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Building an imposing war chest a year ahead of the June 2020 Democratic primary, out gay congressional candidate Ritchie Torres blew his opponents out of the water with a whopping $522,000 fundraising haul from April 1 to June 30 of this year. Comment
Features

Beautiful Summer Gathering For Two Good Causes

Features

Beautiful Summer Gathering For Two Good Causes

On a beautiful Summer Saturday in the East End, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, better known as SAGE, and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center hosted their annual Hamptons Tea Dance at Nova’s Ark Project and Sculpture Park in Water Mill. Comment
Theater

An Immigrant Story Oddly Off Key

Theater

An Immigrant Story Oddly Off Key

A few years ago, when Jamie Jackson and SoHee Youn set out to write a musical comedy about pesky Russian spies and foreigners vying for a piece of the American Dream in New York, they had no way of knowing that the heinous treatment of immigrants by the US government would come to dominate the news cycle. Or that Russia would be accused of swaying the calamitous 2016 presidential election and re-emerge as a dire threat to American democracy. Comment
Contentious protests have emerged in San Juan, New York, and other cities in response to explosive revelations that the embattled governor of Puerto Rico and his top aides made disparaging comments about women, LGBTQ people, journalists, and others in private chats. Comment
From the Editor

Bronx Justice

From the Editor

Bronx Justice

Over the past several weeks, tragedy unfolded at the Bronx County Hall of Justice. That tragedy — the trial, closing statements, and conviction of gay teenager Abel Cedeno on first-degree manslaughter — compounded another tragedy that took place in September 2017, when the long-bullied youth stabbed classmate Matthew McCree to death, because, he has said repeatedly, he feared for his life in a classroom brawl in which the dead boy bounded to the front of the room to confront the defendant. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

A WorldPride Focus on Human Rights

World Pride & Stonewall 50

A WorldPride Focus on Human Rights

Much of the focus during WorldPride last month may have been on the parties and parades, but among the many events produced was the Human Rights Conference. It was the second time New York has hosted the conference, with last year’s being essentially a trial run for Heritage of Pride, the organizer of Manhattan’s Pride events, in anticipation of it hosting WorldPride in 2019. InterPride, the group that licenses World Pride, requires host cities to sponsor the conference. Comment
Media Circus

Dale Peck’s Brain Dump

Media Circus

Dale Peck’s Brain Dump

What was so wrong about Dale Peck’s pick-nose prose in The New Republic? For starters, according to Muri Assunção of the Daily News, “In the hard-to-believe essay, Peck repeatedly referred to the also openly gay Buttigieg as ‘Mary Pete.’” Comment
The Broadway season is officially ended, of course and, while more ignorant, commercially-minded theater queens may bemoan the lack of anything big and splashy to get wet over, the most thrilling show I’ve seen so far this year is a two-hander, at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below (on July 12), running until July 28. In fact, “Twohander” is its title, and it stars Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz, who have put together something that has really never been done before. When it began, very abruptly, without the usual “Ladies and gentleman, here are...” shtick, I wasn’t sure if the strong and quite combative personas they were projecting with such fiendish energy and confident brio were characters, or actually just them. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Isabelle McCalla, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Isabelle McCalla, Thank You For Coming Out

In this week’s episode of the Gay City News podcast “Thank You For Coming Out,” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Broadway star Isabelle McCalla, who made headlines for sharing a same-gender kiss during a televised performance from the Tony Award-nominated musical “The Prom” during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Comment
From July 19-26, the Quad Cinema presents a program of six newly restored giallo films from the 1960s and 1970s. This distinctive genre of Italian cinema often features a combination of elements raging from horror to mystery to sexploitation. The highly stylized entries in this program consist of pulpy and even campy films that sometimes feature lesbianism for titillation and the occasional homoerotic undercurrent. Here is a rundown of the six films in this fun, sexy, and bloody series. Comment
Pride

Amida Care Ad POP Winner

Pride

Amida Care Ad POP Winner

Gay City News this week recognized Amida Care, a private nonprofit community health plan, with an Ad POP (Pride in Online and Print) Award for that organization’s partnership in supporting LGBTQ media here in New York. Comment
Crime

Dead Gay Man’s Strangler Now Free

Crime

Dead Gay Man’s Strangler Now Free

A New Jersey man found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the 2009 strangulation death of a 39-year-old gay man in the East Village was released from prison after a state appeals court found he judge in the case violated the defendant’s constitutional rights during jury selection. Comment
Politics

Mayor Normal

Politics

Mayor Normal

Being the only minority in any public space isn’t a pleasant position. As president, Barack Obama put forth a relaxed public persona probably grounded, in part, on a fear that white voters would otherwise take him for a stereotypical “angry black man.” Pete Buttigieg goes out of his way to be inoffensive. Comments (1)
In a daring pre-dawn raid, 135 million Mexicans and Central Americans stormed over the border at El Paso, roared up Interstate 10, and broke into the White House. There, they tore President Donald J. Trump from the arms of his daughter, Ivanka, then carried him off to a makeshift detention facility alongside the Reflecting Pool at the National Mall. Comment
Several out LGBTQ stars earned Emmy nominations on July 16, with Billy Porter of “Pose” and Kate McKinnon from “Saturday Night Live” making two of the biggest splashes. Comment
Politics

Corey Ramps Up Mayoral Fundraising

Politics

Corey Ramps Up Mayoral Fundraising

Out gay City Council Speaker Corey Johnson faces an uphill battle in his quest to fundraise against his — to date — deeper pocketed rivals in the race for mayor in 2021, but his grassroots, people-powered approach appears to be paying off. Comment
Merril Mushroom’s “Bar Dykes” hasn’t seen the light of day since she wrote it in the early ’80s, even as iconic male works like “Boys in the Band” continued to be offered repeated seats at the mainstream table. Until now. Comments (1)
Who said Pride was over? The LGBTQ community in the Rockaways made history on July 13 with the peninsula’s first-ever Pride celebration. Comment
Abel Cedeno, the gay teen who used a knife to defend himself from a Bronx classroom attack in September 2017— killing one classmate and slashing another — was pronounced guilty of manslaughter, assault, and weapons possession Monday by Judge Michael A. Gross in a bench trial, which the defendant chose over a jury trial. The case attracted a lot of press attention because it was the first killing in a New York City school in 40 years — and it involved a bullied gay student fighting back. Comments (7)
Crime BULLETIN

Abel Cedeno Convicted of Manslaughter

Crime BULLETIN

Abel Cedeno Convicted of Manslaughter

Abel Cedeno, a 19-year-old gay man charged in the 2017 fatal stabbing of classmate Matthew McCree and wounding of McCree’s friend, Ariane LaBoy, was convicted on July 15 of manslaughter in the first degree in McCree’s death, as well as first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Comments (1)
Out gay Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres officially kicked off his campaign for Congress on July 15, saying in a video posted on YouTube that he is “running for Congress because the Bronx needs a fighter in Washington, DC.” Comments (1)
Theater

For God’s Sake

Theater

For God’s Sake

In 2010, the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone published the names of more than 100 suspected gay people, calling for their execution and prompting violent attacks on them. That’s the central drama in Chris Urch’s new play “The Rolling Stone,” directed by Saheem Ali. Comments (1)
On a mid-spring weekend, MasterVoices presented a semi-staged concert version of “Lady in the Dark” at featuring Victoria Clark, reviving a 1941 work by Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin, and Moss Hart. Comment
Two top New York City officials are calling on the medical profession to reconsider its approach to surgeries for intersex infants amid concerns that such operations at birth can be traumatic and lead to problems for them later in life. Comments (1)
One year after the United States ditched the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, the body voted on June 12 to reappoint an expert tasked with protecting LGBTQ rights around the world. Comment
Closing statements from defense attorney Christopher R. Lynn and prosecutor Nancy Borko, a Bronx assistant district attorney, brought the manslaughter trial of Abel Cedeno, a bullied gay youth charged in the 2017 death of classmate Matthew McCree as well as an assault on McCree’s friend, Ariane LaBoy, to a close on Friday. Comments (3)
Two out gay staff members who work for Public Advocate Jumaane Williams were traveling to a rally at Alibi Lounge — where Rainbow Flags were burned twice in just over a month — when they were hit with homophobic slurs. Comments (1)
Many companies waving Rainbow Flags at Pride Marches around the United States are also funding the political campaigns of some of the most homophobic and transphobic politicians in America. Comment
The defense called one witness in the trial of Abel Cedeno, charged with manslaughter in the death of one fellow student and the assault of another in a fight with them on September 27, 2017, in their classroom at a now-defunct Bronx high school: Cedeno himself. Comments (1)
Theater

Women on the Verge

Theater

Women on the Verge

It’s a horrible thing to have to choose between morality and survival. In the 1948 play “The Mountains Look Different,” now getting a sensitive and engrossing American premiere at the […] Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Laura Dolce-Bun, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Laura Dolce-Bun, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Laura Dolce-Bun (she/ her), a teacher, a life-long learner, a wife, and a new mom who loves hiking, crafting, and all DIY challenges — and is also one of Dubbs’ best friends. Comment
The State Department’s announcement of a new panel tasked with re-evaluating the role of human rights in American foreign policy and the choice of that body’s leader are fueling concern the Trump administration is further distancing itself from LGBTQ and women’s issues internationally. Comment
Features

Soccer Champs Storm the Canyon of Heroes

Features

Soccer Champs Storm the Canyon of Heroes

The Canyon of Heroes has played host to Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Dwight Eisenhower after leading the Allies to victory in Europe, Queen Elizabeth, the Yankees, and the Mets, among many others. Comment
The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the trial of Abel Cedeno, the bullied teen charged in the stabbing death of Matthew McCree and the slashing assault on Ariane LaBoy on September 27, 2017, in their Bronx high school classroom. Comment
News

Suspect Identified in Transphobic Attack in Queens

Police have identified a man they want to question in connection to anti-LGBTQ attacks on two transgender women in Queens late last month. Comment
The NYPD has arrested a man in connection with the burning of Rainbow Flags at a Harlem gay bar in two separate incidents dating back to May 31. Comment
Theater

A Greek God Reigns in Harlem

Theater

A Greek God Reigns in Harlem

Actor Jason C. Brown is taking the lead role of Dionysus in the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s adaptation of “The Bacchae,” being performed outside at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park through July 28. Bryan Doerries’ updating of the Euripides classic is directed by Carl Cofield, with choreography by Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Comment
A unanimous four-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division in Brooklyn revived a gay dad’s petition to adopt his son, reversing a “clearly erroneous” decision by Queens County Family Court Judge John M. Hunt. Comment
It looks like the bigots are jealous of the gays. Comment
International

Botswana Appeals Sodomy Repeal

International

Botswana Appeals Sodomy Repeal

Botswana’s government is appealing a recent ruling by the nation’s High Court that decriminalized sodomy in the southern African nation. Comment
Film

The Listless Road to Tyranny

Film

The Listless Road to Tyranny

Having seen two of Argentine director Benjamin Naishtat’s three films, it’s clear that his main preoccupation is the seductive nature of fascism. Comment
Nightlife

Surprise Wedding Highlights WorldPride Party

Nightlife

Surprise Wedding Highlights WorldPride Party

For the past 20 years, Henrietta Hudson, the famed Hudson Street lesbian bar, has hosted Siren, the women’s party of the year. This year’s bash — voted Best Pride Party by GO Magazine — was special, not just for the 2,000 women who danced the night away or for the event’s partnership with the WorldPride/ Stonewall 50 celebration. Comment
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