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Working In Coalition with Activists on the Scene

Doug Ireland’s response to my opinion piece on human rights violations in Iran published in the September 29-October 5 issue of Gay City News was full of misstatements and erroneous assumptions about the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and our efforts to advance the rights of people targeted for abuse, imprisonment, or murder because of their sexuality or gender identity in Iran and elsewhere. Doug Ireland never called me to ask about what we are doing about the public executions in Iran. If he had, his reporting would have been more accurate. Comments (1)

Ruben Diaz Agnostic on Mayor's Race

Regardless, incumbent Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign sought last Friday to play up Democrat Fernando Ferrer’s associations with Diaz, while discounting the mayor’s own embrace of Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind and others who have at times exceeded Diaz in spewing anti-gay bigotry. Comments (1)

Dark End of the Street

Long anticipated and well worth the wait, Ira Sachs’ second feature “Forty Shades of Blue,” opening at Film Forum September 28, strides confidently against the new mania for regression in American indiewood cinema. Comment

Ferrer v. Bloomberg On the Merits

The election for mayor is Tuesday, November 8. Like all New Yorkers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered voters will base their decision between Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Democratic challenger Fernando Ferrer, the former Bronx borough president, on a wide array of issues—from public safety to education, housing, jobs, and how reliable city services are in their neighborhood. Comment

Celebrity Spotting at P.S. 122

Christina Olson, the model for Andrew Wyeth’s best loved and most widely reproduced painting “Christina’s World,” died in 1968. But Tamar Rogoff has resurrected her. Comment

Hoffman’s Grab for Oscar

Yes, in “Capote,” Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a terrific—call it Oscar-worthy, no, Oscar-baiting—performance channeling gay writer Truman Capote. He has the author’s mannerisms down pat, his voice expertly attuned to delivering witty bon mots. It’s a perfect role for the actor/ chameleon and he plays it to the hilt. Comment

IGLHRC’s Failure to Stand Up to Anti-Gay Iran

The September 23 Washington Blade reprints as a column a press release from Paula Ettelbrick, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), headlined “Standing Up for Gays in Iran.” Comment

A Rich Circuit of Artistic Process

Katia Santibanez, a painter based in New York, has spoken of her work as “the relationship between nature, architecture, geometry, and the power of the mind.” Often organizing the picture plane into a series of rectilinear compartments, the artist adds motifs that suggest fur, grass, or other organic forms. Her current exhibition on view at Michael Steinberg Fine Art is an engagingly process-driven show. Comment

Gay West Point Recruiter Reinstated

Steve Boeckels, the civilian recruiter volunteer for the U.S. Army’s West Point Academy who was dismissed from his position three weeks ago for being gay, has been reinstated. Comment

Anything But Robotic

In Rolin Jones’ “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow,” Jennifer (Julienne Hanzelka Kim) is a brilliant but troubled 22-year-old, intent on finding her birth mother in China. To this end, she builds a robot (Eunice Wong) that can do what she cannot—simply leave the house, as Jennifer is completely agoraphobic. This places a certain strain on her adoptive parents, especially her mother Adele (Linda Gehringer), a high-powered business executive, deeply frustrated in her passionate, yet quite simple, ambitions for her daughter. Comment

Advocates Angry Over Abuse Claim

Gay organizations are reacting angrily to a report in last week’s issue of Gay City News about Edel Gambe, a gay man who alleged that police beat him during an arrest for public lewdness in the New Jersey section of the Palisades Interstate Park. Comment

A Gay Liberation Giant Remembered

If all the people who owe Jack Nichols a debt of gratitude for their liberation had turned out for his memorial service, it would have required several stadiums. Comment

Americans of All Stripes Gave Peace a Chance

The silence over the Iraq war is over. This past weekend’s anti-war march in Washington was a huge success. The hardcore left organized it, but everyday people gave peace a chance. The crowds that rallied in Washington would have felt right at home in Manhattan. Comment

Judge Limits Michigan Marriage Ban

In a significant ruling that rejects the position taken by Michigan’s attorney general, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk ruled on September 27 that the anti-gay marriage amendment that voters in that state added to their constitution last year does not ban domestic partnership health benefits for public employees. Comment

Amnesty Looks at U.S.A.

Amnesty International last week issued a first-of-its-kind report on police abuse of sexual minorities in the United States—and the stunning findings document widespread “serious patterns of police misconduct and brutality aimed at LGBT people, including abuses that amount to torture and ill treatment.” Comment

A Painter of Modern Life

In the mid-19th century, the French poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire published his famous essay, “The Painter of Modern Life.” He proposed a new model of the artist as an individual who was simultaneously immersed in and detached from the miasma of contemporary urban life. Comment


September 23, 2005 Comment

Standing Up Early to Fascism

James Neugass, who died of a heart attack in the Christopher Street subway station in the West Village in 1949, was born in New Orleans in 1905. If he’d made it into his 100th year in his hometown, he would undoubtedly within recent days have been killed by heat and thirst and starvation and drowning in some hospital bed in that city. Comment

Skin Deep Slogans and Sailor Talk

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Swimming Upstream

Anthropomorphism in entertainment is best left to the experts, and however much one loathes singing and dancing lions, warthogs, or rodents who can whip up a ball gown in the course of one high-pitched song, no one does the critter thing like Disney. And, after seeing “Miracle Brothers” at the Vineyard, once again it’s clear no one else should even try. Comment

Toronto Delivers a Cinephile’s Fix

There’s no experience in New York like the Toronto International Film Festival. If one wants to see five films a day for 10 days, TIFF is happy to supply the fix. Attending it is a process of full immersion in cinema far different than the relatively austere New York Film Festival. Comment

Urban Ecologies

“The environment as it relates to living organisms” is the definition of ecology. Jennifer Monson and Bird Brain, iLand’s “Flight of Mind” at Dance Theater Workshop on September 19 was an urban ecology. Based in Williamsburg, Monson found the East River piers a fertile ground for both rehearsal and observation. In Williamsburg one can see birds, feel close to nature, and be keenly aware of its fragile coexistence with the man-made. Comment

Two Moms May Be Best

In her first book, “Raising Boys Without Men,” Dr. Peggy Drexler addresses the much-debated but little-researched subject of same-sex and single-parent households—specifically those involving mothers who are raising sons—and concludes that lesbian and single moms (or “maverick moms,” as Drexler calls them) are producing the “next generation of exceptional men.” Comment

Rocking the Classics

Many opera fans would be horrified at the idea of having their beloved arias sullied by the addition of screaming electric guitars. And there are few rockers who, when asked to name a truly mind-blowing tune, would select a piece of classical music. Perhaps that is the reason why the music of the East Village Opera Company is so revolutionary. This 11-person group takes opera classics and, very respectfully, turns out majestic rock anthems. Comment

Penetration of Many Kinds

Horror and queer cinema may at first glance appear to have nothing in common, but there is actually much that tie them together. Both tend to explore taboos in our society and the consequences of breaking them, and both often include sexuality as a means of dealing with pressure. Comment

Lurid, or Just Simple Honesty?

Has The New York Times endorsed public sex among gay men? Comment

News Briefs

Closeted Cal. Conservative Torpedoed as DeLay Replacement Comment

On the Offensive On the Web

Two prominent black gay and lesbian activists have taken the first steps in an Internet campaign that could lead to the outing of homophobic African-American clergy. Comment

Painting Is Loaded

One of the more engaging shows that has opened this month is the work of Todd Arsenault at Massimo Audiello, although some of the ideas surrounding the paintings are more powerful than the paintings themselves. Comment

Lesbian Co-Parent Prevails Over Biological Mother

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a trial judge’s ruling that primary parental custody of two young twins should go to their biological mother’s former same-sex domestic partner, because the best interest of the children outweighed their biological ties to their birth mother. Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 75, Number 39 | Sep. 29 - Oct. 05, 2005 Comment

IGLHRC's Failure to Stand Up to Anti-Gay Iran

The September 23 Washington Blade reprints as a column a press release from Paula Ettelbrick, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), headlined “Standing Up for Gays in Iran.” Comments (1)

Finding a Workable Exit Strategy

As the peace marchers gather in Washington this weekend, does the left have an exit plan? Comment

Everyone Out of the Closet

The coming-out story is passé, queer culture mavens have proclaimed. But apparently Tennyson Bardwell, creator of the delightful new coming-of-age film, “Dorian Blues,” never got the memo. Was he in a coma these last few years? Comment

Gay Horsemen Raise AIDS Funds

The Bridgehampton Bath and Tennis Club played host late last month to a fundraiser for the Equestrian AIDS Foundation (EAF) that honored Jean Lindgren and Tony Hitchcock for their 30 years of dedication to the Hampton Classic Horse Show. Comment

Glistening Slabs

In his current solo show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Bruce Pearson continues his ongoing project of making the unbearable simultaneity of being gorgeously manifest. Comment

Haunting the Halls

I read about beautiful, young girls being chopped to pieces with an axe, and then I think it’s not so bad,” says the character Connie Mercer reflecting on the state of a single woman in the stunning revival of “Ladies of the Corridor,” by the Pecadillo Theater Company. Comment

Gay Seminarians Face Purge

The long anticipated witch-hunt of homosexual men in U.S. Catholic seminaries is underway under Pope Benedict XVI, with the only reaction from gay Catholics being statements of protest. Comment

A Provocative Misfire

Usually, film critics are more reserved and polite than paying audiences. The press screening of “Dear Wendy” I caught was an exception to this rule. A chorus of hisses serenaded the end credits. As I was leaving the building, two strangers struck up conversations with me about how much they hated the film. 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

Where Hip Meets Haimish Comment

Lambda Legal Opposes Roberts

Groups such as the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced their opposition to Roberts shortly after he was named in July to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who had evolved in her years on the Supreme Court from supporting the Georgia sodomy statute in 1986 to providing support for overturning Colorado’s anti-gay Amendment 2 in 1996 and the Texas sodomy law in 2003. Both groups stepped up their criticism earlier this month when Bush proposed that Roberts instead fill the chief justice post vacated by William Rehnquist’s death. Comment

A Faith Based in Trial and Joy

Mary Foulke’s sermon on the fourth Sunday of Lent this past spring convinced me that she is someone I wanted to interview. Foulke is an Episcopal priest at St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. An out lesbian, her presence before the congregation is powerful, even profound. Comment


A 2005 study of gay and bisexual men estimated that about 20 to 30 percent have used methamphetamine, a highly addictive drug whose use is directly correlated with a variety of negative effects —insomnia, […] Comment

Harry Reid’s Show of Leadership

He even beat Ted Kennedy to the punch. Harry Reid, the moderate Nevada Democrat widely noted for his opposition to abortion when he assumed the Senate minority leadership in the wake of Tom Daschle’s defeat last year, came out swinging this week in opposition to President George W. Bush’s nomination of federal Judge John G. Roberts to be the next chief justice. Comment

The Old Neighborhood

Messy memoirs of an era that is mostly over The brainchild of photographer and gallerist Clayton Patterson, known for his archive of downtown memorabilia, “Captured” was compiled with two […] Comment

The Flood This Time

In what some are calling an exceptionally “natural” natural disaster, the White House and the Capitol Building were hit by a massive, Category 5 hurricane last week, and washed completely away. While the rest of the nation’s capital remains relatively intact, thousands of U.S. senators, representatives, and government officials have been left without food or shelter, and several recent appointees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been photographed floating facedown, at really good camera angles, in the Potomac. Comment

The Face Of Any Century

When does one first become conscious of beauty? For me, it may have been at age seven, when I was struck by an image on the television –a vision of unearthly loveliness, a tall, beautiful woman dressed in a white organdy froth of bustle and picture hat, playing croquet. This woman haunted me for years, until I discovered that she was Greta Garbo, in “Anna Karenina.” Comment

The Resilient Bob Mould

“Someone joked that ‘Body of Song’ is two parts ‘Copper Blue,’ two parts ‘Workbook,’ a part ‘Beaster,’ and a part ‘Modulate,’” said Mould in his notes, referring to past albums. The joke rings true. The album opens with beautiful piano chords like an old Tori Amos tune, then gets grotty, with guitar and drums. Comment

Under the Tents

Well, Olympus Fashion Week ended and, with it, the exhausting plethora of pushy crowds, earsplitting parties, too many free Mojitos, and swag (so amusing to see grown men lunging for gold lamé totes they’ll have to have balls of steel to actually carry). Comment

Vigilance, Fear, or Something Else?

With a vacuum of work tackling topical issues, this show packs a punch. “If You See Something…” is the first large scale indoor installation project of Krzysztof Wodiczko, the director of MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and the Interrogative Design Group. The exhibit consists of two separate rooms, which successful individually, remain hard to reconcile together as part of the same piece. Comment

Vicious Assault Conviction Upheld

Upholding a conviction for “personal infliction of great bodily injury” in what trial Judge Robert J. McIntyre characterized as “one of the most vicious assaults this court has seen where the victim actually lived,” the California Court of Appeal rejected an appeal by Peter Joseph Lozolla, Jr., on charges of attempted robbery and assault of his father’s ex-lover, Jeffrey Davis. Comment

Surprise Progress on Capitol Hill

In a surprising development last week, a federal hate crimes bill that includes gay, lesbian, and transgender protections passed the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. This is the first time such a bill has passed the U.S. House, and the first time either chamber of Congress has approved a measure that offers protections based on gender identity and expression. Comment

Schwarzenegger Preparing for Veto

On Tuesday, wielding signs that read “Don’t Veto My Family,” dozens of small children of gays and lesbians delivered 40,000 signature cards to California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s offices all over the state, asking him to sign the state’s pending first-in-the-nation same-sex marriage bill, contrary to what his office indicated he would due one day after its passage. They delivered them from the backs of red Radio Flyer wagons, as the cameras rolled. Comment

Lewdness Arrestee Charges Brutality

On July 14 last year, Edel Gambe was taking his usual Wednesday off from working as an interior decorator at a home improvement store in Manhattan. Comment


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News Briefs

Teamsters Approve Partner Benefits Comment

New York Film Festival Flares

Of all the country’s major festivals, the New York Film Festival is one of the smallest and most selective. This year, the main program includes a mere 23 films, although there are several sidebars offering shorts and revivals of older films. Comment

Opera Gets Relevant in SF

An American “Götterdämmerung” courtesy of John Adams and Peter Sellars While church and state censors frequently watered down or totally eliminated the social and political critiques […] Comment

Next Time, You’ll Be Executed

Amir is from Shiraz, a city of more than a million people in southwestern Iran that the Shah tried to make “the Paris of Iran” in the 1960s and 1970s, attracting a not insignificant gay population and making the city a favorite vacation spot for Iranian gays. But, after the 1979 revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini, Shiraz was targeted as a symbol of taaghoot, or decadence. Comment

$2 Million Bias Verdict Upheld

A unanimous three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles voted to approve a jury damages award of almost $2 million for Bruce Hope, a gay man who worked as a cook at the Nelles Youth Correctional Facility in Whittier, rejecting an appeal by the California Youth Authority. Comment


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