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Ugandan President Voices Some Doubts About Anti-Gay Bill With Life Sentences

More than four years after Uganda first began discussing draconian anti-gay legislation — that in its earliest drafts included a death penalty — that nation’s Parliament, acting in unexpected and hurried fashion on December 19, gave final approval to a bill that would mandate life imprisonment for those repeatedly convicted of prohibited sam Comments (3)

The Year in Queer 

With actors in challenging roles and filmmakers crafting provocative drama, comedies, and documentaries, 2013 was another Queer Year for film. Here’s a rundown of the year’s queer films and trends, including the good, better, and best — as well as the worst — of 2013. Comments (6)

The Top Ten and a Very Strong Bench 

Hollywood, indies, documentaries turn in impressive performances in 2013There’s a lot to say about the best films of 2013, so a brief introduction is in order. The strength of documentaries remains astonishing, and this was the best year Comment

2013: Year in Photos

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Utah Not Quite Ready With Its Supreme Court Motion to Halt Weddings

After six days of desperately trying to stop the marriages by same-sex couples authorized on December 20 by US District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby, the Utah Attorney General's Office on December 26 signaled that it is not yet fully prepared to make its arguments for a stay before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Comment
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Appeals Court Decision Not to Halt Marriages Means Gay Christmas in Utah

In a dramatic turn in the Utah marriage equality case, a two-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to grant the State of Utah a sta Comment
From the Editor

The State of Our Movement, The Size of Its Wallet

This is the season for celebrating the holidays and also giving (hopefully at least some) thought to end-of-the-year charitable giving. So it’s appropriate for Gay City News to once again take a look — for the third year in a row — at the National LGBT Movement Report produced by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), an independent think tank that provides research and analysis in the battle for LGBT equality. Comment

Harnessing Familiar Hands to Chart Progressive Course     

When introducing Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, his pick for deputy mayor for health and human services, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio noted she had been a nun for five years and a proponent of liberation theology, a political movement in the Roman C Comments (2)

Ohio, Virginia Courts Weigh In on Marriage Questions  

Even as drama played out in Utah, with same-sex couples scrambling to marry ahead of the state’s desperate efforts to win a stay of a federal court ruling requiring it to issue them licenses, December 23 proved an active day elsewhere for marriage equality litigation — specifically in Virginia and Ohio. Comments (2)

The Trouble With Lenny 

The publication of “The Leonard Bernstein Letters” by Yale University Press is an event of considerable importance — providing insight into both an artistic original and broader cultural themes, as well. What editor Nigel Simeone has assembled in this volume — which includes missives from friends and collaborators, Aaron Copland, Jerome Robbins, Comden and Green among them, as well as from the man himself — reveals far m Comments (3)

It’s Tough Out There

"Fuck you. My time is worth something,” Sam says with a smile before walking off set — quitting his job. The scene is a perfect culmination of the season finale of “Whatever this is.,” the web series that Comment
Nathan Riley

A Canadian Breakthrough on Sex Work Sanctions and Safety

In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has decriminalized prostitution, making that nation the second to go this route. Comments (1)

2013 Aggie Awards Warm Up Winter 

We honor Agnes Moorehead annually with awards in her name for the best live performances of the year because there was no actress more versatile than she. Recent viewings of two of her films confirmed this for me once again — unnecessary as that was. Comments (1)

LeFrak Faces HIV-Positive Renter’s Discrimination Claim   

A federal court judge has ruled that a client of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) has alleged facts, that if proven in a trial, would make the LeFrak Organization, a major New York City realtor, liable for discrimination against people with HIV who are dependent on government support in paying their rent. In a December 13 decision, Judge Denise Cote refused to dismiss the case brought by a plaintiff, identified as L.C., who attempted to rent a unit at the LeFrak City in Queens. Comments (1)

It Would Have Died Hereafter 

Shakespeare as popular entertainment is getting a welcome bit of revival on Broadway at the moment. The magnificently hilarious “Twelfth Night” and the bombastic and unprecedent Comment


December 5, 2013 Comment

Winter Wonders and Discontents  

It’s so nice — and so rare — when much-touted cultural events live up to their hype! This happened November 23 at what I intend to continue calling the New York State Theater, where I delightedly watched one of the pinnacle events of Lincoln Center& Comment
News Briefs

Communities Gather to Forestall Tensions in Wake of Hate Attack

In the two weeks after a gay African-American man was beaten in Williamsburg by a gang of men he described as “Hasidic Jews,” black and Jewish leaders came together twice to denounce violence aimed at any community within the city. Comment
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Federal Judge Nixes Utah Gay Marriage Ban, Weddings Begin

A federal district judge has ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex couples marrying violates a fundamental right guaranteed to them under the 1 Comments (2)
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New Mexico Becomes 17th Marriage Equality State

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violates the State Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Comment

She’s Got Him Under Her Skin

While many have declared that New York’s theater season is top-heavy with Shakespeare, I see a stealth invasion of the jukebox musical. Comment
News Briefs

Obama, Biden, Their Wives Will Skip Russian Olympics

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will not attend the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the White House indicated on December 17 in announcing the official US Presidential Delegation Comments (4)

An Iranian in Paris

In 2011, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi made history with his film “A Separation,” which enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success and became the first Iranian movie ever to win an Oscar. It gross Comment

Every Bit of Love

Of the films made about the dangers of the Internet, the best is Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2001 “Pulse.” It’s also the most elliptical and enigmatic — the hardest to boil down into a cautionary tale for parents. Spike Jonze’s “Her” takes a seemingly ludicrou Comments (1)
News Briefs

Polygamy Ruling Has the Right Crying “Told You So”

A December 13 federal court ruling that invalidated a portion of Utah’s anti-polygamy statute has some on the right crowing that this is what they have been predicting all along about the implications of the marriage equality movement and of the demise of sodomy laws. Comments (5)
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Noting Pope Francis Is “Not Pro-Gay,” Advocate Names Him Person of the Year

Writing that “Pope Francis is still not pro-gay by today's standard,” the Advocate magazine has named the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholic Comments (3)


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