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What AIDS Couldn’t Kill

It’s not that choreographer Bill T. Jones dislikes the French, it’s just not spoken in class. Dancers accustomed to arabesque penche-ing and developpe-ing will instead be asked to “Put your arms around the world” and “Step on the roach, now kill it. Kill it!” Comment

The Waiting Game

in “ Doña Rosita, the Spinster.” Comment

Taking the Fight To Brooklyn

In a clear indication of the challenge facing former Vermont Governor Howard Dean in his hopes of using the New York primary on March 2 to keep him in the game for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Lambda Independent Democrats (LID), Brooklyn’s 26-year-old club for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists, endorsed Massachusetts Senator John Kerry at a meeting held January 26. Comment

Stark Nude in Winter

For a frigid day’s respite, take a knowing stroll down Miller’s grand concourse. Trust me, it will do your chilly spirit a heap of good to see some real art––the kind no one in this post-Danto––anything can be art––moment any longer does. Lucky for us, not everyone is engaged with obtuse theoretical constructs, video, and the Internet. Comment

Speaking for Ourselves on the Trail

The 2004 election will be a referendum on the nation’s economy, and the Democratic presidential primaries should be focused on which of President George W. Bush’s would-be challengers have the right approach for fixing it. Comment

Soft Porn Corn

Bill Osco, the 1970s pornography pioneer, is credited with possibly creating “the worst American film of the century.” Comment

Putting the Shrink on the Couch

Have you ever wondered what your therapist is thinking? Amie Siegel has, and the result is the uneven mixing of styles in her new movie “Empathy.” Siegel interweaves real interviews featuring a trio of graying male therapists with a fictional patient, and adds into the mix a faux documentary and screen tests. Comment

PFLAG Launches a Newark Chapter

The Newark Pride Alliance (NPA), a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group in New Jersey, hosted a meeting at the Paul Robeson Center at Rutgers University at which Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), a nationwide support group for the families and supporters of LGBT people, founded its 501 chapter. Comment

NY Doctors Report Staph Spread

New York City gay men are apparently in the grip of an outbreak of antibiotic resistant bacteria of the kind that affected dozens of gay men on the West Coast in late 2002 and early 2003. Comment

News Briefs

“We cannot allow tolerance to be redefined as having to agree with one another on every issue,” he said. “Those who say I must turn my back on the tenets of my faith in order to be accepted by them are the ones who are being intolerant and it is nothing less than religious bigotry.” He noted that the Republican Party platform calls for limiting marriage “to the legal union of one man and one woman” and said that his party must “pursue whatever policy is necessary to protect this institution, including a federal constitutional amendment.” Comment

Needle-Stick Victim Can Sue City

A Manhattan trial judge has ruled that a nurse who worked for a New York City public hospital can sue the hospital for negligence as a result of an incident where she sustained a needle-stick injury while caring for an HIV-infected prisoner from Riker’s Island. Comment

Letters to the editor

January 20, 2004 Comment

Taking the Case to Bush

Let’s face it. The safest part of the Democratic primary journey just ended. We are now in for at least five solid weeks––until New York, California, and eight other states vote on March 2––of hand to hand internecine combat in the Democratic Party. Comment

Judge Approves Partner Name Change

According to the opinion, the two women have lived together as domestic partners for a year and are planning to file a domestic partnership statement with the city and to start a family together. In her application, Daniels stated that she wanted to have the same last name as her partner “to reflect their commitment to each other.” Comment

Honoring an African American Hero

In conjunction with African American Heritage events during the month of February, WBAI’s “OUT-FM,” the progressive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender radio program, which is listener-sponsored and non-commercial, presents “The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.” Over the course of this two-hour special, “OUT-FM” will be exploring the fascinating life of Bayard Rustin, a gay African American pacifist revolutionary and civil rights activist. Rustin was a key advisor to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on non-violent direct action as a strategy for social change. Comment

Hispanic Leadership Awards

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High (altitude) anxiety

Yet again we abandoned our beloved New York for high altitude––and sometimes highbrow––antics at the Sundance Film Festival. It was a great year for movies. Our faves included: “Open Water,” which saw a scuba diving tourist couple abandoned in shark-infested waters; “Super-Size Me,” a Michael Moore-esque documentary demonstrating how a 30-day regimen of McDonalds fast food can decimate your physiognomy; the adorable “Wedding Banquet”-esque “Touch of Pink;” and the provocative boy band incest drama (a sort of “What if Nick and Aaron Carter got it on?”) “Harry and Max.” Comment

Gaze Fixed on the Creative Horizon

Joseph V. Melillo (the V is for Vincent, his Italian father) is the executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the inspiration for all that institution undertakes, from the Next Wave Festival, known as BAM’S Next Wave, to a film series, Baroque Opera, and this spring’s five exciting dance engagements. Comment

Florida Adoption Ban Upheld

Taking a narrow view of the precedent established by the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Lawrence v. Texas invalidating Texas’ sodomy law last June, an unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta ruled on Wednesday that Florida’s statutory ban on gay people adopting children is constitutional. Comment

First Family Values

I got into a heated argument with a friend about the Bush twins and whether they are fair game for the public discussion by the press? What if one of them is a lesbian? (I don’t know this––I’m just imagining it as a hypothetical). Wouldn’t it matter considering Bush’s implied support of a federal marriage amendment barring gays from marriage? I have thought more about this since the State of the Union address. I know that many people are focused on Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Dick Cheney. You have written on her. But what about the Bush twins? Shouldn’t the media focus more on them and on their personal lives? Comment

Eddie Griffin Gets A Clue

Eddie Griffin can be very funny. Just catch him in “Undercover Brother,” “Scary Movie 3,” or “Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo.” Comment

Delivering Oneself to Temptation

A hit on the gay film festival circuit last year, “Latter Days” portrays the relationship between a straight-arrow Mormon missionary named Elder Davis (Steve Sandvoss) and promiscuous L.A. party boy Christian (Wes Ramsey). Written and directed by C. Jay Cox (“Sweet Home Alabama”), this sexy romance benefits from the charm of its two attractive screen newcomers. Comment

DEA Entrapment Thrown Out

A Florida appellate court panel voted two to one to sustain the dismissal of drug selling charges brought against Julio Blanco, a gay man. The January 21 opinion found that an agent for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had acted in an “unjustifiable and improper” manner in what amounted to entrapment. Comment

Dancing in the Debris Field

The wreckage is everywhere. The walls of the house are torn in half; the roof is gone. In the distance, a trailer burns. A car, like both its driver and the body on its hood, is lifeless. This is the aftermath of more than a mere twister or plane crash. It is as if instead of Belgrade or Baghdad, the bombs had fallen in Buffalo. Comment

Reading Room

This is such a wonderful evening of theater that even though it deals with such somber subjects as physical and emotional decay, the alienation of the spirit, and life’s incessant wearing upon the soul, one leaves the theater uplifted and enthusiastic. Part of this is because both playwrights––Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee—are so accomplished at exploring the dark and fearful corners of the heart that most of us have created entire lives to avoid. They grab despair by the throat and have the courage to create real and challenging catharsis in the structure of their plays, however absurdist the situations. On top of that, to see two such Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

Jan. 22-Jan. 28, 2003 Comment


21 GRAMS It takes about 15 minutes to start to make sense out of what’s going on in this movie because director Alejandro González Iñárritu, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and […] Comment

Art’s Performances and Rituals

The late Joseph Beuys was drafted into the Luftwaffe while still a youth. The story goes that he became a combat pilot, was shot down in winter, then, frostbitten and near death, he was found by nomadic shepherds and nursed back to life. Beuys was wrapped in sheep fat and felt, which warded off the worst effects of frostbite. These two materials later became Beuys’ signature sculptural materials, underlining the theme of healing that pervades much of his work. Beuys was an extraordinarily inventive sculptor as well as a modern shaman, politician, and self-styled cultural therapist. Comment

An Accused Serial Killer On Trial

Rogers is charged with two counts of murder and two counts of hindering apprehension in the 1992 killing of Thomas Mulcahy and the 1993 killing of Anthony Marrero. Both men had been dismembered and their body parts were found in New Jersey. Comment

Alice Tully Hall Takes Practice Too

I was young, I was just 16 then, Comment

ABC’s Jennings Ignores Facts About Bush’s Military Service

In “1984,” George Orwell’s novel about a totalitarian society, Winston Smith, the book’s protagonist, works in the Ministry of Truth where he spends his days “rectifying” newspaper articles, books, and other print sources. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change meets every Thursday and is open to all lesbians of African descent. Tonight’s discussion: African Diaspora. Have you wondered what people mean when they talk about the African Diaspora? Do you feel that you are a part of the Diaspora? Feel free to bring family artifacts that show your connection to the African Diaspora. 6 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Suggested donation is $3. Visit for more info. Comment

Women and the Instinct to Kill

Aunt Dan to Mother: “Don’t you understand that you and I are only able to be nice because our governments—our governments are not nice?… These other people use force, so we can sit here in this garden and be incredibly nice.” Comment

The Met’s Superb Schoenberg

One has to admire James Levine for insisting on programming, year after year, masterpieces of the 20th century that the Met should be doing––and which its orchestra plays magnificently––but don’t exactly spell land office business at the box office. As these runs tend to be short, with no cast changes, and the performances aren’t expected to find favor with the tourist crowd or with the more conservative subscribers and donors, directors are often free to produce genuine theater as opposed to “museum stagings” Comment

The Fine Art of Reinvention

Beauty is only skin-deep. Oh yeah? Not to teenaged Sara Tivey, who looks on college as a waste of time and money, whose mind is instead set on becoming a cosmetologist––in plainer language, a beautician. As Sara sees it, beauty is all. Well, maybe not all, but it helps, and it could certainly help her mother. Comment

The Digital Truth on AIDS

Wondering if former Vermont Governor Howard Dean supports federal funding of needle exchange programs? Will President George W. Bush lift the ban on travel to the U.S. by HIV-positive immigrants? Would U.S. Senator John Kerry increase federal spending in the global fight against AIDS if he were president? Comment

Talent to the Delightful Rescue

Re-imagining Strauss’ quintessentially light opera “Die Fledermaus” as an even lighter tale of New York City’s social scenes, club life, and bohemian pretensions is, at the very least, a silly and highly esoteric undertaking. The only thing more odd is how entertaining and engaging the end result was in its recent staging at Wings Theatre. Comment

Taking A Run at a Male Cliché

Curator Jane Harris makes her case for that most clichéd of stereotypes, the “Mama’s Boy,” at White Columns. The show looks at issues of male identity and psychosexuality in relation to the main girl in a boy’s life. The approach to this theme that holds the show together is quite nearly dumbed down in deference to the weightiness of the subject matter. Comment

Reading Room

Thursday January 22 Comment

Quilt Founder Falls From Grace

Cleve Jones stitched together the first panels of what would become the AIDS Memorial Quilt in a San Francisco storefront in June of 1987. This past New Year’s Eve, the board of directors that runs the organization he created fired him in a dispute over how the quilt––now 45,000 panels strong––should be displayed. Comment

Pop Icon Comes Back to Town

Sarah Brightman. Two simple words that conjure myriad images; extremes from powerhouse soprano to backlit pop princess. If you’ve already got some Brightman in your CD collection, then make room for “Harem,” her latest Middle Eastern-flavored release guaranteed to only add to her worldwide tally of 15 million albums sold. Comment

Overcoming a Double Stigma

It’s roughly two o’clock on a Friday afternoon and Kimberly, a 45-year-old peer specialist at the Rainbow Heights Club, is preparing a chicken dinner for the ten or so club members who have braved freezing temperatures to come to the club’s downtown Brooklyn location. Comment

New Yorkers Rally for Kerry

A group of New Yorkers, including some LGBT leaders, who enthusiastically gathered for a press conference held the morning after Sen. John Kerry’s victory in the Iowa caucuses, said the main reason they support the Massachusetts Democrat is because they believe he has the best chance of beating Pres. George W. Bush. Comment

News Briefs

Peter Staley, an AIDS activist recovering from crystal meth addiction, will join actor and playwright Harvey Feirstein at a town hall meeting on the drug’s connection with HIV infections at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Haft Auditorium, 27th St. between 7th and 8th, on Sunday, February 8 at 7 p.m. The event is part of the “Challenging HIV” series being organized by Dr. Bruce Kellerhouse and Dan Carlson. Comment

Nautical Boxes of Evolved Color

The new show of paintings at Paul Kasmin Gallery confirms the reason for a Zucker revival. Comment

Looking for Initiative

As New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrived toward the end of a legislative reception that the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) hosted this week in Albany, the group’s executive director, Alan Van Capelle, stepped forward to introduce himself. Comment

Letters to the editor

January 19, 2004 Comment

Engage the Process

Perhaps the only unarguable lesson that came out of the Iowa caucuses this past week is that the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is unlikely to be wrapped up by the time New Yorkers are able to cast their votes on March 2. Comment


Lambda Independent Democrats, the 26-year-old club for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Democrats in Brooklyn, will meet Monday evening, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. to vote its endorsement in the New York presidential primary scheduled for March 2. The meeting will take place at the Old Reformed Church at 729 Carroll Street at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

Ladies Night in Williamsburg

Named after the great capital city of Mesopotamia, Ur, the modest studio space in Williamsburg, is the performance laboratory that multi-talented choreographer/performers Karinne Keithley and Chris Yon established on New Year’s Day 2003. Comment

Globetrotters Go To Kabul

A crowd of about 80 travel aficionados gathered at the Wings Theater in the Archive Building on Christopher Street last Saturday to hear travel writer and photographer Michael T. Luongo discuss his trip this past October to Afghanistan. Comment

Foundation Sponsors College Scholarships Named for Wayne Fischer; group rewards college-bound teens fighting the spread of AIDS

“We are looking for students who are making a profound difference who are leaders in their community and are committed to saving lives,” said Bari Zahn of Living Beyond Belief, a non-profit organization named after Wayne Fischer, a Queens native and New York City public high school teacher, who died of AIDS in 1997. Fischer is credited with being the first public school teacher to be open about his HIV status, as well as lobbying the Board of Education to implement an HIV/AIDS education program in all public high schools. Comment

European Court Advances Trans Marriage Rights

The European Court of Justice, which delivers authoritative interpretations of the 1950 Treaty of Rome, the founding document of the European Community, has given a boost to the rights of transgendered people to marry as members of their preferred gender. Comment

What Wasn’t Said Tuesday Night

I was screaming at the television during the “Hate of the Union” speech! I couldn’t believe this man was using this speech to go after a small group that is seeking equality. I was particularly struck that George Bush never mentioned the words “same-sex marriage” at all in his attack on gays and lesbians. Is that part of the strategy (where we don’t get any legitimacy by even being named) or do you think he is just uncomfortable with the words and can’t even say them? Comment

Dutifully Taking the Bait

The run up to the State of the Union address saw one of the more peculiar press items on the gay marriage debate. Comment

Dance Card

WOW Moves Dance Fest presents an eight-week winter festival of burlesque, movement theater, and dance. The festival starts with Erika Bernabei’s “Brrrrr-lesque,” billed as a night in […] Comment

Reading Room

This is such a wonderful evening of theater that even though it deals with such somber subjects as physical and emotional decay, the alienation of the spirit, and life’s incessant wearing upon the soul, one leaves the theater uplifted and enthusiastic. Part of this is because both playwrights––Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee—are so accomplished at exploring the dark and fearful corners of the heart that most of us have created entire lives to avoid. They grab despair by the throat and have the courage to create real and challenging catharsis in the structure of their plays, however absurdist the situations. On top of that, to see two such astonish Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

Jan. 7-Jan. 21, 2003 Comment


21 GRAMS It takes about 15 minutes to start to make sense out of what’s going on in this movie because director Alejandro González Iñárritu, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and […] Comment

Bush Denounces Gay Marriage

In choosing the State of the Union address to articulate his opposition to same-sex marriages, Bush employed the enormous bully pulpit provided by an annual address delivered within the stately surroundings of the House of Representatives that is widely watched on TV. Comment

Bohemian Rapture Flashback

Labels. We love to hate them, but without labels we’d be lost. Comment

Black LGBT Group Launches Website

Following its founding in December, the National Black Justice Coalition, a nationwide advocacy group of African American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, announced the launching of a new website. Comment

A Wonderful New York Night

There should be a special star in heaven––probably easier to accomplish celestially than in the New York cabaret scene––for Scott and Barbara Siegel. These tireless authors, critics and producers do more in a year to support cabaret than any other two New Yorkers going. Comment

A Queer Literary Journal is Born

BLOOM, a journal devoted to queer prose, poetry, and art made its debut this month with a January 13 launch party at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center. A second party and reading will be held at Creative Visions Bookstore on Thursday, January 29 and contributors Patrick Donnelly, Richard Tayson, Bea Gates, Elena Georgiou, and Steve Turtell will read. Comment

A Love That Is Centuries-Old

Sheila Callaghan’s new play “The Hunger Waltz,” directed by Olivia Honegger, reminded me a lot of bad girl hotel heiress Paris Hilton––empty-headed and unschooled in the subtleties of romance, but a downright knockout. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

“Kalighat” is a new play that addresses homosexuality and religion under the watchful eye of Calcutta’s favorite nun. Based on openly gay playwright and director Paul Knox’s experiences working with Calcutta’s sick, the play dramatizes the work of Mama T’s Missionaries of Charity and the conflict of gay and lesbian volunteers whose sexualities clash with their religious beliefs. Tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. with additional dates and times through February 15, at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (theater entrance on 25th St.). $19 or $15 for students and seniors. Call 212 868 4444 or visit Comment


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