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Two More Executions Planned in Iran

The latest dismal news about the Islamic Republic of Iran’s campaign of repression against same-sex conduct comes from the city of Arak, where two homosexual men are scheduled to be executed at the end of the month, probably on August 27, although some sources claim the executions are set for the following day. Comment

Sympathy, But No Devil

In 2001, a new aesthetic bridging the arthouse and grindhouse came aboveground with the American release of Takashi Miike’s “Audition,” made two years earlier, and Catherine Breillat’s “Fat Girl.” Comment

Risky Theater Has Its Rewards

In a world where art is routinely trumped by commerce, and where much of New York theater is devolving into safe, mediocre fare designed to placate rather than stimulate, comes FringeNYC to the rescue. Sure, the avant-garde festival, pulsating with some 180 diverse shows, each produced with little more than a credit card and a dream, lives up to its scrappy, hit-or-miss reputation. But that’s part of the fun. Comment

Pilot Aims at Earlier HIV Diagnosis

The city’s health department will pilot an innovative HIV testing procedure that has been shown to identify HIV-positive patients who incorrectly test negative using conventional testing methods. The procedure, called pooled viral load (PVL) HIV testing, has shown it can identify people who are newly infected, but whose sero-status has not yet been identified by conventional screens. Comment

Passed Up by His Own Life

The twin plagues of depression and pressure to do what’s expected of him go a long way to make sense of Steven’s inertia, but in the end cannot fully explain the despair obviously felt by this young man. Only years later, we learn via the book, does he manage to put his life and his silent struggles into perspective. As memoirs go, more self-knowledge and insight and fewer lunch details would have been more appetizing. Comment

Off the Roller Coaster

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Nowhere Men

As difficult as it is to conceive in the murky morass that is entertainment today, there really was a time when an artist’s work was more important than the artist’s personality. While always intriguing, given humans’ apparently insatiable gossip gene, celebrity doings were separate from the work, and the power of music, art, or film came from the impact the piece had in and of itself. Comment

NJ Syringe Exchange Effort Threatened

In a decision signaling that the executive order issued by former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey authorizing needle exchange programs may eventually be held invalid, a three-judge Appellate Division panel in that state on August 16 unanimously overturned a municipal ordinance in Atlantic City establishing such an effort. Comment

News Briefs

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Marriage Amendment Booster Blinks

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Penn Appeals Court Revives Allentown Rights Law Comment

Girls Will Boys

No surprise that Daniel Peddle’s film “The Aggressives,” the only film picked up earlier this year at the SXSW film festival, a mini-Sundance of sorts in Austin, Texas, should turn away crowds at queer venues everywhere, including SRO at New York’s New Festival, San Francisco’s International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Outfest in Los Angeles. Comment

Ginsberg and the Meat of the Matter

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‘Gay Panic’ Slay Rap Upheld

Volume 75, Number 33 | August 18 - 24, 2005 Comment

Gay Mexican Asylum Bids Advance

Two Mexican immigrants won a reprieve in federal court from findings by immigration officials that they do not qualify for asylum based on their fear of anti-gay persecution, but their victories will not be vindicated unless Attorney General Alberto Gonzales finds that the two should now receive political asylum. Comment

For Lesbians, Outreach on Cancer

A grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has allowed the LGBT Community Center to hire Liz Margolies, a licensed clinical social worker, to head up a group serving lesbian, bisexual and transgendered women living with cancer. Comment

Floozing It Up In Florida

Palm bitch detour; Chekhov served right; Oh no, Ono! As folks have been raving to me, Fort Lauderdale is, indeed, the new queer mecca. South Beach and Key West seem increasingly to be over as far as gays […] Comment

Evangelicals at Public Schools Fought

The city’s Department of Education was in federal court last week to stop churches from holding services in city schools, an effort that could impact two Christian churches that hold weekly services in Greenwich Village and Battery Park City public schools. Comment

Art and Earth in Correspondence

The Robert Smithson retrospective on view at the Whitney, which originated at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art, thoughtfully presents the singular intelligence of the artist ’s radical vision. The exhibition features a representative selection of his sculptures, photographs, diagrams, and unrealized projects. Importantly, several films he made are on continuous view. All are worth watching from start to finish, including a quirky slide lecture about a damp and rotting hotel in Mexico. Comment

Appreciating Warhol, At Last

In the spring of 2004, my first visit to Dia Beacon—the mammoth galleries reclaimed from an abandoned Nabisco factory in Beacon, New York—provided just the kind of transcendent experiences for which art lovers often hope but seldom have in modern museums. After wandering through the cavernous exhibition spaces, flooded with ample and remarkably even natural light, I walked into one gallery and stopped in my tracks. Before me was Andy Warhol’s “Shadows,” a 102-canvass series, hung end to end in an almost unbroken line all the way around the room. Comment

Anti-Gay St. Patrick’s Rector Resigns in Sex Scandal

Schadenfruede was at high tide, especially in the gay community, after Monsignor Eugene V. Clark, 79, rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and longtime grand inquisitor of the Archdiocese of New York, resigned after being named as the “other man” in a divorce suit. Comment

7 Days in cinema

Upcoming: CHILLFEST This film festival bills itself as “the mostly gay and lesbian film festival of Jersey City,” known to locals as Chilltown. Coinciding with the Jersey City Lesbian and […] Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

The Chelsea Two-Step Comment

Two More Executions Planned in Iran

Arak is a city under the strictest possible conservative religious, political, and military rule because it is the site of Iran’s heavy water plant—heavy water is used in the production of fissionable nuclear material and is crucial to Iran’s attempts to develop a deliverable nuclear weapon. Comments (2)

The Timeless Allure of Chanel

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) is the designer who fashion editors and critics agree was the most influential in modernizing the way women dress, with revolutionary designs such as uncorseted evening and day wear. The looser silhouette allowed women more ease of movement, and it also dovetailed with an emerging prototype of the modern, liberated woman who, against the grain, sunbathed, wore trousers, drove and smoked cigarettes. Chanel was the first designer who wove fashion into the social and political changes ascendant during the early 20th century. She was also the first one whose personal style became the basis for her mystique. Comment

The Deformity of Evil

If Cleopatra’s nose had been a half-inch longer, my father used to say, the whole history of the world would be different. Comment

Stark Rhetoric in Alabama

An 8-to-1 ruling in a child custody case July 29 by the Alabama Supreme Court illustrates the degree to which Christian fundamentalism influences some members of that court, a panel known to be particularly homophobic. Comment

See, Hear, Speak No Evil

Michael Bloomberg campaigned for mayor as a supporter of anti-bullying legislation for the schools, but when the City Council passed it, he vetoed it and then refused to enforce it. He said that it was a usurpation of his powers. Comment

Right to Protest Dodges Bullet

The right to protest in the streets of New York City, a source of considerable legal contention dating back to the Giuliani administration, won an important victory August 1 when four activists were given community service—as has been traditional—instead of jail time for blocking traffic on Fifth Avenue in 2003 to protest the Israeli military’s use of bulldozing in March of that year that led to the death of Rachel Corrie, an American working for Palestinian rights. Comment

Regina Rocks Hudson Valley

Marc Blitzstein’s “Regina” was certainly worth a trip up to Bard College, where it was presented on July 29, as part of the SummerScape Festival, in its jaw-dropping Frank Gehry-designed theater, a smashed tin can amidst all that lush greenery. Comment

Ready for America

It doesn’t often happen that a young female singer/songwriter releases a debut album of pop songs and ballads and almost instantly finds herself at the top of the U.K. charts. Comment

PRIDE ALL OVER THE CITY

People of Color in Crisis sponsored a weekend of celebrations in the African-American gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community with Pride In the City, four days of events that ranged from a summit by the Black Gay Research Group at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Brooklyn, to an evening of poets, author and visual artists reading from or showing their work, to a picnic in Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park and a beach day at Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways. At the beach on Sunday, Martha Wash, performs for a huge crowd, including one lesbian couple who perfectly captured the mood of celebration and pride at right. Comment

Powerless Over Nature

Grizzly Man” is a dialogue with a dead man. A documentary about grizzly bear-obsessed Timothy Treadwell, who spent 13 summers living among the animals and was killed by one in 2003, it treats its subject as director Werner Herzog’s peer. In fact, it incorporates so much footage shot by Treadwell that he could justifiably be credited as co-director. Comment

Passion Plays

If the “Guinness World Records” book had a category for the most avant-garde plays watched in a decade, surely Elena K. Holy would win the title. As the spunky, indefatigable co-founder and producing artistic director of the New York Fringe Festival, now in its ninth year, Holy has seen thousands of shows—or fragments of them, anyway. Comment

Online Profiles Snare Gay Soldiers

As an artilleryman in the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division serving in Iraq, Specialist Jeff Howe’s computer expertise got him the job of maintaining his company’s blog for his unit’s friends and family members back home. Comment

News Briefs

Bloomberg Continues Fight Versus Gay Marriage Comment

Mobilizing to End the War in Iraq

Peace groups will rally on the Washington Mall in the nation’s capital on Saturday, September 24 and then march for to end the war in Iraq. Organizers expect the participation of a hundred thousand people or more. Comment

Lopez Punches Back at the Post

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Social Insecurity

Pres. George W. Bush’s hopes of radically reshaping Social Security through a vaguely outlined proposal to allow American workers to shift a portion of their system contributions into private accounts may have little political chance of advancing in its current conception, but the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has nonetheless performed a valuable service in issuing a research critique of the plan, “Selling Us Short.” Comment

Lawmakers Denounce Bias Attacks

City lawmakers and civic leaders held a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday to call attention to a recent spate of bias-related incidents including an assault on a gay man last weekend in Chelsea. Comment

Judge Considers Porn Regs Injunction

The question of whether strict new federal justice department rules placing broad regulations on the adult entertainment industry will be allowed to stand moved closer to an answer this on August 2 during a preliminary injunction hearing in Denver. Comment

Iranian Sources Question Rape Charges in Teen Executions

As worldwide protests are taking place against the death penalty and criminalization of homosexuality in Iran in the wake of the hanging of two teenage males in the Iranian city of Mashad, new information is coming in from that country casting doubt on the validity of the rape charges the government there used to justify the death sentences. Comment

Dumbstruck and Struck Dumb

An African paradise invites disquiet; Five Lesbian Brothers dig deep in Palm Springs’ sands Comment

Dems Press Mayor on STD Clinics

A recent Gay City News report on the capacity problems by city clinics in providing services to patients seeking treatment and testing for sexually transmitted disease has prompted separate inquiries by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz directed toward Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden. Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died during the past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 1,839 service members have died, 1,695 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 13, 877 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Burden and Burton

Britten’s final opera, “Death in Venice” (1973), is meant to disquiet, but it often just creeps me out. Thomas Mann and Britten’s conflicted responses to their own gay desires fuel a story about love for beauty that is, well, not pretty. Watching the middle-aged widower Aschenbach, a distinguished artist, discover eternal truth in the looks of a young adolescent boy (Tadzio) in plague-infected Venice that then kills him can be grim, and the music, if not well-shaped, can turn arid. Comment

A Vixen So Alone

Evan Rachel Wood pulls out all the stops in “Pretty Persuasion.” Teen sexuality is a filmmaking mainstay, whether it’s the passively seductive saunter of the title character of “Lolita” or Christina Ricci’s Dede Truitt in “The Opposite of Sex, ” whipping off her bikini top to see if she can tempt her gay brother’s boy-toy companion. Comment

Annual Queer Music Awards

This year’s Outmusic Awards Ceremony recognized an outstanding group of gay, lesbian and transgender musicians. For the first time, the expanded four-day event was held outside New York at the Chicago Cultural Center earlier this summer. Comment

AN AFTERNOON OF LATINO CELEBRATION

GALDE, the Gay and Lesbian Organization for Dominican Empowerment, founded in 2001, hosted its annual picnic and health fair in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge in Washington Heights on Sunday, July 31. In addition to the important health information available for this large LGBT New York City community, there was also plenty of sun, food, refreshments and music for the crowd who enjoyed a beautiful summer afternoon. At least one couple was even moved to enjoy a romantic slow dance in the sun. Comment

A Long History of Activism

Only a handful of activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement were there at Stonewall and never stopped their advocacy work until the day they died. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

The ONE Campaign Comment

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