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Gay Marriage Ban Found Rational

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD  Comment

Gay and Underground in Iraq

Volume 5, Number 27 | July 6 - 12, 2006 Comment

Fun in the Sun

What do the World Bank and aging ladies of means have in common? Both pay the orchestra and call the tune. The problem is the recipients of their largesse end up hating themselves as well as loathing the hand that feeds them. Comment

Gay Marriage Ban Found Rational

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD  Comment

Gods And Monsters

The extremes of belief Given the extent to which many of our contemporary political leaders, notably our president, claim to receive guidance and approbation from the realm of the supernatural, one could […] Comment

Hurry Sundown

Arrayed in junkie chic and heaped with expectations, Richard Linklater’s animated treatment of Philip K. Dick’s 1977 novel “A Scanner Darkly” plays like a heartbreak tango scored to the strains of a post-democratic American twilight. Comment

Going To Extremes

“I like it because you can get hurt doing it,” says Elizabeth Streb, a remark that nearly makes me drop my pen. She’s talking about the daredevil movement—a willful collision of dance, aerial stunt work, and extreme sports—that she devises for her world-renowned company, STREB Extreme Action. The troupe will make its Lincoln Center Festival debut on July 12 at LaGuardia Drama Theater, presenting “STREB vs. GRAVITY,” a new commission that promises to shake the Upper West Side to its bedrock. Comment

Arkansas Gay Foster Parent Ban Nixed

Four gay plaintiffs in Arkansas, turned away when they tried to register to become foster parents because of that state’s ban on their participation, won an enormous victory on June 29 when the Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a ruling by Judge Timothy Davis Fox of the Pulaski County Circuit Court holding the prohibition invalid. Comment

Angry Thousands in Sheridan Square

On the very evening of the day New York’s high court ruled them second-class citizens, thousands of angry LGBT people and supporters rallied in Sheridan Square to listen to denouncements of the Court of Appeals majority and remonstrations to demand the right to marry for same-sex couples from the Legislature in Albany. Comment

7 Days in cinema

BRICK Finally, here’s a film for everyone who wishes Raymond Chandler wrote a novel set in high school! “Brick” has absolutely nothing going for it besides a gimmick-film noir played by teenagers. CC Village East Cinemas. (Steve Erickson) Comment

7 Days of readings

Recently Noted. Comment

Anger, Sadness Among Advocates

Advocates for same-sex marriage and gay couples who sought to marry expressed sadness and directed biting comments at New York’s highest court after it ruled that it is constitutional to bar same-sex couples from marrying. Comment

Angry Thousands in Sheridan Square

On the very evening of the day New York’s high court ruled them second-class citizens, thousands of angry LGBT people and supporters rallied in Sheridan Square to listen to denouncements of the Court of Appeals majority and remonstrations to demand the right to marry for same-sex couples from the Legislature in Albany. Comment

Anger, Sadness Among Advocates

Advocates for same-sex marriage and gay couples who sought to marry expressed sadness and directed biting comments at New York’s highest court after it ruled that it is constitutional to bar same-sex couples from marrying. Comment

Journalist Joe Dignan Dead at 49

Joe Dignan, a gay freelance journalist whose work appeared in the Washington Post, the Bay Guardian, Bay Area Reporter, and Bay Times in San Francisco, the Sacramento News and Review, and, in dozens of stories over the past three years, in Gay City News, died on June 29. Comment

Planet Queer

MoMA’s global film supplement The innovations of early ‘90s New Queer Cinema paved for the way for LGBT films to become a niche market, which is probably not what directors like Todd Haynes, […] Comment

NEW YORK POLITICAL LEADERS REACT

State and local elected officials offered a range of reactions to the 4-2 ruling by New York’s highest court that it is constitutional to bar gay and lesbian couples from marriage. Comment

NEW YORK POLITICAL LEADERS REACT

State and local elected officials offered a range of reactions to the 4-2 ruling by New York’s highest court that it is constitutional to bar gay and lesbian couples from marriage. Comment

Process And Product

Process is as revealing as any lingerie or loincloth. In the studio, devoid of all the accoutrement of production, everything is clear. Even if the work is unfinished, all the predispositions and proclivities are evident—the choreographic vocabulary and approach, the artistic vision, and the caliber and camaraderie of the performers. Like witnessing a birth, it can produce a wide range of responses—from elation and honor to shock and discomfort. Comment

Reflections of a Friend and Advocate

Your first reaction after hanging up is to freeze. You sit there in silence, not knowing just what to feel, and then you begin to tremble as you suddenly realize that you are simply elated. You pick up the phone again and call his family just to make sure that they also have heard the news: A man has just been arraigned in their son’s murder, a crime that has gone unresolved for five long, painful years. Comment

NEW YORK POLITICAL LEADERS REACT

Volume 5, Number 27 | July 6 - 12, 2006 Comment

Superman’s Universal Appeal

How else can a gay journalist begin a phone conversation with the openly gay composer and editor of Superman Returns without addressing the multi-leveled speculation that the new Superman is gay? How did the 41 year-old composer and editor feel about the reports that 27 year old film star Brandon Routh was so well endowed that extra work had to be put into smoothing out the bulge in his costume? Comment

New Briefs

Though it has already failed in the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives will hold a debate and vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment the week of July 17. Thwarted in Congress, some right-wingers—including the Family Research Council—are considering bringing up the amendment through a Constitutional Convention that can be called—but never has been—by two-thirds of the states. The whole Constitution would be up for grabs—opening up the potential for a parliamentary free-for-all—but amendments approved in such a convention would still need ratification by three-fourths of the states. Comment

‘Murder Music’ Concert Canceled

LIFEBeat, the music industry AIDS charity, had scheduled a reggae concert for July 18 at New York’s Webster Hall headlined by Beenie Man and TOK, two of the most notorious “murder music” dancehall artists whose lyrics havcalled for the hanging of lesbians and burning of gay men. Comment

Legal Briefs

A gay man convicted of the 1981 murder of another gay man suffered a reversal of a federal court victory he had earlier won from U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor, when a 1st Circuit of Appeals panel unanimously ruled on June 27 that Posner had mischaracterized the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s review of the case. Comment

Juicy

Cheim & Read Gallery’s summer show is auspiciously titled “The New Landscape / The New Still Life / Soutine and Modern Art.” It is in fact a delicious antidote to a season of sometimes tedious, theory or trend heavy shows. It’s also fun to see a show and not feel the artist’s elbow figuratively jabbing you in the ribs with a “get it?” wink/smirk/nod. Comment

To Fight Another Day

It is never fun to lose, but it is particularly galling to lose in the face of intellectual sloppiness, disregard for logic, refusal to accept widely accepted child development research, and implicitly homophobic assumptions. Comment

Letters to the Editor

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Marriage Ban Rational

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD  Comment

Man Charged in 2001 Garzon Murder

Nearly five years after the brutal, late-night murder of a 35-year-old costume designer and restaurant owner shook the gay and Latino communities in Jackson Heights, the New York Police Department made a startling announcement—a suspect had been arrested in the August 15, 2001 attack on Edgar Garzon, who lay in a coma for three weeks before succumbing to his injuries on September 4. Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 5, Number 27 | July 6 - 12, 2006 Comment

18 CITIES WORLDWIDE JOIN JULY 19 IRAN PROTESTS

The slogan for the global demonstrations is, “Stop Killing Gays! Stop Killing Kids!” The July 19 Day of Action has now been endorsed by the International Lesbian and Gay Association—which has called on all its 400 member groups in 90 countries to organize events on that day—and by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Also joining in the call to action are the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network, as well as COC in the Netherlands (the world’s oldest LGBT organization), the Nordic Homo Council (covering the Scandinavian countries), HOSI (Homosexuelle Initiative) in Austria, the Web sites GayRussia.ru and Gay Egypt, and the gay cultural workers’ association Tupilak in Sweden. Comment

Upon The King

King Lear is a role most often undertaken by an actor past his prime who wants to prove to a portion of the world that he can still shake the rafters with Shakespearean verse. At least that’s been my unfortunate experience to date. I have seen at least a dozen productions that have radiated with linguistic proficiency and truly impressive scenery chewing, but without a shred of humanity. Comment

Let’s Go. We Can’t. Why Not?

‘‘Godot has Left the Building” is the cutesy title of a pastiche based on Samuel Becket’s seminal play written by Joe Griffin. It’s hard to get used to the riffs from “Waiting for Godot” interspersed with the much more prosaic dialogue in the contemporary play even though none of Beckett’s dialogue is reprised. Comment

Cut To Quick

If anyone could dance Jorma Elo’s Diamond Project commission it would be the formidable dancers of the New York City Ballet—renown everywhere for their speed. The Finnish choreographer made the acclaimed “Plan to B” for Boston Ballet where he is now in residence. Comment

Confirmed Dead or Wounded

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died during the past week in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 2,525 service members have died, 2,381 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far 18.696 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

NY Marriage Decision Expected

Roberta Kaplan, the dynamic attorney who was one of the leads arguing for the right of same-sex couples to marry before New York State's Court of Appeals in May, said that a decision in the case is “likely” to come down this coming Wednesday or Thursday-July 5 or 6-unless the six out of seven high court judges who heard it are tied 3 to 3. Comment

High Quality Freebies

Players’ Club leads the pack If you don’t have deep pockets, but crave the best that New York City’s stages offer, fret not. You won’t need to cough up a Franklin or even a penny […] Comment

Insistent Absurdity

Eva Hesse’s career was all too brief, from about 1963 to 1970—the year she died of a brain tumor at the age of 34. Her innovative, eccentric sculptural forms made of latex, rope, and fiberglass had an uncanny power that quickly brought her to prominence. Drawing played a crucial role in the development of her sculpture, but exactly how is still a matter of critical debate. Until this year, Hesse’s work hadn’t been featured in depth at a New York venue since 1972—even though she’s considered to be one of the great ‘60s artists. Comment

Howard Dean Rebuts His Critics

“I deserve a little more slack from people,” he said of the furor over comments he made to David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network aired in mid-May on televangelist Pat Robertson’s “700 Club.” “It’s incredibly unlikely that I would back off my support for equal rights for LGBT Americans. What I said was there must be full inclusiveness and equal rights under the law.” Comment

ARREST OF TWO YOUTHS SUNDAY SPARKS PROTEST

Queer groups are objecting to the arrests of two marchers in the people of color contingent at Sunday’s LGBT Pride Parade, saying the two were arrested after they briefly exited the march and then tried to rejoin the group. Comment

A Place In The Sun

The downtown M15 drops me off across from 55 Water Street where I ride two escalators up to a well-kept secret garden called Elevated Acre. Here I discover a panoramic view of the East River under the near-summer sun and haze. Flowers in delicious hues share space with pathways, ledges, stairways, benches, and tables for salad bar lunches. Slender, delicate trees offer no hope for cooling shade, which of course makes Elevated Acre the latest perfect spot for a Sitelines site-specific event—New York dancers can and do adapt to anything. Comment

7 Days in cinema

Recently Noted: 4 (CHETYRE) An instant sensation upon its premiere at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s debut feature bagged a Tiger Award in Rotterdam last year and floored ’em […] Comment

7 Days of readings

Recently Noted. Comment

A Pioneer Six Years On

James Dale recalls his challenge to the Boy Scouts and his own growth as a gay man Comment

Amidst the Festivities, Focus on the Agenda

Sunday’ LGBT Pride Parade, the 37th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion of June 1969, survived largely unscathed from threatening dark clouds and thick humid air that unleashed only one heavy downpour, a half hour before the noon step-off. Led, as is customary, by a contingent of Dykes on Bikes, the parade contained so many groups arrayed near the start at 52nd Street and Fifth Avenue that its tail end did not cross the finish line at Christopher and Hudson Streets until well past 6 p.m. Comment

Pride in ‘An Unmade Bed’

Now that the Pride hullabaloo is over, a quieter way to celebrate being gay might be listening to the CD, “Songs from an Unmade Bed” with lyrics by Mark Campbell and music by eighteen composers including Duncan Sheik, Steve Marzullo, Kim D. Sherman, Debra Barsha, Mark Bennett, and Gihieh Lee. Michael Winther’s ringing tenor provides the witty and poignant protagonist voice of a gay New Yorker recounting his search for love. Comment

Permits or Not, Trans Demo Held

Though they had no permit to march, roughly 500 people turned out for the second Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice on June 23. Comment

MORE GAY HIV INFECTIONS

While they expressed clear concerns, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn offered no specific plan for responding to a city report showing that new HIV diagnoses among gay men may be increasing. Comment

Planned Obsolescence

As its title suggests, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” is a whodunit. Delving into the electric car’s short life as a commodity, it raises a host of other issues, particularly regarding the effectiveness of marketing and the ease of manipulating America’s “free market.” It’s also extremely optimistic. Lurking beneath its eco-outrage is a vision of car culture free from pollution and dependence on foreign oil. “Who Killed the Electric Car?” celebrates the battery-powered vehicles’ speed and sleek design, imagining how they could have finally delivered on the mythic promise always implicit in cars with much fewer negative consequences. Comment

Recalling a San Francisco Stonewall

It was the place, deep in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, where gay street hustlers, drag queens, and transsexuals could linger over a cup of coffee for hours. At Gene Compton’s Cafeteria the food was cheap and the management tolerant. And Compton’s was open all night. Comment

Spitzer Predicts Marriage Ruling This Week

Amidst the only major rain showers to mar LGBT Pride Sunday, the Empire State Pride Agenda convened a press conference at 56th Street and Sixth Avenue at 11:30, a half-hour before the Parade’s step-off, to announce its endorsement of Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic attorney general since 1999, for governor. Comment

NY's HIGHEST COURT NIXES GAY MARRIAGE

Volume 5, Number 26 | June 29 - July 5, 2006 Comment

New Briefs

Spain opened marriage to gay couples a year ago and just had its first gay divorce after 1,300 same-sex weddings. 365gay.com also reported that two male privates in the Spanish Air Force will marry this summer. They were told they could marry in uniform, but elected not to lest they “antagonize the military.” Comment

New Chance After 20 Years

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD  Comment

JOIN THE JULY 19 DEMONSTRATION AT THE IRANIAN U.N. MISSION

Over the past year, Gay City News has devoted considerable space to reporting and documenting the horrific reign of Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 5, Number 26 | June 29 - July 5, 2006 Comment

Marching Rain or Shine

Several thousand lesbians gathered at Bryant Park on Saturday, June 24, for the 14th Annual Dyke March, the traditional trek for lesbian visibility that moves down Fifth Avenue from 42nd Street to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Comment

Marking A Year Since Iran Hangings

An appeal has been jointly issued by the militant British gay rights group OutRage and the Paris-based International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) for worldwide demonstrations on July 19, the first anniversary of the public hanging in Iran of two gay teens, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni. Comment

State Department HIV Policy Challenged

A man denied a position in the U.S. Foreign Service because he is HIV-positive is entitled to a trial of his discrimination claim under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), according to a June 27 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Comment

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