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Black Magic

Can you imagine following in your mother’s footsteps as a singer when that mother happens to be Diana Ross? Well, her daughter, Rhonda, is doing just that and making quite a swell name for herself with a lovely voice that truly swings (there’s a hint of her Mom’s famed huskiness), some serious songwriting chops, a CD “Rhonda Ros Comments (5)
Guest Perspective

New York City on $12 a Day?

Imagine if you had to live in New York City on $12 a day. What could you do without? Comments (3)

Gay Men Claim Police Violence, Anti-Gay Slur, False Arrest in Brooklyn

At a June 11 press conference outside One Police Plaza downtown, members of the City Council, LGBT advocates, and Comments (14)
Breaking News

Council Members, Advocates Press Legislature on Condoms

New York City has the nation’s largest HIV/ AIDS population, and no responsible public health official would ever advise against carrying condoms. Comments (3)
News Briefs

Lesbian Earns Major General Rank in Air Force Reserve

With her promotion to major general, the Air Force Reserve’s Patricia “Trish” Rose became the highest ranking out lesbian or gay member of the US military. Comments (3)
Elections 2013

Some Mayoral Candidates Mute After Right-Wing Anti-Gay Rant

Speaking at a forum sponsored by Orthodox Jewish groups, two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor made no comment after a minor contender in the race said the gay community was trying to ban circumcision. Comments (13)

The Weeks Wind Down for GENDA, AIDS Rent Relief  

With the State Legislature expected to end its 2013 session in less than three weeks, two long-stalled measures affecting the LGBT community face, at best, uncertain Comments (3)
From the Editor

Speak to Us, Governor

There can be little doubt that for marriage equality in New York State in 2011, Andrew Cuomo was the indispensable man. Comments (3)

Unbowed in Uganda 

An inspiring documentary about LGBT activists in Uganda, “Call Me Kuchu” opens with friends celebrating a gay couple’s ninth anniversary. In this country where homosex Comments (7)

Safeguarding Brave Hearts 

The annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival consistently presents amazing films from around the world that demonstrate the struggle for human rights and equality in all its varied forms. The d Comment

A Silver Evening for the Lammies

The themes of longevity and change certainly seemed to be on the minds of those who attended the 25th anniversary Lambda Literary Awards held on June 3 at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in the East Village. Comments (3)

A Magic Purple Pen

The playwright and screenwriter Douglas Carter Beane looooooves Keen’s Steakhouse, that relic of old New York on West 36th Street in Midtown. Founded as a gentlemen’s smoking club when the theater district was just migrating Squares up from Union to Herald, but not yet Times, Beane is right at home at Keen’s, nestled in with walls covered Comment

Acknowledging the Grief AIDS Still Holds  

For Alan Klein, a breaking point of sorts came last December with the death of longtime AIDS activist Spencer Cox due to complications related to the virus. The same was true for many others who fought alongside Cox and Klein in ACT UP during the late 1980s and into the ‘90s. Comments (7)
Elections 2013

Quinn Consultation With Jewish Group on Center Palestinian Policy Bared

The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC) may have played a role in crafting a statement issued earlier this year by gay and lesbian elected officials that voiced approval of the LGBT Community Center’s new space rental policy while excoriating opponents of Israeli government policies on Palestine. Comments (4)

Meningitis Budget Line Zeroed Out for 2014  

Though it recently increased the population of gay and bisexual men who should get vaccinated for meningitis from 10,000 to between 30,000 and 100,000, New York City’s health department zeroed out its budget for responding to the meningitis outbreak for the next fiscal year. Comments (4)

AIDS' Early Years Remembered at New-York Historical

"The past is neither dead nor past," said Louise Mirrer, the president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, paraphrasing the character Gavin Stevens in the William Faulkner novel "Requiem for a Nun.” "We see its effects everywhere." Comments (1)

Council, Anti-Violence Agency Announce Self-Defense Push  

At the June 2, Queens LGBT Pride Parade, elected officials, including State Senator Brad Hoylman, Comptroller John Liu, and Councilmembers Letitia James, Daniel Dromm, Christine Quinn, and Jimmy Van […] Comments (3)

Florida Appeals Panels Disagree If Gay Sex is “Intercourse”  

Does “sexual intercourse” — as the term is used in provisions of Florida law that make it a crime for a person who knows he is infected with HIV to engage in it without disclosing this fact — include anal or oral intercourse between men? Two Florida District Courts of Appeal disagree on this question, and on May 31, the Fifth District certified the question to the State Supreme Court for resolution. Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

On Being an Aunt

I spent a couple of days last week hanging out in a hospital room and watching the dreck that passes for children's programming — like that Disney movie “Mars Needs Moms.” It's pretty much naked propaganda for the Mom, Dad, kid nuclear family. Comment

Confidentiality Ordered for Licensing of Transgender Professional  

One rarely discussed side effect of gender transition is the difficulty a transgender person may encounter while trying to continue their professional career after obtaining legal recognition of their new gender. Comment
Nathan Riley

All the World’s A Stage

Homeless LGBT youth, for all the challenges they face, are beginning to organize as never before, in recent years learning about lobbying for the services and housing they need by dramatizing their plight and enlisting allies in their cause. Comment

The Russians are Coming

Tolstoy has provided the inspiration for what is easily the most exciting new musical of the season. “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” takes one 200-page section of “War and Peace” and creates a spellbinding story of manne Comment

Met Season Ends 

May 6 saw the last performance — for the season, some rumors said the last ever — of the Met’s Machine-dominated “Die Walküre.” The Robert Lepage production’s first act seemed less wrong-headed an Comment

Pride Month Debuts In Queens

The Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary with a march along 37th Avenue and a multicultural festival featuring stage entertainment. Traditionally the first big gathering during Pride Month in New York City, the event began in the wake of tragedy — the 1991 murder of Julio Rivera, a Jackson Heights gay man. Rallying as a community in response to the crime, activists took steps that 18 months later resulted in the borough’s first Comments (1)

Lady And the Tramp 2

Five years ago, husband and wife Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs packed their bags and moved to Minneapolis, and they haven’t been seen round these parts since. Now, thanks to the efforts of curator Nicky Paraiso at La MaMa, the two McKnight Fellows bring their unique brand of lovable, mad, Beckettian dancey-dan Comment

Desperate Housewife

In the 2002 movie “Far From Heaven,” writer-director Todd Haynes relied on the sumptuous, supercharged visual style of Douglas Sirk to heighten the emotional power of a marriage in crisi Comment


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