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Kelly Jean Cogswell VIDEO REPORT

Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria's New Anti-Gay Law

Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On March 7, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested outside the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved. Comments (1)

New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws

Nine AIDS activists were arrested after they blockaded the entrance to the Consulate General of Nigeria while protesting that country’s recently enacted law with harsh criminal penalties for LGBT people and for advocacy of LGBT causes Comments (5)
Breaking News

Village Anti-Gay Attack Targets Couple Celebrating Anniversary

Police are hunting for an unidentified male suspect who allegedly targeted and attacked a gay New Jersey man inside the West Fourth Street subway station early on March 2. Comment

Will ENDA Religious Exemptions Be Revisited After Arizona Furor?  

When the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was proposed last year, leading LGBT legal groups said the religious exemption Comments (2)
From the Editor

In St. Pat’s Dispute, Free Speech is Not the Issue

If you work for a major bank or retailer or airline, it’s more likely than not that you have to get corporate approval before identifying yourself as an employee while participating in a public event. That sort of approval would typically be required, for example, if you and a group of fellow workers wanted to carry a banner with your employer’s logo on it in a parade. Comments (5)

Out of Prison, CeCe McDonald Experiences Empowerment

CeCe McDonald, a 25-year-old African-American transgender woman from Minneapolis, speaks with considerable and informed passion about the ignorance too many people in society have about the transgender community. How that leads to dehumanizing stereotypes. How harassment and violence threaten transgender women, particularly those from communities of color. How the media sensat Comments (3)
Nathan Riley

What to Make of Heroin Deaths  

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s end was no anomaly. Overdose deaths have risen dramatically in New York City and the nation. He is one among thousands. Comment

New York’s LGBT Athletes Rev Up for Gay Games 9

When as many as 9,000 athletes gather in Cleveland August 9-16 for Gay Games 9 (GG9), at least one New Yorker will be able to say he’s seen it all. Comments (14)

Very Committed Clowning

Sitting on the set of “Legends,” the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus that is performing in the New York area through March 23, DJ Weis Comments (3)

The Fire that Forged Bravery

On the first day of school in 1992, when broke poets could still afford loft shares on Avenue B, Kelly Cogswell scrounged a subway token to get to the first-ever Lesbian Avengers action in Middle Village, Queens. Right-wing groups in New York had raged for months about the Children of the Rainbow Curriculum, a Board of Education-approved teaching resource with a Comment

Deconstructing “Cruising”

Filmmaker Travis Mathews garnered considerable attention for his debut feature, “I Want Your Love,” and not just because it featured explicit gay sex. It was a poignant, intimate drama about a gay man faci Comments (1)

Preservationists, Backed by Pols, Press LGBT Historic Site Push     

Support is growing for an effort by preservationists to secure stronger and more specific landmark protections for three local sites that played key roles in the city’s LGBT history. All three sites — the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street, and the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse at 99 Wooster Street — already lie within landmarked districts, the first two within the Greenwich Village Historic District and the third within the Soho-Cast Iron Historic District. Changes to the buildings at the three sites, therefore, already require approval from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Comment

A Touch of the Poet 

Massenet’s “Werther,” an intimate music drama focused on interior emotion rather than overt action, has never been a natural fit for the grandiose Metropolitan Opera House. Audiences haven’t flocked to it despite the p Comment

Two Hits, One Miss 

The Mint does it again. With its smashing new production of “London Wall,” the company delivers the perfect gift of warmth and humanity in a long and frigid winter. John Van Druten’s 1931 romantic comedy, set in a small law office Comment

Beth Levels

We truly are living in a marvelously varied Golden Age of Broadway Divas and, even if starring musical roles are scarce, these gals are still going forward, knocking us dead by strutting their awesome stuff in thrilling cabaret acts. The latest to do so is the dynamic Beth Leavel, who killed the people in her just-wrapped solo debut appearances at 54 Below. Her overall flair and coiled-spring intensity, born r Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Missing the Boat on LGBT Rights Abroad

Putin’s right up there as an evil genius, planning the invasion of Ukraine while all the nations of the world were sitting in his living room blissed out on ice skating and tsarist pomp and ignoring human rights abuses, not to mention the outright targeting of queers. Comment
Susie Day

Jesus Quits As Evangelical Savior: My Biggest Scoop Ever! 

At 11 p.m. EST last night, Jesus H. Christ interrupted regularly scheduled programs on every TV channel across the Western Hemisphere with a stunning simulcast announcement. Effective immediately, Jesus stated, “I resign My post as Lord and Savior at every evangelical church or Christian organization that sponsors anti-gay legislation or seeks to deny civil or human rights to LGBT communities.” Comment

Irish Internet Drag Sensation Joins Record Inclusive St. Pat’s  

For the first time since its founding in 2000, the St. Patrick’s for All Parade this year played host to a New York mayor who traveled to Sunnyside, Queens to march, but will not be on hand March 17 when the big Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade — whi Comment

Doug Ireland to Be Remembered March 27

Doug Ireland, a journalist whose political instincts and engagement were honed during the cultural upheaval of the 1960s, will be remembered at a memorial servi Comments (2)

King of Pain

Craig Lucas is not one to shy away from tough topics. The out gay dramatist was among the first to tackle AIDS in his screenplay for “Longtime Companion” and more Comment
News Briefs

Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Order Now Stayed Until March 20

Two weeks after a federal district court judge found that Kentucky’s refusal to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions lacked any constitutionally acceptable justification, he declined to stay his ruling. Comments (1)
News Briefs

City Council Bill Seeks Annual Health Department Report on Hepatitis B and C

Asserting it will help prevent new infections and ensure support and care for those living with the disease, three City Council members introduced legislation on February 26 that would require the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (D Comments (3)
News Briefs BREAKING

Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Measure in Arizona

Capping a week of escalating controversy over legislation clearly aimed at the LGBT community, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, announced late in the day on February 26 that she was vetoing a bill to allow businesses to deny goods and services to individuals based on the “sincerely held” religious beliefs of their owners. Comments (1)
Breaking News

In Seventh Consecutive Federal Marriage Equality Win, Judge Rules Against Texas Ban

Since the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Edie Windsor’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act eight months ago, no federal court has ruled against equal marriage rights for sa Comment
Breaking News

Signing Anti-Gay Law, Ugandan President Tells West: Butt Out

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni defied Western pressure February 24 and signed into law a measure –– with broad popularity in that nation –– criminalizing all forms of homosexual expression, aid to Comments (2)
Breaking News

City Council Will Not Field Formal Contingent in St. Pat’s Parade

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will announce later today that the Council will not field a formal contingent in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue, Gay City News has Comment


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