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Minnesota Enacts Marriage Equality

“Today we have the power, the awesome power to make dreams come true,” said out gay Senator Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, just moments before the Minnesota Legislature concluded its debate on a marriage equality bill on May 13. Later in his speech, he added, "Vote yes for love." Comments (4)
Legal

Two Arrests in Second of Recent Madison Square Garden Area Bashings

Port Authority police made two arrests in a May 10 assault on a gay couple outside a PATH station entrance at 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue. Comments (9)
Health

HIV and Aging Draw Big Crowd at Town Meeting

Hundreds turned out for a town hall meeting on AIDS and aging that was convened in response to the death of a leading member of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. Comments (5)
National

In the Game?

"I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” Comments (2)
Legal

LGBT Advocates Wary as Senate Immigration Mark-Up Begins  

As debate over immigration reform moves center stage in the US Senate — with the Judiciary Committee beginning mark-up this week of a comprehensive bill developed by a bipartisan group dubbed the Gang of Eight — advocates for couples in w Comments (5)
Books

Going for the Silver

At a ceremony April 25 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, the Publishing Triangle Awards, which recognize LGBT writers and writing, celebrated their 25th anniversary. Trent Duffy, the group’s treasurer, recalled that the Publishing Triangle was created when a handful of motivated lesbians and gay men in publishing met in the winter of 1989. "One way to be publicly out there was to give awards," he Comment
Guest Perspective

WTF? Meningitis Message Missing Young Gay Men of Color

I’m a 20-year-old young man of color living on the Lower East Side. I was raised by my mother who is from the Dominican Republic. I’ve worked in retail sales of trendy clothes since I was 17. I am trying to get back to college and I think I want to become a social worker. I like helping people and listening to them and maybe making a difference in their lives. Comments (9)
Film

Hollywood Insiders Spoof Hollywood’s Insides

Is indie film actress Halley Feiffer (“The Squid and the Whale,” and daughter of renowned cartoonist and satirist Jules Feiffer) playing a fictionalized version of herself in “He’s Way More Famous Than You”? Does it matter? This funny, observant, but often cringe-inducing film about celebrity culture — fea Comment
Theater

Papi Dearest

When you go see a play about Cuban hustlers, chances are you expect a certain amount of swarthy macho studs, furtive sex, and self-deception Comments (1)
Health

Glick, Hoylman File Bill to Ban “Conversion Therapy”  

While California’s 2012 first-in-the-nation law to ban therapists from trying to turn gay minors into heterosexuals is being challenged in federal court, Comments (2)
News Briefs

Delaware, Rhode Island Adopt Marriage Equality

Democratic Governor Jack Markell, on May 7, made Delaware the 11th state to allow same-sex couples to marry when he signed legislation the State Senate approved earlier in the day on a 12-9 vote. In her remarks in favor of the bill, Senator Karen Peterson, a Stanton Democrat, came out as a lesbian and told her colleagues, “If my happiness somehow demeans or diminishes your marriage, you need to work on your marriage.” The Delaware House of Representatives passed the bill on April 23 by a 23-18 margin Comments (1)
Theater

Mommie Issues

“Surviving Mommie Dearest,” starring none other than Christina Crawford herself — that’s right, the abused adopted daughter of Hollywood megastar Joan — is billed as “an empowering and inspirational new production,” limited to only five performances Off Broadway, that includes a film documentary about her healing the wo Comments (3)
Theater

Gut Wrenching

In “The Nance,” Douglas Carter Beane’s extraordinary new play set in 1937, during vaudeville’s waning days, creaky-joked, groan-inducing broad theatricality is the background for a heartbreaking tragedy about a man trapped in a sense of himself and his place in the world that put Comment
Politics

Did the Kick Get Anything Started?

In early January of 2012, Ryan James Yezak launched a film project on kickstarter.com, the crowdfunding websit Comments (5)
Legal

Legal Advocates Voice Concerns About ENDA Religious Carve-Outs  

While the introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in Congress in late April was greeted with cheers by many, four legal groups said that the bill’s religious exemption was an invitation to some employers to discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Comments (1)
Books

A Breathtaking Catalog of Integrity and Insight

Queers of all colors, styles, and status owe an enormous debt to Martin Duberman. Anyone who doubts that would likely learn otherwise from “The Martin Duberman Reader: The Essential Historical, Biographical, and Autobiographical Writings,” just published last week by The New Press. Comments (1)
Film

Mayhem Missing a Message

British director Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers” is a pitch-black comedy about obnoxious people killing other obnoxious people in a world of kitsch. With only three films to his name — though he has several projects in the works — Wheatley has already built up a small cult follow Comment
Health

Big Win for Lesbian Parents in Iowa   

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on May 3 that a state law providing that the husband of a married woman who gives birth to a child is the presumptive father is unconstitutional to the extent that it doesn’t provide the same presumption of parentage for married lesbian couples. Comment
Film

When Promise Runs Off the Track

What Richard Did” asks viewers to wait on tenterhooks for the rich, handsome title character (the excellent Jack Reynor), to commit a crime that forever changes his life. The second half of this absorbing Irish chamber drama shows how Richard, a teen who is in his final sum Comment
Legal

Fed Employee Grievance Ruling Dings DOMA, Oregon Marriage Ban

A federal appeals court judge, hearing a grievance case brought by a US public defender, has ruled she is entitled to coverage for her same-sex spouse under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Comment
Nightlife

Baranski’s Timing

I have been enslaved by the comic talent of Christine Baranski ever since seeing her in John Guare’s brilliant classic R Comment
Nathan Riley

Mayor’s Race Gets More Complicated, But Advantage is Still Quinn's

Chris Quinn remains the frontrunner in the race for mayor, but she is not likely to be win the Democratic nomination flat out in the September 10 primary election. The City Council speaker’s leg up among her party’s field has been narrowing, but she had enjoyed such a large lead that this was not unexpected. The hope that she can get the 40 percent needed in the primary to avoid a runoff two weeks later is fading. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Mothers' Day and the Queer Kitchen

One of the few times I've been back to Kentucky in the last zillion years, my mother offered to make lunch if I came over. The menu turned out to be frozen pizza and brownies made from a mix, and for that I was truly grateful. The woman's a rotten cook. Mostly because she hates to. And why not? It's a helluva lotta work and absolutely poisonous in social terms. Comment
Film

A Disappearing World’s Splendor and Ugliness

Why has Wang Bing, one of the most important Chinese directors of his generation, received so little attention in the US? Anthology Film Archives has played all three of his documentaries, but even they haven’t been able to show hi Comment
Music

Wagner All Over

Richard Wagner's bicentennial, celebrated by the Met with Francois Girard's splendid new “Parsifal” and Robert Lepage's misconceived “Ring” — an achievement as empty as Otto Schenk's kitschy realism, and less popular — also spurred ambitions elsewhere. Comment

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