Curve - April 2008 - 19
Curvatures Coming Out Goes Global Perhaps second only to our first Pride parade, the one day we LGBT folks never forget is the day we come out. Whether for the first or the tenth time, coming out can be a nerve-wracking experience requiring something a bit stronger than a martini to take the edge off. Lesbian author Kittredge Cherry’s powerful guide to coming out, Hide & Speak, may be just the tool you need to build your confidence. Helion Press, a major commercial publisher in Poland, seems to think so. Only three other books on queer sexuality are available in Polish, all of which treat it as a disease. Helion Press recognized the relevance of Cherry’s book and signed a contract for its translation shortly before National Coming Out Day.“I’m delighted to introduce Polish gays and lesbians to the power of coming out,” Cherry said. “The ideas in my book are so new in Poland that the expression ‘coming out’ doesn’t even have its equivalent in Polish yet.” Giving positive examples of finding the balance between keeping and hiding secrets, the book even provides exercises that “allow readers to take self-paced steps toward positive and dynamic self-discovery and freeing oneself from the secret.” Initially, Cherry wrote the book because it was something she felt she needed to read herself, and “it’s obvious from the news that coming out of the closet is still difficult, even in America.” Originally published in 1991 by HarperCollins, the book received rave reviews for showing that “secrets are something to be honored— sometimes kept, sometimes revealed for the light they shed on what makes us human.” Cherry’s groundbreaking book was recently updated and re-released by AndroGyne Press, based in Berkeley, Calif. Stressing the importance of having a support system, Cherry says, “Readers will learn to live proud, free and balanced, no matter what happens.” An author, spiritual director, art historian and ordained minister, Cherry writes to “stimulate readers to enrich their own lives.” Universal in its message and not limited to homosexuality, she says Hide & Speak is a “life-changing handbook useful for all people who struggle with secrets and their consequences.” No matter what we hide or the language we read, Cherry reminds us that “sometimes telling the truth is difficult, but living a lie is even harder.” — CM What’s hOt: Pinup toilet seats Since the release of The Notorious Bettie Page, our country has been pinup crazy. But nothing was crazier than the plethora of pinup girl toilet seats we found on the Internet. These beautiful, buxom and bedazzling ladies will be sure to help you keep the lid down. It doesn’t get much better than Buck Tooth Mama’s Green Glitter Pinup Toilet Seat ($55, bucktoothmama.com). We imagine that this bikini-clad redhead, seductively glancing over her shoulder, would look best in a bathroom with a matching shag rug. Buckaroo Mercantile offers several versions of the quirky commode cover, but we especially like the blue Miss Flying Saucer ($40, buckmerc.com). Not only is she inexplicably flying through space in nothing but a fishbowl and bikini, but she’s surrounded by giant rhinestones. Pure campy goodness. Maybe you like things classy. Maybe you like art. Maybe you’d like a classy, artsy addition to your lavatory and are willing to shell out for it. Look no further than Tuesday Cohen’s hand-painted take on the pinup trend ($225, rawstyle.com). This plush seat is painted a deep red and features a hula girl surrounded by cherries. It’s enough to give Trump’s gold throne a run for its money. — KAS and KP April 2008 | 19
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