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Women, Queers, and #BlackLivesMatter

I remember a couple years ago when the marriage equality movement was taking off and every day the New York Times had reports of victories in one state, pushback in another. And people fell all over themselves to support the It Gets Better Campaign encouraging queer youth not to top themselves. We were a bandwagon even the last few moderate Republicans were jumping on, or at least shrugging at. We were the It civil rights movement. Comment

An Old “Favorite” Given New Life  

BY ELI JACOBSON | From Lully on, Italian opera composers refined, deepened, and expanded their art, composing French operas for Paris. Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” inaugurated the grand opera fo Comment

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

In a statement laying the groundwork for what seems certain to lead to open service by transgender members Comments (10)

The Inimitable Soph

From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55, she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash.” Comments (2)

Fascist Springs & Jesus’ Chicken

If you want wackos, visit scenic Colorado Springs. The Springs, located at the eastern base of the truly extraordinary Pikes Peak, is essentially a large military complex surrounding a small, cool downtown. The complex consists of Army base Fort Carson, the United States Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), some of which is located deep within Cheyenne Mountain on the front range of the Rockies in the shadow of Pikes Peak. There’s also Schriever Air Force Base out on the plains east of the city. Comments (2)

Scouts to End Blanket Ban on Gay Leaders

Less than two months after Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates, the former Pentagon chief who oversaw the dismantling of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy, warned the organization that its blanket policy of excluding gay adults from leader Comment

Male Exposure: Capturing Broadway's Sexy Side

There are no shortage of attractive male models in New York City, and surely more than enough photographers who are very willing to shoot them. Roberto Araujo is one such photographer — but you would be mistaken not to view him a step ahead of much of his competition. Looking at his work, it’s clear that Araujo has an eye for narration lacking in many of his contemporaries. Comments (1)

European Court Orders Italy to Create Same-Sex Partnerships    

A seven-judge chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that Italy’s failure to adopt a legal structure for same-sex relationships, such as a civil union or registered partnership similar to those in Austria and Germany, violates Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, a treaty to which 47 European countries are signatories. Comment

Caitlyn Says She Can Take It, Others Shouldn't Have To

In her first public speaking appearance since coming out as Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair this spring, the 1976 Olympic decathlon winner took the stage at the annual ESPY Awards in Los Angeles and pledged “to tell my story the right way… to keep learning, to do whatever I can to Comment

Public Intellectuals Rolling Around in the Dirt  

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The entertaining and engaging documentary “Best of Enemies” presents the 10 famous televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr., during the 1968 presidential nominating conventions. Directors Morgan Neville (“2 Comment

Bounce Baby  

You may know Big Freedia as the twerking queen from the South — the New Orleans native does hold the Guinness World Record for the most people twerking in a group — and as the star of her own reality series, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.” But you probably don’t know the long journey that transformed Freddie Ross, a self-proclaimed “big gay sissy,” t Comments (3)

SCOTUS Aftershocks

A lot has happened on the LGBT rights front in the short period since the US Supreme Court recognized that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Comments (2)

Borough President, Council Support New Bronx LGBT Initiatives    

Capital budget allocations that Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., is due to announce in coming weeks demonstrate the increased attention that the needs of the LGBT community there are receiving from his administration Comments (3)

Federal Court Applies Labor Relations Statute to Trans Job Claim    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Manhattan-based US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a transgender man’s federal employment discrimination lawsuit, which was earlier dismissed by Southern District of New York Chief Judge Loretta Preska. Comments (1)

Ali Forney Begins Renovation of First Youth Residence It Owns    

AFC’s Carl Siciliano addresses the July 20 press conference, with Councilmember Corey Johnson, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club president Allen Roskoff, City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and State […] Comments (2)

EEOC Says Gays Protected Against Employment Discrimination    

In a complete turnaround, the federal agency that enforces Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act has, for the first time, ruled the federal ban on employment discrimination because of sex includes discrimination against somebody because they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Comments (1)

Appeals Court Tosses Out City’s Adult Business Zoning    

Introducing a significant new chapter into a two-decade legal saga dating back to the Giuliani administration, the Manhattan-based First Department of the New York State Appellate Division has ruled that the city’s controversial 1995 adult uses zoning ordinance, as amended in 2001, violates the US Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. Comments (6)

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

The Equality Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island on July 23, is the first truly comprehensive federal measure attempting to provide legal equality for LGBT people in the United States. Comments (2)

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing in the US Senate room named for the president who signed the nation’s most significant civil rights legislation into law, a group of legislators, LGBT advocates, and taxpayers announced the relea Comments (3)

Comprehensive Federal LGBT Civil Rights Measure To Be Introduced July 23

Comprehensive civil rights legislation providing federal nondiscrimination protection to the LGBT community, originally expected to be introduced in Congress in June, will be unveiled at a noon press conference on Thursday, July 23 in Washington, Gay City News has confirmed. Word that the bill was ready to go first surfaced earlier this week Comment

NYS Appellate Ruling Shows Dangers of Homemade Wills

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A four-judge panel of the New York State Appellate Division has affirmed a ruling by New York County Surrogate Nora Anderson that Ronald D. Myers’ homemade will should be construed to leave his stock portfolio, apart from some IBM stock, to his mother rather than to his same-sex life partner. Comments (1)

US Court Offers Lesbian Navy Vet Peace of Mind on Burial With Spouse

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In light of the Supreme Court’s June 26 marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the resolution of Madelynn Lee Taylor’s lawsuit against the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise seems obvious. Comment

US Court Refuses to Dismiss Transgender Professor’s Sex Bias Suit

A federal district court judge has denied a motion to dismiss a sex discrimination claim filed by the Justice Department on behalf of a transgender woman against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, a public institution, alleging that she suffered discriminatory treatment and a denial of tenure after she announced her intent to transition. Comments (128)

A Peak at India through its Courtrooms  

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Sometimes, less is more. Earlier this year, the Israeli film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” offered a minimalist look inside that country’s divorce courts, which are governed by conservative Orthodox Jews. I Comments (12)

What Brutality Does Not Crush  

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The world of Joshua Oppenheimer’s previous film, “The Act of Killing,” was a moral black hole — and not a safely fictional construct. Oppenhe Comments (1)

It’s More Than Just Power Corrupting 

"The Stanford Prison Experiment” is gay filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s take on a 1971 study conducted at the northern California university designed to observe the effects of incarceration on the behavior of both Comments (5)

Pride in Pics: The Winners Are In

For the first time, Gay City News asked readers to share their photos from Pride events around town during the month of June and also to vote on their favorites from the photos submitted. Comment

Where Brawn Meets Brightness

Last winter, “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” James Lecesne’s gripping solo show recounting the tragic disappearance of a flamboyant gay teen Comment

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