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Praying for Your Job

Three years ago, shortly after enactment of New York’s marriage equality law, I had the opportunity for a one-on-one interview with Governor Andrew Cuomo about the hands-on role he played in the fateful final days leading up to that measure’s approval by the Republican-controlled Senate. Comments (3)
Breaking News

HRC, Other Advocates Regroup on ENDA

In a stunning about-face, the Human Rights Campaign, the chief LGBT lobbying group pushing the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Capitol Hill, announced on July 9 that it would seek “a narrowed religious exemption” compared to the one contained in the version of the bill approved by the Senate last year. Since it is doubtful ENDA will get a vote in the Republican-led House this year, the bill’s rewriting will likely happen ear Comments (1)
Breaking News

Pride March Highlighted ENDA Concerns HRC Could Not Duck    

Ten days before the Human Rights Campaign shifted course and spoke out against the broad religious exemption in the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — the federal LGBT job rights bill — it was clear the provision was in trouble. The city’s June 29 LGBT Pride March evidenced clear and growing opposition among both activists and New York’s elected officials, including members of the US House of Representatives who could decide ENDA’s fate, even if not this year. The measure passed the US Senate last year but is stalled in the Republican-controlled House. Comments (1)

Fierce Farce

When an edgy, offbeat play transfers to Off Broadway, it’s easy to imagine the work has sprung from some fringy stage in the bowels of downtown Manhattan — or perhaps Bushwick. But “Drop Dead Perfect,” a madcap romp that manages t Comments (1)

Communication and Connection 

NewFest, the city’s LGBT film festival, runs July 24-29 and showcases New York premieres of many worthwhile LGBT films. In this issue and the next, Gay City News highlights some of the standouts from the schedule of screenings. Comment

Imperishable Vamps

The mesmerizing world of film noir offers the perfect dark, cool respite from summer’s heat and, starting July 18, Film Forum presents “Femmes Noir” (209 W. Houston St., through Aug. 7, It’s a comprehensive run-down of titles featu Comments (1)
New York City

The Sun Shines Again on Pride Day

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO AND MICHAEL LUONGO | Even though this year’s LGBT Pride March, marking the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, lacked the triumphalism of last year’s victories over the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, participants and spectators were in a buoyant and boisterous Comments (2)

Seeking a Dog’s Life

Closed Curtain” opens and closes with lengthy, mostly static shots of barred doors. That’s fitting for a filmmaker — Iranian director Jafar Panahi — living under house arrest and officially banned fro Comment
New York City

The Dyke March at 22

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | The 22nd New York City Dyke March stepped off from Bryant Park late in the afternoon on Saturday, June 28, headed south to Washington Square Park. The annual show of lesbian […] Comment
New York City

A Decade of Trans Justice Demands

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On Friday, June 27, the Audre Lorde Project held its 10th anniversary Trans Day of Action, bringing together trans and gender non-conforming people of color and allies to […] Comments (1)

Pride Week Opera 

San Francisco Opera presented three works during its summer season, smartly timed to overlap with Pride Day and Frameline’s Film Festival. Volunteering duties Comment

Growing Up in Real Time

The late French critic Serge Daney praised Eric Rohmer’s “The Green Ray” by saying its greatness lay in the way it created a unique sense of duration. The same is true of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” I’ve never seen a film paced quite the same way. Comment

Strike Up the Bland

One wouldn’t think that rapper and poet Tupac Shakur and the Beach Boys had much in common — at least until now. What they share — as of this month — are jukebox musicals based on their work that take their game-changing art and reduce it to a predictable show that does the music no favors. You’ve probably Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Blasting Past the Dyke March

A couple of Saturday mornings ago, I was sitting in a Toronto café watching the news when its World Pride rundown included a blurb on the Dyke March. They actually said it on TV: “Dyke.” And no buildings collapsed or fire rained down from the sky, though it was pretty hot. Comments (2)
Media Circus

Don’t You Play Me Le Jazz, Nat, Baby

You couldn’t pay me enough to sit through “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,” a new documentary about the anti-gay jazz critic and First Amendment twister Nat Hentoff. Two articles in the New York Times provided more than enough nausea to suffice; the film itself, which recently debuted in New York at the IFC Center, would have caused internal bleeding. Comment

East River Idylls   

Long Island City in southwestern Queens — running from the East River and Newtown Creek to Broadway and east to roughly 51 Street and Hobart Street — is home to some 70,000 residents, according to the Long Island City Partnership. Sometimes referred to as Hunters Point, the neighborhood is transforming itself big time — due in no small measure to take-your-brea Comments (3)

At Pride Event, Mayor Touts Progress, First Lady Celebrates Lesbian Roots

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, haven’t yet moved into Gracie Mansion, but they used the official mayoral home to play hosts to a diverse crowd of hundreds of LGBT New Yorkers and allies celebra Comments (1)

US Ambassador to United Nation Marks Stonewall’s 45th Anniversary

The US Mission to the United Nations marked the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion with a forum on June 26 at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, h Comment
New York City

Rally Opens Pride Weekend With Eclectic Line-Up

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | For the second year in a row, the NYC Pride Rally was held at Pier 26 on the Hudson River in Tribeca. The event this year, held Friday evening, June 27, included a wide array of activists and entertainers, including actress and activist Laverne Cox (Netflix's "Orange is the New Black"), who was one of the Pride March grand marshals on June 29 and was introduced by Susan Sarandon, Cox's fellow grand marshal Rea Carey, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, singer Demi Lovato, who appeared at the Pier Dance two nights later, Iraq war veteran, author, and activist Rob Smith ("Closets, Combat, and Coming Out"), and entertainer Sharon Needles. Comments (4)
New York City

My First Pride Weekend in New York    

Armed with a small coffee as I walked up to a Bushwick warehouse on June 27, I was ready to start my Pride Weekend — my first in New York — at the radical queer party RIOT! Maneuvering between a U-Haul truck and a fence, I could feel the heat spewing out of the entrance that lay feet in front of me. It was going to be a hot weekend in the city. Comment

Singaporean Sex Workers’ Advocate Meets US Counterparts    

On June 16, Vanessa Ho, who works on behalf of sex workers’ rights in Singapore, was among 11 advocates for sexual minorities who arrived in Washington under the auspices of the State Department for a three-week tour of the US. The advocates, who traveled as well to New York and two other cities, were here as part of a human rights and gender identity project of the department’s International Vis Comment
Guest Perspective

City Must Catch Up on Right to Alter Birth Certificate Gender Marker

The five boroughs of New York City are now in the awkward position of falling behind upstate Chemung and Greene Counties when it comes to transgender rights. The good news is that the New York State Health Department’s new regulations allow residents to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without having to give proof of gender reassignment surgery or hormonal treatments. The bad news is that that Title 24 of the Rules of New York City has not kept pace with these reforms. Comments (1)

Iowa Supreme Court Catches Up With HIV Science

In a triumph for science and common sense, the Iowa Supreme Court, in a June 13 ruling, reinterpreted that state’s HIV exposure statute to bring it into line with current scientific evidence about transmission. The court’s decision vacated the conviction of Nick Rhoades, who was originally sentenced to up to 25 years in prison because he hadn’t disclosed his HIV status to a partner before engaging in sex. Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

Governor Cuomo Makes History by Committing New York State to Ending AIDS

A COMMUNITY LETTER | On Sunday, June 29, coinciding with New York City Gay Pride, Governor Andrew Cuomo made history by committing New York State to ending AIDS as an epidemic by 2020. Comment

As Cuomo Endorses Plan to End AIDS, Evidence Shows Wider PrEP Use

New York’s state health department is estimating that in the first five months of this year more than 3,000 people Comments (1)

At the Movies

Based on the late Roger Ebert’s memoir, “Life Itself” traces the life and work of one of America’s most famous film critics. The film, on which produ Comment
News Briefs

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

Amidst the shocked reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling –– which opens up the possibility of religious exemptions being used as corporate get-out-of-jail free cards regarding employee nondiscrimination protections –– there was a less-noticed bit of good news on the last day of the h Comments (2)
Breaking News

High Court Says For-Profit Corporations Can Claim Religious Exemptions

In a decision with the potential to open up wide gaps in nondiscrimination protections for sexual minorities, the Supreme Court has ruled that a family-owned corporation could claim an exemption from complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of the owners’ religious objections to funding certain forms of contraception. Comments (1)


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