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Gay male couples — especially black gay couples — are at heightened risk of discrimination by mortgage lenders nationwide when they are seeking to purchase a home, according to an analysis published in the University of Chicago Law Review based on empirical data disclosed under federal housing law. Comment
Politics

Despite Divisions, Women Marched on Saturday

Politics

Despite Divisions, Women Marched on Saturday

Two years after women and their allies in untold numbers turned out the day following Donald Trump’s inauguration to protest the new president, Women’s Marches were once again staged in numerous cities on January 19. Comments (1)
No matter where she went or what she did, Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voiced her support for transgender rights all weekend long. Comments (1)
Pride

A Chill LGBTQ Gathering in Astoria

Pride

A Chill LGBTQ Gathering in Astoria

This past Saturday, Queens Pride held its 26th annual Winter Pride gala fundraiser, the proceeds going to produce the June Pride Parade & Festival. The evening included a social hour of cocktails and appetizers followed by a banquet and awards ceremony at the World Astoria Manor. Comment
Jean-Luc Godard’s “The Image Book” is a demonstration of thinking through and about images and sounds that makes most other films now playing New York look awfully basic. A much condensed follow-up to Godard’s four-hour “Histoire(s) du Cinéma,” it shows the uselessness of labels like “documentary,” “avant-garde film,” and “essay-film” or even “post-cinema,” when faced with something that spans all four. Comment
Theater

Wilde’n Out

Theater

Wilde’n Out

This show has a lot popping up! Comment
Politics

Tish James, New York’s New Attorney General

Politics

Tish James, New York’s New Attorney General

Though former Public Advocate Letitia James officially took office as New York’s attorney general on January 1, it was at an inauguration packed with political heavy hitters at John Jay College the following Sunday that the Brooklyn Democrat reveled in public celebration of her November victory. Comment
As the campaign for New York City public advocate races toward a February 26 special election to replace Letitia James, who took office as state attorney general on New Year’s Day, roughly 200 people turned out to hear from eight of the candidates at the LGBT Community Center on Wednesday evening. Comment
A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge denied a defense motion for a new trial in the case of a Brooklyn man convicted last year on assault charges that were originally charged as anti-LGBTQ hate crimes. Comment
Several new governors around the country have taken immediate action to bolster nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment
The family of an 11-year-old Brooklyn boy known internationally as one of New York’s most talked about drag queens continues to receive death threats, as well as investigatory visits from city social workers, weeks after writers for conservative and pro-life websites ignited a firestorm over his recent performance at a Williamsburg bar. Comment
A former commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told Bloomberg Law that she will not seek a third term with the agency after Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah blocked her reappointment and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to call a floor vote on her nomination before the January 2 deadline. Comments (1)
Eight years after Zach Wahls went viral with an eloquent speech in favor of marriage equality in front of the Iowa State Legislature, he has returned to Des Moines — this time as a state senator. Comments (1)
American taxpayer dollars are now being spent in the form of security at a school that bans gay students and specifically prohibits its employees from supporting or condoning “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity.” Comment
The Boulder County Courthouse in Colorado has been added to the National Register of Historic Places more than four decades after a clerk there made the unprecedented decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Comments (1)
Media Circus

Fear and Self-Loathing

From the Moscow Times on January 11: “The Associated Press on Friday cited activist Igor Kochetkov as saying Chechnya has seen a spike in detentions of women and men suspected of being gay since […] Comments (2)
Doubtless you’ve been reading a lot about Kevin Spacey lately. The chickens — or in this case chickenhawks — have come home to roost for the two-time Academy Award-winning actor whose penchant for “barely legal” youths has been well-known for decades and completely tolerated by an entertainment industry that will stand for anything insofar as the person responsible has “market value” — something that may have slipped away for Spacey once and for all. But Spacey’s modus operandi — slipping his hand down the pants of lads he’s taken a fancy to reminded me of a sexual importunist who crossed my path 55 years ago. Comments (5)
Insider Trading

A Congressional Breath of Fresh Air from Detroit

Insider Trading

A Congressional Breath of Fresh Air from Detroit

Kudos to newly elected Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for telling it like it is. Tlaib’s now famous “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” induced Michael Moore to proclaim her a “breath of fresh air.” For the first time in American history we have elected a Muslim woman to Congress. In fact, we have two in the wake of the November election. What Tlaib said is simply what each and every one of us is thinking every day. Some members of Congress said they disapprove of her language. Perhaps they should stay home and listen to Mozart. Comments (2)
Theater

The Respite of Documentaries

Theater

The Respite of Documentaries

As American films dumb down ever more, with mindless action and endless Marvel comic book heroes swamping the screen, anyone with intelligence needs to gratefully look at documentaries for substance, i.e., real stories about real people. One of the most important films of the year — a must-see for everyone — is “Crime + Punishment”, currently available on Hulu, directed, shot, and edited by Korean-American Stephen Maing. He focuses on the NYPD 12, a group of incredibly brave cops who spoke up about the pernicious and racist quota system of arrests, now supposedly illegal, which, however, is still being covertly enforced. Comment
Politics

Cuomo Lays Out His Pot Policy

Politics

Cuomo Lays Out His Pot Policy

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his plan to revamp New York State’s medical marijuana program and create a regulatory system for the legal sale of marijuana to adults over 21. Comment
Music

Love and Death Italian Style

Music

Love and Death Italian Style

Francesco Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” (1902) has always been an opera that critics love to hate while singers, especially veteran divas, covet the musical and dramatic opportunities offered by the juicy leading roles. Like Puccini’s “Tosca”, Cilea’s opera allows a diva to play a diva. Comment
Attorneys for Abel Cedeno, the bullied Bronx gay teen charged with manslaughter in a 2017 classroom fight that left Matthew McCree dead, called for a special prosecutor in the case after Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark “took a dive,” they said, by failing to pursue charges against Kevon Dennis, brother of the deceased, who allegedly threatened student witnesses at knifepoint immediately after the incident. Comment
The organization that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events is seeking a city permit for the parade that uses the controversial route that was first used in 2018 to reduce the parade’s running time, but failed to do that. Comments (1)
In an historic day at the State Capitol in Albany, with many LGBTQ advocates on hand, both houses of the Legislature adopted two long-stalled civil rights bills — the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a transgender rights measure, and a ban on conversion therapy practiced on minors by licensed mental health professionals. Comment
When Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman gavels the Judiciary Committee into session on Monday morning, his colleagues will address him with a title he’s never before had in his six years in office: Mr. Chairman. Comments (1)
Kevin Hart is coming out — to tell you he won’t host the Oscars. Comments (3)
Kristen Prata Browde, a solo practitioner who specializes in family law and divorce, has been elected the board chair of LeGaL, the LGBT Bar of New York. Comments (2)
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