:00 am

I don’t like boxing. If I ever get into a boxing ring, I’ll be in the corner with the governor…

The trials of living with a High Court judge

29 August 2015 9:00 am

This intensely written memoir by Adam Mars-Jones about his Welsh father, Sir William, opens with the death of Sheila, Adam’s…