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A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge denied a defense motion for a new trial in the case of a Brooklyn man convicted last year on assault charges that were originally charged as anti-LGBTQ hate crimes. Comment
The family of an 11-year-old Brooklyn boy known internationally as one of New York’s most talked about drag queens continues to receive death threats, as well as investigatory visits from city social workers, weeks after writers for conservative and pro-life websites ignited a firestorm over his recent performance at a Williamsburg bar. Comment
A former commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told Bloomberg Law that she will not seek a third term with the agency after Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah blocked her reappointment and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to call a floor vote on her nomination before the January 2 deadline. Comment
Eight years after Zach Wahls went viral with an eloquent speech in favor of marriage equality in front of the Iowa State Legislature, he has returned to Des Moines — this time as a state senator. Comments (1)
American taxpayer dollars are now being spent in the form of security at a school that bans gay students and specifically prohibits its employees from supporting or condoning “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity.” Comment
The Boulder County Courthouse in Colorado has been added to the National Register of Historic Places more than four decades after a clerk there made the unprecedented decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Comments (1)
Media Circus

Fear and Self-Loathing

From the Moscow Times on January 11: “The Associated Press on Friday cited activist Igor Kochetkov as saying Chechnya has seen a spike in detentions of women and men suspected of being gay since […] Comments (1)
Doubtless you’ve been reading a lot about Kevin Spacey lately. The chickens — or in this case chickenhawks — have come home to roost for the two-time Academy Award-winning actor whose penchant for “barely legal” youths has been well-known for decades and completely tolerated by an entertainment industry that will stand for anything insofar as the person responsible has “market value” — something that may have slipped away for Spacey once and for all. But Spacey’s modus operandi — slipping his hand down the pants of lads he’s taken a fancy to reminded me of a sexual importunist who crossed my path 55 years ago. Comments (3)
Insider Trading

A Congressional Breath of Fresh from Detroit

Insider Trading

A Congressional Breath of Fresh from Detroit

Kudos to newly elected Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for telling it like it is. Tlaib’s now famous “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” induced Michael Moore to proclaim her a “breath of fresh air.” For the first time in American history we have elected a Muslim woman to Congress. In fact, we have two in the wake of the November election. What Tlaib said is simply what each and every one of us is thinking every day. Some members of Congress said they disapprove of her language. Perhaps they should stay home and listen to Mozart. Comments (1)
Theater

The Respite of Documentaries

Theater

The Respite of Documentaries

As American films dumb down ever more, with mindless action and endless Marvel comic book heroes swamping the screen, anyone with intelligence needs to gratefully look at documentaries for substance, i.e., real stories about real people. One of the most important films of the year — a must-see for everyone — is “Crime + Punishment”, currently available on Hulu, directed, shot, and edited by Korean-American Stephen Maing. He focuses on the NYPD 12, a group of incredibly brave cops who spoke up about the pernicious and racist quota system of arrests, now supposedly illegal, which, however, is still being covertly enforced. Comment
Politics

Cuomo Lays Out His Pot Policy

Politics

Cuomo Lays Out His Pot Policy

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his plan to revamp New York State’s medical marijuana program and create a regulatory system for the legal sale of marijuana to adults over 21. Comment
Music

Love and Death Italian Style

Music

Love and Death Italian Style

Francesco Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” (1902) has always been an opera that critics love to hate while singers, especially veteran divas, covet the musical and dramatic opportunities offered by the juicy leading roles. Like Puccini’s “Tosca”, Cilea’s opera allows a diva to play a diva. Comment
Attorneys for Abel Cedeno, the bullied Bronx gay teen charged with manslaughter in a 2017 classroom fight that left Matthew McCree dead, called for a special prosecutor in the case after Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark “took a dive,” they said, by failing to pursue charges against Kevon Dennis, brother of the deceased, who allegedly threatened student witnesses at knifepoint immediately after the incident. Comment
The organization that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events is seeking a city permit for the parade that uses the controversial route that was first used in 2018 to reduce the parade’s running time, but failed to do that. Comment
In an historic day at the State Capitol in Albany, with many LGBTQ advocates on hand, both houses of the Legislature adopted two long-stalled civil rights bills — the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a transgender rights measure, and a ban on conversion therapy practiced on minors by licensed mental health professionals. Comment
When Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman gavels the Judiciary Committee into session on Monday morning, his colleagues will address him with a title he’s never before had in his six years in office: Mr. Chairman. Comments (1)
Kevin Hart is coming out — to tell you he won’t host the Oscars. Comments (3)
Kristen Prata Browde, a solo practitioner who specializes in family law and divorce, has been elected the board chair of LeGaL, the LGBT Bar of New York. Comments (2)
Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips is back in court, this time suing officials of Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission and its Civil Rights Division and the state’s attorney general and governor to try to block the Commission from continuing a case against him for refusing to make a custom-designed cake celebrating the anniversary of a transgender attorney’s transition. Comments (2)
A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge refused Kwauhuru Govan’s request for new attorneys as he heads to trial in the 2005 killing of Rashawn Brazell, an African-American gay man. Comment
The House of Representatives, which now has a record eight LGBTQ members, passed a rules package last week that protects staffers from employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment
Governors Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Tony Evers of Wisconsin have signed executive orders banning discrimination against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment
Music

Tibetan Buddhist Saint Who Broke Good

Music

Tibetan Buddhist Saint Who Broke Good

A cast of creatives will stage a multimedia opera about a Tibetan Buddhist saint who began life as a mass murderer before finding redemption in religion. “Mila, Great Sorcerer” — presented at John Jay College on January 12 and 13 as part of the Prototype Festival — combines the centuries-old story of Milarepa with 14th and 15th century animated Tibetan and Himalayan images, culled from the Rubin Museum of Art, to tell a classic story in a new way, according to the director. Comment
Newly released audio of gay civil rights icon Bayard Rustin reveals the extent to which he valued the intersection of his racial and his sexual identity — and how his life as an openly gay man nearly derailed his ability to fight for equality. Comments (3)
Don’t let a sea of blue seats fool you: There are members of the New York City Council actively working against gay rights — including one in southern Brooklyn, where Councilmember Chaim Deutsch has long shown hostility toward LGBTQ causes. Comments (8)

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