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Careful the Tale You Tell

In its 50th season, Shakespeare in the Park, in a not-so subtle nod to itself, took on two pieces that deal with nature’s transformative power. The journey to the woods is a classic trope of self discovery where, removed from what is familiar, one learns deeper truths about life and love — an apt metaphor for the P Comment
Breaking News

Landmarks Preservation Denies Bid to Save Spring Street Gay History Site

After the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) refused to landmark a Spring Street building that was home to early gay rights leaders in New York City, openly gay elected officials and longtime LGBT activists gathered outside the building to denounce the decision. Comments (5)
Breaking News

Wikileaks Cables Show US, Swedish Pressure Vs. Uganda Kill-the-Gays Bill

Cables from the US Department of State that were recently published on Wikileaks suggest that the Ugandan government quickly capitulated to pressure from foreign governments and promised to let the “kill-the-gays” bill die in legislative co Comments (4)
Elections 2012

Hoylman Longest on Specifics, Repeatedly a Target in Debate With Broad Agreement

There were moments at the August 20 debate among the three candidates for the State Senate seat currently held by Thomas Duane when it looked like a debate might break out. Comments (3)
Theater

The Darker Side of FringeNYC

The New York International Fringe Festival is best known for serving up a smorgasbord of relatively fluffy fare, perfect for summertime consumption. But this year, there’s been a profusion of shows obsessed with death — car accidents, murders, suicides, and everyone’s favorite, the apocalypse. Here’s our take on two compelling shows that not only delve into the dark side, but also feature gay themes. Comment
Guest Perspective

Gay Ugandans: Loud and Proud

About ten years ago, when I first came out to my guardian and, later, to my closest colleagues at the Daily Monitor newspaper in Uganda, I was nothing short of terrified of losing both family and friends. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Davawn Robinson, Edgard Mercado’s Killer, Sentenced to Four-to-15 Years

The convicted killer of Edgard Mercado could serve as much as 15 years in prison after a Manhattan judge sentenced him to a term of four-to-15 years in the 2009 strangling death. Comments (2)
Health

Quinn Feels the Heat Over Paid Sick Leave

"Labor plans to ‘sick’ gays on Christine.” Comments (4)
Theater

Family Affair

The illustrious Horton Foote, widely hailed as an “American Chekov,” was keen on exposing the tender, twisted bonds of family. So it is only fitting that his family members continue his legacy (he died at age 92 three years ago) by teaming up with Primary Stages to take on “Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote.” Comment
Theater

Pep Rally Romp

With powerhouse moves, an appealing and highly talented cast, and a surprisingly witty book and lyrics, “Bring It On,” a new musical, has transformed the St. James into a rollicking pep rally. Resistance, as they say, is futile. The show, which has been touring around the country, has touched down for a couple of months on Broadway, and it’s pure escapist entertainment. Comment
Music

Operatic Daytripping

When the Metropolitan Opera season ends in May, opera-addicted New Yorkers have to travel out of town to get their fix. Luckily, a few hours drive from New York City are the Caramoor Festival and Bard’s SummerScape, which provide unusual and stimulating operatic fare. Comment
Nightlife

Tonya Celebrates Ethel 

The imperishable, triple threat genius of Judy Garland is always being celebrated, but there was a much lesser-sung woman, at least equally as talented, who came before her –– Ethel Waters, who also broke down major barriers of race and culture. Happily, she has a lifelong fan in Tonya Pinkins –– like Waters herself, a wondrously gifted singing actor –– who will pay serious tribute to her Comments (1)
Film

I Love You, Bot

If the predictions made about our future in “Robot & Frank” are accurate, relationships between parents and children will deteriorate, but we can look forward to a new world of human/ robot bonding. The closing credit sequence of “Robot & Frank” consists of footage of real-life robots, suggesting their future is just around the corner. Comment
Guest Perspective

Christine Quinn Should Move On Paid Sick Leave

While many in the LGBTQ community take paid sick days for granted, half of all workers in New York City — and two-thirds of low-wage workers — get no paid sick time. Many of these workers are LGBTQ. These workers don't have the luxury of putting their health first. When they get sick, instead of focusing on getting better, they are forced to choose between going to work sick to make rent at the end of the month or sacrificing their days’ wages and/ or getting fired. No one should be forced to make this choice. Comments (1)
Film

Ooh Blah Blah 

Beloved” and “Little White Lies,” two new French film films, both prominently feature pop soundtracks and each runs to almost two and a quarter hours, but neither provides its gay characters with convincing motivations. Comment
Susie Day

Tito’s Class-Conscious Classifieds

In a recent PBS interview with Bill Moyers, journalist Chris Hedges discussed protest for social change. “Revolt,” he said, apropos of salvaging a collapsing world, “is all we have. It is our only hope.” Comment
Nathan Riley

Making Good HIV Outcomes Possible

The United States trumpeted its leadership in the global campaign against the HIV epidemic when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the recent International AIDS Conference and pledged to create an AIDS-free generation. Comments (2)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Chavela Vargas, Lesbian Icon, Lives

She was 81 when she decided to kick open the closet door. It was the autumn of 2000 and she’d just gotten a big prize in Madrid after 15 years in an alcoholic wilderness, then a decade of an incredible comeback partly engineered by gay filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar who apparently tracked her down in a Mexico City bar, got her sober, and back to work. At the time, there were hardly any out Latin American queers. And it meant something h Comment
Politics

Pete Fisher, Pioneering Author of “The Gay Mystique,” Dead at 68

Pete Fisher, who with his late partner Marc Rubin and a cadre of fearless comrades in the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) militantly challenged anti-gay bigotry in the early 1970s, has died in Springfield, Massachusetts. The cause was suicide by suffocation, according to his sister Lynne Fisher with whom he had been living for the past severa Comments (10)
From the Editor

The Meaning of Paul Ryan

“I don’t know why we are spending all this time talking about this,” Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan told “Meet the Press” host David Gregory when asked his view of marriage equality earlier this year. “Actually, I came on to talk about the debt crisis we have and the budget.” Comments (2)
Books

The Legacy of Gore Vidal

The Best Man is gone, and we are all orphans. Gore Vidal, America’s most brilliantly wide-ranging man of letters, who has been a beacon of light for queers for six decades, finally left us on July 31 at the age of 86. Comments (5)
Health

A Young Mind and Body Seized

Several weeks before Mikhail was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, his father noticed a change in him. Comment
Love & Marriage

Tough Keeping Bedfellows Straight in Buffalo Dem, GOP Senate Primaries

A fractious New York State Senate race in Buffalo has brought that city’s LGBT leadership and the Erie County Democratic Party into open conflict with outside gay money and the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) –– who are supporting the pro-marriage equality Republican incumbent –– as well as with the leader of the Democratic S Comments (3)
Theater

The Best of Queer Fringe

The 16th annual New York Fringe Festival presents 187 offerings, with performances all over the place in terms of subject, substance, and quality. Here’s our take on a handful of shows with an LGBT slant that Gay City News considers hits rather than misses. Comment

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