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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 is Comment

Council Passes School Anti-Bullying Bill

On Monday, June 28, the New York City Council passed the Dignity in All Schools Act (DASA) by a 45-3 vote. Comment

Council Nixes Mayor’s Benefits Veto

The largest expansion of domestic partner rights in the history of New York City was affirmed by the New York City Council Monday as they comfortably overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the Equal Benefits Bill. 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

Devolution into Simplicity

Constantin Brancusi (1876 – 1957) is arguably the modern master of sculpture. His serene, simplified sculptures are widely acknowledged as icons of Modernism. Born in Romania and educated in Bucharest, he moved to Paris in 1904, where he spent the rest of his life. Comment

No Second Act for Cheney’s Pulp

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Dykes Complete Annual Takeover

The excitement was palpable among the crowd gathered at Bryant Park last Saturday for the Twelfth Annual New York City Dyke March as 5 p.m., the time for taking over Fifth Avenue, neared. As the women prepared to initiate what has become the city’s biggest lesbian event of Gay Pride weekend, many participants expressed a sense of urgency not seen in recent years. Perhaps this year’s theme, “Women of Mass Defiance Lick Bush,” expressed it best and was responsible for galvanizing marchers into a cohesive force of political activists intent on affecting political change. Comment

Continental divide

The film of MARGARET CHO’s “Revolution” tour is airing on Sundance Channel this summer, and while chatting her up, we had to bring up the strange final “tour” RONALD REAGAN made in his coffin. Comment

Congressional Nanny Rebuked Again

Continuing an almost unbroken string of victories for free speech advocates challenging congressional attempts to shield children from exposure to online pornography, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on June 29 that a federal district court in Philadelphia had properly issued a preliminary injunction to stop the Child Online Protection Act from going into effect. Comment

Capitalist Leviathans On the Celluloid Couch

Hollywood typically refrains from producing overtly political films for a simple reason—in order to make money, a project needs to appeal to the widest possible selection of viewers. Comment

Biggest Gay Wedding Party Ever

New York activists who have organized The Wedding Party for the last four years, a same-sex marriage event that happens just before the Fifth Avenue pride parade, have seen their hopes actualized in the past year—from Canada to Massachusetts, from San Francisco to New Paltz, and from Oregon to New Mexico. Comment

A Pride Sunday’s Unique Gathering

Within sight of what gay historian David Carter, the author of “Stonewall,” has written may be the oldest living tree in New York City, descendants of slaves congregated in Washington Square Park on Pride Sunday to celebrate being lesbians. Comment

Charm Trumps Brains

The likeable Israeli film “Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi” features an adorable title character (Oshri Cohen) who himself wants desperately to be liked. In the opening scene, he asks his girlfriend Tehila (Rotem Nissmo) “Do you love me?” only to be rebuffed by her response, which is to freeze things between them. Comment

Chelsea Attack Highlights Trend

Solis was assaulted just after leaving the annual Folsom Street East block party, on 28th west of Tenth Avenue, sponsored by Gay Male S/M Activists, and his case illustrates the spike in violence against the community which many leaders believe is, in part, a response to greater visibility. Official actions taken in the wake of his assault also raise questions about whether the NYPD has uniformly improved its ability to respond effectively to anti-gay violence. Comment

City Council Hammers Mayor On AIDS

A City Council report slammed the HIV AIDS Services Administration (HASA), charging it was providing sub-standard housing and services in some of the 114 emergency and transitional facilities it uses to house people with AIDS. Comment

Exuberance of the Pen

“The study of moral philosophy is an attempt to determine what we mean when we say something is good and that something else is bad. Not all value judgments, however, are the proper study of the moral philosopher,” says the character George Moore in “Jumpers.” “Language is a finite instrument crudely applied to an infinity of ideas, and… modern philosophy has made itself ridiculous by analyzing such statements as “This is a good bacon sandwich… [T]o say that this is a good bacon sandwich is only to say that by the criteria applied by like-minded lovers of bacon sandwiches, this one is… crisp, lean, and unadulterated by tomato sauce.” Comment

GOP Pride Marchers Endure Derision

With Pres. George W. Bush having repeatedly called on Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for same-sex couples, the 2004 Gay Pride March put the Log Cabin Republicans square in the crossfire between their political party, many of whose leaders revile gays and lesbians, and their own community, the bulk of whose members deeply distrust Republicans. Comment

Outing on Capitol Hill Stirs Debate

The battle over the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) has led some Washington gay activists to out staff members of federal lawmakers who support the amendment and in the process, ignite a debate on whether outing a public employee furthers the community’s political goals. Comment

No Federal Interference

Rejecting a last-ditch attempt by opponents to put a stop to same-sex marriages in Massachusetts, a unanimous federal appeals court in Boston ruled on June 29 that the state’s highest court did not violate the federal constitution when it ruled that Massachusetts must let same-sex partners get married. Comment


The Republican-led Senate remains on course to force a vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment, a proposal that seeks to ban same-sex marriage, the week of July 12, even though, as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Gay City News, there may be a substantial majority of senators opposed to the measure. Comment


An estimated 350 people turned out at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Friday evening, June 25 at a fund-raising event where Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry reached out to gay and lesbian New York voters. Referring […] Comment

Quiet Strengths in East End Show

This summer’s exhibition at the Parrish has a simple premise: to survey recent work by artists who live and work at least part of the time on the eastern end of Long Island. Comment

Taking Dead Aim at the GOP Elephant

Michael Moore teases the mind. Watch his movies and intuitions become full-fledged ideas, suspicions turn into convictions, and news stories hazily remembered gain connections. His sources are one reason for his success. The bedrock of his new documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” is fact and expert opinion. His artistry makes it entertaining and compelling. Comment

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Movement Legends Lead the Parade

For the 35th anniversary of Stonewall, gay, lesbian, and transgender activists led the New York Heritage of Pride parade, some with many more than 35 years of experience in the movement, some whose activism was born at Stonewall, and others who formed and joined the groups founded in early years after the rebellion. Riding on two flatbed trucks marked “Veterans of Stonewall and Early Activists” near the front of the march, these legends were cheered by thousands, even if most in the crowd did not know them by name. Comment

Military Recruiting Challenged

Facing the threat that Yale University might lose $300 million in federal contracts and financial assistance, its law school faculty voted in the fall of 2002 to allow military recruiters to have equal access to its campus. Until that time, the school had excluding the military because of its discriminatory policies toward openly gay and lesbian service members. Comment

Julie Misses

One of the truly unfortunate upshots of mounting plays whose texts are in the public domain is that there is no estate of the playwright to control a production, and when that uncontrolled production is a disaster—as is the case with Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” now at the Cherry Lane—there is no one that can sue for the desecration of a classic. Comment

Homoeroticism Unbound By Strict Rules

We were sitting in the bar of Essex House the other afternoon—film director Ferzan Ozpetek, his star Filippo Nigro, their translator, and me—all munching on wasabi peas and sloshing down coffee. Comment

Highlights of Pride

At this year’s Heritage of Pride Parade on Sunday, the Act Up contingent featured an effigy of Pres. Bush spewing falsehoods about AIDS spending; a float of muscular men in fig-leafed skivvies appropriate for the summer heat entertained the crowds; two lesbians at Saturday’s Dyke March down Fifth Avenue disguised themselves as Middle Easterners to send a political message about homosexuality and racial profiling used against Muslims post-September 11. Comment

Larry on the Beach

In a world filled with religious strife, conservative orthodoxy, and holy war, a new God was discovered last Tuesday by a group of homosexuals, taking their post-orgy stroll on the beach at Fire Island. Comment

Neither the Perfect Host Nor the Perfect Guest

Apparently, a fair number of spectators at Sunday’s Gay Pride March were buying the Family Research Council’s PR about our mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Men’s Work


Male Sensitivity Training

“White Chicks,” the latest movie starring Shawn and Marlon Wayans, and directed by their brother Keenan Ivory, is particularly prone for a feminist analysis. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Annie Lennox and Sting perform at Jones Beach tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit Both artists will also appear Friday on NBC’s “The Today Show.” Comment


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

Chinese Reality Series

Over the course of four feature-length films, the Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang Ke has mounted an ambitious chronicle of his country’s opening to capitalism. His project is akin to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s lifelong work on recounting a complete history of 20th-century Germany. Comment

Enjoying a Shot at Gotham

Sink or swim. That was the attitude John-Mark Owen said he brought with him when, at age 14, a teacher “threw” him into dance class in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Comment

Importing Jobs, Not Freedom

Is it possible to take advantage of cheaper Third-World labor without taking advantage of the laborers themselves? Comment

Legal Briefs

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A Phoenix of Movement

David LaChapelle is best known as a celebrity photographer and music video director. His documentary debut, “Rize,” is an electrifying look at new dance forms emerging among African-American youth in South Central Los Angeles. The film sustains a rhythm that clearly aims to frame a new story of hop Comment

A Narrative Lush in Setting, Romance

A strikingly unique vision, “Tropical Malady” is one of the strangest love stories ever told on film. A combination of the mundane and mystical, the film is presented in two distinct parts, each with its own title and credits, with each half seemingly derived from its counterpart. Comment

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Abstracting Our Spaces

With the advent of summer come the gallery group shows with written statements that would make the puffery of the fashion industry blush. Comment

A Farewell to Old New York

The pages in a staggering new book called “The Destruction of Lower Manhattan” are not numbered, but the photos are. Halfway through it the first time around, I was stopped in my tracks by photograph No. 34, not of some building now as extinct as the mastodons, but simply: “Woman in a phone booth.” Comment

Reporters Deserve Protections in Doing Work

Unfortunately, life rarely affords the luxury of choosing the circumstances in which to stand up for principal. Comment

Directing a War is Hard Work

The failure to supply armored vehicles to protect American troops in Iraq is a festering sore, but the new details provided by The New York Times in a front page story by Michael Moss on Sunday could transform the issue from a military supply problem into a damaging political scandal for the Bush administration. Comment

Street Life of a Mad Activist

Hey, lady. You got a problem with my hat? I mean, look: I was just walking down Fort Washington Avenue, minding my own business on my way to the A Train, and you—an ordinary, middle-aged, white lady in a blue plaid housedress—stop to glare at my hat. How friendly is that? Comment

Up a Tree

Money does not determine class. It does, however, determine who has the best stuff. More insidiously, money—and particularly, control over it—drives the direction of any culture. Yet for those who, in losing control of the economy, become the “old guard,” the dated ones; such transitions are especially painful. Comment

War on Prejudice at Joyce

“Give Your Hands to Struggle,” a solo choreographed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of the Urban Bush Women, is set to a poem by Bernice Johnson Reagon. The poem is virtually a catalogue of luminaries in African-American history that includes Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth and the three ’6os civil-rights workers who were shot to death and buried in a red-clay dam in 1964—James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Comment

Your Letters

Unmasking bigotry Comment

Up a Tree


Words That Move

The door opens and light pours into the room. When it slams shut, projected, moving words appear on the walls and ceiling in the darkened room. Only the floor remains stable and keeps us upright. Words are everywhere and move with a strange, jerky motion. Simple singular words—dead, child, mother, female, old, food, father, threat—create a Kafkaesque environment. Comment

Serving In Silence

In February 2004, Jeffrey McGowan and Billiam van Roestenberg, a gay couple living in upstate New Paltz, were part of the first group of same-sex couples to be married by Mayor Jason West in his bid to emulate San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and defy the anti-marriage forces massed against gay equality. Comment

Not a Carrie Bradshaw Among Them

The low-budget, homemade comedy, “Sex, Politics, and Cocktails,” is like an extended version of “Sex and the City,” only set in L.A., featuring gay men instead of straight women and, most significantly, stupid instead of sophisticated. Comment

Lynn Redgrave’s Personal Drama

Lynn Redgrave delivered a very personal tour-de-force in a matinee performance on June 23 of her own play “Nightingale”—squeezed in among her regular schedule in “The Constant Wife”—at the National Arts Club, as part of the wonderful Food For Thought lunch hour series masterminded by Susan Charlotte. Comment

Pride in Pictures

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the oldest advocacy group serving the LGBT community, 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

Don’t Trust Anyone Under/Over 40 (Pick One)

During the official week of mourning following the death of Ronald Reagan, as I seethed with anger at the deification of the man who reigned carelessly over the first eight years of the AIDS crisis, I noticed a disturbing disconnect. Gay men my age and older understood my ferocious reaction to his demise—and were grateful for a chance to vent. Younger gay men were baffled or even stunned. Some wondered aloud about the connection between Reagan and AIDS. Others told me plainly not to speak ill of the dead. 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

D.C. May Recognize Gay Marriage

According to Peter Rosenstein, a member of the mayor’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Committee, Williams told a June 1 meeting of the committee that he would issue such a directive within 30 days. Comment

Caregiving by the Gay Community

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people over 50 have a slightly higher rate of caregiving for their parents, partners, and friends than their heterosexual counterparts. That’s one of the conclusions of a new joint study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) Policy Institute, Pride Senior Network, and the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service released Friday. Comment

No Second Act for Cheney’s Pulp

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A Beautiful Evening

The LGBT Community Center held its 21st Annual Garden Party on a beautiful summer solstice evening in the West Village Monday. Comment

‘A Rare and Worthy Life’

The night in 1978 that Harvey Milk was assassinated in San Francisco, Michael Denneny was with Chuck Ortlib, the publisher of the landmark gay magazine, Christopher Street, named for the street where the two sat in a restaurant. Denneny, then an editor at St. Martin’s Press, convinced Ortlib to commit $5,000 to a full-length feature on the life of Milk, one of the modern gay movement’s most prominent leaders. Denneny’s next instinct proved even more fortuitous. He called Randy Shilts, then a relatively unknown San Francisco journalist, and enlisted him to write the feature. Comment


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

Engaging Erotic Awareness

Fans of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” might remember Mary Richard’s horrifying epiphany about her romantic life: “Two THOU-SAND dates!” Comment

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Riffing on Film Totems

Burt Barr’s work is, in many ways, unique in the field of video art. His work is technically polished and full of wit and reference to film arts of all types. Three recent pieces make up his current show at Brent Sikkema. Comment

Pride Kicks Off With a Rally

Roughly 1,000 people turned out for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Rally held in Manhattan’s Bryant Park on June 20. Comment

Pioneer Who Survived the Blacklist

“The Group” is a full-length script by Ronald Rand about the founding of the Group Theatre, the pioneering handful of actors, directors, and playwrights who in the bleak 1930s moved American drama into the gristle of the 20th century. In its short life, about a dozen years, the Group had its impact on everything that followed in American theater, especially the kind of acting that would one day give us a Julie Harris, a Marlon Brando, a Kim Stanley, an Al Pacino, a Meryl Streep, a Robert de Niro. Comment

Pathways to Consciousness

Putumayo World Music seems to thrive on world music compilations assembled from major and independent labels. While the majority of their choices share a sameness of modern beat and sound, the lyrics themselves often address timeless struggles for freedom and independence. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Elizabeth Dee is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Yeardley Leonard, in her gallery at 545 W. 20th St. In her third solo show with the gallery, Yeardley Leonard further develops the rectilinear geometries and vibrant palettes of her earlier paintings. In addition to six new canvases, Leonard extends her work into an environmental dimension with installation paintings: stripes and rectangles of color applied directly to the walls of the main gallery. The bars of color, placed at architectural junctures, indicate a geography of light and color. Recent paintings, collages, and drawings by Michael Dumontier will occupy Gallery 2. There will be an opening reception for the artists tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Comment

Serving a Diverse Asian Community

Cultural competency is one of the hottest issues discussed by HIV prevention professionals and activists trying to find the best way to put across simple and effective public health messages. Whether trying to reach young people, people of specific ethnic, religious, or language background, or communities facing economic hardship or social stigmatization, those who work to stem the spread of the virus continually wrestle with the question of how to deliver messages about safer sex and the risks of sharing needles in ways that will be heard, understood, and acted on by the people most at risk. Comment

Setting Stonewall Straight

“I really did sweat this to get it as accurate as I could,” the 51-year-old Carter said. Comment

The Lawrence Decision, a Year Later

It was one of those rare moments when you just know that you’re witnessing history. Comment

Tackling the Second Novel

Perhaps because of their utter ordinariness, when the curtain closes on these characters it proves difficult for them to let go, but as each comes to realize over the course of the book, letting go must happen. Comment

The Tough Fight for Compensation

On June 15, the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund was closed. The compensation fund had been created by Congress as part of a $15 billion bailout of the airline industry, hard-hit by the aftershocks from the terrorist attack, to give compensatory funds to the spouses and families of those who perished in the September 11 terrorist attacks in return for their agreement not to pursue additional claims. Comment

What’s Gender Got to Do With It?

Leigh Bowery. Nina Simone. Klaus Nomi. Mabel Mercer. Brian Ferry. Ella Fitzgerald. Comment

Women (and Men) in Suits


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Opening Up Marriage in Mass.

On Thursday, June 17, exactly one month after Massachusetts began marrying same-sex couples, two lawsuits against the state were announced, challenging the decision of Gov. Mitt Romney to deny marriage licenses to out-of-state, same-sex couples who do not attest to their intention to move to the state. Comment

Odysseus in Massachusetts

Just in time for the centenary of Bloomsday and the attendant attention on James Joyce’s “Ulysses” comes John O’Reilly’s “A Worcester Odyssey.” Comment

Help for Lesbian Abuse Survivors

Donna Rafanello, a lesbian survivor of abuse who is now a family counselor, ends her own silence as well as that of several other sexual abuse survivors in “Can’t Touch My Soul: A Guide for Lesbian Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.” Comment

How a Rum Hole Legalized Sodomy

Nonetheless, David Carter’s then hypothetical reconstruction of the evidence concerning the tortuous, mutually antagonistic relations—read turf squabble—between the Sixth Precinct and the Public Morals unit regarding that gold mine of graft, the Stonewall—touched on in “Stonewall, The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution”—have greatly assisted me in my own ongoing researches into the Life we all once led. Comment


Young Gay Americans, an all-volunteer group out of Halifax, Novia Scotia, that sponsors a wide array of programs to reach gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in small towns across North America—including an interactive website, road trips aimed at chronicling stories of queer youth, and filmmaking to focus public awareness of the risks and opportunities facing such young people—return to New York for several days this weekend. Comment


The Gay Officer Action League will host several events this weekend to mark the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride celebrations. On Friday, June 25, GOAL hosts a Pride Celebration and Community Reception, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Police Museum, 100 Old Slip in the Battery. On Sunday morning, from 9 to 11 a.m., the group hosts the Stonewall Memorial Breakfast, at La Maganette, at Third Avenue and 50th Street. Tickets are $20 for GOAL members, $25 otherwise. The group will gather on 53rd Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues at noon to join the annual LGBT Pride March. Gay cops and their admirers will then gather at Phillip Marie, at Hudson and Eleventh Streets for a post-parade party. Comment

Fetish, Fun and Sun

On a brilliant opening day of summer, the Gay Male S/M Activists held their annual S/M-Leather-Fetish Block Party, this year on 28th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. Comment

Former Cop’s Murder Rap Upheld

In a middle-of-the-night online chat in 2002, Jon Brewbaker, a 32-year-old former police officer, arranged to have sex with Jonathan Shanks, a gay-20-year-old college student, according to an account provided by Brewbaker. The night would end in disaster for both men, Shanks shot to death and later on Brewbaker sentenced to 23 years in prison for second-degree murder. Comment

Hung Jury in Araujo Murder

After Alameda County Superior Court Judge Harry Sheppard declared a hung jury in the case of three men charged in the murder of transgendered teen Gwen Araujo on Tuesday, after almost ten days of jury deliberations, Sylvia Guerrero, Araujo’s mother, sat in the emptying courtroom and wept. Comment

AMERICA'S Largest Circulation Gay Newspaper

Lampooning the theater for its pretensions to art and its inability to match the financial clout of cheap entertainment is a classic comedy device. One thinks of P.G. Wodehouse, Ben Hecht, Kaufman & Hart, Noel Coward, and even Mel Brooks as icons of the form. Comment

New HIV Oversight Raises Concerns

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proposed new rules governing the content of HIV prevention materials that AIDS advocates are charging will favor ideology over effective HIV prevention efforts. Comment


The New York State Legislature has adjourned without a state budget now a record three months late, but also without the Republican Senate voting on a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that would have defined marriages as open only to heterosexual couples. Comment

Life’s Richness Tested by Living

Five friends get together to celebrate one of their birthdays and end up divulging the deep secrets and painful losses that unknowingly brought them together years ago. But this play by Robert Jason Jackson is not all about regret and hurt. “Happy Birthday, Madam Alberta” combines humor, music and tales drawn from familiar portraits of contemporary black, gay life to produce a worthwhile show presented by Black Pride NYC, a non-profit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered organization for people of African descent. Comment

Innocence that Preceded Brutality

Though Otto Frank, father of the famous daughter, prided himself as a photographer, the truth—compounded, of course, by the fading and erosion of all these years—is that they are not very clear or sharp or even very interesting, most of these snapshots. They are intensely interesting, however, when one considers their subjects, the people engaged in the banality of anti-evil, so to speak. Comment

Let the Sun Shine In

In the end, it’s all about love. Each of us has to define love in our own way, and within our community it means many different things. Comment

Schumer Predicts Amendment Failure

New York Sen. Charles Schumer expressed confidence this week that the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) to the Constitution, limiting marriage to couples of one man and one women, which needs a two-thirds majority to clear the Senate, will not only fall short when the Republicans bring it to the floor on July 12, “but we are close to getting a majority” in opposition. Comment


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