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Elvic Gestures

In one section of Morgan Thorson's dance theater work "Faker," four performers face off with two TV monitors, wildly gesticulating to Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony." They gaze intently at the monitors, which are turned away from the audience, trying to mimic on-screen images culled from Pina Bausch, Martha Graham, a made-for-TV movie about Elvis Presley starring Kurt Russell, and stills of fields of flowers and the Taj Mahal. Comment
From the Editor

End The Bloody Ban

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York Blood Center, which is the primary warehousing facility serving hospitals and trauma centers throughout the metropolitan area, is reporting a potentially life-threatening shortage of available blood product. Already, Type O negative blood and Type B negative, two relatively uncommon types-both of which have less than a two-day supply available-are being rationed, curbing some elective surgery. Comment

Since 9/11, Blind Eye to Persecution

Talented gay tennis player Habib Mukasa (known as "Habeeb") was the sole Ugandan to participate in the Gay Games in Chicago this past July, when he decided to defect to the U.S. and applied for asylum from persecution as a sexual refugee. Comments (1)

Vintage Vidal


Movement, Men, Etc.

More gorgeous bodies are in evidence in the book, "Allure" (Bruno Gmunder), which features the male-glorifying work of Robert W. Richards. Richards, a familiar figure for years on the New York scene, a true dandy, always nattily turned out with his trademark owl specs, imbues his figures with the aching sexiness stemming from his own wonderful, personally free nature and longtime fascination with the "gods' of pornography whom he has been immortalizing on paper since the '70s, the subject of his next book. Comment

Letters to the Editor

The Problem With Tina Comment

Gay Priests in England Getting Hitched

By: ANDY HUMM | More than 50 gay and lesbian priests in the Church of England have obtained civil partnerships since the law went into effect just over a year ago, the UK Times reported. Bishops are supposed to get assurances that their clergy who enter into these partnerships are "celibate" as required by Church law, using the casual definition of the word, meaning not sexually active, rather than its strict definition of not married. Comment

SoCal Substance


Career Reconstructions


Who's Who Goes Gay

By: ANDY HUMM | Once an exclusive social registry, Who's Who is getting with the times in the 159th edition. For the first time, the publication now lists the same-sex partners of who's who. Thus, David Furnish is listed with Sir Elton John and Gregory Doran with Sir Antony Sher. Both couples were joined in civil partnerships after the British government made them legal in December 2005. Comment

Anti-Gay Uproar at Staten Mickey D's

By: ANDY HUMM | A cashier at the McDonald's in the Staten Island Mall was allegedly assaulted with anti-gay epithets by David Eisler, 19, of Brooklyn who was upset about not being allowed to cut the line or obtain a McFlurry ice cream, the Daily News reported. Comment

Same-Sex Partners Register in Switzerland

By: ANDY HUMM | Stereotypically right on time, on January 1, the first gay couple registered under the new Swiss federal partnership act. The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, have been partners for 30 years. Comment

Partner Benefits Okay in Wisconsin Despite Amendment

By: ANDY HUMM |While the voters of Wisconsin just enacted a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and prohibiting recognition of a "legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals," the outgoing state attorney general, Peg Lautenschlager, issued an advisory opinion before vacating her office that the amendment does not bar public or private employers from offering domestic partner benefits, the Capital Times of Madison reported. She also wrote that it does not invalidate laws that prohibit discrimination against domestic partners. Comment

Anti-Gay Alaska Guv Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

By: ANDY HUMM | Alaska's Republican Gov. Sarah Palin, a former member of the board of the Salvation Army, opposes giving benefits to state employees in same-sex partnerships, but vetoed a bill banning such benefits because she was advised she would be violating her constitutional oath if she did not. That state's Supreme Court ordered that such benefits commence on January 1, settling a lawsuit that began in 1999, though the regulations established have been faulted as overly cumbersome by gay rights advocates and one lower court state judge. Comment

Ex-Joint Chiefs Chair Abandons Don't Ask, Don't Tell

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | The effort to overturn the ban on openly gay and lesbian soldiers serving in the U.S. military won a substantial New Year's boost on Tuesday when retired General John M. Shalikashvili, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the first four years of the Clinton presidency, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that he would support an end to the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in place since 1993. Comment

John Edwards' "Struggle" on Gay Marriage

By: ANDY HUMM | No credible candidate for a major party nomination for president in 2008 supports the right of gay couples to marry and John Edwards, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004, is doing his part to keep it that way. At a Portsmouth, New Hampshire event last week, the former U.S. senator from North Carolina, called same-sex marriage the "single hardest social issue for me, personally," saying that gay couples should be "treated with dignity and respect and should have civil rights." But Edwards added, "It's a jump for me to get to gay marriage and I haven't gotten across that bridge. But it is something I struggle with, and that's just the truth." Comment

Kolbe Out

By: ANDY HUMM | Now that Jim Kolbe of Arizona, the only out gay Republican House member, has left Congress, he is letting loose on his party's opposition to same-sex marriage, a woman's right to choose, and embryonic stem cell research, bemoaning the right-wing social conservatives who control the GOP. Comment

Times Has Changed

In 1975, an article about gay people on cruise lines created a furor at the august Gray Lady, almost precipitating executive editor Abe Rosenthal to fire the travel editor, Robert Stock, and the Sunday editor, Max Frankel. Comment

Quinn Introduces Nightclub Proposals

The City Council is poised to enact new enforcement tools that can be used against nightclubs and bars, but it also hopes to expand contacts beween nightlife establishments and police and city government in order to make enforcement more fair. Comment

Ford Boyhood Home Rescued by Gay Couple

By: ANDY HUMM | The childhood home of Gerald Ford in Grand Rapids was saved by a gay couple who became friends with the late president and his wife, Betty, the Wall Street Journal reported. Tim England and Rob Kent bought the dilapidated house in 1991, did extensive restorations, and eventually got it declared a national and state historic site in 1994. Comment

Massachusetts High Court Nudged Legislature 

By: ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state's highest, announced by unanimous vote on December 27 that the two houses of the state Legislature, meeting together as a Constitutional Convention, had a "constitutional duty to vote, by the yeas and nays, on the merits" of the pending voter initiative amendment regarding the future of gay marriage there before it recessed on January 2. Comment

Suddenly, Massachusetts Is Scary

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | In a sharp and stunning reversal of fortune for marriage equality advocates, the lame duck session of the Massachusetts Legislature Tuesday, sitting in a joint Constitutional Convention, gave the first of two required approvals for a state ballot referendum aimed at overturning the historic 2003 Goodridge decision of the Supreme Judicial Court. Comment

Gay Issues at Ford Funerals

By: ANDY HUMM | The Reverend Dr. Robert Certain, who gave the homily at the funeral for Gerald R. Ford at the National Cathedral on Tuesday, said when he told the former president that he was headed for an Episcopal convocation, "He asked me if we would face schism after we discussed the various issues we would consider, particularly concerns about human sexuality and the leadership of women. He sai Comment

Spitzer: No Gay Issues in State of State

By: ANDY HUMM | New York's new governor, Eliot Spitzer, made no mention of LGBT people or rights in either his inaugural address or his 22-page State of the State speech this week. While the latter was titled, "One New York," it did not include specific reference to the ways lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and people of transsexual experience are still second-class citizens under state law. Comment

Epic Aspirations

In Leonard Bernstein's clever one-act opera "Trouble in Tahiti," the heroine describes a gaudy movie musical as so much "Technicolor twaddle." Comment


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