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Anti-Gay Rabbis Nix Parties, Lesbian Comedian Soldiers On

A Jewish lesbian comedian in Brooklyn is still searching for a venue for her New Year’s Eve performance after local rabbis pressured the owners of two kosher restaurants into rejecting her because of her sexual orientation. Comment
Crime

Woman Suffers Fractured Spine in Anti-Gay Subway Assault

Police are searching for a man who they say yelled anti-gay slurs at a 20-year-old woman and then punched her in the head, leaving her with a fractured spine on the E train late last month. Comment
Politics

Remembering the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Protest, 29 Years Later

Monday marks 29 years since thousands of activists stormed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan in opposition to the Catholic Church’s policies on homosexuality, HIV/ AIDS, and abortion. Comment
Three Democratic US senators and the ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security have sent letters to the heads of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding answers after a transgender woman died in US custody while seeking asylum from Honduras. Comment
The LGBTQ community followed up its strong year of representation in film and TV with a number of Golden Globe nominations on Thursday night. Comment
Dance

Hard Return

Dance

Hard Return

This show keeps dancers on their toes! Comment
A $2 million-dollar contract to fund research and testing for HIV treatment is shrouded in uncertainty after the Trump administration confirmed it has not yet made a decision on whether to renew it, citing concerns about fetal tissue used in that research. Comment
More uninsured or underinsured New Yorkers living with HIV will be eligible for financial assistance with their healthcare costs beginning in 2019, according to new regulations announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Comments (1)
Politics

DOJ Hires Anti-LGBTQ Spokesperson

The Justice Department has hired a new spokesperson drawn from a leading anti-LGBTQ litigation group, according to The Daily Beast. Comment
Crime

Details Scarce in Baltimore Black Trans Woman’s Murder

A black transgender woman was shot in Baltimore on November 26 and died two days later, marking the 24th known violent killing of a transgender person in the US this year. Comment
Film

Drawing an X in the Sand

Film

Drawing an X in the Sand

Fifty years ago, Jack Valenti, then president of the Motion Pictures Association of America, replaced the existing Production Code with its current “voluntary rating system,” which included the “adults-only” X rating for content considered “unsuitable for minors.” (The adult film industry soon started using “XXX” to distinguish its films.) This month, the Quad Cinema is having a fantastic series featuring dozens of these controversial titles. Comments (1)
Films like “The Wedding,” written and directed by Sam Abbas, often get overlooked because they are made on a shoestring with an unknown cast. But this auspicious feature debut by the Egyptian-American Abbas demands attention. It’s a gem. Comment
On our last day in Greece, we found the sweetest spot. I was there with my spouse, Denise, floating in the crescent bay of historic Monemvasia. The sky was pure blue, and the warm water so clear we could see the rounded stones lining the sea floor. Comment
Media Circus

Blind Eyes Toward Enemies Inside & Out

Nothing captures the imagination like two rich homos betraying their own community. Sarah Maslin Nir got the ball rolling in the New York Times: “They are throwing a $5 million fund-raiser for President […] Comments (1)
Politics

Ryan Murphy to Fund 2020 Pro-LGBTQ Candidates

The category is… money in politics! Comment
LGBTQ asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border are enduring sexual abuse, medical neglect, violence, and lack of shelter and legal representation in their quest to flee harsh conditions in their home countries. Comment
Crime

Pols Call for New City Hate Crimes Office

Lawmakers gathered on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday afternoon to call for the formation of a new office geared toward preventing hate crimes amid a disturbing spike in attacks targeting minority groups in the city and around the nation. Comment
A revised version of the trade agreement among the US, Canada, and Mexico contains a new footnote exempting the American side from discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and more after strong pushback from Republican members of Congress. Comment
LGBTQ folks and allies alike fear that Tumblr’s decision to ban all “adult content” could represent a slippery slope toward censoring other content pertaining to sexual minorities. Comment
Insider Trading

Turncoats, Self-Proclaimed Converts & Shocking Bitterness

Scurrilous, disgraceful, despicable, and bigoted are how I would describe former Democratic fundraisers Bill White and Bryan Eure. The New York Times reported that these turncoats have proudly trumpeted […] Comments (1)
Music

Ghost Story at the Opera

Music

Ghost Story at the Opera

Juilliard Opera Theater, on November 16, mounted Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw.” Any musically strong performance of this masterful score compels awe — and gratitude. Steven Osgood really had the measure of his excellent band and paced and blended them accordingly. With a dynamically versatile chamber piece like this, the intimate but not cramped auditorium reaffirms its status as one of the city’s very best places to hear operas. When he took his bow, Osgood generously and justly invited his players up onstage with him and the singers. Comment
While the mainstream media is paying unadulterated homage to former President George H.W. Bush on his death at 94, AIDS and LGBTQ activists who survived his neglect toward the HIV epidemic and his opposition to gay rights are being painfully reminded how little value is placed on the lives of those in our community — including by some gay reporters. Comments (1)
Health

On World AIDS Day, Still Fighting Stigma

Health

On World AIDS Day, Still Fighting Stigma

At a ceremony held November 30 at Baruch College in Manhattan, the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition — made up of more than 60 community partners from across New York State — and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS hosted the fifth annual World AIDS Day Citywide Commemoration. Comment
Health

Light in the Darkness

Health

Light in the Darkness

On World AIDS Day, the NYC AIDS Memorial launched its Arts and Education Initiative, with an interactive art experience, created in collaboration with artist Jenny Holzer. Comment
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is suing the New York State Division of Human Rights after it refused to investigate abuse claims against police and correction agencies, saying they were outside of its jurisdiction. Comment
Vice President Mike Pence used his platform in a World AIDS Day speech on November 29 to inflate the Trump administration’s record on the epidemic and exclude any mention of the LGBTQ community for a second straight year, angering advocacy groups around the country. Comment
Theater

Finding Grace After Abuse

Theater

Finding Grace After Abuse

The long overdue #MeToo movement has empowered countless women, and more than a few men, to confront, if not avenge, their abusers and reclaim their dignity. Comment
Health

Bi Women, Gay Men at Highest Risk of Opioid Misuse

Bisexual women and gay men are reporting higher rates of opioid misuse compared to people of other sexual orientations, a new NYU study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, has revealed. Comment
Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had a propensity to side with conservatives during his time on the bench, but he found exceptions when it came to gay rights — and on that even he himself was caught off guard at times. Comment
Theater

Magic and Manipulation

Theater

Magic and Manipulation

My main concern in seeing Mike Birbiglia on Broadway was whether the intimate appeal of his previous Off-Broadway outings would translate to a much larger house. I shouldn’t have worried. His latest piece, “The New One,” has taken up residence at the Cort Theater, and it fits with the ease of your favorite jacket. Comment
Features

Global Eats Fest Returns to Citi Field Next May

The World’s Fare returns to Citi Field next spring and figures to attract thousands of local foodies eager to try curated bites from across the globe. Comment
Nightlife

Queens of the Holiday Scene

Nightlife

Queens of the Holiday Scene

Peace on earth is intangible. Frankincense and myrrh are cliché — and expensive! A gift card is worthless, once it’s been maxed out. But the memories you and those on your “Nicely Naughty List” take from a holiday drag show will last a lifetime. This month, the star that beckons hovers not over a manger, but directly above the Laurie Beechman Theatre — a cozy little den of drinks, sass, and sin located below 42nd Street’s West Bank Café. Comment
While New York City’s health department is celebrating the decline in new HIV diagnoses in 2017 compared to 2016, it is also using a new method to estimate how many of the new diagnoses in 2017 were among people who were newly infected with the virus that year, altering the recent year-to-year comparisons announced in past reports. Comment

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