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Harnessing the Power of Gay-Vague Politics

Coincidences are curious. By Monday night, The New York Times Sunday Styles article, “Gay or Straight? Hard to Tell,” was the newspaper’s most e-mailed article, a sure sign that people are talking about the latest social trend, “gay vague.” Comment

Gays Go Free on Cable TV

Say goodbye to gay for pay television. On June 30, Viacom’s MTV Networks Division will launch LOGO, a new cable station geared specifically to the gay and lesbian community. Unlike subscriber-based channels such as the Q Television Network or pay-on-demand channels such as here!, LOGO will be available on basic digital cable in about 10 million homes across the nation. Comment

Four Years Later, Lesbian Teacher Getting Day In Court

A federal magistrate judge has found that a former high school teacher in Comsewogue, Long Island, is entitled to a trial of her sexual orientation discrimination claim against the school district there and her former high school principal. Comment

Health Dept. Disputes NY Post

The city health department is knocking down a New York Post story that quoted a senior department official saying that a New York City man who was infected with virulent, multidrug-resistant HIV was “an isolated case.” Comment

Hearing From Huckleberry Friends

Jack Donahue is singing in the Algonquin’s Oak Room through June 25, and I urge you to catch the finest male purveyor of cabaret today. Last Tuesday evening, with his opening number “Nature Boy,” he thoroughly seduced a frankly adoring crowd, including Dominick Dunne, with his dulcet tenor and dark good looks. A while back, I’d asked him if he was singing my favorite, Suzanne Vega’s “Caramel,” and he said probably not, as it wouldn’t be the same without the female chorus that’s on his CD, “Strange Weather.” Comment

Homo Interuptus

In “Dallas 362,” troubled Rusty (Shawn Hatosy) literally yearns for Dallas, both the city and the guy who also shares that name (Scott Caan). Comment

Hill Dems Boost Bi-National Couples

On June 21, two Capitol Hill Democrats introduced legislation that would make it legal for the foreign-born partners of American gays and lesbians to obtain legal U.S. residency. Comment

Federal Judge Upholds Federal DOMA

U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor ruled on June 16 that the portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that excludes same-sex partners from access to any of the federal rights or benefits available to married opposite-sex couples does not violate the federal Constitution. Comment

Father’s Day Fun and Frolics

Thousands of leather-wearing, sexual freedom-celebrating, fun-loving men and women poured onto 28th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues this past Sunday for the annual Folsom Street East Festival. Comment

Confirmed Dead and 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, 1,722 service members have died, 1,578 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 13,074 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Community Center Hits the Piers

After 22 years of hosting the annual Garden Party in Manhattan, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center moved the ever-expanding event to Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 to accommodate the crowds. Comment

Clinton Protégé Ready for State Race

A former member of Pres. Bill Clinton’s executive administrative staff, and an openly gay man, hosted a West Village fund-raiser on June 14 and formally announced his candidacy for New York State attorney general. Comment

Details on Gay Discharges Reported

For the first time, a detailed analysis has been completed of soldiers discharged from the U.S. military for being gay. The data reveals that the armed forces continue to discharge badly needed specialists, but also that some commanders might be tolerating the presence of gays and lesbians in their units. Comment

Enthusiasm Competes With Complacency

Undiminished by Sunday’s cloudy skies, spirits were high for the annual Gay Pride Rally in Bryant Park, a midtown event featuring speakers, musicians and performers that is the traditional kickoff to the week of celebrations hosted by Heritage of Pride. Comment

Farewell to an Old Curiosity Shop

Out of the Closet Thrift Shop has collected untold numbers of high-end giveaways in its East 81st Street venue and turned them into much-needed dollars and donations for more than 70 AIDS services organizations over a span that has now reached the 15-year mark. Comment

Equal Opportunity Rocking

There is something irresistible about screaming guitars and the sound of chicks singing. And if the chicks in question turn it out with a sound reminiscent of a Jefferson Airplane-Grace Slick-meets-Patti Smith sound, so much the better. Comment

Honoring Louis Malle

Louis Armstrong once said, “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.” Comment

Subversion on the Run

The best art can be experienced. Andrea Haenggi’s exceptional site-specific work—blast wall art—calls attention to the environment and the idea of direct transformation. The work—inspired by the non-violent subversive acts of Iraqi artists—took audiences on a tour through the gentrifying hipster Brooklyn havens DUMBO and neighboring Vinegar Hill, skirting the Farragut Houses, a public-housing complex, along the outer brick wall of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and leading them to the handball courts of Commodore Barry Park, a place at times vibrant when not desolate, even dangerous. Comment

Still Stunted Decades After Stonewall

A bright young man tortured by his homosexual desires seeks a cure from a therapist, marries a woman and soaks his sorrows in bourbon. A liberated dandy relies on flair and cutting wit for survival, yet leads a loveless, unfulfilled life. Comment

Social Distances that Won’t Close

In his new play, “Private Fears in Public Places,” Alan Ayckbourn achieves a brilliant feat of social criticism as he charts the lives of six people who in many ways are lost in the world. As a playwright, Ayckbourn is a trenchant observer of contemporary behavior and the play, for all its comedy, pulses the overwhelming sadness and isolation experienced by each of the characters. Six rudderless people exist and interact in a world defined by a spiritual entropy that leaves them alone—and in many cases tortured—when what they want more than anything else is to be able to connect with one another. Comment

The Mettle of Two Singing Stars

Her voice pitched an octave lower than in her opera and recital, Fleming’s CD “Haunted Heart” reflects the singer’s Sunday-night student gigs while studying at the Crane School of Music. Her cabaret singing was so good, tenor saxophonist Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet invited her tour with him. Comment

Vast Space Dwarfs Huge Inquiry

The new show “Homomuseum: Heroes and Moments” is the brain-child of Exit Art’s co-founders, Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo. To honor the influences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture, the pair chose 27 artists out of roughly 4,000 who submitted proposals to create a theoretical museum of homo art. Comment

Winds of Change

“The winds of change,” declaimed then-speaker of California’s Assembly, Herb Wesso, and then paused in mid-sentence. Comment

Warhol’s Brainy Goddess

In alphabetical order, they are Candy, Holly, Jackie—the triple-goddess of the mystery temple religion founded by Andy Warhol and Mickey Ruskin on Union Square and Park Avenue South in the fabled New York City of 1964. As such, they are worthy of examination in detail—every sincerely attested mythic/biographic scrap that comes to light you may clip and attach as a supplement to the back of Craig B. Highberger’s “Superstar in a House Dress.” Comment

Settling into Musical Stardom

Coldplay, the smooth masters of soulful melodies and melancholy timbre, have released “X&Y,” their third high-caliber album, proving that the group is among the most successful bands—commercially and artistically—to surface in the last five years. Comment

Pols Urged to Speak Against Violence

The vicious assault on Dwan Prince and the murder of Rashawn Brazell, both gay men from central Brooklyn, has the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) calling for more cooperation from political leaders in the area to combat the atmosphere that contributed to these attacks. Comment

Liberating the One-Woman Show

If the spirit of LGBT liberation is eluding you in this season of pride, rediscover it at The Culture Project, where poet and performance artist Staceyann Chin gathers up all the strains of her colorful life into a witty, moving, intelligent, sexy and bittersweet tale of love and revolution that she calls “Border/Clash: A Litany of Desires.” Comment

The Equality that Pride Demands

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that the transformation took place, but as the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in New York City celebrates this weekend, it is unmistakably clear that pride has become inextricably linked to the demand for full equality in American life. Comment

Legal briefs

Iowa Supreme Court Rebukes Busybodies Comment

Log Cabin Endorses Bloomberg

On Tuesday, June 21, in Carl Schurz Park, the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay political group, endorsed the re-election bid of Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference in which the mayor tried out a stump speech that he is likely to hone and repeat as November approaches. Comment

More Enforcement on Chelsea Clubs

Some gay bar owners in Chelsea are charging that the 10th Precinct, the police precinct that patrols that neighborhood, is unfairly targeting them for inspections and citations. Comment

Personal Statements in Just One Color

With the season coming to a close and the European art fairs under way, most of the galleries have already mounted summer group shows, which provide an opportunity for curators to, well… curate and galleries to put together collections of work by their artists. Comment

News briefs

City Equal Benefits Law Goes to High Court Comment

A War Without Clear Enemies

We have been “fighting the war on drugs” for decades it seems, but has anyone ever stopped to ask who are the “enemies” in this war? After all, to wage war, there must be adversaries. Comment

Black and White and Very Campy

Hollywood’s motion picture industry has long been considered a purveyor of high-minded civic norms and consequently, the periodic target of reformists’ campaigns against perceived declines in American values. Comment

7 Days 7 Nights

Racism & Homophobia—A Pride Topic Comment

Ancient Transsexuality in Indonesia

“When Ancik was a little boy, he was always interested in wearing dresses. We would hide them, but he would find them and put them on,” says a moist-eyed mother, sitting in her fishing hut on a remote speck of an island near Sulawesi, Indonesia, as her young, beautiful son is led away to start his new life as a transvestite Bissu priest. Puang Matoa Saidi, high priest of an ancient sect, has recruited Ancik to help replenish the dying ranks of this ancient order. Comment

Anachronistic and au Curran

Driven by inner demons that are not always his, Seán Curran danced his “St. Petersburg Waltz” at the Joyce Theater June 7-12. Comment

A Slew of Good Recruits

On June 15 at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, a business networking group hosted a screening of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” a documentary named for the law enacted during the first Clinton administration that prevents gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces. The screening, during a month-long celebration of gay pride events, occurred as some federal lawmakers have called upon Congress to overturn the ban in order to redress the military’s overextended troop deployments, particularly in light of recent recruitment shortfalls. Comment

Despite Showers, Brooklyn Pride Shines

Despite morning haze and occasional showers, Prospect Park proved the perfect setting on Saturday, June 11, for the ninth annual Brooklyn Pride celebration. 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, 1,710 service members have died, 1,566 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 12, 896 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Five Stages to Separation

Few filmmakers tackle such a diversity of themes as does François Ozon, The French director, who has become known for intense psychological thrillers like “Swimming Pool” and “Under the Sand,” also made “Sitcom,” a black comedy about a family driven crazy by the presence of a rat, and “8 Women,” a sort of musical Agatha Christie whodunit with a very celebrated female cast that included Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Isabelle Huppert and Fanny Ardant. Comment



Class Boundaries and Love’s Limits

Is it possible to remake history? Pawel Pawlikowki’s new film, “My Summer of Love,” takes a story of a romantic affair between two young women, adds a pack of lies and, unintentionally or not, reworks the seminal lesbian film “The Children’s Hour” for a new generation. Comment


Hundreds of thousands of spectators and marchers filled Fifth Avenue last Sunday for the annual Puerto Rican Day parade, one of New York City’s most popular ethnic celebrations. As floats topped with singers, dancers, beauty queens and politicians made their way down the grand boulevard, a crowd estimated at nearly two million lined the sun-drenched expanse between 44th and 88th Streets. Comment

Gay Groups Demand Bloch’s Ouster

In the wake of testimony by the director of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Scott Bloch, before a Senate subcommittee, where he said he cannot enforce government anti-discrimination regulations for gay federal employees, several major LGBT organizations are calling for his resignation. Comment

California Marriage Drive Persists

California’s six gay and lesbian state lawmakers will make another try at passing a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the nation’s largest state this year, even though a similar measure failed narrowly in the Assembly, in two successive votes on June 2. Comment

All Family, All the Time

In “Easy Rider,” the road flick of a generation ago, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson zoom through the South on their hogs, rebels trying to figure out a society that doesn’t understand them. Their journey ends in tragedy and murder. Comment

Allan Gurganus Returns Home

You can say this about North Carolinians: when they write, they write long. Comment

Asian Film Fest with Breadth

Asian films are ultra-violent and perverse. If not, they consist of five-minute takes in which the camera stands still while a character sits around doing nothing. Comment

A Tangled Parisian Tango

Pierre Caumon lives in Paris. He came to the big city as a teenager looking for work, escaping his forlorn village in the bleak north of France. Pierre is also Stephanie (Stephanie Michelini), a transsexual prostitute working the boulevards and apartment blocks in the City of Light, a delicate, beautiful wisp of a creature who projects a wrenching vulnerability. Comment

Catapulted into a Life of Crime

Jun Hee Lee plays the title role in “Ethan Mao,” as an 18-year-old boy who toils away at a Chinese restaurant run by his father. One day, the place gets robbed at gunpoint. Shortly afterwards, his father throws him out of the house after discovering a gay porn magazine in his room. To make ends meet, he becomes a hustler. Comment

Hiding in Plain Sight

When a student playing Lady Macbeth decides to “raise the stakes” by handing her stage husband a pistol, actress Diana (Glenn Close) admonishes her students to “listen to the words” and then rants about how people have lost their passion. Comment


City Comptroller William Thompson marked LGBT Pride Month at the Community Center June 9 by celebrating veteran activists and his own success in using shareholder resolutions to get companies to adopt policies banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment

Lustful Waiters, NYC Summer

“There never have been lesbians or gay men in Hollywood films. Only homosexuals.” Comment

Task Force Honors Tom Daschle

At its 16th annual Leadership Awards, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the nation’s oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights and advocacy organization, honored former U.S. Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle—who was defeated for reelection in South Dakota last fall—for his role earlier last year in beating back the Federal Marriage Amendment. The amendment would have defined marriage throughout the U.S. as only the union between a man and a woman. Comment

Surviving Yugoslavia

The first few minutes of “The Great Water” hold a promise that the rest of the film does not keep. Over credits introducing the names of its Macedonian, Czech, Slovak and American production companies, noise grinds and grates, as if the print’s soundtrack were ancient and worn. Doctors race an elderly patient on a gurney through a hospital. Breathing heavily, a child walks through a field. One soon finds out that the old man and boy are the same person. As more credits roll, the camera passes swiftly over a blue landscape, which resembles an abstract painting. It’s a fine, energetic start for a film that turns out to be stale and hackneyed. Comment

The Chattering of Love

Writer, director, and star Miranda July’s refreshing feature debut “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” contains all of the hallmarks of an outstanding independent film––quirky characters, artfully composed shots and hypnotic music. Comment

Thugs Brutally Attack Gay Man

The New York Police Department has identified one of the suspects in last week’s bias-related attack on Dwan Prince, a Brooklyn gay man who remains in critical condition after a brutal assault outside the apartment building where the 27-year-old lives and works as a porter. Comment

When One Man’s an Island

Thomas Schutte is an eminent German artist who shows frequently in Europe; this week, one of his sculptures was awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. His last major exhibition in the U.S. was a three-part survey held at Dia Art Foundation from 1998 through 2000. Schutte’s investigation of the sculptor as part visionary and part technician has led him to create sculptural forms that often refer to theatrical props or architectural models. Comment


Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields held an LGBT Pride Celebration at the Community Center on June 10, at which she honored Bishop Zachary Jones of Brooklyn’s Unity Fellowship Church, Christine Marinoni of the Alliance for Quality Education, Janet Weinberg, the Community Center’s development director, and SAGE, Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders. Fields is one of four Democrats vying for her party’s nomination for mayor in the September primary. She is shown here with Terry Kaelber, SAGE’s executive director. Comment

Rethinking the War on Fat

Dieting is risky business. When examined over a 12 to 24-month timeframe from the commencement of a weight reduction effort, many dieters find they have actually gained weight. No one who has thought or written about weight loss would challenge that conclusion. Comment

Margo Channing Lives

Check out first-time director Chris Terrio’s “Heights,” set in the New York theater world, in which Glenn Close, James Marsden, the adorable, very busy Jesse Bradford, Rufus Wainwright, Isabella Rosselini and a host of others playing gay and straight characters, collide romantically, as well as professionally. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

The ONE Campaign Comment

Post-Awards Ennui Settles In

The astonishing thing about the new musical “Trolls” is that it’s nowhere near as bad as you would think. Better yet, it’s often endearing and entertaining. That’s even more amazing because it’s got a clumsy book, a tired premise––middle-aged gay men gather to celebrate a dead friend in song and dance and bemoan getting older––and cringe-inducing plot manipulations. Comment

New Health Effort Launched

A longtime New York AIDS activist has launched an institute to advocate for research and policies affecting the overall health of gay men. Comment

News Briefs

Uniting American Families Act Comment

Nosing to the Finish

The Met ended its season staging an enjoyable, if not ultimately memorable, look at a true obscurity––Franco Alfano’s 1936 “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Comment

NJ Appeals Court Rejects Marriage

An appeals court in New Jersey has dealt a setback to claims first raised by seven gay and lesbian couples in 2002 that same-sex marriage is guaranteed under the state’s constitution, but Lambda Legal, who represents the plaintiffs, is undaunted, saying the New Jersey Supreme Court has always been the venue where the group expected the issue to be resolved. Comment

Spain Legalizes Gay Marriage

In a political shift of titanic proportions, Spain legalized same-sex marriage on June 30, despite the vehement opposition of the Vatican and bishops of this overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation and parlimentary opposition. Comment


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