Sections

Sign up for our free bi-weekly newsletter!

We believe in abroad (part 1)

Boys and girls - London is calling. This May, the city is set to host The Bingham Cup, an international gay, lesbian and bisexual amateur rugby tournament named in memory of 9/11 hero and rugby enthusiast Mark Kendall. The organizers hope it will “help break down the barriers of prejudice and discrimination found in present day sports.” Thousands of international players and spectators are expected - do we hear gay pubs crawling with athletic hotties? Pack your balls, your bags, and let the games begin. Comment

Gavin Newsom’s isolation signifies the uneven ripples of the marriage debate

On February 24,the official black Lincoln Town Car assigned to Gavin Newsom, San Francisco’s recently elected mayor, was parked outside a side door of the basement of City Hall. The car usually sits in a prominent spot at the bottom of the wide granite staircase descending grandly from the ornate entrance of the building, but on this cloudy cold Tuesday, a protest about a proposed housing development occupied the parking space. Comment

Tongues Untied

There’s a brief intermission in “bridge & tunnel,” the latest solo show by the supremely gifted performance artist Sarah Jones, but audience members remain riveted in their seats. Comment

Split Decision from Elected Officials

The 200 people who gathered at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center on February 24 to respond to the announcement by President George W. Bush that he would back an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage cheered, applauded and stomped their feet for two minutes when Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum said, “We call on the City Council, we call on the speaker of the City Council, we call on the mayor––issue marriage licenses today.” Comment

NYC and Same-sex marriage

Please join New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Marriage Comment

Rebirth of a 1970s Project

“Lament for the Children” is a strong showing of Carl Andre’s work, consisting of 100 concrete blocks standing vertically in rows of ten at the intersection of a grid. As mundane as concrete might be, in no way does that describe the gravity of this work. Comment

Reading Room

Thursday February 26 Comment

Pre-Stonewall Gay Life

The book is a chronicle of ideas, anecdotes, and stories narrated by Queer Temperament, or QT, who hears voices “as if from forty years ago.” The stories that spring to QT’s mind come “to a conclusion, or at any rate stop, at varying points in the trajectory of the late twentieth century.” Comment

NYC Wakes Up on Marriage

\Within hours of President George W. Bush announcing his support for writing anti-gay discrimination into the U.S. Constitution, hundreds massed at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center to denounce him and to demand that New York City follow the lead of San Francisco in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Comment

NYC CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION OPPOSES BUSH

Gay City News surveyed New York’s two U.S. senators and House members representing the city and found no support for the constitutional amendment proposed this week by Pres. George W. Bush limiting marriage to heterosexual couples, though some representatives’ offices did not return calls as of press time. Comment

News Briefs

The Civil Marriage Trail, which last week brought New York gay couples to Canada to legally wed, is organizing a group to go to Boston by bus on March 11 when the constitutional convention reconvenes there to decide whether or not to propose a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. If an amendment is passed, it would not go to the voters unless another legislature passes it two years hence. If passed again, a November 2006 referendum would be held. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

The Civil Marriage Trail, which last week brought New York gay couples to Canada to legally wed, is organizing a group to go to Boston by bus on March 11 when the constitutional convention reconvenes there to decide whether or not to propose a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. If an amendment is passed, it would not go to the voters unless another legislature passes it two years hence. If passed again, a November 2006 referendum would be held. Comment

Mind Excursions on Things Queer

On January 15, James McCourt read from his latest book, “Queer Street, Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985,” at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on 21 Street and Sixth Avenue, a short walk from Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, perhaps the city’s most prominent “queer street.” Comment

Masterpiece Filmmaking 101

A great movie is like a great novel, or for that matter a great painting: you can always learn something new. I must, over the years, have seen “The Third Man” two dozen times, but this past weekend, when I took another look for present purposes, three things that had never registered before jumped out at me. Comment

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 23, 2004 Comment

John Kerry for President

“There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as was the Cold War itself,” Patrick Buchanan intoned in his infamous speech to the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston. Comment

Last Hearing for Equal Benefits Bill

A City Council bill that could materially advance the cause of gay partner rights in New York than has ever been done before gets its second and last hearing Friday, February 27 at 10 a.m. Comment

John Waters Embraces Life’s Changes

Filmmaker John Waters understood competitive edge at an early age. Comment

GMHC Launches Crystal Task Force

The Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GHMC) will formally launch a task force in the next two weeks that will create a strategy to respond to crystal meth use and HIV among gay men. Comment

Jay Blotcher, a freelancer with an AIDS advocate’s past, bounced by The Times

The New York Times recently dumped Jay Blotcher as a stringer and, while the dismissal was presented as a concern over ethics, the whole episode makes me wonder if The Times takes ethics seriously at all. Comment

Marriage Jitters

Subject: Why is gay marriage bad for society? Comment

Deceptively Complex, Accessible

Artists find themselves today in an increasingly intricate dialogue within broader political and social contexts. Visual artists often face harsh and even arbitrary categorization as either progressively aware or reactively aesthetic. Artworks, in turn, are often judged by whether or not references to politics, culture, identity, and other intellectual themes are included at all. Comment

Dance Card

92 on 42: The 10th Anniversary Season of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project brings five weeks of dance to heart of Times Square at The Duke on 42nd Street. The festival begins with a special version […] Comment

Reading Room

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Bill Osco, the salacious writer/producer/director is back with his first play, an Off-Broadway musical adaptation of 1977’s wicked “Alice in Wonderland,” which re-imagines Alice as a sexual neophyte on a titillating journey of self-discovery and carnal knowledge. This musical comedy is prescribed for “mature audiences” due to “full nudity.” Alice lives with her boozed-up mamma in a trailer park in Weehawken, New Jersey. Wearing a white halter top and skimpy low-rise cut-offs, Alice dreams that a giant Rabbit (Kris Kloss) lures her into his drug-filled domain of iniquity, as she dozes while reading––what else–– Comment

Eight arrests sign of new Drug Enforcement Administration focus on gay community

Demonstrating federal law enforcement’s increasing attention to crystal meth in New York City, the Justice Department announced the arrests and indictments of eight men who are charged with possessing and selling crystal meth. Comment

Concerted Voices

For die-hard opera fans, “Charpentier” means Gustave, whose 1900 “Louise” was the “Amélie” of its day––a hymn to Parisian love, last seen hereabouts in City Opera stagings featuring Arlene Saunders and Beverly Sills. Comment

Cinemascope

BLIND SHAFT Adapted from a novel by Liu Qingbang, “Blind Shaft” is a gritty fable of morality and murder. Set against the backdrop of China’s illegal mining and the nation’s deteriorating […] Comment

Gay and lesbian Americans come under White House attack

Pres. George W. Bush declared his support on February 24 for an amendment to the Constitution banning marriage for same-sex couples. Comment

Balanced While Soaring High

Catskills-bred Stephanie Blythe enjoys great success at the Met, where she apprenticed at 23. Paris, London, and Seattle have fallen for her too. A warm, generous and versatile performer with a luscious yet very agile instrument and the rare gift for mastering both comedy and the American idiom, Blythe’s readying a fascinating program honoring one of history’s great singers, Pauline Viardot-Garçia (1821-1910). Comment

Art Examines Itself

American tourists arrive in Florence to view “The David,” and their experience of beauty turns out to be far more self-referential than at all about the art. Comment

A Life Unmatched

Next to soccer players, tennis players are the sexiest athletes. They’re lithe, quick on their feet and have a temperamental flair for the dramatic. Comment

Abandoned Child

For all its slick staging, wonderful set, occasional zingers, and strong cast, Nicky Silver’s new play “Beautiful Child” never really finds its footing, focus, or voice, and as a result, though somewhat entertaining, feels facile and undeveloped. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Posteritati is a gallery specializing in rare, vintage movie posters with over 12,000 original movie posters from 38 countries. A new exhibition features Orson Welles, the actor, writer, director and producer who created some of the most celebrated screen movies of all time. The show has posters from 25 countries spanning Welles’ film career. 239 Centre St. between Broome and Grand Sts. Tue.-Sat. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit posteritati.com for more information. Comment

Wrestlers Get Body Conscious

Collier Schorr’s current exhibition at 303 Gallery invites us to join a private high school wrestling team. The exhibit is the culmination of several years’ work in which Schorr, a lesbian, shadowed these young men, establishing an intimate and candid relationship immediately present itself in these photographs. This intimacy not only makes for sexy photographs, it also catalyzes a stark revelatory meditation on how people control their bodies to become something they desire. Comment

Washington Affirms Lesbian “Divorce”

A Washington State appeals court has ruled that courts can settle a property division dispute between two lesbians who have ended a ten-year domestic partnership. Comment

San Francisco Defiance

In defiance of state law, San Francisco’s new 36-year old Mayor, Gavin Newsom, vowed on Tuesday to keep on marrying same-sex couples until the courts order him to stop. As of Wednesday, after three hearings in front of two judges, the courts have refused to intervene––at least for a few days. Comment

Rockland Passes Benefits Bill

On February 17 the Rockland County Legislature voted to extend health care benefits to the domestic partners of the county’s 2,700-member municipal workforce. Republican C. Scott Vanderhoef, the county executive, has indicated he will sign the legislation, making Rockland only one of a handful of New York counties to include the gay and lesbian partners of public employees in taxpayer-financed health plans. Comment

Reclaiming an Actress’ Crown

Judy: All my life, I’ve been—I’ve been waiting for someone to love me, and now I love someone. And it’s so easy. Why is it so easy now? Comment

Reading Room

Kate Christensen will read and sign copies of her new book, “The Epicure’s Lament.” This is the story of a former gigolo, turned chain-smoking literature-reading hermit who lives alone in his wealthy family’s run down mansion over looking the Hudson River. When his brother and his estranged wife with her daughter return to the house, they interrupt the solitude of the the quirky protagonist. 7 p.m. at Housing Works Used Book Café. Comment

Post Trumps Gray Lady

Gay and lesbian New Yorkers who were looking for comprehensive coverage of the events in San Francisco had to make an unusual choice to find that coverage. They had to read the New York Post. Comment

News Briefs

The New York Sun reported this week that Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential front-runner, was seriously considering former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn as his running mate. Comment

New Girl in Town

Writing about the Metropolitan Opera in recent years seems all too often a matter of finding synonyms for “not bad,” without even a really horrifying night of filth to kick the old Schadenfreude into gear. So it’s a particular pleasure to have the opportunity to go all out in praising the company’s revival of Rossini’s “L’italiana in Algeri” (“The Italian Girl in Algiers”), a production for which the strongest superlatives sound inadequate. Comment

Municipal Power Over Contractors Curbed

Hornby found that the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) prevents the city from requiring its contractors to provide pension and some health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of their workers, but that requirements for other partner benefits not covered by ERISA do not violate either federal law or constitutional rights. Comment

Mass. Debate Adjourned, For Now

The leader of the battle to defend the Massachusetts high court decision granting same-sex marriage rights conceded that the pro-gay forces did not have sufficient votes in hand last week to guarantee they could stave off a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. Comment

Letters to the editor

February 3, 2004 Comment

It’s Not Just Marriage

The marriage front is shifting at a break-neck pace. Even as the Massachusetts Legislature convened an historic constitutional convention that for two agonizing days debated, but thankfully––at least for now––failed to come to agreement on, a constitutional amendment to overturn that state’s high court same-sex marriage ruling, San Francisco snatched center stage from Boston with its mayor’s dramatic decision to issue marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples. Comment

Lesbian Sex is the Ultimate Weapon

“Secret Things” is a titillating drama about two women who use their “guts and asses” in an attempt to gain power and privilege over men. Loaded with both steamy lesbian and “ménage a trios” sex scenes as well as loquacious characters, writer/director Jean-Claude Brisseau’s film is like a fascinating cross between the sleazy Zalman King (“Red Shoe Diaries”) and the smart Eric Rohmer. Comment

Is Gay Marriage Legal in NYC?

Larry Moss, an out gay attorney and political activist, is leading a one-man charge to get the City of New York to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples just as San Francisco has. Comment

Homicidal Teenie Bopper Icons

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” that is all Comment

Grand Dames of Tyranny

In the early 1960s the Dragon Lady of South Vietnam, Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, born Tran Le Xuan, or “Beautiful Spring”––she who relished the “barbecues” of all those monks who immolated themselves in protest against the Saigon dictatorship––passed through New York on her way to Rome, dropping scathing remarks en route about weak-kneed America and President John F. Kennedy, whom she blamed for the assassination of her husband, the former president, and brother-in-law. Comment

Final Push on Benefits Bill

The New York City Equal Benefits Bill, which would require contractors with the city to treat the domestic partners of employees the same as their spouses, gets its final hearing on Friday, February 27 at 10 a.m. in the City Council Contracts Committee at City Hall. Comment

Fight Against Crystal Demanded

At the February 8 town meeting on crystal meth, HIV and gay men, one audience member lodged a complaint during the audience comment portion of the event. Comment

Family Affair

While the form of “Roulette,” the new play by Paul Weitz opening this week at The John Houseman, is a traditional fourth wall domestic comedy, what is going on within those four walls is anything but traditional. Comment

Exuberance of a First Album

Midway through his stunning musical debut at Joe’s Pub the other evening, Casey Stratton joked about being stuffed into his locker as a kid at school. The audience laughed uneasily. Like a whack on the funny bone, the pang of recognition was far from humorous. Comment

Marriage Jitters

My parents have been very supportive of me since I came out of the closet five years ago. However, they are not very politically savvy. Comment

Dance Card

Gina Gibney Dance presents “Thrown,” a new work featuring original music composed and performed by Andy Russ, costumes by Naoko Nagata, and lighting by Kathy Kaufmann. Also on the program […] Comment

Reading Room

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Bill Osco, the salacious writer/producer/director is back with his first play, an Off-Broadway musical adaptation of 1977’s wicked “Alice in Wonderland,” which re-imagines Alice as a sexual neophyte on a titillating journey of self-discovery and carnal knowledge. This musical comedy is prescribed for “mature audiences” due to “full nudity.” Alice lives with her boozed-up mamma in a trailer park in Weehawken, New Jersey. Wearing a white halter top and skimpy low-rise cut-offs, Alice dreams that a giant Rabbit (Kris Kloss) lures her into his drug-filled domain of iniquity, as she dozes while reading––what else–– ̶ Comment

Confirmed Dead:  Bush's War

Feb. 12-Feb. 18, 2004 Comment

Cinemascope

BLIND SHAFT Adapted from a novel by Liu Qingbang, “Blind Shaft” is a gritty fable of morality and murder. Set against the backdrop of China’s illegal mining and the nation’s deteriorating […] Comment

Celebrities Headline Mid East Event

Seeds of Peace, an educational organization that brings together Jewish and Islamic teenagers from 22 nations for a summer camp experience in Maine, held its annual Bid for Peace Celebrity Auction at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on February 10. Comment

Blackface Drag Again Draws Fire

The character is described as a single mother of 19 children born out of wedlock and on welfare. When in character as Shirley Q. Liquor, Knipp, a resident of Long Beach, Mississippi, speaks in an exaggerated black Southern accent and mispronounces words. His act consists of poking fun at African American female names, holidays such as Kwanzaa, Ebonics, African American women in jail, and a host of other topics related to blacks. Comment

A Soprano Ready to Conquer

“This is definitely unbelievable,” exclaims the 37-year-old mezzo via telephone from Salzburg. “The success of the album is very surprising, not only in Europe but also the United States. Salieri is definitely a new composer for the United States. I’m so looking forward to performing his music there.” Comment

A Report from the Front

Gay Love is Gay Strength. We stenciled these words on T-shirts and chanted them at rallies in the early days of the Gay Liberation Front in New York. Love, the one that dare speak its name and shout its truth in proud and angry defiance, was the overriding force I felt at those early New York marches and actions. Comment

A Pioneer in Layering Meaning

Joan Jonas is a pioneer of video and performance art. Her creations in the late 1960s and early 1970s were essential to the development of the genre, and remain influential to artists of many disciplines and generations. From her seminal performance-based exercises of the 1970s to her later tele-visual narratives, Jonas’s work employs drawings, costumes, masks, mirrors, and interactions with the recorded image to explore the self and the body through layers of meaning. Comment

7 Days & 7 Nights

Written and performed by Lacey Langston, “Cat Fight,” is the true story of the divine feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford acted out with Barbie Dolls. The two stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age appeared together only once in the classic horror film “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.” Find out what really happened on the set. It’s a brawl between beauties and there are Barbies involved, need we say more? Thursdays at 9 p.m. at Rose’s Turn, 55 Grove St. Call 212 366 5438 for reservations. Comment

Classifieds

Schneps Community News Group

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter:

Optional: