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Frieden Must Do More on AIDS Education

Michael Bloomberg is routinely described—by a national news media eager to show nuanced appreciation for any inkling of a diversity of opinion on social issues within the Republican Party—as the pro-gay mayor of New York City. Comment

Downside to Automation

In an age when telephones now snap and transmit photographs, the timing is right for Caroline Martel’s examination the early years of the telecommunications industry when women worked as telephone operators. Comment

Confirmed Dead & 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, 1,511 service members have died, 1,368 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 11,285 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Debut Wins Clubs’ Red Carpet

As a dancer, singer and songwriter, New York artist Sarah Atereth is used to having her hands full. It’s surprising that she has the time at all to poignantly pose this question on the first track of her debut album “Beguile”: “Shall we dance?” Comment

Equal Benefits Law Loses A Round

The unanimous ruling by a five-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division striking down the city's Equal Benefits Law on March 15 is premised on two completely distinct legal theories—that the municipal ordinance is preempted by a state law on public contracting, and also preempted by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, commonly known as ERISA. Comment

Great North Cinema

Noam Gonick’s “Stryker,” the Cracker Jack toy in the 2005 “Canadian Front: New Films” series at the Museum of Modern Art, is a tourist with an agenda—it wants to remake the popular image of indigenous North American people. Gonick’s acclaimed debut feature “Hey, Happy!” could have easily catapulted his ambition into an expensive, star-laden film project. Instead, he focused on a modestly scaled, yet arguably more ambitious film, selected to represent Canadian cinema in last year’s Venice Film Festival—a distinction all the more noteworthy for the film’s resolute iconoclasm. Comment

Everything Old Made New Again

At PANYC, a salon on West 15th Street, it took only minutes into the new Everything But the Girl release before four hairdressers, the wash boy, a blonde and brunette client and a visiting handyman were grooving. As each new remix or re-released track flooded through those high-quality speakers, murmurs of, “Girl, I used to love that song!” rose over the snips of scissors. Comment

Colonel Takes On Don’t Ask

Bishop is perhaps the highest-ranking active duty officer to advocate for the elimination of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which prevents gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Comment

City Council Vows Appeal

In the wake of an appellate court ruling that the City Council had exceeded its authority in enacting the Equal Benefits Law to guarantee that city contractors treat their gay and lesbian employees on par with married workers in terms of benefits, leading Democrats on the Council vowed to bring the matter to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. Comment

A Knight, Emboldened, Vulnerable

I arrived at Linda Stein’s studio on a Monday afternoon when a snowstorm was brewing. Having walked along West Broadway many times to her studio for political gatherings, to look at her new work or just to have a quick lunch and talk, it felt different to be walking downtown to interview her specifically about her current work. Comment

Airline HIV Bias Appeal Wins

Three HIV-positive men rejected for flight attendant positions by American Airlines have won a federal appeals case heard by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The decision overturns a district judge’s dismissal of the case and returns the case to that judge, Phyllis Hamilton, for further proceedings. Comment

A Funny Way to Show His Regard

Michael Bloomberg is routinely described—by a national news media eager to show nuanced appreciation for any inkling of a diversity of opinion on social issues within the Republican Party—as the pro-gay mayor of New York City. Comment

A Multiplicity of Perspectives

Cameras, projectors, TVs and screens. These are the simple technologies that Cathy Weis uses to make her mediated, meditative dances. With wires and cables clearly visible, she is not interested in making the interface transparent, but asking what they otherwise make apparent. Comment

A Pioneering Lesbian Photo-Journalist

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann called her a “ravaged angel.” Roger Martin du Gard, another novelist who won the Nobel Prize, saw her “walking the earth with the beautiful face of an inconsolable angel.” Carson McCullers was madly in love with her, dedicated “Reflections in a Golden Eye” to her, took care of her when she slit her wrists over a love affair gone wrong with some other woman. Comment

‘Charity’ Returns to Broadway

Tony Bennett he’s certifiably not, but Denis O’Hare can sing a little, too. Comment

Avenging Fires

Noam Gonick’s “Stryker,” the Cracker Jack toy in the 2005 “Canadian Front: New Films” series at the Museum of Modern Art, is a tourist with an agenda—it wants to remake the popular image of indigenous North American people. Comment

Growing Up Mighty Quickly

“Schizo” is named for its title character, a troubled 15-year-old named Mustafa, who, apparently suffering from mental illness, even refers to himself with the derogatory nickname. Comment

Kentucky Court Won’t Divide Assets

In a case that shows the difficulty same-sex couples who can’t marry have in getting courts to help them divide their assets, the Court of Appeals of Kentucky has upheld a lower court’s finding that it lacked jurisdiction over claims filed by Kevin J. Strong concerning property jointly acquired with his former partner, Robert S. Strong. Comment

Tackling Ignorance, Embracing Solidarity

The gay community has a reputation for championing underdogs, out of a sense of solidarity, perhaps. For those ostracized or humiliated for challenging society’s established sexual mores and willing to stand up to their tormentors, iconic status nearly in-evitably arrives. Such is the case with Vanessa Williams, the singer and actress. Comment

Stopping Lesbian-Baiting

On March 9, a panel of human rights activists discussed the problem of lesbian-baiting in conjunction with the issuance of a report that analyzed the way in which women’s sexuality is used to block their social and economic equality in nations around the world. Comment

Same-Sex Marriage Win in California

For the fourth time in the past year, a state trial judge has found that no legally sufficient reason exists to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Comment

The Sainthood in a Murder’s Aftermath

On a startling “Today” show segment following the September 11 terrorist attacks, host Katie Couric interviewed a group of heroes who had miraculously survived the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. Comment

The Way We Live Now

“In Search of a Purple Heart” a site-specific performance, written and directed by photographer Noritoshi Hirakawa, was presented twice on Sunday, February 27. The performances took place at Salon 94, a satellite of Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery on East 94th Street just off Fifth Avenue. Comment

Time Passages

Retrospectives are a wonderful way for audiences to experience the evolution of an artist in one event. With visual art, it’s easy enough to mount. But how do you re-create live performance that was part of a different historical moment? It’s more than just the moves. This is the fascinating tension that precedes Stephen Petronio’s 20th anniversary season home performance. Comment

Thompson Scores With Toys “R” Us Gay Compliance

In a move laden with symbolism, Toys “R” Us, based in Wayne, New Jersey, has informed city Comptroller William Thompson that the company plans to bring its employment practices in line with the Equality Principles, a ten-point code of corporate conduct aimed at guaranteeing sexual orientation and gender identity equality in the workplace. Comment

N.M. May Dodge Gay Marriage Ban

With the time left in its current session running out, the New Mexico Legislature appears unlikely to pass legislation that seeks to ban same-sex marriage. Comment

New Troubles for Scott Bloch

Soon after his 2004 appointment, in one of his first official acts, Bloch removed the words "sexual orientation" from the OSC’s Web site, training materials and official documents as a category protected from discrimination in the federal workforce. Comment


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Late-Winter Opera in Minnesota

With roots stretching back four decades, the Minnesota Opera has performed in St. Paul’s acoustically splendid Ordway Hall since 1985. Comment

Looking to Ourselves For Leadership

The HIV Forum, a group of activists at work for the past 18 months on reducing or eliminating the spread of HIV in the gay community in New York, is seeking nominations for Popular Opinion Leaders. Comment

Love on Her Own Terms

It’s always refreshing to see a Western film about Muslims that doesn’t portray them as terrorists. Aside from that, “Sabah” feels mighty second-hand. Comment

News Briefs

Giuliani Continues to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Comment

Marriage Ruling Alters Cali. Landscape

California’s gay men and lesbians came one step closer to being able to walk down the aisle on Monday when a trial judge ruled that the state’s one-man, one-woman marriage laws violate the state’s constitution. Comment

A Fragile Urban Ecology

Perhaps ever since its setting by Shakespeare for one of his most enduring plays, Venice has been a worldwide magnet for tourists. The influx, which has now reached record levels, creates tensions between commercial interests in the tourism industry and the people who actually live and work in the city of canals, whose lament for decades has been, “Venice is sinking.” Some of the city’s aggrieved citizens are organizing to change the policies of a municipal government that they complain puts tourism concerns over the daily needs of Venetians. Comment

Advocates Mark What Could Have Been

Gay and lesbian couples from around the world would have been able to marry in New York City on Friday, March 11 had Mayor Michael Bloomberg not ap-pealed the decision of State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan ordering the city clerk to stop discriminating in the issuance of marriage licenses. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

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Lebanese Asylum Seeker Wins Round

A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, ruled on March 7 that a gay man from Lebanon was entitled to be considered for asylum in the United States based on his reasonable fear of persecution if he were to return to his home country. Comment

Ladies In Charge

In my favorite Bette Davis movie, “Marked Woman,” a gangster questions the meaning of Club Intime, the name of the establishment she toils in as a hostess. Comment

Matthew Bourne: The Entertainer

British director and choreographer Matthew Bourne wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with his famous “Swan Lake” featuring all male swans, winning the 1999 Tony for both choreography and direction. Comment

News Briefs

Gay Man Beaten in New Mexico Released from Hospital Comment

New AIDS Curriculum for Schools

Under sharp questioning from an audience member during a March 3 town meeting, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, said that an updated AIDS curriculum for city school students would be ready by September. Comment

Hetero Sodomy Conviction Upheld

In yet another exception to a 2003 Supreme Court decision legalizing sodomy, a high military court, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, has upheld the sodomy conviction of a heterosexual marine in a case arising from events at an American base in Japan. Comment

God Is in the House

Just when you thought boy bands—and boy band parodies—had gone the way of the macarena, now comes “Altar Boyz,” a spunky spoof featuring five hyper-synched dancing dudes who sing about love and devotion. Comment


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Bush Watchdog Under Fire

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Disrobing Macho Myths

The story does not end there. The agent’s supervisors forced him to go into therapy before they’d allow him back in the field, and in the course of the treatment he went through a dramatic transformation. He decided to leave the Mossad and go back to college, where he immersed himself in literature, philosophy and art history. In one of his classes he met a younger man, fell in love and the two started a romantic relationship. Comment

Don’t Call It Love

Call me naive, but taking a doctor who lives a privileged life, and having him commit what amounts to serial rape against a destitute women, is not the makings of a great love story in my book. Comment

Gay Congressman Blasts Bloomberg

Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat considered one of the nation’s most outspoken gay leaders, blasted Mayor Michael Bloomberg on March 7, saying, “What he did was terrible for us,” when asked about the city’s decision to appeal a state judge’s ruling ordering the city to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Comment

Frieden Must Do More on AIDS Education

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, did a creditable job last Thursday evening in defending against critics who charge that his department jumped the gun in going public with warnings about the emergence of a fast-progressing and multi-drug resistant strain of HIV based on the evidence found in the case of only one gay man. Comment

No Comment on Ongoing Investigation

Saying it could be weeks or even months before the city knows if others are infected with a strain of multi-drug resistant HIV currently carried by one New York City gay man, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, defended his department’s decision to go public with the news of the one infection. Comment

One Lesbian Couple’s Need to Wed

This Friday, March 11 could have been the wedding day for Eleanor Cooper and Joy Kallio, two mothers of the lesbian movement in New York. Comment

Trans Spouse Takes Marriage Vows

As gay and lesbian activists in New York and elsewhere press the drive for same-sex marriage rights, the legal standing of transgendered people to marry the partner of their choice and to have existing marriages recognized in law remains a less explored issue. Comment


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The Way Art Should Work

Artist/curator and White Columns director Matthew Higgs captures the communal nature of artists relating to each other in an exhibition that includes 15 pairs of artists and 30 traded artworks reunited after their mutually bartered exchange. Comment

Turning up the Heat

I expected to be intimidated in talking with her, yet on the phone Vogel has a gentle voice and an easy laugh. But, she is passionate about theater and politics, thoughtful and cogent—a dream interview, in fact. Unlike other noted playwrights who resist talking about their work in a cultural context or discussing their life beyond the stage, Vogel jumps right in and wastes no time getting to the big ideas. Comment

Vulnerability Made Pat

Joan Allen is such a great actress that when she gets the rare chance to carry a film, one wishes it would be better than “The Upside of Anger.” Comment

Writing Songs, Shadowed by Love

Sacha Sacket, with his square jaw and piercing, blue eyes, is a dead ringer for a young Dennis Hopper. In his rich baritone voice, he sings of unrequited love, sex, addiction, breaking out of closets and the search for meaning, forgiveness and salvation. Comment

What Now, Voyager?

Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel takes the celebrated writer into unwanted territory I believe Hollinghurst to be a great hope of English fiction, but I think “The Line of Beauty,” his […] Comment

Super-HIV Search in Labs

Citing legal powers granted him under state and city law, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, has ordered 39 labs to give his department data on any multi-drug resistant HIV cases they have tested that match or are similar to the virus that infected one New York City gay man. Comment

Sakia Gunn’s Killer Pleads Guilty

On March 3, nearly two years after he stabbed a 15-year-old lesbian in the heart on a deserted Newark street corner, Richard McCullogh pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in a bias crime that galvanized the New Jersey city’s gay and lesbian community. The manslaughter charge is the result of a plea agreement that reduced the charges from second-degree murder. Comment

Pianist With a Carnegie Debut

On March 15, the gifted 47-year old pianist Anthony de Mare makes his very gay, belated solo debut in Carnegie Hall. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

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Point and Shoot

Fear, shame, rage and violence pervade Michael Lewis Maclennan’s “The Shooting Stage.” The consummate irony, however, is that these harrowing emotions and the damage that results are all the result of the characters’ search for truth, love, connection and art. Comment

President Outs Himself as Sociopath

United States President and Chief Executive Officer George W. Bush today called a last-minute press conference to announce that he has a psychological condition known by the medical establishment as “Antisocial Personality Disorder,” or APD. Comment

Queens St. Pat’s Now a Must-Show

The cold winds sweeping through Sunnyside, Queens on the afternoon of March 6 may have kept some celebrants inside their homes, but it did not prevent a host of politicians, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, from showing up for the sixth annual St. Pat’s For All gay-inclusive parade. Comment

Bush Watchdog Under Fire

A day after a reporter raised the issue with Pres. George W. Bush’s press secretary, Scott McClellan, at a White House briefing, Sen. George Voinovich, an Ohio Republican, promised that he will hold a hearing regarding the reorganization undertaken by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and its director Scott Bloch, according to a report in the Washington Post. Comment

Once Underground, Festival Emerges

The New York Underground Film Festival raises its customary big tent, gathering together a venturesome array of high-grade experimental, documentary, animation, mondo and otherwise eclectic programming. Comment


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