Monday, February 25, 2019
New and Notable: KUDA: Gay and Proud
Excited to see this important work in print! Marie Kuda was a true pioneer and trailblazer in #LGBT history.
Marie J. Kuda (1939–2016) was one tough butch lesbian.
As an out gay woman in Chicago during the 1950s and 1960s, she confronted homophobia wherever it struck. She wrote for the Mattachine Midwest Newsletter, Chicago’s first long-lasting homophile publication. Kuda was in contact with some of the top lesbian literary icons of the 20th Century, and she hosted Lesbian Writers’ Conferences, 1974–1978.
She also wrote for dozens of feminist, lesbian and gay publications in Chicago and across the country. The breadth of her contributions to the national lesbian movement, especially the literary world, can’t be overestimated, and yet her work was mostly behind the scenes, supporting and documenting the efforts of previous and current generations. In the days prior to gender studies, Kuda was among the few itinerant amateur historians who traveled the country with her slideshows, giving our people the kernels of history that would validate, inspire and feed our souls. This is a collection of more than 100 of Kuda’s essays and articles.
Real Men. True Love. Rick R. Reed is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction. He is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Entertainment Weekly has described his work as “heartrending and sensitive.” Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” Find him at www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA, with his husband, Bruce, and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix, Kodi.