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World on the Verge of a Breakdown

London got a fresh coat of paint in advance of the Olympics, but the dark side of Austerity Britain and a world hurtling towards economic catastrophe was on full display in West End playhouses. Comment

Defiance and Transparency


A Cooled Star at Peace

The history of rock music is littered with artists who sold few albums during their lifespan but eventually had an impact far beyond their sales figures. Brian Eno famously said that very few people bought the Velvet Underground’s first album but all of them went out and started a band. The deliberately robotic, all-electronic German band Kraftwerk had only one mainstream hit in the US, 1975’s “ Comment

Community Board Approves AIDS Memorial in Greenwich Village Park

Resolutions supporting a design for an AIDS memorial in Greenwich Village, part of a larger park being developed across the street from the shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital, have been approved by Community Board 2. Comments (4)

As Council Districts Redrawn, Some LGBT Groups Silent

Faced with the prospect that New York City’s Districting Commission could alter City Council districts that have previously elected openly gay and lesbian members to that body, some gay political groups are preparing to submit testimony and data to the commission. Comment

How Hard Were Witnesses Sought in 2010 Newark Park Killing?

A document filed in the federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the family of DeFarra Gaymon, a 48-year-old man who was killed by police during a 2010 public sex sting in Newark’s Branch Brook Park, is raising questions about how hard investigators looked for witnesses to that shooting. Comments (1)

Forcing Open The Celluloid Closet

Vito Russo was a witness to Stonewall, a vivid player in the early gay rights movement that followed, the cultural historian who blew open the door of Hollywood’s closet through lectures and a groundbreaking book called “The Celluloid Closet,” a co-founder of GLAAD with other gay and lesbian writers, and a major AIDS activist while living with the then-deadly syndrome himself. When he died at 44 in 1990, the Great Hal Comments (1)

Queer Film Returns to Lincoln Center

This year’s smorgasbord of new queer cinema from around the world, NewFest, features a superb collection of 14 features, four documentaries, and a host of shorts over five days. Gay City News had the opportunity to focus on ten of them — most, though not all, of them big winners. Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

LPAC, It’s Not Just for Lesbians

I first heard about LPAC when it was launched last week. And my cynical heart beat just a little faster. Yippee, the first ever lesbian political action committee, supported by big names like actor Jane Lynch and Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts. Finally! Money for lesbian and pro-lesbian candidates. But then I went to the group’s website,, and got my dyke heart semi-broken. Comments (1)

When World Pride Becomes Just Another Gay Party

It’s London’s special summer. Comments (1)

Can Small Donor Enthusiasm Win for Trevor Thomas?

“I believe it’s time for us to return to the values of Jerry Ford, who put party aside to do what was best for our country.” Comment

Bigots' Lessons from the Sixth Century

Lessons from the Sixth Century Comments (2)

Good Writing Counts for Something

In the second episode of “The Outs,” a web series, Scruffy, played by Tommy Heleringer, has just met Jack, played by Hunter Canning. They first ran into each other outside a Williamsburg gay bar and have returned to Scruffy’s nearby apartment. Comments (20)

The Prescient, the Prehistoric, and the Pathetic

Closer Than Ever” is a musical for grown-ups. Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire’s song cycle about the challenges we get dealt by life was first presented more than 20 years ago, and while some of the 1980s references are a little dated, the underlying emotions are not. I loved it in its original production, and, as with many shows seen two decades l Comment

A Foote, a Houdyshell, and a Hoffmeier

The theater community lost one of its great designers with the recent death of the beloved Martin Pakledinaz. From the splendors of “Kiss Me Kate” (1999) to the Deco splash of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2002) to the definitive “Gypsy” (2008), Marty gave us thrilling worlds of beauty, besides being an absolute angel of a human being and teacher (at NYU). Only 58, he succumbed to brain cancer at his Manhattan home on July 9. Comment

Ancient Conquerors and Poets

Gioachino Rossini had only just turned 20 when “Ciro in Babilonia” premiered in Ferrara in March 1812, yet he already had composed four operas. Will Crutchfield conducted the US premiere of “Ciro” on July 7 at Caramoor with a cast that will perform it again in August at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. Comment
Susie Day

Brain Surgery Excises Rads’ Obama Ambivalence

NEW YORK, NY — In what promises to be a real boost for the US presidential incumbent, a team of doctors has devised a “miraculous” new method of brain surgery that purportedly will enable thousands of radical leftists, progressives, and revolutionaries to vote — on purpose — for Barack Obama in the fall election. Comment

West Village AIDS Memorial May Get CB 2 Nod This Week

A completed design for an AIDS memorial in Greenwich Village, part of a larger park being developed across from the shuttered St Vincent’s Hospital, has been presented to Community Board 2 for its approval. Comments (1)


I wanted to respond to some of the many lies and misleading statements by Mayor Bloomberg's administration regarding the 30 percent rent cap affordable housing bill for homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (“AIDS Rent Cap Protections Die in State Senate,” by Paul Schindler, Jul. 4-17). Comment


I am disheartened to read the comments in this article about Michael Roberson and his role in the closing of People of Color in Crisis, but more importantly I am disappointed and disgusted to read some of the comments written by readers, many who have a lot to say, but do not have the courage to put their full name behind their comments (“Reliance on Government Dollars Threatens Black Gay HIV Efforts,” by Duncan Osborne, Jun. 20-Jul. 3). Comment


Anderson Cooper is an interesting personality in that he is very attractive, but not in a usual, "All American boy" way (“The Night Anderson Cooper Kissed Me,” by Paul Schindler, Jul. 4-17). It’s like he was born silver haired; he makes no bones about being older and he has a quietness to him that is adorable. He has made a career out of being more sensitive certainly that the usual uber-hyped TV-tron. Comment


Gad Beck came to New York City twice (“Gad Beck, the Last Gay Holocaust Survivor, is Dead,” by Benjamin Weinthal, Jul. 4-17). He spoke at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in 1999 about his book. Comment


Thanks, Andy (“Pride 2012: New York’s Biggest LGBT Party,” posted online Jun. 25). This was wonderful — very thoughtful and useful for all of us. Comment


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