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Two Signs AIDS Memorial Park Gaining Strength

Two weeks after Community Board 2 gave a conditional green light to plans for an AIDS memorial park in a triangular site adjacent to the former St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village, two new developments –– one originating from the group advocating for the park and the other coming from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer –– signal the growing strength of the push. Comment

California Streamlines Birth Certificate Updates for Transgenders

Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has signed legislation that simplifies the steps transgender Californians must take to obtain a new birth certificate reflecting their gender, requiring them merely to provide medical certification they have undergone “clinically appropriate treatment.” Comment

Two Beauties

Before her, there was the unforgettable Louise Brooks in the 1920s, Garbo and Dietrich in the 1930s, and then Lauren Bacall, who was even known as “The Look” in the 1940s. Comment

DA Says John Katehis, at 16, “Cold-Blooded Killer”

Saying that John Katehis “savagely murdered George Weber,” a Brooklyn prosecutor asked a jury to find Katehis guilty of second-degree murder in the 2009 homicide. Comment

Youth, Puritanism, and Reactionary Politics

If sex, as the playwright and cartoonist Jules Feiffer has observed, is still America’s dirty little secret decades after the so-called “sexual revolution” of the 1960s and 1970s, there is no topic on which a cultural consensus of omerta reigns more stiflingly than that of the sexuality of “children,” as anyone under the age of consent is wrongly labeled. In practice, this has meant that real sex education of America’s school-age youth has been effectively driven from the arena of public policy, to the benefit of the horrendously failed abstinence-only-until-marriage approach that has been federally funded for a quarter of a century. Comment

Barney Frank to Leave Congress

On a warm summer evening in 1980, the dance music at Buddies, then Boston’s premier gay bar, stopped at an uncharacteristically early hour, and an announcement came over the speakers that Pope John Paul II had ordered Father Robert Drinan, a liberal Democratic congressman who entered politics via the anti-war movement, to give up the seat he had held for a decade. Distressing as the news was that the conservative pope was reaching his long arm into Massachusetts politics, that coin had a flip side. Comment

City Responds on HIV Surveillance

The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is defending its proposals to more widely share information that it currently collects on people with HIV with doctors and other health departments. Comment

As For Chelsea, Goodbye to All That

Three strikes and you’re out, Chelsea. Comment

I Enjoy Being a Boy

Out French filmmaker Céline Sciamma scored a hit in 2007 with her drama “Water Lilies” about female teenagers exploring their sexuality. Sciamma explores a different aspect of young female sexuality in her new film, “Tomboy,” a character study of a ten-year-old girl who spends a lot of time passing as a boy. Comment

Elizabethan Echoes

Kudos to Lesley Koenig, Opera Boston’s new general director, for scheduling the nerviest season in North America — “Beatrice et Benedict,” “The Midsummer Marriage, “and Bellini’s “I Capuleti ed i Montecchi.” Fortunately, the company’s audience craves and appreciates novelty. Comment

Lou Maletta, TV Pioneer, Dead at 74

Lou Maletta, who brought gay and AIDS issues, entertainment, and erotica to cable television for 20 years — in New York and nationally — died of liver cancer on November 2. He was 74. Comments (1)

Gay Vet’s Separation Pay Claim Alive

The US Court of Federal Claims has refused a government motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a gay man, discharged from the Air Force under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy (DADT), who is challenging the Pentagon’s policy that gave him only half the separation pay normally given to individuals involuntarily dismissed from the armed forces. Comment

Attorney Says DA May Probe Cop Who Punched His Client

The attorney for a gay, HIV-positive man who was punched by a New York City Police Department deputy inspector during an Occupy Wall Street march said that the Manhattan district attorney is weighing a criminal investigation into that deputy inspector. Comment

Despite Right-Wing Hit Letters, Judiciary Committee Supports Michael Fitzgerald

Michael W. Fitzgerald, an out gay judicial nominee proposed by President Barack Obama for the Central District of California, was favorably reported out of the Judiciary Committee on November 3 on a unanimous voice vote. Comment

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

When the System Itself is the Problem

Two weeks ago, within hours of Gay City News publishing my piece “Occupy Wall Street’s Tragic Lack of Gender Analysis,” a group of trans women reached out to me. They have been an integral part of OWS since its inception and they wanted me to know it. Comment

LGBT Groups Quiet on Redistricting

The future of legislation sought by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community could hinge on whether New York State Senate districts are redrawn by the members of that body or by an independent commission. Comment

David Boies, Andrew Cuomo Headline ESPA Dinner

The Empire Pride Agenda could scarcely have hoped for a better one-two punch of speakers to offer up at its 20th anniversary Manhattan fall dinner on October 27. Comment

Gillibrand Targets Adoption, Foster Care Barriers

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced legislation, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, aimed at ending discrimination against prospective adoptive and foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status. Comment

Look Back In Anger

Last spring during awards time, Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities” popped up atop many critics’ best play lists. The psychodrama, about a distraught daughter who writes a memoir exposing a foul secret that threatens to tear her family apart, was hailed by the New York Times as “the most richly enjoyable new play in many a season.” Comment

Hoop Dreams, American Dreams

California daughter of Burmese immigrants finds her authentic lesbian self in Germany Comment


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