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Young Gay Man Brutally Killed

Stabbed, strangled and burned, 18-year-old Scottie Weaver was close friend to two suspects We also publish: […] Comment

Writing from the Heart

The stage direction says, “A child is heard practicing again on the piano in the distance. Twilight is beginning. LYD goes to the window. She seems very weak and tired. She turns and sees an imaginary person come in the screen door.” Comment

Trans Sleuth Makes Thriller Sizzle

The hypnotic Belgian film, “Transfixed” is notable not just for featuring a transgendered heroine named Bo (Robinson Stévenin), but for being an above-average thriller. Comment

The Role of Churches in HIV Prevention

As part of the recently passed 2004/05 budget, the City Council City Council awarded just over $500,000 in HIV prevention to 46 black and Latino faith communities and a similar amount to the Latino Commission on AIDS and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS to work with these particular faith communities. Comment

Taking Tinseltown Seriously

A documentary about Los Angeles latches onto our new appreciation of facts on film We also publish: […] Comment

Taking the Plunge on Lesbos

Lesbians bandy about the term “sapphic” far too easily, often with little thought to the legendary poet behind the colloquialism. Comment

Still Tilting at Race

Andre De Shields follows “Prymate” disappointment with Monkey trial turn We also publish: […] Comment

Renovated Noguchi Museum Opens

The Garden Museum of Isamu Noguchi is an aesthetic oasis designed around an indoor/outdoor space where the work of one of America’s most important sculptors is shown in the simple, elegant manner in which the artist saw fit. Comment

Reading Room

Thu. July 29 Comment

Raising The Roof

Even though COLIN FARRELL’s you-know-what shot was snipped, the premiere of “A Home at The End of the World” was standing-room only, producers Christine Vachon and Tom Hulce looking on from the side with pleased grins. In this touching film, a dimwitted pot smoker, a whoring homo with sleazy tastes and a fag hag move to Woodstock to form an untraditional family (and run a funky little café). Comment

Prodigious Output Hits a Snag

Ever since the 2001 American release of “Audition,” Japanese director Takashi Miike has rapidly found a cult following in the U.S. Oddly enough, that’s the only Miike film to receive much of a theatrical release. His audience seems to follow him mostly on video: one local store carries 20 Miike DVDs, half of them bootlegs or imports. The Sundance Channel frequently plays his films. Comment

PRIDE, HEALTH AWARENESS UNDER THE BRIDGE

More than 1,000 people turned out for the 14th annual Dominican/Latino LGBT Picnic and Health Fair this past Sunday, July 25 in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge in Washington Heights. Comment

Post-Op, Marriage Voided

In a curiously incomplete opinion, a three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal of Florida ruled on July 23 that the marriage of Michael J. Kantaras and Linda G. Kantaras was “void ab initio” because Michael, a transgendered man, was not “male” for purposes of Florida law at the time they married. Comment

Portraiture In Crisp Detail

Group shows abound in New York’s summer art scene. Comment

Politics or Protecting Marriage?

When 233 members of the House of Representatives voted on July 22 in favor of the Marriage Protection Act, H.R. 3313, they were voting on a significantly different version of the bill than that introduced last October and analyzed in Gay City News last week. Comment

Opera Muffa, or Ride My Valkyrie

Gay men think they know about opera. Tee hee. They don’t know about lesbian opera, which has long been, like lesbians themselves, invisible. I just happen to have a scenario for a lesbian grand opera here. Although it was written by and for lesbians, you can tell it is Art because it simply reeks of timelessness. Also, it is chock full of tragic splendor. Regardez. Comment

Notorious H.R.C.

Men arrive at Margaret Cho concerts wearing homemade “Ass Master” T-shirts—tributes to the comedienne’s riff on her immigrant mother puzzling over the gay porn at the family’s Castro Street newsstand. Cho’s comedy includes a reenactment of being fisted by a short, butch dyke at an S&M club. Comment

NEWSBRIEFS

NEWS Comment

Mr. Lee’s Convenient Lesbians

The urge for motherhood drowned out by a black morality tale We also publish: […] Comment

Minister: Gay Marriage Worse Than Terrorism

Fundamentalists rally on City Hall steps to drum up support against marriage equality We also publish: […] Comment

Meth Arrests Growing in NYC

In an indication of law enforcement’s growing attention to crystal meth, the state’s Office of Special Narcotics has seen an increase in the number of meth cases it is prosecuting going from three last year to eight so far in 2004. Comment

Mayor Vetoes Bullying Measure

In a letter dated July 20, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg vetoed legislation passed by the City Council aimed at protecting students and staff in New York City schools from bullying and harassment on the basis of multiple criteria, including gender identity, race and sexual orientation. Comment

Let’s Get Visible

More than 250 delegates to this week’s Democratic National Convention, just under six percent of the total, identified themselves as gay, lesbian or transgendered. Comment

House Vote Bars DOMA Court Reveiw

One week after the Senate defeated an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, the House of Representatives passed, in a 233 to 194 vote, H.R. 3313, the Marriage Protection Act (MPA). Comment

Florida Adoption Ban Upheld, Narrowly

By the narrowest possible margin, the twelve active judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, have voted against reconsidering a three-judge panel’s January 28 decision rejecting a constitutional equal protection challenge to a Florida statute that makes “practicing homosexuals” ineligible to adopt children in that state. Comment

DANCING ON THE BEACH

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. Comment

Council Finds $8.7 Million for HIV

After three years of repeated battles between the City Council and two mayors over a $5 million allocation for HIV prevention work in communities of color, the City Council spent $8.7 million on that initiative in the current fiscal year and divided roughly a half million of those dollars among 40 churches and other religious groups. Comment

Cinemascope

BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE Rick McKay’s movie is the heart-stopping two-hour documentary “Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There.” If you think I’m kidding about your heart skipping a beat or two, just wait until there suddenly jumps out at you from the screen a little touch of Julie Harris in “The Member of the Wedding” (1951-52), of Kim Stanley in “Bus Stop” (1955), of Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy in “Streetcar” (1947), of Gwen Verdon, of “West Side Story,” and of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” City Cinemas Village East, City Cinemas Sutton I 7 II. (J. Tallmer) Comment

A Very Cautious Convention

Gay rights advocates have spent the primary season parsing every word spoken by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry for signals about his leanings on a variety of nuanced gay rights issues. Sometimes, they haven’t liked what they gleaned. Comment

A Son Named Danny

Being called Danny in an Irish American family is a bit of a set up, and if you’re a pretty gorgeous looking little guy and it’s as if lullabies were written to be sung to your ears alone, then in a way you’re in for it, kid. Comment

Argentine Master Opens Summer Run

World stage veteran, charismatic Julio Bocca brings his company to the Joyce We also publish: […] Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Caramo or International Music Festival Comment

What to Do in A Terrorist Attack

Should our fears be realized and terrorists attack New York one more time, there are non-paranoid preparations that may be helpful. In the immediate aftermath, government will focus on maintaining or restoring public services, so we should be prepared to remain self-sufficient. Comment

West Street Antiwar Rally Site Settled

United for Peace & Justice reluctantly accepts city’s final offer on GOP convention protest We also publish: […] Comment

Voices of SummerS

CLASSIC MUSIC/REVIEW Comment

TRANS POLITICS ON LONG ISLAND

The Trans Advocacy Network held a town hall meeting for the transgender community on July 14 at the Long Island Gay And Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) center in Bay Shore. The event was co-sponsored by LIGALY, the East End Gay Organization (EEGO), FemmeFever, Long Island Fem Expression, Long Island Trans Experience (LITE), the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA). At the event (from left to right) were Tom Kirdahy (EEGO), Pauline Park (NYAGRA), Sue Langer (NYAGRA), Donna Riley (LITE), Robert Vitelli (LIGALY), and Chris Cormier (the Empire State Pride Agenda). Comment

Too Much Cary Grant?

“Touch of Pink,” the latest multi-culti gay entry, is nothing if not funny We also publish: […] Comment

Tooling Up for November

On Saturday, July 17, Gerard Cabrera, an attorney at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and Jose Jorge, a community organizer for the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), arrived at a housing project on West 115th Street in Harlem with a daunting task ahead of them. Comment

The Girlie Man Can

Just after California’s new Republican governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the midst of stalled budget negotiations, hurled his “girlie man” jibe at the state’s Democrats, his mouth twisted into an odd worried sort of smile, and his head went back like a barroom pugilist’s. If a chin can swagger, his did: Did they get it? Did I go too far? Bring it on! Comment

The Cost of Being a Cop

A book explores how female police officers fight crime in Baton Rouge We also publish: […] Comment

Teen Killed In Village Dispute

A man stabbed a Bronx teenager to death in the West Village early in the morning of July 16 after the victim went to the aid of three transgendered women who were being harrassed. Comment

Sparks Fly

The Human Rights Campaign hears from a transgender activist they honored The cavernous hall on the third floor of San Francisco’s shining new Moscone Convention Center expansion was emptying out […] Comment

Rock On

There was a time when Off-Off Broadway was a hotbed of politically motivated, risk-taking theatrics. From the 1960s forward, small theater companies were dedicated to challenging the established theatrical structures and delivering social criticism spiced with a healthy dose of irony and satire. Celebrated playwrights such as Terrence McNally and Israel Horowitz got their start in the Off-Off Broadway movement and defined for a generation the power and potential of theater outside the mainstream. Comment

Respite from Downtown Heat

The Jewish Museum exhibits series of Modigliani’s influential portraits We also publish: […] Comment

Reading Room

THU. JULY 22 Comment

Playing in Traffic

Monologist Greg Walloch’s show at Sweet Rhythm and at HOT! The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture mixes storytelling with humor, and is a remarkable odyssey through Walloch’s experiences as a gay man with cerebral palsy. Comment

NEWSBRIEFS

NEWS Comment

National Democratic Party is Trans-Inclusive

I am a member of the Democratic Party’s Standing Committee on the Platform. I am also the person who sponsored the only amendment to include transgender people in that document. I would like to offer my perspective on what happened at the Platform Committee meeting on July 10, 2004. Comment

Stupid, Dirty Girlie Men

It’s a demeaning debate all the way around that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashed last week when he struck out in frustration at his Democratic adversaries in the Legislature in Sacramento, calling them “girlie men.” Comment

Kyle’s Cary-Onsk

FILM/REVIEW Comment

Kiss Me, I’m A Republican

Sharpen your number two pencils, faithful readers. It’s time for a midsummer pop quiz. Comment

House GOP Now Takes a Crack

In the wake of the Senate’s defeat of the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA), Republicans in the House of Representatives have this week taken up a new measure to prevent the federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Comment

Hardcore But Often Hidden Horror

When a film stops making sense, it can get scary from that as much as from its thrills. Comment

Gays Organize for GOP Convention

While most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups are taking a pass on mounting protests at the Republican National Convention in New York next month as they pursue other priorities, a grassroots group that has dubbed itself “Gays Against Bush” has embarked on building a gay and lesbian presence in some of the larger demonstrations planned around town when the G.O.P. arrives. Comment

Dubious GOP Marriage Bill

Republican congressional leaders, after suffering a losing vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) in the Senate, reverted to alternative legislative strategy on July 14, pushing through a proposed “Marriage Protection Act” in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill is expected to win approval on the floor of the House during the week of July 19. 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

VOLUME 3, ISSUE 330 | July 22 - 28, 2004 Curtain Call We also publish: […] Comment

Color, Time, and Space

Building from Formalism, Yeardley Leonard lends modernist eye to architectural landscape “In the Garden” (2004), an acrylic on canvas, juxtaposes citric yellows with powder blue squares which […] Comment

Cinemascope

BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE Rick McKay’s movie is the heart-stopping two-hour documentary “Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There.” If you think I’m kidding about your heart skipping a beat or two, just wait until there suddenly jumps out at you from the screen a little touch of Julie Harris in “The Member of the Wedding” (1951-52), of Kim Stanley in “Bus Stop” (1955), of Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy in “Streetcar” (1947), of Gwen Verdon, of “West Side Story,” and of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” City Cinemas Village East, City Cinemas Sutton I 7 II. (J. Tallmer) Comment

China at the Crossroads

Beijing is a sprawling capital of ancient wonders and unrivaled change We also publish: […] Comment

Bastille Day Party

In what has become an annual ritual, restaurateur and activist Florent Morellet, owner of the eatery of the same name, hosted a July 14 Bastille Day party of liberation. Morellet (right) presented himelf as Ms. Highline, in keeping with his public planning avocation, in this case a flamboyant demonstration of support for converting an old rail line into an urban park. Comment

A Place of Our Own

If one recent sunny morning, you happened to find yourself in Riverbank State Park, across Riverside Drive and facing the Hudson atop the sewage plant at 145 Street, you might have observed a large man, resembling a fullback sitting on a bench and reading his way through a stack of manuscripts. Comment

An Earful in Spain

During one of my undergraduate years, I lived with a family in Santiago, Chile, learning Spanish and studying. Six years later, I found myself in another Santiago, the capital of Galicia, a northwestern region of Spain, visiting my sister who was completing her college year abroad. Comment

And Baby Makes Four

A second Michael Cunningham novel makes it to the big screen Like most love triangles, though, something has to give. Even though Bobby, Jonathan, and Claire come to occupy a house in the country together […] Comment

A Natural Gay Oasis

Palm Springs is a must-see in California, and summer offers bargains We also publish: […] Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

David Gurland and Randi Driscoll will take the stage at the LGBT Community Center to benefit the Center’s HIV/AIDS program and its AIDS Ride, “Braking the Cycle.” Gurland’s accolades include four MAC Awards and three Bistro Awards. In 1998 Driscoll wrote “What Matters” in response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. The second annual bike ride is scheduled for September 10-12 from Chesapeake Bay in Maryland to Manhattan. The Center hopes to attract 100 riders this year. 8 p.m. at 208 W. 13 St. Check brakingthecylce.org for ticket prices and more information. Comment

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