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Gay Liberation Front Seen in ‘69 Radical Protest Video

World Pride & Stonewall 50 ►Video

Gay Liberation Front Seen in ‘69 Radical Protest Video

Film shot by the NYPD’s political surveillance unit at an August 1969 demonstration in Midtown Manhattan shows an early appearance of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) as it joined other left and radical groups. Comments (5)
The newly restored “A Bigger Splash” is an intimate portrait of David Hockney and his friends and lovers in the early 1970s, almost each frame a vibrant picture of a time, place, and sensibility in the arts. The Swinging Sixties had just washed over into the second wave of liberation in London and New York and in Hockney himself — opening the way to explicit depictions of gay life and love. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Celebrating WorldPride In East Midtown

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Celebrating WorldPride In East Midtown

Manhattan neighborhood partnership finds innovative ways to mark Stonewall 50 Comment
International

Botswana Sodomy Law Struck Down

International

Botswana Sodomy Law Struck Down

High Court nixes colonial era ban in lengthy opinion stressing privacy, dignity Comment
A man has been charged with three counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Muhlaysia Booker — a 23-year-old black transgender woman shot to death in Dallas just weeks after suffering a vicious anti-LGBTQ attack — as well as of two cisgender women. Comment
In a narrow 5-4 ruling, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court on June 12 approved same-sex marriage and directed the nation’s congress to pass a law providing gay and lesbian couples with full marriage rights. Comment
Theater

Party Favors

Theater

Party Favors

In “Convention,” Danny Rocco’s raucous, wildly ambitious fact-based drama, a certain American political party sells its own soul to back an ill-equipped candidate as special interests consolidate power. Members are willing to compromise their core values and cement ties with big business through fearmongering and voter manipulation. Essentially, a presidential election is rigged. Comment
A gay man who just finished celebrating his anniversary with his husband was walking his dog in the Hamilton Heights section of Manhattan early in the morning on June 10 when he was shot and killed by a rifle-wielding man who was trying to shoot somebody else. Comment
Crime

A Solemn Commemoration of the Pulse Tragedy

Crime

A Solemn Commemoration of the Pulse Tragedy

Early last evening, Gays Against Guns, joined by activists from the New York City Anti-Violence Project and Voices4, held a silent vigil outside the Stonewall Inn and across the street at Christopher Park, the site of the federal Stonewall National Monument, to mark the third anniversary of the gun massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub that killed 49 and injured another 53 people. Comments (2)
Theater

A Gay Life’s Passages

Theater

A Gay Life’s Passages

“In the Closet” by Siegmund Fuchs is a moving and thoughtful examination of aging among gay men, at least in part. It also looks at the gay experience at different stages of life. Set in a “a large, metaphorical closet,” the cast features four men— one 18, one in his late 20s, one in is mid-40s, and one in his mid-60s. Comment
A settlement stemming from a lawsuit that exposed the NYPD’s discriminatory policing of sex workers — including a disproportionate number of trans women of color — has forced the department to update its patrol guide to stop targeting people on the basis of “gender, gender identity, clothing, and location” when enforcing the controversial loitering law. Comment
Theater

Making Your Connection

Theater

Making Your Connection

Sex is easy. Establishing — more accurately, negotiating — real, human connection can be treacherous. Finding a safe haven in the heart of another person in a cold world is the central narrative of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.” Comment
Gays Against Guns will hold a silent vigil outside the Stonewall Inn on June 12 at 7 p.m. to remember the 49 people who were murdered during the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando three years ago to the day. Comment
The LGBTQ community and the family of a transgender woman of color who died while being held alone in a “restrictive housing” jail cell at Rikers Island are demanding answers about the circumstances surrounding her death. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Pride Rolled Through LA This Past Sunday

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Pride Rolled Through LA This Past Sunday

This past Sunday, Pride arrived in Los Angeles big time. Karen Ocamb reports for the Los Angeles Blade here. Comment
Members of DecrimNY took their campaign to a new level on June 10 when they stood alongside a handful of legislators in a State Assembly hearing room in Lower Manhattan and announced a bold, comprehensive bill that would decriminalize sex work for those who trade sex consensually and wipe out laws that criminalize those who assist sex workers. Comment
Guest Perspective

We Need to Disarm the Hate

Guest Perspective

We Need to Disarm the Hate

Three years ago June 12, Omar Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and killed 49 people as they celebrated, many of them members of the LGBTQ community in the midst of Pride month. Less than a year ago, 11 Jewish worshippers were killed in a Pennsylvania synagogue. Just under three months ago, a gunman murdered 51 at their mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Comments (1)
International

Fighting for Lesbian Safety in South Africa

International

Fighting for Lesbian Safety in South Africa

In 2006, South Africa became the fifth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. So the country must be naturally progressive about LGBTQ equality, right? Comment
Arts

Zombies With Milquetoast Messaging

Arts

Zombies With Milquetoast Messaging

One could guess that a zombie film directed by Jim Jarmusch would be painfully hip. With a cast featuring Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, and Tom Waits, “The Dead Don’t Die” doesn’t disappoint. Frustratingly, Jarmusch brings nothing new to this overworked sub-genre. Comment
Governor Andrew Cuomo, Bravo TV show host Andy Cohen, and numerous LGBTQ advocates gathered at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan on June 10 to send a last-minute message to state lawmakers: Pass gestational surrogacy and ban the so-called gay and trans panic defense. Comment
The nine-member Washington State Supreme Court refused on June 6 to back down from its earlier decision that Barronelle Stutzman and her business, Arlene’s Flowers, violated the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws in February 2013 when she told Robert Ingersoll she would not provide floral arrangements for his wedding to Curt Freed. Comment
Nearly all the winners at the 31st Lambda Literary Awards said how surprised they were. But when they said thank you, they were eloquent with gratitude for a community whose validation means more to them because they are a part of it. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

An Exuberant Strut of Brooklyn’s Diversity

World Pride & Stonewall 50

An Exuberant Strut of Brooklyn’s Diversity

It was a Saturday evening love fest in Brooklyn. Comment
The Up Stairs Lounge was a refuge and an unofficial community center for the LGBTQ community in New Orleans in the early 1970s. And a Sunday beer bust that featured “two hours of unlimited suds for one dollar” was “an irresistible affair for a certain cadre of gay men,” Robert W. Fieseler writes in “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.” Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

In Yankees’ Backyard, Pride Flourishes

World Pride & Stonewall 50

In Yankees’ Backyard, Pride Flourishes

Billy’s Sports Bar near Yankee Stadium once again played host to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.’s annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration. Comment
Three US diplomats have confirmed that the Trump administration is denying requests from American embassies around the world to fly the Rainbow Flag during Pride Month, NBC News reported on June 7. Comments (1)
Homophobes and transphobes descended upon the Gerritsen Beach Library in southern Brooklyn on June 6 to protest Drag Queen Story Hour, but dozens of supporters of the event mounted a counter-protest with chants of “Love not hate!” and “Say it loud and say it clear, all the queers are welcome here!” Comments (2)
It’s like “All Lives Matter” but for straight people. Comments (3)
New York City’s police commissioner opened the city’s Pride Month by apologizing for the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in 1969 that was intended to shut down a blackmail ring that was victimizing gay men and operating out of the bar. Comments (1)
President Donald Trump used a June 5 interview with Piers Morgan of “Good Morning Britain” to stigmatize transgender service members and make false, incoherent, and generalized statements about healthcare costs associated with them. Comment
Trans, non-binary actor Garcia makes an auspicious acting debut in “Tales of the City,” premiering June 7 on Netflix. This reboot of the popular series based on Armistead Maupin’s popular books, opens with Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) celebrating her 90th birthday. However, the party does not last long — she is soon being blackmailed and must sell 28 Barbary Lane. Comment
Books

Colombia’s Gay Truth Teller

Books

Colombia’s Gay Truth Teller

The Colombian-American writer Jaime Manrique, author of the powerful new novel “Like This Afternoon Forever,” is both an imp and an iconoclast. The poet, novelist, and teacher, who turns 70 this month, just received the prestigious Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. Comment
On June 21, New York City Opera presents the premiere of “Stonewall,” a newly commissioned opera by British composer Iain Bell with a libretto by Mark Campbell in a production directed by Leonard Foglia. The production honors the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the 75th anniversary of New York City Opera. Comment
Lawsuits brought by the Russian government in multiple countries around the globe to recover the trademarks for Stolichnaya vodka were brought on direct orders from Vladimir Putin, the current Russian president, in 2000. Comments (1)
Media Circus

For God’s Sake, Trans Lives Matter

Media Circus

For God’s Sake, Trans Lives Matter

Here’s Amna Nawaz of the PBS NewsHour: “The most recent killing took place last Sunday in north Philadelphia. Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, 40 years old and a longtime advocate for the LGBTQ community, was shot several times... Comment
“Rocketman,” the lavish Elton John biopic, has opened with the kind of ballyhoo not seen in quite some time. An entire event space focusing on the film has been set up at Soho Dolby, where you can wander through rooms that resemble the various sets in the film... Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Are You Ready for WorldPride Yet?

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Are You Ready for WorldPride Yet?

Get in the spirit of WorldPride and Stonewall 50 at the numerous LGBTQ-related events around the city in the weeks ahead. There is a diverse slate of events, too, from Brooklyn Pride and comedy nights to film screenings, festivals, bike rides, and more. Comment
Josh Howard’s powerful documentary “The Lavender Scare” uses David K. Johnson’s 2006 book of the same name to explore the stories of gay men and lesbians who were fired from their government jobs during the Cold War era because of their sexuality. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Stonewall 50/ WorldPride: The Biggest Celebration Ever

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Stonewall 50/ WorldPride: The Biggest Celebration Ever

When Gay City News was founded in 2002, New York State did not yet have a gay rights law and same-sex couples could not get married anywhere in America. In fact, almost a third of the states still outlawed sexual conduct by gay people, which made criminals of LGBTQ community members. Comment
Film

Knowing Which Way the Wind Blows

Film

Knowing Which Way the Wind Blows

“Papi Chulo,” the affable new comedy-drama by out gay writer/ director John Butler, chronicles the charming, tender bromance that develops between Sean (Matt Bomer), a gay weatherman in Los Angeles, and Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño), a married-with-kids day laborer he hires to paint his deck. Comment
Music

Brünnhilde for President

Music

Brünnhilde for President

The Metropolitan Opera concluded its “Ring Cycle” with a “Götterdämmerung,” which consolidated the strengths of its performers for a triumphant finale. Comment
A black transgender woman was found dead in a Dallas lake on June 1 in a case that police there are describing as “homicidal violence.” The death represents the third time in less than a year that a trans woman has been killed in that city. Comment
Yet another HIV-positive transgender woman seeking asylum has died after a stint in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, infuriating advocates and raising more questions about the US government’s treatment of marginalized people in detention. Comment
Film

Provocation, But No Bites

Film

Provocation, But No Bites

In 1973, Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés set out to test the human race’s capacity for violence when he placed six women and five men in the pressure-cooker quarters of a large raft and set them on a journey across the Atlantic. Comment
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