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All the World’s a Stage

A few years ago, Greek writer and director Yorgos Lanthimos brought us “Dogtooth,” a remarkable film — and surprise Oscar-nominee — about role-playing and the breakdown of social order within a family that closes itself off from the world. Comment
Film

Sapphic Indulgences as Ancien Régime Stormed

French director Benoit Jacquot has made 20 films, in a variety of styles. However, the central vein of his work is epitomized by his 1995 breakthrough “A Single Girl.” There, a handheld camera followed a beautiful young woman through her duties as a hotel maid in real time. The director is attentive to the physical Comment
Theater

When Greed Became Good 

Love & Marriage

Appellate Panel Upholds New York’s Marriage Equality Law

A unanimous panel of the New York Appellate Division has rejected a challenge to the state’s Marriage Equality Law (MEA) enacted on June 24, 2011. Comments (5)
Pride

Drag Begins at Tompkins Square

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | On Friday evening, June 22, marchers in all manner of transgressive dress turned out at the 19th annual Drag March from Tompkins Square Park in the East Village to the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in the West Village. Comment
Health

HIV Prevention Funds Restored, At Least for This Year

While the City Council restored funding for HIV prevention contracts that the Bloomberg administration wanted to eliminate entirely, that funding once again was not made a permanent part of the New York City budget, requiring AIDS advocates to continue waging an annual fight for those dollars. Comment
Pride

Dyke March Celebrates Two Decades of Lesbian Visibility, Defiance

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | The traditionally unpermitted Dyke March from Bryant Park in Midtown to Washington Square Park marked its 20th anniversary on Saturday afternoon, June 23. The event was big, exuberant, loud, and festive. Comments (3)
Legal

Third Plea Deal in Works in Bronx Torture, Sex Assaults Case

An apparent ringleader in a notorious anti-gay torture and sexual assault case in the Bronx is making a plea deal with the district attorney there. Comment
Health

AIDS Rent Cap Protections Die in State Senate

At his June 4 press conference announcing retirement from public service after more than two decades, State Senator Tom Duane dedicated his final months in office to securing enactment of a rent cap for thousands of New York City tenants living with AIDS –– a goal that he, West Village Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, and advocates have been pushing for since the Pataki Comment
Legal

God Made Me Do It Defense in 2011 Midtown Murder

The accused killer of Carlos Castro will argue that he believed he was acting on instructions from God when he murdered and dismembered the 65-year-old Portuguese TV personality and gay activist in a Manhattan hotel last year. Comments (8)
From the Editor

The Night Anderson Cooper Kissed Me

He has finally finished evolving. No, not President Barack Obama. That is so early May. Comments (6)
Music

Overjoyed Journey

The same day “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” was opening on Broadway, Evidence was leaving on tour. Ronald K. Brown, the choreographer on the “Porgy and Bess” creative team and founder and artistic director of Evidence, found himself straddling both worlds, an enviable if challenging position. Comment
New York City

Susan Sarandon Honored by Trevor Project

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | The Trevor Project, which provides life-saving and life-affirming support to LGBTQ youth in crisis –– with a national hotline and other services and programs –– hosted Trevor Live on June 25 at Chelsea Piers. The event honored actress Susan Sarandon and MTV for their commitment to the issue of saving LGBTQ lives. The event also was a reunion for Will and Grace, Eric McCormack and Debra Messing. Comment
Politics

Alan Turing’s Remarkable Life and Many Deaths

June 23 marked the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, the queer British mathematical genius and philosopher considered the father of the modern computer, the World War II hero who did as much as Winston Churchill to keep Britain alive and fighting in the war’s early years by cracking the secret of Nazi Germany’s communications codes, and an unapologetic gay man who was ahead of his time because he believed that homosex Comment
International

Gad Beck, the Last Gay Holocaust Survivor, is Dead

Gad Beck, widely believed to be the last known gay survivor of the Holocaust, passed away on June 24 in a hospital in Berlin, his city of birth. He died just six days before his 89th birthday. Comments (1)
Politics

Dr. Richard Isay, Lover and Fighter, Dies at 77

Dr. Richard A. Isay, the out gay psychoanalyst who fought successfully to make his professional association drop its discrimination against gay members and its treatment of gay patients as cases of “arrested development,” died in New York on June 28. He was 77. Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Dead Queers, Culture, and the Law

New York State’s anti-bullying law has finally gone into effect, and all the gay news sites are announcing, “Our kids are finally protected.” Comment
Music

Bay Watch

Mid to late June is a great time to visit San Francisco, since the terrific Frameline LGBT Film Festival (at which I have volunteered sporadically since I was a student) draws cinematic entries and crowds from all over the world. There’s nothing like the sprawling and inclusive San Fran Gay Day parade, not to mention the carnivalesque Pi Comment
Nightlife

Keepin’ On with Faison

There is a real jewel up in Harlem, the Faison Firehouse Theater, a 1906 firehouse that has been beautifully restored and retooled into a fabulous arts space. Comment
Film

Chat Roulette

After years in front of the camera as an actor, Martin Donovan makes an assured writing and directing debut with the compelling drama “Collaborator.” The filmmaker stars as Robert Longfellow, a playwright once touted as “a contender for the voice of his generation.” His latest play, however, has just opened to a review claiming “his reputation as a writer is fad Comment
Theater

Strong Women

Once again, the Mint Theater Company has plucked a play from obscurity, given it a top-notch production, and come up with a completely entertaining evening that shouldn’t be missed. Comment

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