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Iran Executes Two Teens

After an international outpouring of anger from gay organizations at the news that the Iranian government had executed two young men because they were homosexual, human rights groups are saying that while they strongly object to executing minors the two men may have committed a crime. “So far the only thing that we have been able to corroborate is that they were convicted of sexual assault on a 13-year-old boy,” said Ariel Herrera, acting director of Outfront, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights Program at Amnesty International, in a July 26 interview. “We couldn’t corroborate the charge of homosexuality at this point.” Comment
International

Hangings Awaken Long-Overdue Outrage

The report on the hanging of two Iranian teenagers for being gay, the controversies surrounding the initial reports, and the way in which the story has evolved illustrate a number of problems that should concern sentient gay and lesbian people here in the U.S. Comments (2)

TV’s Confirmed, Lifelong Bachelor

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Top Santorum Aide Is Gay

This week, a Washington, D.C-based media activist reported on his Internet news site that Pennsylvania’s Rick Santorum, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, known for his conservative views on social issues, including his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage, has a gay communications director. Comment

Thugs Keeping It Real

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Three Cheers for Gay Bars

I was in Berkeley, California, a couple weeks ago, and I asked a guy if there was a gay bar in town. Comment

Not By Design

As we do in a time when knowledge is increasingly measured, manipulated and manicured, proceeding on intuition seems old-fashioned. True, Malcolm Gladwell recently explored split-second decision-making in his bestseller, “Blink.” But, by and large, the impulse to go with one’s gut seems a bit foolhardy when there are analysts, consultants and even life coaches to help you do things like minimize risk and strategize opportunity. Comment

N.J. Officials, Pols Mute on Disparate Lewdness Sentences

Senior New Jersey State officials and the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor there are making no comment on a Municipal Court judge who has given harsh sentences to gay and bisexual men who were convicted of or pleaded guilty to violating that state’s lewdness law in the Palisades Interstate Park, but gave a heterosexual couple a far lighter sentence after finding them guilty of having intercourse and violating other ordinances in the park. Comment

News Briefs

Gay Clubs Torched Comment

MICHAEL PITT REVELS IN THE EXPOSURE

Michael Pitt, who intriguingly mixes a faun-like physical delicacy with achingly young verbal cloudiness, echoed some of the points director Gus van Sant made about how his starring role as Blake in “Last Days,” changed over time. Comment

Marijuana and the Law

Recently, the medical marijuana movement suffered a one-two punch, beginning with a 6-to-3 decision of the United States Supreme Court that even personally grown marijuana consumed for medical purposes can subject a grower or user to federal criminal penalties. At the same time, local governments in California are calling for tighter regulations. Comment

Lurid Lesbian Stories

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Lopez, the Outside Insider

“My campaign is a natural progression of where I’ve been and where I am going,” said Margarita Lopez, the outspoken lesbian who has served the Lower East Side on the City Council since January 1998. “I’ve been preparing for this as an activist for housing, social justice, for civil liberties. This has all been a post-graduate course. I am getting ready to get my diploma—to be elected borough president of Manhattan.” Comment

LGBT Domestic Violence Rises

The New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project announced this eek that reports to them of domestic violence in LGBT relationships increased 16 percent in 2003 and 21 percent in 2004. Comment

One Man’s Outing is Another Man’s Reporting

Kudos to blogger Mike Rogers for another important piece of investigative journalism that last week turned up the fascinating news that Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum has a gay communications chief, Robert Traynham. Comment

Laughing With Kudrow, Coogan

In these dark, scary days, laughter is more vital than ever, so Don Roos’ “Happy Endings” is all the more welcome for its trenchant comedy and wry observation. A stunning cast really delivers the goods and, although Maggie Gyllenhaal chose not to show up for our scheduled interview on July 13, Lisa Kudrow and Steve Coogan proved every bit as delightful off screen as they are on. Comment

In a Final Daze

A film inspired by Kurt Cobain’s 1994 suicide, “Last Days” is revealing not because it has much insight into his life but because it debunks other films about drugs and fame. Comment

Gus Van Sant’s Vision

Inspired by the final hours of Kurt Cobain’s life, Gus van Sant’s “Last Days” will be perceived by some as a strangely beautiful, haunting and poetic evocation of a troubled soul in transcendence, and by others as simply a bore, where nothing much happens. Comment

Ground Zero and Free Expression

The downtown arts community has rallied behind the Drawing Center in recent weeks as it struggles to hold its ground in the plans for a new cultural center at the World Trade Center site. Comment

Gay G.O.P. Bid on East Side

Patrick Murphy, a candidate for the East Side City Council seat being vacated by Manhattan borough president hopeful Eva Moskowitz, disagrees with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision in February appealing a State Supreme Court ruling ordering the city clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Comment

From Sir with Love

Antony Sher’s “Primo” graces Broadway with a compelling look at one man’s descent to hell at Auschwitz Sir Antony Sher is one of those actors I would pay to hear read the phone […] Comment

Doubts, Concerns Raised on Roberts

Many gay and AIDS groups are greeting the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court with considerable concern and they are calling for a complete airing of his views during the confirmation process. Comment

Battle Against Racism at Bar Fizzles

The most divisive controversy to rend San Francisco’s gay community in many years started at a brunch, said Don Romesburg, now a spokesman for the activist group “And Castro for All,” at friend Derek Turner’s Castro district home about a year and half ago. Comment

Aqueous Feast

State-of-the-art acoustics promised an ideal starting point for a staging of Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s “Ocean,” presented in the round at the new Rose Theater in Columbus Circle at the Time Warner Center July 12-16. Comment

An Effortless Stretch into Infinity

In “The Sphere,” the first work on a program at La MaMa on July 8, Maureen Fleming, the choreographer and performer, was standing far from the front of the stage, naked, on top of a tall, wide, black plinth. Ghostly illumination made her seem to float and eerie music by Philip Glass matched the extraterrestrial facade. She painfully and intricately formed shapes with her body that evolved with a pleasant lethargy. She formed an “O” and then bent back her body with a lingering and extent that were unfathomable. She curled up in a ball like a fetus. Every shape she formed was breathtaking, exhausting. Comment

An Anti-Feminist Backlash

As an entry in the summer group show category, “Idols of Perversity” at Bellwether Gallery in Chelsea has been widely reviewed. But I couldn’t let this show pass without offering my own two cents. Comment

Accepting Life’s Invitation

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When the Village was Bohemian

THE BALLAD OF GREENWICH VILLAGE Comment

Vandals Torch Virginia Church

Federal law enforcement agents have joined state police investigators in the arson investigation of a Virginia church fire that appears to have been set by anti-gay vandals. Comment

The War on Terror Must Be Fought on Home Soil

As the evidence mounts that the London terrorist attacks were carried out by British-born citizens of Pakistani extraction, the focus in the war on terror has to shift from what Pres. George W. Bush has called “state-sponsored terrorism.” Comment

The Serious Art and Fun of Tap

Tap City’s recent Joyce season proved the widening horizon for a long popular dance form Kendrick Jones II leans in shadow against the Tap City street corner signpost reading a newspaper while Derick […] Comment

The Serious Art and Fun of Tap

Tap City’s recent Joyce season proved the widening horizon for a long popular dance form Kendrick Jones II leans in shadow against the Tap City street corner signpost reading a newspaper while Derick […] Comment

There’s Something About Jerry

“She’s a dyke/you can see it by the way that she stands/She’s a dyke/There’s something wrong with her glands/She’s dyke with a giggle and a comb/Let’s test her for testosterone.” Comment

The Bard’s Public Visionary

Joseph Papp had a very simple idea. If Shakespeare belongs to me, thought the lean and hungry Brooklyn-born, 33-year-old radical—if he belongs to me for free—then he belongs to everybody. To everybody in every borough of this city, the greatest city in the world. For free. Comment

The Bard’s Public Visionary

Joseph Papp had a very simple idea. If Shakespeare belongs to me, thought the lean and hungry Brooklyn-born, 33-year-old radical—if he belongs to me for free—then he belongs to everybody. To everybody in every borough of this city, the greatest city in the world. For free. Comment

The Bard’s Public Visionary

Joseph Papp had a very simple idea. If Shakespeare belongs to me, thought the lean and hungry Brooklyn-born, 33-year-old radical—if he belongs to me for free—then he belongs to everybody. To everybody in every borough of this city, the greatest city in the world. For free. Comment

Tension Relief

Taking Up the Modern Dance Cause

Dance Theatre Workshop is not known for showcasing traditional modern dance, but Battleworks is the unexpected exception. Choreographer Robert Battle, who performed for many years with David Parsons, has taken up the mantle of Modern Dance and his lineage to Paul Taylor is threaded through his choreographic choices, the scores he selects and the drama of his dances. Comment

Taking Up the Modern Dance Cause

Dance Theatre Workshop is not known for showcasing traditional modern dance, but Battleworks is the unexpected exception. Choreographer Robert Battle, who performed for many years with David Parsons, has taken up the mantle of Modern Dance and his lineage to Paul Taylor is threaded through his choreographic choices, the scores he selects and the drama of his dances. Comment

Senator Schumer Approaches the Plate

From the ultimate Washington insider journal, The Hill, to the stridently conservative pages of the New York Post, pundits are noting that the impending Supreme Court nomination battles promise to provide high profile opportunities for New York’s senior senator, Democrat Charles Schumer. Comment

Remembering Shakespearean Giant

Joseph Papp had a very simple idea. If Shakespeare belongs to me, thought the lean and hungry Brooklyn-born, 33-year-old radical—if he belongs to me for free—then he belongs to everybody. To everybody in every borough of this city, the greatest city in the world. For free. Comment

PROTECTING GAY MARRIAGE IN MASSACHUSETTS

After an historic ruling from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in November 2003, same-sex marriage became a reality in that state the following May, more than a year ago. Comment

PENIS, BODY FLUIDS OF HIV-POSITIVE MAN RULED DEADLY WEAPONS

Upholding a conviction of “aggravated sexual assault of a child,” on July 8, the Texas Court of Appeals rejected an HIV-positive defendant’s claim that he was “overcharged” for the offense because his penis and body fluids do not constitute “deadly weapons” within the meaning of the Texas Penal Code. Comment

PENIS, BODY FLUIDS OF HIV-POSITIVE MAN RULED DEADLY WEAPONS

Upholding a conviction of “aggravated sexual assault of a child,” on July 8, the Texas Court of Appeals rejected an HIV-positive defendant’s claim that he was “overcharged” for the offense because his penis and body fluids do not constitute “deadly weapons” within the meaning of the Texas Penal Code. Comment

News Briefs

Nigerian Gay Man Sentenced to Death by Stoning Comment

Meth Informant Spared Long Term

Peter K. Harris sold crystal, but credited for 10 months served after identifying other sellers Comment

McDonald’s Loses AIDS Bias Case

A second jury in Cleveland has unanimously found that McDonald’s discriminated against a gay former manager with AIDS and forced him out of his job. Comment

The Second Battle First

Volume 75, Number 28 | 14 - 20 July 2005 Comment

Latino Meth Use Spotlighted

A report produced by the Latino Commission on AIDS called on the city and state to do more to confront crystal use among Latino gay and bisexual men. Comment

Funky Release Evokes ’70s

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Firestorm Over Bisexuality in Times

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has joined bisexual advocacy groups in condemning a front-page story in The New York Times’ science section on July 5 titled “Straight, Gay or Lying?: Bisexuality Revisited.” Comment

Federal Employment Protection Proposed

Eleven U.S. representatives introduced legislation on June 30 that would protect gay and lesbian federal workers from job discrimination motivated by their sexual orientation. Comment

Disparate Results in NJ Lewdness Arrests

Volume four, Issue 28 | July 14-20, 2005 Comment

Disparate Results in NJ Lewdness Arrests

A New Jersey judge who has repeatedly handed out harsh sentences to gay and bisexual men who were convicted of or pleaded guilty to violating that state’s lewdness law in the Palisades Interstate Park gave a heterosexual couple a far lighter sentence after they were convicted of violating the same statute and other ordinances in the park. Comment

Asian Film in Spotlight

Volume 75, Number 28 | 14 - 20 July 2005 Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

June 23-July 6, 2005 In Iraq Comment

Asian Film in Spotlight

Volume 75, Number 28 | 14 - 20 July 2005 Comment

Asian Film in Spotlight

ASIAN-AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Comment

Art Therapy for Tsunami Survivors

GAY CITY NEWS Comment

Artists Reflect the Hell of War

WAR/HELL Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Williamsburg Party Comment

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