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Can the Plan to End AIDS End AIDS?

At a World AIDS day event held at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the assistant commissioner in the city’s health department who oversees HIV programs, made a bold promise. Comment

How Much Will It Cost?    

The Plan to End AIDS could cost tens of millions of dollars initially, with those costs first increasing then declining if the plan meets its target of reducing new HIV infections in New York State from its current roughly 3,000 a year to 750 by 2020. Comment

Optimism on End to AIDS in 2020 in New York, 2030 Worldwide   

The Apollo Theater in Harlem was packed to the rafters on the morning of December 1, but coming from the stage was not entertainment but almost three hours of passionate speeches from elected officials and advocates marking World AIDS Day. The key message was a call for an end to AIDS in New York by the year 2020 — and a United Nat Comment

Gays, History & A New Bishop of Rome    

Imma Battaglia leaned in to tell me a story of intrigue — about secret closed door agreements between the Catholic Church and pol Comment

Music and Words   

Just as dance instructor Michael Minetti (Cheyenne Jackson) fails to make a good initial impression on his first client, Mrs. Lily Harrison (Gena Rowlands), “Six Comment
From the Editor

Transparency and Trust

The nation’s two most significant news stories in recent weeks both underscore a critical shortcoming too big to ignore — that government, at all levels, too often fails in its obligations for transparency. Whether it’s about guaranteeing that police conduct toward those they’re sworn to protect is free of abuse Comments (1)

Queer Flavors in Windsor Terrace  

Any meats with the faintly louche name of “organ meats” are inherently queer. Think about it: “nice” people don’t eat offal — cuts of meat that come from far inside the body and are often chopped up to hide what they really are. Comments (3)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

All #BlackLivesMatter & Advice to That Young Activist

If there’s any cause for hope on America’s racism front, it is that young black woman in braces on the TV. She wasn’t just a participant, but an organizer of some of the New York marches protesting Eric Garner’s death and the verdict that gave his cop murderer a free pass. Comments (1)

Make the Yuletide Gay

If you’ve had your fill of “Christmas Carols” and “Nutcrackers” for the holiday season, a cautionary advisory is in order for the opt Comment
Guest Perspective

When LGBT-Only Housing Isn’t Enough

Ten years ago, Adam Bucko and I started the Reciprocity Foundation, in response to the growing number of homeless youth — especially LGBT-identified young people — living on New York City […] Comments (1)

An Impressive Symphonic Band of Our Own

It’s hard to believe, but the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps turns 35 this year and the LGBAC Symphonic Band performs its holiday concert, “Make the Yuletide Gay!”, on December 12 at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St., 8 p.m.; Comments (3)
Susie Day

“Accidental” Murders, From Garner To Afghanistan

Last Wednesday, December 3, a Staten Island grand jury announced it would not indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man, whose crime was, at most, […] Comment
Media Circus

Ebola? What’s Ebola?

It’s been only two months — two months — since Thomas Eric Duncan died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital and this country went berserk. Every day that passed after Duncan’s death brought more and more politicians and news commentators and so-called reporters vying to outdo each other’s air of barely disguised glee dressed up as natural panic. “The Ebola Crisis,” as the media presented the subject to the public, quickly reached a level of shrillness and inanity not seen since the run-up to the Iraq War. Real viral proteins from West Africa took the place of trumped-up weapons of mass destruction buried in the Iraqi desert. But the outcome was the same: We were all going to die. Comments (1)

Swimming Upstream

"Allegro” is neither an easy nor necessarily crowd-pleasing show. First written in 1947, it was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s attempt to reflect tribulations of the common man in a world changing quickly. Its moralistic and sometimes overbearing politics argue for fulfilling the soul rather than pursuing riches. Its score, though boastin Comment

Late Autumn Voices

Juilliard Opera did very well by the good — not great — Rossini comedy “Il Turco in Italia” on November 19. Spe Comment
Around Town

This Year, Catch the Spirit

If you need gay spiritual good cheer this time of the year, here are some reliable suggestions for holy hot spots where queer New Yorkers can find some perspective and inspiration –– and perhaps escape from their families, as well. Comments (1)

Married Lesbian Denied Usual Parental Presumption

The standard rule in family law is that the legal spouse of a woman who gives birth to a child is presumed to be the child’s legal parent. Traditionally, that meant that when a married woman gave birth, her husband was accepted as the father. The doctrine was developed to ensure that children were not subjected to the legal status of illegitimacy. Comment

Voters' Prizes Announced in Best of Gay City News Readers' Choice Contest

As a thank you to several lucky participants in the first annual Best of Gay City News Readers’ Choice contest, five prize winners have been announced. Comment

Putting On A Show… and Then Another and Another

Oh, I’ll go to three shows a day most weekends,” noted the downtown performance maven Nicky Paraiso as we walked along the Bowery a few nights before Thanksgiving. We’d just been to see sexy naked Hungarian dancers writhe about the stage for an hour w Comment
Breaking News

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

In a December 4 statement, more than a dozen major groups from New York’s LGBT advocacy community came together to voice their “outrage over the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case.” Comments (2)
Breaking News

In Florida Case, 11th Circuit Throws New Wrinkle into Marriage Equality Momentum 

In a surprising move that in effect tosses the hot potato into the hands of the Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, issuing a terse order on December 3, denied the State of Florida’s motion to extend a stay on an August district court marriage equality ruling while it considers an appeal. Comment
Breaking News

HIV Diagnoses in NYC Hit Record Low, But Progress With Gay, Bi Men Stalled

While New York City’s health department is reporting that new HIV diagnoses in 2013 were at the lowest level seen since the city began tracking such diagnoses Comments (1)

Journeys and Barricades

"Creative Freedom through Cinema,” a sidebar to the new Romanian film series at Lincoln Center, features two queer offerings — one fiction, one documentary — about LGBT life in Russia made in that county. The screenings Comments (1)


Only in the Israeli military could getting “grounded for Shabbat” make sense in a professional context. Yet the surprising thing about director Talya Lavie’s comedy “Zero Motivation” is how universal it is. The setting may occasionally seem exotic — in an earl Comment


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