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You Go, Girl!

The momentary relief one gets laughing at one-liners in Jesse Eisenberg’s new play “Asuncion” are insufficient to compensate for its fatal weaknesses. Comment
Legal

Victim Called Pedophile in Katehis Murder Retrial

Saying his client was “a 16-year-old young man” who “tried to resist the sexual advances of a pedophile,” the defense attorney in the retrial of John Katehis said his client panicked when asked to participate in a sex act and stabbed his 47-year-old gay victim. Comment
Legal

Victim Called Pedophile in Katehis Murder Retrial

Saying his client was “a 16-year-old young man” who “tried to resist the sexual advances of a pedophile,” the defense attorney in the retrial of John Katehis said his client panicked when asked to participate in a sex act and stabbed his 47-year-old gay victim. Comment
Legal

Victim Called Pedophile in Katehis Murder Retrial

Saying his client was “a 16-year-old young man” who “tried to resist the sexual advances of a pedophile,” the defense attorney in the retrial of John Katehis said his client panicked when asked to participate in a sex act and stabbed his 47-year-old gay victim. Comment
News Briefs

Southern-Fried Hate

Chick-fil-A restaurant chain approaches $2 million in annual anti-gay giving Comment
Books

The Pious Atheist

In Wayne Hoffman’s new book “Sweet Like Sugar,” a 20-something graphic artist named Benji Steiner crosses paths with a 70-something Orthodox rabbi named Jacob Zuckerman. Their worlds could not be further apart, yet they are drawn together, first by a health emergency and, later, by intellectual curiosity. Comment
Film

Good Intentions, Great Visuals

“Le Havre” is a very unusual film. While it’s been criticized as more of the same from director Aki Kaurismäki, a Finn working in France, it indulges extreme stylization to a point rarely seen since Todd Haynes’ “Far From Heaven.” Comment
Nightlife

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

War of the Words

At first glance, Nicky Silver’s new dark comedy, “The Lyons,” appears derivative at best. It’s a yet another quirky dysfunctional-family play. It’s a nagging-Jewish-mother play. It’s a codger-on-his-deathbed play. And yeah, one of the four principal players is gay — practically standard issue for this sort of affair these days. Comment
Theater

From Seductress to Tragic Queen

Since its 1830 premiere, Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” has transformed the careers of its creators and performers. Comment
Film

A Warm Light’s Refraction

“Paul Goodman Changed My Life,” a documentary at times dry and surprisingly conventional given its iconoclastic and fascinating subject, could have been titled “Paul Goodman Changed Many Lives.” The film opens with friends, colleagues, students, and critics recounting their impressions of a man whom William F. Buckley, Jr. described as “a pacifist, bisexualist… anarchist, and a few other things.” Comment
Music

Houston Ballet's Got Chops!

In its debut performances this week at the Joyce Theater, the Houston Ballet –– since 2003 under the artistic direction of Australian-born Stanton Welch –– impressed even the notoriously reticent New York opening night audience with pristine technique, immaculate precision, and lightning speed that rival any other ballet company in America. Comment
Nightlife

The Mysteries of Nazareth, PA

Stephen Karam, now 31, burst on the New York theater scene in 2007 at the Roundabout’s Underground with the canny, pitch-perfect teen drama “Speech and Debate,” exploring gay youth, among other themes. It spread to 100 theaters and made Karam’s name. Comment
Theater

Relative Mess

John Turturro has got considerable talent and grit, no doubt about it. But not even he has the power to reign in “Relatively Speaking,” a trio of chaotic, disparate one-act comedies premiering at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Comment
Film

A Strong Heart Is Broken

“In the Family” is a sensitive, earnest drama about a gay Asian-American man in Tennessee embroiled in a child custody battle. Written, produced, directed by, and starring the openly gay Patrick Wang, this modest film sometimes wields a heavy hand in broaching legal challenges facing same-sex couples, but its sincerity ensures that its intentions resonate. Comment
Art

Passion, Hellfire Painted in Pastel, Beige

Michael Grandage’s “Don Giovanni” is strike three for the Met Comment
Nightlife

Show Stoppers

Show Stoppers|White hot, Jason’s gold, gay doc matters Comment
International

New Reports of Anti-Gay Crackdown in Kurdistan

As America prepares to leave Iraq, after an occupation dating back to 2003, a new wave of gay suppression might be under way. According to Ali Hili, chair of Iraqi LGBT, a London-based human rights group aiding queer Iraqis, police recently raided a gay party in Kalar, a small town in Kurdistan, in the north of Iraq, arresting 25 men. Comment
Nightlife

Boys to Men

A Terrence Rattigan revival and Bill Bowers' solo show go to the heart of being a man Comment
Legal

Out Gay Prosecutor Leads Narcotics Unit

After New York’s Legislature enacted same-sex marriage earlier this year, Marc J. Fliedner and other attorneys and staff in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office went to the Sheraton Brooklyn to celebrate. They were joined by Charles J. Hynes, the district attorney himself. Comment
Legal

19 Corporations Respond to NYS Pressure

Seven new Fortune 1000 corporations added policies barring discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity in response to outreach during the past year from the New York State Comptroller’s Office. Comment
Health

Fears About AIDS Memorial Park Eased

LGBT community worries that opposition could block a Greenwich Village park commemorating the devastation of AIDS and the heroic struggle against it were eased at an October 20 Community Board 2 meeting. Comment
Legal

Meanwhile, Prop 8 Supporters Not Immune from Disclosure Law

Even as the battle over Proposition 8’s constitutionality and release of video recordings of the 2010 district court trial continues at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal judge in Sacramento has ruled that two leading groups that pushed the 2008 ballot amendment are not exempt from California state campaign finance laws. Comment
Legal

What’s the Emergency?

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted an “emergency motion” to stay the district court’s order releasing the video recordings of the 2010 trial in which California’s Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional. Comment
Politics

Washington State Petition Disclosure Allowed

Nearly two years after Washington State voters rejected an effort to block implementation of a comprehensive same-sex domestic partnership law, a federal judge has ruled that the state can make public the names and addresses of those who signed petitions to mount the ballot question. Comment
Crime

Felix's Rough Cop: Was He Pre-OCCUPIED With Gays?

The police department deputy inspector who punched a gay and HIV-positive Occupy Wall Street marcher oversaw a roughly six-month-long public sex sting operation that targeted gay and bisexual men in 2006, when he headed a Bronx transit command. Comment
Politics

Schumer Bucks Far Right Sneak Attack on Lesbian Judge

Chuck Schumer, New York’s senior senator, found himself scrambling on October 13 to ensure that what had been shaping up as a relatively noncontroversial confirmation of a federal judicial nominee he recommended in fact play out successfully. Comment

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