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Haunted by Old Demons

On the first of three different programs in its two-week season at the Joyce Theater, Ballet Hispanico danced three works by Spanish dance makers –– a 1983 work by Nacho Du Comments (2)
News Briefs

Boy Scouts Propose End to Ban On Gay Youth -- But Not Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced on April 19 a proposal to lift its ban on gay youth members. The Associated Press reported, “The Scouts announced Friday that it would submit this proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20.” Comments (1)
Elections 2013

Public Advocate Candidates Acknowledge Office’s Limits, Mostly Agree on LGBT Issues

Early in a debate among four candidates for the Democratic nomination for city public advocate, the contenders had to concede that the office has little power beyond its voice. Comments (1)
Theater

Final Cut

Clifford Odets, the pioneering playwright acclaimed in the 1930s and beyond for his gritty realism, is enjoying a mini-resurgence on Broadway. Earlier this season, Lincoln Center Theater staged a gut-wrenching revival of “Golden Boy,R Comment
Legal

Officer Says Cruiser Extraordinarily Aggressive in 2010 Newark Park Killing

The Essex County sheriff’s officer who shot and killed an unarmed DeFarra Gaymon during a 2010 public sex sting in a Newark park described the 48-year-old Gaymon as aggressive and repeatedly threatening him in a statement that was written three days after the July 16 shooting. Comments (10)
News Briefs

Day of Silence for Anti-Bullying Awareness Protested on the Right

GLSEN –– the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network –– is holding its annual Day of Silence this Saturday, April 20. According to the group’s website, “the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” Comments (3)
News Briefs

Marriage Equality's Imminent Victory Spawns Protest, Violence in France

The French Senate, on April 12, approved a marriage equality bill previously passed by the National Assembly, making only small adjustments to a portion of the bill dealing with adoption rights. According to the Huffington Post, “Because [the Senate] made minor changes… the National Assembly must vote to approve the measure one more time before President François Hollande can sign it into law, which he has promised to do.” Comments (5)
News Briefs

New Zealand Following Uruguay Just Ahead of France on Marriage Equality

A New Zealand bill that would legalize same-sex marriage is due to receive its third and final reading on April 17. NZTV reported, “The bill passed its committee stages with 77 votes to 43 last month and little change was anticipated for the final vote.” Comments (2)
News Briefs

Republicans Reaffirm Anti-Gay Marriage Stance at Spring Meeting

At its annual spring gathering on April 12, the Republican National Committee unanimously reaffirmed its stance on gay marriage and the legal challenges surrounding it currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court. Despite the fact that the meeting took place at a hotel near West Hollywood, the committee’s decisions were strikingly anti-gay. Comment
Music

Dance Theatre of Harlem Comes Home

The premise that Arthur Mitchell –– the first African-American dancer in George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet Company –– strove to establish was that black dancers can do classical ballet as well as white ones. He founded a ballet school in Harlem and shortly thereafter a company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, to prove it. Comment
Guest Perspective

Don’t Put LGBTQ Immigrants Back in the Closet

In recent weeks, two issues have dominated the news: same-sex marriage and immigration reform. Too often, the media and politicians present these topics as separate human rights struggles. In truth, they are intimately linked to one another, and the fight for comprehensive immigration reform offers a critical Comment
Politics

A Kinder, Gentler Dolan?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, asked on two Easter Sunday morning news shows about his message for the LGBT community, sounded open enough that the New York Times headlined its story “Dolan Says Catholic Church Should Be More Welcoming to Gay People.” Comments (10)
Politics

A Brave Push for Empowerment in South Africa 

Where in the world could endemic homophobia be cured — if only briefly — by a game of soccer? One such place is South Africa, a country united by sports and an idyllic post-apartheid Constitution, but divided by social and cultural realities that can seep in with violent force. Something Comments (2)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Queering Democracy In France

Seems like whenever you demand LGBT rights in a democracy, some asshole declares, “It’s a free country. You can do whatever you want inside your home. Why do you have to impose it on me?” Then they call you a fascist and sometimes cap things off with the advice, “Go back where you came from.” Which seems nuts at first, but has a certain twisted logic, since all hate’s drawn from the same poisoned well, and our sense of freedom is related to physical space. Comments (1)
Health

Buoyantly, Urgently, AIDS Memorial Advocates Press for Funds

In an atmosphere of both celebration and anxiety, a capital campaign for the New York City AIDS Memorial was formally launched at a March 27 press conference, with a new rendering of the triangular park — reflecting the design’s latest Comment
Theater

Being Max Steele

Max Steele is a writer, blogger, singer/ songwriter, bandleader, performance artist, ersatz go-go boy, and self-affirmed figure of the New Gay Underground — a kind of folksy Comments (39)
News Briefs

Advocates Agree Schumer Not Getting Job Done on Same-Sex Partner Immigration

In the wake of New York Democrat Chuck Schumer’s April 7 statement that a draft immigration reform bill agreeable to him and the other members of the Senate Gang of Eight will be ready this week, advocates for ending restrictions on Americans in binational same-sex couples having their partners or spouses treated the same as married heterosexual spouses under US law are conceding a setback. Comment
Film

Storied Director Tells Us More

Out French writer and director François Ozon’s diverting new film “In the House” alternates between two stories. One has Germain (Fabrice Luchini), a teacher, mentoring Claude (Ernst Umhauer), a student in his literature class. The other features Claude’s writing, w Comment
Politics

Elite Fifth Avenue Retailers Face Flak for Anti-Gay Ties 

Many people of means have gotten behind the fight for marriage equality in recent years, but likely few of them realize that their purchases of the high-end cosmetics lines Lau Comments (2)
Books

Lesbian Lives and Modernism’s Invention 

Lesbian history is, sadly, too often neglected in the efforts to rediscover and renew our queer pasts, and remains an area of study rich in material yet to be mined. We are reminded of this by a sparkling new triple biography of three now nearly-forgotten women who — in the first half of the last century —helped to shape our culture and redefine possibilities for their gender. Comment
Theater

Hanging On for Dear Life 

Even if you care about the minutiae of the tabloid newspaper business in New York a quarter of a century ago, it will probably still be difficult to rouse any excitement for Nora Ephron’s posthumously produced non-play at the Broadhurst. The reason to see it, as the audience clearly illustrated 10 minutes in when he makes his fi Comments (1)
Legal

Virginia AG Goes to Mat for Unconstitutional Sodomy Law 

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli, turned down on April 9 in his request that the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider and overrule a decision by a three-judge appellate panel that last month found Virginia’s sodomy law to be unconstitutional on its face, may yet seek Supreme Court revie Comments (2)
Health

Unprotected Sex Leads to Aggravated Assault Verdict 

The US Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed the conviction of an HIV-positive airman on charges stemming from group sex activities that he and his wife engaged in during which he did not disclose his sero-status and did not consistently use condoms. Comment
Film

Maverick Filmmaker Victim of His Own Influence

"To the Wonder” is the kind of muddle only a great filmmaker can make. If cinema consisted of images alone, this film would be masterful. Unfortunately, Terrence Malick also supplies two of his characters with clunky voice-overs. As a priest (Javier Bardem) ponders his doubts abo Comment
Nightlife

Montevecchi the Magnificent

"I’m 80 years old and loving every moment of it!” cried Liliane Montevecchi to me in her exquisite leopard skin-lined jewel box of a Sutton Place apartment. “You know, sometimes people say, ‘You cannot tell Comment
Music

Brava, Divas!

Washington National Opera revived “Manon Lescaut” for what proved a very strong role debut by Patricia Racette. Heard March 17, the out soprano, looking lovely and youthful (if not teenag Comment
News Briefs

White House Looks to Identify Harvey Milk Champions of Change

Three-and-a-half years after President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Harvey Milk, the slain San Francisco city supervisor and gay rights activist, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award, the White House is looking to spotlight a group of outstanding LGBT elected and appointed officials to be honored as Harvey Milk Champions of Change. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Majority of US Senate On Board With Marriage Equality

With announcements during the first week of April from Democrats Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Tom Carper of Delaware, and Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois that they now support the right of same-sex couples to marry, 54 members of the US Senate are on record in favor of marriage equality. Comments (3)

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