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Chi Chiz Throws in the Towel

A West Village bar that caters to a gay and transgender African-American clientele and was sued this year by the city and by the State Liquor Authority will close on January 3. Comment

Top Marine Lobs Bomb at Repeal’s Last Chance

On the same day that the US House of Representatives signaled it is prepared to work with the Senate on a stand-alone bill to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, General James Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, stepped up his opposition to Congress moving now. Comment

Friends & Enemies

When it comes to the holidays, my outlook has long been more Charles Addams than Charles Dickens, and I generally greet the announcement of a new “holiday entertainment” with an acerbic, “God save us, everyone.” Comment

Ladies of Spain

Opera composers like to take their audiences to glamorous exotic places. Thanks to Verdi, Massenet, and Bizet, I’ve recently had a tour of Spain — through the eyes and ears of a true Italian and two Frenchmen. Comment

Aussie Power in the Pit

If you look over to stage left during “American Idiot,” you will see a very cool-looking female on keyboards who happens to be the show’s music director. Comment

Going Legal in Russia

In an historic first for Russia, on Saturday, November 20, activists in St. Petersburg held the first-ever legal gay rights demonstration approved by authorities anywhere in that nation. Comment

Chi Chiz Loses at Liquor Authority

In a move that may close Chi Chiz, a West Village bar that serves a predominantly gay and transgender African-American clientele, an administrative law judge at the State Liquor Authority upheld charges against the bar. Comment

Rejecting Marriage Equality, NJ Senate Advances Anti-Gay Judge

On the day when the New Jersey State Senate defeated gay marriage legislation in a 20-14 vote, that body’s Judiciary Committee voted 12-1 to advance the nomination of a Municipal Court judge with an anti-gay record to be a judge in one of New Jersey’s workers’ compensation courts. Comment

The IAB Needs an IAB

Last week's Village Voice reported a disturbing story about the blatant and vulgar homophobia that a gay detective alleges he experienced in the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. Comment

Liu Press Five Companies on Anti-Discrimination

New York City Comptroller John Liu is calling on five companies in which city pension funds have investments totaling nearly $150 million to adopt employment practices protecting their workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The targets of Liu's efforts, all of them Fortune 1000 companies, are KBR, Inc., one of the largest Pentagon contractors; Leggett & Platt, a diversified manufacturer of engineered product components; Anadarko Petroleum, which works in the oil and gas sectors; TECO Energy, which operates energy utilities and extraction facilities in Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, and Guatemala; and Crosstex Energy, a natural gas services company. Comment

First Glee, Then Outrage at National Portrait Gallery

Earlier this fall, the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery in Washington earned big queer cred with the opening of "Hide/ Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," a collaboration between senior curator David C. Ward and Jonathan D. Katz, a SUNY Buffalo art historian, gay activist, and longtime associate of Larry Kramer, that created the first exhibition by a major art museum focused on LGBT themes. Comment

Retired Detective Kevin Czartoryski Dead at 46

An openly gay detective who was the liaison between the New York City police department and the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community passed away on December 5 from a lung ailment related to his work at the World Trade Center site. Comment


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