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He’s Gay, and That’s Okay

The most popular politician in Berlin is gay. Will he continue to make political history by winning a second term as mayor on September 17? The nation’s first openly gay big city mayor, Klaus Wowereit is running an energetic re-election campaign in the city restored to its traditional role as capital in the wake of Germany’s reunification. Comment

Make Music Not War

Gutsy, goofball political plays have long been a staple of the Fringe Festival but are in short supply this year. One such exception, a satire called “Romancing the Terrorist: Tajiki Nights!” imagines a power-hungry Republican U.S. president falling for a gay “terrorist” who prefers to make love, not war. Comment

Mark Green Presses For Break-Out

If Mark Green’s run for New York State Attorney General is his last hurrah—although that may be unlikely given his history—he is at least going to go down swinging. Trailing in the polls to Andrew Cuomo, the city’s ex- public advocate slashed at the former Clinton administration housing secretary in what may turn out to be their only debate in mid-August, denigrating Cuomo’s service and credentials He also did something that Cuomo and out gay candidate Sean Patrick Maloney have refused to do—he ruled out defending the state’s marriage law because it excludes same-sex nuptials. Comment

Mobsters, Gays, And Mimes

Playwright David Mann has fashioned a version of “The Godfather” as Shakespeare might have written it, in iambic pentameter, no less. Comment

Games People Play

Freeing gender expression through activism and also in online amusements Naomi Clark, 30, is an Asian-American trans woman who volunteers her time as part of the collective that guides the Sylvia Rivera […] Comment

First and Foremost A Lawyer

Charlie King is clearly a passionate man, but just beneath the vigor with which he speaks, both to large audiences and in a one-on-one interview, is more than a hint of impatience. Comment

Comic Book Heroes Never Really Die

Tall buildings. Shadowy figures. It is a dark night in Gotham City, filled with madmen on the loose, a corrupt police force, and nobody left who is stupid enough to care. In the warehouse district, a wolf-man threatens a former detective and her partner. They are trapped, backs against the wall, no way out. Dead, practically. When, out of nowhere, Batwoman appears to save the two from the clutches of evil. She slams the villain and knocks him out, leaving through the window just as she came. The detective and her partner are safe, for now. But what neither they, nor the unconscious wolf-man yet realize, is that this Batwoman… bats for the other team. Comment

Confirmed Dead and Wounded

August 24- August 30, 2006 Comment

‘Cyber-Sex’ Prosecution Fall-Out

Oliver Jovanovic’s lawsuit against NYPD Detective Milton Bonilla, former Assistant District Attorney Linda Fairstein, and the City of New York, arising from his 1998 prosecution in what Fairstein at that time touted as the “first Internet-related sex prosecution,” survived an important hurdle on August 17 when U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty rejected defense motions to dismiss the case. Comment

Finding Just the Right Words

Mr. Goodbody has been laughing himself to death for as long as he can remember. Comment

News Briefs

Police on Tuesday arrested a suspect in the murder of a former Rudy Giuliani aide found choked to death in his bed in his apartment at 23 East 10th Street on Monday evening, August 21. Comment

No Sex Booths In MiamiFederal court rejects challenge to Dade County adult bookstore regs

Volume 5, Number 35 | August 31 - September 6, 2006 Comment

The Season of Enlightenment Returns

Summer’s over and the arts scene is bursting back to life, easing the transition back to school, work, and the primary residence. Here are some of the more inspiring items on the arts and cultural calendar before the next round of holidays. Comment

The View From Yesterday

How much time do we allow art before we permit it to represent catastrophe? More to the point perhaps, how much time do we allow ourselves before we permit ourselves to feel it? Artists and New Yorkers have been struggling with these questions in contemporary cinema as of late to mixed effect. Comment

Third Recent Gay Asylum Win

Francisco Ornelas-Chavez, a gay man from Mexico who presents what a judge termed a “female sexual identity,” has become the third LGBT applicant in recent weeks to win a new hearing before an Immigration Judge on his claim for political asylum. Comment

Tolerable Bully

Bruce Nauman’s artwork can be like an obnoxious bully who won’t shut up. But it so happens this kid is smarter than most, and everybody knows it, so they put up with him and start to follow him around and emulate him. “Yes Bruce Nauman” offers a look at this influential artist’s work and that of artists whose work he has impacted. Comment

The Case Against Prohibition on Film

A recent entry on the indie film circuit, “Half Nelson” is generating controversy. Audiences leave the movie with widely divergent reactions. Like the Pedro Almodóvar film “Talk To Me, ” “Half Nelson” manages the difficult task of making the taboo seem human and understandable. It provokes sympathy where many would reflexively offer condemnation. Comment

Storming The Fort

Last summer, Aviva Davidson’s Dancing in the Streets organization launched “Breaking Ground–A Dance Charrette”––a new project that substantially raised the bar for site-specific dance in this city. Joanna Haigood––artistic director of “Breaking Ground,” noted for her own such work in San Francisco–dreamt up the idea of selecting an interesting historic structure slated for a new use or major renovation and allowing five choreographers to explore its possibilities as a setting for performance. Comment


Benjamin Weinthal, a New Yorker and Gay City News contributor who is living in Berlin, and his colleague Corinna Waffender, a Berlin journalist, sat down with Mayor Klaus Wowereit for an exclusive pre-election interview. Weinthal translated the interview from German. Comment

Refocusing on AIDS

As the fall elections approach, AIDSVote 2006 is gearing up to put the epidemic back on the political agenda across the country—not just for this year, but in preparation for the 2008 presidential contest, which is already gearing up. Comment

She’d Trudge a Million Miles…

With a new translation by Tony Kushner, stunning music by Jeanine Tesori, taut and focused direction by George C. Wolfe, and a history-making performance by Meryl Streep in the title role, the Public Theater’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” is truly thrilling theater that is more than worth the overnight campouts people are staging to get the free, albeit scarce, tickets. Comment

Sleepaway For The Rejected

Remember high school and the Byzantine manners of its many cliques and cultures? The cool kids who had the latest fashions; the surly but painfully cute and annoyingly naïve rebels who promised some kind of ill-defined social revolution; the goth kids who spun a dervish whirl down the halls in trails of black; and everyone else who stood back and surreptitiously observed the shenanigans? The artists and works that Scott Hug assembled in this large, fun, and wry summer group show, just concluded at John Connelly Presents, play like a collective of like-minded young kids who communicate with each other in the same visual code and whose interests neatly converge. Comment

He's Gay, and That's Okay

The most popular politician in Berlin is gay. Will he continue to make political history by winning a second term as mayor on September 17? The nation’s first openly gay big city mayor, Klaus Wowereit is running an energetic re-election campaign in the city restored to its traditional role as capital in the wake of Germany’s reunification. Comment

Sparkles, Swirls, and Sinatra

Smuin gives the people what they know Comment

Confirmed Dead and 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, 2,616 service members have died, 2,472 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, Comment

Cocktails of Mass Destruction

The crisis over 18-year-old drinking in New York City is as real as President George W. Bush’s weapons of mass destruction. It is concocted on two false premises—that drinking five drinks at a sitting is binge drinking and that young adults are drinking irresponsibly. In fact, the definitions are designed to create a crisis when there is none. Comment


Words exchanged between a man and a group of seven young women, described in press accounts as lesbians, in the West Village last Friday morning ended with the man suffering a beating and a stab wound in the stomach, police said. Comment

Does Poz Diagnosis Influence Behavior?

Seeking to amend the state law governing HIV testing, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, has said that eliminating the requirement for written consent in favor of one dependent on documented verbal consent will get more people tested and that those who know they are HIV-positive will reduce their unsafe sex. Comment

Cartoon Mothers

The overstuffed Spanish ensemble comedy “Queens,” about five meddlesome mothers attending a group wedding of gay men, should have been renamed “Divas,” as everyone in this energetic but messy comedy is over-emotive and self-important. Comment

Canadian Marriage Denied Recognition

In an unpublished decision dated July 27 and first reported on August 18 by online, New York State Supreme Court Justice Harold L. Galloway ruled that Monroe Community College in upstate Rochester is not required to enroll an employee’s same-sex spouse in the school’s employee health insurance plan. Comment

Bent In the Chuckle Patch

Though they may never win awards for being brave enough to play gay, Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater alumni Julie Klausner and Sue Galloway were rewarded with plenty of laughs this month for their Fringe Festival staging of “Free to be Friends” at the 13th Street Repertory Company. This stage version parody of 1970s children’s show “The Magic Garden” and album “Free to Be… You and Me” showcases the folk-singing wisdom of lesbian partners Betty and Joan as they attempt to find their slice of heave Comment

Big NYS Transgender Win


Billboards Challenge Black NYC

The New York State Black Gay Network inaugurated an effort on August 22 to counter anti-gay bias in the African-American community. Comment

Camp Run Amok

If you are already a fan of the redoubtable lounge act Kiki & Herb, then you know—more or less—what you are in for. If you are not, they have a lot of explaining to do. Comment

Praiseworthy Fringe

Volume 5, Number 34 | August 24-30, 2006 Comment

A Gurney Pow Wow

As a playwright, A.R. Gurney is in his magisterial prime, which his enchanting “Indian Blood” (seen August 9) clearly proves. At the Sarabeth opening night party, he happily knocked back the wine, equally pleased with the flawlessly acted, Mark Lamos-directed production: “It’s pure autobiography, and it took a while for me to be able to write this. I tried to put in every obsolete reference from my youth that I could—from Abbott & Costello to Oldsmobile.” Comment

Pension Reform Aids Gay Couples

The federal Pension Protection Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 17 containing two provisions that could benefit gay and lesbian couples. Comment

Partial Wrongful Death Win


Polish Gays to Sue Ruling Party

<< In one of the Polish ruling party’s latest anti-gay provocations, Waldemar Bonkowski, a leading Parliament member from the northern city of Koscierzyna, hung a banner in his headquarters reading, in part, “Today it’s gays and lesbians — what’s next, zoophilia… Our Polish pope is looking down from the sky and asking, Whither Goest Thou, Poland?” Comment

Praiseworthy Fringe

A good half-hour into “Rainy Days & Mondays,” Andrew Barrett’s cloyingly titled play about three friends addicted to circuit parties, I was sure I had it all figured out. Comment

Smug Anti-Suburbiana

I didn’t think it was possible, but “The Quiet” beats Michael Cuesta’s “Twelve and Holding” for the coveted crown of 2006’s most smug assault on American suburbia. Screenwriters Abdi Nazemian and Micah Schraft have written two made-for-ABC Family Channel movies. In “The Quiet,” their worldview simply inverts the network’s. This is an anti-sitcom as banally anti-bourgeois as “Leave It To Beaver” and “The Cosby Show& Comment

No to War-Mongering

It was disheartening to read the war-mongering essay “I Was Afraid to Speak Out About Iran” by Lawrence Mass in the August 10-16 issue of Gay City News — written ostensibly about the repression of gays in that country. Brave armchair generals say things like “by any means necessary,” but they really mean murder. Comment

New York’s Likely New Team

In assessing the impact of a potential gubernatorial victory by Eliot Spitzer for New York’s gay and lesbian community, one factor blazingly obscures all others. Comment

Intimate Enemies

Following its “B Noir” cavalcade and the currently running émigré thriller “13 Tzameti,” Film Forum continues to plumb the many permutations of noir with “Fratricide,” the third feature from Yilmaz Arslan. A tough diasporic drama with a rat’s-eye view on Merkel’s neoliberal Germany, “Fratricide” restages the obdurate Turkish-Kurdish conflict as classy bloodstained pulp. Comment

News Briefs

‘Stunning’ Advance in AIDS Research At the University of Montreal, researchers are touting “a major advance in controlling HIV,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. […] Comment

News From the Back of the Front

Just in time for the fifth anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster, scientists have discovered that United States citizens — alone out of every other people on planet Earth — possess qualities identifying them as homo sapiens. Comment

15 Injured in Estonia’s Pride March

A gang of homophobic protesters used stones and sticks to attack Estonia’s third annual Gay Pride March this past Saturday, injuring 15 people. Some 500 participants joined the Pride March in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital—they carried rainbow flags and placards reading “Love Doesn’t Ask About Gender,” “We Have the Right to Be Who We Are,” “Children of Gays Need Protection Too,” and “We Heteros Support Gays.” Comment


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