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New Books: Chelsey Johnson’s “Stray City”

New Books: Chelsey Johnson’s “Stray City”

Feb 19, 2018

From time to time, IMPACT Magazine gets a heads-up from publishers about new and up-coming releases. We’ll pass the interesting ones on to you. A warm, funny, and whip-smart debut novel about rebellious youth, inconceivable motherhood, and the complications of belonging—to a city, a culture, and a family—when none of them can quite contain who you really are....

Music Review: Shawn Thomas’s new CD, “Christ in my Life”

Music Review: Shawn Thomas’s new CD, “Christ in my Life”

Jan 10, 2018

Christ In My Life Shawn Thomas (2017) 12 tracks I received the latest CD project from Shawn Thomas back in August last year, 2017. I decided to listen to it on the way to work the next day as an extension of my morning devotional. I played it every day for more than a week, forgoing my usual routine of listening to talk radio or the Christian music stations....

Q Spirit Names the Top 25 LGBTQ Christian Books of 2017

Q Spirit Names the Top 25 LGBTQ Christian Books of 2017

Dec 19, 2017

Check out the top 25 LGBTQ Christian books of 2017 — including queer theology, Bible, history, memoir, and church life by diverse authors. The list was announced today by lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry on the Jesus in Love Blog at Qspirit.net. “This year’s hot topics include transgender issues and youth ministry,” she said. “Readers welcomed the many...

New Books: Tina Alexis Allen’s “Hiding Out”

New Books: Tina Alexis Allen’s “Hiding Out”

Dec 6, 2017

From time to time, IMPACT Magazine gets a heads-up from publishers about new and up-coming releases. We’ll pass the interesting ones on to you. GLAAD Award-nominated actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen delivers an audacious memoir exposing a seemingly privileged upbringing in subruban America that became overshadowed by the secrets and deception of...

Review: Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s “Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional…”

Review: Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s “Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional…”

Nov 28, 2017

From the Foreword By Susan Cottrell, author of Mom, I’m Gay and True Colors. Suzanne DeWitt has written a delightful and dexterous devotional, Where True Love Is! She is a magician who shows us an empty square of cloth, ties it then unties it, to reveal a dove within! The empty cloth is our understanding of Correct Doctrine, which Suzanne ties and unties...

New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

Nov 11, 2017

Santa’s Husband By Daniel Kibblesmith Illustrated by A.P. Quach Harper Design, Oct 2017 Hardcover, 32 pages Offering a fresh twist on Kris Kringle, this clever yet heartfelt book tells the story of a black Santa, his white husband, and their life together at the North Pole. Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished...

“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

Sep 18, 2017

The gay community experiences a lot of loneliness, and we deal with it in different ways. Most of us probably wouldn’t hire an escort to recreate the past, however. This is exactly what Jonathan (Tuc Watkins) does in the 2016 film Retake, directed by Nick Corporon. The IMDB synopsis makes it sound much more scandalous than the film is. A lonely, middle-aged man...

“Fathers” – A New Thai Film about Gay Parenting

“Fathers” – A New Thai Film about Gay Parenting

Jun 30, 2017

AN UPLIFTING FEATURE FILM FROM THAILAND ABOUT SAME-SEX PARENTING, PREMIERING GLOBALLY ON-DEMAND There are so few films out there about gay parenting (“The Kids are All Right” being one of them), so when a fresh take on being gay dads comes out, especially from outside the U.S., we should pay special attention.  And this film doesn’t disappoint. Gay couple...

Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

Jan 30, 2017

A new memoir by occasional IMPACT contributor A.W. Strouse, B.B.C. (The Black Boyfriend Compendium), examines the various (14) black lovers he has had in his life. It was an entertaining read that left me wanting more, in more ways than one. The narrative recalls some of the negative experiences the writer has had with men, and was partly inspired by Oscar...

Review: “Merlí”

Review: “Merlí”

Jan 11, 2017

Spanish television, in general, is not that great. Sure, La que se avecina is entertaining, and Polonia from Catalunya and Vaya Semanita from the Basque Country are actually much funnier than Saturday Night Live usually is. In fact, until now, I’ve only been able to get into one Spanish series, the horrible yet wonderful Física o química (Physics or Chemistry),...