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The Endearing, Imperfect Magic of Mike

“Magic Mike” is all goose-bump and grind. When the “cock-rocking kings” — Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, out actor Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello — take the stage to take off their clothes to “It’s Raining Men,” viewers excited by all the buffness on parade might just Comment

The Distances Intimacy Creates

Gay filmmaker André Téchiné opens “Unforgivable,” his intriguing new drama, by quickly establishing the central importance of each of the four main characters. Francis (André Dussollier) is a celebrated crime writer looking for a rental property in Venice. He meets Judith (Carole Bouquet), a real estate agent Comment
Breaking News

Davawn Robinson Convicted of Manslaughter, Not Murder in Edgard Mercado Killing

After deliberating for roughly a day, a Manhattan jury found Davawn Robinson guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the 2009 killing of Edgard Mercado. Comments (1)
Elections 2012

Sean Patrick Maloney Wins Democratic Nod for Hudson Valley House Seat

Sean Patrick Maloney, an out gay attorney, has captured the Democratic nomination for the 18th District US House seat in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley. Comments (1)

Pride 2012: New York’s Biggest LGBT Party

Keep your A-list soirees and big-ticket benefits. The LGBT Pride Parade remains the biggest free party in New York, a truly democratic experience that attracts the most diverse participation of LGBT folk and our allies all year. Comments (6)
Breaking News

OWS Occupies Pride, Pre-Occupies One Determined Spectator

Chanting, “We are unstoppable, another world is possible,” Occupy Wall Street (OWS) occupied Pride for several hours on June 24, as hundreds of thousands viewed or joined the 43rd annual march to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. Comments (8)

Closing Arguments in Davawn Robinson Retrial for Edgard Mercado '09 Murder

Calling the accused killer of Edgard Mercado a “predator” and a “killer,” an assistant district attorney asked a Manhattan jury to convict Davawn Robinson of second-degree murder in the 2009 slaying. Comment

Donna Aceto's LGBT Pride March Diary

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | Once again this year, the LGBT Pride March provided a fascinating picture of the community. Comment

A Pride March Gallery by Michael Luongo

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The LGBT Pride March down Fifth Avenue on June 24 drew hundreds of thousands of participants and viewers –– and for every one of them, the event meant something different. Comments (2)
Breaking News

As City's Political Heat Rises, Quinn Treads Carefully, Confidently 

Two June appearances in the LGBT community highlighted the political challenges facing Christine Quinn, an out lesbian Democrat, as she positions herself for next year’s run to succeed a mayor who some among her longtime progressive allies have worried she’s grown too close to in her six years as City Council speaker. Comments (7)

A Revolution of Arab Love 

A Moroccan author living in Paris, Abdellah Taïa came out as gay publicly in 2006. His best known book, “Salvation Army,” was published that year, and his 2008 book “An Arab Melancholia” has just been released in an English translation by Frank Stock. Comment

Tens of Thousands Silently Protest Excesses of Stop and Frisk

The NYPD’s practice of stopping and frisking virtually every African-American and Latino youth in the city, many several times annually — there were nearly 700,000 such stops last year alone R Comments (1)

School Chancellor Co-Signs Principal’s Curb on Fifth Grader

After a Queens principal barred a fifth grader from reading his essay supporting “same-gender” marriage at an assembly for the entire school –– saying it was too controversial and therefore inappropriate –– Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott, a mayoral appointee, backed up the Comments (2)

Reliance on Government Dollars Threatens Black Gay HIV Efforts

On February 22 of this year, roughly 20 New York City AIDS groups gathered at the LGBT Community Center to discuss expected city and state cuts in AIDS funding. Comments (11)
News Briefs

Can Pro-Equality Hakeem Jeffries Hold Off Late Surge by Charles Barron?

As the New York Times reported on June 16, the Democratic primary to succeed Brooklyn Congressman Edolphus Towns has suddenly become a horserace. Comment
News Briefs

Calamus Grant Totals $300,000 for ESPA Transgender Push

Underscoring its commitment to finally winning approval of a transgender civil rights law in New York State, the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), the LGBT community’s leading lobby group in Albany, has announced a $300,000 grant from the Calamus Foundation, which funds HIV and LGBT services, to support its educatio Comments (2)
Breaking News

New Medical Examiner Testimony Key Focus in Second Davawn Robinson Trial

With major testimony ended in the retrial of Davawn Robinson, the accused killer of Edgard Mercado, the defense and prosecution have presented a Manhattan jury with two very different stories of Mercado’s death. Comment

Gay Actors Improvising Opportunities 

It's been 20 years since the dawn of “New Queer Cinema,” where out and proud filmmakers like Tom Kalin, Todd Haynes, and Gregg Araki made bold, daring gay films like “Swoon,” “Poison,” and “The Living End,” respectively. The parts were juicy — and not always politically correct. Comments (5)

Celebrating Stonewall’s Spirit in ‘Street Theater’

A generation (or two, or three) has grown up since the first bottle was thrown, the first billy club came down at the Stonewall, and it’s now an historic event, a symbol, the recognized start of an era. As the witnesses have inevitably departed the scene, they’ve left behind their stories in books, fil Comments (1)

Byron Recalled Unimaginatively 

Poor Lord Byron. The most famous of the English Romantic poets continues to be a source of scandalous speculation two centuries after his premature death from an unknown fever at the age of 36 in 1824. Fighting, at the time of his death, for the liberation from Turkish rule of Greece, he remains a national hero there to this day. Comments (3)

The Flurry in a Moment

A still life in kinetic motion. That could be a description for a moment in New York, where even in a quick glance or an image captured in a photograph, the scene still always seems to be in motion. It’s also one of the best ways to describe Comments (2)

Committing the Sin of Honesty

Father Bernárd Lynch, 65, who should know, estimates that half the men in the Catholic priesthood are homosexual. Lynch has paid a dear price for being one of the few to come out and affirm his sexuality, a story recounted in his timely and insightful book, “If It Wasn’t Love: Sex, Death and Go Comments (3)

In Our Defenders’ Defense: Rape in the US military

Kirby Dick’s 1997 film “Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist” is remembered, if at all, largely for the scene in which poet and performance artist Flanagan nails his penis to a board, set to the song “Hammer of Love.” It’s extremely difficult to watch, though in context, it’s justifiable — the film Comments (1)
From the Editor

Forging a More Perfect Union

When Gay City News published its first LGBT Pride issue 10 years ago this week, our cover photo was of Karen and Marcye Nicholson-McFadden, who were one of seven plaintiff couples in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit for marriage rights in New Jersey. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Lesbian Pride

A couple days from now, several thousand hollering dykes will take over Fifth Avenue for the 20th annual NYC Dyke March. Comments (1)
Nathan Riley

Stop and Frisk and the Coalition for Reform

The Father’s Day march against the stop and frisk practices of the NYPD demonstrated the public’s rising skepticism about the harsh police tactics associated with the war on drugs. The coalition against stop and frisk Comments (1)

Two Broadway Babies and One Truly Fabulous Gay 

Along with being a dazzling triple threat talent, Laura Osnes is that rarity — a really beautiful Broadway leading lady, the first, I think, since Melissa Errico in a field dominated by women whose looks, since Merman and Mary Martin, veer more toward the cute, if not downright eccentric. She’s bringing all her refulgent gifts to Café Carlyle through June 30 i Comments (3)

Dark Horse Divas –– Anna Caterina Antonacci, Nina Stemme

The Metropolitan Opera has always prided itself on having all the best singers in the world on its roster. However, there have always been first-rate singers whose idiosyncratic gifts were either not appreciated by th Comments (1)

NYS State High Court Says HIV-Infected Saliva Not a “Deadly Weapon”

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, ruled unanimously on June 7 that an HIV-infected man who bit a police officer on the finger while being arrested could not be charged with aggravated assault since that crime requires the use of a “deadly weapon” or a “dangerous instrument.” Comment

Pride Shows: Tips for Those Who Didn't Plan Ahead

If you’re visiting New York for Pride and you want to see a show — and you haven’t gotten tickets yet — read on. The good news is that there are tickets to be had during Pride Week, even for shows that took home a lot of Tony, Drama Desk, Obie, and other awards for the season just officia Comments (1)

ACLU Sues North Carolina on Second-Parent Adoption in Federal Court  

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit in the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina seeking a declaration that the state’s ban on second-parent adoptions violates the 14th Amendment rights of same-sex couples and their children. Comment
Around Town

A Play Space for Cougars and Cubs 

In an effort to connect older and younger lesbians interested in that reputedly unheard of activity — actually dating women across generational lines! — Brooklyn ritual healing artist Judith Z. Miller has created New York Queer Cougars and Cubs Together (NYC QCCT). The soc Comment

Plea Deals Sought in 2010 Bronx Torture Case

The Bronx district attorney is making plea deals with at least two of the seven defendants in a notorious 2010 anti-gay torture and assault case in that borough. Comment

Mutual Finger-Pointing Among Anthony Collao Slay Defendants

In written and oral statements to police, the six defendants in the killing of Anthony Collao denied any involvement in the homicide or accused others of taking Collao’s life on a Queens street last year. Comments (4)

Pride Lasts All Night in Brooklyn

Following a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon festival on Prospect Park West, Brooklyn Pride hosted the nation’s oldest nighttime LGBT parade on Saturday evening, June 9, across Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue commercial district. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Bloomberg, Quinn to File Amicus Brief in Edie Windsor DOMA Suit

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are planning to file a joint amicus brief in support of a constitutional challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Comment

Making Whoopi at Cooper Union

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The City Council’s annual celebration of Pride Month, hosted by Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Daniel Dromm, and Jimmy Van Bramer, honored Dee Rees, director of the Sundance Film Festival award-winning film “Pariah,” the gripping story of an African-American teenage lesbian struggling to come into her own growing up in Fort Greene; the NYPD’s LGBT Advisory Panel (below); and Hermes Mallea and Carey Maloney, leaders of LGBT @ NYPL, for their work to expand the number of LGBT books in the New York Public Library system. Comment

Comptroller John Liu Marks LGBT Pride

PHOTOS BY GARRY RISSMAN/ GRCC | At a June 5 LGBT Pride ceremony at the LGBT Community Center, Comptroller John Liu, New York’s first citywide elected official from the Asian community, honored four activists who work on social justice, anti-violence, and HIV/ AIDS issues. Comments (1)

A Manhattan Salute to Pride

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | Scott Stringer, the borough president of Manhattan, hosted an LGBTQ Pride Month celebration on June 11 at the Onegin Restaurant in the West Village. Comment

June 16 Rally Kicks Off Pride Week

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | Heritage of Pride opened LGBT Pride Week on June 16 with the annual rally, this year at the East River Bandshell on the Lower East Side. Comment

Garden Party a Tasty Start to Pride

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | With food offerings from more than 30 Manhattan eateries, the LGBT Community Center’s Garden Party has become an annual tastings treat. Comment

Frank Talk at the Times

He's the ultimate bear!,” I thought during Barney Frank’s appearance before the New York Times’ Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered & Allies employee affinity network on June 16, moderated by Metro editor Carolyn Ryan and assistant managing editor Richard Berke. Comment
Breaking News

Obama Hosts Exuberant Gay Party at White House

In his fourth annual White House reception honoring LGBT Pride Month, President Barack Obama was able to say the words many were impatient to hear — and others doubted they would before he was safely reelected. Comment


It is always great to see communities come together and be resolute on solving the ills of a society gone astray (“Lending their Voices on Stop and Frisk” and “Why Stop and Frisk is a Queer Issue,” by Paul Schindler, Jun. 6-19). Comment


To see just how unprofessional and even criminal the NYPD and the FBI (Fumbling, Bumbling Idiots) were back in 1982 when they accused NAMBLA of having murdered Etan Patz by pointing to a photo that didn't even look like him and which his parents said was not their son, I recommend the book I compiled, “A Witchhunt Foiled: The FBI vs. NAMBLA” (“The Smear that Won’t Die,” by Duncan Osborne, May 9-22). Comment


It's sad and a little sickening that some gays, gay groups, and even the victim's parents were all calling for leniency, all of which undoubtedly influenced the judge's decision –– which is still outrageous. (“Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days in Rutgers Webcam,” by Paul Schindler, May 23-Jun. 5). Thirty days is no real punishment at all. Comment


Lambda Legal is one of the most important organizations within the LGBT community (“Kevin Cathcart Looks Forward,” by Paul Schindler, May 23-Jun. 5). As we fight for our rights through public opinion and the legislative process, it is often in the courts that they are won. Lambda Legal has won many victories, and Kevin Cathcart remains a personal hero of mine. Comment


Gay Men’s Health Crisis has some fine treatment and education programs in connection with HIV/AIDS (“AIDS Walk Draws 45,000, Raises $6 Million,” May 23-Jun. 5). I just wish the senior management could focus its mission. Many of its programs now have nothing to do with the gay community. GMHC's position is that the disease has changed, hence its focus has changed from the gay community to other at-risk groups. Comment


I hope Mainers get to enjoy the freedom to marry that we in New York now do (“As Maine Goes,” by Paul Schindler, May Jun. 6-19). I was born and grew up there, and I know that it can be an all around struggle just to be able to mind one's own sexually oriented business! Comment


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