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Marathon Arguments in Sixth Circuit Marriage Appeals

On August 6, a three-j Comment

Risky Business

Have you ever walked out of a Broadway show scratching your head and muttering, “I paid over a hundred bucks for this?” Sure, plenty are sensational, but others are so polished, pandering, or just plain ill-conceived they seem more about recouping mega investments than actually communicating inspired ideas in fresh ways. Comment
New York City

Defender of David Tyree’s Hiring Has “Partnership” with Giants    

A leading defender of the New Giants employing David Tyree, a former football player with an anti-gay history, has a partnership with the football team and has had a relationship with the National Football League (NFL) for more than a year. Comment

How All the Presidents' Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

Each of the last eight presidents has appointed at least one judge who has ruled on questions of marriage equality. The chart below shows how judges appointed by each of them have decided issues including the right to marry, state recognition of out-of-state marriages, federal recognition of legally valid marriages (in challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act), and California’s Proposition 8. Comments (2)

Rikers Jail to Open Transgender Unit    

Rikers Island, the scandal-plagued New York City jail much in the news these days for reports of violence against inmates, is trying to make some progress in its treatment of transgender inmates with the opening this fall of a dedicated transgender uni Comments (2)

Defendant in Hate Assault Claimed “Homosexuals” Followed Him   

A 32-year-old Manhattan man arrested on charges of felony assault as a hate crime called 911 as he was “fleeing the scene” of the alleged attack to claim “that a group of homosexuals was following him,” according to the criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Comment
Media Circus

Hot PrEP Seeks Same for BB

Back in the day, meaning the 1980s, New York magazine could always be counted on to produce sloppy, embarrassingly uneducated, heartless, but fortunately blessedly few articles about AIDS and its effects on gay men. The editor-in-chief at the time, Edward Kosner, was much more interested in the inane “Mr. Peepers” society column thrown up by his wife than in the horrifying tragedy engulfing our community. A staff member once told me that the copy for one of the worst articles New York ran about AIDS contained no statistics whatsoever; the writer simply inserted blank spaces where the numbers should have been and left the research to the fact checkers. Comments (8)

For Your Consideration   

Portuguese director Joaquim Pinto’s documentary “What Now? Remind Me” speaks for itself: “We talk about lives, about experiences.” These words come from his recollection of Comment
Guest Perspective

The Enduring Community Excelsior Bar Forged in Brooklyn

When I studied abroad in Florence, my straight peers would frequent a number of bars that catered mostly to straight American crowds. For my fellow LGBT classmates and me, however, there was only one option in town: YAG (yes, gay spelled backward). It was quaint and cozy, and it was Comments (1)

Leave Nothing Behind

The gay Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses, who died at age 79 in 2010, is the subject of a fascinating documentary, “Fifi Howls From Happiness.” The film is named after one of Mohasses’ paintings — arguably his favorite, one he carried to many exhibitions. Most of his work, he explains in the film, has been destroyed. Comment

In Other Marriage News

In the frantic pace of marriage equality litigation nationwide, other key developments are. Comment

A Preston Sturges Gem from the Attic

No one wrote women better than Preston Sturges. Comment

Lesbian Co-Parent’s Custody Denied, Child Left in Foster Care    

A Nassau County Family Court judge has ruled that despite New York’s 2011 marriage equality law, a lesbian co-parent cannot claim parental rights for a child born prior to her marriage to the birth mother. Comments (3)

Short and Shorter

Unevenness is inherent in any evening of short plays, but among the six pieces that make up the Summer Shorts series at 59E59, there are two plays and four performances that are not to be missed. “Napole Comments (1)

Operatic Game-Changers

Throughout the 19th century, opera composers strived to break away from the “number opera” format — a series of separate musical pieces in conventional forms interspersed with recitative or dialogue that move Comment
News Briefs

Council Continues Push on Hepatitis Awareness, Testing, Treatment

Three City Council members who have focused particular attention on the risks of hepatitis B and C joined city health officials and leading healthcare providers in marking the start of New York’s first Hepatitis B Awareness Week. The July 21 gathering on the steps of City Hall included Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson, an out gay councilman from Manhattan’s West Side, Councilwoman Marga Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Gender Anxiety and the Joys of Swimming in France

A decade or two ago, I was a member of the 14th Street Y. Trouble would start as soon as I’d step into the locker room and a couple of little old ladies would be sure to scream, “This is the Women’s.” I’d consider flashing my tits for a moment, but usually just mumbled “Fuck off” under my breath and let them work it out among themselves. Comments (2)

Where an Elevated Spine is the Cherry on Top 

Intertwined neighborhoods stretching from Gansevoort Street to 34th and from Broadway to the Hudson River, the Meatpacking District, the Highline, and Chelsea are among Manhattan’s most sought after residential locales. The Meatpacking District runs roughly from Horatio Street west of Eighth Avenue north to West 16th. Within that clus Comment

Some Enchanted Evening

Pines Party 2014, with a “South Pacific” theme, enjoyed the favor of mid-summer beach weather for an all-night bash that raised funds for the Ston Comment

Essex County Settles With Family of Man Killed in Newark Sex Sting

The family of a Georgia man who was shot and killed by an Essex County deputy sheriff during a 2010 sex sting in a Newark park settled their civil rights lawsuit against the county and the sheriff’s office for $1.5 million. Comments (3)
Breaking News

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia's Marriage Ban

A three-judge panel of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, has declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Comments (2)

A Second Florida Trial Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

Just a week after one trial judge ruled that Florida’s constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, a second judge there has come to the same conclusion. Comment


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