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Elections 2012

Task Force Concerned about Hagel at Defense Department, Citing LGBT, Women’s, People of Color Record  

President Barack Obama is widely reported to be leaning toward former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, a two-term Republican, to be his next secretary of defense, succeeding Leon Panetta, despite Hagel’s record of voting against LGBT rights, women’s reproductive rights, and issues of concern to people of color. Comments (6)
Elections 2012

It’s Official: Corey versus Yetta in Race to Succeed Quinn

Seven months after Corey Johnson, the chair of Community Board 4 in Chelsea, officially announced his aim to succeed Speaker Christine Quinn in the City Council’s District 3 seat, Yetta Kurland stepped up to say she too would contest the seat in 2013. Comments (17)

When Love Is Released 

Based on a true story, “Any Day Now” has a plot that may sound like it belongs in a saccharine TV movie-of-the-week, but it proves to be a remarkably affecting film about a gay couple in 1979 Los Angeles involved in a custody battle. Rudy (Alan Cumming) is a drag queen who meets, mates, and then quickly moves in with Paul (Garret Dillahunt), a closeted lawy Comment

Newlywed Gay Glamour, Supporting LGBT Youth Share Stage on “Bare” Opening Night

A new production of “Bare,” a rock musical that attracted a cult following in earlier incarnations, opened at the New World Stages on December 9, with a splashy afterparty at the Out Hotel on West 42nd Street. Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

Supreme Court Takes Marriage Cases, But Leaves Itself an Out

The Supreme Court announced on December 7 that it would review the Ninth Circuit's Proposition 8 ruling and Comments (7)

Nathan Schaefer's Agenda

Eighteen months after New York joined an elite group of states that have legalized marriage equality and less than 30 days after what he called “a very exciting election,” Nathan Schaefer faces a path that in critical respects is largely uncharted as he assumes the leadership of the Empire State Pride Agenda ( Comments (1)

All the Right Moves Brought to ‘Bare’

"Bare,” the topical, edgy rock musical about two Catholic boarding school dudes in love, has had well over 100 productions since it premiered in LA in 2000, amassing a rabid cult following. And now it’s back in New York in a vibrant, retooled version playing at The New World Stages. Comment

City Steps Up Meningitis Alert Amidst Callen-Lorde Criticism 

Citing new meningitis cases among gay and bisexual men in addition to the 12 it reported on September 27, New York City’s health department expanded the target population for its meningitis vaccine campaign in a November 29 announcement. Comments (2)

Seabra Defense Experts Spun Variation on ‘Gay Panic’ Argument

In his closing statement in the murder trial of Renato Seabra, David Touger told a Manhattan jury that “Renato got caught in a situation he couldn’t handle and it drove him crazy.” Comments (4)
Love & Marriage

Gus Archilla, Marriage Equality Fighter Into His 90s, Dies

Gus Archilla, who was partnered with his husband Elmer Lokkins for 58 years before the couple was able to legally marry in Canada in 2003, died on November 26, ten days before his 97th birthday. Comments (2)

Out of the Darkness –– World AIDS Day, 2012

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO/ REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Activists marked December 1, World AIDS Day, in Manhattan with a vigil and march that began at Trinity Lutheran Church on West 100th Street and proceeded by candlelight to Advent Lutheran Church and Broadway United Church of Comment
Guest Perspective

The AP Notwithstanding, Homophobia is Sadly Alive and Well

The Associated Press just changed its famous Stylebook for its reporters to ban future use of the word “homophobia.” Writers have been told to replace the word with more “neutral language” — with words that don’t ascribe any motive or state of mind, even to those who persecute gays. This is a major mis Comments (20)
From the Editor

This Christmas, Support Our Community

Last year at this time, our cover story at Gay City News was titled “How Do We Move the 97 Percent?” Comment
Love & Marriage

US Court Rejects Nevada Same-Sex Marriage Suit

Lambda Legal’s suit on behalf of eight same-sex couples in Nevada seeking the right to marry or to have their existing marriages recognized there suffered a setback on November 26, when US District Judge Robert C. Jones concluded the state had a rational basis for maintaining a distinction between domestic partnerships and marriage. Lambda promptly announced it would file an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Ugandan Parliament Debates ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill

The Ugandan Parliament, reconvening on December 4 after a heated controversy over a petroleum exploration and development bill led to its week-long suspension, is widely expected to soon take up a controversial measure, under consideration for the past several years, that would make homosexual acts punishable by death under certain circumstances. Comments (2)
News Briefs

Immigration Equality Praises House Hispanic Caucus

When the Hispanic Congressional Caucus announced on November 28 the principles that will guide it as it seeks a major reform of immigration law next year, Immigration Equality, which works to ensure equality for LGBT couples in which one partner is not an American citizen, was quick to offer praise. Comment

Leung Power

Although he’s still so very young, I consider Telly Leung already a Broadway veteran for all the considerable pleasure he’s given me over the years, with his soulful, honeyed tenor and dazzling energy. He really emerged a star last year in the revival of “Godspell,” and now has a new CD out, “I’ll Cover You” (Yellow Sound Lab). Like the title says, it’s a collection of gorgeously arranged covers, all of whic Comment


The Met’s third performance of Thomas Adès’ 2004 “Tempest” took place in extraordinary conditions: New York City, including the opera house, had been virtually closed for two days after the most destructive local storm since 1938, with the most flooding since 1821. Millions of people remained in darkness and the crucial subway sys Comment
Nathan Riley

Taking On the New Jim Crow

Drug policy reform will play a bigger role in American politics during President Barack Obama’s second term, and it behooves our leaders in Washington, DC, and elsewhere to welcome this shift. Comments (3)
Susie Day

The Virgin Rebirth, A Public Service Annunciation 

Dear Women of Western Culture, Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

The Elephant in the Room

I was at this party the other day, when the people I'd sat down with decided I'd become inconvenient. They wanted to invite this other girl to go out with them, but not me, so what to do? Being awkward or just assholes, their solution was to suddenly ignore me. Pretend like I'd ceased to exist while they talked about dressing up as vampires or something and the reaction they got in bars. Comment

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The United States has never had Britain’s Christmas pantomime tradition, but the lure of holiday lucre and the strong tourist crush in New York this time of year have driven producers to turn Christmas stories into musicals in ever increasing numbers. We’ve seen “White Christmas,” “Elf,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Comment


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