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Everything But ‘Lara’s Theme’

Social progress, never mind economic development, has been, to say the least, spotty in Russia in the years since the fall of the Soviet Union and its communist ideology. The halting advance of gay rights and gay culture has been particularly awkward despite the fact that homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993. Comment

Morality and Utter Cynicism

Just about right on cue, Al From, the founder of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, an important ally of candidate Bill Clinton in 1992, turned up in the pages of The New York Times on Wednesday lamenting the loss of the “values vote” by the Democrats this year. Comment

FDA Low Balls Bad News

In a move typically used to bury a news item, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent out a press release late last Friday afternoon alerting physicians to some bad news concerning some commonly used anti-HIV drugs. Comment


Last Friday evening, November 12, Gay Men of African Decent (GMAD) honored the legacy of its founder, Charles Angel, during its annual awards ceremony at the Brooklyn Museum of Art at Grand Army Plaza. Comment

Honoring the Contribution of Seniors

Dressed resplendently in evening wear, more than 300 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) seniors gathered at the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf Astoria on November 14 for the Ninth Annual SAGE Awards. Comment

Hollywood Trumps Arafat

The mainstream press has a habit of revealing its biases. We saw this in the endless stories about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the largely missing follow up pieces about how those stories came to be broadcast and published. Comment

Court Rules on S/M Consent

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a 16- to 29-year sentence for an Omaha florist convicted by a jury on five criminal counts for sadomasochistic acts committed in December 2001. Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

November 11-17, 2004 Comment

All For the Love of Looking

On the screen in the peepshow booth, a disembodied crotch was urinating in one bathroom after another, but some of the viewers were too busy groping each other to pay attention. Comment

A Gorgeous Tangle that Tires

This incredibly tangled narrative really begins with two young boys, Enrique and Ignacio, who fall in love in a Spanish Catholic school, in the repressive Franco-era 1960s. Ignacio is continually harassed by Father Manolo, who is passionately obsessed with the boy. Years later, in 1980, Enrique (Fele Martinez), now a famous movie director––read Almodóvar––looking for film subjects, is visited by Ignacio (Gael Garcia Bernal), now an aspiring actor, with a story, his story, to offer. His screenplay, and the film Enrique decides to make of it, is his revenge against Manolo, who has left the church to marry and raise a family of his own. Comment

A Man For Our Season of Discontent

Bill Condon’s “Kinsey,” starring Liam Neeson as pioneering American sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey, is first and foremost a damned good movie. Comment

A Very Golden Hart

“I don’t have Picassos or Matisses, but I do have George Gershwins and Irving Berlins,” Kitty Carlisle Hart said, as she ushered me into her opulent East Side apartment. And, sure enough, lining her hallway “gallery” are oil paintings by these masters of American music. Comment

Brewed Before its Time

The first time composer and arranger Paul Buckmaster heard it—that music—it was “so intense I thought I was going to climb the walls and the ceiling. Some kind of future music.” Comment

Bloomberg Follows Hevesi’s Lead

In an announcement made public as Gay City News was going to press, Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that New York City’s five public pension funds will recognize the spouses and partners of same-sex marriages sanctioned in other jurisdictions and of Vermont civil unions as though they are legal spouses. Comment


November 11, 2004 Comment

Madrid’s Humane Approach to Homeless Drug Users

The sight of the homeless people of Madrid would be familiar to New Yorkers. Comment

Truth Or Consequences

Feminism, conformity, phoniness, performance both versus and as reality. Comment

The Queen of Salsa Remembered Lovingly

When Celia Cruz died on July 16, 2003 at the age of 78, she was accorded two state-like funerals, each one befitting royalty. For Latinos and many who are not Latino, Cruz was the peerless and beloved “Queen of Salsa.” Comment

Turning to a Full Spectrum

Susan Breen, in her third solo show at Woodward Gallery, takes a giant step away from her almost trademarked limitation on color. Her rich oily blacks of prior years here give way to visions of scarlet, celery green, coral and celestial blue. Comment

U.K. Grants Gay Couples Equal Rights

The United Kingdom’s civil partnership legislation cleared its final hurdle in Parliament on November 17 when the House of Lords defeated a “wrecking” amendment to the bill by a vote of 251 to 136. Comment

Without You, I’m Nothing

A group of playwrights and artists gathered at the Spike Gallery on West 20th Street, facing the Chelsea Piers, on the evening of November 15 for “The Art of Collaboration,” a panel discussion on the challenges and rewards of working as a team. Comment

Violence of Another Sort

Since 1998, Eve Ensler, playwright of “The Vagina Monologues” and founder of the V-Day movement to end violence against women, has worked hard to make women feel comfortable with their vaginas. Comment

The Desolation Power Yields

In Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet “VIII,” there are no happy endings. Instead of taking an abstract idea and using dance to piece it together, this unusual ballet expands on historical reality. Like a Sondheim song, its finest quality lay not in the intricate structures, but in how the dancing revealed character insights. Comment

Stopping the Violence

In an extraordinary effort to combat violence against women and girls, Eve Ensler, the Obie Award-winning playwright, has for several years promoted a global effort, dubbed “V-Day,” a frank reference to the female genitalia featured in the title of her popular Broadway play, “The Vagina Monologues.” That public awareness campaign will be given a huge boost this week by one of New York’s most popular retailers. Comment

Our Lady of Moral Value

Since opposition to gay marriage has suddenly become an essential Moral Value, and voters’ support for constitutional amendments banning gay marriage in 11 states was probably significant in electing George W. Bush, this publication feels it is high time to rethink our basic understanding of right and wrong. To that end, we offer this ethical advice column, which is much classier than that one in The New York Times. Comment


Kansas Transsexual Cleared of “Gender Fraud” Comment

Remembering Audre Lorde

NANCY KIRTON: Audre tried going back to the homeland, so to speak, to the birthplace of her parents. Her mother was from Grenada; her father from Barbados. She did get to visit Barbados, but while she was there she never made it to Grenada. Did she ever make that trip? Comment

Returning Cap’n Crunch to Politics

The political right of this nation sees popular culture as being in the hands of the left. They also see popular culture as shallow and ineptly managed. And they are largely correct, as the left is well aware. Comment

Stella Adler, With Affection

“Your talent lies in your choice,” was the mantra my late acting teacher, Stella Adler, would exhort in her never-to-be-forgotten classes, so what else could I do but attend the annual gala in her memory, “Stella By Starlight,” at the Pierre Hotel? Comment

Stacks of Whacks

If, in this Googling age, you type “francophile” into your computer and then type “namesakes” and then press GOOGLE SEARCH, you come up with 142 of what are called “hits,” or Googlewhacks. At least I do, at this very moment, on this computer. Comment

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Keep Hope Alive Comment

With the Right Message, Democrats Can Win

Let the fun begin. Periods of self-criticism, like the Democrats are about to start, are occasions for splendid repartee and brilliant punditry. Comment

Feds Nix Meth Posters

Following a community outcry, the federal prosecutor in Manhattan will not distribute posters that feature the pictures and names of convicted crystal dealers, their prison sentences, and text asking “Was it worth it?” Comment

The Emerging Values Debate

Matt Foreman, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), has come out swinging in response to the suggestion, repeated recently by innumerable cable news pundits, that same-sex marriage was the lightning rod that drew conservative voters to the polls and insured Pres. George W. Bush’s re-election. Comment

First Round Win for Irish Lesbians

A judge in Ireland has ruled that an Irish lesbian couple who married last year in British Columbia, Canada, may sue their government for legal recognition of their marriage in Ireland. Comment

Laughs, Please, However They Come

That with all its manic vicissitudes, New York can still be the funniest town on the planet was again proved by an incredible week of laughs, provided by some truly stellar performers. Comment

Mexico’s Golden Age of Film and Screen Stars

In the Mexican film “Maria Candelaria,” the heroine, in the title role, is spited, humiliated, taunted and eventually stoned to death by her own people in part for being the daughter of a “tainted” woman. The portrayal of indigenous people is paternalistic and women fare the worst. So why is this melodrama studied, revered and watched over and over again? Comment


November 10, 2004 Comment

Did Gays Cause Kerry to Lose?

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is countering the conventional wisdom that gay marriage cost Senator John Kerry the presidential election on November 2. Comment

Dandies, Poisonous as Stinging Jellyfish

If recent Japanese cinema offers an accurate reflection of the country’s problems, it’s going through an unprecedented social and moral meltdown. Comment

Americans May Swallow Hard

Didier Eribon examines the loss of self in the evolution of queer identity We also publish: […] Comment

A Man’s Path to the Past

Noted author’s first novel is a meditation on paternal estrangement We also publish: […] Comment

Art That’s Resisted Packaging

With the dumbing down of contemporary culture, one of the trickle-down effects of the Republican ascendancy has been the capitulation of cultural institutions. I am thinking primarily of the Brooklyn Museum, which has become the equivalent of your Local Oldsmobile Dealer, doing whatever is necessary to get you into the meet-and-greet area of its new Polshek entryway, which does look suspiciously like an auto showroom. Comment

Court Advances Equal Benefits Law

Ruling from the bench on November 8, New York Supreme Court Justice Faviola Soto ordered New York City to begin implementation of the Equal Benefits Law, a measure passed over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto earlier this year. Comment


The New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) hosted their annual Courage Awards this past Monday, November 8 at the Gotham Hall on Broadway near Herald Square. WABC weatherman Sam Champion […] Comment

Backlash Vanquished in Massachusetts

London Outpouring for Murdered Gay Man Comment

Tinseltown’s Merciless Maw

In essence, “Overnight” is a low-budget version of VH-1’s “Behind The Music,” depicting filmmaker/musician Troy Duffy’s abrupt rise and precipitous fall. Its two directors, Mark Brian Smith and Tony Montana, were the managers of Troy Duffy’s band and members of his production company, thus privileged spectators of his world. (They include themselves in a “where are they now?” segment towards the end.) Comment

The Long Fight for AIDS Housing

When Freddie Hughes developed full-blown AIDS eight years ago, after years as an injecting drug user, he thought his life was plunging into an abyss. Comment

Too Much, Too Fast, Too Soon

On the eighth day of what he later would call San Francisco’s “marriage spectacle,” gay Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank stood in the city’s February night chill on the sidewalk in front of an upscale downtown Chinese restaurant called Yank Sing, surrounded by television cameras. Comment

Voice in the Fog

John DeMarco evokes a time of tuxedos and sophisticated American songmaking We also publish: […] Comment

Whores and Loudmouths

Mario Cantone is an incredibly funny man, a versatile and thoughtful performer and an altogether appealing personality. His comedy can be vulgar without being offensive and angry without being mean—a rare feat in today’s world of comics, especially when compared with the spiritually bankrupt hostility of another Broadway stalwart, Jackie Mason. Comment

When White Moral Values Ran Riot

George W. Bush, say hello to Seaborn Roddenberry. Comment

The Case for Spiritual Secession

The United States was originally a refugee camp for Puritans who hated all sorts of sexualities, condemning them as evil devil games. Larry Kramer’s address to the community this past Sunday at the Great Hall at Cooper Union took up that old admonishing tone. The answer to our problems, said the armchair philosopher from Connecticut, was a list of sexual commandments to keep our bodies AIDS-free, hold our freakishness out of sight and protect our political power from diminishing. Comment

‘The Cabal Can’t Believe Their Good Fortune’

In a speech that tied the fight against HIV and the struggle for gay rights to the broader resistance against a now-dominant American right wing, playwright and longtime AIDS activist Larry Kramer painted a gloomy picture of the queer community’s future and offered little to the audience of 1,000 that they could do to change that future. Comment

Post-Election Strategies Emerge

John Kerry supporters woke up last Wednesday wondering how their candidate lost the election, with some gay Democrats blaming the passage of state constitutional amendments and some exit polls that showed moral values as trumping the economy as the most important priority for some voters. Comment

Painting the Julian Calendar

Verne Dawson’s notion of a “body of work” is expansive and eclectic. His fifth exhibition at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, “The Days of the Week and Other Paintings,” contains 15 paintings that could be broken out into smaller, disparate shows—each seemingly by a different artist. There’s the main event, “The Days of the Week,” a grouping of circus and crowd scenes and a quivering, lone monochrome painting entitled “Near Death.” Comment

Saskatchewan Joins Marriage Drive

Make it seven in a row. On November 5, Justice Donna Wilson of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, ruled that the province must immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in light of the new common law definition of marriage that has been adopted by appellate courts in three other provinces. Comment

Smoky Voice, Suave Beat

Though it has been seven years since the U.K.’s Swing Out Sister had a U.S. release, it only takes a single listen to see what they’ve spent their time doing. Comment

The Burdens of History

Imagine “Waiting for Godot” with Godot standing there singing the entire time and you’ll have a sense of “Cain’s Hat,” the award winning work by Artus, Hungary’s foremost performance company, presented at the Kitchen October 20 to 23. Comment


Roughly a dozen members of SoulForceNYC, a chapter of the nationwide group working to end what it calls “spiritual violence” against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, turned out for a morning and evening vigil in chilly temperatures Wednesday to bring their concerns to the attention of Cardinal Edward Egan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York City. Comment

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Wedding Reception Comment


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