ARTICLES BY Steven Petrow

  • August 8, 2016
    his past February I was invited to give a lecture at a Duke seminar called “LGBTQ Activism and History.” I arrived a bit late, and each of the dozen or so students had already filled out a name card, a folded piece of paper that indicated their full name and pronouns. I was puzzled for two reasons: First, why state your pronouns? Isn’t it pretty obvious who’s a man and who’s a woman, who gets “he” versus “she”? Second: Two of the students had put down “they, them, their.”
  • October 16, 2015
    That Was Fast,” shouted a Slate headline the day after the Supreme Court ruled in June in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. A good friend of mine put it another way by e-mail: “The marriage ruling happened overnight. I can’t believe it.” Indeed, even as summer turned to fall, this is what I’ve been hearing, repeatedly, from friends both gay and straight.
  • 1950: Hamptons' population had doubled in 50 years, and the beaches ruled. Postcards from The Lost Hamptons © Steven Petrow 2004, used with permission of Arcadia Publishing.
    August 1, 2005
    I have read any number of books about the East End of Long Island--some good, some bad, most plain dreadful--but I thought there was something left still unsaid. I found myself looking for that story, a Californian, arriving at the doorstep of the august East Hampton Library with a laptop, cell phone, and decaf latte in hand.
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