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Kelly has scanned the cover of each and every item in his collection, labeled each published work with tags to better categorize them, and added notes next to each title that has a special feature such as an inscription by the author.“If I didn’t have Library Thing, I wouldn’t have even attempted this collection,” he says.Students, users weigh in on pros, cons of app The popular location-based dating app for LGBT men “Grindr” has extended its reach to university-level male students – especially those who’ve had no luck with the similar app, “Tinder.” “There’s a variety [of users]: teens, geeks, jocks, college students obviously, gamers, mature men,” said second-year animal science major Johnathon Silva. It also makes it easier to date because there’s not the ‘I wonder if they’re gay’ factor you have to worry about.” Similar to the wide-spread dating app Tinder, Grindr uses location services to help users find a possible match close by.Grindr has grown greatly since its launch in 2009, with over five million males in almost 200 countries around the world currently using it.“There are beauty standards and a specific type of masculinity, and performance that is often privileged in gay spaces,” said Villegas.“Where femme men and fat people fall outside of what is believed to be desirable.A retired civil servant of 36 years and an openly gay man all of his life, Kelly has always been a lover of books.He was initially inspired to start his collection after discovering author Anthony Slide’s book , which discussed 50 novels from the early 20th century that told stories with gay themes and characters.

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The database reveals that Kelly’s collection boasts 1,843 titles that are signed and 213 that feature an inscription by a gay man to another gay man, known as “gay associations.” He notes that he’s been complimented on his virtual collection by numerous collectors worldwide.

The most recent additions to Kelly’s collection are copies of some of the early gay newspapers, including an almost complete run of the first gay tabloid, New York’s .

But if I had been sitting in the same spot only months earlier, I wouldn’t have just been surrounded by art, but by more than 8,000 queer books, magazines, newspapers, comics, and more.

At 74 years old, Kelly touts one of the most impressive collections of LGBTQ books and published materials in the nation—a collection that was recently acquired by Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.

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