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Empowering Gay Teens

Homophobia still permeates New York State high schools, but resistance to it is growing and becoming more effective, according to participants in a statewide conference. Comment

No Straight Answers, Four Years Later

As Condoleezza Rice’s confirmation hearings this week for secretary of state this week made clear once again, the administration that won re-election, in part due to the popular perception that its candidate was the more likely of the two running last year to say what it means and mean what it says, is in fact inordinately averse to being pinned down on precisely what it believes about critical policy questions. Comment

Family Witch Doctor, Heal ThyselfBy TIM GAY

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3 |Jan 20 - 26, 2005 Comment

Farewell to a Friend

A few words, three or four, addressed to those readers, straight, gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual—and to other readers of Gay City News broadly sympathetic to our aims—concerned with the question of Susan Sontag’s sexual preferences and multiple transactions––get over it, please. Comment

Harlem Meeting Addresses Meth Use

A town meeting exploring how the use of crystal meth affects gay and bisexual men of color drew roughly 75 people to the National Black Theater in Harlem on January 11. Comment

Girding for Spread of New Clap

In a January 13 letter, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and Councilwoman Christine Quinn, both Manhattan Democrats, pressed the city health department to outline any steps that officials had taken to respond to lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV), a sexually transmitted disease that has afflicted gay men in the Netherlands and San Francisco. Comment

Dire Separation Anxiety

Keely Garfield creates dances that plumb the emotionality of movement and its “subtle seismic changes.” Comment

Curfews of a Different Sort

“Machuca,” a Chilean film from director Andrés Wood, sends a stark warning that when political divisiveness morphs into a cultural war, the resulting chaos cannot be neatly resolved at the ballot box. The message conveyed in this superb film is important viewing for Americans of all political hues who express an interest in democracy’s spread. Comment

Before They Were All Virgins

“The House of Mirth” is Edith Wharton’s greatest novel, with harried, hapless Lily Bart one of the great heroines of American lit—along with Booth Tarkington’s “Alice Adams,” Henry James’ Isabel Archer in “Portrait of a Lady,” just about every woman in the fiction of Dawn Powell—and I defy anyone to not shed at least one tear over Lily’s tragic end. Comment

A Tongue’s Delightful Slip

One word describes the unabashed and uncommonly delightful production of “The Rivals” at Lincoln Center––delicious. It is as light as a feather and completely engaging from beginning to end. Comment

Bombshell: City Lacks AIDS Housing

A controversial study of city housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, released by the Bloomberg administration Saturday under pressure from advocates, found that the amount and quality of the housing was insufficient to meet the needs of New York’s HIV-positive population. Comment

Broadway Honors Cy Coleman

In 1988, the New York Daily News’ venerable theater critic, Howard Kissel, drew up a list of the ten best Broadway shows of that year and one of them was a funeral, or rather, a memorial. In July 1988, Joshua Logan passed away and Broadway assembled at the Shubert Theater to bid him farewell. A show business giant, Logan wrote and directed a mind-boggling number of hits—his films included “Bus Stop,” “Picnic,” “Camelot” and “Paint Your Wagon.” On Broadway, his showstoppers were “South Pacific,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Mister Roberts” and “Knickerbocker Holiday.” 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, 1,364 service members have died, 1,222 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, more than 10,502 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Lesbian Rape Charged

Police in Northampton, Massachusetts, have arrested two young woman on rape and assault charges stemming from a violent incident involving another female, a Smith College student. Comment


VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3 |Jan 20 - 26, 2005 Comment

The Word Is Concept

Before the computer, there was the word processor. Before the word processor, the typewriter. Before Photoshop, there was the page, the manual margin set and the eye. And so we reach back to works by Robert Barry, circa the young ‘70s, when the typeset letter on a page represented a bold assertion––that art can be without substance. Comment

The Window on the Ring

This is an artist’s studio with a difference. It is also a boxing ring. Comment


Sandra Bernhard, Cyndi Lauper and Nancy Sinatra will headline a rock concert to benefit Oxfam’s Tsunami Relief & Global Emergency Fund next Thursday night, January 27 at 8 p.m. at Crobar, 530 W. 28th Street. Comment

Unforgivable Blackface

Faced with an onslaught of protest, Junior Vasquez cancelled a performance by Chuck Knipp, a white man who was to appear in blackface as Shirley Q. Liquor on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Club Spirit in Chelsea. Comment

What Do Girls Do, Anyway?

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Virginia Sex Law Struck Down

While the Virginia Legislature continues to haggle about whether to repeal the state’s sodomy law or reform it to reflect constitutional limitations on the state’s ability to penalize private consensual sex, the state’s Supreme Court acted on January 14 to strike down a criminal statute against “fornication” between unmarried adults, relying on the Supreme Court’s 2003 sodomy ruling in Lawrence v. Texas. Comment

The Pathology of Emptiness

“She’s One of Us” is a ghost story about a woman who’s still alive. Its protagonist, Christine Blanc, is aptly named—she’s a blank slate whose motivations are opaque even to the man she’s dated for two months. Director Siegrid Alnoy overturns many rules of conventional film grammar and narrative in search of a form more appropriate to Christine’s life. Alnoy’s clearest precursor is Laurent Cantet’s masterful “Time Out,” about a man who deceived his family and friends into thinking that he was employed. Comment

Tales Grown Too Tall


Louisiana Revives Anti-Gay Ban

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled on January 19 that the enactment of the Marriage Amendment approved overwhelmingly by the voters on September 18, 2004, does not violate Louisiana’s constitution, so the amendment will go into effect. Comment

Lost Together

“Head-On,” is an intense romantic drama about two German-born Turks trying to eke out a life for themselves on their own terms. Comment


VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3 |Jan 20 - 26, 2005 Comment

Soldiers Too Smitten to Smite

The proposal had all the hallmarks of a Hollywood science-fiction thriller. Comment

Steven Parrino: 1958-2005

Just scrolling through Team Gallery’s Web site to look at some of the images of Steve Parrino’s work made me sad. Comment


With a standing room only crowd in attendance, Arlene P. Bluth was sworn in as a judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York, after having won election in November. Bluth, a lesbian, is a former board member of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, the citywide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democratic club, and is currently a board member of LeGaL, the Lesbian & Gay Law Association of Greater New York. Comment


Chapter affiliates of the National Stonewall Democrats across the nation will simultaneously be hosting house parties this coming Sunday, January 23, dubbed “Inaugurate This!” which will be addressed via teleconference by six, and perhaps seven, of the candidates for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Comment

7 days

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3 |Jan 20 - 26, 2005 Comment

Digging Deep on Mexican Film

Starting the new year on a good foot, the film and media arts series “In the Air: Projections of Mexico” is storming Gotham even before the last pine needle is swept. Comment

Defying the Gulag’s Fate

Politicians never know what to do with poets—and dictators certainly don’t, except to exile them, jail them, ban them, stifle them, starve them or kill them. Comment

Enumerating NY’s Asian Gay Homes

On January 11, a groundbreaking panel at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center discussed the release of a new study on the presence of Asian and Pacific Islander same-sex households in the New York area. The evening was part of the Center’s “Second Tuesdays” lecture series. Comment

Freedom’s Bloody Summer

The ring of that telephone at the New York Post 41 years ago is a long way from the front page of last Friday’s New York Times, but not so far that I don’t hear it all over again. Comment

From Broadway to the Grand Ole Oprey

As we all face the New Year, disappointed, but not really all that surprised by our loved ones’ lack of discernment in zeroing in on our tastes during the recent mad exchange of gifts, there are some musical jewels from leading female vocalists of divergent styles worthy of everyone’s careful consideration. 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, 1,355 service members have died, 1,213 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, more than 10,372 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

City’s Big Bucks for Justice

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. has announced that in his role as trustee of the city’s five employee pension funds, he has initiated 18 new shareholder initiatives aimed at bringing greater workplace fairness to gay, lesbian and, in some cases, transgendered, employees of Fortune 500 companies. Comment

Are Strip Malls Psychedelic?

Tom McGrath’s second solo exhibition at Zach Feuer’s LFL Gallery is a continuation of the road and automobile exploration he initiated in 2002. While a broad tradition of landscape painting informs the work, its true foundation rests upon a fair amount of heady contemporary urban theory. Comment

A Pet Care Manual

Congratulations, queer person! You have just purchased your first four-inch homophobic Christian fundamentalist preacher! Homophobic Christian fundamentalist preachers make delightful pets—provided they remain four or less inches in height. Otherwise, they create all sorts of trouble, merging with homophobic Christian fundamentalist presidents to create a nation-state dedicated to world domination and the extinction of human rights. Comment

Artistry Over Swishy Perils

While the minstrel show portraying African Americans as a derisive stereotype is considered demeaning and racist, demonstrations of the limp wrist, swishing gait or pronounced lisp of homosexual stage characters can still evoke gales of laughter. Though they may sing defiant, act-ending numbers about pride, gay people are still more often than not portrayed in mainstream entertainment as curiosities, freaks and outsiders—separate and by no means equal—as in “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” or “Will and Grace.” Comment

Big Show of Fence Mending

After a fractious two months of controversy following a hotly contested presidential election, 22 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups issued a joint statement on Wednesday, in what moderator Joan Garry, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, described as an “orchestra of voices” delineating a “message of hope and inspiration” for the gay rights movement in America. Comment

Hindu Etchings Meant to Enlighten

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 |Jan 13 - 19, 2005 Comment

Collaborationist Democrats Face Deepening Quagmire

The members of the Senate’s judiciary committee received Alberto Gonzales, Pres. George W. Bush’s nominee for attorney general, with a mixture of solicitude and sternness regarding the notorious memorandum which he sought from the Justice Department—and also defended—permitting torture of prisoners taken in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But affection was never completely absent, and Gonzales will be confirmed on the floor of the Senate. Comment

Supreme Court Punts on Gay Adoption

On Monday, January 10, the highest courts of two Western democracies—the United States and Israel—confronted the question of gay adults adopting kids. One ducked while the other took it on and issued a landmark ruling. Comment

Staten Island Political Club Debut Dinner

Staten Island Stonewall, a new lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Democratic club serving the borough, held its first dinner Saturday, January 8 at Patricio’s Restaurant in Stapleton. Comment

Syringe Exchange Group Reaches Gay Men

Late on a Monday afternoon, as the temperature was dropping, three clients were smoking outside the offices of the Positive Health Project (PHP) on West 37th Street. Comment

The Allure of Contradictions

To the American eye, Japan remains a country of contrasts, a theme made manifest most recently in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation.” Bob Harris, laconically played by Bill Murray, and Charlotte, the lush Scarlet Johansson, sleep walk through a cinematic rendering of modern Japanese society. The pachinko parlors, the pulsing neon skyline and the tranquil shrines all exist in blazing point and counter point. Comment

The Families at the Center of the Forida Lawsuit

As a result of the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an appeal of an 11th Circuit ruling that upheld Florida’s categorical ban on gay and lesbian parents legally adopting children, the three families at the center of the case will remain in a legal limbo—which in some cases goes back more than a dozen years—until each of the children in question becomes an adult. Comment

Right-Wing Pundit Reeling

Amidst the firestorm of controversy surrounding the admission of Armstrong Williams, a leading conservative pundit with regular appearances on CNN and other television broadcasts, that he received a lucrative contract from the Department of Education to help promote the Bush administration’s education initiatives, more details have emerged about Williams’ opposition to same-sex marriage and gay rights. Comment

No Lazy Susan Here

When traveling I have found that a real lifesaver, even more than Immodium or “The Spartacus Guide,” is the good old reliable Chinese restaurant. Whether in Costa Rica or Krakow, whenever the local cuisine—which in most of Europe usually consists of some variant of ham and cheese—becomes, well, oppressive, the cornball sight of a red lantern and dragon motif can be extremely welcome. Comment

Midwinter Brings Musical Content

The revived “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” on December 16 found admirable leadership under the bâton of Frédéric Chaslin, who brought out fine details in the strings and surely paced the long, disparate opera. Comment

7 days

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 |Jan 13 - 19, 2005 Comment

More Gay Men Injecting Meth

Some New York City needle exchange programs that swap used syringes for clean ones have reported that they are seeing more gay and bisexual male clients who are injecting crystal meth. Comment

Naked Angels



VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 |Jan 13 - 19, 2005 Comment


Even as some U.S. newspapers have incorrectly stated that the Supreme Court upheld Florida’s ban on gay adoption, the Israeli high court ruling provides an example of the opposite media phenomenon. Although the opinion establishes an important point, English-language press reports published January 10 in the Jerusalem Post and Ha’aretz have perhaps overstated the specificity of the holding as a gay rights matter.  Comment


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