This compedious, cutting-edge volume offers a broad array of the most provocative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender scholarship produced by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies CLAGS over the first decade of its existence at the CUNY Graduate School. CLAGS has had a profound and legitimizing influence on the establishment of gay and lesbian studies as a discipline. Thousands have attended its events, featuring hundreds of scholars, activists, and cultural workers; many thousands more have lamented how they would have liked to have been there. With this book, they finally, vicariously, can be.
Twink is gay slang for a young man in his late teens to early twenties whose traits may include: general physical attractiveness ; little to no body or facial hair; a slim to average build; and a youthful appearance that may belie an older chronological age. The exact origins of the term twink are disputed. Some trace its first appearance to , although it may be derived from an older British gay slang term twank , which means: "The quarry of a homosexual prostitute male ; a man willing and ready to become any dominant man's 'partner' ". Another possible origin of the term may be a derivation from the snack cake Twinkie , commonly regarded as the quintessential junk food : "little nutritional value, sweet to the taste and creme-filled".