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Fifth Avenue Cheers for Obama

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A contingent of Barack Obama backers marching in New York City's gay pride parade drew cheers and applause from spectators along the length of Fifth Avenue. Comment

Celebrating A Fifth Wedding Anniversary

When news broke late last month that New York Governor David A. Paterson had ordered state agencies to revise their practices to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, the mainstream press treated it as if it were a breakthrough. But as he said, it was "nothing new." Gay and lesbian couples from New York have been going to Canada to marry since Ontario's highest court mandated marriage equality in June 2003, a principal of fairness soon endorsed by a number of other provinces and finally the Canadian Parliament. Comment

When Dysfunction Works Wonders

Two-thirds of the way through the gently hilarious new comedy "Body Awareness" at the Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2, Phyllis, a psychology professor at Shirley State College in Vermont, says to her life partner Joyce, "Body Awareness Week has not gone the way I planned." Comment

Working Families Now On The Marriage Train

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | New York State's Working Families Party on June 11 announced its support for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Comment

Christine Quinn's Budget Reform Achievements

BY DIRK MCCALL | There has been much coverage recently of budget practices at the City Council, especially focusing on member items and the allocation of funding to not-for-profit and community-based organizations. While there have undoubtedly been some abuses - there will be in any system - folks are missing the larger picture and not seeing the full impact of what has been taking place at the City Council. Comment

Rocky Mountain Highlights

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Visiting Colorado's two opera companies takes the breath away on a literal level; altitude aside, both mounted bracing June productions. Comment

Crescent City Sax Star Tops

BY ANDREY HENKIN | One of the nicer offerings of the Vision Festival, the annual avant-garde gathering in a city that functions as one anyway, is its Lifetime Achievement Award evening, held this year on June 11 at Clemente Soto Velez on the Lower East Side . Bestowed while its recipient is still living, it is far more appreciated than having one's face on a postage stamp - not as if anyone playing at Vision would be up for that anyway. Comment

Crackdown at AIDS Meeting

BY DOUG IRELAND | In the latest acts of repression against Uganda's LGBT community, three gay activists were arrested on June 4 as they tried to draw attention to the need for HIV prevention among gay people during a peaceful protest at a major AIDS conference, co-sponsored by the Bush administration. The government of ultra-homophobic President Yoweri Museveni has consistently refused to include any focus on prevention among LGBT Ugandans in its response to the pandemic. Comment

Rhode Island Divorce Catch-22

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | As same-sex couples from around the country prepare to go to California to marry, a Rhode Island trial judge suggested that the failure of other states to recognize those marriages - at least for the purpose of finding authority to grant divorces - might raise constitutional concerns. Comment

In Social Security Ruling, A Chink in DOMA's Armor

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Justice Department released a memorandum stating that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) presents no obstacle to paying Social Security Disability benefits to a child based on the disabling condition of the child's non-biological mother, who is in a Vermont civil union with the biological mother. Comment
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Advancing Public Health - And Not

BY DENNIS DELEON | For the past three years, high on New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden's list of Albany "asks" was legislation to make HIV testing more "routine." The commissioner wants to address the twin problems of a spreading epidemic in minority communities and the difficulty of getting people into HIV/AIDS care as soon as possible. Comments (1)

Aunt Kate

BY DAVID NOH | Katharine Houghton, Katharine Hepburn's niece, wants to make it clear: "Kate and Spencer Tracy were rampantly... heterosexual." William J. Mann's recent biography "Kate: The Woman […] Comment

Subversive Soul Power

BY GUS SOLOMONS JR | Nicholas Leichter is taking a different tack with his new "Spanish Wells," described in a press release as "Creole with a '60s vibe." It premieres June 25-29 at Dance Theater Workshop. Brooklyn-based Leichter, whose infectious style blends modern dance with a funky club flavor, has recently been collaborating - notably with the Brooklyn Philharmonic - choreographing epic musical scores like "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff and Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." The latter piece will also encore on the DTW program - sans the live orchestra. Comment

Anti-Gay Bias Hits 1% of All Fed Workers

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Just under one percent of federal government employees who responded to a 2005 survey reported having been "denied a job, promotion, pay, or other job benefit because of unlawful discrimination based upon" their sexual orientation. Comment

California Dreamin'

By: JASON VICTOR SERINUS | We've won! On June 16 at 5 p.m., 32 days after the California Supreme Court declared, in a 4-3 decision, that the ban on marriage by same-sex couples violated the State's Constitution, county clerks began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. California's long marriage haul, which received a major boost on February 12, 2004, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared that gay marriages would commence in the city - only to be shot down six months later for exceeding his statutory authority, also by the state's highest court - is over... at least for now. Comment

Gender-Bashing: What Hillary-Hating Meant

BY KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | Every day when I walk into the street, I take myself with me - a personality shaped by so many years of living, clothes tired from the wash, this body with hips and thighs and breasts I didn't think about much until this electoral campaign. Comment

Nups Vote Tough, But Winnable

By: DUNCAN OSBORNE | While it will be difficult, some political scientists say that gay groups can defeat a California ballot initiative that would amend that state's constitution to bar same-sex unions and may nullify the marriages that gay men and lesbians entered into starting on June 16. Comment

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