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Workplace Visibility: Hindsight & Foresight

In 1999, when I began talking to companies about issues of sexual orientation, the focus was on visibility. My organization’s efforts were designed to promote the visibility of gay men and lesbians, to maximize their workplace effectiveness, and to create a hospitable work environment. Comment

Will Oscar Be Good For Gays?

Whatever you think about the Oscars—that they are the pinnacle of achievement for acting or the lamest excuse for Hollywood self-congratulation ever—this year’s race deserves attention from fans and cynics alike. Comment

Why We Oppose Frieden’s Recommendations

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the city health commissioner, is seeking far more than just eliminating signed consent forms for HIV testing. He is proposing the wholesale elimination of informed consent. Comment

What We Should Expect From Our Friends

New York’s LGBT movement is at a pivotal moment, one of great promise and great peril. It is all the more sobering when you consider how far we’ve come in a relatively short period of time. Comment

Updating Albert Without Changing A Word

Gotham Opera filled a need in New York’s current repertory by offering Benjamin Britten’s comedy “Albert Herring” in an entertaining if sometimes manic production by David Schweitzer at Harry de Jur Playhouse at the Lower East Side’s Henry Street Settlement. City Opera staged “Herring” in the 1970’s, but it’s been a long drought. I caught the show the afternoon of the blizzard (February 12), when enterprising artistic director Neal Goren announced that all participants except the timpanist had made it in—the valiant percussionist did double duty. Goren in the (small) pit obtained very fine playing and the opera was strongly cast, as ever with Gotham. Comment

Sweet Fat Tuesday

Katrina might have wiped out an enormous portion of New Orleans, but that didn’t stop the city from throwing its annual Mardi Gras celebration. According to most locals, the parade was only half as full as previous celebrations, but most agreed that it was a needed respite from the city’s recent troubles. Comment

Supporting Frieden’s Proposals, With Important Caveats

There are too many Latinos learning they are HIV-infected at the same time they receive an AIDS diagnosis. And, new Latino HIV infections are not decreasing. These facts present problems for the Latino community as a whole. We care about our brothers and sisters and are concerned that some are not accessing health care and may be, despite their intentions, infecting others by having sex without protection and also without knowledge of their own HIV status. Comment

SILVER ANNIVERSARY—BROOKLYN’S MARK MORRIS MARCH

For 25 years the Mark Morris Dance Group has thrilled audiences with its unique artistry, reflecting a profound and sophisticated love of music. Morris’ wit, grace, and refined musicality have made him one of the most highly regarded choreographers of our time. The company’s month-long season at BAM revels in the choreographer’s vast creative range, featuring large-scale dances and operas, a film series curated by Morris, BAMcafé Llive concerts, humanities events, and more. Comment

Serving the City, and Continuing the Community’s Battle

As a New Yorker and a member of the LGBT community, I have always taken great pride in the fact that our city has been at the forefront of the community’s struggle for justice and equality. In fact, it was in my very district that brave New Yorkers resisted discrimination at the Stonewall Inn and sparked the national gay rights movement more than 30 years ago. Comment

Quinn Endorses Cuomo AG Bid

Declaring that, “We could do no better in the lesbian and gay community than having Andrew Cuomo in this job,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Sunday endorsed the former Clinton administration secretary of housing and urban development in his bid to succeed Eliot Spitzer as New York’s attorney general. Comment

Putting Resources into People of Color Grassroots Efforts

Last fall the Queens-based Group Colombia, Love, Strength, and Drive––or Grupo CAFÉ, as it is known by its Spanish-language acronym—put together a drag queen beauty pageant show that rivaled any in recent memory. Comment

Progress, and Enormous Challenges, for Dance in New York

Progress: n. forward or onward movement; advance or development, esp. to a better state. Comment

Prelude To French Cinema

A prelude to the Walter Reade’s annual, extremely popular “Rendez-vous with French Cinema,” “To Reality and Back” presents an eclectic array of French documentaries. Programmer Jean-Michel Frodon, the editor of “Cahiers du Cinema” magazine, includes both current and classic films, touching on three directors whose work has been central to the evolution of the documentary—and not just in France. Comment

Our Family—Past and Present

It seems only like yesterday when our sons arrived in our home. Comment

Nurturing = Demanding

Two words Bradon McDonald often uses together are nurturing and demanding—but then he thrives on challenge. Perhaps that’s why he’s having so much fun dancing for the famously exacting Mark Morris, whose company he joined in 2000. Comment

Nourishing Local Talent & Open to the World

This past year has been incredibly exciting for Performance Space 122, and we’ve seen many changes. Under the leadership of executive director Anne Dennin and artistic director Vallejo Gantner, the groundwork has been laid for an extended process of growth and transformation that will build on the organization’s 26-year history to take it to new levels leadership in the arts community. Comment

No Unity Yet on ESPA-Clinton Flap

Six days after the leak of a confidential memo written by Alan Van Capelle, the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, recommending that LGBT New Yorkers not contribute money to the re-election campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, gay clubs in the city failed to reach consensus on a statement in reaction. Comment

New Briefs

Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican and likely a 2008 presidential candidate, may have a reputation as a maverick, but at a New York appearance on Monday, he went beyond toeing the party line on AIDS and immigrant issues. Speaking at the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, in support of the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act that he is co-sponsoring with Ted Kennedy, he was asked by AIDS activist Johnny Guaylupo if he would lift the U.S. ban on admitting people with HIV into this country. Comment

MTA Abused Transgendered Woman at Grand Central

When Helena Stone, 70 years old and a 37-year telephone company employee, was assigned to repair phones based in Grand Central Terminal in August, her life became a hell. She alleges that police from the Metropolitan Transit Authority subjected her to repeated arrest, verbal abuse, and physical harassment because she is transgendered. While the MTA said this week that the charges against Stone would be dropped, about 50 demonstrators braved the cold outside the terminal on East 42nd Street on Tuesday to condemn the anti-transgender harassment. Comment

Medical Marijuana Overdue in New York

Early this year, Rhode Island became the 11th state to enact a medical marijuana law, adding another light on a path that New York should follow. Comment

Luscious And Eccentric

“Strictly Naturals,” Karen Heagle’s solo exhibition at I-20 Gallery, allows us into a painter’s practice at a crucial junction. Known for her funny, slapdash paeans to queer pop icons, Heagle has been toiling for a few years within the self-conscious genres of “bad painting” and “slacker art.” Her current exhibition beautifully inaugurates I-20’s new space and finds her in a more historical and perhaps introspective mood. Comment

Lost Souls & Love Triangles

Yesterday’s birthday cakes and tomorrow’s left-overs When sex is commoditized, is love possible? Does anyone care? And is it any wonder there is such isolation and depression in the world […] Comment

Letters to the Editor

February 25, 2006 Comment

Lesbian Pirates & Other Histories

Barbara Kahn isn’t exactly the writer-in-residence at the Theater for the New City, but she might as well be. This prolific playwright, director, and actor has had 18 plays produced, most of them at the New City venue since 1994—one a year—and has written 10 other short works which have been produced around the country and in Europe. Comment

IRS Rules on Cal. Partnership

Volume 5, Number 9 | March 2 - 8, 2006 Comment

Imagery On Overdrive

Film director Godfrey Reggio used accelerated time lapse techniques in “Koyaanisqatsi”—Hopi for “life out of balance”—to depict the alienating effects of technology and overdevelopment in a world torn from its soul. Luz Urdaneta, perhaps influenced by Reggio’s 1983 work, employed similar strategies in “Exodo” (Spanish for “exodus”), a New York premiere performed at the Joyce Theater by Danzahoy, Venezuela’s preeminent contemporary dance troupe. Comment

Household Saints

Just when you thought the U.S.-Mexican border had been covered from every possible angle, along comes “Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side),” the debut documentary feature by Natalia Almada, to illuminate yet another facet—the louche world of narcocorridos, popular ballads of the drug trade. Comment

HIV Denialism in Harper’s Faulted

“AIDS denialism directly kills a lot of people,” said Nathan Geffen, policy coordinator at the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa. “It’s disgraceful and it needs to be stopped.” Comment

Harsh Anti-Gay Edicts Sweep Moscow

Declaring that homosexuality is “an unnatural act,” Moscow’s authoritarian mayor, Yuri Lushkov has banned Moscow’s first-ever Gay Pride March planned for late May, and the gay festival and conference that were to coincide with it. Comment

Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber: Out for Your Business

Six hundred forty-one billion dollars—that’s right, $641,000,000,000—is a staggering amount of money, even by Donald Trump’s standards. What does that figure represent, you may ask? Comment

Effort to Derail Tenn. Amendment Fails

An attempt by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee to block a vote in November on a proposed amendment to the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriages suffered a setback with a February 23 decision. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that strict compliance with amendment procedures was not required in this case. Comment

Educating the Courts

Transgendered Americans have always lived on the fringe of society. While discrimination against LGBT citizens has benefited from a massive awareness campaign—through accurate media illumination and legislative intervention—gay people often forget about our transgendered brothers and sisters in our quest for equality. We forget that equality for everyone means everyone, not just those we are comfortable with. Comment

Damsels, Dames, And Drama Queens

We as a culture long ago absolved contemporary fine artists—due to lack of interest or expertise—from honoring traditional commitments related to cultural cartography. Those duties, though remaining high priority items, were reassigned and fine artists were advised to direct their discipline towards aesthetic aims concerned with the overall look rather than the underlying meaning of things. Comment

Creating an Epidemic of Our Own

BY DAN CARLSON AND BRUCE KELLERHOUSE, PH. D. Comment

Courts of Law and Courts of Public Opinion

When George W. Bush was inaugurated president in 2001 and opponents of equality for LGBT people completed their take-over of the federal government, many in our community turned their eyes to the courts as the most promising place to make serious strides toward equality. The courts were a sensible place to look. Even during better political times, the courts more often than not have been where we’ve made our most dramatic progress. Comment

Confirmed Dead or Wounded

The following members of the United States Armed Forces died during the past two weeks in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since the inception of hostilities, 2,298 service members have died, 2,154 of them since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Thus far, 16, 906 service members have been wounded in action. Comment

At Long Last, Progress on Homeless LGBT Youth

I have been asked to provide a progress report on the state of affairs for homeless LGBT youth in New York City. Comment

An Urgent Appeal for Simple Humanity

Saba Rawi is a 30-year-old gay Iranian now facing imminent deportation back to the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Netherlands. Comment

An Artist Lab Grows in Brooklyn

It’s been more than a generation since artists rebelled against the standards, codes, and institutions of the establishment and began experimenting with new models, alternative spaces, and other anti-hegemonic devices. Of course since then, many of these same rebels and sites of rebellion have themselves become the new establishment; the historical relationship between art and commerce is ineluctable. Comment

A Flowering of Dance From a Chelsea Birth

The Joyce was built on the site of the former Elgin Theatre, notorious for its midnight movies and the unsavory activities that took place in the balcony. With an award-winning renovation designed by New York architect Hugh Hardy, one of the few theaters in the world devoted exclusively to the art of dance was born. Comment

Adamo Coaches Adamo

Mark Adamo, composer/librettist of the universally acclaimed, and frequently performed opera “Little Women,” presents the first of American Lyric Theater’s new series of master classes this Monday evening. Adamo will individually coach artists from New York City Opera, The Met, and the Broadway stage who are preparing to perform roles in both “Little Women” and his newest opera, “Lysistrata.” The latter, which premiered in Houston last March, opens at New York City Opera on March 21. Comment

A Civil Rights Movement Getting Religion

Since 2004, the movement has gotten religion. Of course, as individuals, many of us were already religious. And there have been queer religious communities all along. Comment

7 Days of readings

Recently Noted. Comment

7 Days in cinema

BALLETS RUSSES This documentary usefully renovates a neglected eminence, chronicling the company’s history 1909 as the inspiration of Sergei Diaghilev, the polymath Russian expatriate, who drew Matisse, Picasso, and Stravinsky into orbit around the nucleus of choreographers Mikhail Fokine, Léonide Massine, and dancer Vaslav Nijinksy. The highly wrought script manages the feat of compressing an 80-year history into exactly two vacuum-packed hours. Yet, it would have been more valuable still had it accurately conveyed the company’s uniquely progressive queer reality. IFC Center. (Ioannis Mookas) Comment

7 Days and 7 Nights

Ivy Baldwin Dance & Kate Weare Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 5, Number 9 | March 2 - 8, 2006 Comment

Two Midwestern Victories

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD  Comment

Susan Sontag Was A Lesbian

My subject, Dear Muse, is Fidel Castro Comment

Substituting Film for Memory

French director Chris Marker once wondered how people who don’t film or photograph their experiences can remember them. Amnesiac photographer Douglas Bruce lived out his ponderings. One day, he found himself on the subway near Coney Island, with no memory of who he was or how he got there. “Unknown White Male” tracks his efforts over the next 21 months to reinvent himself. Comment

Spanish Songs In Andalucîa

Program notes for “Viaje al Sur” (Journey to the South)—presented by Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía at World Music Institute’s 6th Annual New York Flamenco Festival—invited NY City Center’s audience to “learn to feel without [concern for] the consequences.” As far as I could tell, the most serious consequences included developing a crush on Cristina Hoyos’ Seville-based troupe and then experiencing crushing disappointment at not having won WMI’s raffle for a trip to southern Spain. Comment

Some Cautious Support for Frieden

The commissioner, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, wants to change state law to allow healthcare providers to do HIV testing after a patient gives verbal consent. Frieden has argued that doctors avoid HIV testing because getting written consent is inconvenient and ending the requirement for it will result in HIV testing becoming routine in doctor’s offices. Comment

Push for Marriage Visibility

Clear your calendars! The battle for same-sex marriage in New York State is heating up fast, with predictions that the Court of Appeals could rule on the issue by this summer. Advocates are sounding the call for stepped-up activity by anyone concerned about marriage equality now, in order to create an atmosphere in the state that will be conducive to a favorable ruling. Comment

Pride Agenda Blasts Hillary Clinton

In a sharp break from any of its past public statements, an internal memorandum from the Empire State Pride Agenda, leaked to the news media this week, brought to light harsh criticisms of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton—for her stand on same-sex marriage—made by Alan Van Capelle, the group’s executive director. Comment

Painter, Lesbian, Feminist

In her third exhibition of paintings at Cheim & Read Gallery, Louise Fishman presents 15 new works dating from 2003 to 2005. This is gestural abstraction in the flesh—straight up—and it’s wonderful. There is an intense urge to describe the work as masterful. Any impulse to resist might only be justified by an attempt to hold the door open to those who are still attached to dismissing notions of mastery. But it is clear that the artist would not mind my urge. “Heroic Deeds,” 2003, the smallest and perhaps most intense painting in the show, makes plain Fishman’s full embrace of grand ideals. Comment

NYS Gay Marriage Setback

Insisting that “the Legislature is where changes to marriage of the nature urged by plaintiffs should be addressed,” a unanimous five-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division for the 3rd Department, based in Albany, rejected a constitutional challenge to the denial of marriage to same-sex couples in New York on February 16. Comment

New Briefs

Lieutenant Laurel Hester, who fought successfully for partner benefits in Ocean County, New Jersey almost with her dying breath, succumbed to her long fight with cancer this past Saturday at age 49. She had worked for the Ocean County prosecutor’s for 24 years, but county freeholders initially voted against opening death benefits to gay partners—benefits the police veteran said were critical if her partner, Stacie Andree, was to be able to abide in their home after her passing. Comment

Letters to the Editor

February 17, 2006 Comment

Leaked Memo Stirs Firestorm

In a sharp break from any of its past public statements, an internal memorandum from the Empire State Pride Agenda, leaked to the news media this week, brought to light harsh criticisms of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton—for her stand on same-sex marriage—made by Alan Van Capelle, the group’s executive director. Comment

Manhattan Music

Beane’s bag o’fun; Nightlife Awards array; stunning cabaret comeback Douglas Carter Beane was a riot at Seth Rudestky’s Chatterbox at Don’t Tell Mama on February 2. He dished about […] Comment

Idealizing Resistance

At last year’s New York Film Festival, a journalist asked Austrian director Michael Haneke if he knew any people who don’t lie. He said “Yes, but they don’t make very interesting characters.” Marc Rothemund’s real-life heroine Sophie Scholl was a very good liar, as it turns out, but he turns her anti-Nazi resistance into a form of secular sainthood. Comment

HIV Resistance Tracking Stepped Up

With little public comment, the New York state health department has ordered labs across the country to report results from tests that show which anti-HIV drugs a patient’s virus is resistant to. Comment

He’s Got Everything Now

As quiet as it’s kept, a large, elaborate subculture has evolved among Latino youth in Southern California’s Inland Empire—the onetime citrus belt straddling eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino Counties—devoted to Morrissey. Yes, that mad Irish pop icon, what other? Comment

Good News from the Democrats

Democrats are coming to agreement on an agenda for this year’s elections. Ethics, defense, jobs, healthcare, and education are key themes. Comment

Get Your Groove On

Reggie Wilson had us from the get go. Appealing to our penchant for the exotic, sweet, harmless folk tales to take us back to simpler times, his title “The Tale: Npinpee Nckutchie and the Tail of the Golden Dek” is a catch-all. If the name is an imaginative fabrication or has some basis in fable, it sounds sexual; Wilson says, “Its like the Holy Grail.” Comment

Don’t Ask’s Staggering Costs

A report issued last week by a commission from the University of California at Santa Barbara concluded that the U.S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy cost $364 million dollars during its first decade, almost twice as much as the $190 million calculated by the General Accountability Office (GAO) in 2005. Comment

Billyburg Queer Interiors

It’s challenging to furnish a space with exclusive items. With the advent of intense cataloging, it seems that choices are limited to designs that either everyone has or everyone wants. But what if you got your hands on a catalogue that offered a selection so enchanting that it didn’t matter how many people had it? What if you found a catalogue that didn’t just decorate your home, but offered interior extensions of who you were? Comment

Bernard Lynch’s Tireless Ministry

The headline in the Evening Standard at the end of January read, “700 gay weddings in a month,” then put the word “married” in quotes when referring to the same-sex couples who entered into civil partnerships in London since they became legal on December 21. Many gay couples want more than a legal contract and a civil ceremony at the Town Hall and some turn to Father Bernard Lynch of Camden Town to preside over the ritual that they seek. Comment

Art In A Time Of War

A naked, bloody, and bound prisoner contorted on the floor; a dead woman who had been severely beaten and harassed by dogs; a man apparently sodomized by a group of soldiers; a hooded prisoner and a bloody cell. These are the images and ideas that inhabit the paintings of Leon Golub. Comment

Artificial, Intelligence

“No Great Society,” by the avant garde troupe Elevator Repair Service, is a tight, astonishing 70-minute piece riveting in its content and thrilling in its performance. The text is taken from two TV appearances by Jack Kerouac––in 1957 with Steve Allen on “The Tonight Show” and in 1968 with William F. Buckley on “Firing Line.” The text is a literal transcription, but refracted through the off-kilter view of the company and under the direction of John Collins, it becomes a wonderful commentary on celebrity, the role of television in our culture, the death of independent thought, and the need to dumb down ideas for the mass media. Comment

A Pentecostal Drive for Gay Marriage

In a lecture sponsored by LGBT Student Services at New York University on February 9, Pentecostal Elder Joseph W. Tolton offered his leadership in a spiritual drive to win full gay civil right equality in what he described as the ”last struggle.” Paying tribute in his opening remarks to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in his closing remarks to Coretta Scott King, who died at the end of January, he called upon his audience to “join my army.” Comment

Bernard Lynch’s Tireless Ministry

Volume 5, Number 8 | February 23 - March 1, 2006 Comment

7 Days of readings

Recently Noted. Comment

7 Days in cinema

BALLETS RUSSES This documentary usefully renovates a neglected eminence, chronicling the company’s history 1909 as the inspiration of Sergei Diaghilev, the polymath Russian expatriate, who drew Matisse, Picasso, and Stravinsky into orbit around the nucleus of choreographers Mikhail Fokine, Léonide Massine, and dancer Vaslav Nijinksy. The highly wrought script manages the feat of compressing an 80-year history into exactly two vacuum-packed hours. Yet, it would have been more valuable still had it accurately conveyed the company’s uniquely progressive queer reality. IFC Center. (Ioannis Mookas) Comment

7 Days in dance

Volume 5, Number 8 | February 23 - March 1, 2006 Comment

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