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Elections 2013

At LGBT Forum, Mayoral Rivals Hit Quinn on Sick Leave, Term Extension

The conventional wisdom is that Christine Quinn has the queer vote sewn up in the Democratic primary for mayor, but the crowd of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters at a March 20 debate let the City Council speaker know that they disapprove of some of her decisions. Comments (14)
Legal

Panel on Police Abuses Highlights Obstacles to Reform

A discussion among some leading critics of New York City’s police department showcased the extent to which reforming that agency may be very difficult to achieve. Comments (1)
Politics

Pro-Israel Gay Group Hosts LGBT Center Gathering

Following a two-hour event at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Arthur Slepian, the founder and executive director of A Wider Bridge, explained why he thought it was important to bring a pro-Israel perspective to the queer community. Comments (5)
Nightlife

Gifts from Down Under

Helen Reddy was undoubtedly one of the major voices of the 1970s, with her rapid-succession top-selling hits constantly playing on the radio and seeping under our skin. She’s making a long overdue return to New York at B.B. King on March 23 and 24 and took time off from touring Comments (1)
Music

America’s Dancemaker Keeps On Keeping On

Paul Taylor’s second spring season at Lincoln Center offers the usual abundance of dances by the 20th century master. Having moved from its former stage, City Center, to the grander Koch Theater, the company looks entirely at home. Taylor is perhaps the last remaining mid-c Comment
Elections 2013

Dogged by 2009 Campaign Fundraising Probe, Liu Hangs Tough, Announces Mayoral Bid

Pledging to be the mayor not “of the one percent, but of the 100 percent,” John Liu, the city comptroller since 2010, officially announced his candidacy to succeed Michael Bloomberg. Comments (10)
News Briefs

Portman, Hillary on Board, Marriage Equality Support Hits 58 Percent in US

A new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post shows that 58 percent of registered voters now support the right of same-sex couples to marry –– a record level. As recently as 2010, support stood at just 47 percent, and in 2004, months after gay marriage began in Massachusetts, the same poll found that only 32 percent of Americans supported the issue. Comment
News Briefs

Maloney First House Member Off Bench in Mayor's Race -- For Quinn

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has snagged the only few labor union endorsements made so far in this year’s mayoral race, has also won the first congressional nod from the New York City delegation – that of East Side Representative Carolyn Maloney. Comment
Breaking News

Pope Francis 'Inflammatory' in Opposition to LGBT Rights

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was elected Pope Francis I on March 13 despite his failure to stop the progressive government of President Cristina Kirchner from opening marriage to same-sex couples — the f Comments (39)
From the Editor

High Noon at the High Court

By the time the next issue of Gay City News hits the streets on March 27, the US Supreme Court will be concluding two days of oral arguments on the two marriage equality cases it accepted for review in the current term. Comment
Elections 2013

New City Council Lines Dilute LGBT Voting Power

Imagine if over time, that difference grew to 20 percent, or even 30 percent. Comments (1)
Elections 2013

Chris Quinn Formally Enters Race for Mayor

Standing across the street from the Catholic church in Inwood where her parents married and her immigrant grandfather’s funeral was held, City Counci Comments (16)
Legal

Inclusion the ‘Rage’ in Queens, But St. Pat’s Discriminates Elsewhere

The St. Pat’s for All Parade through Sunnyside and Woodside, Queens brought together Irish and non-Irish, gay and straight, young and old, Democrat and Republican, and Catholic and Muslim — not to mention a long line of Brownie troops — in the 14th edition of this “inc Comment
Politics

Sarah Schulman Reads from ‘Israel/ Palestine’ at Center

Roughly two years after the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center banned groups that “organize around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA) hosted author Sarah Schulman at the West Village building for a re Comments (2)
Health

Bailey House Marks 30 Years, Fêtes AIDS Pioneers

Bailey House, which during the mid-1980s established the nation’s first scatter-site housing and congregate care housing for people living with HIV/ AIDS, marks its 30th anniversary Comment
Elections 2013

Liu Charges Ed Dept Fails in Tracking Bullying

The city’s Department of Education (DOE) is not adequately tracking and responding to bias incidents in New York City’s roughly 1,700 public schools, according to an audit released by John Liu, the city’s comptroller. Comment
Film

Arab Gangs of London

Writer and director Sally El Hosaini deftly intertwines Comments (11)
Theater

Stonewall Stories

The Stonewall riots have been the stuff of legend since the aggrieved patrons –– gays, lesbians, transgender, and some in drag –– fought back against cops during a routine raid on a sweltering night in June of 1969. Comment
Music

Luminous Out Soprano Returns with Mozart

The last time proudly out soprano Christine Brandes spoke to Gay City News was in April 2004. Bay Area critic Jason Victor Serinus profiled the dynamic, bright, quirky, and dark-silver-voiced Brandes as she readied her favorite role — Susanna in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro&# Comment
Theater

A Fine Romance

The intimacy of the theater at CSC is a surprising and powerful setting for the outsized emotions of Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion,” now getting a glorious staging under the direction of John Doyle. Performed on a largely bare stage, Doyle’s focus is the interaction between the characters and the various forms that love and passi Comment
Film

When Brutality is an Entitlement

The prison drama “K-11” gets its name from the LGBT unit of the Los Angeles county jail — “a sanctuary for broken toys” cracks one character. This is where Raymond Saxx, Jr. (Goran Visnjic), a straight man, finds himself incarcerated after being accused of homici Comment
Books

Sarah Schulman Uncensored

Sarah Schulman’s new book, “Israel/ Palestine and the Queer International,” is a book that some Very Important People don’t want you to read. To their shame, that group ranges from the leadership of New York’s LGBT Community Center, which banned Schulman from reading from her book and answering questions about it, to the openly gay trade union leader Stuart Appelbaum, president of t Comments (4)
Nightlife

Ed Watts, Soaring

At an early rehearsal for the new Encores! production of “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane… It’s Superman,” composer Charles Strouse had a huge smile on his face listening to his rarely revived score. Afterwards, he enthused to the leading man, “What a wonderful voice! Where have you been?” Comments (1)
Music

Grand Operas

It was exciting to hear one of Donizetti’s final operas, 1840’s “La Favorite,” in the language and Comment
Film

Celebrity Ubiquitous and Unexamined

Italian director Matteo Garrone’s “Reality” has a few lessons to impart about reality TV and its impact on Italian culture. Never mind that these were served up with more force a few years ago in the documentary “Videocracy.” Comment
Letters

THE CENTER SHIFTS GEARS

Thank you for putting forth some rational and well-argued insights (“LGBT Community Center: A Bad Policy Ended Badly,” by Paul Schindler, Feb. 27-Mar. 12). You have shed much needed “light” rather than “heat” on what quickly became an explosive and divisive issue in our community. I look forward to hearing Sarah Schulman speak and reading her book too. Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

The Secret of Power

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn finally tossed her hat in the ring and came out as a candidate for New York's top job. It's a big deal. She'd be the first female mayor, not to mention the first dyke, in Gracie Mansion. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Senate Confirms Third Lesbian Federal Judge — All in New York

Pamela Ki Mai Chen, confirmed by the US Senate on March 4 as a federal judge in the Brooklyn-based Eastern District of New York, is the second Chinese-American woman and the third out lesbian to assume a lifetime seat on the judiciary. Comments (1)

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