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Tom Duane Won’t Seek State Senate Reelection

Thomas K. Duane, the out gay Chelsea Democrat first elected to the New York State Senate in 1998, will announce his decision not to seek reelection this November at a noon press conference on June 4. Comments (1)

Anything Can Happen in the Woods

In “As You Like It,” the Forest of Arden is more than just a place of exile from the corrupt court, the world of “painted pomp.” It is a metaphor for the ideal of humanity at its best, divorced from strictures and conventions and able to see the “good in ev Comment


One of the most celebrated plays of the late, great Bernard-Marie Koltès was called "West Pier" (“Recalling Sexual Politics on the Piers,” by Michael Luongo, May 23-Jun. 5). It was inspired by his adventures on the piers in the ‘70s, where one sunny afternoon I ran into him. Patrice Chéreau staged the play which I don't believe has ever been done in the U.S. Comment
Love & Marriage

Unanimous Appeals Court Panel Strikes Down DOMA

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Boston-based US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled on May 31 that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment guarantee of equal protection. Comments (2)

God, Flag, Pickup Truck, and Lesbian Singer 

One does not have to listen to — or even like — country music to appreciate the emotion-filled, confessional documentary “Wish Me Away,” a film that recounts the historic coming out of singer/ songwriter Chely Wright. Comment

When Having HIV Is a Crime

Wearing a light green shirt and beige pants, Robert Suttle was speaking to a crowd of roughly 50 people at a forum on HIV criminalization held at New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center. He was blunt. Comments (1)

Recalling Sexual Politics on the Piers

For young New Yorkers knowing only a sanitized, seemingly well ordered, affluent Manhattan, the overtly sexual gay life on the Hudson River piers in Lower Manhattan in the 1970s seems another world. All the more reason the period needs to be catalogued and remembered. Comments (1)

Cock Sure

In staging “Cock,” Mike Bartlett’s brashly titled play about love, boundaries, and indecision, the creators have taken the concept of “theater in the round” quite literally. Comments (3)

Broken Cameras, Damaged Hope

Earlier this year, the Iranian documentary “This Is Not A Film” wore its poverty of means — parts of it were shot on an iPhone while its director was under house arrest — as a badge of honor. “Five Broken Cameras,” based on footage almost entirely shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, also puts the wide availability of cheap video cameras to political Comment

Literary Lambs

In the mid-1980s, “The Common Pursuit” had a healthy run Off Broadway and won the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for best play. Comment

Lambda Legal's Kevin Cathcart Looks Forward

In the LGBT civil rights struggle that will surely stretch years into the future, Kevin Cathcart must be counted a long-term player. In 1992, “happily living in Boston,” where he had run the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1984, he was tapped to lead what w Comments (1)

Queer Youth of Color Complain of West Village Stop and Frisk

Sitting on the West Village piers on a sunny Friday afternoon, Tamir Tanner scowled when the New York City Police Department (NYPD) practice of stopping and frisking was mentioned. Comments (3)

FDA Committee Urges Pre-Exposure HIV Drug

An advisory committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that the regulatory agency approve the use of Truvada, an anti-HIV drug, for HIV-negative people in certain risk groups to prevent them from becoming infected with the AIDS virus. Comments (1)
From the Editor

The President and the Judge

Careful to respond to the religiosity of gay marriage opponents by mentioning his own Christianity, he pointed to “the Golden Rule, you know, treat others th Comments (1)

Failed Juvenile Intervention Led to Anti-Gay Murder Charge

Luis Tabales first appeared in Queens Family Court in April of 2010. Then 15, he had been arrested for weapons possession, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment. He was arrested for attempted burglary 12 days later. Comment

An Addict’s Long Day

"Oslo, August 31st” is a quietly powerful drama depicting the melancholy of a drug addict in recovery. Directed by Joachim Trier, it boasts an astonishing performance by Anders Danielsen Lie as Anders, a 34-year-old man who is two weeks shy of completing his rehabilitation program. Comments (1)

Scout’s Ardor

Wes Anderson managed to remake a good deal of American cinema in his own image, although I’m sure that was far from his intention. Of the generation of American filmmakers currently in their 40s, only Quentin Tarantino can claim the same. David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson may be equally well-regarded, but they don’t have a consistent sty Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Dharun Ravi, Homophobia, and Race

Christine Quinn, the head honchessa of New York’s City Council, tied the knot with another girl on Saturday, May 19, the same day the NAACP came out in support of marriage for all. I was happy to hear the announcement, but not particularly surprised. Just like I wasn’t surprised either by the idiot black preachers in North Carolina raising their hands to God and inciting their congregations to hate. Comments (4)
Nathan Riley

Hijacking the President’s Idealism on Gay Marriage

A great hijacking has begun to rob President Barack Obama of a narrative that credits his idealism in his support for marriage equality. Comment

Clowning Around

There is no greater joy to be had on Broadway right now — perhaps on the entire planet, come to think of it — than watching James Corden in the lead of the hilarious British import “One Man, Two Guvnors.” Adapting liberally from the 18th century play “The Servant of Two Masters,” which itself was a takeoff on classic Comment
Around Town

A Mare, a Pope, and a Goddess

Mare Winningham, now appearing in Nina Raine‘s “Tribes” at Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow St. at Seventh Ave. So., through Sep. 2;, was something of an acting legend in her Los Angeles youth. In the magnificent documentary, “Shakespeare High,” it is revealed that, back in the day, everyone knew of this phenomenal Chatsworth High School girl, who won all the acting competitions, often alongside her classmate Kevin Spacey. Comments (1)

Two Great 20th Century Operas Return

David Daniels gave an intriguing recital May 3 in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium — a handsome space with a renovated concert series worth checking out. Part of the recital, […] Comment
Susie Day

Living In Two Cities: Tarif And Evelyn Warren

On May 14, Evelyn Warren and Michael Tarif Warren, attorneys at law, held a press conference. They stood outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse and announced that their case, Warren v. City of New York, had been settled. They had dropped their lawsuit against the city and the NYPD officers who had beaten and arrested them five years before. Comments (1)

Celebrating a Year of Marriage Equality

Fifteen years after Marriage Equality New York launched its efforts in the Empire State — and less than a year after the victory of gay marriage in Albany — MENY has combined with its sister organization Marriage Equality USA to continue the drive for full equality, at the state and federal level, for all same-sex couples nationwide. Comment

AIDS Walk Draws 45,000, Raises $6 Million

The 27th annual AIDS Walk New York, which raises funds for Gay Men’s Health Crisis and more than 40 other service organizations in the tri-state area, drew 45,000 participants to the 10-kilometer walk centered on Central Park. Comments (2)

Jim Owles Kicks Off Pride Season

Getting a jump on a busy LGBT Pride season, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club held its annual awards ceremony on May 13 at Elmo restaurant in Chelsea. Comment
Breaking News

Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days in Rutgers Webcam Spying

Dharun Ravi, a 20-year-old former Rutgers University student, convicted on March 16 in connection with incidents in September 2010 in which he used a webcam on his dormitory room computer to spy on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, was sentenced to 30 days i Comments (7)


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