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Why is Gay TV So Mediocre?

It’s a measure of how enlarged the open cultural space available to gays has become—as a result of three decades of struggle, coming out, and the subsequent recognition of the gay consumer market—that 2005 marked the debut of three national gay television networks in America. Canada, France, and Italy were ahead of us on this score. There are now two full-blown networks on cable—Logo and QTN—and a third, Here, on pay-per-view. But the programming offered by these gay networks is quite disappointing, when it’s not downright appalling—especially when one imagines what it could be like. Comment

Twilit Corners of Golden Age

THROUGH A NAKED LENS Comment

Twilit Corners of Golden Age

THROUGH A NAKED LENS Comment

Top Damsel, Under Damsel

Confusion and aggression played in equal terms at Danspace Project December 9-11 when choreographers Colleen Thomas and Adrienne Fang got a chance to show their off-kilter collaborations in “Alpha Damsel.” Like the title, the evening was a juxtaposition of ideas and themes, which although not fitted together well, at least seemed like a cool idea. The first piece of the evening, “Damsel” exemplified the contradiction. Comment

The Gay Generation Gap… Shhh, Don’t Mention S-E-X

One of the things sociologists often remark upon as unique about gay people is that, unlike members of other minority groups, we mostly grow up alone, the solo homo in families that rarely share our sexual identities. So, frequently, we germinate like hothouse plants with specific areas of our identities developing in private, sequestered away from natural sources of light. Consequently, we grow up fast in some ways, and more slowly in others. Exotic blooms erupting out of season are our specialty. Comment

The Education of a Council Speaker

It was roughly a decade ago when I first met Christine Quinn, though I only learned this morning that her Irish-American bona fides are impressively enhanced by the middle name Callaghan, her late mother Mary’s last name at birth. Comment

News Briefs

Local Political Advances Across the Nation Christine Quinn’s rise to speaker of the New York City Council comes in a week with significant gay and lesbian political strides nationwide. In Suffolk […] Comment

Mixed Verdict on Porn

In a decidedly mixed New Year’s message for the pornography industry, U.S. District Judge Walker D. Miller of Colorado issued a preliminary injunction on December 28 against enforcement of certain portions of recently adopted Bush administration anti-porn regulations that could have caused widespread removal of sexually-oriented materials from the Internet. Comment

Mixed Verdict on Porn

In a decidedly mixed New Year’s message for the pornography industry, U.S. District Judge Walker D. Miller of Colorado issued a preliminary injunction on December 28 against enforcement of certain portions of recently adopted Bush administration anti-porn regulations that could have caused widespread removal of sexually-oriented materials from the Internet. Comment

Make Way for Tomorrow

The year in cinema proved as wondrous as the events surrounding it were dark. If the clash of fundamentalisms, mounting avian influenza, and fast-forward global climate change weren’t troubling enough, dire prophecies of box-office ruin have been ritually sounded since the sluggish summer, as one Hollywood fiasco after another tanked upon release. Comment

Log Cabin’s Guerriero Talks Aggressive Strategy

“We reached a point in the gay and lesbian civil rights movement where we need to expect more than mediocrity from the people we support. That was a threshold for us,” said Patrick C. Guerriero, president of the national Log Cabin Republicans, in explaining the group’s decision in 2004 not to endorse the re-election of President George W. Bush. “It actually sent an important message to our Democratic friends. Don’t you think we ought to expect something from the people our Democratic and left-leaning groups support?” Comment

Letters to the Editor

December 23, 2005 Comment

Kids Be Darned!

Despite the theater community’s eternally stated intent to support American playwrights, it remains hopelessly Anglophile vide the number of Brit-penned works produced here each season. Any actor aiming for a serious career must therefore hone his accent and diction to suit, but it’s not something that everyone can master. Two American actors, however, recently met this challenge and triumphed—Zak Orth in “Rope,” seen December 11, and Wilbur Henry in “Orson’s Shadow,” seen December 17. Comment

Kids Be Darned!

Despite the theater community’s eternally stated intent to support American playwrights, it remains hopelessly Anglophile vide the number of Brit-penned works produced here each season. Any actor aiming for a serious career must therefore hone his accent and diction to suit, but it’s not something that everyone can master. Two American actors, however, recently met this challenge and triumphed—Zak Orth in “Rope,” seen December 11, and Wilbur Henry in “Orson’s Shadow,” seen December 17. Comment

Homeward Bound

The Trip to Bountiful Comment

Gems from 2005

Unlike 2004, 2005 wasn’t marked by a flashpoint like Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” or Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” or even Lars von Trier’s “Dogville.” Instead, apathy seemed to dominate film discourse, apart from those cute penguins that marched their way into the multiplex and gay cowboys who may be about to do so. Comment

Crystal, Barebacking in Perspective

By LAWRENCE D. MASS, M.D. Comment

Crawling from His Wreckage

Match Point Comment

Christine Quinn Assumes Speakership

City Councilwoman Christine Quinn, 39, an out lesbian from Chelsea, was elected speaker of the City Council on Tuesday in an emotional ceremony in the ornate chamber of City Hall where it took a 15-year struggle—from 1971 to ’86—just to get basic civil rights protections for gay and lesbian New Yorkers. She is the first woman to lead the Council, no less the first out gay person, and now the second most powerful political leader in the city. Comment

A Year of Retrospectives

Looking back at 2005, it’s hard not to remember two 20-year anniversaries in the dance world—Stephen Petronio and Urban Bush Women—that were also those companies’ best all-around concerts in years, both at The Joyce Theater in Chelsea. Look for Petronio’s “Bloom” set to an original score by Rufus Wainwright at The Joyce April 18-23. Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 5, Number 1 | January 5 - 11, 2006 Comment

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