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State health agency, board hear debate on St. Vincent’s site

It was all about Saint Vincent’s from morning till night. Comment
Health

State health agency, board hear debate on St. Vincent’s site

It was all about Saint Vincent’s from morning till night. Comment
News

Don Lemon Pulls Back the Curtain

“Coming in here, I felt, ‘I’m at home. I’m with my people.’” Comment
Legal

Queer Voices in Zuccotti Park

LGBT activists bring community's issues to Occupy Wall Street while embracing their place in America's family Comment
Theater

When Two Are The One

Ian Novick plays gay at times playing straight in debut lead role Comment
Around Town

Brush strokes and body shots

On canvas, she knows when it’s right Comment
Politics

Small business owners discuss impact of BRC shelter

With about half of its planned caseload of 325 clients now occupying the Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) shelter at 127 West 25th Street, local business owners have begun to voice their opinions on how the facility is impacting the neighborhood. While some spoke of quality of life offenses, representatives from the BRC and the NYPD maintain there is no correlation between the homeless clients and alleged criminal activity in the area. Comments (2)
New York City

Samuel Menashe, 85, poet belatedly dubbed a master

Samuel Menashe, whose short, jewel-like poems won him a following in Britain and belated recognition at home, died August 22 at the age of 85 in a Manhattan nursing home, where he moved last year. The cause was listed as heart disease. Comment
Health

Small business owners discuss impact of BRC shelter

With about half of its planned caseload of 325 clients now occupying the Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) shelter at 127 West 25th Street, local business owners have begun to voice their opinions on how the facility is impacting the neighborhood. While some spoke of quality of life offenses, representatives from the BRC and the NYPD maintain there is no correlation between the homeless clients and alleged criminal activity in the area. Comment
New York City

Samuel Menashe, 85, poet belatedly dubbed a master

Samuel Menashe, whose short, jewel-like poems won him a following in Britain and belated recognition at home, died August 22 at the age of 85 in a Manhattan nursing home, where he moved last year. The cause was listed as heart disease. Comment
Politics

After ceremony, mixed signals on new pedestrian safety devices

The recent installation of Audible Pedestrian Signals at Seventh Avenue and 23rd Street (mere steps away from Selis Manor, a living facility for the blind and visually impaired) has been greeted by locals as a welcome addition — with ample room for improvement. But that cautious optimism didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm expressed by Selis Manor residents and other neighborhood pedestrians who joined electeds, activists and city officials on the morning of September 28 to celebrate the installation of the devices at one of Chelsea’s busiest intersections. Comment
Legal

Navigating the ‘second parent’ adoption process

In an ordinary conference room in the NYC Family Court building. Marcella fidgets while I ply her with gummy bunnies to keep her quiet. The judge quickly hears my partner’s answers to the lawyer’s questions and then mine. Comment
Health

Navigating the ‘second parent’ adoption process

In an ordinary conference room in the NYC Family Court building. Marcella fidgets while I ply her with gummy bunnies to keep her quiet. The judge quickly hears my partner’s answers to the lawyer’s questions and then mine. Comment
Theater

Oh, the Horror!

Frightening prospects for Downtown Halloween happenings Comment
Around Town

What’s up on the High Line

Bring a sweater or a light jacket — but leave the cash behind. This October, you’ll find four ambitious, provocative (and free) events on, and around, the High Line. Comment
New York City

Small business owners discuss impact of BRC shelter

With about half of its planned caseload of 325 clients now occupying the Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) shelter at 127 West 25th Street, local business owners have begun to voice their opinions on how the facility is impacting the neighborhood. While some spoke of quality of life offenses, representatives from the BRC and the NYPD maintain there is no correlation between the homeless clients and alleged criminal activity in the area. Comment
New York City

Samuel Menashe, 85, poet belatedly dubbed a master

Samuel Menashe, whose short, jewel-like poems won him a following in Britain and belated recognition at home, died August 22 at the age of 85 in a Manhattan nursing home, where he moved last year. The cause was listed as heart disease. Comment
Music

Belgian Love(less) Letter

Compagnie Thor adopts the rainbow Comment
Theater

Belgian Love(less) Letter

The first dance event of BAM’s 2011 Next Wave Festival, “To the Ones I Love” by Belgian-based Compagnie Thor (performed September 29 through October 1) blends modern and contemporary ballet movement done by nine men in a pristine, white space. Company director Thierry Smits choreographed it and, with Thomas Beni, also designed the set. Comment
News

Law Enforcement Mum on Clerk Refusing Lesbian Couple Marriage License

Did a New York town clerk break the law when she refused to issue a marriage license to a lesbian couple? Comment
Legal

US Judge Rejects Binational Couple’s DOMA Challenge

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD In a decision released on September 28, US District Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the Central District of California ruled that Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals precedent binding on that district court requires him to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Customs and Immigration Service's refusal to recognize a same-sex marriage between an American citizen and an Indonesian man. Comment
News Briefs

Rachel Tiven Honored by APA

Rachel Tiven Honored by APA Comment
Legal

A Co-Parent Win in Nebraska

Joining a growing list of other state courts, the Nebraska Supreme Court has adapted the common law doctrine of “in loco parentis” –– generally translated as “in the place of a parent” –– which is used to consider the parental rights of stepparents and grandparents, to provide a basis for allowing same-sex co-parents to preserve their relationships with children after they end their union with a biological or adoptive parent. Comment
Politics

Anti-Gay Activist NOM’s New Chair

John Eastman, law professor, replaces Maggie Gallagher leading marriage equality foes Comment
Legal

Will We Finally See Courtroom Debate?

Prop 8 trial recording may go public — but not on September 30 Comment
National

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Relegated to History's Dustbin

Nine months after repeal law signed, policy that threw out 14,000 service member ends Comment
National

Rachel Tiven Honored by APA

Rachel Tiven Honored by APA Comment
News Briefs

AVP Honors Domestic Violence Attorneys

At its annual Courage Awards held September 22 at Studio 450 in Midtown, the New York City Anti-Violence Project honored the attorneys from its Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, which is a collaboration among AVP, the New York Legal Assistance Group, Sanctuary for Families, and the Urban Justice Center. Comment
Legal

Left to Own Devices, NOM a Paper Tiger

It is an article of faith in the gay and lesbian community that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and its leaders Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher are insidious purveyors of lies and half-truths about same-sex marriage. Comment
Breaking News

A Gay Marriage Play in Special House Race

To replace Weiner, Israel, Social Security, Ground Zero mosque, Ed Koch all in mix Comment
New York State

GOP's Turner Scores Upset in Race to Succeed Weiner

Quibbles follow on role of Obama disenchantment, Koch Israel grandstanding, Weprin ineptness, gay marriage Comment
Love & Marriage

Anti-Gay Activist NOM’s New Chair

A conservative who defended the Boy Scouts exclusion of gay scout masters and California’s ban on gay marriage was named the board chair of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a leading anti-gay marriage group. Comment
Crime

City Persists in Claim Robert Pinter Video Store Bust Valid

While the police department concluded that the vice officers who made prostitution arrests of men in Manhattan porn shops in 2008 were poorly trained, the Bloomberg administration continues to defend the arrest of the gay man who blew the whistle on those busts. Comment
Legal

Will We Finally See Courtroom Debate?

More than a year after now-retired federal District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California’s Proposition 8 violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, Chief Judge James Ware, who assumed jurisdiction over the case, granted a motion by the plaintiffs to unseal the video recording of the trial. Comment
Legal

Gays Win Another Round in Arizona DP Case

A three-judge panel of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has strongly signaled the likelihood that the Arizona statute repealing health benefits for domestic partners of state employees will ultimately be held unconstitutional. Comment
New York State

Don Lemon Pulls Back the Curtain

Coming out as gay, abuse survivor, CNN anchor talks transparency Comment
Legal

Another Partner Advance in Alaska

An Anchorage District Superior Court has ruled that the state of Alaska and the city of Anchorage are in violation of the State Constitution’s equal protection requirements in their senior citizen real property tax exemption program that discriminates against same-sex couples. Comment
News Briefs

AVP Honors Domestic Violence Attorneys

At its annual Courage Awards held September 22 at Studio 450 in Midtown, the New York City Anti-Violence Project honored the attorneys from its Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, which is a collaboration among AVP, the New York Legal Assistance Group, Sanctuary for Families, and the Urban Justice Center. Comment
Politics

Another Challenge to Married Man’s Will Nixed

A New York County Surrogate Court judge has ruled that the late H. Kenneth Ranftle was domiciled in New York at the time of his death, rejecting a challenge to the probating of his will brought by his brother, Ronald Ranftle, who argued that Ken was a Florida domiciliary. Comment
National

Left to Own Devices, NOM a Paper Tiger

Raising money and hiding donors, anti-marriage equality group short on successes Comment
Theater

Flat Tuesday

Tim Wolff’s gay Mardi Gras ball doc fails to fire Comment
Politics

GOP's Turner Scores Upset in Race to Succeed Weiner

Quibbles follow on role of Obama disenchantment, Koch Israel grandstanding, Weprin ineptness, gay marriage Comment
Legal

Anti-Gay Activist NOM’s New Chair

John Eastman, law professor, replaces Maggie Gallagher leading marriage equality foes Comment
Legal

Will We Finally See Courtroom Debate?

Prop 8 trial recording may go public — but not on September 30 Comment
Theater

Lyrical Linguists

Performing on October 5 at Don’t Tell Mama are fresh UK imports Frank Loman and Ellen Verenieks with their show, “Lyrical Linguists from London” (343 W. 46th St.;donttellmamanyc.com/). Comment
News

Gays Win Another Round in Arizona DP Case

US 9th Circuit finds state must continue employee benefits while lawsuit proceeds Comment
Legal

Marriage Pioneer Wolfson Moves Group Center Stage

When Evan Wolfson founded Freedom to Marry in 2003, the pro-gay marriage group was a part of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and it had an budget that ranged from $1.2 million to $1.4 million annually for roughly the next seven years. The organization was an “internal movement strategy center” and a cheerleader for the marriage drive. Comment
Legal

Unequal Equality for Lesbian Mom

The Court of Appeals of Arkansas has affirmed a circuit court decision to award primary custody of a teenage boy and girl to their lesbian mother over the objections of their heterosexual dad, but in a burst of unequal “equality,” it also upheld the lower court’s requirement that both parents “refrain from having any romantic partner to whom they were not married as overnight guests when the children were present.” Comment
Film

Newsboys of The World Unite (The Journal, Too)

Harvey Fierstein Adapts 1992 “Newsies” into Disney musical at Paper Mill Comment
Theater

Resurrections

Every autumn, New York’s classical vocal scene gets underway even before the Met opens its glamorous doors. With the now-roaming City Opera on hiatus, the first waves were caused by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Comment
Theater

Lyrical Linguists

Performing on October 5 at Don’t Tell Mama are fresh UK imports Frank Loman and Ellen Verenieks with their show, “Lyrical Linguists from London” (343 W. 46th St.;donttellmamanyc.com/). Comment
Books

Newsboys of The World Unite (The Journal, Too)

Harvey Fierstein Adapts 1992 “Newsies” into Disney musical at Paper Mill Comment
Politics

Another Partner Advance in Alaska

District court finds marital status distinction for senior tax relief discriminatory Comment
Theater

Lost Generation, Lost Evenings

Watching “The Select,” the Elevator Repair Company’s staging of the text of Hemmingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” I was thinking not so much of Papa Hemmingway as of another American man of letters, Stephen Sondheim. Comment
Art

Clarity Amidst Liberated Perspectives

Kathleen Kucka’s abstract discourse engages viewers in forging meanings Comment
Film

Welcome Freshness in World Cinema

This year’s New York Film Festival lineup doubles as a snapshot of the current state of world cinema. Comment
Theater

Resurrections

Lully and Mahler launch the season Comment
Books

Lost Generation, Lost Evenings

“The Select” and “The Wood” hack up, respectively, literature and the fourth estate Comment
National

Don Lemon Pulls Back the Curtain

“Coming in here, I felt, ‘I’m at home. I’m with my people.’” Those were the opening words CNN anchor and reporter Don Lemon used as he mounted the podium to accept a Courage Award from the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) on September 22. Before continuing his remarks, Lemon, 45 and the winner of four Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow Award, urged the crowd of roughly 150 to come closer. When the AVP poster on the front of the podium slipped to the ground, he waved off a woman who rushed to put it back in place, saying, “I don’t care about that.&# Comment
Books

Musto's Mighty Gall

Michael Musto reports he has a big dick, a claim unsubstantiated by Gay City News as of press time. After reading his new book, however, which dropped earlier this month, I can testify that the man does have big balls. Comment
News Briefs

AVP Honors Domestic Violence Attorneys

At its annual Courage Awards held September 22 at Studio 450 in Midtown, the New York City Anti-Violence Project honored the attorneys from its Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, which is a collaboration among AVP, the New York Legal Assistance Group, Sanctuary for Families, and the Urban Justice Center. Comment
Film

Flat Tuesday

There is nary a mention of Tennessee Williams himself in Tim Wolff’s disappointing documentary “The Sons of Tennessee Williams,” which chronicles five decades of gay Mardi Gras balls in New Orleans. Comment
Legal

Suit v. Sodomy Sex Offender Status OKed

A federal district judge has a allowed a lawsuit challenging the requirement that defendants convicted under an archaic Louisiana Crime Against Nature by Solicitation Act maintain their registration as sex offenders. Comment
Politics

Anti-Gay Activist NOM’s New Chair

A conservative who defended the Boy Scouts exclusion of gay scout masters and California’s ban on gay marriage was named the board chair of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a leading anti-gay marriage group. Comment
Politics

Wisconsin’s Out Lesbian Tammy Baldwin Aims For US Senate

Tammy Baldwin, elected to the US House representing the Madison, Wisconsin, area in 1998, became the first Democrat to announce her candidacy to succeed Senator Herb Kohl, also a Democrat, who will not seek reelection next year. Comment
Guest Perspective

Rick Perry's Hearty Embrace of Extremism

At last week’s Republican presidential debate, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, the more moderate former Massachusetts governor, were each invited to respond to both of the first two questions — a good indication of where NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s John Harris thought the evening’s action was. Perry and Romney stood next to each other, heightening the dramatic effect. Comment
Legal

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Relegated to History's Dustbin

After nearly 18 years and more than 14,000 discharges, the US military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy barring open service by gay and lesbian personnel ended at 12:01 a.m. on September 20. Comment
Legal

A Gay Marriage Play in Special House Race

The special election on September 13 to fill the US House seat vacated when Anthony Weiner resigned in a sexting scandal in June pits Queens Assemblyman David Weprin, a longtime supporter of LGBT rights who has the Democratic, Working Families, and Independent lines, against Republican-Conservative Bob Turner, an opponent of the right of gay couples to marry. Comment
News Briefs

Left to Own Devices, NOM a Paper Tiger

It is an article of faith in the gay and lesbian community that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and its leaders Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher are insidious purveyors of lies and half-truths about same-sex marriage. Comment
Legal

City Persists in Claim Robert Pinter Video Store Bust Valid

While the police department concluded that the vice officers who made prostitution arrests of men in Manhattan porn shops in 2008 were poorly trained, the Bloomberg administration continues to defend the arrest of the gay man who blew the whistle on those busts. Comment

GOP's Turner Scores Upset in Race to Succeed Weiner

The September 13 special election between Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin and retired media executive Robert Turner, the Republican, to fill the Congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner ended in a stunning upset, with the Associated Press calling the race for the GOP candidate just before midnight, with more than 70 percent of precincts counted and Turner ahead by six percent. Comment

Anti-Gay Activist NOM’s New Chair

A conservative who defended the Boy Scouts exclusion of gay scout masters and California’s ban on gay marriage was named the board chair of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a leading anti-gay marriage group. Comment
Crime

Another Challenge to Married Man’s Will Nixed

New York County surrogate rejects claim by Ken Ranftle’s brother he died as Florida legal resident Comment
Breaking News

Will We Finally See Courtroom Debate?

More than a year after now-retired federal District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California’s Proposition 8 violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, Chief Judge James Ware, who assumed jurisdiction over the case, granted a motion by the plaintiffs to unseal the video recording of the trial. Comment

Gays Win Another Round in Arizona DP Case

A three-judge panel of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has strongly signaled the likelihood that the Arizona statute repealing health benefits for domestic partners of state employees will ultimately be held unconstitutional. Comment
Politics

Marriage Pioneer Wolfson Moves Group Center Stage

Freedom to Marry, once a strategy shop, hits the ground in state battles Comment
Breaking News

Another Partner Advance in Alaska

An Anchorage District Superior Court has ruled that the state of Alaska and the city of Anchorage are in violation of the State Constitution’s equal protection requirements in their senior citizen real property tax exemption program that discriminates against same-sex couples. Comment
Politics

Unequal Equality for Lesbian Mom

Arkansas appeals court allows kids to stay with her as long as partner leaves every night Comment
New York State

Don Lemon Pulls Back the Curtain

Coming out as gay, abuse survivor, CNN anchor talks transparency Comment
News Briefs

AVP Honors Domestic Violence Attorneys

At its annual Courage Awards held September 22 at Studio 450 in Midtown, the New York City Anti-Violence Project honored the attorneys from its Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, which is a collaboration among AVP, the New York Legal Assistance Group, Sanctuary for Families, and the Urban Justice Center. Comment

Another Challenge to Married Man’s Will Nixed

A New York County Surrogate Court judge has ruled that the late H. Kenneth Ranftle was domiciled in New York at the time of his death, rejecting a challenge to the probating of his will brought by his brother, Ronald Ranftle, who argued that Ken was a Florida domiciliary. Comment
Politics

With DADT Repeal, Log Cabin Victory Vacated

Saying issue is “moot,” Ninth Circuit declines to hear appeal, renders 2010 ruling on constitutionality a nullity Comment
Breaking News

Marriage Pioneer Wolfson Moves Group Center Stage

When Evan Wolfson founded Freedom to Marry in 2003, the pro-gay marriage group was a part of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and it had an budget that ranged from $1.2 million to $1.4 million annually for roughly the next seven years. The organization was an “internal movement strategy center” and a cheerleader for the marriage drive. Comment
Breaking News

Unequal Equality for Lesbian Mom

The Court of Appeals of Arkansas has affirmed a circuit court decision to award primary custody of a teenage boy and girl to their lesbian mother over the objections of their heterosexual dad, but in a burst of unequal “equality,” it also upheld the lower court’s requirement that both parents “refrain from having any romantic partner to whom they were not married as overnight guests when the children were present.” Comment
Legal

Suit v. Sodomy Sex Offender Status OKed

Archaic Louisiana law making oral, anal sex solicitation “registry” offense challenged Comment
Politics

Wisconsin’s Out Lesbian Tammy Baldwin Aims For US Senate

Tammy Baldwin, elected to the US House representing the Madison, Wisconsin, area in 1998, became the first Democrat to announce her candidacy to succeed Senator Herb Kohl, also a Democrat, who will not seek reelection next year. Comment
Politics

Rick Perry's Hearty Embrace of Extremism

At last week’s Republican presidential debate, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, the more moderate former Massachusetts governor, were each invited to respond to both of the first two questions — a good indication of where NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s John Harris thought the evening’s action was. Perry and Romney stood next to each other, heightening the dramatic effect. Comment
New York State

Don't Ask, Don't Tell's Repeal Hailed at the Stonewall

Discharged vets voice vindication even as some West Point cadets remain cautious Comment
New York State

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Relegated to History's Dustbin

Nine months after repeal law signed, policy that threw out 14,000 service member ends Comment
News Briefs

Rachel Tiven Honored by APA

Rachel Tiven Honored by APA Comment
Politics

A Gay Marriage Play in Special House Race

To replace Weiner, Israel, Social Security, Ground Zero mosque, Ed Koch all in mix Comment
Legal

City Persists in Claim Robert Pinter Video Store Bust Valid

While the police department concluded that the vice officers who made prostitution arrests of men in Manhattan porn shops in 2008 were poorly trained, the Bloomberg administration continues to defend the arrest of the gay man who blew the whistle on those busts. Comment

Suit v. Sodomy Sex Offender Status OKed

A federal district judge has a allowed a lawsuit challenging the requirement that defendants convicted under an archaic Louisiana Crime Against Nature by Solicitation Act maintain their registration as sex offenders. Comment
Breaking News

Wisconsin’s Out Lesbian Tammy Baldwin Aims For US Senate

Tammy Baldwin, elected to the US House representing the Madison, Wisconsin, area in 1998, became the first Democrat to announce her candidacy to succeed Senator Herb Kohl, also a Democrat, who will not seek reelection next year. Comment
Breaking News

Rick Perry's Hearty Embrace of Extremism

At last week’s Republican presidential debate, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, the more moderate former Massachusetts governor, were each invited to respond to both of the first two questions — a good indication of where NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s John Harris thought the evening’s action was. Perry and Romney stood next to each other, heightening the dramatic effect. Comment
Crime

Defense Seeks to Suppress Confessions in ’09 Gay Murder

Attorneys who are defending the accused killer of Edgard Mercado, a 39-year-old gay man, argued that the statements he made to police and prosecutors must be suppressed because he was in their custody but had not been informed of his Miranda rights when he made them. Comment

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