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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, 1,546 service members have died, 1,403 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 11, 664 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Civil Unions Bill Goes to Conn. Gov.

On Wednesday evening, Connecticut’s Democratic-led House of Representatives passed a comprehensive civil unions bill that, according to its proponents, would extend the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples without contradicting the state’s marriage law. Comment

Court Upholds Sex-Shop Zoning

In Manhattan, a unanimous four-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division upheld recent amendments to regulations that are intended to sharply reduce the number of adult businesses in residential and business districts. Comment

The Finkelstein and Clinton Marriages

Give the former first couple their due. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton defend each other fiercely when their political fortunes come under fire. Comment

Empowering an Embattled Group

Sitting in a conference room at the Latino Commission on AIDS, Michael D. Silverman, executive director and general counsel of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), explained why he founded the legal group two years ago. Comment

Edwardian Sensibilities

TOM [a passenger]: Tell me – tell me one thing – now. Comment

Betrayal, Intrigue, Murder

Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” gets a contemporary makeover on Broadway With its videogame-inspired battle staging and testosterone-imbued performances, the new production of “Julius […] Comment

A Trojan Horse of Illusions

In his 20s, the artist Daniel Buren, born in France in 1938, was inspired to paint on the striped canvases sold at Parisian textile markets at the time for ubiquitous use as café awnings. The various stripes of color on plain linen cloth were always the same two-inch width. Buren envisioned the canvas as a kind of painter’s version of the found object. He decided to orient the stripes vertically but the sizes and proportions of stretchers were permitted to change. What little paint Buren applied was always white, in plain bars at the edges, and an occasional scalloped pattern at top and bottom or side-to-side. Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Essay Writers Workshop Comment

Ambiguity in A Children’s Tale

“The Contract (The Pied Piper),” 2002, is James Kudelka’s first full-length story ballet. And he admits it is “a narrative ballet with many ambiguities.” Comment

American Dream Shatters

Christian Slater holds together “Menagerie” family led by Jessica Lange It is difficult to break new ground with Tennessee Williams’ classic “The Glass Menagerie.” The specificity […] Comment

A Round-Trip to Controversy

Like his previous films— “Happiness” and the under-appreciated “Storytelling”—Todd Solondz’s bold new film “Palindromes” tackles a controversial subject with a trenchant wit that is equally likely to offend audiences as amuse them. Other viewers might find themselves simply perplexed. Comment

An Iconic Feminist Dies

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In Minnesota, Enough Is Enough

A gay Republican state senator in Minnesota has come out shortly after casting a vote against a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Comment


The Lambda Independent Democrats, the political club serving Brooklyn’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community, gathered for their 27th annual luncheon this past Sunday, April 10 at Aunt Suzie’s Italian restaurant on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

Task Force Honors Howard Dean

The massive ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in northwest Washington easily held the more than 400 people gathered around two bars beneath the rhythm of quiet dance music. They showed up this past Thursday, April 7, for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s (NGLTF) ceremony to award Howard Dean, former Vermont governor, and Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, with a lifetime achievement award. Comment

Still Bawdy After All These Years

Former Smiths’ front man, openly gay British rocker Steven Patrick Morrissey, is no stranger to controversy. He was open about his sexual orientation even before the British band the Smiths broke up in 1987, and is known for his narrative-style punk ballads that tackle issues of race, class and gender. Last June, he made waves during a concert when he announced that former Pres. Ronald Reagan had passed away—then added that he wished it was George Bush who had died instead. Comment

The Formative Years

Being but a simple country girl, even if also an internationally known recording artist, Amy Ray prefers her small Southern town when she is not making records and touring as half of the Indigo Girls or doing her solo work, which recently yielded her second album, “Prom.” Comment

Tribeca Film Festival Turns Four

The vast majority of New York’s many film festivals and series cater to specialists. Even Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival presents an extremely selective compilation of work mostly shown in other festivals. Comment

Youths Grab Center Stage

It was an evening intended to be about the candidates—an event that included not only the four Democrats seeking Michael Bloomberg’s job this November, but also a maverick Republican waging a quixotic challenge within his own party and a high-level surrogate for the mayor himself. Comment

Wearing the Uniform Has Repercussions

The case for ending discrimination in the military against gays and lesbians serving openly is a strong civil rights claim. However, becoming a full-fledged member of the U.S. military ought to give some gays and lesbians pause. Comment


The dozen or so young people who turned out for Monday evening’s mayoral forum at the LGBT Community Center and ended up stealing the show for their impassioned demonstration on behalf of the Dignity For All Student Act (DASA), an anti-bullying measure that the Bloomberg administration is refusing to implement, are affiliated with Generation Q, a five-year old program for queer youth in Queens. Comment

No Business Like Shoe Business

A musical pays tribute to a forgotten Manhattan landmark store My favorite Manhattan building, at 46th Street and Seventh Avenue, appears like a typical commercial structure with its undistinguished […] Comment

Magic Mushrooms

It’s not often these days that artistic references to 1970s politics, art and popular culture resonate any more deeply than as simple rote stylistic appropriation. Ditto with references to ‘60s psychedelia. Comment

Mrs. Trump: You’re Hired!

The Martha Graham Dance Company Gala on April 6 was attended by a diverse representation of New York society: Mikhail Baryshnikov with Alexandra (his daughter by Jessica Lange), designers Badgley Mishka and Vera Wang, artist Leroy Neiman (in a purple suit), furrier Dennis Basso, writer Amy Fine Collins, Andre Leon Talley in a copious Yohji cape, ubiquitous fashionella Ahn Duong, and Woody Allen with wife Soon Yi. Like a frightened schoolboy, Allen cringed from the paparazzi and you couldn’t help feeling, “Hey, you got a young, pretty wife who probably wouldn’t mind having her picture taken!” Comment

A Multi-Media Artist’s Taut Reporting

Ofri Cnaani is a young Israeli artist based in New York. The theme of “The Colonel and I,” Cnaani’s first solo exhibition at Andrea Meislin Gallery, centers on power, war and eroticism. Presenting a video installation, a DVD and ink wash drawings on mylar and ceramic plates, she delves into the darkest regions of human experience with harsh wisdom. Comment


In a letter to Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), dated April 6, Anthony Crowell, special counsel to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, confirmed that New York City policy is to recognize any gay marriage or civil union legally entered into elsewhere as a marriage for purposes of city law. Comment

News Briefs

Maine’s Incremental Approach Comment

Wilted Magnolias

You don’t just want to like the new production of “Steel Magnolias,” you want to adore it. With its nearly flawless script, plum parts for powerful actresses and an affection bred by familiarity, you ease into your seat at the Lyceum Theatre, anticipating nothing but stellar performances for the next two-plus hours. Comment

Thousand Gowns for Charity

Dressed in flowing ball gowns, period costumes, sequins and latex, more than a thousand drag queens, cross dressers, leather daddies and their friends gathered on April 2 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel for the 19th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns, an AIDS fund-raising charity ball. Comment

Emotional Rescue

Dance has a unique ability to convey emotion, to embody the words, tonal variations and structures of a song, poem—or in silence, to represent ideas and feelings free of additional aesthetic anchors. Surprisingly, however, it has become rare for dance to deal with such things directly. Complexity seems to be the order of the day. But sometimes, it is the simple things that have the greatest impact. Comment

Gay Catholics Reflect on John Paul II

Raymond Lefebvre is a Catholic priest who has left the Church but continues to serve Mass. This past Sunday, officiating at a service for Dignity, the gay Catholic group, at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Waverly Place in the West Village, Lefebvre spoke of the death of Pope John Paul II the day before with respect, but without the warmth of friendship. Comment

Gay Composer’s Carnegie Debut

GAY CITY NEWS: What was the first major piece of music you composed and how has it influenced your current compositions? Comment


California Appeals Court Won’t Declare Sex-Change Comment

HIV Disclosure Was Malpractice

In a case in which a doctor disclosed a patient’s HIV status without the proper authorization, resulting in the patient’s unlawful discharge by his employer, a California appeals court upheld a jury verdict for medical malpractice and violation of the state’s medical information statute. Comment

Electro Guesthouse

Let Eminem disrespect Moby all he wants—people do still listen to techno. Comment

Dems Seek LGBT Blessing

The four contenders for the Democratic nod for mayor appeared before Greater Voices, a coalition of queer political clubs, on April 6 at an event at NYU that showcased the strong desire of New York City Democrats to put one of their own in City Hall. Comment

Brooklyn Meeting on Brazell Murder

Six weeks after the gruesome discovery of a murdered young man’s limbs inside a Brooklyn subway tunnel, the gay victim’s mother called upon police officials and the media to more widely publicize the crime in order to apprehend her son’s killer. “I’m not here to point the fingers at anybody. I’m here for help,” said Desire Brazell at an April 4 town hall meeting in an ornate ceremonial chamber at Brooklyn Borough Hall crowded with nearly 100 politicians, community members and gay activists. Comment

A Lifetime of Cutting-Edge Filming

When the Germans came to the Mekas farmhouse in the Lithuanian village of Semeniskiai in 1944, Jonas Mekas, as he put it recently, “went out the window and into the potato field.” The last thing he glimpsed behind him was his father up against the wall, a German gun pressed into his back. Comment

CA Upholds Partner Law

A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge to the validity of California’s Domestic Partnership Law. Comment


When the city health department ordered 39 testing labs to report any cases of multi-drug resistant HIV that match or are similar to the virus that infected one New York City gay man, it sent the labs “a specific nucleotide sequence” taken from the man’s virus in an effort to get an exact match. Comment

Defiance on Bullying Law Continues

The Bloomberg administration asserted its right not to follow a law it deems “illegal” without going to court as it continued to refuse to implement the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), a public school anti-bullying law passed by the New York City Council over his veto last year. 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, 542 service members have died, 1, 399 of them since Pres. George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 11, 664 service members have been wounded in action. Comment


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Lilacs For Walt Whitman

To hear her tell it, composer Jennifer Higdon leads a charmed life. Comment

Switch Hitting

Caleb (Scott Lunsford) has been tossed out by girlfriend Tiffani (Rebekah Kochan) when he proves too wimpy a lover for her. His gay roommate, Kyle (Jim Verraros, the first finalist voted off the first season of “American Idol”), advises him to pretend to be homo to attract women, in particular, Gwen (Emily Stiles), an unregenerate fag hag who never tires of trying to “switch” gay guys. Meanwhile, Kyle lusts for Gwen’s roommate Marc (Ryan Carnes, of “Desperate Housewives”) who, of course, wants to get with the nervous, but game, Caleb. Comment

Subversive Personal Narratives

ASSumptions, a group exhibition of five artists, examines gender, sexual identity, power and representation. The show’s organizing principle points to the wild assumptions that stem from stereotypes and fearful desires for conformity and control, a timely notion during growing assaults by radical right-wingers upon the social and cultural institutions of an open society. Each artist utilizes different tactics in their work; some are poetic while others are transgressively political. Comment

Tennessee Williams’ Tragic Heroine

BLANCHE: Yes, swine! Swine! And I’m thinking not only of you, but of your friend, Mr. Mitchell. He came to see me tonight. He dared to come here in his work clothes! And to repeat slander to me, vicious stories that he had gotten from you! – I gave him his walking papers! Comment

The Impact of So-Called Reform of Bankruptcy Laws

A revolution in middle class life is around the corner. By next October, Americans who are in debt may no longer be able to make a fresh start if Congress fulfills its plan to have Pres. George W. Bush sign legislation that radically changes the bankruptcy laws in a way that bolsters the credit card companies, also known as banks. Comment

The Vatican’s Iron Curtain

As hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and dozens of heads of state flock to the Vatican to mourn the death of Pope John Paul II, whose passing has occasioned encomia for his role in overthrowing communist rule in Eastern Europe and reinvigorating a church whose global membership now exceeds one billion believers, many gay American Catholics have a decidedly different appraisal of a man likely to receive expedited consideration for sainthood. Comment

The Majesty of Paint

“It takes ten years to make a good painting,” the old adage goes. When it comes to making art, experience does count, as Pat Steir amply demonstrates in “Moon Paintings & A River,” her latest exhibition at Cheim & Read. Comment

Spring Party, Theatuh Wear

The indefatigable Dean Johnson remains true to his punk rock roots on the latest CD completed with his group, The Velvet Mafia, “Cheap But Not Free.” It’s an unapologetically in-your-face jam, featuring Johnson’s trademark bitter wit. It’s a sure bet he’ll be performing licks from this at his upcoming HomoCorps gig at Crobar on May 5. Comment

Shepard Vigil Claims Denied

A federal appeals court in Manhattan has ruled against the constitutional claims of seven individuals arrested and held for various lengths of time on the evening of October 19, 1998, during a vigil in honor of Matthew Shepard, the young gay man who was tortured and left to die a few days earlier in Wyoming. Comment

MIX Re-Launched

MIX, the New York Queer Experimental Media Festival, has traditionally been held in late November, but with funding for avant garde art always a challenge, the annual event skipped this past fall and is re-launching this coming weekend, in its 18th incarnation, at Anthology Film Archives at 32 Second Avenue at Second Street and other screenings, installation and party locations downtown. Comment

Manhattan-to-Paris Love Story

If anyone can put NoLita—the oft-disputed designation for the New York neighborhood nestled between Houston Street and the rapidly shrinking Little Italy—on the map, it is chanteuse Keren Ann Zeidel. In home studios in her New York and Paris apartments, Keren Ann, who prefers to be known by her first names, has put together one of this spring’s most celebrated releases. Comment

New AIDS Chief Stresses Prevention

Three weeks before Dr. Scott E. Kellerman joined the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the health commissioner, announced the case of a gay man who was infected with multi-drug resistant HIV and had rapidly progressed to AIDS. Comment

News Briefs

New York: No Quick Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Suits Comment

Roses Are Red, Commies Aren’t Blue

Dear George Bush: We represent the law firm of Russet, Russet & Mauve, LLP which has agreed to pursue a class action lawsuit against you and your entire administration on behalf of our clients (hereinafter to be known as “Plaintiffs”), who do hereby charge and allege that you and your entire administration did willfully and with malice aforethought commit massive identity theft in the blatant and felonious appropriation of the color red (hereinafter, “Red”). Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Essay Writers Workshop Comment


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