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Goldman Sachs pulloutputs B.P.C. library in doubt

When Goldman Sachs pulled out of the deal to build their new headquarters in Battery Park City, they took the money to build a new library for the neighborhood with them, a casualty that has rattled local residents. Comment

Jim West’s Extraordinary Case

Until last Thursday, residents of Spokane, Washington state’s second-largest city and the economic hub of its conservative eastern end, knew their first-term Republican mayor, who earlier served as the state Senate majority leader, as a strong opponent of gay rights and someone who saw government as an arbiter of private sexual behavior. Comment


Last Friday night, the Jackie Factory NYC presented “Night of a Thousand Stevies 15,” the annual orgy of Stevie Nicks worship, held this year at the Knitting Factory in Tribeca. The evening’s theme was “Gold Dust Women,” an homage to everything golden and Stevie. The joint was awash in gold—tambourines, lace, glitter and shawls. And of course there were the golden tunes—from the evening theme to “Gold and Braid.” Comment

Jump-Starting AIDS Advocacy

The unknown dead are part of Washington, D.C.’s monumental backdrop. Comment


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Mayor Rescues Mental Health Center

Twenty-six organizations that serve New Yorkers with serious mental illnesses, including the only program in the state that specifically helps lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people, have won a brief reprieve from state budget cuts after being told that the city will fund their operations through the end of 2005. Comment

French Filmmaker Tackles Genocide

There may have been 800,000 slaughtered in the Rwanda genocide of 1994; or there may have been 300,000, or any number in between. Comment

Flattening High Tea

Picture puzzles and riddles abound in “Rorschach,” the new Cornelia Parker installation at D’Amelio Terras Gallery. Parker’s work examines new territories by transforming the familiar. Comment


David Bell’s “Tonylust” at the Duplex is inside baseball for the die-hard theater fan. Bitingly satiric and full of buoyant malevolence, the show is a send-up of the drive for a Tony Award that can lead to all kinds of acting-out by those behind the scenes. Comment

A Powerful Way With Words

William Finn—known to those close to him as Bill—is a creative giant. Comment

A Collective Effort at Change

Dressed in a white, button-down shirt and jeans, Dean Spade sat in a conference room in the Chelsea office of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), a legal advocacy group for transgendered and gender-variant people nationwide. When his hands were not busy keeping his long brown hair from falling into his eyes, he was gesturing emphatically. Comment

Brooklyn Family Values

For the first time in years, one Brooklyn woman finally had her two children together under the same roof on Mother’s Day. Comment

City Hall Park’s Fodder

Very early one recent morning, rushing to Penn Station, my cabbie stopped in front of a coffee cart on the corner of Chambers and Centre Streets. The spring air was crisp and velvety-blue in the pre-dawn light and the blocks around City Hall hadn’t yet filled up with workers. Comment

Ex-Gays Block School Curriculum

In a decision that seems strangely ignorant of basic First Amendment principles, a federal judge in Maryland has issued a temporary restraining order against a school district that was about to implement a new, non-mandatory sex education curriculum in some of its eighth and tenth grade classes. Comment

John Kerry Should End Campaign

Let’s be very clear on this point. The Gay City News endorsement in the 2004 presidential campaign was not intended as a lifetime appointment. Comment

More Woes for Scott Bloch

Federal employees depend on the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for protection against job discrimination, retaliation for whistle-blowing or anything else their bosses might not like, but which is unrelated to their work performance. Comment

News Briefs

Kerry Calls Gay Marriage “A Mistake” Comment

They End Up In San Francisco

“I never saw so many well-dressed, well-fed, business-looking bohemians in my life,” Oscar Wilde noted of San Francisco in 1882. Comment

The Tender Side of Night

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Two Ex-Lovers, One Death

If “Seinfeld” was a show about nothing, Arnaud Desplechin’s films are about everything. Seizing a subject like acting or the end of the cold war, he wrings as much as he can out of it. “My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument” was seemingly inspired by the stereotype that French cinema consists entirely of Parisian intellectuals talking about their love lives. Comment

Walter Reade Honors Legendary Director

I don’t know if a movie has ever grabbed you by the throat, but there’s a motion picture that grabs me by the throat every time the theme music sweeps up behind the credits, when I first lay eyes on Joan Webster as a crawling baby who knows exactly where she’s going. By the time the credits are over and Joan Webster, age 25, has blossomed into Wendy Hiller, leopard toque cocked down over her right eye, informing her father that she’s heading to the Scottish isles to get married, I’m quite in love all over again. And not for the first time—or the tenth. Comment

Writing Songs on Your Computer

Judging by the sold-out concert at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom this past Cinco de Mayo, New Order’s popularity is on solid footing. Comment

Weiner Blasts Freedom Tower Fiasco

Standing in the living room of the Park Slope brownstone in which he was raised and where his father still lives, Congressman Anthony Weiner emphasized the controversy over the World Trade Center site. Security concerns there raised by the city’s police department more than a year ago have prompted the city and state to scrap an earlier design in favor of designing a new building. Comment

Six Angry Men

What is it these days with Broadway and testosterone? Comment

Only One Sister’s Tragedy

Nothing sucks the life out of a play as quickly as rendering it sacrosanct. Tennessee Williams’ plays––or film versions of them—are familiar to many theatergoers, and past iconic productions are the stuff of folklore, if not direct experience. Consequently, with seats to fill, Broadway revivals are all too likely to treat Williams reverentially. Comment

On Iran, the Time for Debate Is Now

United For Peace and Justice, the anti-war group that organized protests against U.S. intervention in Iraq including the massive turnout during last year’s Republican Convention, understood the basic purpose of a new bill working its way through Congress. The “template” for this new legislation is the Iraq Liberation Bill that passed in 1998, but the focus has now shifted to Iran. It would hold Iran “accountable for its threatening behavior” and “support a transition to democracy.” Comment

Paris in South America

After nine glorious days, I can firmly attest that Buenos Aires, unlike the heralded Montreal or recently touted Budapest, is truly the Paris of “someplace else.” Comment

Perpetual Crisis Called Adolescence

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Sensing a Key Moment for Gay Troops

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican, was supposed to show up at a Tuesday reception held by the Service Members Legal Defense Network (SLDN) after two days of lobbying Capitol Hill the group completed in support of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (MREA), a bill that would overturn the ban on gays and lesbians in the U.S. military. Comment

Quick About-Face at Microsoft

In the course of not quite a month, Redmond, Washington-based software giant Microsoft has swung from being a model corporate citizen (Microsoft sets “a high standard for others by exhibiting leadership in advancing the cause of GLBT equality,” intoned the text of a Corporate Vision Award from the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center), to corporate pariah (“offensive” said the LA Center’s Lorri Jean, echoing the sentiments of many gay rights organizations), to model corporate citizen again when on May 6 it announced they would again support a Washington State anti-discrimination law which they had abandoned in April. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

“Behold the Lamb of God,” the recent work including mammoth plate albumen prints, are on display at Clamp Art (opening reception tonight at 6 p.m.) at 531 W. 25th St. through June 18, Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 646-230-0020 Comment

Goldman Sachs pulloutputs B.P.C. library in doubt

When Goldman Sachs pulled out of the deal to build their new headquarters in Battery Park City, they took the money to build a new library for the neighborhood with them, a casualty that has rattled local residents. Comment

When Coaches Attack

The opening scene of “Mysterious Skin” shows a young boy basking in a slow-motion shower of candy-hued Fruit Loops. But, believe me, the sugarcoating ends there. Comment

Early Spring Gifts

“The Maid of Orleans” is the sixth of Tchaikovsky’s 11 operas, completed shortly after “Eugene Onegin” in 1876. It is not a masterpiece, but certainly a sporadically exciting, moving work. It is Tschaikovsky’s closest approach to the grand opera of Giacomo Meyerbeer, the great 19th century German composer, and an early example of the obsession with France that informs so many of his works. Comment

Dressing Up Manhattan

The history of Manhattan society and culture, as seen through the clothing of the rich and famous, is the focus of “Glamour, New York Style,” at The Museum of the City of New York, running through July 4. Comment

Co-opting Straight-Boy Style

The bartender’s watch strikes twelve midnight on Friday in the East Village. The muscular barkeep switches gears. He nods to the other shirtless drink-slinger. Comment

Great Men and Women Amongst Us

Forty years ago, Jack Nichols, who died this week in Florida, was among a group of brave gay men and lesbians who gathered on July 4 at the site of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to stage the first public demonstration protesting American society’s treatment of its homosexual population. Comment

Ellner Takes on Incumbents

When Brian Ellner, a 35-year-old gay attorney whose experience in elective office is limited to his 1999 victory in a District 2 Community School Board election, was asked how he will compete in a 10-person race for Manhattan borough president that includes competitors with experience on the City Council and in the State Legislature, he advanced what might be called the fresh-faced platform. Comment

Get on the Bus to Save A Needed Mental Health Program

The 11th hour has come for the Rainbow Heights Club. Without a small miracle, the end of next month will see the end of the Brooklyn-based mental health center, New York State’s first and only government-funded support and advocacy program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people with serious mental illnesses. Comment

Gay Novel’s Successful Screen Adaptation

Opening right when the prosecution in the trial against Michael Jackson is about to rest its case, “Mysterious Skin,” Gregg Araki’s terrific new film based on the Scot Heim novel of the same name, may seem like a timely contribution to the current pedophilia scare, but it is unlikely that any of the people involved in its creation will be invited to appear on “Nancy Grace.” Comment

Ce N’est Pas Un Pope


A Prayer for Our Immediate Future

The election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the papacy as Benedict XVI fills me with deep concern as a gay man and as a Roman Catholic priest. Comment

An Early, Straight-On Look

It is telling that one of the first images in the Diane Arbus retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 30 is a nude and heavily pregnant self-portrait, done about 12 years before her mature style evolved. This is a strong image of emotional housecleaning. What is left unseen about the photographer after this completely revealing image? Comment

Borrowing Corporate Conventions

With growing evidence that the high-minded art critic press is perplexed and dissatisfied about how we got to the current state of affairs, particularly in painting, some galleries and institutions have mounted retro, “we knew all along” survey shows of artists who are at the root of the confusion. Comment

Brooklyn DA Hopefuls Meet Gay Voters

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Campus Recruiting at Stake

The Supreme Court announced on May 2 that it will consider whether the federal Solomon Amendment violates the First Amendment by conditioning U.S. government assistance to universities on whether they provide military recruiters access to their students on a basis equal to that afforded other employers. Comment

Camp’s Defining Films

Baseball: “Bang the Drum Slowly,” John D. Hancock, Robert De Niro, 1973. Comment


The Gay Officers Action League, New York City’s organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) criminal justice professionals, held its 23rd annual dinner dance April 15 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment

In Saudi Arabia, Gay Torture Goes Unchecked

In today’s political climate, it is easy for right-wingers to be angry and snide. The public is constantly warmed of liberal outrages and examples of overreaching political correctness. The latest attack on liberalism is the claim that public television is biased and must be made fair and balanced, by adding right-wing programs. Comment


Dozens of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students, staff, faculty and alumni of the CUNY met at the City College of New York April 30 for the annual Queer CUNY conference. In addition to providing […] Comment

News Briefs

Gay Editor Beaten in Amsterdam Comment

Mexican’s Asylum Denial Reversed

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled on April 25 that the Board of Immigration Appeals erred in rejecting an asylum petition by Aurelio Pena-Torres, a gay man from Mexico, and remanded the case to Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzales “to exercise his discretion in determining whether to grant Pena-Torres asylum.” Comment

Solmonese From HRC Visits NYC

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Spain Poised to Wed Gays

With the recent passage of legislation amending its civil marriage law, Spain is poised to join Belgium and the Netherlands as the third European nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Comment

Waiting on the Big Break in Paris

The title of Steve Suissa’s sentimental film refers to Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice,” a role coveted by a handsome Jewish actor named Maurice (Stéphane Freiss). Comment

The Sweet Odor of Success

Lust, heartache, betrayal and regret, all backed by growling chainsaw guitars. Comment

Lesbian Minister Reinstated

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Jack Nichols Dies at 67

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It’s a Kid’s Street Now

Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’ ambitious new musical at Lincoln Center is a wonderful theater experience. Comment

Jewish Traditions Inform Movement

The Neta Dance Company celebrates 20 years of dance with a retrospective of works that have been influential in shaping the artistic vision of choreographer Neta Pulvermacher. Comment

Just Let Go

Straight to the top of the list of things I wish I’d tried earlier––Fischerspooner, the musical duo of vocalist Casey Spooner and programmer Warren Fischer, who churn out rocking electronica for today’s discerning listener. Comment

Keeping a Grip When the Party Ends

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7 Days and 7 Nights

Tokyo Prison Art Comment


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