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The Clean-Up Begins

With lightning speed last week, actions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court either upheld or let stand pro-marriage equality rulings in seven states from Virginia to Idaho and also created legal precedents for gay marriage to be exten Comments (1)

Joe Nicholson, Pioneering Gay Journalist, Remembered    

Joe Nicholson, who came out as a reporter at the New York Post in 1980 –– a first for anyone at a big city daily –– died October 8 after a battle with cancer. He was 71 and is survived by his beloved Sherwin T. Nicholson, whom he married in January 2013 at Holy Apostles Church in Chelsea and where his funeral was con Comments (4)
From the Editor

Words Offer Comfort, Deeds Summon Grace

I was reminded by my friend and colleague Andy Humm that a defining maxim of the women’s suffrage movement a century ago was “Deeds Not Words.” Comments (2)

Health Department Now Ready to Ease Transgender Birth Certificate Changes   

In a decisive reversal of its position from eight years ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is prepared to reform its regulations regarding amendments to birth certificates so that transgender people born here can change the gender designation on that record without providing proof of transition surgery. Comments (1)
New York City

SAGE Space at the Center Still Contentious Issue    

A month ago, older LGBT people who have met at the SAGE Room at the LGBT Community Center for more than 30 years celebrated what they saw as a victory. After having already been moved from their longtime home on the ground floor due to renovations at the Center, Comment

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Slated for Long Island  

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at the podium during an October 7 ceremony announcing the launch of a LGBT-friendly senior housing development in Bay Shor […] Comments (6)

Out There, Again

The late, great gay filmmaker Derek Jarman made enduring contributions to cinema. His final theatrical release, “Blue” (Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.) in 1993, was an extraordinary experimental documentary about his life with HIV. Jarman shot a single comp Comment

The Scottish Pixie Survivor

Just try to stop him! Most days this fall, that whirling dervish with the devilish twinkle in his eye, Alan Cumming, is filming new episodes of CBS’s popular drama “The Good Wife,” then Comments (1)

Claire De Couture

The history of fashion is awash with the names of male gay designers, but there have been surprisingly few women couturiers who have identified as queer. There were once bisexual whispers about Coco Chanel and, recently, Jill Sander has been quite open about her lesbianism. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Dusting Off Identity Politics

Last week, yet another person told me that identity politics was dead. “Sure, as a strategy, it was okay for our generation, helped us get a lot done from AIDS to marriage, but the young ones aren’t into labels. They use ‘queer’ or whatever. Don’t see the need for L-G-B-T at all.” Which may well be true. Young queers can declare victory. Get married. Or not. Ride off into the sunset or ironically drink Bud out of Mason jars at home. Comments (1)

Talk War

In the ‘70s heyday of New German Cinema, it was easy to underrate Volker Schlöndorff. Compared to the genius of Rainer Werner Fassbinder or the radical cinema of Werner Schro Comment

Spirited Revivals, Reviving Spirits

After a grueling, spiritually exhausting summer of labor negotiations, the Metropolitan Opera has gotten back to work presenting revivals of repertory standards. In many ways, these are better indi Comment

Stars, Scars, and Spangles  

Even when he’s not at the height of his powers Neil LaBute is, at least superficially, more entertaining and provocative than most contemporary playwrights. “The Money Shot,” his latest outin Comment

Pre-Modern Family

Director Scott Ellis knows a thing or two about reviving musty Broadway shows, having breathed new life into “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Ha Comments (1)
Breaking News ►Video

Police Release Video in Crown Heights Anti-Gay Assault

The New York Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an assault on a 33-year-old man in the lobby on his apartment building on Washington Avenue, near Empire Boulevard, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Comment

Trans Woman Brutally Beaten in Bushwick

A 28-year-old trans woman was beaten by four men on a Bushwick street at about 11:20 p.m. on October 12, according to the New York City Police Department. Comments (29)

I Remember Mama

Have you noticed the boomlet in bio-shows about gay, tormented, and ultimately triumphant African-American males on the New York boards this season? Comment
Breaking News

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

In a climactic end to an historic week, the US Supreme Court on October 10 declined Idaho’s petition for a stay pending that state’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage. Comments (1)
Breaking News

HRC, Pride Agenda, LGBT Law Group Urge Cuomo to Reject Graffeo's Renomination to NYS High Court

As Governor Andrew Cuomo approaches a decision on whether or not to reappoint Judge Victoria Graffeo to another term on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy group, is weighing in. Comments (1)

Joe Nicholson, Pioneering Out Gay Journalist, Dead at 71

Joe Nicholson, the first out gay reporter at a major daily in New York, died on October 8, the New York Post, the paper where he came out, reported. Comments (8)
Breaking News

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

The day after the US Supreme Court refused to review pro-marriage equality rulings from three federal courts of appeals in cases from five states, another circuit was heard from. Comments (3)
Breaking News

Responding to Idaho “Hail Mary” Pass, Kennedy Temporarily Stays Marriage Ruling

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has put a temporary stay on the Ninth Circuit’s October 7 ruling that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. Comment

Boom and Fear on the Great Plains 

The North Dakota oil fields have created a situation unique in post-recession America: a place where jobs are plentiful. As such, they’ve drawn men — and, to a lesser extent, women — from all over the country, resulting in rising rents and other disruptions in small towns with large influ Comment
Breaking News

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans; Total Surging To 35 States

In a unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada. Comment
Breaking News

With 30 States Set for Marriage Equality, Road Ahead Still Uncertain

The Supreme Court’s Octobe Comment
Breaking News

HUGE! Supreme Court Denies Review in Five Cases, Opening Up Gay Marriage in 11 More States

In a stunning move, the United States Supreme Court has denied review in five cases in which appellate courts had ruled in favor of the right of same-sex couples to marry. Comment


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