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Urvashi Vaid’s Wakeup Call 

I have, for many years, appreciated Urvashi Vaid as the most progressive and liberationist of the institutionalized mainstream gay movement’s prominentii. Now, based on three decades of sterling activism, she has delivered a stinging critique of those institutions that should be must reading for every queer activist and anyone concerned about the nature and direction of those who claim they speak for all of us. Comments (1)

Somewhere, a Place for Us 

Happy Supreme Court news mightily energized San Francisco Pride, already glowing from Frameline’s Film Festival and Shangri-La weather. All that and opera, too! Comment
From the Editor

The Urgency of Uniting the Two Americas

Four years after launching federal litigation against Proposition 8, Chad Griffin, now president of the Human Rights Campaign, has reason to be happy. His hope of settling the question of a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage fell short, for now, but marriage equality has been restored to California and, due to victory in the DOMA case, the US government will now recognize legal ma Comments (2)

Implementing DOMA Repeal Faces Some Hurdles   

With the federal Defense of Ma Comment

Taking Equality Nationwide


Earliest Veterans of Marriage Fight Revel in Victory

On the day she vanquished the Defense of Marriage Act, Edie Windsor, 84, deservedly took international center stage with her attorneys Roberta Kaplan, James Esseks of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Donna Lieberman of the New York Comments (3)

Larry Kramer Still a Spirited, Uncompromising Fighter    

Larry Kramer didn’t hold back when interviewed by Tony Kushner on June 26 at the New-York Historical Society, a group so staid that it honored Henry Kissinger at a gala last year. Asked about the Supreme Court’s Comments (5)

Is Michigan Next?    

A senior federal district court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 has ruled that a Michigan lesbian couple is entitled to a trial on their claim that the state adoption law, forbidding same-sex couples to jointly adopt children, and the Michigan Marriage Amendment, forbidding same-sex marriages, violate their rights under the 14th A Comments (1)

Little Public Knowledge of Post-HIV Exposure Options    

In an April column on Huffington Post, journalist Andrew Miller described taking Kyle, a frie Comments (5)
Guest Perspective

Gay(,) Drunk, Proud

I’ve come out about twice a year since I was 12. Comments (2)
Elections 2013

John Liu Leans Left

While a number of the candi Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Excepting the Anti-Family Jesus

Despite our victories — probably because of them — Pride seems more and more like a kind of queer Thanksgiving, with too much talk about family as we celebrate new gains protecting lesbian and gay ones via marriage, immigration equality, and adoption. While I’m glad for the legal progress, it's worth saying that this kind of family is not the one so many of us tried to reclaim when the movement was more about liberation than equality and we danced on sweaty dance floors to the sounds of Sister Sledge, grateful to have found a community, even a fractured one. Comment

Shocking Star Turns in Search of Story

A Southern-fried turducken of a movie, “Pawn Shop Chronicles” is comprised of three overcooked, intersecting tales. Depending on one’s appetite for excess, this tasteless film will be either delicious or disgusting. Comment

The Magic of Molokai

I missed Gay Pride in New York, but living right on Christopher Street with the hordes on my doorstep — rather than celebrating in Central Park, with space, freedom, and less coralling cops, as we used to in the good old days — gives me Comments (1)

Fresh Fruit Festival is 11 Years Old and Still Fresh

The Fresh Fruit Festival, now in its 11th year celebrating LGBTQ arts and culture, was born out of the collaboration of All Out Arts, a non-profit founded in 1991 Comment

Brother Act

Around midway through Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy,” a group of boys at a boarding school for “strong, ethical black men” belt out the classic spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Mo Comments (2)

Laughing at the Right and Wrong Moments

A director has two choices when casting a man in a female role –– either play it straight and create a realistic character and a commentary on conventional gender roles or go for camp and hilarity. Dan Wackerm Comment

Guns and Roses  

What is it about the image of women with guns that is so alluring? That’s the question that Cathryne Czubek’s enlightening documentary “A Girl & A Gun” asks. Comment

New York LGBT Pride Day: A Photographic Retrospective

The Grand Marshals. Comment

“Oscar” Moment  

From the start we’ve all been very clear that this is not about Oscar as a gay martyr. It’s about Oscar being a great man — honest and bra Comment

Making “Upstanders” Out of Bullying Bystanders   

Less than three years after the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers freshman who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after being humiliated by his roommate who videocast him kissing another man, his parents and brother have created a foundation in his name working to end bullying in schools by fostering climates of mutual respect. Comment

HOT!: 22nd Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture

The HOT! Festival is Dixon Place’s 22nd annual celebration of queer culture in New York City. Dixon Place’s mainstage and cocktail lounge — at 161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets on the Lower East Side Comments (2)


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