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Cedar Lake Proves Money Talks –– And That’s a Good Thing

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, the billionaire-funded company, continues to prove its genuine artistic mettle with a two-week season at the Joyce Theater. Comment

Searing Examination (Little Observation)

I stumbled upon out gay Mark Ravenhill’s breakthrough “Shopping and Fucking” in London in 1996, drawn by the then-outrageous title only to find a terrific play with an even more provocative plot about drug dealing and gay teen prostitution. It was a knife to the anus — literally, for one character. Comment

In Highline’s Shadow, Christine Quinn Weds Kim Catullo

In the highest profile same-sex wedding since marriage equality became a reality in New York State last July, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn married her partner of a decade, attorney Kim Catullo, in an early evening ceremony on May 19 at the Highline Stages in Chelsea. Comments (9)

Obama’s Marriage Equality Embrace and States’ Prerogatives

In his dramatic May 9 interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, in which he announced his support for the right of same-sex couples to marry, President Barack Obama said, “I have to tell you that […] Comment

This Could Happen to You

Actors Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom lived together in Los Angeles, where they had been lovers for six years. In 2010, Tom gave Shane a promise ring, and the two planned to marry when they legally could do so in California. Comments (3)

House Jettisons LGBT, Immigrant Protections from Women’s Violence Bill

In a 222-205 vote on May 16, the US House of Representatives approved a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that stripped out protections for LGBT domestic abuse victims that had been included in the Senate version passed on April 26 in a bipartisan 68-31 vote. Comment

AIDS, Homeless Youth Hit in Bloomberg Budget

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg released his proposed budget for New York City’s 2013 fiscal year, he said it was “an on-time balanced budget that reflects our values and our priorities.” Comment

Can Transgender Rights Turn the Corner?

A week after the New York State Assembly’s passage of a transgender civil rights law — for the fifth time — roughly 550 LGBT community advocates descended on Albany on May 8 for the Empire Comment

Manslaughter Plea in Trans Woman's Stabbing of Her Assailant’s Companion

It began as an ugly hate crime, when a group of white men and women outside a South Minneapolis biker bar on a June night in 2011 shouted racial and homophobic slurs at several African Americans walking by, including Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald, a 23-year-old transgender woman –– described by friends as “slight” –– who was studying fashion at a local college. Comments (1)

Obama Endorses Marriage Equality

In a stunning turn of events, President Barack Obama endorsed marriage equality this afternoon, in a taped interview with Robin Roberts, a co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Comment

Second Coming Shocker! Marx, Not Jesus, Returns to Earth!

NEW YORK, NY — Millennial Christians and godless communists alike were stunned when 19th century economist and revolutionary Karl Marx suddenly returned from the dead about two hours ago to land, in bodily form, at the corner of Nassau and Wall Streets. Comment

Romney Now the One Whose Position Confounds

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | It is understandable if lesbian and gay voters were confused by Mitt Romney’s reaction to President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. Comment

The Smear that Won’t Die

In December of 1982, police were looking for a missing New Jersey boy and they raided a Massachusetts home. They arrested three members of the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and seized hundreds of photos. One picture resembled Etan Patz, a boy who disap Comments (1)

Did the Gay Right Invent Gay Marriage?

While chastising the Romney campaign for its refusal to defend Richard Grenell, an openly gay spokesman who resigned his position, from right-wing attacks, blogger Andrew Sullivan argued that if gay marriage supporters, such as Grenell, were barred from serving in Republican campaigns, that meant that all gay conservatives were effectively shut out of such campaigns. Comments (1)

April Opera: Manhattan Report 

The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater continues to add spice and repertory interest to New York’s operatic mix. On April 1, in the black-box Taub Ades Performance Space, undergraduates, many in their first onstage production, made a strong, pleasing effort in Schubert’s posthumously premiered “Die Verschworenen” (“The Forsworn”). Comments (2)

Shirley, Rachael & Diane  

There are serious actors, and then there is Shirley Knight, currently appearing in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ fascinating final play, “In Masks Outrageous and Austere. ” Comment

Sex and Peace in Lebanon

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki showed a light touch, skill at directing a female ensemble, and some comic gifts in her debut film, “Caramel.” Those touches remain in her follow-up, “Where Do Comment

A French Return to Thrillers  

While Gallic crime films have often involved existential gangster themes — think Melville’s “Le Samoraï” or Truffaut’s “Shoot the Piano Player” — the succes Comment

Loss of Faith  

Had director Emily Mann bothered to delve into the complexities of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” she might have given us a new perspective on the play and the characters. Instead, she’s content to use non-traditional casting (aka a mixe Comments (1)

Sexy, Silly, and Smart Shakespearean ‘Dream’

If you think you’ve seen enough “Midsummer Night’s Dream”s to last a lifetime and even if you are not usually drawn to Shakespeare, th Comment

Long Past Time to Turn the Corner

The political expediency of that moment, however, was freighted with an unhappy bargain –– language Comments (1)

Talent Unleashed by Love

My old friend György (George) Konrád, the distinguished Hungarian novelist and essayist who was Comment

Writer Blocked

The year is 1957. The place, a luxurious hotel room in Moscow. Enter Joseph Alsop, arguably the most influential political columnist of the mid-20th century and master of foreign affairs as well as DC machinations. He plops into bed, calling to an unseen intimate who Comments (1)

A ‘Caretaker’ of Rare Pryce

Perhaps only Harold Pinter could enthrall $100-a-ticket patrons for two-and-a-half hours watching a depressive, a manic, and a psychotic homeless man interact in a shabby West London flat, but that’s what’s happening at BAM’s Harvey Theater through June 17. Boulevard comedy “The Caretaker” ain’t, though it provokes rueful laughter in abundance. Comments (1)

Viva Hollande!

Sunday, I squeezed into a Mexican Irish bar in the Village with a bunch of French Socialists to watch their presidential election results. It was a little weird, since the day before was Cinco de Mayo, when the Mexican army topped their French colonizers in the 1862 battle of Puebla. But, whatever. Things change. We’re all friends now. Comment

New Yorker Joins Fray, But Ballot Push Falls Well Short

On the final weekend before the North Carolina primary, with polls showing a constitutional amendment ballot question barring marriage by same-sex couples enjoying a comfortable lead –– but also most voters still unaware how far-reaching the measure was –– the LGBT commun Comments (1)

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