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Jeanne Manford, Late PFLAG Co-Founder, Honored by Obama

BY PAUL SCHINDLER Jeanne Manford, the Queens mother of two gay sons who co-founded PFLAG –– Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays –– has been named one of 13 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second highest civilian honor. Comments (6)

A Dissenter’s Dissenter

Christopher Felver’s affectionate 2009 documentary “Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder” may be reaching cinemas years late — and after both “Howl,” the 2010 film about Allen Ginsberg, and the recent adaptation of Jack Kerouac’ Comment

Motion is the Message

When Merce Cunningham died in 2009, his company set a new precedent for what happens to a single choreographer company when its founde Comment
Breaking News

Ed Koch: 12 Years as Mayor, A Lifetime in the Closet

Ed Koch, New York’s mayor from 1978 through 1989, a period of enormous change for the LGBT movement, including the beginning and some of the worst years of the AIDS crisis, died on February 1 Comments (83)
Breaking News

Koch Administration Memos Detail Foot-Dragging on AIDS

When Mayor Ed Koch was running in the 1989 Democratic primary, speaking to voters at what is now called the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, he talked about the AIDS epidemic. Comments (7)

Brutus Among the Brutish

The Taviani brothers are two of the last living links to the glory days of Italian neo-realism. Back in 1954, they worked as screenwriters on a film with Cesare Zavattini, the grand theorist of that movement. They wouldn’t be able to direct films themselves until the ‘60 Comment

Appeals Court Finds Right to Inmate Sex Reassignment

A January 28 decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit may be the first by a federal appellate court to hold that an inmate may, under certain circumstances, have a right to gender reassignment surgery as a medically necessary procedure. Comments (2)

From Selma To Stonewall: Joining the Journey, the President Leads

President Barack Obama made gay history in his second inaugural address on January 21. Comments (2)
Elections 2013

Two Gay Men Explain their Beef with Quinn

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is facing opposition from a surprising quarter as she seeks the mayor’s office — gay men who charge the out lesbian has abandoned her progressive roots for political deal-making that advance Comments (17)

NYC Funds Only 40 Percent of Meningitis Vaccine Need

While the New York City’s health department said publicly that it wanted to vaccinate 10,000 gay and bisexual men to stop an outbreak of invasive meningitis, it purchased just 4,000 vaccine doses, according to Comments (1)

Will Supreme Court Rule on DOMA?

When the Supreme Court accepted the petition by the US solicitor general that it take up Edie Windsor’s lawsuit against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it posed two questions that could derail any quick resolution about the 1996 law’s constitutionality. Comments (1)

Prop 8, DOMA Defenders Rely on Federalism

On January 22, attorneys defending California’s Proposition 8 and those defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against constitutional challenges filed briefs on the merits with the United States Supreme Cour Comment

When the Lover-Villains Play It for Lesbloitation

It’s a bit of a spoiler to reveal that Steven Soderbergh’s film “Side Effects” contains a surprise queer twist in which a lesbian couple tries to outwit the law. The reveal, though, is really so “Deathtrap” — and has a more damaging side effect than the film’s underlying “Will they or won& Comment
Susie Day

Zero Dark Thirty: The Woman’s Guide to Success Thru Torture

See the Globe. More than half the seven billion people on the Globe are women. Women are different from men. Why are women different from men? Because, according to international humanitarian agencies, women have special percentages that stick out. See women’s percentages. Comment

A Queerly Engaging Novel

While I want to believe what “Star Trek” taught me, I think space might not really be the final frontier. Sure, there’s this unfathomable depth of infinity to be investigated outside us, but what might be even more complex is the stuff inside — the farthest reaches of our own human identity and all the psychological twists that go along with deciphering that. Comments (1)
From the Editor

Leadership on Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama, on January 29, did what a bipartisan group of US senators failed to do the day before. Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Selma, Seneca Falls, Stonewall

All hail January. The first was not just New Year's Day, but the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation. A couple weeks later, Barack Obama, our first black president, had his second inauguration ceremony on Martin Luther King Day. Comment
Guest Perspective

A Political Journey from Connecticut through Maine to Pennsylvania

For the first time in American history, gay men and women were recognized in a president’s inaugural remarks. Barack Obama did not stop at calling us America’s “brothers and sisters.” Before the world, he referred to the Stonewall Riots and joined the movement that grew out of that event to the origins of the women’s movement at Seneca Falls in 1848 and the march for African-American civil rights that occurred in Selma during the dangerous days of 1965. Stonewall came only a few years after, but that tumultuous early morning rebellion in 1969 took 44 years for a president to recognize so publicly. Comments (3)

Sex and Longing

Director Sam Gold is not big on giving his actors a lot of room — literally, in terms of playing area. In his recent production of “Look Back in Anger” for Roundabout, he Comments (1)

January’s Classical Vocal Scene

The George London Foundation’s duo recitals at the Morgan Library are always worthwhile events; all credit to the Morgan for providing such an aptly intimate space. January 13’s recital featured a welcome local appearance by Anthony Dean Griffey, a superb communicator with phenomenal dict Comment

Rossum’s Romance

Exquisite Emmy Rossum, whom you’ll know from the film of “The Phantom of the Opera” and TV’s “Shameless,” among other things, is debuting her new CD “Sentimental Journey” (Warner Bros.). It’s a lushly produced compendium of iridescent standar Comments (1)


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