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Fired Minister Allowed to Sue

A bitterly divided California appeals court ruled on May 27 that a minister dismissed for being gay could sue a church for “outing” him to the congregation and telling congregants that he had repeatedly lied about his sexual orientation. Comment

Engaging a Discussion of Blackness

William Pope.L’s latest performance piece hit Chelsea, but with artist absent, it sputtered Self-described as “America’s friendliest black artist,” William Pope.L is also one of […] Comment

Five Years In Prison for Crystal Sales

An Operation Chelsea Connection defendant, one of eight whose indictments for selling crystal meth were announced by federal prosecutors last year, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, five years of supervised release when he completes his prison sentence and a $70,000 fine on June 2. Comment

Gays OK in Swedish Military

For 26-year-old 1st Lt. Ulrika Hansson, joining the military had been a dream since she was a little girl. As a Swedish citizen, the fact that she is also a lesbian was never really an impediment to her service. Her country’s ban on gays and lesbians openly serving in the armed forces was lifted in 1979. Comment

Has the Pines Seen its Day?

Memorial Day weekend found me succumbing to the promise of fab weather and joining the endless Friday traffic snarl to Fire Island. I basked in the graciousness of my hosts, Anthony Russo and Phillip Sleep, who lovingly organized a Leona Maricle film fest for me––look her up!––but, as regards the neighborhood, must report a certain feeling of faded glory, which I pray is only temporary. Comment

Gay War Hero Discharged

During his recuperation at an American medical facility in Germany this past April from his battlefield injury. Stout, of Utica, Ohio, publicly disclosed his sexual orientation to the Associated Press, indicating his desire to continue to serve, but not willing to re-enlist because of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban. “I know a ton of gay men that would be more than willing to stay in the Army if they could just be open,” Stout said in the news interview. “But if we have to stay here and hide our lives all the time, it’s just not worth it.” Comment

Voting With Our Feet

This past week, following a ceremony in a church gymnasium where he signed a law limiting abortion rights and certified the action taken by the state Legislature to put a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage before Texas voters in November, Republican Gov. Rick Perry gave lesbian and gay veterans the back of his hand. Comment

Disintegration In America

Julia Cho’s play falls short in conveying Asian-American anxieties In Julia Cho’s sometimes engaging hodgepodge of a play, “BFE” at Playwrights Horizons, her central character, […] Comment

A Response to Authoritarianism

From street culture to car crashes, Barry McGee’s installation “One More Thing” at Deitch Projects captures the ethos of a dispossessed, downwardly mobile, crapped-out American culture. Comment

A Night of Recognitions

It wasn’t until this past Saturday, June 4, that news of the death of the actor J.D. Cannon hit these eyes through an obit that day in The New York Times. He had in fact left us on May 20 at his home near Hudson, New York. Comment


After a frantic evening of politicking, during which dozens of candidates—including all four Democratic mayoral hopefuls—appeared before the Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn’s LGBT political club, Congressman Anthony Weiner emerged as the group’s choice for the September 13 primary that will select a Democrat to take on incumbent Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Busting Barriers Not Always Easy

On June 6, HBO’s ode to dysfunctional families who happen to be undertakers began its fifth and final season. This critically acclaimed drama, created by Oscar-winning Alan Ball (“American Beauty,”) has been nominated for and garnered just about every major TV award for which it qualifies. Comment

Court Restores Mother’s Custody

A three-judge panel of the Tennessee Court of Appeals has reversed a change of custody decision by Knox County Chancellor Daryl R. Fansler, who had ordered that a child be removed from his mother’s care based on concern about the impact that her living as a lesbian could have on his future. Comment

Confirmed Dead & 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, 1,680 service members have died, 1,537 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 12, 851 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Jean O’Leary Is Dead at 57

Jean O’Leary’s family and friends contributed to writing this remembrance. Comment

Real People Know How to Chill

My summer started on Saturday on the grassy ski slopes of Hunter Mountain at an open- air rock concert sponsored by Woodstock Radio, where the ‘60s and its spirit of liberty have never died. Comment

Prison Bans Gay National Magazines

U.S. District Judge Allen Sharp ruled on March 31 that a gay inmate’s constitutional rights were not violated when Indiana prison officials denied his request to allow him to subscribe to The Advocate and Out magazines while incarcerated at Westville Correctional Facility. Comment

Staten Island Turns Out for Pride

Last Saturday afternoon, as balmy sunshine banished the morning’s threat of continual rain showers, another historic New York City event unfolded—Staten Island’s first gay pride parade. By late morning, near the promenade on Midland Beach, a panoramic stretch with seaward views of New York Harbor and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, over 400 marchers gathered on one June day to celebrate what has become a month-long recognition of the achievements and struggles for equality of the world’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Comment

Swoon for a Swain

Not many can say they’ve seen “Sylvia,” Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet that’s been in the closet since the ’60s. Comment

You’re Gay, You’re Guilty

The New Jersey judge presiding over the criminal cases of men arrested for public lewdness in Palisades Interstate Park dismissed one defendant’s explanation that he was in the park to spend his lunch break outdoors, saying that because the man is gay he went to the park for sex. Comment

The Book of Dorfman


Percussion in the Audience

David Warren, tall, slim, boyish and as brainy as you could ever want, has directed and won awards for such erudite dramas as “Holiday,” “Hobson’s Choice,” “Summer and Smoke,” “Misalliance,” “The Dazzle,” “Hurrah at Last,” “Night and Her Stars,” “Pterodactyls” and on and on. Comment

Passions Stunted

Despite its hallowed place in the theatrical canon, I have never been excited by August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie.” The play, at once a dark study of class structures, animal instincts, manners and gender roles has, in the many productions I’ve seen, always been hobbled by its arcane premises, overwrought acting and leaden direction—seldom more tiresome than in last year’s Off-Broadway mounting. Comment


The Lambda Literary Foundation held its 17th annual Literary Awards on June 2 at the CUNY Graduate Center, as part of the BookExpo Convention. Comment

Making the Sophomore Cut

Unusual spawn of hip-hop, Gorillaz invites some celebrity voices onto second album The first half of the new CD is flawless, with some of the best thundering and ominous low-frequency vibrations underneath […] Comment

Monitoring World’s Atrocities

Governments around the globe who commit human rights abuse are responsible for massive suffering and exploitation, but just as damaging can be the indifference of those who turn a blind eye to the situation, a group that is far larger than the perpetrators themselves. Comment

News Briefs

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A Miracle Worker Has Left Us

There are only six of us left on this earth who remember a movie called “Don’t Bother to Knock.” It was released in 1952—script by Daniel Taradash and Charlotte Armstrong (from her novel), direction by Roy Ward Baker—and it was the flick in which Marilyn Monroe, as a sub-psychotic baby sitter, gave the best performance of her life, or, if you like, second best to what she did in “The Misfits.” Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

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Elaboration and Precision

Call him a workaholic or simply unstoppable, Sean Curran seems to be making movement everywhere. From Broadway to Lincoln Center Theater, City Opera to Playwright’s Horizon, his extra-curricular projects defy the conventional modern dance range. Comment

Eccentric and Aloft

German film director Werner Herzog may have been born in the wrong century to satisfy his filmmaking wanderlust. His romantic sensibility, tinged with a colonialist’s nostalgia, is unabashedly pre-globalization. Comment

Feast of Riches


For the Love of Food and Women

Bloodroot, a restaurant and bookstore, is in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but for New Yorkers willing to make an afternoon or evening of it, this destination is one of the most inviting and healthy places for a vegetarian meal that is tasty and nutritious—and a visit also affords you the chance for a wonderfully thought-provoking conversation with women who have steered this effort as a collective for more than two decades. Comment


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Kentucky Judge Okays Marriage Ban

A state trial judge in Kentucky has rejected a challenge mounted by same-sex marriage proponents to a state constitutional amendment overwhelming adopted by voters last November that bans such unions. Comment

Confirmed Dead & 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, 1,658 service members have died, 1,515 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 12, 762 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Celebrating Pride with Charity and Talent

On May 25, the Imperial Court, a gay service organization that raises money for AIDS causes, held a cabaret drag show at Friends House, a residence on the East Side for people living with AIDS. This was the Court’s first appearance at Friends House and over 50 residents, staff and invited guests enjoyed a night of impersonations of Barbra Streisand and Liza Minelli, and performances from the musical “Chicago” and other Broadway hits. Comment

A Show to Cheer For

It’s official: Broadway has an old-fashioned sweetheart and it’s a cause for excessive celebration. Comment

Aloha on the Hudson

Hula is the reigning style in choreographer Caron Eule’s “Clean Springing 3.” The result is warm, welcoming, exuberant and just a bit cliché. Comment

Baby Makes Three

Last week, a New Jersey judge handed down a ruling with potentially widespread impact for the state’s families, granting full parentage rights to the lesbian partner of a woman who gave birth to a child born from artificial insemination. Comment

Brazil Kicks Off Pride Month

For more information on Sao Paulo’s gay pride parade, visit Comment

Brutal Slaying in Upper Manhattan

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Marriage Bill Teeters In California

A bill that would legalize gay marriage in California teetered between passage and failure in the state Assembly as of press time Wednesday. Comment

Memorial Day Includes Gay Vets

On Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns, a gay veterans group, the American Veterans for Equal Rights, participated in the official ceremony led by the nation’s commander in chief, Pres. George W. Bush, that honors those fallen in combat. Comment

Two Lovers’ Comic Collisions

Adam and Steve are the two young title characters, played by Craig Chester and Malcolm Gets, in a film that starts at Danceteria, the legendary nightclub and celebrity hangout that was considered one of the hippest venues in the 1980s for young gay men looking to party. Comment

True Colors, True Friends

On May 23, Cyndi Lauper hosted a fund-raising benefit at Irving Plaza for Theresa Brilli Wilson, a longtime music industry executive who died of breast cancer this March. In 1981, Brilli Wilson’s music career began as Elektra Records director of international marketing. In 1989, she became marketing vice president at Sony Music International and later went on to manage CC Music Factory. Her career ended at Arista in 2003. Comment

Understanding and Mastering the Debate

Last week, Howard Dean gave a rousing speech at a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser in New York City, but the new party chairman didn’t talk about money. He spoke about messaging. Comment

Vitamins’ Value in HIV Care

With the advent of anti-viral medications (ARV), the “Lazarus effect” of HIV-positive people coming back from the brink of death has become humdrum, at least to the outside world. So with all this success, why would anyone care about things like vitamins? Comment

Women Tackle Abuse Cycle

On May 10, Women’s eNews, an independent global news service, that specializes in coverage of public policy on females, in a ceremony in New York, honored 21 women with leadership awards, including those who have put themselves at risk of physical harm in their struggle to bridge the gender gap. Comment

Where Are the Feelings?

As a working artist and longtime resident of Long Island City resident, I am thoroughly familiar with the history of the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, beginning in its fledging days as an experimental playground on the New York art scene. Comment

Tony Talk

This theatrical award season is particularly off the hook, with some of the most fiercely contested Tony competitions in recent seasons. Comment

Synching Message and Medium

The new show by Cary Liebowitz, aka Candy Ass, at Kreps comes as a bit of a revelation. Comment

News Briefs

On May 27, claiming it would create a flood of litigation, Republican Gov. Bill Owens vetoed a bill that banned job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. He ignored evidence that a similar measure applying to state employees has not generated any lawsuits among the 1,000 discrimination claims filed with the State Personnel Board. Comment

Never Falling Through the Ice

In the film “Milwaukee, Minnesota,” Troy Garity plays Albert Burroughs, a mentally retarded young man adept at following the myriad rules his overprotective mother (Debra Monk) doles out. As a result, Albert never goes too far from home but he demonstrates an extraordinary talent for winning high-paying ice-fishing tournaments, which involves his knack for “talking to the fish.” Comment

No Slick Exits

The new film “Apres Vous,” by French director Pierre Salvadori, has Louis (José Garcia) as a helpless, endearing screw-up who ricochets through life, exasperating and charming people who always rescue him from his latest disaster. On a lovely Parisian evening, his love life gone sour, Louis decides to end it all by hanging himself from a tree in the local park. Standing on a valise with a noose around his neck, he is poised to say goodbye to a world he can’t seem to understand. Comment

Rebel for Eternity

The overused, much-abused, cliché word for it is charisma. The old-fashioned words for it are magnetism or sex appeal or star power. Like Justice Potter Stewart on the question of pornography, one cannot define it, but one knows it when one sees it. Comment

Surfing on Cement

Skateboarding, like many sports, is itself an art form requiring skill, agility, thick skin, speed and grace. Stacy Peralta is now on his second outing to capture one art form in another—film. A seminal figure in the emergence of the modern skateboarding culture and industry—amidst the youth scene of mid-1970s Venice Beach, California, aka Dogtown—Peralta has written the screenplay “Lords of Dogtown,” a dramatic retelling of a story of his first “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” the 2001 documentary that he directed, with narration by Sean Penn, no less, that took home Best Documentary from Sundance that year. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

THU. JUN. 2 The Black AIDS Institute is the nation’s only HIV/AIDS think tank that specifically serves black people. The institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in black communities […] Comment


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