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Charleston Pride’s Challenge: Bridging #LoveWins and #BlackLivesMatter

He was a lone wolf, delivering a message of hate to Charleston. Comments (4)
Breaking News

Troy Masters Departs Gay City News to Launch LA Pub    

Troy Masters, a galvanizing force in New York City’s LGBT media world for more than quarter of a century, is leaving Gay City News, a publication he founded and where he serves as associate publisher, to launch a biweekly gay publication in Los Angeles. Comments (28)

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

A federal court has rejected the claim by a Kentucky county clerk that she can refuse to issue any marriage licenses to avoid compromising her religious belief that a marriage can be only between one man and one woman. Comments (7)

Person to Person Cultural Exchange in Cuba

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Last week represented an historic milestone in the Obama administration’s drive to end more than 50 years of US policy toward Cuba by normalizing relations. On August 14, Secretary of State John Kerry and Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the State Department’s chargé d'affaires in Cuba, raised the American flag over the new US Embassy in Havana. Comment

Two City LGBT Health Centers Win Obamacare Funding   

Two local health centers that focus their work on the LGBT community have each been selected for annual funding of $650,000 aimed at offsetting the unreimbursed cost of care that they provide to lower income clients. Comments (8)

Lily’s Turn

Lily Tomlin is both poignant and hilarious as Elle, the acerbic title character in “Grandma.” This enjoyable lark, written and directed by Paul Weitz, gives the veteran comedienne a juicy role, one she was born to play. Tomlin tears into it with the gusto of a pit bull Comment

Darkly Funny Denial  

"Guidance,” written and directed by Pat Mills, is an amusing Canadian comedy about David Gold (Mills), a former “gentle voiced” childhood actor now an adult in deep denial. Broke and ignoring his drinking problem, his stage 3 m Comments (4)

Brooklyn’s Finest a West Village Survivor  

Everett Quinton, an undoubted New York theatrical treasure and character actor extraordinaire, has had quite the busy year. He was wonderfully on point and true to leering form in “Horse Play,” the La MaMa bio of Adah Isaacs Menken starring a lu Comments (2)

What’s the Future of Workplace Domestic Partner Benefits?    

Over the past two decades, corporate America — in many ways, moving out ahead of the nation’s political and legal system in responding to the needs and aspirations of their gay employees — increasingly embraced domestic partner benefits, including most significantly healthcare coverage, as a way of offering them some measure of rough parity with their straight married colleagues. Comments (3)

Summer Lovin’, Summer Camp

One expects an audience of 1,800 people on their feet screaming with delight after “The Book of Mormon” or, now, “Hamilton.” But “Cymbeline Comments (1)

Sixth Circuit: Marriage Ruling Irrelevant to Gay Equal Protection Claim 

A Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has found that the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is irrelevant to an equal protection claim by two gay men regarding the way they were treated while being arrested in 2011. Comment
Guest Perspective

Connecting the Dots Creates New Leadership

After the Supreme Court’s decision for marriage equality in late June, 26 million friends of the LGBTQ community showed their support — at least on that issue —by putting a rainbow filter over their Facebook profile picture. Ultimately, the freedom to marry and #LoveWins became a “sexy” way for new allies to express their solidarity en masse. It was easy — by clicking a button the supporter and supported both could feel good basking in the glow of new equality and community. I won’t critique the value of the effort– – I have to admit that when I saw the rainbow over the face of my staunchly Catholic straight cousin, it meant a lot. Comments (9)

Privilege’s Inner Demons  

Alex Ross Perry’s four films have shown the influences of such directors as Woody Allen and John Cassavetes. But they’re equally literary, drawing on writers as different as Thomas Pynchon and Philip Roth. His debut, “Impole Comments (3)
Media Circus

Read the Riot Act to “Stonewall”?

We’re at each other’s throats again. It happens, as John Wayne’s character says in my favorite western, “The Searchers,” “just as sure as the turnin’ of the […] Comments (5)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

My Life as a Girl, Experiment 2: Skirting Drag

It’s been years since I’ve had to put on girl drag to go to an office, but I still throw on a skirt occasionally. My current fave: a furry brown thing that I wear with stripey tights. Once, on a kind of dare, I let a friend dress me up in his colorful wig and silvery shoes, a rainbow colored unitard so ti Comments (11)

Nebraska Judge Throws Out Anti-Gay Adoption, Foster Care Policy    

A county judge in Nebraska has ruled that the state’s policy for approving adoptions of state wards and licensing eligible foster parents violates the rights of gay people and same-sex couples. Comment
Susie Day

The Young Lords Retake New York… With a Little Help from Johanna Fernandez

For five years, Johanna Fernandez, history professor at Baruch College, worked to set up three separate art instal Comments (2)

Desert Arts  

Santa Fe Opera, perhaps North America’s most memorably set Comments (1)

Baker Denying Gay Couple a Wedding Cake Loses Appeal    

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals has affirmed that state’s Civil Rights Commission ruling against Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc., and its proprietor, Jack C. Phillips, for its refusal to provide services to a gay couple celebrating their wedding. Comments (10)

Fringe Frenzy

Divine/ Intervention Comment
Breaking News

Haul of Nearly $11,000 for Ron Johnson, Anti-Gay Wisconsin Senator, at Reisner-Weiderpass Bash

A host and guests at a fundraiser held in a Central Park South penthouse owned by embattled real estate developers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass (see Editor's note below regarding Weiderpass' role Comments (16)


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