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Homophobe Chaim Deutsch Eyeing Congressional Race

Term-limited Brooklyn Councilmember Chaim Deutsch appears ready to take his local brand of bigotry to the national stage — and he wants to take out a member of his own party in the process. Comment
Several House Republicans who recently voted against the comprehensive LGBTQ rights bill known as the Equality Act rolled out their own version of a queer rights bill on December 6, but advocates and LGBTQ lawmakers promptly raised alarms over numerous religious carve-outs embedded within the legislation Comment
Theater

Bitter Pill

Theater

Bitter Pill

One would be hard pressed to assemble a more promising pedigree than that of “Jagged Little Pill,” the clamorous new musical now rocking the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway. Comment
Roughly half of HIV-negative men who have sex with men and 84 percent of HIV-positive men who have sex with men understand that the “Undetectable Equals Untransmittable” campaign, or U=U, means that individuals with undetectable viral loads are not at risk of transmitting HIV, according to a study involving 112,000 men across all 50 states. Comment
The Department of Health and Human Services will utilize donated HIV prevention drugs and drugstore services to provide individuals who lack prescription drug coverage access to free PrEP, the agency announced on December 3. Comment
Howard Cruse, a groundbreaking cartoonist who pioneered LGBTQ themes four decades ago, has died at the age of 75. Comment
An international coalition dedicated to achieving LGBTQ rights in Latin America and the Caribbean is teaming up with Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders (SAGE) to highlight issues facing queer seniors and advocate for improving the plight of older adults in that region of the world. Comment
Dear Hot-to-Impeach Congressional Democrats, I thought of you when I read “Why the Ukraine Scheme Matters,” the November 25 editorial in The New York Times. As usual, Times syntax and grammar are superb and the editors’ argumentation skills fully justify the current high tuition rates at name universities. Comment
Cops have released a sketch showing a man who is wanted for allegedly assaulting another man on a Bronx subway platform and pushing him onto the tracks in a homophobic tirade last month. Comment
Cops are searching for a pair of men who allegedly abducted a transgender woman in the Bronx, tied her up, threatened her with a gun, and took her cell phone — all over some text messages. Comment
Theater

Grabbing the Chance to Tell Their Story

Theater

Grabbing the Chance to Tell Their Story

In a TED Residency Talk last December, actor and trans activist Samy Nour Younes said, “Trans people are not new. Gender variance is older than you think and trans people are part of that legacy.” The talk quickly gained more than a million and a half views. Comment
National

Target-ing LGBTQ Buyers Through Queer Media

Fifty years after Stonewall, LGBTQ people who listen to a song, stream a series, or read a book have more positive images to draw upon than ever before. But where are our faces in the ads that sell us those things — or, for that matter, pretty much everything? Comment
Politics

Gays Against Guns Storm DC

Politics

Gays Against Guns Storm DC

Several dozen members of the direct action group Gays Against Guns traveled from New York to the nation’s capital on December 2 to draw dramatic attention to the US Senate’s refusal to act on two gun control measures passed by the Democratic-controlled House. Comment
Comments made by US Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote in response to the harsh sentencing of a gay couple in that nation prompted backlash from the Zambian government and led to threats that Foote said prevented him from attending World AIDS Day events there out of fear for his safety. Comment
Film

Samaritans Racing the Clock

Film

Samaritans Racing the Clock

The person who first applied the phrase “ambulance chasers” to lawyers didn’t envision a world where ambulances chase each other to get to injured people. Comment
Theater

Whose Santa is He Anyway?

Theater

Whose Santa is He Anyway?

People hold tight to their stories. Belief in a story can be more persuasive than facts. Stories are how we define ourselves in the context of a culture. This even extends to our stories about Santa Claus. Comment
Film

Capturing A Mother’s Truth

Film

Capturing A Mother’s Truth

“The Disappearance of My Mother” is out gay filmmaker Beniamino Barrese’s sensitive portrait of his mother, Benedetta Barzini, an iconic fashion model who now disdains the camera. Comment
Film

Feed Your Head

Film

Feed Your Head

Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s “Little Joe” had the potential to stun. It has a clear vision of its near-future world, but that world ends at the limits of the film’s sets. Comment
The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club and the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have both thrown their support behind out gay City Councilmember Ritchie Torres in his race for Congress, giving the 31-year-old lawmaker key boosts with roughly six months to go until the Democratic primary competition to succeed outgoing Bronx Representative José Serrano in the 15th district. Comment
Health

A Rain-Swept World AIDS Day

Health

A Rain-Swept World AIDS Day

The season’s first winter storm was gearing up with a chilly heavy rain on the evening of December 1, thinning the turnout for the World AIDS Day “Out of the Darkness” candlelight vigil at the NYC AIDS Memorial in the West Village. Still, dozens — including American Run for the End of AIDS (AREA) founder Brent Nicholson Earle, a prime mover behind the annual event — gathered in the triangular park opposite the former St. Vincent’s Hospital for a reading of names of those lost to AIDS. Comment
Film

A Bottom’s Own Story

Film

A Bottom’s Own Story

Out gay filmmaker Gustavo Vinagre’s “The Blue Rose of Novalis,” co-directed with Rodrigo Carneiro, is a mesmerizing documentary about Marcelo Diorio, a gay poet in São Paulo. Comment
The longtime HIV activist who has been the public face of the Plan to End AIDS is saying that while the plan has achieved some of its most important measures of success, it will not reduce the new HIV infections in New York annually to the ambitious numbers that were proposed when the plan launched five years ago. Comment
While the de Blasio administration is celebrating a record low number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City in 2018, the city is faced with the daunting task of producing a substantial reduction in new HIV infections over the next two years to get to its goal of 600 new HIV infections a year by 2020. Comment
The movement to fully decriminalize sex work in New York has been met with resistance from a pair of state legislators who are introducing a separate bill that would only gut penalties for sex workers — not their clients or those facilitating their work — prompting anger from advocates who have adamantly argued that partial decriminalization still hurts sex workers. Comment
Theater

The Ladies and the Ghosts

Theater

The Ladies and the Ghosts

When Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf” arrived at the Booth Theatre in 1976, it was a revelation. Comment
Music

Opera All Over the Map

Music

Opera All Over the Map

“Lucia di Lammermoor,” from Opéra de Montréal, filled the vast, modern Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, and the production’s raison d’etre and highest achievement was the very first Edgardo of locally bred and trained tenor star Frédéric Antoun Comment
The fight to eradicate HIV/ AIDS in New York has progressed in recent years, but health experts and elected officials are highlighting areas that must be addressed in order for the state to end the epidemic. Comment
A daily pill known to prevent HIV transmission does not necessarily need to be taken every day, at least in some demographic groups, according to guidelines published by health officials in New York City and elsewhere who have found that the pill is still effective when dosages are based on when a person is planning to have sex. Comment
Annual events commemorating World AIDS Day are slated across the city on December 1 — the day dedicated to commemorating the pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 Americans and more than 30 million worldwide— and on the subsequent days. Comment
As part of his office’s partnership with an opioid accountability group, Comptroller Scott Stringer is pushing Gilead to embrace a “clawback” policy under which the corporation’s board of directors would recoup compensation from top executives engaged in wrongdoing. Comment
New York State

In Search of Progressive Putnam

New York State

In Search of Progressive Putnam

Putnam County, New York: you may know it from Broadway’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” or perhaps you’ve gone apple picking here recently. Comment
A Black transgender woman was found dead in her East Harlem apartment on October 25 by police officers who said her body had been in the home for several days before anyone learned that she died. Comment
Door-to-door canvassing and postcard mailings are typical components of a political campaign, but Victor Mantilla Colon and Phillip Seymour aren’t running for office. The New York-based duo employ these marketing tactics as part of their goal of expanding GayStay, the home-sharing business they founded together in 2016. Comment
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