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New Disappearances in Iraq

By: DOUG IRELAND | Seven gay and three transgendered Iraqis have disappeared in the past month and a half and are presumed to be the latest victims of the lethal campaign of sexual cleansing by anti-gay Shiite death squads, according to the London-based group Iraqi LGBT. Comments (1)

We'll Always Remember Him On Brokeback Mountain

Heath Ledger changed hearts and minds in immeasurable ways. He will be greatly missed. Comment

Despite Hometown Advantage, Clinton Has Her Doubters

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As New York's February 5 primary draws closer, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has handily buttoned down the support of all four LGBT Democratic clubs across town that have announced a preference, but that's not to say that her opponents are without dedicated advocates of their own here. Comment

Wheel in the Sky Keeps On Turnin'

BY WINNIE McCROY | The tight-knit group of gay and lesbian cyclists in New York's Fast and Fab Cycling club were shaken badly last summer when Lee Gorman, a valued member of their family, died suddenly of an aortal aneurism at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan. Comment

Big Fish, Little Mermaid

BY DAVID NOH | "How Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theater" is a captivating, informative book - great for kids and adults alike - written by someone who really knows his stuff, Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group. Comment

Remembering Things Change

BY KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | One thing you have to have as an activist, or even a voter, is the bottom-line belief that change is possible, and not just for the worse. I base my own belief on observations of nature. I guess you could call me a Darwinist. Comment

Landslide for Lane

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Politics, as anyone with access to a newspaper or television knows only too well, is a very, very messy business. A combination of naked aggression, manipulation, ego run rampant, and cynicism tricked out as humanity, this most ancient of arts is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. The depressing and tawdry circus of the current, seemingly interminable primary season could make one laugh - if it didn't so often make one want to cry. Comment

Speaking Out Against Rudy

Iwoke up on Tuesday morning to a story in the New York Times on Rudy Giuliani's mayoral vindictiveness and a picture of me with the caption: "ANDY HUMM: The gay activist says he muzzled himself to keep financing for AIDS programs." Comment

On the Stick

Westchester native J. David Jackson, educated at Amherst College and Baltimore's Peabody School of Music, is an affable, confident assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. He has led operas at major theaters and festivals in Europe and the United States, led several world premieres, including Lewis Spratlan's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Life is a Dream," and is also a working composer. Comment

One Remarkable Host

BY ANDREY HENKIN | The billing for the January 16 concert initially promised a trio - Dutch drummer Han Bennink making one of his cross-Atlantic forays to play in trio with trumpeter Dave Douglas and bassist Eric Revis. The possibilities for such an intimate gathering were delicious but it was not to be. For upon entering Club Midway, there were far more than three people on stage and thoughts of a quiet introspective evening - yes, Bennink, though a raucous European dynamo, is more than capable of that - were dashed. Joining Bennink and Douglas were alto saxophonist John Zorn, tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, trombonist Luis Bonilla, and Matt Penman, subbing for Revis. Comment

European Adoption Win With Broad Impact

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD |A "grand chamber" of 17 judges of the European Court of Human Rights ruled on January 22 that France violated provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights when its government refused to certify a lesbian as qualified to be an adoptive parent. Comment

Lesbian Adoption Win in Iowa

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a technical ruling that has anti-gay forces in Iowa panicked about the pending appeal of last year's same-sex marriage victory in a lower court, the state Supreme Court ruled on January 18 that a trial judge erred in invalidating two second-parent adoptions approved by other trial courts years earlier. Comment

State Dept. HIV Policy Faulted

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal civil rights agency, ruled on January 3 that an HIV-positive applicant to be a foreign service officer (FSO) has a right to a hearing on whether he is qualified, and that federal law may prevent the State Department from categorically refusing to hire such applicants. Comment

More Superbug Hysteria

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A study published online by the Annals of Internal Medicine on the spread of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among gay men in San Francisco and Boston drew the predictable mainstream media coverage. Comments (1)

The Force of Absence

The neck, anatomically speaking, is the part of the body that connects or distinguishes the head from the torso. It may be simplistic, but if one compartmentalizes, thought occurs in the head and feeling occurs somewhere else in the body. Debra Baxter points to the region that serves as a conduit or link between the two. Comment

Off the Grid

A new civilization of gallery life has sprung up in the immediate vicinity of the New Museum on the Bowery and along the blocks east of Ludlow Street. Reminiscent of the East Village scene of the '80s, the current gentrification, somewhat less funky, makes a viable alternative to the architectural statement of mega-galleries hugging the Hudson in Chelsea. There is a "back to the roots" feeling about the spaces and a cottage industry look of an earlier time about the art being shown. Comments (1)

Data Trafficking

BY BRIAN MCCORMICK | In a packed house at St. Mark's Church on January 19, a large, cropped portrait of an ear in extreme close-up hung above the altar, a striking signifier of things to come in Richard Siegal's "As if Stranger," presented by Danspace Project. Comment

New Disappearances in Iraq

BY DOUG IRELAND | Ali Hili, the 33-year-old gay Iraqi exile who is the founder and coordinator of Iraqi LGBT, which has members, supporters, and informants throughout Iraq, told Gay City News this week by telephone from London, “New reports tell us that the seven gay men were arrested by the police in the cities of Karbala, Najaf, Basra, and Ammara, and no one has been able to obtain any news of them since December 2.” Comment

Experts Back Bathhouse Regulation

By: DUNCAN OSBORNE / Researchers and health policy experts are generally supporting the regulation of New York City sex clubs and bathhouses, saying the businesses are valuable for research, HIV testing, and prevention efforts. Comment

This Week's Vanilla

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | With his convincing victory in this week's Michigan primary, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, put to rest, for now at least, speculation that his emerging image as a "flip-flopper," especially on hot-button social issues such as gay and abortion rights, had crippled his presidential bid. Comment

E. Europe Still Anti-Gay Bloc

By: DOUG IRELAND | New reports out of three former Soviet bloc countries point to the continued hurdles facing the LGBT community as well as those living there with HIV. In Hungary, where the controversial Socialist prime minister has enacted a partial civil unions measure, a new survey by a gender equality group shows that discrimination remains an everyday fact of life. In Poland, where the recently ascendant extremist nationalists and Catholic parties lost significant ground in fall elections, the new government is nonetheless rightist as well and committed to maintaining the official anti-gay status quo on social questions. Comment

Clinton Easy Pick Among NY Gay Dems

By: DUNCAN OSBORNE | Surprising no one, four of the city's gay Democratic clubs have endorsed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race to become that party's nominee for president. Comment

Lay Off the Blow

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | The Democrats are fortunate in their choice of candidates this year, and the LGBT community could do a lot worse than to have to pick among Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards. Comment

Second Coming


Second Coming

When ex-pat Karole Armitage returned to New York in 2004 with a new company and new work, she was greeted with hyperbolic praise that echoed the reception she had received from major critics in the '80s. Comment

Sperm Donor Suit Advances

By: ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A gay banker who lives in England and donated sperm to a Connecticut lesbian couple has the right to sue for joint custody and visitation rights of the resulting offspring, under a December 7 ruling by Connecticut Superior Court Judge Michael E. Riley. Comment

No Mere Breadcrumbs

Lush orchestration, house-filling voices make up for doggerel translation. Comment

Changing America, and Changing Itself 

By: YOAV SIVAN | Imagine it's Wednesday, November 5, 2008 and you're in the mailroom of the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington. There you're surrounded by hundreds of thousands of outbound mailings expressing jubilation. Each envelope is labeled, just underneath the recipient's address, "A Personal Note of Thanks from Joe Solmonese." Comment

Marriage Jihad

By: ANTHONY M. BROWN | According to the Catholic Church, I'm more dangerous than al-Qaeda. My daughter belongs in a madrasa and I commit acts of social terrorism every time I introduce my husband Gary as my "husband Gary." Pope Benedict XVI believes that gay people are a greater threat to the family than global violence or nuclear proliferation. Comment

Election 2008: What Divides Us

By: KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | It's not enough to worry about race and class and sexual identity this election. In New York there's also sheer and unmitigated stupidity - the poll workers who resent it when you interrupt their early morning donuts and force them to wipe the sugar from their hands, open their ledgers, and let you sign. Then there is the outdated and misleading information at voting websites and phone banks. Comment

Winning Ugly

By: NATHAN RILEY | No sooner had the reassuring words on primary night pledging a common purpose been uttered, then New Hampshire was forgotten and the Democratic presidential contest hit a nasty phase. The message took second place, and division triumphed over unity. Comment


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