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The Drag and The Padlock: Queer Representation and Fascist Repression in 1927

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1927 was a banner year for queer representation in cinema and theater – and also the year that the progressive momentum was met with increased institutional repression, arguably commensurate with the success of LGBTQ+ rights in the era. In particular, 1927 saw the production and theatrical debut – and repression – of a play called The Drag, written by playwright and film star Mae West, a proponent of gay rights and women’s liberation.


The Detroit Lions, the beginning of the NFL, American Fascists, and the New York Public Library

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Recently, at the New York Public Library, looking for obscure literary needles in huge periodical haystacks – their immense Crowell-Collier collection, innumerable boxes stacked with rejection letters and internal reference docs and cc’s – I came across this 1934 letter from Lions Vice-President and General-Manager Cy Huston, to writer Kyle Crichton, featuring the brilliant early Lions logo.



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about the rise and fall
of Fascism in Italy –
the opportunistic bullies –
the women and children abused –
everyone on the bottom rung
but collaborators.