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Election Day Is Critical For Gay Partnerships

On November 2, voters in 11 states will vote on constitutional amendments that would deny same-sex couples the right to marry. But more alarmingly, the amendments in all but three of these states could potentially deny most types of recognition to same-sex couples, including domestic partnerships and civil unions. Comment

Dance Card

Merián Soto Dance & Performance (pictured) presents “La Máquina del Tiempo” (“The Time Machine”), a multi-media investigation of dance and music as conduits of cultural history. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W. 19th St. Tickets are $25 at 212-924-0077 or Oct. 20–23 and 27–30 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

ESPA Dinner A Family Affair

In years past, the fall dinner hosted by the Empire State Pride Agenda, the state’s gay lobbying group, has attracted the heaviest hitters in the political world, including Bill Clinton and Al Gore, both of them while still in office. Comment

‘Fish’ Without a Cause

“Fish Without a Bicycle” shows us the romantic woes of Juliana (Jenna Mattison), an aspiring actress, as she goes from a “perfect” relationship with a man she doesn’t love to a fling with her director, Michael (Bryan Callen), and then on to living with her best friend Vicky (Jennifer Blanc). Comment

G.O.P. Gays Sue Military

The Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), the nation’s largest gay Republican group, has filed suit on behalf of its members in the U.S. military, seeking to overturn the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevents gay people from serving openly in the armed forces. Comment

For Those Finally Entering the Kitchen

International recipes will break your habit of reaching for the take-out menus We also publish: […] Comment

Crashing Bush’s Party

Two weeks after Vice President Dick Cheney responded that he did not know about the growing number of HIV infections among the nation’s African-American women, AIDS activists from New York stormed the national headquarters of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Arlington, Virginia, in a bold protest that sought to underscore their message that the administration has willfully ignored the AIDS crisis. Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died this past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 1, 102 service members have died, 961 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 8,016 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Aimed at Nixon, Fits Bush

THE CHAIRMAN: [J. Parnell Thomas, R-N.J.]: Any real American would be proud to answer the question, “Are you, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” — any REAL American! Comment

AIDS Housing Solutions Prove Elusive

Number 714 is a small shoebox of a room—about seven feet long and four feet wide—with just enough of a walkway between the twin-sized bed on the left and the chair and two desks on the right to allow a person to get to the window for some sunlight. Comment

Back In the USSA

Scene: The White House, last June. George W. Bush paces nervously around the Oval Office. He sits at his desk, sticks his finger contemplatively into a mechanical pencil sharpener, then, as he is about to turn the crank, thinks better of it. Instead, he folds his hands together, and looks heavenward. Comment

Bloomberg to Gay Couples: Drop Dead

Mayor Michael Bloomberg refuses to enforce the city’s new Equal Benefits Law, due to go into effect October 26, despite his failure to obtain a preliminary injunction to block the law’s implementation. Comment

Churches In the Schools

With strobe lights flashing, three zealous parishioners competed in a game of “who can hold a box over his head the longest” while a Christian rock band reminiscent of the not-so-Christian White Stripes blasted through a squeaky-clean version of the reggae classic, “I Can See Clearly Now”—in the auditorium of PS 89 in Battery Park City. Comment

Brave New World

Ralph Lemon brings his cultural exploration back home, to the American South We also publish: […] Comment

Half the Story on an American Form

For those who know little or nothing about musicals, a quintessentially American entertainment form, “Broadway: The American Musical,” a consistently entertaining documentary currently on PBS, is a suitable primer, but one that might not impress those with more entertainment knowledge, particularly considering the glaring gaps in coverage. Comment

It’s Never Time to Leave

Maggie and Patty are sisters, handsome women of intelligence. Maggie is in her 60s, Patty a dozen years younger––and after Patty’s absence from New York, during which interval 9/11 and a couple of wars have happened, they’re sitting together at a table in the restaurant near the river on Tribeca’s Desbrosses Street that’s been Maggie’s favorite for years. Comment

Spacious Skies or Racist Lies?

Sometimes the curatorial investigations that go into framing an exhibition bog down or crowd out otherwise interesting ideas that might have arisen quite naturally from the curator’s choices. Comment

Reaching Out to Younger Gays

Roughly 100 people turned out for the fifth in a series of town hall meetings on gay men, drugs and HIV with this latest event focusing on young men and safe sex practices. Comment

Synthetic and Natural

Lydia Dona, an artist who is well known nationally and internationally, is showing a new body of paintings created over the last two years at the Michael Steinberg Gallery in Chelsea. Comment

The Candidate and the Dyke

The discussions about John Kerry using the “L-word” in the third presidential debate last week have entered their third reverberation in America’s media cycle. Comment

Youths Demand Safe Space on Pier

It rained on the FIERCE! parade last Saturday, but that didn’t stop about 100 queer and transgendered youth and their allies from marching and chanting with banners flying from Christopher Park in Sheridan Square to Weehawken Street just off the Greenwich Village waterfront. Comment

When Dresses Are Bigger than Houses

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Punk Trio Offers Sophomore Album

Electronic feminist punk trio Le Tigre has caused some buzz by sampling sneak peeks of their just released CD, “This Island.” Comment

Out in the Record Business

“It shouldn’t be a badge,” huffed Justin Tranter, an emerging musician out of breath after jumping while he screamed and growled into the microphone on stage in a corner of the cavernous Union Square Virgin Mega-store. His right eye smeared with pink makeup, the same color of the ragged pink shirttail falling short of his navel, revealing tight Calvin Klein underwear, Tranter looked out over the hundred or so cheering fans and proclaimed, “We shouldn’t be labeled gay artists, and it shouldn’t be a selling point for our music. Why can’t we just be songwriters who happen to be gay?” Comment

There’s Something About Mary

I have to admit, first, to having been surprised at how much a stir John Kerry’s mention of Mary Cheney ended up creating. Comment

Japanese Savior and Survivors

Senpo Sugihara and Kenji Ima never met. One was a little American boy and one was a grown Japanese man, with an Atlantic Ocean and a continent in between them, but there was one thing they had in common. It was called World War II. Comment

Lovehorn’s Timeless Hue and Cry

The woman must gargle with razor blades. She yells like Janis, reaches the ungodly heights and punky vibrato of Pat Benatar, and growls like Joan Jett. Emerging rock star L.P. – that’s her name, just the initials – brought her band and her power vocals recently to Southpaw in Park Slope. The show evoked the rare magic that happens when artist and venue fuse to create a pure grassroots rock experience. Comment

New Jersey is Failing to Save Lives

Screaming might help, if it were a cry of pain heard all over New Jersey. Comment

News Briefs

Anglicans Continue Split Over Gay Issues Comment

Administration Resists Specific Bias Language

Top Bush appointee claims gays already protected regarding conduct unrelated to work We also publish: […] Comment

A Colorless Court

From every appearance, with the casting of Peter Dinklage as Shakespeare’s most conniving king in “Richard III,” director Peter DuBois figured his job was done. In fact, with the exception of some of Mr. Dinklage’s performance, the entire production is lackluster and careless, giving the impression of having been thrown together at the last minute. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Free Film Fest Comment

Churches In the Schools

With strobe lights flashing, three zealous parishioners competed in a game of “who can hold a box over his head the longest” while a Christian rock band reminiscent of the not-so-Christian White Stripes blasted through a squeaky-clean version of the reggae classic, “I Can See Clearly Now”—in the auditorium of PS 89 in Battery Park City. Comments (1)

Debating Outing as a Political Tool

After more than an hour of talk about outing during a panel discussion about the practice of exposing closeted homosexuals, one audience member asked the evening’s most pointed questions. “How does this further us?” she asked during the October 12 event held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. “What does this do for us? I wonder if we use it as a point of attack are we saying that [being gay] is a bad thing?” Comment

Dance Card

The award-winning Hungarian performance group Artus Company, under the artistic direction of Gábor Goda, brings its fusion of dance, physical theater and visual art to The Kitchen for the U.S. premiere of “Cain’s Hat.” There is already a lot of hype for this company; expect this to be one of the most talked about performances of the season. The Kitchen, 512 W 19th St. Tickets are $20/$16 for students and seniors at 212-255-5793, ex. 11 or Oct. 20–23 at 8 p.m. Comment


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Lawmakers Demand Watchdog Resigns

At a press conference held on Wednesday, October 6, two Democrats, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York Democrat, and Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who is gay, called on President George W. Bush to “take the necessary action” against Scott Bloch, director of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), over what they claim is Bloch’s refusal to implement a longstanding employment policy of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation. The two congressmen raised the issue in a letter that they, along with Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, who is a lesbian, and California Democrats Henry Waxman and George Miller, have sent to the White House. Comment

Lesbian Teacher Loses Tenure

A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, ruled on October 5 that the Dearborn, Michigan, public school system did not violate the constitutional rights of Laura Flaskamp, a lesbian who had been a physical education instructor at Fordson High School, when she was denied tenure after a former student’s mother complained about the relationship between Flaskamp and her daughter, referred to as Jane Doe in the court’s opinion. Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died this past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 1, 081 service members have died, 940 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 7, 862 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Ibsen’s Eternal, Flawed Pre-Feminist

Sometimes even the bleakest drama can be a joyful experience. That’s certainly the case with the production of “Hedda Gabler” now at New York Theatre Workshop. The production is graphic and emotionally raw, but so courageous and consistent in its design, direction and acting choices that it makes Ibsen’s classic play seem like a contemporary indictment of our heartless, self-obsessed culture. Comment

A Young Man’s Confusion

Albert Innaurato scored a resounding late 70s success first off and then on Broadway with “Gemini.” Other plays, such as “The Transformation of Benno Blimpie,” “Passione” and, with Christopher Durang, “The Idiots Karamazov” have punctuated an eminent career as screenwriter, lecturer, teacher, widely published cultural critic and operatic Internet scourge. Comment

An Abortionist’s Tale

Mike Leigh comes up with his finest film yet in this story set in post-Word War II London. Vera (Imelda Staunton) is a housemaid with a loving blue-collar husband (Philip Davis), and two grown children, mousily shy Ethel (Alex Kelly) and breezily confident Sid (Daniel Mays), a tailor. Comment

A Community’s Taboo Illness

On the evening of October 11, at a National Coming Out Day event at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, gay men stepped up in public to share their very personal struggles with depression and demonstrated how coming out poses challenges beyond sexual expression. Comment

A Spanish Master Has His Day

It was Pedro Almodóvar week in Manhattan, with his film, “Bad Education,” playing at the New York Film Festival, which also presented a retrospective event, “Viva Pedro!” on October 7. Comment

Ark. Marriage Amendment Proceeds

On October 7, by a vote of 5-2, the Arkansas Supreme Court refused to block a proposed amendment banning same-sex marriage from appearing on the state’s ballot on November 2. The ruling, to which two justices dissented, rejected the argument that the text approved by the attorney general, Mike Beebe, to appear on the ballot was misleading and insufficiently informative. Comment

The End of the Closet

In the wake of several high profile outings of prominent conservatives—including reports that that led Virginia Republican Rep. Ed Shrock to announce he would not seek re-election and that put California Rep. David Dreier on the defensive against his Democratic opponent, Cynthia Matthews, an out lesbian—the city’s queer Democratic clubs hosted a town hall meeting this week to explore how our community discusses the sexual lives of public figures. Comment

Chill of A Winter’s Journey

Carnegie Hall plays host to recital of Schubert’s final, mournful song cycle The history of contemporary “Winterreise” performance is generally associated with a legacy of baritone recordings […] Comment

Meditation Prompted by Live Feeds

On September 11, 2001, I found myself on the streets of New York City, like everyone here, in a state of shock after witnessing the Twin Towers’ collapse. I roamed about in Chelsea and found myself at the doors of the Postmasters Gallery and had my first introduction to the work of Wolfgang Staehle. Comment

The Last Wave

Stephen Page is Australian but his story reads like the American dream. Comment

The FCC and Self-Censorship

National distributor of ‘In the Life’ warns PBS stations about content concerns We also publish: […] Comment

The Supreme Court is At Stake on November 2

More than 60 years ago, my parents came to America because of a dream they had for their children. They wanted us to grow up in a country where we could live freely and where we would be treated equally under the law. Comment

Vibrant, Elegant and Reachable

There are six paintings, one pencil drawing and one watercolor and pencil drawing in an exhibition of works from the last 15 years of Giorgio Morandi’s life. In “Natura Morta,” (1955), one notices a slight crookedness on the right side of the stretcher. The canvas is stretched over some old, uneven wood with a slight chasm in between it and the edge of the frame of the painting. This might not mean so much in another painter’s work, but one’s observing consciousness always heightens when looking at Morandi. Comment

What’s In a Name?

Earlier this year, Sylvia Guerrero—mother of slain transgender teen Gwen Araujo—and her attorneys at the Transgender Law Center, announced that Ms. Guerrero’s request to legally change her daughter’s name had been granted by the California courts. Comment

Vigorous Start for San Francisco Oera

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Space Cowboys on a Footloose Frontier

When I spied all those booster seats and sugar-charged kiddies playing patty-cake in the aisles, my instinct was to flee. But here I was, after all, at the New Victory Theater, famed pioneer of exceptional family-friendly fare and the 42nd Street renaissance just a decade ago, and on tonight’s bill was “Plan B,” an experimental “theatrical spectacle” that promised to redefine physical theater. So I gingerly took my seat. Comment

Sexually Frank or Just Shockingly Wrong?

Viewers unfamiliar with the work of director Catherine Breillat (“A Real Young Girl,” “Virgin,” “Romance” and “Fat Girl,”) may be unprepared for what is in store in her latest film, “Anatomy of Hell.” Comment

Mozart’s Cagey Love Ditty

The Metropolitan Opera’s rudderless revival of “Die Walküre” and a sparkling new production of “Die Zauberflöte” demonstrated last week just how important a role the stage director plays in operatic productions. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Public Health Forum Comment

National Marriage Ride

This Columbus Day, October 11, Washington, D.C. was the final stop for the Marriage Equality Caravan’s ten-city tour that began a week earlier in Oakland, California. Comment

News Briefs

Boyfriend Shoots Trans Woman Comment

PFLAG Celebrates 30 Years

At a time when some politicians are trying to win votes by defining gay people out of the American family, the New York City chapter of the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays plans an advertising campaign on how prominent non-gay people love their gay and lesbian relatives. Comment

Ohio Lesbians Fight Custody Suit

A unanimous Ohio appeals court ruled on October 11 that a lower level family court must reconsider a petition from a lesbian couple for a shared custody arrangement. Comment

Major Gay Marriage Gain in N.Y.

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, in a decision that lends substantial heft to the battle for same-sex marriage rights in this state, released a letter Wednesday saying that for purposes of state employee pension benefits, his office and the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) will recognize gay and lesbian marriages sanctioned in Canada. Comment


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