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Filial and Paternal and Plenty of It

“Father and Son” is the most homoerotic straight film to come along since last year’s teen horror opus, “Jeepers Creepers 2.” Comment

Eye on the Conventions as the Heat Rises

The political summer of a presidential election year has some predictability, but events in Iraq and Afghanistan can and probably will determine the course of events in the campaigns of Pres. George Bush and Sen. John Kerry. Comment

Embedded Émigrés

Those fat Spartacus and Damrom travel guides for men make one thing perfectly clear—there’s a big travel market for gay men, and since the libido is portable, why not make it easier for gay men to find sex while abroad? And despite the wealth of legitimate listings in books and underground venues suggested on illicit Internet sites, gay men have been known to stumble across sex in locales not hinted at in any of those sources and at times they’ve least anticipated it. Comment

Getting Naked

Lampooning the theater for its pretensions to art and its inability to match the financial clout of cheap entertainment is a classic comedy device. Comment

Groups Get Anti-Crystal Funds

The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has awarded $100,000 to each of three community groups to fund each organization’s efforts aimed at curbing crystal meth-amphetamine use among gay men. Comment

Mr. Bush v. Mrs. Reagan

It has become commonplace in this year’s political prognostications that Pres. George W. Bush and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry are battling it out for a narrow slice of the electorate who are undecided and generally in the middle of the political spectrum. Comment

LEGAL ADVOCATES HAIL NEW PALTZ RULING

Attorneys engaged in litigation aimed at winning same-sex marriage rights in New York State unanimously praised the ruling by New Paltz Town Justice Jonathan D. Katz that found the state’s Domestic Relations Law unconstitutional on the basis that it denies lesbian and gay couples marriage rights. Comment

Jason West Charges Dismissed

For the first time, a New York trial judge has ruled that the state’s marriage law violates both the federal and state Constitutions by denying same-sex couples the right to marry. Comment

No Second Act for Cheney’s Pulp

Email Mike Signorile at Mike@Signorile.com. Comment

Dismissing the French

One of the best portraits of gay teen life on screen, “You’ll Get Over It,” was originally produced for French television. Given the frank depiction of teenage sexuality—and frequent frontal nudity—it is unimaginable that anything in this vein, much less of this quality, would ever be made for American television, even cable. The theatrical film “Edge of Seventeen” comes closest in caliber. Comment

CITY COUNCIL MARKS GAY PRIDE

The New York City Council, led by Speaker Gifford Miller and by Margarita Lopez, Christine Quinn, and Philip Reed, the three out gay and lesbian councilmembers, honored Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month in a City Hall ceremony on June 14. Comment

Cinemascope

PEOPLE SAY I’M CRAZY John Cadigan is a large, bearded, often morose, sometimes not morose, sometimes far worse than morose, schizophrenic in his early 30s. Katie Cadigan, one of his two sisters, […] Comment

Council Ups Ante on Anti-Meth Funding

“I am very proud to say that it is the City Council that is taking action on this,” said Councilmember Margarita Lopez (D-Lower East Side), a lesbian. “I am moving forward with a $1 million initiative to provide treatment for crystal meth users. Comment

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BOMBAY DREAMS The cartoonish plot follows the exploits of Akaash, an “untouchable” from the slums as he tries to break into the Bollywood film industry. Only by becoming a rich movie star can he buy the land on which his family and friends live. He meets a documentary filmmaker slumming to do research and gets a part on a TV show that he turns into an opportunity to be a movie star. And before you can say “Mickey and Judy,” Akaash becomes India’s biggest star. But we all know that even stars have their trials, and Akaash brings on his own by turning his back on the people who made him—particularly the eunuch Sweetie and his grandmother—at his big opening. This Comment

Dignity Coalition Voices Concerns

In separate letters, both delivered to the speaker on May 26 at a meeting of the Stonewall Democratic Club, Phyllis Steinberg of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Pauline Park of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) asked Miller to bring the bill, which has already been approved by the Council’s Committee on Education, to a vote by the full Council. Comment

D.C. Dykes March in Record Numbers

On Saturday, June 12, more than 400 lesbians and their supporters converged on Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle for the eleventh annual Dyke March. This year’s theme, “Radically Reclaiming Queer Territory,” attempted to draw attention to the issue of gentrification and “straightification” of Dupont Circle, a historically gay and lesbian neighborhood in the city’s Northwest. Comment

Dance Card

Philadelphia’s renowned dance company, Philadanco, begins their touring season on May 18th at the Joyce Theater. The performance will be split into two programs.  The first is a collection of repertory pieces performed by the ensemble with “Elegy” by Gene Hill Sagan, “Sweet in the Morning” by Leni Wylliams, and “Steal Away” by Alonzo King. The second program is entitled “We Too Dance…African American Men in Dance, includes “Back to Bach” by Eleo Pomare, “A Place for Peace” by Nathan Trice, and “Blue” (New York Premier) by Christopher Huggins. Comment

NEWSBRIEFS

“Bush said, ‘Not all the American bishops are with me’ in the cultural issues,” John Allen wrote. “The implication was that he hoped the Vatican would nudge them toward more explicit activism.” Comment

The Role of the Camera

It would be difficult to overestimate photography’s impact on contemporary art, whose star these days is completely ascendant, to the extent that other mediums, particularly painting, look to photography for inspiration. In fact, photography’s influence has been so prevalent that Jerry Saltz recently called for a moratorium on paintings so inspired. Comment

The Producer and the Pol

Bette Davis took a drag on a cigarette, looked down from wherever she is, or maybe up, and said: “Go for it, man,” so Tom Duane heaved a big sigh, wrapped his hands around his brow, thought a long thought, and went for it. Comment

Taking No Chances

Urgent alerts went out this week from the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) and Marriage Equality warning that the Republican-led New York State Senate could be poised to vote to pass the state Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), banning same-sex marriage, on Tuesday, the last official day of the session Comment

THOMPSON HONORS SIX AT PRIDE CELEBRATION

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. honored six New Yorkers at his Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride celebration at the LGBT Center on Thursday, June 10 . Comment

Trans Advocates Allege Foot Dragging

Questions center on enforcement of two-year-old law to protect transgendered New Yorkers The city’s Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is responding aggressively to charges that it is not adequately […] Comment

You’ve Got the look

Out with the old and in with the new! Or is it? Comment

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In the island republic of Taiwan, the military two years ago issued an official statement saying it would not discriminate against gay servicemembers, a development that the Santa Barbara-based, University of California-affiliated Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military, suggested was “a bold step for an Asian military force.” Comment

Two Dads Birth a Daughter

The “phenomenon” of gay couples wanting to become parents is not new. So what’s new in “Paternal Instinct,” the chronicle of two gay New Yorkers who seek out a woman willing to help them produce a child? Comment

Summer Offerings Sizzle

Though the annual gay and lesbian film festival NewFest has come and gone, those seeking summer fun need only to look toward the horizon. Comment

Some Action, But No Hate Protection

For the third time, the U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would add sexual orientation, gender, and disability as protected categories in federal hate crimes law, which currently covers only religion, race, color, and national origin. The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act, or LLEEA, cleared the Senate on a bipartisan 65-33 vote, with 18 Republican senators voting for it, as an amendment to this year’s Department of Defense appropriations bill. Comment

Once Again, with Feeling

When I first saw Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney’s first HBO comedy special, I was a budding baby dyke, barely 18. I laughed hilariously at their “Holly and Molly” sketch, two lesbian performance artists spouting lines like, “Oh, golden labia of goddess love, let your champagne flow!” Comment

No Defamation in Word “Gay”

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N.J. Trans Group Returns Grant

The Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey (GRAANJ), a statewide organization that promotes the rights of transgender and inter-sex people, announced this week that it intends to return the unspent portion of a $3,500 Equality Grant given it by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a Washington-based lobbying group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Comment

Out on the Red Carpet

Just 10 years ago, out gay and lesbian performance artists were the exception and their coming out prompted big headlines and extended public comment. Just think back, for example, to the media hoopla surrounding announcements by lesbian stars k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, and then Ellen Degeneres about their sexuality. Comment

Reading Room

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Scrappy L.A. Gay Boy

This heady rush of a debut novel, courtesy of Aaron Krach, a senior editor at Cargo, a men’s magazine, reminds us what it’s like to be a starry-eyed teenager on the threshold of independence. A budding master of snappy dialogue and adorably warped characters, Krach is an inventive, wickedly amusing new voice in gay literature. Comment

Sailing Forth from Lesbos

Mention of Mary Boone’s Chelsea gallery generates an expectation of big paintings. Comment

Catholic Nun Continues Gay Ministry

Since his assumption of the pontificate in 1978, John Paul II has overseen an affirmation of conservative orthodoxy in Roman Catholic doctrine that includes denouncing the rights of gay and lesbian Roman Catholics to marry or gain other forms of legal recognition for their relationships. That opposition has put the church at odds with politicians in traditionally Roman Catholic nations, such as in Europe, where Belgium has legalized same-sex marriages and France accords such couples civil unions, and in the United States, where this past May, in Massachusetts, a heavily Roman Catholic state, gay and lesbian couples began marrying. Comment

Brooklyn Hosts Annual Pride Events

Almost as if to make up for the rain-soaked disappointment that was last year’s event, glorious blue skies graced the annual Brooklyn Gay Pride parade and festivities on June 12. By 11 a.m. last Saturday, the streets along the parade route were bustling with enterprising vendors selling Pride memorabilia, sunglasses and even bed linens, amidst corner boys handing out flyers for gay clubs and representatives from community advocacy organizations chatting with parade goers. Comment

A Wit Freighted With Fatigue

The Monster sank into a chair and arranged the glasses before him—one glass of ginger and fizz, the other of wine. It is from both liquids, he confirmed, that he sips at close intervals throughout the hour and a half of his show—in between the constant drags on cigarettes. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

June 19, 1865 is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Join the African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC) for a barbeque picnic, music, and red “pop,” as they continue the oldest known American celebration of emancipation. 6-8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Suggested donation is $3. For more information, call 212 741 9110 ext. 8 or visit aalusc.org. Comment

Broadway Buff Fights AIDS

The selfless chorus girls and boys from Broadway musicals should still be sleeping, or taking a dance class, but instead they’re in a stifling rehearsal space above City Center before noon running through the silver screen-inspired installment of an annual rite of very late Spring. Comment

Dance Card

Philadelphia’s renowned dance company, Philadanco, begins their touring season on May 18th at the Joyce Theater. The performance will be split into two programs.  The first is a collection of repertory pieces performed by the ensemble with “Elegy” by Gene Hill Sagan, “Sweet in the Morning” by Leni Wylliams, and “Steal Away” by Alonzo King. The second program is entitled “We Too Dance…African American Men in Dance, includes “Back to Bach” by Eleo Pomare, “A Place for Peace” by Nathan Trice, and “Blue” (New York Premier) by Christopher Huggins. Comment

curtain call

BOMBAY DREAMS The cartoonish plot follows the exploits of Akaash, an “untouchable” from the slums as he tries to break into the Bollywood film industry. Only by becoming a rich movie star can he buy the land on which his family and friends live. He meets a documentary filmmaker slumming to do research and gets a part on a TV show that he turns into an opportunity to be a movie star. And before you can say “Mickey and Judy,” Akaash becomes India’s biggest star. But we all know that even stars have their trials, and Akaash brings on his own by turning his back on the people who made him—particularly the eunuch Sweetie and his grandmother—at his big opening. This Comment

Crowds Surge in Queens

Morning showers did little to discourage the crowds from lining up along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens on Sunday, June 6, for the twelfth annual Queens Pride Parade. This year’s theme was “Stand Up, Stand Proud, Stand Together.” Comment

No Second Act for Cheney’s Pulp

Email Mike Signorile at Mike@Signorile.com. Comment

Freeze! She’s Got You Covered

At first take, you might not peg the sinewy, punk chick with the platinum shock of hair as a classically trained violin player. But then Joan Wasser has never been known to fit into any mold. Comment

Gallery Hops the River into Chelsea

If you are walking down Tenth Ave. around 18th Street, a bright pink neon sign just might catch your eye. It’s not a nail salon or a pastry shop but rather the newest gallery in Chelsea. Comment

Federal appeals court offers two contradictory rulings just weeks apart

When a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, issued a unanimous decision on June 1 in the case of Smith v. City of Salem, Ohio, holding that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment both forbid discrimination against transsexuals, it directly contradicted a decision issued by another unanimous panel of judges from the same court just a few weeks earlier. Comment

Permanent Block on Jason West

A New York State Supreme Court justice in Ulster County, E. Michael Kavanagh, has issued a permanent injunction ordering New Paltz Mayor Jason West to desist from performing marriages between same-sex couples. Comment

Borough Pres. Hosts Pride Salute

Manhattan’s C. Virginia Fields endorses marriage and honors community activists On June 3, at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community Center on West 13th Street, Manhattan Borough […] Comment

A Sight to Behold

In the money-grubbing 1980s, when Donald Margulies wrote “Sight Unseen,” a scintillating indictment of the art world, prices for paintings had reached deranged proportions. Comment

Alternative Narrative Forms

Throughout the past century, pictorial and linear narrative has been turned on its head. In the aftermath of two world wars and as the planet shivered through the nuclear standoff of the Cold War, such narratives were no longer regarded as conducive to reinforcing a critical socio-political mythology—that of reassurance. Advertising picked up the slack, taking up as a central mission the task of encouraging a culture of desire based on consumption. Comment

Abuse Survivors Coping

How do we find relief from the terrible tragedies life throws at us? Comment

A Top Cop from 1969 Speaks

It was a surreal scene at the New York Historical Society on Central Park West on June 2 as veterans of the 1969 Stonewall rebellion in Greenwich Village politely shared a stage with the police architect of the raid. The ex-police officer was applauded by many in the crowd of several hundred for precipitating the riot. Comment

Bloomberg Stiffs Gay Couples

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made good June 3 on his promise to veto the City Council’s Equal Benefits Bill that would require city contractors to provide domestic partner benefits if they provide spousal benefits. But, in doing so, the mayor broke a promise he had made during his run for mayor to support the bill. Comment

Cinemascope

PEOPLE SAY I’M CRAZY John Cadigan is a large, bearded, often morose, sometimes not morose, sometimes far worse than morose, schizophrenic in his early 30s. Katie Cadigan, one of his two sisters, […] Comment

Heaven and Hell

A journey to London in lovely May affirmed that sometimes the old things are the best: Richard Wagner’s vision of heaven easily trumped Jerry Springer’s hell. Comment

Stage Icons on Film

“Rise and shine! Rise and shine!” I can hear it now, and in her voice, and so all his life could Tom Wingfield, also known as Thomas Lanier Williams, aka Tennessee Williams, and so, as they talk to Rick McKay, can Gena Rowlands, Uta Hagen, Ben Gazzara, Fred Ebb, Charles Durning, and dozens of others. Comment

Ronald Reagan Wore No White Hat

Before George W. Bush, there was Ronald Reagan, a defiant conservative who helped topple communism, gave capitalism a future when it was expected to evolve into a semi-socialist welfare state, and misunderstood the rise of Muslim fundamentalist terrorism. Comment

Reed’s Office Alleges Homophobia

A recent incident at an East Harlem community board meeting has resulted in an allegation that one of the evening’s speakers made a homophobic reference to Councilmember Phil Reed, a two-term gay legislator, who represents Manhattan’s District 8. Comment

Suburban Marital Mania

A town with “no crime, no poverty, and no pushing” is probably the last place on earth one would expect to find Bette Midler. Comment

The Great Communicator’s Silence

“Reagan Dies.” I opened the web browser on my computer early last Saturday afternoon and there it was. I couldn’t help but smile. Comment

t’s Mourning in America

I wish Ronald Reagan could have lived forever. The Great Communicator’s very breath prolonged the arrival of the day we now face: for with his death, the nightmare of those gay men who lived through the 1980s is replaying. But today, it is our history, our experiences, our losses, our very lifetimes that are being willfully erased. Thanks to our nation’s media machine, the man who made Americans feel good again can do it one more time—if only by dying. All you have to do is forget. Forget how his ugly politics combined with the complicity of mainstream media outlets like The New York Times, and allowed a virus to nearly erase the existence of gay men in America. Comment

The World Keeps Watching

The unfortunate global state of affairs means that the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be with us quite a while. Comment

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Queer Music Honors Year’s Best

The fourth annual Outmusic Awards (OMAs), celebrating excellence in queer recording, songwriting, and cultural activism, will take place in The Knitting Factory on June 13, with additional events that day and the day before. In all, 100 artists from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe submitted more than 500 songs for consideration. Comment

NEWSBRIEFS

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the legal group that won the right to marry for gay couples in Massachusetts, is happy with the way arguments went in the First Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals this week in a case brought by right wing groups and state legislators challenging last November’s Goodridge decision by the Bay State’s Supreme Judicial Court ruling that recognized those rights. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Meet fellow butches of African decent and celebrate living in a supposedly “man’s world.” 6-8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13 St. Admission is free. For more information contact 212 620 7310 or visit the African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change at aalusc.org. Comment

Fooled Twice, Shame on Us

It is surely a measure of the gay community’s stubbornly persistent alienation from the mainstream of American life that the man whom millions of our fellow citizens recall nostalgically this week as the Great Communicator, we remember for his silence. Comment

Not Being Janis Joplin

Cathy Richardson is back in New York for a gig, this time without Janis Joplin. Comment

Once Silent, Now Dead

On January 20, 1981, a bitterly cold Tuesday, the coldest day on record for a presidential inauguration, Ronald Reagan stood on the west steps of the nation’s capitol, swore to uphold the Constitution, and a few minutes later, in his first speech as President, told America that his administration would love each American equally and would “reach out a hand when they fall, [and] heal them when they are sick.” Comment

Borough Pres. Hosts Pride Salute

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Out There With a Smile

“Marry me,” from a Kander and Ebb song, are the first words in Elaine St. George’s new musical review, “The Girl That I Marry.” Comment

Homophobia In Albany?

Allegations of ugly homophobic job discrimination in the state Legislature are pitting a longtime gay activist against a veteran, though controversial, Democratic state senator, both of them from Queens. Comment

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