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Jeannie’s Got a Gun

Norma Jean, Jean, and Jeanne. Before there was Marilyn Monroe there was Jean Harlow, and before her there was Jeanne Eagels. Eagels was primarily a stage actress and the other two were motion-picture actresses, but they all symbolized something—something blonde and bad and beddable, and they all died young—Monroe at 36, Harlow at 26, Eagels at 35. Comment


Even as the federal Solomon Amendment—that requires universities who wish to receive federal funds to allow military recruiters on campus—is being successfully challenged by some American law schools, Columbia University, which allows such recruiting despite its ban on sexual orientation discrimination, is now considering the return of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) to the campus after an absence of many years. Comment

Life Underground is Hell

This first feature film by Nimrod Antal begins on a strange note. A representative of the Budapest Public Transport Company informs the audience that it bears no resemblance to reality. While some of his colleagues wanted to prohibit Antal from shooting the film in the Budapest subway, this man trusts that spectators will understand that the film’s really about a symbolic struggle between good and evil. Comment

Male Hysteria On Full-Frontal Display

Hans-Jörg is on top of a young lady and laboring. “Do they film until I come?” he has asked her. Comment

Little Town Blues Long Since Melted

Nearly every New York City waitress is an actress just waiting to be discovered; every Barney’s sales clerk is a talented young cabaret singer anticipating his big break. Comment


In the first of three evenings that honor outstanding achievement in the media industries, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation began its 16th annual season of awards Monday evening at Manhattan’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. Comment

Ghosts of the Great White Way

On Thursday, March 17, the curtain went down on one of Broadway’s last cultural institutions from the gritty, bad old days. Comment

An Opera Queen’s Confessions

Maria Guleghina, as Abigaille, in the Metropolitan Opera’s “Nabucco” on March 8 outcamped even Andrea Gruber in “Turandot.” Where Gruber was like Maria Montez, Guleghina behaved like a Verdian divine, bitchily wresting the Babylonian crown for herself, giving major attitude to her mezzo rival, Wendy White, and appearing at the end, supposedly poisoned and dying, with glamorous hair and gown, looking red carpet-ready. Comment

Demands Grow Vs. Don’t Ask

Democratic Rep. Steve Israel says ban impedes military recruiting A Long Island congressman who sits on the influential armed services committee, has joined a growing number of Democrats in the House […] Comment

Expanding Scope of N.J. Partnerships

When New Jersey Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco ruled on March 15 that Louis Paul Hennefeld was entitled to a 100 percent property tax exemption from the Township of Montclair, he was engaging in a creative reading of the New Jersey Domestic Partnership Act, enacted by former Gov. James McGreevey, that went into effect on July 10, 2004, but one that seemed consistent with the wording of the law and the intention of the State Legislature. Comment

Gay Black Community Mobilizes

Following the recent discovery of the dismembered limbs of Rashawn Brazell, a 19-year-old gay, black murder victim, gay African-American leaders have begun to gather and mobilize public support for gaining more information from law enforcement authorities about the progress in solving the crime. Comment

Females Misbehaving

As if the title alone weren’t enough to lure you to this play, there’s also the play itself. Comment

March Voices

John Dexter’s 1979 “Don Carlo” staging, though not one of his most inspired, holds up reasonably well when well cast and conducted, though the garden scene lacks magic and mystery. Comment

Moskowitz Runs on Efficacy

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The King to the Queen

If you love Monty Python, you will fall in love with “Spamalot,” no two ways about it. Comment

The Immediacy of Niagara

Cadence Giersbach returns to Williamsburg’s Roebling Hall for her second solo show with ten great paintings. It’s been nearly four years, but it’s definitely been worth the wait. Comment

The Unintended Consequences Begin

The amendment banning same-sex marriage that Ohio voters approved last November includes two sentences. The first sentence simply prohibits same-sex marriages. But the second sentence reads, “This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.” Comment

Transgendered Cop’s Win Affirmed

In its second ruling in less than a year vindicating the rights of transgendered public safety officers, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati has upheld a jury verdict finding that the Cincinnati Police Department unlawfully refused a promotion to sergeant for Philecia Barnes. Comment

A Man For Past Seasons

In 1978, the same year that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the archbishop of Cracow, Poland, was elevated to the papacy and took on the name Pope John Paul II, I had the opportunity to hear the famed Soviet dissident and exiled writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn deliver the Harvard University commencement address, with words that spawned a furious controversy. Comment

Trans Rights Challenged in NY Ruling

By a 4-1 vote, a panel of the New York Appellate Division, First Department, has dismissed a discrimination case brought by the Hispanic AIDS Forum against a Queens landlord, who allegedly refused to renew the group’s lease because other tenants in the building complained about transsexual clients of the agency using the public restrooms. Comment

Staggering Output, Then Death

“It’s about 80% anger.” But there’s also humor? “People laugh when you fall on your ass. What’s humor?” Jean-Michel Basquiat, Interview magazine 1983 Comment

Showdown on Bullying Law

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration refused to send an education department official to testify before the City Council Education Committee on March 28 about the department’s progress in implementing a school anti-bullying law. Comment

No Additional Evidence of Super-HIV

Six weeks after it announced a single case of a gay New York City man who was infected with multi-drug resistant HIV and had rapidly progressed to AIDS, the city health department has found no other cases. Comment

News Briefs

Gay Man Murdered in Iowa Comment

Non-Linear Lineage

Neil Greenberg is perhaps best known for his award-winning “Not About AIDS Dance,” created in 1994 in response to the deaths of his brother Jon and friends and in which he disclosed his own positive status to his audiences. In this and subsequent works, Greenberg has incorporated written text as a way to humanize his performers, and provide entry into the dances’ deeper meaning. Comment

Nubile Forms, Bodies Too

If the smart charcoal suit, white shirt with thin blue pinstripes, stylishly tousled blondish hair and black bejeweled spectacles don’t tip you off that you’re in the presence of Christopher Makos, then his sense of humor might. Comment

Savoir Faire Meets Natural Charm

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The Publishing Triangle, a New York-based association of gay and lesbian publishing industry professionals, who work to further the publication of books and other written material by gay and lesbian authors or with gay and lesbian themes, has announced its nominees for its 2005 awards. Comment

A Final New York Bow

Peter Boal’s adventures with the small group of highly trained dancers and choreographers in his eponymous company are about to play out on a new state, with Boal’s new posting as artistic director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. After 30 years dancing with City Ballet, Boal is far from retiring from the dance world, as evinced by his company’s recent performance on March 15 at the Joyce. Comment

Espousing Life, Enacting Hate

This week, the Terri Schiavo case went from being a complex and tragic family dispute into a full-scale political and legal battle. Comment

The Shame in the Shiavo Case

“This Republican Party of Lincoln has become a party of theocracy,” a leading member of Congress warned in the wake of the vote early Monday morning to give federal courts jurisdiction in the Terri Schiavo case. Comment

Expansive Colorado Range

Russian training is in the lineage at Colorado Ballet. The dancers hail from Moscow and Estonia—as well as San José, California. Allocating its budget to attract first-rate choreographers, it’s no surprise that Bolshoi-schooled Konstantin Uralsky was invited to set the “Rachmaninov Second” on the company. The March 6 audience at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College was treated to a rare view of ballet’s Russian heritage and the form it takes in dancing bodies. Comment

Framed, Hero Seeks Answers

“Oldboy” starts with a bang and doesn’t let go for the first half hour. Comment

Gay Workers Comp Denied

A New York appellate court in Albany rejected an attempt by the surviving domestic partner of a flight attendant who died in a plane crash while on the job in November 2001 to get survivor’s benefits under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Law. Comment

Gang Attacks Bronx Man

On Saturday night, a mob of up to 15 neighborhood teenagers assaulted a 35-year-old gay man outside the courtyard of his Bronx apartment building, shouting antigay slurs and kicking and punching him in a brutal attack that ended when a neighbor alerted the police. Nelson Torres, an HIV prevention coordinator with the Hispanic AIDS Forum, was taken to North Central Bronx Hospital and treated for a concussion and various injuries to his head, torso and eye. Comment

D.C.’s Gay Leader Stabbed to Death

Police have arrested a Washington, D.C. man in the brutal murder of a prominent lesbian activist, Wanda Alston, who was stabbed to death last Wednesday afternoon in her capital home. 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, 519 service members have died, 1, 376 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 11, 442 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Anti-Gay Social Security Ad Enjoined

A federal court has issued a temporary restraining order against publication of an advertisement that uses a picture of two men kissing each other as part of an attack on the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) that alleges that the group supports gay marriage. Comment

AIDS Confidentiality Loses Out

In a sharp 4-3 split, the Kentucky Supreme Court decided March 17 that the requirements of the state’s workers’ compensation law take priority over the state’s HIV confidentiality statute. Comment

A Season Icy and Warm

On March 10, rumors were flying at the chic Daniel cocktail party for Catherine Deneuve, honored by the French Institute/Alliance Francaise. Comment

A Struggle with Crystal; A Solitary Death

A few days before Christmas in 2003, Brian Jordan, a gay man—who like many others in New York—was struggling with a crystal meth addiction, was found dead in the West Village apartment he was house-sitting while its owner was out of town. Comment


Bronx Democratic City Councilman Joel Rivera’s Committee on State and Federal Legislation held hearings on March 22 on Resolution 438, which would put the Council on record in opposition to the U.S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that bars open service by gay and lesbian soldiers. Comment

Charting Her Future

Councilwoman Christine Quinn of Manhattan wants to succeed fellow Democrat Gifford Miller, a mayoral contender, as the next speaker of the New York City Council. Comment

George and Martha’s Struggle Recast

After seeing the new production of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” I can add Bill Irwin’s portrayal of George in this iconic play to the pantheon of great performances. Comment

Good Friday Vigil for Rashawn Brazell

Those responsible for Brazell’s murder are still at large. Comment

Sin Originally

Robert Gober holds his first New York show since 1979 at the Matthew Marks Gallery in Chelsea. He has recently exhibited a good deal internationally and represented the United States in the 2001 Venice Biennial. Comment

Sharing HIV Meds Worldwide

Greenwich Village group collects unused AIDS medications for the developing world They all eventually end up in the same storage facility on Greenwich Street, no matter what part of the country they originally […] Comment

The Con is Up

“Get taken” is the slogan that appears on advertisements for the brash new Broadway musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Comment

The Passing of a Music Giant

He was black and I am blue. “I’m white inside,” the great song goes, “But that don’t help my case, / ’Cause I can’t hide / What is on my face… What did I do / To be so black and blue?” Comment

Women Of Substance


What Makes Danny Run?

When I first contacted Danny Schechter and asked him if I could interview him, I was not yet sure precisely what theme to pursue in my questions. After seeing his documentary, “WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception,” it became clear that “What Makes Danny Run?” was the perfect approach to our discussion. Comment

Not in Kansas, or Fire Island, Anymore

I visited the Apocalypse Lounge, a new divey joint on East Third Street in Alphabet City, to catch the last set of “The Houston Bernard Show.” Shirtless and with his skintight pants unzipped to reveal some boy bush, Bernard was spraying the crowd with sex talk like a cocky pubescent kid trapped in a man’s body, a la John Leguizamo cross-bred with P.T. Barnum’s boundless energy. Comment

No Real Passion at Play

“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” a co-production of the LAByrinth Theater Company and the Public, is a tedious piece of theater drunk on its own self-importance and collapsing under its shallow facility. Comment


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Irish, Queer and Still There

Each March 17 for more than a decade, members of the queer community have headed out to various spots along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to protest the St. Patrick’s Day parade’s exclusion of openly gay and lesbian contingents. Comment

Loosening Martyrs’ Nooses

Never mug a Princeton man. He may get up, lick his wounds and write something like. Comment

Mirror, Mirror

The German artist Martin Kippenberger, who died in 1997, is being celebrated with three New York shows. Comment

News Briefs

Brooklyn Gays Protest Religious Bigotry Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Unrobed At Home Comment


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