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Gay Cuban-American’s Take on New Obama Policy      

President Barack Obama’s recent re-opening of formal diplomatic relations with Cuba has spawned praise and scorn –– and renewed interest by LGBT advocates in the island nation’s human rights record. Comments (2)


I was surprised when Corey Johnson introduced Jeffrey Le Francois at our Community Board 4 general meeting last Monday because I too assumed R.J. Jordan was already settled in as chief of staff (“In Johnson’s Council Office, Le Francois In, Jordan Out,” by Lincoln Anderson, Jan. 8). It looks as though everyone is happy with the change and, therefore, so am I. R.J. did a really great job and I will miss him. Comment


I attended the World AIDS Day Breakfast and I spoke with Commissioner Farley in regards to his plans for HIV/AIDS ("AIDS Activists Demand New Health Commissioner," by Duncan Osborne, Jan. 8). He mentioned he was going to unveil a campaign which would be resourceful to anyone seeking info on the how, when, what, where to get services. I agree with my colleagues Gina Quattrochi and Charles King that we need someone who’s going to address this epidemic in NYC as well as the future of HIV/ AIDS. Comment

A Scorekeeper Who Knew the Game Well    

Late in his book “Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival,” Sean Strub describes a dinner party he attended in 1992 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. After a servant took his coat, Strub joined “several men already enjoying drinks; they were older and, I deduced, probably conservative and possibly closeted.” Comment
From the Editor

A New Mayor and Great Expectations

When Bill de Blasio stood on the steps of City Hall January 1 to be sworn in as New York’s 109th mayor, nothing in the inaugural ceremony suggested a hint of retreat from the progressive themes his campaign raised. That’s encouraging, but the proving ground will likely be the next six months as the new mayor completes his appointments and develops his first budget. Comments (4)

Living, Working, and Always Looking 

HBO premieres its new gay-themed series “Looking” on Sunday, January 19. The show is a half-hour dramedy based on the lives of gay friends and lovers and is set in current-day San Francisco. The cable network has given t Comment

AIDS Activists Demand New Health Commissioner    

Some AIDS groups are openly calling for Mayor Bill de Blasio to replace Thomas Farley, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), with someone who is willing to use current technologies and tools to respond to the AIDS epidemic. Comments (6)
News Briefs

In Johnson's Council Office, Le Francois In, Jordan Out

In a surprising turn of events, two days after taking office as the new city councilman for the Third District, Corey Johnson named Jeffrey LeFrancois as his chief of staff. It had previously been widely thought that R.J. Comments (1)

Betrayal and its Consequences

“Truth.” | LEFT OF CENTER ENTERTAINMENT " src="" width="412" height="252" /> Sean Paul Lockhart and Rob Moretti in Moretti’s Comment

Lawsuit Demands City Shelter All Homeless Youth    

A class action lawsuit filed December 30 in federal court aims to compel the City of New York to provide youth shelter and services to any homeless youth aged 16 to 20 who seeks such assistance. The complaint, filed on behalf of nine youths who have experienced extended homelessness in the city, cites evidence that New York provides only 253 youth shelter beds for a population of homeless youth that numbers 3,800 on an average night. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Through One Dyke’s Eyes: “Blue is the Warmest Color”

If I hadn’t already admired Abdellatif Kechiche’s films, I might not have gone to see “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” Based on the graphic novel in French by Julie Maroh, the film is the coming of age and coming out story of Comment
Guest Perspective

With New Mayor on Board, Time For Governor to Lead on AIDS Housing

After his 12 years in office, I feel I almost don’t remember any mayor other than Michael Bloomberg. And in my memory, he will always be the billionaire mayor whose polices almost left me homeless. Comment

High Stakes in .Gay Top Level Domain Ownership Battle

In a move that may impact queer businesses and groups around the globe, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) may soon decide whether .gay, a top level domain, will be controlled by a business that buys and sells domain names or by community groups organized through the efforts of a for-profit company. Comments (11)

Court OKs Gay Dad’s Co-Parent Adoption with Straight Mom    

There’s a subtext — not anywhere stated — to an adoption ruling by New York County Surrogate Court Judge Rita Mella decided on December 27 and since published in the New York Law Journal. Comments (1)
Susie Day

Lynne Stewart Is Out — Should Queers Care?

Lynne Stewart is out of prison. Lynne Stewart, the defense attorney convicted of providing material support for terrorism and given a 10-year sentence by the feds. Suffering from metastasizing breast cancer, which doctors say will kill her within 18 months, Lynne was given compassionate release by the Bureau of Prisons after thousands of supporte Comment

Was the Mohawk Really the Problem and Was It Really a Mohawk?    

Is a Mohawk haircut so “extreme” that an airline would be justified in not allowing a male flight attendant to work if he reported for duty groomed that way? Comment

The Perfect Holiday Carol 

A Christmas angel blessed my holiday season in the form of Carol Lawrence, who — first of all — gave a delightfully strong, touching perfo Comments (1)

Nothing New — For Better and Worse

I never could much abide the songs of Burt Bacharach. They’ve always evoked soporific television variety shows from my youth not to mention my parents’ easy listening phase. “Promises Promises,” particularly in the recent revival, left me cold. Comment


I fully support James W. Lister in seeking assistance so as not to pay more than 30 percent of his income in rent (“With New Mayor on Board, Time for Governor to Lead on AIDS Housing,” Jan. 8). Mr. Lister has had AIDS for several years, is disabled and living on a limited fixed income, and clearly needs help. However, he weakens his case and likelihood of success, after saying that he speaks for 10,000 New Yorkers with AIDS, by then insisting that all persons who have acquired the HIV virus, whether or not having the AIDS disease, whether or not disabled, should get the same benefit. This grab for public funds for pers Comment
Breaking News

Supreme Court Blocks Utah Marriages Pending Appeal

On the morning of January 6, the US Supreme Court, in a brief order, issued a stay blocking enforcement of the December 20 ruling by US District Judge Robert Shelby giving same-sex couples in Utah the right to marry. The State of Utah is Comment
News Briefs

No Bad Blood Between Williams and Mendez?

There may be — at least publicly — no hard feelings after out lesbian City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez blasted her colleague Jumaane Williams for his stance against marriage equality and abortion rights during his recent unsuccessful bid to become the next Council speaker. The two briefly shared the stage on January 5 at the inauguration cerem Comment
Breaking News

Upstate NY Town Clerk Continues Granting Only Opposite-Sex Marriage Licenses

A New York town clerk who in 2011 said she would no longer sign any marriage licenses because her religious beliefs barred her from signing them for same-sex couples violated her pledge when she signed marriage licenses for two heterosexual couples in 2012. Comments (12)

New Year’s Eve 1899, 2013, and Moments In Between

Under the Gelb administration, the Metropolitan Opera has employed its New Year’s Eve Gala as a vehicle to unveil new productions. To ring in 2014, the Met relied on a tradit Comment


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