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Meningitis Vaccines Now Urged for HIV-Positive Men With Recent New Intimate Contacts 

Less than a week after saying it had no plans to launch a vaccine campaign to combat an outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) among gay and bisexual men in New York City, the city’s h Comments (2)
Breaking News

DA Says Rage Over Lost Perks Fueled Portuguese Activist’s Grisly NY Slay

The trial of Renato Seabra, the accused killer of Carlos Castro, opened with the prosecution offering facts that could lead the jury to conclude the 23-year-old murdered the 65-year-old Portuguese TV personality and gay activist in a rage because their relationship was ending. Comment

God Forsaken

Plays challenging the existence of God have been around for eons. Yet “Grace,” by Craig Wright (“Mistakes Were Made,” “Six Feet Under”), serves up a dizzying spin on the genre. In a fascinating production directed by Dexter Bullard, this inquisition takes the form of a tragicomic crime drama that plays with time and space. Comments (3)
Breaking News

NYC Health Department Says No Plans Now for Meningitis Vaccines

[Editor's note: On October 4, the city health department issued a press release urging HIV-positive men with recent new intimate contacts to get vaccinated.] Comments (4)

New Queer Cinema Returns to Brooklyn

It’s been 20 years-plus since New Queer Cinema burst on the independent film scene and provided a voice for LGBT filmmakers. Many of the writer and directors were activists responding passionately to the anger and anxiety they felt in the age of AIDS. They often shot personal, semi-autobiographical stories on shoestring budgets to represent rarely seen Comment

From the East Village to the Opera House

Doug Varone and Dancers made their debut in 1986 at PS 122. Since then, the artist has sustained his career, his company, and his critically acclaimed dance-making while also emerging as a world-class opera director and choreographer. In December and January, the Metropolitan Opera is presenting a revival of the company’s mega-hit “Les Comment

Raising An Older Sibling

Were “Sister” an American film, rather than Swiss, it would no doubt play its tale of the relationship between a young woman, who drifts from one casual boyfriend’s bed to another, and her 12-year-old brother, who’s a professional thief, for moral outrage. Director Ursula Meier makes it clear that poverty is a burden and, in the long run, crime doesn’t pay, but beyond Comment

Fevered Homophobia Finally Counterpunched

It was a little-known but significant brushfire in modern gay rights history, its protagonists Joseph Epstein and Merle Miller cleanly delineated into baddie and goodie, homophobe and hero, the hero now accorded the laurel of his words published as a Penguin Classic with book-ending praise by author-activist Dan Savage and author-historian Charles Kais Comments (8)

New York Film Festival’s Growing Span

The New York Film Festival used to offer a minimalist presentation of 25 films, with a few small sidebars. While no one would confuse this year’s festival with the hundreds of films on display at the Toronto Film Festival, it’s starting to balloon. Comment

A Queer Bridge for Racial Divides

Can a white person ever truly know what black life and black culture are all about? Is it possible to bridge the complexities that both divide and unite black and white Americans? In a year when the Republicans are waging a thinly veiled racist campaign against America’s first black president — and the institutional gay move Comments (2)

The Bears Take P-Town

The Bears are back! In the charming sequel “BearCity 2: The Proposal,” Roger (Gerald McCullouch) asks his younger boyfriend Ty (Joe Conti) to marry him. They head to Provincetown with their friends, Brent (Stephen Guarino), whose partner Fred (Brian Keane) is looking to film a documentary on bears, Michael (Gregory Gunter), and his partner Carlos (James Martinez). Of course, there are hitches, both com Comment
From the Editor

A Decade in the Gay City

There is no doubt that we’re better off than we were ten years ago. Comment

HIV Testing By City Shows Decline

While the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has been touting HIV testing and treatment for those who test positive as an effective prevention approach, the HIV testing the city has done at DOHMH clinics and paid for at private groups declined by more than 18 percent from the 2011 fiscal year to the 2012 fiscal year. Comment

Gays and the Syrian Revolution

Mahmoud Hassino is a 37-year-old gay Syrian journalist, currently living in Turkey, who manages to frequently return to his homeland to record the uprising against President Bashar Hafez al-Assad. I originally became familiar with Hassino through his Syrian gay travel website,, and met him in person in Damascus in early 2010 Comments (1)
Breaking News

Meningitis Spike Among Gay, Bi Men Leads City to Order Vaccine Doses

While a September 27 alert from New York City’s health department warned of a cluster of four cases of “invasive meningococcal disease” that occurred among the city’s gay and bisexual men in the past four weeks, there have been 12 cases altogether since August of 2010 and four of those men have died. Comments (11)

An Inconvenient Truth 

What’s most remarkable about Henrik Ibsen’s angry, explosive drama “An Enemy of the People” is the uncanny durability of its themes. Written in 1882, the work reveals the hypocrisy of bigwig politicos and moneybags, the stubborn prejudices of a “solid majority,” and how the media can kowtow to s Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

The War on Voters

I got my ass to the polls last week, even though there was only one race to be decided, and had my usual bad luck. For a couple of years, I’d get this one nearly deaf woman that couldn’t understand my name. It wouldn’t have been a big deal, but she was also nuts and every year refused to look at the ID I tried to show her to make things easier. She’d carry on shouting about how I didn’t live in her district until some other worker would notice the brouhaha and intervene. Comment
Love & Marriage

McDonald Declines To Pursue Third Party Bid

Two days after it became clear that Senator Roy McDonald had lost the September 13 Republican primary for reelection, the upstate Saratoga-Rensselaer County incumbent announced he would not pursue an Independence Party bid in the November election. Comments (1)
New York City

Cuban LGBT Dissidents Have Their Say 

Nothing about Cuba is without controversy, even how much the country has advanced on LGBT rights. That was clear on September 15, at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center in Harlem, which hosted the panel “LGBT Lives in Contemporary Cuba.” Comments (1)

The Battle of Versailles 

I’ve been lucky in my lifetime to experience some truly fabulous moments, like working at Studio 54 on its opening night, partying there and at Paradise Garage and other legendary clubs after that; as a kid, seeing the 1973 “Elvis from Hawaii” concert and Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire; and being on hand for Azzedine Alaia’s debut Ameri Comment

On Shifting Ground 

Written in 1911 as the Edwardian era drew to a close, Allan Monkhouse’s drawing room play “Mary Broome” feelingly prefigures the changes that would roil British society between Edward VII’s death the year before and the conclusion of World War I. The story centers on the Timbrell family, whose wealth was made possible by the rise of the middle class. We never quite know what their busi Comment
New York City

Playwright, Filmmaker Arch Brown Dead at 76 

Arch Brown, a supporter of the arts and writer who was of that generation of gay playwrights who first told the community’s authentic stories on Off Broadway stages, died of natural causes on September 3 in his Palm Springs home. He was 76. Comment

Reverend Howard Moody, Trailblazing Judson Pastor, Dies 

The Reverend Howard Moody, who, as pastor of the Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square South from 1956 to 1992, made it the heart and soul of the Village and New York, died September 12 at age 91 from pneumonia and complications from treatment for cancer. Comments (2)

Beltway Bel Canto

Like the Metropolitan Opera, both of Washington’s principal opera companies began their seasons with works from the bel canto repertory. The results were pleasing, though uneven. Comment

Water Works

Since age 11, Jake Gyllenhaal has been relentless in carving out a film career, taking on a range of bold, peculiar roles in films like “Donnie Darko,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Jarhead,” “Proof,” “Zodiac,” and just out this week, “End of Watch.” Comment

Key Evidence Barred in Renato Seabra Murder Trial

The prosecution in the murder trial of Renato Seabra, the accused killer of Carlos Castro, was dealt a blow after the judge hearing the case ruled that a primary prosecution witness cannot testify that Castro told her his relationship with the now 23-year-old Seabra was over. Comments (1)
New York State

Building the Market for LGBT-Owned Business 

As the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY) gathers in Manhattan on October 25 for its third annual Shining Stars awards, leaders from LGBT-owned companies and executives from allied corporate partners will be doing some business as well. Comments (1)

Celebrating a Year Since Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal

In an emotional and patriotic gathering unthinkable just one year ago, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe, the two leading advocacy groups for LGBT military personnel, celebrated the one-year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by honoring retired Admiral Michael Mullen, the former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, and his wife Deborah. Comment
Love & Marriage

Maryland Guv in NYC to Defend Marriage Equality Back Home

Saying that “we are at the 95-yard line,” but also that “we need to be able to show we can win at the ballot box,” Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley spoke optimistically to Gay City News about the prospects for that state’s marriage equality law being affirmed by voters in a refe Comments (2)


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