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MoMA Gets Some Intestinal Fortitude

The Museum of Modern Art has acquired the late David Wojnarowicz’s short film “Fire in My Belly” (1986-87), a work removed from the gay-themed “Hide/ Seek” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, after objections from the right-wing Catholic League and top congressional Republicans about a few seconds of the film showing ants crawling over a crucifix. Comment

Out Front on Politics, If Not Style

The title of “Basil Dearden’s London Underground,” a four-DVD Eclipse Series box set from Criterion Collection covering the late ’50s and early ’60s work of the British director, is a bit deceptive. To be fair, Dearden’s work was often prescient about the coming rebellions of the 1960s, depicting the beginnings of the black and gay civil rights movements. However, he did so from a well-intentioned but square outsider’s perspective. Comments (1)

Gay Murder Rates Soar in Brazil

Cultural and political homophobia in Latin America remains starkly lethal, as evidence from two divergent societies there demonstrates. Comment

Malcolm X's Queer Affinities

A meticulous new biography of Malcolm X by one of America’s most respected African-American scholars is creating waves based on a variety of its revelations. Comments (1)

A Gay Bahraini Speaks Out

As the tiny Persian Gulf archipelago kingdom of Bahrain enters its second month of widespread protests — with clashes on March 13 resulting in more than 1,000 being hospitalized and news that the government has brought in troops from neighboring Saudi Arabia — a young gay Bahraini blogger offers insight into the sources of discontent there as well as alternative visions the demonstrators harbor. Comment

Run, Bike, and Maybe, Too, Swim

If team sports just aren’t your thing, but working out alone seems just a bit too lonely, set your own pace within New York’s LGBT running and cycling clubs. From the Front Runners, founded in the late ‘70s, to the offshoot clubs that have spawned the bikers of Fast & Fab and the triathletes of the New York Tritons, gays, lesbians, and transgenders determined to go the distance no longer need to go it alone. Comment

CUNY’s Political Mugging of Tony Kushner

When the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York mindlessly voted without debate last week to purge America’s greatest living active playwright, Tony Kushner, from the roster of those slated to receive honorary degrees at CUNY’s commencement ceremonies, the cultural and ethical pygmies who people that board had no idea they would be forced to reverse themselves a week later. Comment

Cyndi Lauper's Urges Renaissance in Activism

Gay City News participated in a Pride Season kick-off party held April 28 at the Renaissance Time Square Hotel that was a star-studded fundraiser for Cyndi Lauper’s True Color Fund, which takes aim at LGBT inequality and, especially, homelessness among queer youth. The event was also, we’d like to think not so incidentally, a celebration of the 50th birthday of the newspaper’s founding associate publisher, Troy Masters. Comment
From the Editor

Chaz Goes Public Big Time

Chaz Bono, whose book “Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man” hits the bookstore shelves just as Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network premieres the accompanying documentary “Becoming Chaz,” is also hitting the airwaves in a promotional campaign that would daunting even for somebody who grew up the child of two internationally recognizable parents. Comment

Thanks for Sharing in Cherry Grove

Every summer, New York lesbians pack up their swim trunks and flip-flops and jump on the Long Island Railroad, headed toward Fire Island. On a short jitney ride from the train to the ferry dock, the men are generally traveling to the Pines, while Cherry Grove is the preferred destination for the women. Comments (1)

Ireland’s David Norris Does New York

Irish Senator David Norris, one of the leading gay activists in his nation’s history, is now the leading candidate for president of the Republic of Ireland. Comment

New Faces, Old Doctrine

Appearing before his congregation in mid-2010, Matt Chandler was in his usual attire –– sneakers, jeans, and a shirt, a black one in this instance, that was untucked. The pastor of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas was there on a Friday evening to talk about the gospel and homosexuality. Comment

Exultant, GMHC Opens Its New Home

In a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony buoyed by praise from elected officials, Gay Men’s Health Crisis formally opened its new home on West 33rd Street –– an inviting, spanking new facility that combines units of the agency that had sprawled over many floors on West 24th Street into two spacious floors, connected by an internal staircase and encompassing 165,000 square feet in total. Comments (1)

Will Cuomo Get on the Phone?

As he was entering the State Senate chamber this week, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a Queens Democrat, told Gay City News that Governor Andrew Cuomo has not spoken to him about legislation that would allow gay and lesbian New Yorkers to marry. Comment

Two out of Three Clintons Urge Approval of NYS Marriage

In a written statement released May 5, former President Bill Clinton joined nearly three-dozen other prominent voices in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

The Snail’s Revolution

A Dyke Abroad: Since I wrote last, curfew was declared in Tunisia, where demonstrators are protesting the interim government, and elections may not happen in July after all. Comment
Guest Perspective

Equalizing Blacks and Gays

After watching the short documentary “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness” and listening to the community debate that followed, I too wanted to take on the question that hovered over the event at Harlem Stage: Is the LGBT rights movement a logical next step in the civil rights struggle that African Americans pioneered in the 1950s and ‘60s? Comment
Nathan Riley

Broadway Weathermen Know Which Way the Wind Blows

It is not just the Wisconsin schoolteachers sparking a revival of the Democratic left; Broadway is doing its bit. Rather then outrage, humor –– often ribald –– is the chosen method. Comment


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