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NYC Black Pride is back — and it’s only just beginning. Comment
More than 100 people gathered near City Hall on August 15 to convey emotional calls for criminal justice reform and seek justice for Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco and Kawaski Trawick. Comment
I didn’t want to write about “After the Wedding,” the reboot of Susanne Bier’s 2006 Danish film, newly brought to life with an American director and cast, its gender roles flipped, and its settings and plot altered, though not betrayed. Comments (1)
Film

Minnelli at Large

Film

Minnelli at Large

Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” possibly the greatest Broadway musical, sucked as a film. There I said it. Beyond the notoriety of Audrey Hepburn’s voice being dubbed in the lead role of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle — when she could have sung the entire score charmingly — by the proficiently bland-sounding go-to movie ghost singer, Marni Nixon, the whole project suffers from an over-reverence to the smash hit show, for which producer Jack Warner paid a unprecedented $5 million. Stagy in the extreme and entirely filmed on the Warner Brothers lot, the wonderful music and lavish Cecil Beaton its real entertainment value. Comment
In a move that advocacy groups say will breed discrimination against the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, and women, the Trump administration on August 14 proposed a new rule giving federal contractors wide berth to use religion to justify discrimination in employment. Comment
The organizers of the Dominican Day Parade paid special tribute to the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and six LGBTQ Dominican-Americans at the 37th annual march on August 11. Comment
Media Circus

Sell-Your-Soul Cycle

Media Circus

Sell-Your-Soul Cycle

“If gyms sell people on the idea that a gym affiliation is part of their identity, gyms can’t really be surprised when people quit because they no longer identify.” Comment
Perspectives

Ne’er A Drop To Drink

Perspectives

Ne’er A Drop To Drink

Dear Guys Who Got Arrested For Throwing Water On NYPD Cops: You hosed Harlem. You bedewed Brownsville. You wetted Woodhaven. News media report that you’ve sprayed or doused water — yes, vile, menacingly wet water — on police officers in incidents all over New York City. No one knows where you will strike next. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Lynaé DePriest, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out,” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt (they/ them/ theirs) welcomes Lynaé DePriest aka Thoughtress (they/ them/ theirs), a queer/ non-binary comedian, poet, actor, and storyteller based in New York City. They were named one of TimeOut New York’s “LGBTQ POC Comedians We’re Obsessed With,” and are returning for their third year as the mainstage host for FlameCon 2019. Comment
Theater

Fire Island Fracas

Theater

Fire Island Fracas

With the New York Fringe MIA, enter the fledgling Rave Theater Festival, a collection of 20 shows at the Lower East Side’s Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, produced by Tony-winner Ken Davenport. If “Stormy Weather,” one of the bold, scrappy entrants, is a reliable barometer, the Rave Festival promises to be a worthy successor. Comment
While Stephen M. Ross, the owner of the Equinox, Blink, SoulCycle, and Pure Yoga brands, presents himself as bipartisan in his political giving, his record indicates he has been far more generous to Republicans than to Democrats. Comments (1)
The defense in the Rashawn Brazell case is saying that a key piece of evidence that linked the 19-year-old gay man to his alleged killer belonged to Brazell and not to Kwauhuru Govan, the 41-year-old man who is accused of killing Brazell in 2005 and dismembering his body. Comment
The family of the late Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and five city officials responsible for her care, charging that they violated her constitutional rights as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Comment
Film

Alone on Brazil’s Mean Streets

Film

Alone on Brazil’s Mean Streets

The title character (Christian Malheiros) of out gay director/ co-writer Alexandre Moratto’s intimate, affecting Brazilian drama “Sócrates” is a gay 15-year-old facing homelessness. As this intense film opens, Sócrates’ mother has died and he is trying to live on his own. Comment
Crime

Man Arrested in One of Two SC Trans Murders

A man has been arrested in connection to one of two separate killings of black trans women in South Carolina this summer. Comment
A homophobe spray-painted “Kill the Gay Away” on an abandoned building in Manhattan on August 8, according to the NYPD. Comment
The biannual New York Opera Fest commissions small local companies to mount presentations all over the city every spring. Several this year were linked by the common theme of an oppressed outsider at odds with society. Comment
Music

A New Thrust from Sleater-Kinney

Music

A New Thrust from Sleater-Kinney

Twenty-five years into their existence, Sleater-Kinney have already broken up and re-formed once. They’re the most popular group to emerge from the riot grrrl scene of the ‘90s, reaching a much wider audience than feminist punk bands like Bratmobile or Huggy Bear while sharing the same basic politics. Comment
Film

Love and Freedom

Film

Love and Freedom

Out gay Argentine writer/ director Lucio Castro’s wistful, seductive bromance “End of the Century” is one of the year’s best queer films — an elegant drama that opens with Ocho (Juan Barberini) arriving in Barcelona, lonely and horny. Comment
Film

The Fire This Time

Film

The Fire This Time

The title of Roberto Minervini’s “What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire?” applies to everyone alive today as climate change threatens to make the planet uninhabitable. But Minervini zooms in a small, specific African-American community in Louisiana and Mississippi. Comment
The FBI busted a Las Vegas-based white supremacist after he allegedly talked about making bombs, attacking a Jewish synagogue, and planning a violent ambush on a gay bar, according to the US Attorney’s Office in Nevada. Comment
“It’s topical, but it’s true,” said the queer auteur John Cameron Mitchell in his groundbreaking musical and film “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” The very same could be said of his newest project “Anthem: Homunculus,” a “musical podcast” now streaming on Luminary. Well… not strictly true. Comment
After more than four years of litigation, Gavin Grimm has finally won a favorable ruling on the merits of his transgender rights lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia, where he completed high school in 2017. Comment
Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center are pursuing a merger to combine the unique healthcare and social services offered by each organization. Comments (6)
The Utah Supreme Court ruled on August 1 that a state law that allows for gestational surrogacy contracts subject to approval by a judge is unconstitutional to the extent that it excludes married same-sex couples from entering into enforceable contracts. Concluding that the offending exclusion is “severable” from the overall statute, the high court sent the case back to a trial court for approval of a surrogacy agreement involving a gay male couple. Comment
Politics

Corey’s Got a New Flame

Politics

Corey’s Got a New Flame

Look out, Corey is seeing someone — and it isn’t presidential wannabe Jay Inslee! Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Carmen LoBue, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Carmen LoBue, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes queer Afro Fil Am producer, director, writer, and actor Carmen LoBue, who has a passion for social justice and portraying womxn and LGBTQIA perspectives and is the 2018 New Legacy Maker Honoree and a T.O. WebFest Best Director nominee. Comment
Ritchie has some more competition. Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has jumped into the crowded race to replace outgoing Congressmember José Serrano in the South Bronx next year. Comment
Theater

They’re All Misbehavin’

Theater

They’re All Misbehavin’

One quickly runs out of superlatives in trying to describe “Moulin Rouge,” the new Broadway spectacle that has overwhelmed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and is likely to be there for a very long time. Comment
A black transgender woman was shot and killed in southwest Miami on July 31, marking the 13th known trans woman of color to die a violent death so far this year. Comments (1)
A Las Vegas man has embarked on a mission to raise awareness about the deeply entrenched homophobia permeating the Mormon Church after his 14-year-old son’s suicide, which the father attributes to the institution’s anti-LGBTQ teachings and culture. Comments (4)
One day after hundreds gathered in Times Square in reaction to the latest wave of murderous mass shootings, anti-gun advocates and elected officials held an evening vigil at Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope on August 5 to speak out against the violence, white supremacy, and racist rhetoric coming from President Donald Trump. Comment
Film

Innervisions

Film

Innervisions

What does it mean to work as a blind artist? This question prompted out gay filmmaker Rodney Evans (“Brother to Brother”) to create his thoughtful, probing documentary “Vision Portraits.” Comment
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