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Discrimination and a Tale of Two Cities

With his progressive agenda for governing New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is aiming for big things. His plan for providing permanent funding for pre-K education asks that the wealthiest New Yorkers step up to pay a modestly higher share of the overall tax burden. He is also trying to win approval in Albany for a higher minimum wage than the state’s $8 an hour. Comments (3)
Theater

Bridges Over Troubled Water 

Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale in Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown’s adaptation of Robert James Waller’s novel “The Bridges of Madison Cou […] Comments (1)
Legal

With Russian Olympics Winding Down, Activists Look Forward

Even as arrests in Sochi, Moscow, and St. Petersburg demonstrated the Putin regime’s determination to squelch protest — particularly rega Comment
Letters

SIGN ME UP

I agree and would add my name to the list (“LGBTQ Leaders, Allies Call on Mayor to Ban Uniformed City Personnel in Discriminatory St. Pat’s Parade,” Open Letter, posted online Feb. 3). What is also of historical interest is that though the Salute to Israel Parade also would not allow any LGBT banners or signs when Congregation Beit Simchat Torah asked to march over 20 years ago, eventually the parade organizers “evolved” and last year there were two LGBT groups, with banners, T-shirts, and signs. Pressure must be put on these organizers to be consistent. If they think Comments (1)
Letters

FREEDOM OF SPEECH, IN UNIFORM

The issue of “freedom of speech” for uniformed police and firemen is more complex than for other citizens (“Barely Taking a Breath, de Blasio Says ‘Nyet,’” by Paul Schindler, Feb. 5) Their right to “protected speech” is limited to speech that does NOT interfere with the harmonious functioning of their services. This especially applies to police officers, who are considered to be paramilitary, not civilians. There is a strong prohibition against the military voicing political opinions, a limitation designed to prevent military coups, which are a regular occurrence in many other countries. Comment
Letters

DON’T BE DIVERTED

What an ignorant and repulsive piece of journalism (“Critics Worry Marriage Fight Diverting Community Energy,” by Duncan Osborne, Feb. 5). Marriage equality opens up a hugely important life option for all LGBs. It can positively impact everything from mental and emotional health to income, to the prospects for home ownership, to the rearing of children. And it places all LGB relationships in the mainstream of American life. It is easily the most important battle we fight. And 100,000 same-sex couples, with tens of thousands of children, have already married, a statistic absent from this report. If it is true tha Comment
Letters

THIS “SUCKS”

It was dismaying to see the word “sucks” used by Gay City News in its pejorative sense, as it was in the headline above David Noh’s delightful column on character actresses (“Character Actresses: Golden, Simard, York, and Harris on why being a leading lady sucks,” Gay City News, Feb. 5). Although the word has attained wide usage as a mark of disdain, please consider that nearly all of your readers probably suck. We of all people should be mindful of the homophobic and misogynist roots of using “suck” as an insult. An abbreviation of “sucks a big one,” the term implies that anyone or anything that sucks is Comment
Legal

Idaho Co-Parent Can Adopt Partner’s Children    

The five-member Idaho Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that state law allows for second-parent adoptions, reversing a magistrate judge’s dismissal of an adoption petition on the grounds that the petitioner was not married to the children’s legal mother. Comment
Film

They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait 

In the Broadway world, arguably one of the most difficult jobs is that of a standby. Not an unde Comment
Film

Betrayal’s Thin Line

Three friends commit an act of violence that will have repercussions on the rest of their lives. That’s the basic plot setup of Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s “Omar.” That could describe any nu Comment
Music

Martyrs and Tartars 

The first time I went to hear Handel’s oratorio “Theodora,” I assumed I would be seeing lurid tales of the Byza Comments (1)
Film

A Mother Revealed 

If “Child’s Pose” is the Romanian New Wave’s latest triumph — and I think one can say it is — it’s one of performance and writing over Comment
Nightlife

A Second Shot for Hannibal’s Second Take

Hannibal” is the best new drama on network television that you’re not watching. You should be. The NBC series that revives the infamous serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter premiered last year to low ratin Comment
Legal

Despite Mayor’s Firm No, St. Pat’s Activists Persevere    

Though Mayor Bill de Blasio quickly refused a request to bar uniformed city employees from marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, saying those employees had a right to march, organizers of the effort to win the ban are continuing their work. Comments (2)
Music

Hunger And Rage, Heat And Glare

BY BRIAN MCCORMICK| Post-production blues, the period of r Comments (1)
Theater

Return of the Well-Made Play

Charles Busch is up to his gender-bending tricks again, and the result is an absolutely delightful screwball comedy, “The Tribute Arti Comments (1)
Health

A Half-Century of Love and Commitment    

F rom the moment they met at Chelsea’s old French Hospital, 46 years went by before Lee Zevy and Lucy Ianniciello finally got married this past October. For much of that time, the two Comments (3)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

The Pussy Riot Olympics    

If activism were an Olympic sport, Pussy Riot would have taken the gold for their 2012 punk prayer performance at the Cathedr Comments (1)
Health

De Blasio Budget Offers AIDS Rent Cap, Homeless Youth Funding    

With the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo Comment
Theater

Broadway Baby

You don’t have to be a musical theater geek to be charmed by “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” the hilarious and heart-wrenching documentary by Chiemi Karasawa. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Ignoring Global Pressure, Ugandan President to Sign Draconian Anti-Gay Bill

Defying Western critics and worldwide demonstrations, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign a harshly anti-gay measure into law. The bill, passed in December, dropped death penalties from what had been dubbed the “kill-the-gays-bill” and su Comments (2)
Breaking News

In Recognition Case, US Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ban

One of the first federal court decisions to apply last June’s Supreme Court DOMA ruling came quickly the following month, when US District Judge Timothy S. Black ordered Ohio to recognize a Maryland same-sex marriage in approving data on a death certificate. That order was followed up by a detailed opinion in December finding that Ohio’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states violates the 14th Amendment, which requires states to provide “equal protection of the laws” and protects the right of married couples to “stay married” when they cross state lines. Comment
Breaking News

Virginia Marriage Equality Ruling the New Normal –– and a Big Deal

Since the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s denial of federal recognition to same-sex marriages, every judge in federal and state courts ruling on motions for summary judgment h Comments (2)
Film

Not as Lovely as a Tree

The getting of wisdom is fraught with many attempts that result in failure. Life can grind talent down. It’s enough to cause a young, unpublished poet like Amy (Emma Roberts) to stick her head in the ove Comments (1)
Breaking News

Nevada Drops Its Defense of Gay Marriage Ban

In a sharp change of course, Nevada’s governor and attorney general announced on February 10 they would not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a case pending before a federal appeals court. A US district court earlier upheld that ban, and an app Comments (1)
News Briefs BREAKING

US Judge Nixes Kentucky’s Ban on Out-of-State Recognition

In a February 12 ruling, US District Judge John G. Heyburn II struck down Kentucky’s 2004 constitutional ban on recognition of legal marriages by same-sex couples performed in other states. Comments (3)
Music

In the Belly Of the Beast

BAM celebrated Benjamin Comments (1)
Legal

White House Press Secretary Says He Didn't Call Executive Order “Wrong Approach”

Responding to the characterization of an exchange between White House press secretary Jay Carney and Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson –– first reported in the Blade and de Comments (1)

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