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Revisions Likely in Birth Certificate Policy

Spurred by a 2002 city law forbidding discrimination based on gender identity and expression and reform sought by gender rights advocates, the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering an amendment to the policy governing changes to a birth certificate, making it possible for transgendered people born in New York to alter the gender designated on the form. Comment

Absorbing Gay Pain & Praise, Clinton Says She's Evolved

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a meeting with city LGBT leaders on Wednesday. In an appearance early Wednesday evening in front of roughly three-dozen LGBT leaders, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton indicated that she would not oppose efforts by Eliot Spitzer, the odds-on favorite to become the new governor, to enact a same-sex marriage law in New York. Comments (3)

News Briefs

Tyron Garner Cremation Delayed Comment

Just How Embarrassed Are We?

The Republicans call it the “embarrassed” voter—a conservative who is so appalled that he doesn’t vote or even shifts to the Democratic column. Comment

One God, Ten Gurus

Sikh art reveals a rich history and friendly culture We find ourselves so consumed with modernity and post-modernism that we sometimes forget the value of historical discourse. Of course, knowing historical […] Comment

Divine Dark Divas

Strong, ferociously talented black women ruled the week, beginning with the fantastic memorial to Katherine Dunham at Symphony Space on September 30. Exhaustively produced by Dr. Glory Van Scott, the double line of eager attendees, stretched down both Broadway and 95th Street. Inside, we were rewarded by ravishing performances by dance companies which included Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Charles Moore, Fred Benjamin, Louis Johnson, Joan Peters, Philadanco, and The Katherine Dunham Children’s Workshop which, more than anything else, conveyed the sheer joy of Dunham’s timeless, inspiriting technique. Comment

Poland’s Anti-Gay Premier Outed

Poland’s homophobic Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski—the identical twin brother of Polish President Lech Kaczynski—was outed as a homosexual in major Polish media last week in the midst of a political crisis that threatened to cause his government’s downfall. Comment

Is ‘Gay Talk’ Sexual Harassment?

A federal magistrate judge in Portland, Oregon has ruled that a straight, male employee of Bimbo Bakeries—yes that truly is the name of the company—was not subjected to an unlawful “hostile environment” when an openly-gay co-worker frequently spoke about his sexual exploits. Comment

Pushing Boundaries

Ballerina Sylvie Guillem and choreographer Russell Maliphant, both former Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet dancers, brought a program of four new works to City Center October 11-15. The dances, two made ten years ago and two from ’05, collectively called “PUSH,” celebrate the body and intrigue the mind. Comment

The Glamourous Life

Let them eat cake—I want candy The opening moments of “Marie Antoinette” suggest that it will pick up where the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” left off, launching […] Comment

Trans Youth Arrests at Port Authority

The arrest of three transgendered clients of Sylvia’s Place, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, for using a Port Authority women’s room will be protested at a demonstration outside the bus terminal on Eighth Avenue at 41st Street on Wednesday, October 25 at noon. Comment

Ships At A Distance

Doug Varone’s career has not been typical for the artistic director of a single choreographer company in New York; unsupported as an emerging choreographer by the presenting organizations, he’s had to forge his own path. Now, as his company celebrates its 20th anniversary season, Varone is enjoying the fruits of his labor—and independence—more than ever. Comment

Running Hard For Marriage Equality

Jonathan Bing, a two-term Democratic state assemblyman who represents the Upper East Side, wants to make it very clear that he is a strong supporter of civil marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. Comment

How to Stay Out of Gitmo

In case you’ve been too stunned by other newsworthy disasters to pay proper attention, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 was just passed. This law gives the U.S. government legal permission to do things they’ve been doing sub-legally for years, such as: designate people as “unlawful enemy combatants,” deny these people the right of habeas corpus; detain them for years without charges; and obtain evidence through “coercion.” Comment

Power Up!

The music industry, despite its glamour, is still very much a boys club. Try telling that to entertainment lawyer, Dina LaPolt. This native New Yorker who was recently honored as one of POWER UP’s annual “10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz” list, helms her own law firm on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, and credits her success in part to being a lesbian musician who followed her dreams. Comment


Roundabout mounts Shaw’s “Russian Fantasia” In writing “Heartbreak House,” Shaw paid homage to Chekhov, giving his play the subtitle “A Fantasia in the Russian Manner […] Comment

Anti-Marriage Ballot Measures Loom

Voters in eight states will decide on November 7 whether to amend their state constitutions to ban same-sex marriages. Comment

A Shift in Gears

Joe Pressley wages his biggest battle yet for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS, himself included. Comment


Several dozen activists, most of them leaders in the black gay community, turned out Monday on the steps of City Hall for a press conference that was intended as a show of community solidarity and brotherhood in the face of the latest in a long line of vicious attacks on gay men of African descent in New York City. The brutal murder of Michael Sandy, a gay black man lured to Plum Beach in Brooklyn allegedly by a group of white men who attacked him and then chased him onto the Belt Parkway where he was fatally struck by a car, seemed to have staggered all those who spoke on Monday. Comment

7 Days in cinema


Beyond “Boheme” & “Barber”

Minnesota Opera’s ongoing engagement with neglected bel canto repertory brought opera-goers from both coasts to see their season-opening “La donna del lago” September 23. Minnesota audiences were rewarded with a generally enjoyable performance distinguished by the excellent Rossinian vocalism of the four principals. Malcom was Ewa Podles’ local stage debut. In magnificent form, she received a vociferous welcome for her richly expressive and technically astonishing bravura. She brought the evening to its highest plane, offering truly heroic coloratura singing. 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, 2,771 service members have died, 2,627 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far 21,077 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

Gerry Studds Is Dead at 69

Gerry Studds, a former Massachusetts Democratic representative who was the first member of Congress to declare himself gay, died this past Saturday in Boston. Studds, who was 69, died as the result of complications from two blood clots, the first of which was found in his lungs after he collapsed on October 3, according to Dean Hara, his husband since 2004. Comment

Grappling to Respond to Murder

There are no flowers at the site where Michael J. Sandy was murdered. There is no handwritten sign expressing love for him or sorrow at his death, no teddy bear, no candles, none of the elements that are usually part of the impromptu memorials that mark the sites of homicides or traffic accidents. Comment

Gene Robinson Comes Home

In a city like New York, houses of worship are something of an anomaly. Unlike most apartments, churches have spacious interiors and are quiet inside; and sometimes even the doors go unlocked. Comment

Explaining Art Ruins It

After recently perusing The MoMA’s third annual re-hanging of it’s contemporary galleries, a show called “Out of Time,” I was left feeling disappointed, unfulfilled, empty—words such as static, boring, and affect less came to mind. Is this really the state of current art? Time is an interesting subject, though not necessarily the subject of important art. Comment

Death of a Pretty Peacenik

When 23-year old American activist Rachel Corrie was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003 while trying to save Palestinian houses in the Gaza Strip, she was instantly converted into a symbol. Comment

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Costs Debated

A follow-up study by the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military reinforces its earlier conclusion that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy has cost the U.S. far in excess of the government’s official estimate. Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 5, Number 42 | October 19 - 25 , 2006 Comment


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