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The Towering Phallus

Early this month, the Empire State Building turned 75 years old. At 1,453 feet, once the tallest building in the world and once again the tallest in New York, it remains the central phallic symbol of our city and preeminent in the nation’s consciousness of concrete cock. Some gay men might prefer the flashy pointiness of the Chrysler Building, as I did in my callow youth, but over time, it’s the stolid and majestic presence of the Empire State that holds my attention and regard. Comment

The Council’s Other Lesbian


Smart, And Structurally Sound

To get attention in dance you have to do more than just make good dances. There has to be some twist, some essence, some fundamental underpinning that distinguishes your work from everything else. It can even be a gimmick, as long as it works. Christopher Williams works with history, finding glorious inspiration in the lives of saints, medieval music, and, in his most recent creation, Portuguese fado. His costumes and sets are smart, too, and using live singing is always a plus. He also works with seasoned performers—although he is young, he is an accomplished dancer and has performed and danced with many other artists and companies and the reciprocity is a boon to all. Comment

Report From The Road

New York opera fans tend to a fairly Lincolncentric view of the world, but America’s other companies regularly provide worthwhile offerings, and it’s always worth checking out the possibilities when planning business or vacation travel. May offered some definite treats around the country. Comment


Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the AIDS organization that emerged in New York City less than a year after news of a unknown, deadly disease affecting homosexual men was first reported 25 years ago this June in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, held its most successful AIDS Walk to date this past Sunday. Comment

Outside The Frame

Jeff Burton Comment

Out-of-State Gay Adoptions Must Be Recognized

U.S. District Judge Robin J. Cauthron struck a blow for gay and lesbian adoptive parents against newly emerging efforts on the part of Christian conservatives to curb their rights. Comment

OldFare Opens NewFest

NewFest Comment

Odets’ Dramatic Entanglements

Turning at the door of that Bronx apartment, his Hennie in his arms, Moe Axelrod throws a so-long to her alive and awakened kid brother Ralph. “I wouldn’t trade you for two pitchers and an outfielder,” hard-bitten Moe tells the newly hatched militant-in-the-making as the curtain comes down and the audience rises to its feet with a roar. Comment

News briefs

Marriage Protection Amendment Advances in Senate Comment

Modest Decline in Anti-Gay Assaults

The New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project last week reported a 13 percent decline in the number of violent attacks against LGBT people reported in the metropolitan area from 2004 to 2005—from 650 to 566 incidents. Comment

Life Sentence For Spreading HIV

On May 16 the Court of Appeals of Washington upheld a minimum sentence of 178 years in prison for Anthony Eugene Whitfield, at once a victim and a victimizer, who transmitted HIV to five women and placed an additional dozen women at risk. Comment

Lessons Of Manhood

The History Boys Comment

Lawsuit Alleges Taco Bell Gay Bashing

Two gay men have sued a fast-food franchise company alleging they were seriously injured in a 2005 anti-gay assault in one of the company’s Manhattan restaurants. Comment


Born in the northern Galilee village of Kofor-Yassif, Morcos helped found a virtual, online forum for Palestinian lesbians in 2003 that grew into ASWAT, which has begun to work with similar groups across the Arab world. In accepting her award on behalf of her group, Morcos (pictured here to the right of Paula Ettelbrick, IGLHRC’s executive director) emphasized that ASWAT aims to create a “safe space” that respects three vital characteristics of all the women it serves. Comment

History On the Webcast

History will be made next week at the New York State Court of Appeals in Albany and it will also be made right on your desktop computer. Comment

Hepatitis Vaccine Drive Begins

Wearing bright orange T-shirts, white shorts, and boxing gloves, the Hep Team will fan out across New York City this summer to promote vaccinations for hepatitis A and B to “knock out” those viral infections among gay and bisexual men. Comment

Gay Standoff Brewing in Moscow

In yet another blow to organizers of Moscow’s first-ever Gay Pride March, scheduled for May 27—previously banned by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov in an April announcement—city authorities this week said that the conferences and festival planned by Pride organizers would also be banned. Comment

Fictionalized Hollywood Memoirs

Going Down in La-La Land Comment

Druggies Behaving Badly


Bush Slides and the World Shudders

President George W. Bush’s unpopularity has created a major political crisis in the nation’s capital that is causing worldwide concern. Comment

Baby, We Were Born to Revive

One of Bruce Springsteen’s most famous songs says, “maybe everything that dies some day comes back.” He’s singing about Atlantic City, and the rise of the casinos over the broken remains of the old beachfront, the Atlantic’s crown jewel before the jet age. He might as well have been singing though about the Jersey Shore town where he became famous, Asbury Park, undergoing what some say is a gay revival that will turn this crumbling town around for good. Comment

Art Is Not Democratic

Richard Serra Comment


Bob Kohler, a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 and a leading AIDS activist for decades, celebrated his 80th birthday with a big party held at Bailey House on Christopher Street on Sunday. A […] Comment

Alaska DP Benefits Must Begin

The Alaska Supreme Court has ordered the state to meet its original deadline of January 1, 2007, for the implementation of spousal benefits for same-sex partners of state employees. Comment

West Side Split on Medical Decisions

An op-ed by Daily News editorial page writer Bill Hammond concerning a state Assembly measure aimed at clarifying medical decision-making authority in the case of New Yorkers too incapacitated to make their own choices has opened up a public feud among three West Side Democrats, two of them gay. Comment


Twelve and Holding Comment

The Unauthorized Retrospective

CADY NOLAND Approximately Comment

The Heart Of The Matter

The Drowsy Chaperone Comment

Sistani Retreats on Anti-Gay Fatwa

Iraqi gays are claiming partial success following the decision by Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and his aides to remove from his Web site a fatwa calling for the killing of homosexuals in the “worst, most severe way possible.” Comment


The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest, will hear oral arguments on May 31 in four same-sex marriage lawsuits. The plaintiffs’ lawyers include, among other advocates, Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union. The defendants in the cases are the State and City of New York, which will be represented by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the city corporation counsel’s office. Comment


Volume 5, Number 20 | May 18 -24, 2006 Comment

Partner’s Inheritance Saved

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that the will of Theodore M. Payne, who died in 2002, should be interpreted to require his estate to pay off the mortgage and real estate taxes on a house in Harding Township that he left to his domestic partner, Don Burton. Comment

News Briefs

Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of “The Hours,” which was made into a film starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris, will headline a May 24 fundraiser for the non-profit group Global Justice. Comment

Michael Cuesta’s Target Audience

Michael Cuesta’s “L.I.E.” caused a stir back in 2001 with its tale of a 15-year old who meets a father figure in the local pedophile. With his new film, “Twelve and Holding,” Cuesta once again chronicles young kids coming of age under difficult circumstances with dexterity and sensitivity. This story, a triptych, written by Anthony S. Cipriano, concerns three “tweens” dealing with issues of hate, weight, and sexuality in the aftermath of a tragedy. Comment


The Christian Civic League of Maine’s plan to broadcast a radio advertisement in support of the federal Marriage Protection Amendment to pressure that state’s U.S. senators to support it when Majority Leader Bill Frist brings it up for a vote next month ran into interference from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Act, according to a unanimous May 9 ruling by a special three-judge federal district court. Comment


Volume 5, Number 20 | May 18 -24, 2006 Comment

Leslie-Lohman’s Louisiana Opening

The Culture of Queer. Comment

Legal Briefs

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero has ruled that a group of organizations that receive federal funding for international HIV prevention are entitled to a preliminary injunction against application of a statute requiring them to have “a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking.” Comment

Juilliard, MSM Add Variety

Surely in its centenary season Juilliard stands first among American conservatories for world premières presented, including works by George Antheil, Darius Milhaud, Virgil Thomson and Stephen Paulus. On April 26 a savvy audience—Ned Rorem, Marilyn Horne, Robert White, and more—welcomed the latest commissioned creation, Lowell Liebermann’s “Miss Lonelyhearts,” generally skillfully set to a shrewdly constructed J. D. McClatchy libretto based on Nathaniel West’s 1933 novel. Comment

Judge’s Gay Marriage Recusal Explained

The daughter of Associate Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt, one of seven judges on New York’s highest court, confirmed that her father recused himself from four gay marriage cases the court will hear later this month because of her work on gay marriage cases in other states. Comment

British Takeover

A British invasion took hold of our city recently. Alan Bennett’s marvelous “The History Boys,” opened on Broadway, and Bennett appeared twice at Lincoln Center’s Performing Arts Library. On April 22, he read from his new memoir, “Untold Stories,” proving that the seasoned comic timing of his “Beyond the Fringe” days is completely intact. Diagnosed with cancer in 1997, he never expected to be alive for its publication, and confessed, “I was franker about my homosexuality than I would have been fifteen years ago. But I’ve made a complete recovery and decided not to change what I’d written. Who cares now, anyway?” Comment

In Remembrance Of Me

Heidi Latsky’s “Disjointed,” which premiered at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, is a beautiful gift of love to her deceased mother. Sandra Latsky died a little over a year ago, following decades of struggle with brain tumors and neurological disability that ultimately disjointed her thinking and speaking. Her strikingly talented daughter, a scrappy latecomer to professional training, first started out in disco and jazz dance. Eventually she wound up with Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Jones’ par Comment

Howard Dean In Context

Howard Dean pissed me off with his remark that marriage is between a man and a woman. Am I a fool for supporting the Democratic Party? Gay issues literally made Governor Dean. He first became a national figure when he signed Vermont’s civil union law in 2000, and gay money and LGBT activism carried him before his opposition to the Iraq war lifted his profile as a 2004 presidential candidate. Comment

Honoring a GOP Don’t Ask Ally

Among other things, the national dinners of gay organizations are meant to showcase big announcements. At the gala put on by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, or SLDN, this past Saturday in Washington, the big one was the group’s decision to re-file its lawsuit to overturn the military’s gay ban after a judge in Boston recently dismissed the case. Comment

Georgia Marriage Amendment Nixed

A judge in Fulton County, Georgia, ruled on May 16 that Amendment One, approved by state voters in 2004 as an amendment to their Constitution barring same-sex marriages, was not validly enacted because it presented voters with two distinct policy issues to decide with one yes-or-no vote, violating a well-established requirement of Georgia law. Comment

Freeze, Die, Come To Life


Earth, Wind, And Wildfire

HOT FEET Comment

Dolginoff At The Drama Desk Awards

The Drama Desk Awards Comment

Democratic National Chairman’s Latest Gay Gaffe

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, once the darling of the gay community, appeared on Reverend Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network last week to establish some common ground between his party and evangelicals and asserted, “The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s what it says.” Comment

Chicago, Montreal Both Beckon

Last Thursday, New York got an introduction to Chicago and a taste of what to expect during the Gay Game being held there beginning July 15. Comment


Utah’s Third District Court has ruled that the state constitutional amendment barring gay marriage, one of the most sweeping of those passed by voters across the nation in 2004, does not bar Salt Lake City from offering health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. Comment


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