Two of our writers contacted us about creating a video for the "It Gets Better" national campaign to educate and help struggling LGBT teenagers. Here, Justin Spring and Wendy Moffat talk about the trials Sam Steward and E. M. Forster faced in their lives, and how they rose above them.
Here are just a few of the images, objects, and papers that Sam Steward left behind when he died, and which I used in reconstructing his life in Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade. The collection remains largely intact, and will hopefully go on display at the Museum of Sex in New York in February 2011, with a planned exhibition time of six months. Steward's executor has not yet determined where the collection will go, but we hope that it will enter a special collections archive within the next few years. It has been a great honor to work with these materials over the past decade, and a pleasure to share some of them now with FSG readers. --Justin Spring