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HRC Embraces Transgender Rights

On August 7, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a national lobby for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, reversed its prior stance and announced it would support the main piece of congressional legislation addressing the needs of LGBT Americans only if the bill included protections for transgender people. The legislation, known as the Employment and Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), has lingered in Congress without significant consideration for years. Officials at the Washington-based HRC announced their policy change after meeting with several transgender leaders during an annual board meeting. Comment

From Ellen Terry to John Gielgud

Photographic collection chronicles a British acting dynasty linked to George Bernard Shaw We also publish: […] Comment

FRINGE FESTIVAL OPENS THIS FRIDAY

“Defying Convention.” That’s the official theme of this year’s New York International Fringe Festival, the annual downtown avant-garde theatrical extravaganza. Sounds a tad obvious, no? Yet according to Elena K. Holy, producing artistic director for FringeNYC since its inception eight years ago, the theme harbors at least one extra layer of meaning. Comment

Lackluster Bounce from Lackluster Speech

In the several weeks since the end of the Democratic National Convention, there has been ample time to analyze why Sen. John Kerry received such a small bounce after his acceptance speech. Comment

Latest Celebrity Tell Ducks the All

Luther Vandross might be gay, but his biographer can’t acknowledge that We also publish: […] Comment

LESBIAN MOM WINS SECOND CHANCE

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals handed a preliminary victory to Rachel Dickens in her battle for primary physical custody of her son, identified in court papers as RLG. 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. Thi Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

July 22-August 4, 2004 Comment

A Director Spoofs His Id

With three film releases in the past two years, Guy Maddin has taken a step out of the obscurity he endured during the 1990s after his disastrous “Twilight Of The Ice Nymphs.” Earlier this year, he published “From The Atelier Tovar,” a collection of diary entries, news articles and screenplay treatments. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Inspector Pansy Comment

An Advocate Explains His Cause

Evan Wolfson provides the tools for all of us to pitch in on the fight for marriage We also publish: […] Comment

Boston High Tea Party

Gay delegates in Boston blast House leader for recent loss We also publish: […] Comment

Cinemascope

GOZU 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 […] Comment

McGreevy: “I am a gay American.”

In the days after New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevy, a Democrat, made a resignation speech that contained the stunning declaration, “I am a gay American,” new details have begun to emerge about his sexual affair with a former male aide while state Republican leaders have called on the governor to immediately step down from office, not in November as McGreevy plans. “It is my suspicion that there will be more awkward stories in the days and weeks to come - stories that will make it very difficult for him to carry out the duties of his office,” said state Republican Chairman Joe Kyrillos. Comment

Lessons from the Sensual East End

Hamptons and North Fork artists offer art for summer’s waning days We also publish: […] Comment

Make Your Effort Count

In unprecedented numbers this year, Americans—including, specifically, members of the queer community—are expressing eagerness to get involved in the political process in what almost everyone agrees will be a milestone presidential election. Comment

The Mellowing of Mark Morris

Dance’s infamous bad boy settles down on East Side and in Brooklyn We also publish: […] Comment

Storytime

An incisive look at how our reality is shaped by what we believe We also publish: […] Comment

Show Me The Homophobia

Some conservatives were quick to claim credit for the victory last week in which Missouri voters overwhelming approved a state consitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Comment

Two if by sea

We took to the streets of Philadelphia for the city’s International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, where LEE DANIELS, the gay producer of “Monster’s Ball” fame, was bestowed an Artistic Achievement award. After a series of clips from his films—including December’s child molester drama “The Woodsman,” and his just-shot directorial debut “Shadowboxer” (starring CUBA GOODING JR. and HELEN MIRREN), Daniels announced that he would be producing “Ladies Night.” Comment

Village Voice Fires Richard Goldstein

Richard Goldstein, an editor at the Village Voice since 1974 who was responsible for creating the newspaper’s first Queer Issue during gay pride week in 1979, has left the weekly newspaper effective August 2. Comment

Women Take the Spotlight

Take stock of some of the summer’s best productions We also publish: […] Comment

Viva Visconti

Luchino Visconti (1906-76) was not only one of the world’s great film directors, he was the ultimate human conundrum. An aristocrat—a Milanese count descended from Charlemagne—he was also a committed, life-long Communist, of whom his detractors would scoff, “He votes left but lives right.” Comment

Reading Room

Sat. Aug. 14 Comment

Protesters Again Demand Central Park

On August 10, organizers for United for Peace and Justice, the group planning a massive rally for the day before the start of the Republican National Convention, announced that they had filed yet again for a permit for their original preferred site, Central Park. Comment

Limits on State Gay Rights Law

A federal appeals court in Boston, in a ruling pointing up the limits of the protection afforded by state gay rights laws, has ruled that a gay discrimination claim filed with a Massachusetts state agency against a labor union and its members may have to be stopped because of federal labor relations law. Comment

Living with AIDS, Fearing Deportation

A federal court of appeals has ruled that a Minnesota woman, who is an Ethiopian refugee living with AIDS, does not qualify for political asylum. Comment

McGreevy: “I am a gay American.”

During his nationally televised speech on Thursday afternoon, Dina Matos, his wife of four years, and his parents at his side, McGreevey, 47, acknowledged he had an extra-marital affair with a man, without mentioning that the man was a former campaign aide and subordinate who first began working for McGreevey during his second, successful gubernatorial campaign in 2002. News reports subsequently identified the former employee as Golan Cepil, 35, an Israeli national, who first met McGreevey in 1999 when he traveled to Israel as the mayor of Woodbury. Comment

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New HIV Data Alters Picture

New data from the city health department may challenge widely held beliefs that new HIV infections are happening mostly among young men who have sex with men (MSM), most of them African Americans, and that HIV infections are increasing among gay and bisexual men. Comment

William McCarthy Dies at 68

Investment banker, organist led GMHC board for four years We also publish: […] Comment

Washington Gay Marriage Win

King County Superior Court Judge William L. Downing ruled on August 4 that the Washington State marriage law, which specifies that a valid marriage may take place only between one man and one woman, violates the rights of same-sex couples under two provisions of the state’s constitution, the due process clause and the privileges and immunities clause. Comment

Help Make History

In just a few weeks, two major events will take place in New York City. For the first time in its history, the Republican Party is bringing its national convention to the Big Apple. The Republicans have also scheduled their show as late in the election season as they possibly could, later than any other convention by either party has ever been held. Comment

Edgy Theater, With Air Conditioning

“Our adjudication process is nothing short of excruciating,” Holy said. “Teeth are gnashed, tears are shed. It’s really tough.” Comment

Decision Day on Trans Rights

This Saturday in Washington, D.C. the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a national lobby for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (L:GBT) community, holds its annual board meeting and faces a potentially decisive crossroads. Comment

Hook Ups and Health Tips

Manhunt.com offers health professionals free gateway to its online members We also publish: […] Comment

Joys in the Attic

In high school biology class, we would pith frogs and pin them to a board, then stimulate them with electrical charges of increasing intensity in order to observe their muscle movements. The frogs were essentially brain dead, and yet they moved in response to the stimuli as if they were alive. Though ghoulishly entertaining to a teenager, this experiment had little relevance to my real life or professional experience. That is, until I saw “The Frogs,” the new Stephen Sondheim, Nathan Lane, Susan Stroman musical at the Vivian Beaumont. Comment

Protecting the Lawrence Gains

The highly political Bush v. Gore ruling by the Supreme Court that resolved the contested 2000 presidential election should have provided all the warning any American needed about the critical importance of the president’s power to appoint federal judges. Comment

Kills More Innocents than Al Qaeda

After reading Greg Behrman’ book, “he Invisible People: How the U.S. Has Slept Through the Global AIDS Pandemic, the Greatest Humanitarian Catastrophe of Our Time,” I performed a quick survey of my Midwestern, politically middle-of-the-road family members. I asked them a simple question: What do you think the United States should do about the global AIDS pandemic? The responses I received ranged from “The global what?” to “I thought AIDS was over with,” to “Would you please shut up about global warming? It’s no hotter this summer than last summer.” 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. Thi Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

July 22-August 4, 2004 Comment

A Partnership of Ideals

The first joint museum exhibition for New York artists who are life partners, “Two Women: Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe,” opened at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art on June 26. Both artists, who have shown extensively in New York and been honored with many awards and grants, continue to push the limits of their art. Comment

Ala. D.A. Seeks Death Penalty

An Alabama prosecutor will seek the death penalty for three suspects accused in the grisly murder of Scottie Weaver, an 18-year-old gay man, whose mutilated and badly burned body was discovered on July 22, four days after being attacked in his home. Reached by telephone on July 30, David Whetstone, Baldwin County’s district attorney, said that even though the state’s hate crime law does not include a provision for sexual orientation, he would prosecute the defendants for murdering Weaver due to his sexual orientation. Comment

Autumn in New York

In most New York galleries, the end of July marks the close of the summer group shows. Conceived as a way to recapitulate or wind down the season, the quality of many of these shows has degenerated. Some simply raid art graduate schools, hoping to pluck their brightest and best. Others represent a more craven capitulation to curatorial avarice with blue-chip resale potential weighing heavily in the selection of the overall group mix. Comment

Black Pride Blooms This Weekend

This year’s Pride Month, in June, is fast becoming a distant memory for most New Yorkers, but another public festival celebrating gay and lesbian life is on the horizon. Comment

Cinemascope

GOZU 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 […] Comment

Canadian Gay Marriage May Be a Fact

Finding that decisions by three provincial courts of appeals, which the Canadian federal government has refused to appeal, have made a national precedent, Yukon Territory Supreme Court Justice Peter McIntyre ordered that a marriage license be issued to Stephen Dunbar and Robert Edge. Comment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

E-mail letters to: Editor@gaycitynews.com Comment

Lisa Lisa

There are only two cabaret artists who are currently performing and have their own playlists on my iPod, and Lisa Asher is one of them. Asher’s current show at The Duplex is a sensational evening, characterized by her remarkably versatile voice and ability to make every song a fully rendered dramatic experience. Comment

Reggae Homophobia

Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man has conditionally apologized if his lyrics have offended gay people. “It has come to my attention,” he said in a statement, “that certain lyrics and recordings I have made in the past may have caused distress and outrage among people whose identities and lifestyles are different from my own. While my lyrics are very personal, I do not write them with the intent of purposefully hurting or maligning others.” Comment

Reading Room

Sat. Aug. 7 Comment

PRIDE IN THE CITY

Thu., Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Comment

RIFT IN QUAKER GROUPS OVER GAYS

On July 30, the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, voted to withhold their $17,400 annual membership donation to the Friends United Meeting, an international Quaker organization, in protest of the larger organization’s anti-gay hiring policy. Comment

Taking Another Whack at Federal Sodomy Ruling

In a startling failure to follow the precedent established by the Supreme Court last year in Lawrence v. Texas, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, voted 2-1 to overrule a trial court’s decision that an Alabama law that makes it a crime to sell “sex toys” is unconstitutional. Comment

Thoughts on American Warfare

For a week, every morning, just as I was waking up, washing up, putting the coffee in the microwave, these notes, these fragments of music were running around, unidentified, in my head. Then bit-by-bit, some words started to come through, but idiot words… Comment

The Clothes Make the Memoirist

David Sedaris’ new collection is his latest autobiographical confession/expurgation We also publish: […] Comment

Pedophile Park Ban Upheld

A panel of 11 federal appeals judges voted 8-3 to reject a constitutional challenge to a lifetime ban on a convicted pedophile entering recreational facilities of the city of Lafayette, Indiana. The police chief there imposed the ban unilaterally after learning that the man, identified in court papers as Joe Doe, was watching teenagers playing in a city park while under treatment for his pedophilia. Comment

Out, Loud and Now

Finally, a lesbian rocker has come forward to give Joan Jett a run for her money. Bounding onto the stage at Southpaw in a white denim suit and black motorcycle boots, L.P. launched into one of the new tracks off her release, “Suburban Sprawl and Alcohol.” With a head full of brown baby-doll curls, upper lip curled into a sexy, sinister smile, L.P. channeled rock idol Jim Morrison as she kicked and crashed, hurling the mike stand around the stage to the screaming delight of a crowd of lesbian fans. Comment

Music and Missouri Make Democrats Stronger

The Grateful Dead, and its dedicated fans are still with us. I am back in town from a three-concert trip. With the death of Jerry Garcia, the band has transformed into a new group. The Dead play their familiar tunes, but with new musicians like guitarist and songwriter, Warren Haynes. Comment

Missouri Voters Ban Gay Marriage

On August 3, voters in Missouri approved a state constitutional amendment stating that “to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.” The amendment garnered the support of 71 percent of voters. Comment

Neuwirth’s Certainly Got Legs

The woman collapses to the floor, all but broken, when suddenly the harsh lights fade and a warm spotlight appears. Jenny walks into it, stepping out of her plain sack dress and into a black satin negligee. Grabbing an old-school 1940s microphone by the neck, she magically blossoms into the chanteuse we were all hoping she was. What emerges, in a night that casts a semi-jaundiced and sentimental eye on love, is the picture of a down-and-out Everywoman clinging to whatever shreds of glamour she can still muster. Comment

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Not the Bard of College Lit.

“Ah-gah-jew, ah-gah-jew. Ah-gah-jew-ewww-oooh.” Comment

No Business Like Showing It

All my life—well, ever since I was a much younger person—a line and a moment from an Andy Hardy movie has haunted me. Young Andy has come to try to make it in New York. He’s back on his uppers. It’s a tougher town than he could have imagined. He’s hungry, he’s broke, he’s exhausted, in fact he’s starving. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Love is the Message Comment

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