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Chai Feldblum, Lesbian Attorney, Wins Second Term at EEOC   

The nomination of Chai Feldblum, an out lesbian attorney and legal scholar, to a second term on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was approved in a 54-41 Senate vote on December 12. Comments (2)
Elections 2013

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

Despite a mushrooming of candidate debates around town, the race for City Council speaker is limited to just 51 voters. But that’s not to say that this year’s seven announced candidates have suddenly decided to open up to a wider constituency an exclusive prerogative councilmembers previously guarded jealously. In fact, individual members have often enjoyed little leeway in casting their vote for speaker. Comments (2)

World AIDS Day 2013

An event by Our Youth - NYC in recognition of World AIDS Day remembers those that have passed and aims to encourage gay youth to continue the fight against HIV/ AIDS. St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St., btwn. Seventh Ave. & Bleecker St. 8-10 p.m. Call 212-242-5737 Comment
Elections 2013

Talking Transition, Not Talking Money     

At the start of a town hall meeting held in the Talking Transition tent at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street, Glennda Testone told the roughly 50 people who turned out why they were gathered there. Comments (2)

New York Promoters of Russian Investment on the Run  

In the face of protests on November 18 by Queer Nation and others opposed to investment in Russia due to that nation’s new anti-gay laws, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) scaled back its annual marking of Russia Day. A separa Comment
From the Editor

That Sad Thanksgiving

I was just days shy of nine years old that Thanksgiving Day. Much later I read Melville’s line about the “damp, drizzly November in my soul,” but Thanksgiving’s almost always carved out a warm place in my heart. A long weekend. None of Christmas’ ups and downs. And as I’ve grown older, I’ve always been able to find family. Comments (3)

Brutal Violence, Yet Restraint Too 

This may be a perverse statement, but Spike Lee’s talents might have thrived under the discipline of the classical Hollywood studio system. Of course, racism would have kept him outside their gates were he an adult in the 1950s or ‘60s — the first studio film directed by an African-American was made in 1970 — and making a film Comment

Power In Spite of It All 

I saw her in the flesh for the first time at the gay museum downtown, this short, blonde, confident woman reading parts of her memoir aloud and sucking down impressive amounts of water as if she still had muddy roots — and an urgent need to stay hydrated or crumble to dust. Comment
Guest Perspective

For Investment Planning, Year-End Is a Deadline     

As the year-end approaches, LGBT people, whether single, in domestic partnerships, or married, will want to focus on their investment planning and on the implications for their tax filings next April. Important issues merit your attention before 2013 draws to a close. Relationship status matters, and the follow checklists for November and December cover important considerations — though, of course, they are not the be all and end all. Comments (4)

Bona Fide Bard 

In recent months, New York has produced a head-scratching array of shaken-up Shakespeare. A “Macbeth” set in an insane asylum featuring a single actor playing every role. A hunky Romeo in torn jeans riding a motorcycle. A “Julius Caesar” Comment

Making Chances Pay Off

There was a time when the big three were Whitney, Celine, and Mariah. Prior to the days of Rihanna, Miley, and auto-tune, these big-voiced divas owned the charts at a time when radio had room for big voices. Comment
News Briefs

For Center Women's Event, Orange was the New Lavender

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Punsters might be forgiven for saying that the LGBT Community Center’s 16th annual Women’s Event, held November 23 at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown, was all about bustin’ out. Comment

Greatest American Film Actress 

Although she is not as celebrated and written about as her contemporaries Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis, a very strong case could be made for Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990), far more versatile than Comments (3)

US Panel Rules Domestic Partnerships Equal to Marriage     

An administrative panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a former federal court employee in Oregon is entitled to compensation for the cost of providing health insurance for her same-sex domestic partner. The federal government’s refusal to recognize Oregon domestic partnerships in providing health benefits, the panel found, violates the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, as well as the Oregon district court’s non-discrimination policy. Comment
News Briefs

Gravely Ill Illinois Lesbian Allowed to Marry

Despite the fact that Illinois’ marriage equality law, signed last week by Governor Pat Quinn, does not go into effect until next June 1, a federal district judge on November 25 ordered Cook County Clerk David Orr in Chicago to issue a marriage license to Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert now. Comment

Three Centuries of Voice 

October 24 proved a happy night at the Metropolitan Opera: a performance of Bellini’s mighty “Norma” in which all four leads belonged on the great stage. Ho Comment

Arkansas Reverses Gay Dad’s Visitation Restrictions    

A sharply divided Arkansas Supreme Court voted 4-3 to reverse a circuit court’s requirement that a gay dad’s same-sex partner not be present when he has overnight visits from his youngest son. Comment

For the Birds 

Whatever kind of academic exercise playwright Sharr White is up to in the new play “The Snow Geese,” now being staged by MTC, the result is dull, even tedious, saved from disaster only by the talents of Broadway stalwarts Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, and Victoria Clark. Comment
News Briefs

“Boys” Church Is Disappearing

With so much change coming to the Hell’s Kitchen area, many development projects that involve conversions or demolitions of buildings come before Community Board 4, the advisory group with jurisdiction over much of the West Side from 14th Street to 59th Street. Comment
News Briefs

Queens Marks Transgender Day of Remembrace

The Queens Pride House, on November 21, held an event to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which provided members of the transgender community and allies with an opportunity to discuss the causes of violence against transgender people as well as possible ways to address such violence. The discussion was facilitated by Pauline Park, president of the Pride House board of Comment
News Briefs

Would-Be Speakers Set to Meet Progressive Caucus, Johnson Sidesteps Question on Williams

The City Council’s Progressive Caucus — nearly half of whom have not yet taken office — will convene on Sunday, November 24 to interview the candidates for speaker. Comments (1)

Bros Before Homos

I’m guessing that “Small Engine Repair,” the stunning nail-biter depicting the doomed reunion of three former best buds, now playing Off Broadway at the Lucille Lortel The Comments (1)

An Odyssey’s Payoff Too Long Delayed

Dame Judi Dench plays the title role in “Philomena,” a film “inspired by true events” about a working-class Irish woman who was sent to a convent as a pregnant teen. There, her child is taken away from her and adopted by an American couple. Now, 50 years later, Philomena enlists the aid of Martin Comment
Guest Perspective

It is Time to End Anti-Transgender Violence

The 15th Transgender Day of Remembrance provides an opportunity to reflect on the many transgender people whose lives have been cut short by brutal violence simply for living as their true selves, including Harlem resident Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old African-American transgender woman who was viciously attacked in August by an assailant who shouted anti-LGBT slurs at her and Comments (1)
Breaking News

Case Against Suspect in Islan Nettles Slaying Dismissed 

Three months after Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman, died as the result of a brutal beating in Harlem, the only person charged in the slaying saw his case dismissed. Comments (1)

Felony Charge Nixed in HIV Exposure Case

A unanimous five-judge New York appeals court panel has rejected the argument that an HIV-positive man should face felony charges, carrying a mandatory minimum prison term, for exposing another person to the virus by failing to disclose his serostatus before having unprotected sex. Comments (3)
News Briefs

Who's Who Hits Terminal 5

In an evening hosted by stage and TV star Michael Urie (“Buyer and Cellar”), Out magazine held its 19th annual OUT100 gala on November 14 at Terminal 5 on the West Side. The event, which coincided with the magazine’s November 19 newsstand release of its guide to the “most compelling people of the year,” featured musical performances by gay country music star Steve Grand, along with Charli XCX Comment


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