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Wall Street Sauna Shuttered

A unanimous five-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division, a court sitting in Manhattan, issued a ruling on July 8 ordering that the Wall Street Sauna be closed down for violation of a provision of the New York State Sanitary Code, which prohibits operating a facility where various sexual activities take place. Comment

Romance in the Night

To be really great, a romantic comedy needs those moments when, no matter how many times you’ve seen it or how well you know the story, you fear in your heart that the happy ending may not come after all. This is true of such classics as “Pride and Prejudice” or relatively recent hits like “You’ve Got Mail,” and it’s true of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Will Beatrice and Benedick end up together? Will Hero’s virtue be vindicated? These moments provide that delicious, escapist tension in which we indulge again and again because they let us believe that even if all is going against us, a happy ending is possible. Comment

Reading Room

THU. JULY 15 Comment

Pretty in Pink

Last week, the National Endowment for the Arts released a report stating that the “non-reading segment” of the American public increased by more than 17 million between 1992 and 2002. In fact, two years ago only 57 percent of Americans read any book at all, despite the literacy efforts of First Lady Laura Bush. Comment

Pines Pointe

Fire Island Dance Festival, in its tenth annual performance, benefits AIDS service providers We also publish: […] Comment

Phoebe Brand Dead at 96

Innovative actrees, teacher co-founded the influential Group Theater in 1931 We also publish: […] Comment

Partnership Comes to New Jersey

On Saturday, July 10, in Memorial Park in Maplewood, New Jersey’s, just down the hill from the commuter train station, there were tents and flags, a stage festooned with ribbons, and a rainbow of multicolored balloons that for increasing numbers of Americans immediately signal gay and lesbian pride. Comment

Ousted from Democracy

In April, I led a team of trans and trans-supportive activists in a meeting that included the GLBT Outreach team leaders of both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Kerry campaign. Comment

Once Exploited, Now Enlightened

Traci Lords continues building a mainstream film career We also publish: […] Comment

No Budget, But Maybe Some Action

With a state budget now a record three and a half months late, the New York Senate and Assembly return to Albany next week after a break that began in late June for a brief session likely to last several days. Comment

NEWSBRIEFS

NEWS Comment

Mid-Summer Firefly

Mark Nadler’s collaboration with songwriter friends creates pleasant surprises We also publish: […] Comment

Winning a Round of Politics

Growing up in a family of four sons, I had my closest, most intense, and most complicated relationship with my brother Bruce, who is two and a half years older than me. Comment

Lesbian Partner Wins in 9/11 Fund Suit

New York State Supreme Court Justice Yvonne Lewis has ruled that the lesbian partner of a victim of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is entitled to receive at least a portion of the award granted her deceased partner’s sole surviving relative, her brother. Comment

Investigations, Choice of Edwards Shifts Race

The pragmatic argument against the war in Iraq—in distinct contrast to the intervention in Afghanistan—is two-fold. Comment

Int.’l AIDS Conference Opens

U.S. participants hit Bush policy on abstinence, condoms, and funding lag We also publish: […] Comment

House GOP Heeds Bush Campaign

On Thursday, July 8, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives defeated a legislative amendment written to undo a controversial provision of the U.S.A. Patriot Act that has drawn fire from civil libertarians. Democrats and other supporters of the amendment, including its main sponsor, Rep. Bernard Sanders, a Vermont Independent, criticized the Republican leadership for extending beyond the standard 15 minutes the time limit on the vote in order to pressure wavering Republicans to defeat the measure. Comment

Hollywood Haute Couture

In the 1960s and 70s, film enthusiasts were besotted with the auteur theory, which originated in France, and basically promulgated the idea of the director being the major artistic force behind any film. Derided, even totally neglected movies were reconsidered as masterpieces and John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and Josef von Sternberg were elevated to godly ranks, at the expense of the writers, technicians, and designers who were at times equally responsible for the quality of these films. Comment

Hair Raising Antics

Qui a laissé sortir les chiens? Who let the dogs out, for Broadway Barks 6, the annual star-studded dog and cat adopt-a-thon and fund-raiser benefiting New York animal shelters and missions? Comment

GMHC Issues Crystal Report

Responding to the threat posed by crystal meth to New York City’s gay community, a report by a Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) task force called on state and local government to spend $3.5 million annually to treat crystal users and fund anti-crystal campaigns. Comment

Frank Talk

Film explores the political education of Massachusetts’ sharp-tongued gay congressman We also publish: […] 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 i Comment

Cunningham Comes Home

Pulitzer Prize winning author reads his debut novel, now a film, in Central Park A good author tells you everything about his characters and almost nothing about himself. A good author photo will say […] Comment

Convenient Definitions Distrusted

Using non-individuated repetition to challenge patriarchal hierarchies We also publish: […] 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

Battling Crystal and HIV

Roughly 300 people attended a July 13 town hall meeting, the fourth in a series of such gatherings on gay men, club drugs, and HIV. Comment

Art’s Current Truth Teller

Jan Avgikos presents impressive review of clown metaphors in the new century We also publish: […] Comment

Anti-Gay Amendment Fails in Senate

Despite a presidential endorsement and a slim Republican majority, the Federal Marriage Amendment stalled in the Senate on Wednesday when proponents only mustered 48 votes required to end floor debate, known as invoking cloture, 12 votes short of the amount required by Senate rules before measures go on to a final floor vote. Comment

Another Marriage Win in New Paltz

A second New Paltz town judge has spoken, and a second set of criminal charges against people performing marriages for unlicensed same-sex couples has been dismissed. Comment

AIDS Increasingly Ensares Women

“The face of HIV and AIDS is now the face of a woman, and a young woman at that,” said Terri Bartlett, vice president for Public Policy of Population Action International (PAI), during a live tele-conference held on Monday, July 12, from the fifteenth annual International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

A Shining Love Comment

Williams Reneges on Marriage

At a June 1 meeting with his Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Advisory Committee, Williams had raised the hopes of same-sex marriage proponents when he said he planned to issue a directive to agency heads within 30 days. Comment

When Writing Reigned Supreme

When I first heard the title of Craig Seligman’s book “Sontag & Kael: Opposites Attract Me,” a smile broke across my face. So startling, so seemingly arbitrary was Seligman’s pairing, it smacked of genius. Comment

What’s Shame Got To Do With It?

Picture proto-queers fortifying themselves against the dangers of tearooms with occasional nips from ankle flasks of hooch. Gay men, I suspect, have always coupled sex and substance use. Certainly the organized community has been wringing its collective hands about that exigency since the advent of an organized community. Comment

Weekend Appetizer

His latest series, “Friday Night Stories” is a kind of readers theater in which a short story is presented with musical interludes from leading cabaret personalities. This fairly staid and formal description cannot effectively convey the entertainment value of the evenings. Comment

Stonewall Is a Tough Audience

At an April 28 appearance before the Stonewall Democratic Club, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political group, Snyder faced tough questioning about financial support she was receiving from a politically connected former New York City police officer with a history of inflammatory comments about gays and about her own record as a judge. Comment

Senate Vote on Amendment

The Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) will come up for debate and a vote—sort of—during the week of July 12. Comment

Repeated Summers of Love

By GUS SOLOMONS, JR. Comment

Reading Room

THU. JULY 8 Comment

R&B Legend in Summer Gig

In Las Vegas the telephone rang and rang and rang. On the fourth or fifth ring, Ruth Brown, also known as the Queen of Rhythm & Blues, once also known as The Girl With a Tear in Her Voice, picked up the phone, asked who was calling, and said, “Just a moment, let me turn the radio down.” Comment

PRIDE MONTH CLOSES IN QUEENS

In the picture to the left, Dromm and Baruch are pictured with Marshall and Deputy Borough Pres. Karen Koslowitz. Comment

Party Time in Boston

The day after then-California Gov. Gray Davis signed the state’s comprehensive gay domestic partnership legislation in a jubilant ceremony at San Francisco’s LGBT community center in September of last year, he stopped in the middle of the afternoon at the city’s Café Flor, a mainly gay outdoor café in San Francisco’s Castro District, to pose for pictures, talk to the television cameras, and appear with San Francisco’s gay assemblymember Mack Leno and an imported celebrity—the junior senator from North Carolina and presidential contender John Edwards. Comment

One Judge’s Free Speech Rights

Over two years after making remarks that gay and lesbian activists characterized as virulently homophobic, a Mississippi judge received word last week that the state high court had decided that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protected his speech. Comment

NEWSBRIEFS

A California judge, at the request of a murdered teen’s family, has posthumously recognized the gender of Gwen Araujo, 17, a transgendered female, who was born Eddie, a biological male. During the recently completed trial of three young men accused of killing her in late 2002, the defense attorneys went back and forth between referring to Gwen as he and she. The case ended in a mistrial last month when jurors could not settle on the first-degree murder charges they were considering. Comment

Muscular Installation of Emerging Artist

An afternoon at P.S.1 offers a panoramic view of the contemporary art landscape. Comment

Men in their Natural State

Photographer Michael Meads focuses his lens upon his own social circles, directed by his search for unembellished masculinity. In earlier work, Meads captured our attention with casual homoeroticism depicted in images of young Alabama men toting guns, drinking beer, and proudly posing before a Confederate flag. Comment

A Good Way to Start

Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, calls the Kerry-Edwards ticket “the most gay-supportive national ticket in American history.” Comment

Legal Briefs

In an unusual mix of bad news and good news, a three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal invalidated a procedure used by hundreds of lesbian couples in California to establish joint parental rights in donor insemination cases, but then went on to find that a lesbian co-parent could attempt to establish parental rights as a “presumptive father” under California’s Uniform Parentage Act. Comment

Is Neurosyphilis On the Rise?

As syphilis cases among gay and bisexual men grow across the nation, health officials in five cities and Puerto Rico are investigating whether neurosyphilis, a type of syphilis infection that affects the brain and spinal cord, is becoming more common. Comment

Forcing Love to Appear

Maturation is not so much the theme of “Denny Smith,” Glück’s luminous, aching recent collection of stories not out in paperback, as it is the landscape on which its theme plays out. Comment

No Second Act for Cheney’s Pulp

Email Mike Signorile at Mike@Signorile.com. 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 i Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died this past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 869 service members have died, 729 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far 5,394 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Classic Entrapment Upheld in Texas

In a case that has all the earmarks of entrapment, the Forth Worth division of the Texas Court of Appeals rejected Vann Dean Elkin’s appeal of the jury verdict in an indecent exposure case involve a plainclothes police officer in a Tarrant County public park. 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

Candy Darling

Bush sloganeering is the last thing one expects to hear from the mohawked Burmese beauty plucked from a North London dry cleaner as a teen to front a band that in a mere four albums traversed musical territory as diverse as spaghetti western twangs hung on Afro-Caribbean beats. Comment

Building a Base of Activist Voters

The great purse snatching—the growing income gap in the United States—is clearly mirrored in the way Congress conducts its business. The richer you are, the better the chance that members of Congress will adopt your policy preferences. The reliance incumbents have on campaign contributions is at the heart of the bias toward the wealthy that permeates American politics. Comment

Biting and Singing

Has there ever been a time when “The Threepenny Opera” hasn’t been relevant to a contemporary political situation? Comment

Another Federal Trans Win

Just one day after a federal appellate court in Cincinnati ruled that transgender discrimination might violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, a federal judge in Arizona, in an apparent coincidence, issued a similar ruling in a lawsuit against Maricopa County Community College. Comment

Agreeing to Disagree

An openly gay aide to a senior United States senator said that he is not surprised by the efforts of gay activists in the nation’s capital to publicly identify closeted colleagues who work for federal lawmakers who support amending the Constitution to permanently ban same-sex marriage. Comment

A Force of Nature

“He had to make his first entrance crying,” said the actress who’d witnessed it, “and that’s what he did, came out on stage in the midst of tears. Have you any idea how hard that is? It’s impossible.” Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

“Write Now, Songs By People Who Aren’t Dead,” performed by Mark Nadler, runs through July, Thursdays through Sundays at Opia, 130 E. 57th St. at 9 p.m. Call 212 688 3939 for reservations. $30 cover with $15 drink minimum. Comment

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