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Weeks after legislators ruled out the possibility of same-sex marriage on the Chinese mainland, a court in Hong Kong similarly rejected an opportunity to expand the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Comment
Citing concerns about religious liberty, the Mormon Church announced its opposition to a Utah Department of Commerce proposal that would ban the practice on minors in the state. Comment
Out gay congressional candidate Ritchie Torres of the Bronx beat all of his competitors with a $335,089 fundraising haul during the most recent filing period in the packed race to replace outgoing Congressmember Jose Serrano in the 15th Congressional District. Comment
Music

Anthony Wong’s Forbidden Colors

Music

Anthony Wong’s Forbidden Colors

From 1988’s “Forbidden Colors,” named for a 1953 novel by gay Japanese writer Yukio Mishima to this year’s “Is It A Crime?,” commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Hong Kong Canto-pop star Anthony Wong Yiu-ming has combined music and activism over his long career. Comment
In her upbeat documentary, “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound,” out lesbian director Midge Costin pays loving tribute to the unsung heroes of cinema: the sound designers. Comment
After rallying support for their cause in the State Legislature earlier this year, some members of a coalition dedicated to decriminalizing sex work in New York have brought their sex-positive campaign to local communities while others have looked globally to learn takeaways about the sex trade abroad. Comment
Politics

Barr Escalates Attacks on LGBTQ Inclusion in Schools

Weeks after the Department of Justice (DOJ) defended the firing of an out gay Catholic schoolteacher, US Attorney General William Barr stood in front of law students and railed against states requiring LGBTQ education in schools. Comment
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerron Clement came out as gay on October 11, National Coming Out Day, during an event celebrating a new rainbow track at Los Angeles City College. Comment
We buy Apple’s phones, wear their watches, and use their products to drive our businesses — but finding their iconic ads in the pages of your local LGBTQ newspaper or website is like looking for an apple in an orange grove. Comment
Bronx Councilmember Fernando Cabrera is challenging Bronx and Queens Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic primary next year — and he’s already trying to minimize his disastrous record on LGBTQ rights. Comment
A gay man in Jackson Heights was returning home early in the morning on October 13 when he said a stranger exposed himself, punched him, stole his belongings, and dragged him on the ground — all because he wouldn’t perform oral sex on him. Comment
Governor Andrew Cuomo commemorated National Coming Out Day on October 11 by signing a bill passed by the State Legislature earlier this year mandating that organizations working with homeless youth undergo LGBTQ competency training. Comment
International

Uganda Revives “Kill the Gays” Bill

International

Uganda Revives “Kill the Gays” Bill

Lawmakers in Uganda’s Parliament are again planning to introduce legislation making it punishable by death for individuals to engage in same-sex conduct — five years after a “Kill the Gays” bill stirred an international outcry. Comment
Remembrance

Andy Vélez Remembered at Center Gathering

Remembrance

Andy Vélez Remembered at Center Gathering

Last Saturday evening, October 5, a crowd of well more than 100 came together at the LGBT Community Center in the West Village to honor the memory and contributions of Andy Vélez, an internationally prominent AIDS activist. Comment
Former Vice President Joe Biden talked about gay bathhouses, Senator Kamala Harris of California shared her preferred personal pronouns, and out gay South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg opened up about his own coming out experience during an eventful, nationally televised CNN town hall dedicated to LGBTQ issues on October 10. Comment
City Councilmember Mark Treyger of Brooklyn is preparing to introduce a bill that would require the NYPD to incorporate hate crimes data into the city’s CompStat management system to increase accountability, transparency, and local response after a marked uptick in crimes targeting, especially, Jewish and LGBTQ New Yorkers. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Emily Tarver and Vicci Martinez, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Emily Tarver and Vicci Martinez, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Emily Tarver and Vicci Martinez. Vicci and Emily met on “Orange is the New Black” and fell in love. Now they harmonize about their love and their life. Comment
Out gay South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California rolled out new LGBTQ plans hours before participating in an October 10 CNN town hall dedicated to queer issues. Comment
In a recent story in The New York Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo was quoted declaring victory in an ambitious plan that would reduce the number of new HIV infections annually in New York to the point where the HIV epidemic in the state would be over. Comment
Pete Buttigieg, who has served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana since 2012, came out as a gay man in a self-penned essay published by the South Bend Tribune just weeks before he faced voters for reelection three years later. Comment
The Audre Lorde Project, a New York City-based organization dedicated to achieving justice for LGBTQ people of color, is entering a nine-month “restoration period” during which the team will shutter one of its two offices and staff members will re-evaluate the operation. Comment
NewFest, New York’s leading LGBTQ film festival, returns October 23-29 for its 31st edition. The festival, which includes more than 150 shorts, features, and documentaries, opens with a whimper but ends with a bang. Comment
Health

Gay Men’s Health Crisis Honors Andrew Cuomo

Health

Gay Men’s Health Crisis Honors Andrew Cuomo

Gay Men’s Health Crisis held its annual gala on October 2 at Cipriani Wall Street, an event at which Governor Andrew Cuomo was honored with the Larry Kramer Activist Award. Comment
The event at Bennett Park kicked off under a strong mid-day sun featuring a crowd that reached about 200. It was a rare sight in Washington Heights — a Pride Parade along West 181st Street — and culminated in something even rarer: LGBTQ rights T-shirts, Rainbow Flags emblazoned with Stars of David, and loud calls for equality on the Yeshiva University main campus. Comment
This week, ABC News had, on its website, a piece on the employment-related legal matters before the Supreme Court this weel. Titled “LGBT Americans look to Supreme Court after being fired ‘because of sex,’” and written by Devin Dwyer, the article is scrupulously “balanced.” Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

T.J. Mannix, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

T.J. Mannix, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes T.J. Mannix, an actor, improvisor, and 9/11 first-responder who has taught and performed in 16 countries, and is currently touring the US and Europe with “LimboLand,” his one-man improvised musical. Comment
Legal

At Supreme Court, Glimmer of Hope

Legal

At Supreme Court, Glimmer of Hope

Intense exchanges about the meaning of a 55-year-old civil rights statute in the context of the modern realities of homophobia and transphobia in the workplace, with plenty of bathroom hysteria sprinkled in, marked a dramatic morning of arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday. Comment
Theater

Innocence On the Run

Theater

Innocence On the Run

Ross Golan is a multi-platinum singer-songwriter best known for crafting hits for pop stars like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. With “The Wrong Man,” he can add another feather to his cap: dramatist. Comment
Google has been prioritizing some of the web’s fringiest alt-right, anti-gay news websites in search results related to LGBTQ news content, a Gay City News analysis has found. Sites such as Church Militant, which has harassed out gay Catholics, and televangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network were routinely among the top search results in a recent analysis. Comment
Led by Housing Works, more than 100 protestors were arrested at the Supreme Court on October 8 as justices heard oral arguments in a series of cases that could determine whether sexual orientation and gender identity are protected classes under the law. Comment
When Dubbs Weinblatt started a new show featuring discussions about coming out, the idea was partly inspired by their own coming out story. Comment
Theater

A Sturges Celebration

Theater

A Sturges Celebration

When Tom Sturges, the son of the great Hollywood comedic auteur Preston Sturges, thanked me for remembering his father with kindness, I had to demur, reminding him of all the joy his father created with his brilliant, hilarious, and amazingly deep movies. Comment
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