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Democratic Party Reaffirms Its Essential Liberalism

Republican taunts of “just too liberal” wouldn’t have worked in the Democratic primary. The progressive character of the Democratic Party was reaffirmed in the election. Freddy Ferrer didn’t just win, he won big, even though a run-off was just narrowly averted. Anthony Weiner was the only candidate with a plausible appeal to conservative Democrats—and he got 30 percent of the vote. Comment

Cruel and Unusual

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a theater company in search of artistic gravitas must be in need of Brecht. Snide allusions to Jane Austen aside, the number of misguided, overwrought, and self-indulgent Brechtian assaults I have endured in a career of theatergoing has just increased by one, as I now count myself a survivor of the Creative Mechanic’s production of Brecht’s early work, “Edward II.” Comment

Coming of Age in a Vacuum

The road to self-awareness is often a rocky one. Walking that road willfully blindfolded is foolhardy. This is the way Loic leads his life in "Garcon Stupide," the feature-film debut of Swiss director Lionel Baier. Comment

Fall Season Reveille

The decade-old Dance Now Festival stretches this year from Joe’s Pub to Washington Heights. Comment

Ferrer Becomes Democratic Nominee

The mood at Fernando Ferrer’s campaign party, in the Puck Building’s Grand Ballroom on Tuesday night, was one of cautious optimism. Comment


As awful as the dislocation caused by Hurricane Katrina and government neglect in the aftermath has been for millions of people, survivors who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered or who have HIV/AIDS are facing the added stress of prejudice, some of it enshrined in law. Comment

Gay Advocates Press Schwarzenegger

But the state’s gay rights lobby, the bill’s sponsor, Equality California, is calling for restraint, at least until the governor acts on the measure, which is due to get to his desk on Friday, September 23. Comment

Bartoli Outdoes Herself

Given the sheer difficulty of execution Bartoli’s highly ornamented repertoire presents, one might surmise that the CD’s title refers to the prohibitive nature of the musical writing. While the double entendre is undoubtedly intentional, the title actually describes music written during the ban on operatic performance enforced in Rome during the first decade of the 18th century. Comment

Baila el Twist

How like a comet is “I Am Cuba”? Born in the obscure fastness of the cosmos, a comet is a mass of dust and ice that follows a regular yet eccentric orbit, stirring awe in earthbound mortals with its fiery streak and demise in prophecy-laden meteor showers. Comment

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BREAKING NEWS| September 20, 2005 Comment

A Fine Romance, With All Kisses

There was once a day—so they say—when you could walk out of Broadway’s newest show singing some song from it, or two, or three, you’d just heard for the first time in your life. Tune, words, and all. Comment

All That Jazz

I was happy to stay in the city Labor Day weekend to catch Annie Ross at Danny’s Skylight Room on September 3. This jazz doyenne gave the Great American Songbook a true workout, sensitively interpreting, with ever fiber of her being, standards like “Alone Together” and “By Myself,” two hauntingly dark Depression odes by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, and a definitive version of what may be my favorite song of all, Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash’s “Speak Low.” Comment

Art Stabs at 9/11 Grief

The controversy was to be expected. A significant downtown art institution holds a conference and exhibit on the anniversary of September 11, equipped with politically provocative artwork, homages to divisive intellectuals, and a walking tour of the World Trade Center site. The city’s tabloid newspapers and vocal 9/11 family organizations get wind of the plan and lash out, aghast that such sacrilege would occur on a day of remembrance. In this most recent incarnation of the ongoing battle between art and remembrance at the World Trade Center, all sides followed their scripts to a T. Comment

An Uncivil Union

Safety is Savage's message, and it's easier to be safe when you know all the facts; shame, secrets, and shabby behavior are this writer's bugaboos. Though he's supportive of most so-called deviant sexualities, Savage is unafraid of calling a jerk a jerk. Or a Santorum a Santorum—it's actually Savage's bracing dose of political critique amidst all the lonelyhearts begging affirmation that makes his column such a riot. Comment

Gay Holocaust Fund Request Denied

A unanimous federal appeals court rejected a challenge to U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman’s decision last year that a small portion of a $1.2 billion compensation fund for Holocaust survivors not be diverted into a special effort to find gay Holocaust survivors and support research and outreach efforts into homosexual persecution during Hitler’s deadly Nazi regime. Comment

Gay Support Fails Gifford Miller

Volume 75, Number 37 | September 15 - 21, 2005 Comment

Port Auth. Entrapment Verdict Upheld

U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel has ordered a big reduction in the damages awarded by a jury last year to Alejandro Martinez, a gay man who suffered an unjustified public lewdness arrest in the men’s room of the World Trade Center PATH station on February 1, 2000. Comment

Phony Nups Doom Asylum Bid

A Jordanian citizen who claims to be gay lost his asylum case before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Upholding rulings by an Immigration Judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals that the man had failed to prove he was gay, the court never got around to weighing his evidence about anti-gay persecution in his home country. Comment

Stories Not Yet Told

In Geoffrey Chadsey first solo show of drawings, the artist has created a strangely affecting range of characters studies and narrative scenes inspired by contemporary and historical Americana from hip hop to high fashion, from former presidents to the current Republican administration, and from gay men on the prowl to gay men on vacation. What makes you flinch is the way in which the artist combines characteristics from each well-worn cliché to paint a different view of American culture in which sexuality, gender, and race are highly interchangeable. Comment

Two Convictions in Araujo Murder

Almost three years after four Newark, California men allegedly beat and then murdered transgendered teen Gwen Araujo, the second jury to hear the case came back on Tuesday with a mixed verdict, convicting two of manslaughter and deadlocking in the case of the third. The fourth in a quartet of high school classmates and drinking buddies, Jaron Nabors, had turned on his former friends in exchange for a reduced manslaughter conviction and an 11-year prison term. Comment

West Point Jettisons Gay Volunteer

Steve Boeckels, a civilian volunteer for the West Point admissions office in Northern California, has been dismissed from his position under circumstances strongly suggesting that the reason is because he is gay. Comment

Weiner Hands It to Ferrer

Twelve hours after he vowed to take back City Hall from Republican Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and roughly five hours after he started that campaign outside a subway stop in East Harlem, Congressman Anthony D. Weiner stood outside the Park Slope brownstone where he was raised and conceded to Fernando Ferrer, the former Bronx borough president, in the Democratic primary. Comment

Old Habits Die Hard

Mental health professionals often emphasize that people often engage in behaviors that make them feel safe. Some of these things are manifestations of the mind seeking comfort or familiarity from childhood memories. But in other cases, it's a lot more simple—merely a matter of continuing a habit from younger years that "adults are supposed to outgrow." Comment

News Briefs

Weld Worsens Comment

Jamiroquai Blows Up the Scene

In 1994, a pack of cigarette papers emblazoned with the silhouette of a man in a horned Viking hat offered the coolest of all marketing swag––as a promotion for the new group Jamiroquai. More than a decade later, this band, fronted by funky singer Jay Kay, is still smoking. With the new release, “Dynamite,” Kay has proven that time has only made his jam sweeter. Comment

Hostile Panel Hears Marriage Appeal

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan’s historic February ruling ordering New York City to open marriage to same-sex couples took a beating Tuesday before a five-judge panel of the state Appellate Division in Manhattan. Comment

Kim Jones’ Long War

I’ve often imagined what it would be like to encounter Kim Jones during one of his Mud Man walks. Would I gawk from across the street, try to follow him, or risk an encounter? With his near naked body covered in mud and muck, and an elaborate hand made wooden rack strapped to his body, I’m pretty sure I’d keep my distance. Comment

Lesbian Assumes a Top AFL-CIO Role

The AFL-CIO’s July convention in Chicago made national headlines for an historic rupture in the long-standing united labor front, but also included a development with potentially profound implications for the relationship of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community to America’s union effort. Comment

Marriage Ban Beat Back in Mass.

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts won a dramatic victory on Wednesday, staving off an effort to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2006 ballot to overturn the 2003 ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court there and instead provide civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Comment

On To November

So it is to be Fernando Ferrer who will carry the Democratic torch into November’s contest with incumbent Republican Michael Bloomberg. In the 2001 campaign, I found much to admire in Ferrer’s willingness to make the case against eight years of racially divisive stewardship by Rudolph Giuliani, in his central campaign theme that New York had been rent asunder into “two cities.” Compared to his three primary opponents seeking to cast themselves as Rudy Lite, the then Bronx borough president seemed to represent what Howard Dean several years later would famously dub the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. Comment

7 Days in cinema

Upcoming: PARTY GIRL The patron saint of loners, Nicholas Ray continues to cast a large shadow, as illustrated by this series at BAM. You may have seen “Rebel Without a Cause,” but that’s […] Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

New Jersey LGBT Town Meeting Comment

Next Time, You''ll Be Executed

Amir is a 22-year-old gay Iranian who was arrested by Iran''s morality police as part of a massive Internet entrapment campaign targeting gays, beaten and tortured while in custody, threatened with death, and lashed 100 times, as the accompanying photos make clear. He escaped from Iran in August, and is now in Turkey, where he awaits a grant of asylum by a gay-friendly country. Comments (2)


Every large-scale disaster has its survivors with special needs, and Hurricane Katrina is no different, especially with the large community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people, as well as those living with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans. Comment

Don’t Call It Luck

His “Time of Favor” (in Hebrew, “Ha-Hesder”), about a fictional young Israeli fanatic who wanted to blow up the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, one of Islam’s most sacred sites, hit theaters in 2000 just about the time Ariel Sharon took it into his head to go for a stroll to the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock, thereby pretty much blowing up whatever peace existed between Arabs and Israelis anyway. Comment

Gay Groups Step Up Anti-Roberts Efforts

National gay rights organizations, united in their opposition to President George W. Bush’s nomination of John G. Roberts to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court, have intensified that opposition now that Roberts has been picked to instead replace William Rehnquist and become the 17th chief justice of the United States. Comment

Giving Happiness A Push

It has been an unprecedented year for Israeli films. “Campfire” is the seventh Israeli movie to find itself in U.S. distribution––a real feat for Israeli cinema in general, as most of whose films are usually only seen in the U.S. at film festivals. Comment

Good Vibrations

“Touch the Sound,” a documentary portrait of accomplished percussionist Evelyn Glennie, has an obvious hook, which is worth getting out of the way immediately. Having lost 80 percent of her hearing as a child, Glennie is essentially deaf. Comment

‘Don’t Ask’ Doesn’t Apply in Katrina

In the early morning hours of August 29, as Hurricane Katrina was just beginning her assault on the historic city of New Orleans, I was on the phone. One of my closest friends—we jokingly tell everyone we’re husband and wife—was waiting in a hotel room in the city’s downtown as the rain and wind arrived. While thousands of other residents evacuated their beloved city to save their own lives, my friend, Nicole Barbe, stayed out of necessity, not merely choice. She is a New Orleans police officer who remained to protect and serve the city where she grew up and spent much of her life. Comment

Gay In the Best Possible Way

Film farce is often thought of as a French import and with “Cote D’Azur” directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau continue in that tradition. Probably best known to American audiences for the socially conscious “The Adventures of Felix” (2000) and the HIV musical “Jeanne and the Perfect Guy” (1998), Ducastel and Martineau, lovers and collaborators, present their gayest work yet. 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, 1,890 members have died, 1746 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 14,362 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

A 9-11 Memory that Recurs

It is not possible to think one-by-one of 3,000 people none of whom you ever met. It is, however, possible to think of one human being you’ve met, even briefly, sometime in your life, and it is of that human being I have been thinking more and more through these past four years, and will be thinking about on this coming Sunday, September 11, 2005. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Bindlestiff at Union Square Comment

Another Small Step on Drug Reform

There was no dancing in the streets when Governor George Pataki on September 1 signed into law legislation permitting prisoners serving long sentences under the Rockefeller Drug Laws to apply for reduced sentences. Comment

Arnold Says No to Gay Marriage

California’s gay and lesbian community is reacting with fury to Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announcement late Wednesday afternoon that he plans to veto legislation, headed for his desk, which would have legalized same-sex marriage in the nation’s largest state. Comment

Iran and the Death of Gay Activism

The architect of Iran’s lethal anti-gay crackdown, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will be in New York City next week, where he will address the United Nations General Assembly on September 14. Comment

A Surprise Mercury Prize Victor

A stunned Antony Hegarty of the band Antony and the Johnsons held high the Mercury Music Prize statue Tuesday night in London after scoring the biggest upset imaginable in this year’s hotly contested competition. Antony was recognized for his album, “I am a Bird Now,” out on Secretly Canadian Records. Comment

Dog Day Delights

Inspired to dust off her musical chops by Jim Caruso, who produces this concert series featuring Broadway stars at Birdland, she got to be the jazz diva she has obviously always yearned to be. This self-described “Jew from Maine” began her career singing in a number of sketchy venues, “which all had the word ‘downstairs’ in their name”, and professed to be thrilled to be finally singing on street level. Comment

Legal briefs

Texas Not Yet Safe for Dildos Comment

So You Think You Can Dance?


Sentimental Illness

Mental illness is a subject whose cinematic treatment is fraught with peril. Like terminal disease, it’s often used by actors as an excuse for a showy, Oscar-baiting performance. As it happens, “Keane” is an extremely actor-centric film about a man on the edge of his sanity, but it avoids that trap. Comment

Surmounting Space, Time Constraints

Robert Smithson’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, curated by Eugenie Tsai, is an exercise in entropy. Spatially concise, the show is expansive beyond its physical borders, engaging ideas and landscapes both in and out of the museum. Not surprising, since Smithson’s investigation of the concept of site invented new parameters for sculpture that are as shockingly fresh today as they were in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Comment

Tropical Maladies

There must be some reason why the city’s major surveys of Latin American cinema huddle together in the torpid dog days of summer, though I have yet to fathom it. Late July brings the first of these, the New York International Latino Film Festival, functioning effectively as a branding vehicle for HBO, joined as of this year by McDonald’s. August is staked out by LaCinemaFe, with its rangy offerings and perceptibly queer spin (is it coincidence that both festival directors are familia?) Comment

Why I Support Gifford Miller

Deciding on the best candidate in a Democratic primary is a painful process because it almost always a choice among fundamentally decent people. Moreover, defeating Michael Bloomberg is no easy task. His achievements are real and his money magnifies their significance. Comment

Tunnel Vision

Remembering Augie and Eleanor Nigro Comment

Screaming in Black

“I never wanted to be a face or a product,” she explained in a recent interview. “I had no idea that is what I had signed up to be. I had spent my whole life doing what I was told. I was 20 with no idea of who I was… only an impulse of what I wasn’t. When I realized that I was about to be another manufactured pop tart, I shaved my head, started screaming in black instead of bouncing in pink.” Comment

Scramble in District 2 Council Race

In an elongated City Council district that runs from the East River neighborhoods below Grand Street up through the Lower East Side and the Comment

News Briefs

Manhattan borough president candidate Brian Ellner made history last week by coming out with a TV ad that featured his gay partner, beau Simon Holloway, a fashion designer whom he lives with in Chelsea. Rupert Murdoch’s Fox television affiliate in New York, Channel 5, refused to run the ad. Ellner said that his office was told by WNYW that the ad was turned down because it was “disrespectful to the president.” It features a picture of George W. Bush’s head mounted on a naked torso with the message that “The Emperor has no clothes.” Comment

Primary Day: Gay City News Endorsements

The four Democrats running to challenge Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg are united in their full-throated support for the major political goals of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community—they oppose the mayor’s appeal of February’s pro-gay marriage ruling and they support two measures Bloomberg is blocking: a law guaranteeing that contractors doing business with the city treat domestic partners and spouses of their employees equally and a measure providing anti-bullying protections in public schools. Comment

Nixing Gay Juror OKed In Meth Trial

Ruling August 31 on appeals by two gay men convicted of distributing crystal meth and ecstasy in venues that included circuit parties, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, based in St. Louis, expressed “serious doubt” that a prosecutor’s successful attempt to keep a gay man off their jury would have tainted the trial verdict, requiring a reversal. Comment


Norma Jennings, a 1990 graduate of Columbia University’s law school, who spent three years working for Brooklyn Legal Services and three years providing legal advise to clients of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, is hoping to win election this coming Tuesday to the Brooklyn Civil Court. Comment

Science’s Hope of Two Genetic Dads

Gay and lesbian couples may one day be able to have children that share both of their genetic make up. Comment

Rehnquist Was Arch-Foe of Gay Rights

William Hubbs Rehnquist, chief justice of the United States, died late on September 3 at age 80 after serving 33 years on the Supreme Court. He was undoubtedly one of the most steadfast opponents of lesbian and gay rights during his lengthy tenure, and the author of two particularly demeaning and homophobic opinions. Comment

Making an NYC Life Possible

Sitting in a cafe near his Midtown campaign headquarters on a Friday evening, Fernando Ferrer spoke in his usual quiet voice even when discussing topics—such as what he saw in a recent visit to some rundown housing in the Bronx—that he said made him angry. That may be due to what the mainstream press has dubbed his campaign strategy of “laying low.” Comment


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