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First DOMA Challenge Rejected

In the first reported court decision regarding federal recognition of a Canadian same-sex marriage, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paul B. Snyder ruled on August 17 that principles of “comity” governing recognition of foreign marriages would not require the court to allow an American same-sex couple married in Canada to file a joint bankruptcy petition as spouses. 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 open Comment

Fringe Politics

This week, the troops, on both sides, descend for the Republican National Convention, an insidious extravaganza on the inside and, we must hope, improvisational, but satisfying, guerilla performance on the streets. Comment

Gay Anti-Bush Group Plans Convention Actions

Gays Against Bush, the ad hoc group organized to put together a gay-specific response to the Republican National Convention in New York, has settled on three actions to protest the anti-gay policies of the GOP. Comment

I Am My Own Brother

Ex-Mormon Steven Fales expounds on his own tragicomic one-man sensation We also publish: […] Comment

Harlem Extends Hand Boston Withdrew

David Noh: What are you doing in Provincetown? 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

America’s Caribbean Gulag

In October 2001, a young man named Jamal al-Harith—an Internet Web site designer in Manchester, England—went on vacation to Pakistan. Comment

A Lost Generation Colonial Queer

Monique Truong’s debut novel is narrated by Toklas’ and Stein’s gay chef We also publish: […] Comment

A Midtown Masquerade

This week, America’s attention will turn to New York City. Comment

A Striking Dissent

Roebling Hall’s “Bush League” is a political show featuring 16 artists who take big swipes at Pres. George W. Bush & company. The country is clearly polarized as rarely before, and New Yorkers have in large measure made their bet. This show is representative of much of the mood in this city. Comment

Cheney Splits from Bush on Gay Marriage

In seemingly unscripted moment, vice president speaks of lesbian daughter We also publish: […] Comment

Judge Throws Anti-Bush Demo Off Stride

Just four days before what is expected to be the largest protest march during the Republican National Convention, the anti-war group United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ) was turned back in its effort to challenge the legality of the city’s refusal to issue a permit for use of Central Park. Comment

Kerry: End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

U.S. Sen. John Kerry said he supports ending the ban on allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military after press reports suggested that a Pres. Kerry might not change that policy. Comment

Summer’s Waning  Trysts

In just a few weeks the fall art season will begin with exhibitions in Chelsea and elsewhere, culminating in the much anticipated November opening of the Museum of Modern Art renovation. Comment

Spit Curls, Buffed Nails

The crowd exploded when “Supermodel” Ru Paul took the stage. After performing several numbers, she reminisced, “When Wigstock started, we took all this for granted. In today’s political climate, you can’t take a damn thing for granted. So I want you to all go out and vote!” Comment

Taking the “Demon” out of RNC Demonstrators

Congratulations, newly recruited New York City Police Officer—you have been selected to keep the peace outside the Republican National Convention! This is a real “top-drawer” assignment, and a good opportunity to advance your career. But it is also demanding, and requires an ability to adhere steadfastly to your NYPD training. Comment

Thirty-Second Counter-Attack Man

Pacy Markman just might be the most important political operative whose name voters have never heard. Comment

Why I’m Staying to Greet the G.O.P.

When the Republicans come to town this weekend, I’ll be here to greet them. And I won’t be making nice. Comment

Why HIV Rates Aren’t Climbing

From 2000 to 2003, syphilis cases in New York City went from 117 to 531 and more than 95 percent of those cases were among gay and bisexual men. Comment

Slow Down the Rush to Reorganize Intelligence

Two different intelligence failures mar the wars against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Comment

Rejuvenating the Leftie Spiel

There are at least 250, 000 people reportedly headed this way, from all over, to express an opinion regarding the occupying power that takes over Manhattan for four days starting Monday. Comment

Making the Cut

On a recent summer night in Queens at P.S. 1, a capacity crowd turned out to hear the newest New York sensation, the Scissor Sisters. Despite the poor stage setup in the museum’s packed courtyard, the audience showed they were ready to get down to the group that is taking the charts by storm. Comment

The Whole World Is Watching

In late August 1968, as the Democratic National Convention met in Chicago, tens of thousands of protesters descended on that city to protest Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson’s prosecution of the war in Vietnam and the nomination of his surrogate, Vice Pres. Hubert Humphrey. Comment

Military Court Sidesteps Sodomy Challenge

Ruling on the appeal of a consensual sodomy conviction of an Air Force sergeant, the highest appeals court of the U.S. military found that the conduct in question was not protected by the Constitution. Comment

Mixed Reactions on McGreevey Continue

The nation’s first out gay governor elicits praise and denunciations We also publish: […] Comment

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Agitprop and Diversion

Political theater works best when it checks our parochial urge to be proved right We also publish: […] Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

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Dressing up Disclosures of Corruption

New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey tried his hardest to stay in the closet. After divorcing his first wife, he reassured voters who wanted him to be a family man by marrying a second time shortly before his second, and successful run for governor in 2001. Tourist ads this summer showed McGreevey and his wife on the Jersey shore. 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. Thi Comment

Fay Wray’s Century of Glamour

In real life, Fay Wray was ever so much more than the girl in King Kong’s paw atop the Empire State Building, an image that dogged her throughout her career. Comment

FRINGE FESTIVAL kicks into high, diverse gear

“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? Comment

Latino Film Festival Opens

Through August 23, the Third Annual LaCinemaFe Festival presents films by Latin American filmmakers, including a special retrospective on gay and lesbian themes. Comment

Golan Cipel Speaks Out

The man at the center of McGreevey scandal talks to press in his native Israel We also publish: […] Comment

Civil Disobedience in Nazi Berlin

As time slips away from the Second World War and into the 21st century, Nazi atrocities and their impact on the human victims continue to inspire filmmakers, who find ever new episodes of human tragedy and courage particular to those horrible years but pertinent to the ages. Comment

All Fall Down

In “After the Fall,” Arthur Miller writes about two of his favorite topics—egoism and sex. He wraps these subjects in a heavy-handed, even if partially obscured, metaphor that attempts to recast original sin—Man’s separation from God—as original selfishness—Man’s separation from what he wants, which is, more often than not in Miller’s world, sex. Comment

Adapting Evelyn Waugh

Obsolescence is a subject that’s bound to surface with source material that’s almost 75 years old. Evelyn Waugh penned his novel “Vile Bodies” in 1930, but set it in the future, famously ending the world to signal the party rushing to a close. When Stephen Fry adapted that novel into a screenplay for his directorial debut, “Bright Young Things,” he changed the period and compressed time so that the movie opens in the 20s and ends with World War II, yet the hard-living characters never age. Comment

A Narrow Ruling in California

State Supreme Court nixes San Francisco marriages, but makes no constitutional finding We also publish: […] Comment

Building Blocks Meet the Sky

“Have you been up to the roof garden at the Met? Oh, you should go. So and so and I went just the other night. It’s open late you know. There’s free music. And a bar.” 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

Gov. McGreevey Should Go, Quickly

A number of straight journalists told me that they were confused by the emotional high point of New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey’s resignation speech last Thursday in Trenton. Comment

Top Dogging in a Small Town

Teens plot revenge in a drama rife with adolescent rage and posturing We also publish: […] Comment

The Word Is Not the Thing

Ed Ruscha plainly confronts us with verbiage we have trouble digesting We also publish: […] Comment

What We Face at the Ballot Box

When Missouri voters approved a ballot measure restricting marriage to the union of one man and one woman on August 3, they were following the lead of the overwhelming majority of state legislators from both political parties. Comment

Where Hype Meets Hope

The annual New York Fringe Festival is in full swing, and half the fun is discovering which shows live up to the hype, and which are beyond hope. Comment

When a Gay Governor Asked For Help

Daniel Zingale was dropping his children off at his parent’s home on August 12 just as he does every day before work. As he stood in their kitchen at 7:00 in the morning, his cell phone rang and he stepped out on to the porch of his parent’s California home for an extraordinary 20-minute phone call. Comment

The Howl Is Sounded Again

Allen Ginsberg film figures prominently in a festival named for one of his poems We also publish: […] Comment

The Down Low Goes Down

A federal government researcher whose study on young gay and bisexual men has been cited in the mainstream press as evidence of the health threat posed by men on the down low said her work was not focused on those men and there is little evidence to support the view that these men threaten the health of others. Comment

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Murray Joins the Howl

Some folks look at the New York City of the 1980s through rose-colored glasses, remembering the rock explosion of the Lower East Side, but forgetting a landscape marred by crime, poverty and rapidly rising rates of AIDS deaths. Comment

Oregon Emerges As Key Marriage Battleground

With gay men and lesbians from coast to coast facing ballot initiatives that would enshrine bans on same-sex marriage in their state constitutions, Oregon has emerged as the place with the best chance of defeating such an amendment at the polls this fall, according to the community’s national political groups. Comment

Out of State, Out of Luck

A Massachusetts trial judge ruled on August 18 that out-of-state same-sex couples who are suing to marry in Massachusetts are unlikely to win their case, and thus not entitled to a preliminary injunction requiring the state to allow them to marry while their case is pending. In a companion ruling, the judge, Superior Court Justice Carol S. Ball, found that a lawsuit by a group of town clerks, who sued to be able to issue licenses to out-of-state couples, must be dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction by the court. Comment

Progress on Hospital Visitation for Gay Couples

While bigger gay news was being made in New Jersey and California last Thursday, the New York State Senate quietly and unanimously passed legislation allowing domestic partners to visit each other in public and private hospitals and nursing homes statewide. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

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