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Former NFL Chief Honors Kluwe, Ayanbadejo at PFLAG

Paul Tagliabue, the former commissioner of the National Football League, presented Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo with the evening’s honors at the fifth annual Straight for Equality Gala, hosted by PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) National, in Manhattan on April 4. Comment

Flat Footed

“Sex shouldn’t be comfy,” chides a drag queen in “Kinky Boots” after inspecting a pair of dowdy boots with a sensible block heel that a clueless shoemaker crafted for her. “Comfy is what’s putting you out of business.” Comments (1)

Sophomore Surrealism

"Upstream Color” defies so many of the rules of conventional filmmaking that it’s a challenge to write about. It falls halfway between standard narrative work and the completely non-narrative avant-garde. Comment

We All Love to Watch

"Simon Killer” is a fascinating, slow-burn character study. Simon (Brady Corbet), an American student who studies the connections between the eye and the brain, heads to Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend. He is lonely, horny, and lost, and director Antonio Campos follows him closely — o Comment
News Briefs

Ruben Diaz Now Supports Gay Marriage –– Jr., That Is

Ruben Diaz, Jr., the Bronx borough president and son of State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., has voiced his support for marriage equality. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Time Declares Victory For Us

The twin April 8 Time magazine covers –– one with two women in a slightly open-mouthed kiss, the other with two men in a tamer smooch –– may test Middle America’s appetite for gay public displays of affection. The cover essay will likely prove more ho hum for most. It reflects, after all, the evolving attitudes of Americans. Comments (1)
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Limbaugh, O'Reilly Hoist White Flag on Their Idea of Marriage

In a stark testament to Time magazine’s assertion that the battle for marriage equality is “already won,” two media figures on the right showed signs of throwing in the towel as the Supreme Court took up the issue. Both Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh are now making the argument that the sort of conservatism they champion is losing out in the face of changing public opinion and the arrival of the issue at the nation’s highest court. Comment
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Dan Choi Found Guilty in 2010 White House Arrest

After nearly two and a half years of trials in different courts, gay rights activist Dan Choi was found guilty for “failing to obey the order of a law enforcement agent,” according to Metro Weekly, a Washington LGBT newspaper. Comment
Elections 2013

Surrounded by Labor Leaders, Quinn Announces Sick Leave Compromise

Scarcely a week after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told an audience of hundreds at Comments (31)

A Miraculous Tension Between Classical and Modern

In its two week Joyce Theater season, through April 7, the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company marks its 30th year with two programs that include works from 1977 to the present. Comment

Skimpy “Breakfast”

Back in 1966, producer David Merrick famously pulled the plug on a Broadway musical version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” after just four previews. Not even the stella Comment

In Abrupt Shift, Quinn Agrees to Move on Paid Sick Leave

Little more than a week after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told an audience of hundreds at an LGBT Democratic mayoral forum that she was not in favor of moving forward now on pending paid sick leave legislation Comments (7)

Supreme Court Arguments Suggest DOMA May Be Doomed

The Supreme Court, on March 27, heard oral arguments in Edith (“Edie”) Schlain Windsor’s suit challenging the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of marriages by same-sex couples. Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

No Clear Majority on Merits Evident During Prop 8 Arguments

On the tenth anniversary of oral arguments in Lawrence v. Texas, the historic 2003 ruling that struck down laws Comments (5)
From the Editor

The LGBT Community Meets the Mayoral Candidates

The five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for mayor spent 90 minutes with hundreds of members of our community last week, and the results were encouraging for those hoping to move critical LGBT needs to the top of the city’s agenda in the next four years. Comments (2)

Officials Now Voice Alarm Over Meningitis 

After saying for several months that it has the resources to address a meningitis outbreak among gay men in New York City, a seni Comments (3)

Redemption for a Recovering Politician

While some disgraced politicians such as heterosexual adulterer Mark Sanford in South Carolina can’t stay out of the politica Comment

Immigration Reformers Keep Up Pressure on Senate 

As the Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight struggles to put together a legislative Comment

Danish Dance Exalts the Ordinary

One remarkable thing about the Dansk Danse Teater (Danish Dance Theatre), directed since 2001 by British-born Tim Rushton, is that only one of the troupe’s dozen dancers is actually Danish — and she’s of African descent. Denmark’s most widely acclaimed contemporary dance Comment

Can Pope Francis Forestall the Vatican’s Irrelevance?

During my years of covering Buenos Aires and living there, I have photographed an equal number of Christmas Eve Midnight Masses held at Catedral Metropolitana, the city’s main Catholic church, and Gay Pride marches, which step off Comments (3)

Should We Forgive Bill Clinton?

So now, Bill Clinton told us this month in an opinion piece for the Washington Post, he’s against the Defense of Marriage Act he signed Comments (6)

Elmo Puppeteer Accusers Use Novel Legal Theory 

Three of the four men who have sued puppeteer Kevin Clash are using a legal theory that asserts their cases should proceed despite the statute of limitations having run out because they only recently realized they were harmed by the sexual encounters they allege they had with Clash when they were underage. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Same-Sex Marriage Cases Are No Roe V. Wade

In an op-ed piece masquerading as fact, the New York Times on Sunday declared that the "Shadow of Roe v. Wade Looms Over Ruling on Gay Marriage." According to Times legal correspondent Adam Liptak, any positive marriage equality decision handed down by the US Supreme Court will face the same endless legal slog, misery, and sustained opposition as the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. Comments (1)
Nathan Riley

Compassion and a Mayoral Campaign that Could Put a Crimp In It

With a Democratic mayor, New York City’s government would be more compassionate than the business-like regime of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Just how far this sympathy should extend caused the biggest division among the candidates at the March 20 LGBT mayoral forum at Baruch College. Comment
Guest Perspective

The Trouble With Christine Quinn

I attended the mayoral forum sponsored by the New York’s five LGBT Democratic clubs and Gay City News, and the newspaper’s editor, Paul Schindler, who moderated, asked rather difficult questions of the panel. Christine Quinn, the current speaker of the City Council, positioned herself as the least progressive of the candidates. It was not a pretty sight. Comments (2)

GMHC Fêtes Joy Tomchin

In a lavish dinner gala dubbed “Savor,” featuring a four-course dinner served up by renowned chefs, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis paid tribute to Joy A. Tomchin, a former board president who was the producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “How to Comment

Songs of Sex and Madness

New York City Opera’s recent winter season at BAM showed a company rising like a phoenix from its own ashes. While its old productions were broken up and auctioned off as souvenirs, George SteelR Comments (1)

Fairytales and Movie Magic

The reverence that many gay men of a certain age have for Lesley Ann Warren’s eternal hold on the role of Cinderella led to collective gasping and pearl clutching upon the announcement that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical would “updated” by Douglas Carter Beane. Many of the distraught no Comment


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