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City Triumphs on Churches in Schools Case, But de Blasio Not Cheering

The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals once again upheld the constitutionality of a New York City policy barring religious organizations from using public school space for regular Sunday worship services. Comments (2)

A Soldier's Own Story

On September 20, 2011, Rob Smith, then 29, was among the crowd at the Stonewall Inn that joined the advocacy group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in celebrating the official end date for the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Comments (3)
From the Editor

Why Is This Discrimination Allowed?

Sponsor a child. Help fight global poverty. The images are heart-rending. The cost of helping not great. Who isn’t moved by the opportunity to fight the tragedies that afflict youngsters in poverty-stricken and war-affected parts of the world? Comments (1)

AIDS Groups Pleased By First Sit-Down With New Health Commissioner     

Following their first meeting with New York City’s new health commissioner, AIDS groups say they are seeing a shift in the city’s willingness to talk to them and to invite their input. Comment

A Loving Farewell to Doug Ireland     

Pioneering out journalist, radical, and self-described “recovering political hack” Doug Ireland, a stalwart contributor to Gay City News, died at age 67 on October 26. On March 27, his old and older friends got together to celebrate his rich and storied life. The public tribute to Doug was worth Comments (1)
New York City

Classical Music Exec Works to Put Instruments in School Kids' Hands

When Graham Parker was 13, he was already juggling piano lessons, which he had started as a small boy, and instruction on the flute, which he had picked up two years earlier, when he also took on the daunting task of preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. Comments (8)

City Must Pay For Transgender Youth’s Transition Surgery 

A New York State Supreme Court justice in Manhattan has ordered the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to pay for gender reassignment procedures, including surgery, for a 20-year-old transgender woman still in the foster care system. Comments (1)

Always at the Gay Bar  

“If someone left a little slip of paper on a table that said, ‘I’m 78 feet away, I’m looking at you right now, and I would like to fuck you.’ That’s creepy! But on an iPhone it’s okay?!” Comment


When a show comes from Disney, you can count on it to have its inimitable brand of magic. If that magic comes at the expense of an emotional connection with the characters, that’s a small price to pay for the dazzling spectacle that no one can do better. From sheer energy to gasp-inducing technological wizardry, Disney shows are in a class by Comment

The LGBT Writers Tribe Reconvenes  

The sixth annual Rainbow Book Fair, billed as the country’s largest gay book event, was held this past Saturday, March 29, at the Holiday Inn Midtown near Columbus Circle. Comments (2)

Singing Psychotics from Vienna  

As part of Carnegie Hall’s three-week “Vienna: City of Dreams” festival, the Vienna State Opera performed in concert two 20th century operas dealing with abnormal psychology. Richard Strauss’ “Salome” (1905) and Alban Comment

A Long Ago Riddle Hidden, Even Now  

The pre-credit sequence of “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” promises a “strange and sinister drama” and uses dramatic headlines to sensationalize the fact that it contains “one mystery on top of another.” It’s true there are some intriguing moments, but t Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Regretting the Gay Future: Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me

So I went to the Rainbow Book Fair this weekend, and cooed over all the new presses, the courage of self-publishers, writers of sci-fi, porn, roman noir, and the wan, smoldering poets. At the same time, I tried to quell a growing and uncomfortable awareness at how much has changed in our community, wondering if it had to do with books themselves. Comment

Firing Too Steep a Penalty for Lesbian Classroom Sex     

A state appeals panel has ruled that the city’s Department of Education should not have fired two female teachers alleged to have engaged in sexual activity in a darkened, otherwise empty classroom one evening while a musical program was taking place elsewhere in the school. Comments (1)

Laura and Mimi

After some very high profile television work, Laura Benanti is returning to the musical stage as waitress Rosabella in the Encores! revival of “The Most Happy Fella” (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., through Apr. 6; Comments (8)


Let’s be clear: there is no “END OF AIDS” until there’s a CURE FOR AIDS (“Do We Already Have the Tools to End AIDS?,” by Duncan Osborne, Mar. 19). Comment


I have been battling for 15 years to make testing for hepatitis C for sexually active gay men more accessible and more routine. (“City Council Bill Seeks Annual Health Department Report on Hepatitis B and C,” by Sam Spokony, posted online Feb. 28). Comment

Chair of Aging Committee Lays Out a Senior Agenda     

Having served on the City Council’s Committee on Aging during her first term, Councilwoman Margaret Chin was more than happy to take over the committee when starting her second term in January. Comments (1)


I am really disappointed I didn’t hear anything about this protest in advance (“New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws," by Duncan Osborne, Mar. 5). This issue really concerns me. I would have joined and brought activist friends. I thought I was well connected via emails and Facebook posts from local organizations, but nothing reached me in advance. Is there a source I can connect to? A clearinghouse site for future actions? Help. Comment

Boys Will Be Boys

Writer/ director Daniel Patrick Carbone makes an auspicious, even astonishing feature debut with “Hide Your Smiling Faces,” an atmospheric drama about two young brothers growing up in the woodlands of New Jersey. Eric (Nathan Varnson) is the Comments (4)
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Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

Ruling on March 25, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the stay on last week’s marriage equality ruling in Michigan to allow the state to bring its appeal before the circuit. Comments (1)

A Family Reconfigured

Terrence McNally has been lauded as the Godfather of contemporary queer theater and with good reason. Radical works like “The Ritz,” “The Lisbon Traviata,” “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” “Kiss Comment


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