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Gay men and women have won many battles in the last twenty years.
Our lawyers are tough. Our donors are determined.
We’re very good at organizing. We know what we want. We’re fierce fighters. 

 

Yet while LGBTQ have won battles that have fundamentally altered our place in America, we are now again faced with serious attacks from the political right and with a return to abuse from religious groups. At this moment, it is critically important that we remember where we’re been so we won’t forget who we are and how we got here.

Books by Dwight Cathcart

Ceremonies

One night in July, 1984, a young gay man is chased by three teenagers, beaten, stripped naked, and thrown into a stream where he drowns. Gay people find out and think of every painful thing that has happened to them in their lives. They meet each other, some of them for the first time, and search for an equilibrium they had before their friend was murdered, a sense of safety and privacy. They are aware of danger in America, and they want to fight back. Their story becomes a national story. It’s a story of friends. It’s a rich story, and hard, too, because the narrative tells in careful and intimate detail how hard and painful—and heroic—life for LGBTQ people has been. Read More

Winter Rain

The president is announcing the bombing of Iraqi troops in Kuwait, Amos is in the hospital dying, Arabella’s marriage is falling apart, Alec is trying to hold his life together, Michael, Alec’s lover, has serious news to disclose, Alec’s son Stephen has left home and won’t return Alec’s phone calls, Alec’s father is calling, having gotten married for the fourth time. Everything seems be coming to a head around Amos’s still, unconscious body in the hospital. Winter Rain is the story of Alex Argento, of his life in crisis and of the little community around him, whose members sometimes help and sometimes make things worse. It is the story of men and women dealing with AIDS who know that, in time, many of them will be the still, unconscious body in the hospital. It is the story of fate and chance and tragedy and survival. Read More

Race Point Light

Fair Shaw needs to be comfortable in his skin. He’s not, and, for a long time, he doesn’t know who has to change—himself or his culture. He fights for civil rights and against the war, is an activist for AIDS and LGBTQ rights, and he asks, How can I make my life work without losing myself? Race Point Light is about Shaw’s struggle and about fighting back, the power of sex, how complicated sex is, about how we get it wrong, much of the time. Shaw learns that LGBTQ people are going to change the definition of marriage, the meaning of family, the point of sex, what man and woman mean, and about our conception of heroism. We pit the intimate needs of men and women against every powerful force in the culture, and we do this on the playground, in seminar rooms, faculty lounges, churches, the military, the work place, hospitals, the way medicine is practiced, in the street, and, of course, in funeral homes. The struggles seem to reach into every corner of modern society. Informed by movies, lyric poetry and other novels, this novel is about the costs of great change and how they affect one man, Fair Shaw, from age three to age sixty-five. Read More

Adam In The Morning

Bo Ravich, thirty years old, comes home from work in the West Village at two o’clock in the morning, Saturday, June 28, 1969, and stumbles into the middle of the riots outside the Stonewall Inn. He and Andrew, his lover, and their friends fight the police every night of the riots. Gay people have never fought back before, and these six people realize that fighting back means everything is changed. Everything has to be thought through again from the beginning. Adam in the Morning is about one of those rare moments when we are free to become ourselves. Read More

Earthrise: Queer novels and the lives of LGBTQ persons

The NASA photograph called “Earthrise,” taken by astronaut Bill Anders of the Earth rising up out of the shadow of the Moon suggests how we are to look at ourselves—from a distance, on Earth, falling through black space, all of us in this together. The Earthrise essays, which were originally published as part of the Adriana Books blog, are on the nature of literature, politics, and the lives of LGBTQ persons. Since LGBTQ persons inhabit Earth, and there is no God—we see black, deep, empty space around us—and no one else for us to turn to to give our lives meaning, we must do that job ourselves by creating art and by our work, making something out of ourselves. When it is all over, we must be able to say, We made this, and then leave it behind as a marker. We were here. And This is what I felt. Read More

The Great Question

The times we lived in were a great pivotal point in history, when sex, gender, race were all being rethought and redefined, and their relation to what was called American democracy was being fought over. The whole American contract was being rewritten. That’s what radical meant. I remembered the great debates over segregation in the fifties and my realization that the debate was eventually going to come to a resolution, and my parents, I could already tell, were going to be on the wrong end of the argument. I knew the argument had not ended with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that the argument over race was part of the larger, immensely larger, argument over democracy in America—whether there was such a thing—which had already engulfed the races of America and the genders of America and had now engulfed the sexualities of America. The great question was this: Is there actually a Democracy in America?

Fair Shaw, narrator of Race Point Light