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Gay Seniors Win Fight to Keep Room of their Own at Center 

For the second time in two years, older gay people who have had a kind of clubhouse for 30 years at the LGBT Community Center had to mount a campaign to retain their SAGE Room turf in Greenwich Village as the Center reconfigures and seeks greater control over its space following major renovations. After an outcry from the SAGE members, an agreement was reached between SAGE –– Services and Advocacy for Comments (9)

Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

A meningitis outbreak among New York City gay and bisexual men that was ostensibly ended in February of 2013 appears to have returned with the September 5 announcement by the city’s health department of related meningitis cases out of Brooklyn and Queens among three HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Comments (1)


I am deeply disappointed at the horrible sexism of Paul Schindler’s editorial “Hillary’s Not Our Mom, And She’s Not Judy Garland” (Sep. 2-17). The article did not mention any of Clinton’s work in office either as New York’s senator or in the State Department regarding LGBT or HIV issues. No mention of her being the first American leader to elevate “gay rights are human rights” to the international stage. No mention that while the president and other areas of the White House dragged their feet on LGBT equality, the State Department under Clinton was the first to institute strong protections fo Comments (1)

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban   

A federal appeals court has decisively rejected a constitutional challenge to a New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from performing “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) –– sometimes called “conversion therapy” — on persons under 18. In a September 11 opinion from Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith, appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia found the law does not violate the freedom of speech and free exercise of religion rights of therapists. Comments (1)

Mirroring, But Also Magnifying 

Now in its 52nd year, the New York Film Festival faces a delicate balancing act between its role as a source for premieres of Hollywood’s Oscar-bound prestige films –– this year, that includes David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ̶ Comments (1)
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The Highest-Paid Female CEO in America Used to Be a Man.” Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

One of the Last Lesbians Standing… In Publishing

Early in July, I had a conversation with Sarah Schulman, writer, queer activist, historian, and co-founder of the Lesbian Avengers. We talked about what contributed to that group’s successful launch, including the vibrancy of the lesbian subculture in 1970s and ‘80s. We also discussed why it’s so hard for lesbian writers to break into the mainstream. Spoiler alert: homophobia and nich Comment
Susie Day

Hot & Pulsating: Sex Toys Save the Earth

I just found out that the WANK-O Sex Toy Company (a subsidiary of Dow Corning) gives out grants to promising lesbian writers. It’s part of their corporate affirmative action campaign to take over the world. Of course, their rising sex-toy profit rate means they probably play an increasing role in the acceleration of climate change. Comments (1)

Return of the Native 

I am in back in my homeland, Hawaii, for my annual sojourn and, as usual, reveling in the sun, sea, and succulents of all kinds to be found here. As a celebrity who shall remain nameless with whom I have a kind of “Same Time Next Year” relationship here said, “The ideal life would be six mon Comments (9)

Glimmerglass Scores Solidly 

Artistic and general director Francesca Zambello and managing director Linda Jackson crafted a Glimmerglass season of operas unified by both thematic plot links — women abandoned by men — an Comment

Art Isn’t Easy 

You don’t have to be versed in the idiosyncratic and deconstructive whimsy that informed the early Off-Off Broadway movement to fall for “Red Eye of Love.” It can be enjoyed pretty much on its own as a satire on the level of “Dames at Sea” or  Comment

Autumn in New York: Manhattan & Brooklyn

Manhattan real estate remains hot and is increasingly exclusive. That’s the message from Corcoran’s second quarter 2014 report. The average price for resale co-ops, resale condos, and new developments increased 20 percent over last year, up to $1.697 million. That number topped the first quarter and sets a new r Comments (2)

Disco Heat

When I first heard about “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,” the jukebox bio-musical debuting Off Broadway at the Theater at St. Clements, I wondered how the songs could possibly stand up to the original. Comments (3)

Raucous Realness

The boisterous and raunchy “Bootycandy,” Robert O’Hara’s latest work now at Playwrights Horizons, registers less as a fully formed play and more like a live sketch comedy show — think “In Living Color” (minus the Fly Girls) Comment

Grandeur in Tapei’s Underbelly

What to make of a film that ends on a note of stillness so deep and serene that it comes closer to photography than what we usually expect of cinema! Comment

Friendship and Betrayal

The Green Prince,” a documentary by Israeli director Nadav Schirman, is bound to get sold as a heartwarming tale of Israeli-Palestinian friendship. Nevertheless, its depiction of the close relationship between Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas’ founder, and Gonen Comment
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Homophobia Takes It on the Chin in Bronx Senate Race

When State Senator Gustavo Rivera arrived at the Escape Restaurant & Lounge on Jerome Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx to greet happy supporters at about 11 on Primary Night, one of the fi Comments (6)

London Theater Shines in Houses Big and Wee

The real drama in the now tenuously-United Kingdom this past week has been the build-up to the momentous Scots’ vote on September 18 about whether to become an independent nation again, a contest in which new polls say independence has a chance for the first time –– an outcome that would provoke a constitutional crisis. Comments (5)
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Activists Demand Full St. Patrick's Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

Charging that the agreement by the St. Pat Comments (4)
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As Attorney Defending Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans Dances Quickly, Ninth Circuit Panel Seems Dubious

The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard oral arguments on September 8 in several marriage equality cases appeared very dubious about the justifications presented in defense of the Nevada and Idaho bans on same-sex couples marrying. Comment


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