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Crime

Queens Man Charged in Williamsburg Anti-Gay Attacks

A 25-year-old man faces up to 15 years behind bars for assaulting a gay couple in Williamsburg, according to the borough’s top prosecutor, who charged the defendant with a hate crime he said has no place in Brooklyn. Comment
Politics

Transgender Day of Remembrance Marked in New York November 19 & 20

As the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week, transgender and non-binary New Yorkers and their allies will mark Transgender Day of Remembrance in events across the city on November 19 and 20. Comment
The coalition that has been pressing Heritage of Pride (HOP) to fundamentally alter the character of New York City’s annual Pride Parade has shifted goals and is seeking city permits to stage its own march on the last Sunday in June next year and to produce a rally in Central Park following that march. Comment
Breaking News

Chad Griffin to Depart HRC

Breaking News

Chad Griffin to Depart HRC

Chad Griffin, who had helmed the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBTQ community’s leading Washington lobby group, since mid-2012, has announced he plans to leave the organization in 2019. As the group’s board undertakes a search effort for his successor, Griffin said he will stay in place. Comment
Theater

Making a Go of It

Theater

Making a Go of It

“The Other Josh Cohen” is a charming urban fairytale perfectly pitched to anyone who has struggled with living in the city, coping with loss and loneliness, and finding a way through in the end . Basically anyone who makes New York their home. Josh Cohen has no date for Valentine’s Day, his temp work is going nowhere, and his apartment’s been robbed, leaving him with only a Neil Diamond CD. The burglar even took the Bundt cake Josh would have used to stuff his feelings. Grim as this might be, this is the set-up for a wonderfully appealing and heartfelt musical comedy. The conceit that makes it work is that even at his most bereft, Josh is shadowed by the image of himself a year later when everything has turned out much better for him. Comment
Remembrance

Janet Weinberg’s Life Celebrated

The life of lesbian leader Janet Weinberg, who died at 63 on September 1, was celebrated Sunday by her longtime partner and wife, State Appellate Division Justice Roz Richter, along with hundreds of her friends, co-workers, and comrades at the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side. Weinberg served at the social services agency as executive vice president — her last post in a long life of leadership positions at non-profits including Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the LGBT Community Center. Comment
A Blue Wave hit New York last week, giving Democrats firm control of the State Senate for the first time in modern memory and offering criminal justice reform advocates — who believe current laws have undermined “the presumption of innocence, fueled mass incarceration, allowed intolerable court delays, and caused countless wrongful convictions” — hope that the new Legislature convening in January will “pass key criminal justice reforms.” Comment
Second Stage Theater, which brought “Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song” to Off-Broadway and now to the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway, honored him at a star-studded benefit November 12 that left playwright and actor Fierstein verklempt but still able to make his audience laugh. Comment
New York State

Love Says Love Is Not Love

New York State

Love Says Love Is Not Love

The Episcopal bishop in Albany has come out as the only one fighting a church policy adopted in July that allows for same-sex marriage in every diocese. Individual priests are not required to perform them, but if one refuses then another has to be found who will. Comment
Film

Gender Games

Bertrand Mandico makes an auspicious feature film debut with his audacious fantasia “The Wild Boys.” Shot on 16mm, and mostly in luminous black and white, the film recounts the story of Tanguy (Anaël Snoek) and his friends, who are dubbed “wild boys.” Comment
News Briefs

Top International News, In Brief

The crackdown on LGBTQ people in Tanzania has led the World Bank to suspend all staff travel there. Men recently arrested for being part of a “gay marriage” there are facing anal exams. Comment
Film

Bitter Farewell

Every scene in Syrian director Talal Derki’s “Of Fathers and Sons” is carefully placed to make a point. A portrait of a family dominated by Abu Osama, a soldier with the Salafi Islamist […] Comment
The Hungarian State Opera and National Ballet appeared in New York for two weeks in late October and early November, performing at the Koch Theater. The repertory was mouthwatering for the opera aficionado: Ferenc Erkel’s “Bánk bán,” Karl Goldmark’s “Die Königin von Saba,” and a double bill of the one-acts “Mario and the Magician” by János Vajda and “Bluebeard’s Castle” by Béla Bartók. The company, however, proved to be a bewildering mix of musical excellence, amateurish provincial productions, and uneven singing. When it was good, it was very, very good, but when it was bad… Comment
Politics

Out Bisexual Kyrsten Sinema Victor in Arizona

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, an out bisexual, has been declared the winner in a hard-fought US Senate race in Arizona to replace retiring Republican Jeff Flake. Comment
Legal

SCOTUS Conferences Title VII Cases November 30

LGBTQ rights will be on the agenda when the Supreme Court conferences on November 30 to consider granting some of the pending petitions for review. The high court had originally been scheduled to consider petitions in two cases raising the question whether anti-gay employment discrimination violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at its September conference, but those were yanked from the agenda after Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) wrote to the court suggesting consideration be delayed until briefing was complete on its petition seeking review of a lower court ruling against a Michigan funeral home that discharged a transgender employee. Comment
Theater

Making the World Hate Again

Theater

Making the World Hate Again

The power of “Lured,” a gutsy new political drama exposing heinous crimes against gay men in present-day Russia, is felt well before the actors take the stage. Upon entering the tiny Cino Theater at Theater for the New City, we’re confronted with an ominous tableau (Steven Medina created the gritty set). Comment
Politics

Protesters Denounce Trump’s Seizure of Justice Department

Politics

Protesters Denounce Trump’s Seizure of Justice Department

One day after President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demonstrators massed in cities across the nation — each gathering beginning at 5 p.m. local time — to protest what is widely understood to be an effort to undermine and perhaps end Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comment
On a night when the Democratic Party achieved a net gain of somewhere between 30 and 35 seats in the US House of Representatives, wresting control from the Republicans and finally putting some check on President Donald Trump, the LGBTQ community enjoyed key victories, including the election of the nation’s first out gay governor and the defeat of an anti-transgender ballot initiative in Massachusetts. Comment
Politics

Democrats Capture New York State Senate

Politics

Democrats Capture New York State Senate

Since four Republicans state senators joined all but one Democrat to push New York’s marriage equality law over the top in 2011, the GOP leadership of that chamber has not allowed a floor vote on a single LGBTQ-related issue. Flipping the State Senate has been a top community priority in each election since then. Comment
From the Editor

Reprieve!

It was not the Blue Wave of our fondest dreams. There will be no Senator Beto O’Rourke or Governor Andrew Gillum. And Governor Stacey Abrams seems like a long shot at this point. The Democrats did not produce an historic swing of seats in the House, and with three Senate races still undecided, the Republicans so far have a gain of two seats. Comment
A former head of New York City’s premier agency serving LGBTQ crime victims charged the current administration there with “lethargy and lack of leadership” over its role in recent developments in a 1994 rape case (see story above). Comments (1)
Music

A Newfound Buoyancy

Music

A Newfound Buoyancy

Against Me!’s singer/ guitarist Laura Jane Grace made headlines when she announced she publicly identifies as a woman in 2012. The band’s album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” is an extended reflection on her identity, even if the lyrics aren’t all directly autobiographical. Before coming out as trans, she dropped hints in several songs and devoted an entire verse of “The Ocean” to making it an open secret, singing, “And if I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman/ My mother once told me she would have named me Laura.” The life “The Ocean” imagines is one Grace would largely go on to live out, but at the time it was either ignored or taken as a cisgender man’s musings. Comment
Perspectives

Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet, Good Old Boys Are Hunting

In a recent New York Times column titled “White Male Victimization Anxiety,” Charles Blow described how President Trump publicly apologized to Justice Brett Kavanaugh for “the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure” at the hands of Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed that Kavanaugh had tried to rape her. Comment
Media Circus

Caravan Conjuring Amidst the Cacophony

My deadline for this column preceded the election by a day, limiting the number of snarky things I can say about it. But the fact that it isn’t over yet at the time I’m writing this is scarcely enough to stop me from being bilious. Comments (1)
Film

Object Lessons

Film

Object Lessons

Jim (Harris Dickinson), the hero of writer/ director Steve McLean’s highly stylized drama “Postcards from London,” is “young, fit, and has the face of an angel.” He also has a glaring weakness: when he encounters an artistic masterpiece, like a Titian in a London gallery, he faints. Jim is that sensitive to beauty. Comment
The Archdiocese of New York has removed an auxiliary bishop, 74-year-old John Jenik, from his public ministry after a Church body concluded that in the 1980s, as a parish priest in the Bronx, he engaged in inappropriate sexual abuse of a teenage boy over a period of years. Comment
Film

Buddies Breaking Bad

Film

Buddies Breaking Bad

The stylish Argentine crime drama “El Angel” recounts the robbery and murder spree of baby-faced Carlos (Lorenzo Ferro), a teenager in 1971 Buenos Aires who became the nation’s longest serving criminal inmate. The film, co-written and directed by Luis Ortega, recounts several of Carlos’ crimes, often committed with Ramón (Chino Darín), a classmate he was attracted to. Comment
Theater

Family Time

Theater

Family Time

Once or twice every decade, a play arrives that is so rich, complex, and beautifully rendered one is reminded of the theater’s primal power to touch the soul. “August: Osage County […]Comment
Around Town

Women’s Event Dances Night Away at Capitale

Around Town

Women’s Event Dances Night Away at Capitale

The LGBTQ Women’s Event, an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to honor those making a difference, was held November 3 at Capitale on the Bowery. This year’s honorees included artist Julie Mehretu, Rutina Wesley, a star of HBO’s “True Love” and OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” Abby Fiorella, the general auditor at Mastercard, and Jill Schlesinger, a business analyst at CBS News. Comment
Film

Western Curios

Film

Western Curios

When the Coen brothers’ six-part “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” was originally announced, I wondered if it were a mini-series condensed into a film, given that its distributor is Netflix. The lines between cinema and television are very thin these days. Now that I’ve seen “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” I know that each segment’s length differs. While some could fruitfully be expanded to be an hour, others are miniatures. They are supposed to be stories collected in an illustrated book. Still, the weakest is the shortest, “Near Algodones,” which doesn’t do much beyond establishing a mood of (literal) gallows humor. Comment
The Metropolitan Opera commissioned composer Nico Muhly for an operatic adaptation of Winston Graham’s 1961 psychological thriller “Marnie,” which was the basis for the 1964 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Tippi Hedren and a virile Sean Connery. Though it has critical defenders, the film is considered one of the master’s late career misfires. The opera with a libretto by Nicholas Wright had its world premiere last year at the English National Opera and arrived for its US premiere at the Met on October 19. (Hedren made a special appearance at the final curtain call opening night.) Comment

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