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A Bed... & A Safe Haven

Ben is a confident and well-spoken 19-year-old who has worked the past couple of years as an executive receptionist in New York City. With a gently wry sense of humor, he recently discussed his love of doing drag, especially when going out for late-night screenings of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” He also mentioned working on creating cosmetic products of his own made from organic ingredients. Comments (3)

CEO “Fraud” Charged in HIV Advocacy Group’s Bankruptcy    

Records obtained by a leading advocate for accountability and transparency among gay and AIDS groups show that the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) was struggling to stay afloat for nearly four years before its 2013 bankruptcy. Comment

Susan Slept Here

I love being alive.” These are the first words we hear in Nancy D. Kates’ documentary “Regarding Susan Sontag.” And as the film goes on to show in considerable det Comment

No Complaints Ever Filed in Kelsey Louie Running Club Flap    

While a client group at Gay Men’s Health Crisis raised concerns earlier this year that the AIDS agency’s then-incoming chief executive officer may have breached the confidentiality of client records when he enrolled some people with AIDS in a running club in 2012, open records requests Gay City News made to New York State’s health department and the US Dep Comments (1)

NYS High Court Sets Aside Hate Crime Conviction But Allows Retrial    

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, ruled unanimously on November 24 that the Appellate Division had correctly reversed the hate crime manslaughter conviction of Dwight R. DeLee in the 2008 killing of Lateisha Green, a transgender woman, in Syracuse. Unlike the intermediate appeals court, however, the high court gave prosecutors the opportunity to resubmit hate crime ma Comment

Was Lawrence Gay in Arabia?

Among the innumerable highly regarded T.E. Lawrence biographies, Anthony Sattin’s new work, "The Young T.E. Lawrence," is noteworthy in deftly capturing the pre-World War I intellectual and emotional development of one of the 20th century’s great sexual enigmas. Comments (30)

Activists, National Parks Advocates Suss Out LGBT History Sites  

About 20 activists who have made some of their own LGBT hist Comments (2)
New York City

Jerry Tallmer, Giant of New York Arts Criticism, Dead at 93    

An oversize presence in the world of New York journalism for six decades, Jerry Tallmer, died on November 9 — a month shy of his 94th birthday — at the Dewitt Hospice on the Upper East Side. Comments (2)

A Teddy Bear of a Ruby

Two shows this December will mark the 25th — and final —year in which drag artist Ruby Rims presents his benefit holiday cabaret variety show “TeddyCare” at Judson Memorial Church in the Village. Ruby acts as master of ceremonies for the two-evening showcase that will feature a dozen or so performers, including actress and singer Karen Mason and the Gay Agenda, a “t Comments (1)

Bad Girl Gone Wild in a Gulag

Some operas take a while to click with audiences — it may take a revival with the right cast and a crowd receptive to its message. The Metropolitan Opera’s current revival of Dmitri Shostakovich’s scandalous 1934 opera ̶ Comment
Guest Perspective

Pockets, Purses, and Pants: LGBTQ New Yorkers Have the Right to Know

What do marijuana arrests, illegal gender searches, and the use of condoms as evidence all have in common? Comments (3)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Thanksgiving Stinks & the Kitchen Sink

Yeah, we all know it. Despite the sea of Beaujolais Nouveau and 12 kinds of pie, Thanksgiving stinks for a lot of people. Though props to you queers who have everything lining up nicely on the health and wealth side of things and somehow escape the usual family trauma served up hot with a ladle or two of hate. Comment

Home from the War

While its subject matter is the Vietnam War, there is something hauntingly contemporary about the New Group’s simply splendid revival o Comment
Media Circus

The Edge of Horror

A November 20 panel about the media’s coverage of PrEP held at Gay Men’s Health Crisis included GMHC’s Krishna Stone,’s Mathew Rodriguez, New York magazines’s […] Comments (1)

Movie Love in Cabo

Cold as the proverbial witch’s titty here, it’s hard to believe I was recently sweating under the Mexican sun at the third annual Los Cabos International Film Festival (November 12-16). The place, so recently ravaged by Hurricane Odile, is still in a state of recovery. Piled onto that, the night I arrived, opening night festivitie Comments (3)

December 1 Is World AIDS Day

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Health Commissioner Mary Bassett, Assistant Commissioner Demetre Daskalakis, members of the City Council and State Legislature, and more than 40 advocacy groups, including Housing Works, VOCAL-NY, ACRIA, and GMHC gather to show support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to employ better prevention, including pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, testing, and earlier treatment to bring the HIV epidemic fully under control by 2020. Comment

Transgender Day of Remembrance Marked

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | At twilight on November 20, members of the transgender community and their allies, advocates, and elected officials gathered at a City Hall vigil to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The annual event has been marked around the world since 1999 to draw attention to the disproportionate level of violent crime targeting the transgender community and to remember those who have died as a result. Comments (1)
New York City

Center Honors Steinem, Glick

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | At its 17th annual Women’s Event, held November 15 at the new Cipriani restaurant in the Cunard Building on Lower Broadway, the LGBT Community Center honored two iconic feminist leaders — Gloria Steinem, who in 1971 was a co-founder of Ms. Magazine, and West Side State Assemblymember Deborah Glick, who in 1990 became the first out LGBT person elected in New York State. Comment


It might be tempting to dismiss “On a Stool at the End of the Bar,” now playing at 59E59 Theaters, Comment
Breaking News

Exclusive: Rikers Ready With Housing Unit for Some Trans Inmates

On Rikers Island, man-to-woman transgender inmates who have not undergone genital surgery will now have the option of not being housed with the general population of men, but to be detained in a new transgender unit opening this week in the New York City jail’s oldest building. Comments (2)

Do The Freak

Fans of the original “Side Show” may be in for a jolt when they see the first-ever major revival, now at the St. James Theatre. After catching the new production, one such “freaks” freak –– who had seen the 1997 debut multiple times before it was shuttered a mere 10 weeks after opening on Broadway ––shook his head. “ Comment

Straightening Things Out

"Bad Hair” is a gritty, absorbing film set in Caracas, Venezuela, about nine-year-old Junior (Samuel Lange), who is determined to straighten his unruly curly hair in time for his school photo. Junior’s widowed mother, Marta (Samantha Castillo), disapproves of her son’s constant primpin Comment

Zurich on the Down Low

"The Circle,” which is Switzerland’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, provides a fascinating glimpse into gay life in 1950s Zurich. Directed and co-written by Stefan Haupt, the film alternates between dramatic episodes and documentary interviews. The hybrid approach effectively chronicles the lives of men involved in a secret hom Comments (1)

Death in the Shadows

Love it or hate it, you can say one thing about Catalan director Albert Serra’s “Story of My Death”: vampire films don’t get much further from “Twilight.” Dracula appears here, but no sparkly seducers are on the scene. Comment


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