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The gay founder of the #WalkAway movement who posted a passionate video on YouTube in which he announced he was leaving the Democratic Party has only voted six times since 2004 and only one of those votes was cast in a primary race. Comments (3)
Roughly half of the people living with HIV in the United States were not virally suppressed and more than a third were not receiving treatment for the infection, according to new CDC data released this month stemming from 2015 and 2016. Comment
With elections looming, Poland’s ruling nationalist party is campaigning on a platform of homophobia amid an international wave of anti-gay nationalism in Eastern Europe. Comment
Politics

Cuomo Delays Pot Legalization

Politics

Cuomo Delays Pot Legalization

Pot legalization is in trouble. Comments (1)
Lori Lightfoot, an out lesbian candidate for mayor in Chicago, has gained key endorsements from across the political spectrum and appears to have the edge in the home stretch of the race despite getting hit with a vicious last-minute wave of homophobic flyers distributed outside of churches. Comment
New York City

Another St. Pat’s Win for Inclusivity

New York City

Another St. Pat’s Win for Inclusivity

New York’s St. Patrick’s Day season culiminated on March 17, the day after the traditional Manhattan parade was held on Fifth Avenue, with the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which included an LGBTQ group for the first time. Comment
Film

Our Worse Selves

Film

Our Worse Selves

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” is one of the most acclaimed American films of this decade. Needless to say, his second film “Us” arrives in theaters with a lot of baggage, particularly because the reception of “Get Out” felt like a political event as much as a cultural one. Comment
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil stood alongside President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on March 19 and said the two nations are aligned in promoting straight relationships and rejecting political correctness. Comments (1)
After saying as recently as January that this year’s Pride March would be staged in Chelsea and end at 29th Street and Fifth Avenue, the organization that produces the parade and related events has reversed course and will now stage the march in the blocks above 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and end the event at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue. Comments (1)
A comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill re-introduced March 13 has won overwhelming support among Democrats, but one holdout in the Senate as well as the former leader of the Log Cabin Republicans are opposing the bill by echoing the concerns most commonly spouted by the far right. Comments (1)
Legal

Federal Judge to Pentagon: Not So Fast on Trans Ban

In a three-page notice to the Pentagon, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly reminded the Trump administration that the nationwide preliminary injunction she issued in October 2017 against the proposed ban on transgender military service remains in place, at least until such time as the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issues a final mandate in its review of her order. Comment
Ireland’s out gay prime minister didn’t waste any time getting right to the gay stuff when he met Vice President Mike Pence at the Naval Observatory last week. Comment
A threatening sign laced with a homophobic slur was seen at the Seneca Avenue subway station in Queens on March 15. Comment
New York City

Sara Ramirez Pulls LGBT Center Donation

New York City

Sara Ramirez Pulls LGBT Center Donation

Out bisexual actress Sara Ramirez has withdrawn a donation she made to the LGBT Community Center in New York after she said the organization failed to follow through on its pledge to use the funds to implement bisexual-based training for its staff. Comment
The out lesbian leader of a New York City-based veterans advocacy group has delivered a letter to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson asking him to address concerns that Veterans Committee Chair Chaim Deutsch has failed to lead on issues pertaining to LGBTQ veterans. Comment
Theater

Innocence Lost

Theater

Innocence Lost

Having missed reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” in high school and seeing the movie only once on TV, I went into Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation largely tabula rasa, other than knowing the story’s basic premise. This play is about as exciting as it gets. Comment
Books

Now They Want Common Ground?

Books

Now They Want Common Ground?

It is apparent early in “Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground” that most of the authors of its 35 essays and Robin Fretwell Wilson and William Eskridge, the book’s editors, are not being honest with readers. Comment
Legal

Medicaid Coverage Ordered for Gender Reassignment in Iowa

The Iowa Medicaid program’s exclusion of coverage for sex reassignment procedures violates that state’s Civil Rights Act, the State Supreme Court ruled on March 8. Discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations has been part of Iowa’s Civil Rights Act since 2007. Comment
The Belgian drama “Girl,” directed by out gay Flemish filmmaker Lukas Dhont, is a character study depicting the true story of Lara (Victor Polster), a 15-year-old born biologically as a boy who wants to be a ballerina. Comment
Film

Murders She Wrote

Film

Murders She Wrote

Out gay actor Nicolas Maury steals his every scene in director Yann Gonzalez’s audacious thriller, “Knife+Heart,” set in the gay adult film industry in Paris, 1979. Comment
Media Circus

I Feel Even Sorrier for Jussie

I was working my way through the New York Times Magazine story “Your Dog Feels as Guilty as She Looks” by Frans de Waal, a primatologist. It was a pleasant enough article... Comment
Music

Country Matters

Music

Country Matters

In early March, Les Arts Florissants and William Christie celebrated their 40th anniversary with a return to BAM with “Rameau, maître à danser.” Comment
Film

Art Made from Gangsters

Film

Art Made from Gangsters

Chinese director Jia Zhangke is now 48 and is in the unusual position of being the leading representative of Chinese cinema at North American and European festivals and arthouses while having found a comfortable place at home. I don’t think he wanted his image as a dissident in the eyes of Western cinephiles. Comment
News

Drag Me into Spring

News

Drag Me into Spring

Ah, almost spring, when a gay man’s fancy leans heavily toward thoughts of drag — what was, what will be, and where in this wigged out world one can go to untuck his troubles. Therein lies the one to rub out, so to speak, in this March roundup of dresses, tresses, and bravely fought battles of the bulge. Comments (1)
A major LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill known as the Equality Act has been re-introduced in both chambers of Congress, setting up potentially historic votes on a bill that would usher in wide-ranging protections for the community. Comment
Barack Obama was the first sitting president to voice his support for marriage equality, but the first-ever same-sex marriage in the world might have occurred during Richard Nixon’s administration. Comment
The coalition supporting public health solutions to the epidemic of drug overdose deaths is backing a bill in Albany requiring prisons and jails to offer medically assisted treatment to inmates with a substance use disorder. Comment
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