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Gay Progress Front and Center for 2004

Legal advocates for the gay and lesbian community hailed the November 18 marriage ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, confidently predicting same-sex marriage licenses will be issued in that state once the 180-day stay––granted to allow the legislature time to conform state law to the ruling––expires. Comment

Cutting Both Ways

Mass Destruction? Comment

Death Absolves Regret

Rémy is an unapologetic, libertine socialist. Sébastien, his estranged son, is a technocratic capitalist. Can they find common ground in a time of crisis? Comment

GVIDCQ holds 2nd awards dinner

The Guillermo Vasquez Independent Democratic Club of Queens held its second annual awards dinner on Wednesday, November 12 at Shaheen Restaurant in Jackson Heights. The Vasquez Club honored Councilmember Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona); Michael Adams, director of education and public affairs at Lambda Legal; transgender activist and SAGE/Queens member Tina Donovan; and and Luis A. Robles, president of the Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment (PRIDE). From left to right: GVIDCQ president Phil Velez, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan (D-37th), Councilmember Hiram Monserrate (D-21st), Assemblymember Jose Peralta (D-39th), GVIDCQ vice-president Jimmy Van Bramer, GVIDCQ vice-president Pauline Park. Comment

Highlight of a Splendid Week

From the poetic, swirling, and emotional opus of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s vibrant “Rain” at BAM; to the Wonder Woman-esque 80s stoic irony of Sam Kim’s “Placid Baby,” presented by Dixon Place at PS 122; to a shared program at WAX where Sara Juli’s character in “How to forgive yourself in bed” had us laughing nervously and then drew us warmly into her heart, this was one of the most gratifying, diverse, and memorable weeks of dance in New York in recent memory. Comment

IT’s Later Than You Think

Calling all [HBO] Angels! Director Mike Nichols introduced “Angels in America’s” astounding second part, “Perestroika,” at the Upper East Side cast and crew premiere screening, where we also spotted star Ben Shenkman, GLAAD’s Cathy Renna, Larry Kramer, and Wallace Shawn. “I’m very glad you were curious how it would turn out,” Nichols remarked, and then quoted Lenny Bruce: “A flamenco dancer is a guy applauding his own ass.” With that Nichols added, “so I’m gonna sit down!” Comment

HIV Advocates Oppose GOP Medicare Deal

Hundreds of AIDS, health, and disability groups across the country are calling on Senate Democrats to stop the Medicare drug bill that they charge will gut federal prescription drug benefits for their clients. Comment

Dance Dudes

Two hunky refugees from London’s Royal Ballet with an itch to expand their performing repertoire and the smarts to hire top-notch choreographers to create it for them formed George Piper Dances, which made its Joyce Theater debut November 4 through 9. Comment

Dance Card

Julia Ritter Performance Group presents “Klep,” an evening-length exploration of fear in contemporary culture, developed with support of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and presented […] Comment

Callen Lorde Celebrates Three Years

In a stylish gathering of over 360 people, the Michael Callen-Audre Lorde Community Health Center held its third annual Community Health Awards fundraiser on November 18th at the sprawling Tribeca Rooftop penthouse in lower Manhattan. The event raised upwards of $115,000 for the health organization, money which will be directly applied to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and other underserved communities, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Comment

Blood and Body Politic

Angelo Filomeno’s second solo exhibition at Massimo Audiello is a wonder to behold. His sumptuous “paintings,” sewn allegorical tableaux on brilliant expanses of stretched silk shantung, are simultaneously lush and reductive. Comment

Bitter Queens, Brittle Old Ladies

There is some wonderful news for theatergoers coming out of the Belasco where the new play “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” has just taken up residence. They can rejoice, confident that no matter what they see this season, they will not see a worse show than this turgid, insufferable, and deeply offensive play. Comment

Cinemascope

9 DEAD GAY GUYS Filled with wordplay, horseplay, and foreplay, this gleefully offensive film depicts the antics of Byron (Brendan Mackey) and his best mate Kenny (Glenn Mulhern), two lazy Irish lads in […] Comment

CONFIRMED DEAD

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died this past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 426 service members have died, 289 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Comment

Curtain Call

THE HARLEQUIN STUDIES The opening production of the Signature Theatre Company’s season, “The Harlequin Studies” is Irwin’ s tribute to the classical art form for which he is best […] Comment

Contractors Law Gets First Council Hearing

A landmark bill requiring contractors doing business with the city to provide the same benefits to employees’ domestic partners they afford to their spouses had its first hearing in the City Council on November 13. Supporters of the bill predict its passage despite intensified opposition by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Kerry Surrogates in NYC

On the heels of a highly publicized shake-up at the top levels of his campaign and a report published in Time magazine that “fund raisers are telling him it’s getting next to impossible to find anyone willing to write a check to his campaign,” Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democratic hopeful, sent two of his big guns to New York this week to raise money among the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and women’s communities. Comment

Lame Jokes, Big Laughs

gays manage to work Comment

Syphilis Up Among Gay, Bi Men

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study is showing that syphilis cases in the U.S. increased 12.4 percent in 2002 and that growth is likely driven by new infections among gay and bisexual men. Comment

state of desire

By GUS SOLOMONS JR. Comment

Soaps and Sitcoms Combat AIDS

From Hollywood to Bollywood to the banks of the Yellow River, television and radio dramas are featuring plot lines that deal with AIDS and HIV-positive characters in an effort to bring AIDS out of the darkness of ignorance and stigma and into the light of awareness and compassion. That was the message put forth at an international meeting sponsored by Columbia University on November 18. Comment

The Art of Superheroes

Celebrated gay graphic designer Chip Kidd may be best known for his dust jackets for Knopf titles, but this fantastic artist also has a side career writing books about comic books. His latest project is the magnificent volume “Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross,” a loving tribute to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Kidd’s personal favorite superhero, Batman, put together with Ross and photographer Geoff Spear. Comment

THE NEWEST PREVENTION MESSAGE

Kenneth Cole (to the right of the message), vice chair of the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, joins AmFAR founder and chair Dr. Mathilde Krim, Marsha Everton, president and CEO of […] Comment

Voices That Are Gay

Paul Sharpe Contemporary Arts is a new gallery in a live-in loft in Tribeca. Artwork is displayed among household furniture in two largish rooms and along a hallway in an anti-white box environment. Comment

The Old Gang Shoots a Flick

In “A House on a Hill,” the film by Chuck Workman now running at Village East Cinemas, the face of Gary Cooper suddenly pops onto the screen without explanation for a few seconds. Cooper is playing the rebel architect Howard Roark who listens with wry pain to a condescending corporate voice telling him that what he should aim for in his work is “a little of the old, a little of the new, the middle of the road—why take chances when you can stay in the middle?” Comment

Revenge Doesn’t Explain Contractor Bill

The New York Post’s jihad against the queer community turned bizarre on November 13 when the right wing tabloid published a story claiming “miffed” City Council Democrats had revived the Equal Benefits Bill to exact revenge against Republican Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for backing Republican candidates in the recent City Council races. Comment

Reading Room

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20 Comment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 7, 2003 Comment

Big Opportunities, Shifting Sands

In a remarkable year for gay and lesbian rights, this was the most astonishing week of all. Comment

MASCAGNI’S HAGGIS ALLA MARINARA

A valuable New York institution, Duane Printz’s Teatro Grattacielo (“Skyscraper Theatre”) specializes in concert readings of obscure verisimo operas, such as those blood-and-thunder “realistic” scores that poured out of Italy after the wild success of Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” in 1890. Many of these full-blooded works faded from view by the Second World War or were kept alive only by “keeper of the flame” divas like Magda Olivero and the late Marcella Pobbe; but many contain interesting plots, strong orchestration and a soaring aria or duet well worth encountering. Comment

Mass. High Court Orders Same-Sex Marriage

In an opinion without precedent at the appellate court level in the United States, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled 4-3 on November 18 that same-sex couples in that state are entitled to participate in the institution of civil marriage. Comment

News Briefs

Gen. Robert Clark, the commander in 1999 of Fort Campbell in Kentucky when Private Barry Winchell was killed by fellow soldiers in an anti-gay attack, was elevated on a voice vote by the United States Senate to the rank of lieutenant general. Comment

N. Dakota Lesbian Mom Wins Custody Fight

Overruling a long-standing state law that found gay parents presumptively unfit to have custody of their children, the North Dakota Supreme Court unanimously ruled on November 13 that the law is unconstitutional and overturned a trial court decision that would have transferred custody of two young girls from their lesbian mother to their straight father. The ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project’s staff attorney, Tamara Lange, argued on behalf of the lesbian, Valerie Damron, who had filed the appeal. Comment

Art for John’s Sake

Dear Attorney General John Ashcroft, You know that song you wrote about the American eagle proudly soaring? It sucks. You know the way you sing it? It also sucks. But I would like to thank you. If you hadn’t had the nerve to bomb in public, both personally and militarily, I would never have found it in myself to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a famous performance artist. So can I have some money? Comment

AIDS Still Kills

In an indication of the widespread concern about rising HIV infections among gay and bisexual men, several hundred people turned out for a town meeting to discuss AIDS, unsafe sex, party drugs and how they might respond to the resurgent HIV epidemic in their community. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Off Center hosts “Living Bi or Living a Lie: Bisexuality and Queer Politics,” an interactive discussion with queer politicians, gender scholars, and bisexual community leaders to address how bisexuality impacts the LGBT community at large. Some questions to ponder: Does the B in LGBT really matter when addressing queer politics? Do bisexuals hinder or facilitate queer political progress? 7 p.m. at the Center, 208 W. 13th St. $6 for members, $10 non-members. 212 620 7310. Comment

Domestic Bliss

I arrived early for my interview and as I rang the buzzer on Great Jones Street, I immediately apologized for this heinous New York City sin. A voice purred, “Oh no, your timing is exquisite.” Comment

Dismissal of Suit Against AVP Upheld

While sympathetic to two gay men who were accused of rape in 1998, a state appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of the negligence lawsuit they brought against the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP), the victims’ services agency that aided their accuser in bringing the rape charges. Comment

Dance Dudes

Two hunky refugees from London’s Royal Ballet with an itch to expand their performing repertoire and the smarts to hire top-notch choreographers to create it for them formed George Piper Dances, which made its Joyce Theater debut November 4 through 9. Comment

The Eye of the Beholder

for the Queer Guy Comment

First Round Victory in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska was rebuffed in its effort to win dismissal of a lawsuit that challenges a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2000 denying a broad range of partnership rights for same-sex couples. Comment

Just How Queer Are We?

When New Yorkers aiming to apply the direct action civil disobedience techniques of ACT UP to the movement for gay and lesbian visibility founded Queer Nation in March 1990, their choice of a name was self-consciously transgressive. In a manifesto distributed at the Gay Pride March that June, the group wrote, “How can I convince you, Brother, Sister, that your life is in danger? That every day you wake up alive, relatively happy, and a functioning human being, you are committing a rebellious act. You as an alive and functioning Queer are a Revolutionary.” Comment

It’s In the Air

in comic look at that most frustrating emotion Comment

Dance Card

Julia Ritter Performance Group presents “Klep,” an evening-length exploration of fear in contemporary culture, developed with support of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and presented […] Comment

Curtain Call

THE HARLEQUIN STUDIES The opening production of the Signature Theatre Company’s season, “The Harlequin Studies” is Irwin’ s tribute to the classical art form for which he is best […] Comment

A Mournful Melody’s Power

Director Rolf Schübel vividly brings this sort of beauty to visual life in “Gloomy Sunday,” the story of a Jewish restaurant owner, the woman he loves, and the pianist that brings them success. Comment

A More Innocent Tune

“Being gay, my whole worldview is the disparity of way things look and the ways things feel. This is why Billie Golden is the character I connect with,” said Robert Cary, who directed and co-wrote “Anything But Love” with Isabel Rose, who stars as Billie. “She creates a world that reflects the way she feels inside even though the rest of the world resists that.” Comment

Bringing a Global Message to NYC

Zackie Achmat, a South African who is a leading proponent of an international solution to the AIDS crisis, was in New York this week, just as his government at long last delivered on the demands that he and other activists have pushed for years that it develop a comprehensive treatment plan for its 4.5 million citizens living with HIV. Comment

Building Blocks of a Life

Thomas Wolfe—who wrote “Look Homeward, Angel” and was always searching for his father and for himself—would have appreciated a documentary film called “My Architect” that’s runs for two weeks at Film Forum beginning November 12. Comment

CONFIRMED DEAD

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died this past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 396 service members have died, 258 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Comment

Cinemascope

9 DEAD GAY GUYS Filled with wordplay, horseplay, and foreplay, this gleefully offensive film depicts the antics of Byron (Brendan Mackey) and his best mate Kenny (Glenn Mulhern), two lazy Irish lads in […] Comment

Lesbian Sex Stirs Divorce Controversy

outmoded adultery language in statute Comment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 5, 2003 Comment

The Glass Is Half Full, Mostly

Leading advocates for the transgender community said that their community was increasingly successful in advancing legislation that bans discrimination based on gender identity or expression during a November 11 panel discussion. Comment

Speaking Truth to Strange Bedfellows

In his recent Gay City News essay, Lawrence Mass writes vigorously on the need for Jewish queers to speak out on issues concerning both communities. Drawing an analogy between the AIDS/HIV pandemic and what he calls “the current crisis of anti-Semitism,” he asks what would Larry Kramer do? Comment

Recruiters Win First Round

The government’s policy of depriving universities of federal funding if they bar military recruiters from using their campus placement offices survived a test in a U.S. district court on November 5. Comment

Time to MIX

The visionary mind of Orson Welles believed artists should work within certain parameters—that without parameters art does not exist. MIX: The New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival seems to boldly contradict his theory. Comment

TX Undergrads Target Liberal Profs

A group of conservative students at the University of Texas in Austin has compiled a watch list of liberal instructors that the group claims is designed to help students select their spring classes. Comment

Witches’ Brouhaha

Whatever your ultimate feeling about “Wicked,” the new Stephen Schwartz musical that bills itself as the “untold story of the witches of Oz” and is based on a 1995 cult novel of the same name, you will be neither bored nor angry. And, given the current state of all things Broadway, that’s not a bad thing. Comment

Urban Perspectives

Isaac Julien’s “Baltimore,” currently on view in Chelsea, ambulates a large and varied cultural terrain. It charts the course of two characters who, during the course of a day, navigate separately an implausible route through urban streets, an art museum, a library, and a wax museum. Imagine a Blaxpoitation version of “Bladerunner” set at the New York Public Library or the Metropolitan Museum of Art and you get the feel of the piece, which is in parts raw, artful, ghetto, retro, and sci-fi. Comment

Reading Room

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Comment

Prince Charles Denies Having Gay Sex

The office of Prime Minister Tony Blair will prepare the speech that the queen presents, so it is sure to be gleaned for indications of the governing Labour Party’s priorities in the upcoming legislative session. Comment

Manifest Destiny

Big dreams and a vast wilderness. But where has America gone? Jonah Freeman and Michael Phelan, in a collaborative show at John Connelly Presents, explore the new American frontier of mall design. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Just when you burned all those calories from last year. The Chocolate Show is back in New York City. Chocolate for days, four days to be exact. There are demonstrations, exhibits, sculpture, and gifts all about chocolate. And if that is not enough to get the chocolate lover out of bed, then there will be plenty of samples. Nov. 13-16 at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. Comment

Gay Marine’s Mother Resists War Drums

Stephen Eagle Funk, a 21-year-old gay Marine reservist, who is a conscientious objector opposed to the United States invasion in Iraq, is serving a six month sentence in a military prison at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for unauthorized absence from his post. Comment

News Briefs

Cheryl Jacques is set to replace Elizabeth Birch as executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, the Washington-based gay lobby group, at the end of this year. Jacques, a Massachusetts legislator, announced this week that she will wait until January 2 to resign from the state senate in order to enhance her state pension. Her move will make it more difficult for Democrats to retain her Republican-leaning suburban Boston seat by depriving Democrats of capitalizing on an expected high voter turnout on March 2, the state’s presidential primary day, in which the state’s junior U.S. senator, John Kerry, seeks the Democratic nomination. Comment

Piece of Resistance

Espousing the theme “Resistance is Fertile,” the New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film/ Video Festival is MIXing things up again November 19 through 23 at the Anthology Archives in the East Village. Comment

NY Post Keeps Bashing Gay Youth

The anti-queer bigots who keep the chairs warm at the New York Post have certainly been busy these days. Wielding insults such as “tranny robbers,” and “trannies,” the right wing tabloid has continued its attack against the Harvey Milk High School. Comment

We Are All Global Citizens

“In the United States, we need to get beyond only fags being involved in fighting AIDS. We need to get people of color involved and we need to get youth involved.” Comment

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