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Defendant Takes Stand in Edgard Mercado Killing

The accused killer of Edgard Mercado told a Manhattan jury that the 39-year-old gay man wanted to be strangled with a rope during sex and that the death was accidental. Comment
Politics

After Lengthy Forensic Testimony, DA Rests in Edgard Mercado Murder

Testifying for the prosecution in the murder trial of Davawn Robinson, a forensic pathologist from the city medical examiner’s office told a Manhattan jury that the injuries on Edgard Mercado’s body showed he had been in a fight. Comment
Politics

Putin Plays Homophobia Card

In the run-up to the Russian parliamentary elections held this past weekend –– in which the country’s authoritarian strongman, Vladimir Putin, and his United Russia Party suffered large losses –– the Putin forces made crass appeals to homophobia by introducing a spate of anti-gay legislation to outlaw almost any expression of pro-homosexual sentiment. Comment
Film

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
Guest Perspective

Fundamentalist cyclists have me praying for relief

In the mid-1970s I lived in San Francisco and worked in a restaurant in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge, 14 miles from the city. I rode the bus. Sometimes, when I worked late and the buses had stopped running, I caught a ride to the freeway and hitchhiked from there. Comment
Theater

Winter’s chill warmed by hot Downtown theater

BY TRAV S.D. / Happy New Year! Notice the difference? Okay, there isn’t any — but that doesn’t mean we can’t all take a minute to breathe, get our bearings and collect ourselves before jumping back into the rat race. A little rest and recreation! While it’s too freezing to play Frisbee in the park, might I suggest what’s in a few Downtown theatres? Comment
National

Minnesota Gays to Cheating Homphobe: We‚ Sorry

John Medeiros, a Minneapolis writer who curates an LGBT reading series there, has written a letter on behalf of Minnesota’s lesbian and gay community to an anti-gay state senator apologizing for ruining her marriage. Comment
International

Draconian Ugandan Anti-Gay Law Protested

Roughly four dozen LGBT activists and allies turned out on November 19 to protest at Uganda House –– that nation’s permanent mission to the United Nations on Manhattan’s East 45th Street –– voicing their outrage about a draconian proposal to criminalize the promotion of same-sex conduct and impose the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.” Comment
Film

A Familiar Arc Freshly Drawn

The coming out and coming-of age story gets a welcome new voice in Dee Rees’ very fine feature “Pariah,” based on her 2007 film short of the same name. Comment
News Briefs

A "Pariah" Sneak Preview

“Pariah,” Dee Rees’ new film that chronicles the coming out and coming of age of a butch teenage lesbian, Alike, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene, had a sneak preview for an LGBT audience at the BAM Rose Cinema on Deccember 21. Comment
Politics

Gingrich, Surprised He Might Win, Signs NOM Pledg

Newt Gingrich, no stranger to anti-gay politics, has suddenly re-engaged in the war on marriage equality. Comment
National

Getting Ugly With Lysol

Getting Ugly With Lysol Comment
International

UN Issues First-Ever Report on LGBT Rights

In a move unprecedented in the 66 years since the United Nations was founded, the world body issued a human rights report on the conditions facing LGBT people around the globe. Comment
Politics

Four Months Late and At Least a Few Pennies Sho

Brooklynites Matt Katz and Aaron Lafrenz got married at Borough Hall on July 24, the first day they could legally do so in New York State. On December 8, they received a letter on White House stationary in which President Barack Obama extended his congratulations on behalf of Michelle and himself. Comment
National

Even Huntsman Likes DOMA

John Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, often comes across as the most reasonable one in the room during Republican presidential debates. A supporter of civil unions, his low poll numbers are typically attributed to his relatively moderate posture in facing a conservative GOP primary electorate and his less-than-electrifying personal style. Comment
Perspectives

The Stakes in 2012

We are entering a new presidential election year, and the mood in the country is sour. Among progressives, it has over and over been repeated that we are disappointed. Comment
Perspectives

Election Pitfall: Hating on Hillbillies

All I want for Christmas is for our presidential candidates to be struck dumb for a week or two, maybe even through the Republican primary votes in Iowa and New Hampshire. Imagine Newt and Mitt, Ron and Michele, their mouths opening and closing like fish. Getting all red-faced and frustrated when nothing comes out. And while I’m at it, let’s silence the pundits, too. And the screeching partisans indulging in bitterness and fury, sneering and hate. Comment
Letters

Letters to the Editor

GIFT HORSE IN A GLASS HALF FULL Comment
Letters

Letters to the Editor

AN OVERLY HARSH ASSESMENT Comment
News

To Parma, Via Lower Manhattan

“I’m not an expatriate,” Benjamin Anderson insisted as he and his husband-to-be, Mattia Lumaca, waited in the Manhattan City Clerk’s Office December 7 for an officiant to perform their wedding ceremony. “I’m 100-percent American. I am a patriot. I love my country and I love my husband, and I don’t want to give up either.” Comment

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