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Texas Lesbian Divorce Stands

The Texas 3rd District Court of Appeals in Austin has rejected an attempt by State Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, to appeal an order by Travis County District Judge Scott H. Jenkins granting a divorce to Angelique S. Naylor and Sabina Daly. Comment

Rebirth and Renewal

Kir Jan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock’s “Baby Universe: A Puppet Odyssey,” is both a sweet story and a cautionary tale. Set in the future, it tells of the efforts to save a dying Earth by creating and raising new universes that humans can then inhabit. However, the Sun, which has now become a Red Giant and is about to consume the current solar system before burning out, is not having it and seeks to stop the one thriving Baby Universe, number 7001, from getting away. Comment

Color Blind

Theater, like so many industries, has its fashions, which generally strut and fret for their hour until they exhaust themselves and the tide turns. One can almost hear producers say, for instance, “Musicals based on Shakespeare sell. Get me one of those.” And so we’ve been through AIDS plays, biblically-inspired musicals, and anything big and British. But for every major hit or artistic accomplishment, there are lesser works that audiences must simply endure. What starts as the breakthrough “Two Gentlemen of Verona” eventually devolves into the tepid “Your Own Thing.” Comment

Holidays — and the Aggies — Again

IN THE NOH: Time again for our annual Aggies, the Agnes Moorehead Awards for the ten best live performances of 2010. Comment

Off Key

Your enjoyment of “Three Pianos,” a frenetic ode to Franz Schubert, will largely hinge on two factors: your affinity for the 19th century Viennese composer, specifically his lugubrious “Winterreise” song cycle, and your tolerance for robust red wine, courtesy of Terra Fossil Wines (it’s imported from Argentina not Austria, but never mind). Comment

There's Something About Minnie

It is hard to fathom today, but there was a time when Puccini operas were new. Two of them had their world premieres at the Metropolitan Opera — “Il Trittico” and 100 years ago (on December 10, 1910), “La Fanciulla del West” (“The Girl of the Golden West”). Comment

No House of Mirth

Like Mike Leigh’s last film, 2008’s “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Another Year” centers on a charismatic, critically acclaimed female performance. The similarities don’t end there. Comment

Baring Their Souls

What makes Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton’s work so appealing? Comment

Will New Mexico Recognize Out-of-State Gay Marriages?

New Mexico Attorney General Gary K. King, a Democrat, issued a formal opinion on January 4 taking the position that under principles of comity New Mexico would recognize same-sex marriages validly performed elsewhere, even though the state’s laws do not provide for them to be contracted within the state. Comment

Threatened Homeless Youth Cuts Restored

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Finance Committee Chair Domenic Recchia on January 6 announced successful completion of negotiations with the Bloomberg administration related to objections the Council had to certain mid-fiscal year budget cuts the mayor had ordered. Comment

Prop 8 Heads Back to Cal. Supremes

The 9th US Circuit Court panel considering the appeal of last year’s ruling by now-retired District Judge Vaughn Walker that struck down California Proposition 8 on the grounds that it violates the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment issued two rulings on January 4 regarding critical issues of standing. Comment
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Queer Issues

A DYKE ABROAD | The lead story in Le Monde and El Pa's on January 1 was the inauguration of Dilma Rousseff as president of Brazil. Apparently power can be handed over in one of the biggest, most dynamic countries in the world, with the new leader remarkably a woman. Nevertheless, the New York Times has no choice but to feature the latest college bowl game. Comment

Lorna and Adam

Judy Garland’s legacy is, of course, incalculable, and not only are there her films and music that keep her so resonantly alive, there are also her children. Comment

Scalia Both an Originalist and an Original

"There He Goes Again," is the title of a January 5 editorial in the New York Times, commenting on assertions Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made this week about the inapplicability of the 14th Amendment to the rights of women and gay and lesbian Americans. Comment

Human Rights Watch Scorches Iran Over Anti-Gay Violence

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s vicious campaign to eradicate homosexuality and render its homosexuals invisible has received a major blow with a new report from the world’s most prestigious human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW). Comment

Gay Sperm Donor Owes Support

The Ohio Court of Appeals has ruled that a gay man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple so they could conceive a child and subsequently sought a declaration of paternity was obligated to pay for support of the child. Comment

A Surprisingly Good 2010

THE YEAR IN GAY | The LGBT community certainly had its ups and downs in 2010, but with some surprising court victories and a last-minute Capitol Hill victory before the Democrats relinquished control of the US House of Representatives, the year offered reason for optimism. Comment

Past Violent Arrests by Officer in Newark Cruising Killing

Edward Esposito, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office detective who shot and killed an unarmed DeFarra Gaymon in Newark’s Branch Brook Park last July, may have been involved in at least three 2009 public sex arrests that also turned violent. Comment


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