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New Jersey Same-Sex Marriages to Begin October 21

Refusing the Christie administration’s request to stay Judge Mary Jacobson’s September 27 ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in New Jersey, the State Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Jacobson’s order will go into effect on October 21. Comment

Judge Orders Robert Pinter's Claims Against City to Go to Trial

US District Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled that Robert Pinter, a gay man who claims to have been wrongly arrested in October 2008 and wrongly prosecuted in a scheme by New York City officials t Comments (2)

Sean Patrick Maloney Draws Fire For Budget, Obamacare Votes

In the days leading up to the shutdown of the federal government, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, an upstate New York Democrat, twice voted to keep the government funded and against overturning Obamacare or delaying its implementation. Comments (12)

Remaking Ourselves In Our Own Image

Since 2003, the Queer Zagreb Festival has advocated and promoted queer life and culture in that Croatian city with audacity. It has become a major art festival in Europe, all the while challenging and expanding the parameters of queer artistry. Comment

Daniel Radcliffe and the Secret of Allen Ginsberg

Oh I’ve felt that many times,” Daniel Radcliffe said evenly. “It’s that moment when someone says or does something and it speaks to something in you. It’s when somebody else articulates what you want to be and you see that in them for a second. Moments that give you an instant connection to another person.” Comments (1)

Vague Stirrings

"Rupture the pattern” and “break the law” are ideologies that animate the neophyte Beats — Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) — in the ambitious Comment

John Mitzel: A Remembrance

John Mitzel, the proprietor of Calamus Bookstore — Boston’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender bookstore — died on October 4 in his home in Arlington, Massachusetts. His death was the result of a long series of physical ailments, some related to alcohol and most recently a battle with oral cancer. Comments (13)

The Love and Sex Gore Vidal Dared Not Speak

The difference between Italian boys and American boys,” the great Gore Vidal remarked to Sean Strub over cocktails at La Rondinaia — Vidal’s villa in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast — “is the Italian boys have dirty feet and clean assholes, while American boys have clean feet and dirty assholes.” Comments (40)

Song of Myself

The world is in a state of terminal overshare. Memoirs crowd the book market: recoveries from addiction and abuse to transformations from rich to poor or vice versa, all obstacles traversed. The coming out tales of celebrities and sports stars feature closets inhabited and shaken off, pain endured, lessons learned, and inspiration duly offered. Just as reality Comment

Gays Find a Home at ComicCon

This past weekend, thousands of fans swarmed the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to attend New York City’s ComicCon. The annual convention showcases the latest in comic culture and includes celebrity appearances, panel discussions, and every piece of merchandise imaginable. Comments (1)

A Plague on This House, Too

I am fortune’s fool. I had looked forward to two stagings of “Romeo and Juliet” this season — one on Broadway with Orlando Bloom and another at one of my favorite companies, Classic Stage. A plague on both th Comment

Unprotected Oral Sex Makes Positive Man a Sex Offender

Affirming the felony conviction of an HIV-positive gay man for the crime of “criminal transmission of HIV” even though the man did not transmit the virus to his complaining sexual partner, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled on October 2 that the attorney who represented Nick Rhoades did not fail to provide effective legal assistance when he told the man to plead guilty. Comment


In light of the recent news that Dr. Marjorie Hill is leaving Gay Men’s Health Crisis as its CEO, we want to publicly thank her for her many years of wise and thoughtful leadership in our community. Many of us have worked with Marjorie for many years in different capacities and are inspired by her commitment to excellence, her passion for social justice, her profound dedication to LGBTQ equality and HIV/AIDS work. and her deep compassion. Our community is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Marjorie Hill as the indefatigable leader she is. Comments (8)

Bell Bottom Blues  

Brash, soulful Janis Joplin has been lionized as “The Queen of Rock ’n Roll” and lamented as a blazing comet that flamed out way too soon. This supremely talented, middle-class “white chick singing the blues” shot to fame in the late 1960s and died in 1970 of an unintended heroin overdose. She was only 27 years old. Comment

Dimly Lit But No Less Powerful

Memory is a particular affliction of the human species. It shapes our present, drives us, unsettles us, even haunts us. Memory is the subject of Tennessee Williams’ classic play “The Glass Menagerie,” which has never been so powerfully or poetically examined as in the spel Comment
Susie Day

Post-DOMA Dos and Don’ts For the Single Queer

Now that the Defense of Marriage Act has been repealed and same-sex couples in select states are free to legally marry, homophobia has lost much of its cultural currency. These days, discerning bigots consider it passé to hate homos, bi’s, trannies, or the gender-questioning, as long as they’ve gone to all the trouble of registering their silver patterns at Macy’s. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Indigestible Marriage   

I don't know the exact figure, but approximately a gazillion queers are getting gay married every week in New York. I was at the marriage bureau a couple months ago to watch two friends get hitched, and the usually echoing hall was packed, not with wealthy gay white men cementing their fortunes, but with queers of all colors and ages and genders claiming their new rights. Comment
Guest Perspective

Why the Transgender Community Needs Immigration Reform

Growing up transgender in El Salvador, I lived in fear for my safety and, at times, my life. Neighbors and classmates taunted me relentlessly and beat me up because of my gender identity. When I was 16 years old, I was assaulted and brutally gang-raped by seven men. During the attack, they screamed, “You are a sickening piece of trash, faggot.” They left me unconscious, ready to die. Comments (2)

Claire du Cinema

French director Claire Denis has a new film, “Bastards,” which screened at the New York Film Festival, and I jumped at the chance to interview this provocative, ever-surprising auteur, whose previous work includes the highly lauded “I Can’t Sleep,” “White Material,” and “Friday Night.” “Bastards” is a dark-toned policier, featuring Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroianni, about a murkily po Comment

Facing Carnegie Protest, Putin Backer Gergiev Silent on Anti-Gay Laws  

Protests against allies of Vladimir Putin in New York concert halls moved from the Metropolitan Opera on September 23 to Carnegie Hall on October 10, targeting the same conductor and demanding that the […] Comments (2)

Controversies Continue as CB2 Takes Up Stalled Stonewall Plaque

The Stonewall Inn bar –– the 1969 raid on which sparked the modern LGBT liberation movement –– is on a street renamed Stonewall Place and was made a Comments (1)

Lesbian Co-Parent Claim Precluded By 22-Year-Old Case  

The evil that courts do lives on… Comment

Nevada Supreme Court Gallops Ahead of New York on Co-Parenting    

In a unanimous October 3 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court settled several questions previously unaddressed in state law — finding, first, that a child can have two mothers and, second, that a co-parenting agreement made by two women before the birth of their child conceived through anonymous donor insemination, with one woman providing the egg and the other being the gestational mother, can be enforceable. Comment
Breaking News

Judge Rejects Christie Bid to Delay Order to Begin Gay Marriages October 21

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson has denied a motion by the State of New Jersey to stay her decision ordering the state to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples on October 21. Comment
Breaking News

NYC Tourism Closes Office in Russia over Threat to Gays

NYC & Company, the quasi-governmental agency that promotes tourism to the city from all over the world, is closing its office in Moscow in large part due to the anti-gay laws in Russia that have sparked violence against LGBT people and those perceived to be gay. Comments (2)

What Are You Going to Do Next?

It’s hard to explain how a film as consistently entertaining as “Escape From Tomorrow” could wind up so unsatisfying in the end. One answer is that its prankish sensibility works best in short, sharp jabs –– it accomplishes nothi Comments (1)


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