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First Defense Expert Lays Out Insanity Claim in Renato Seabra Murder Trial

Testifying for the defense in the trial of Renato Seabra, the accused killer of Carlos Castro, a psychologist told jurors that Seabra was driven to murder Castro in part by their three-month-long sexual relationship. Comments (1)

Second Circuit Ruling Against DOMA Hastens Final Reckoning at Supreme Court

A panel of the Manhattan-based US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on October 18 that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars federal government recognition for same-sex marriages, violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection Comments (9)

Detective Pressed Hard on Renato Seabra's Statement in Carlos Castro Killing

Testifying for the prosecution in the trial of Renato Seabra, the accused killer of Carlos Castro, a homicide detective told the jury that the defendant never said he was acting on instructions from God when he killed Castro in a Manhattan hotel room in 2011. Comments (4)

Sean Maloney, Incumbent Nan Hayworth Spar, Draw Sharp Contrasts in Upstate House Debate

Sean Patrick Maloney, an out gay attorney, faced off against Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth in a spirited October 15 debate –– one with unmistakable echoes of the presidential race –– at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Comment

Squadron, Gottfried Hosting Trans Rights Forum October 24

The Legislature’s lead sponsors of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, both Manhattan Democrats, will hold a public forum on the challenges facing transgender New Yorkers. Comment

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, NY Sen. Chuck Schumer, Nathan Schaefer Debut Highlight ESPA Dinner

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The annual fall dinner of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) saw a passionate plea from Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick for the LGBT community to join other progressives in “common cause” for social and economic justice, a muscular advocacy for continued progress on gay rights from New York’s senior US senator, Chuck Schumer, also a Democrat, and the first public appearance by Nathan Schaefer since his appointment as the group’s new executive director. Comment

This Month, Fight For Marriage Equality

Four weeks from today, voters in four states will go to the polls to cast their ballots on referendums involving the right of same-sex couples to marry. In Maryland and Washington, our friends are trying to hold off efforts to repeal marriage equality laws approved earlier this year by their legisl Comment

In The Soup

In “Through the Yellow Hour,” playwright Adam Rapp returns to familiar territory for him, a dystopian future in which the ideology of a few has won out over reason and compassion and where suffering and battle are the daily lot of those choosing to resist. Rapp’s angry lyricism, noirish imagery — he also directed — and willingness to shock Comment

THE MEANING OF 186 SPRING

186 Spring Street, an historic site of great importance to the LGBT community is now being demolished (“Spring Street Gay History Site Denied Landmark Status,” by Duncan Osborne, Aug. 29-Sep. 11). If the Stonewall riots were the LGBT community’s Boston Tea Party, then 186 Spring Street may well have been its Independence Hall. Our city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has never landmarked a site due to its connection to LGBT history and here they had a perfect, high-profile opportunity to start making up for this. Comments (1)

Queens Pride House Celebrates 15 Years

Queens Pride House, an LGBT community center serving what is widely regarded as the most ethnically and racially diverse county in the United States, celebrated its 15 anniversary at Novo, a Jackson Heights restaurant, on September 27. Providing health support, education and referral programs, youth training, and cultural and social events, Pride House serves roughly 6,000 clients. . Comments (1)

Elixir without Sparkle or Magic

The Metropolitan Opera opened its 2012-13 season on September 24 with a new production of Donizetti’s opera buffa“L’Elisir d’Amore,” rather light fare for such an important occasion. Peter Gelb felt the combination of superstar diva Anna Netrebko and his preferred direc Comment

Napolitano to Issue Written LGBT Immigration Protections

The letter, a response to a July 31 inquiry from dozens of House Democrats, comes more than 13 months after DHS indicated i Comment

Rachelle, Tituss, and Antonio

Rachelle Rak, the ultimate Broadway gypsy in a plethora of shows, ironically emerged as the star of a movie in which she played a definite loser. “Every Little Step,” about the making of the 2006 revival of “A Chorus Line,” devastatingly showed Rak losing the perfect-for-her role of Sheila — though, as she said, “I would never mark in an auditio Comments (1)

Anti-Violence Project Recognizes Courage

The New York City Anti-Violence Project, which combats violence and domestic abuse aimed at the LGBT and AIDS-affected communities, held its 16th annual Courage Awards at Studio 450 on West 31st Street on September 27. An agency headed by Sharon Stapel with a budget less than $3 million dollars and a full-time staff of 23, AVP fielded more than 2,600 hotlin Comment

An Unfortunate Discounting of Harry Hay’s Contributions

"Radically Gay: The Life and Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay,” a conference sponsored by CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) held September 27-30, ended on a surprising note. Delivering the closing address, John D’Emilio, a University of Illinois/ Chicago history professor who has written extensively on the early homophile movement, trumpeted Bayard Rustin, the gay civi Comments (1)

When Blocking Integration, Ferreting Out Gays Went Hand in Hand

BY DOUG IRELAND | Florida is once again a key state in deciding the presidential election and also among the states where conservatives have recently put in place racist laws designed to suppress the […] Comment

Paul Feinman Named First Gay Man on NYS Appellate Division

Paul G. Feinman, who served on the Civil Court of the City of New York from 1998 through 2007 and as a justice on the State Supreme Court in New York County since January 2008, has been appointed to the Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department, which is based in Manhattan. Comments (6)

Ambitious Facelift Planned for LGBT Community Center

Nearly a dozen years after New York’s LGBT Community Center completed a major renovation that required it to vacate the space for more than two years, it is poised for a significant facelift that will allow the facility to remain open but should produce dramatic results at its conclusion. Comments (2)

No Word Yet on DOMA, Prop 8 Supreme Court Petitions, As Other Appeals Rejected

The US Supreme Court’s fall 2012 term, which began on October 1, may go down in history for the largest number of important decisions on LGBT issues, but the court’s first actions were to clear the decks by denying review in two pending cases of gay interest — Nati Comments (2)

Donald Suggs is Dead at 51

BY TROY MASTERS | Donald Suggs, who spent a lifetime engaged in progressive causes, died of a heart attack on October 7 at the age of 51. Comments (2)

Bettye Lane, Top Photographer of Social Movements, Dies

Bettye Lane, a news photographer with a keen eye for the average people who organized mass actions to stop the Viet Nam War and liberate women and LGBT people, died September 19, her birthday. A longtime resident of the Westbeth artists’ complex in Greenwich Village, she was 82. Comments (1)

Reasonable Men

A Couple of days before the presidential debate, I was running an errand uptown when I crossed 57th Street and saw a small horde of media with TV cameras and digital recorders. In the center was an older, red-faced white guy who was holding something up and talking about it in a voice that was mild-mannered and reasonable. When I got closer, I saw that his prize was a jar with a bobble-headed Obama planted in what looked like shit. Comment

We Are Family

Writer/ director Jonathan Lisecki’s “Gayby” is one of the funniest comedies — queer or otherwise — this year. Expanded from his fabulous short of the same name, the story has Jenn (Jenn Harris), a yoga instructor, asking her gay best friend Matt (Matthew Wilkas), a comic book store clerk recovering from a bad break-up, to impregnate her. Comment

Fighting For Love, Falling Short: Behind the Scenes in Maine's '09 Marriage Fight

With marriage equality on the ballot, in one form or another, in four states this November — Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington — “Question One,” a new documentary about the pitched battle over a 2009 referendum that overturned Maine’s marriage equality la Comment

Judge's Ruling Complicates Renato Seabra's Defense in Carlos Castro Murder

The Manhattan district attorney got a boost in its case against Renato Seabra, the accused killer of Carlos Castro, after the judge in the case partially reversed himself and ruled that a primary prosecution witness could tell jurors that Castro told her he was going to end his relationship with Seabra. Comment

No NY Action on Banning Anti-Gay "Cure" for Kids

California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law a first-in-the-nation ban on inflicting “reparative therapy” on minors to try to turn them from gay to straight, calling the practice “quackery.” Comments (2)

Edmund White Featured October 12 in Psychoanalytic 'Conversation'

As part of its “Conversations With…” series, the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (NYPSI) plays host on October 12 to gay novelist, critic, and biographer Edmund White. Comment

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