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Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Marriage Ban, Provides No Stay

Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, with their son K.S. | FREEDOM TO MARRYBY PAUL SCHINDLER | A federal judge in Alabama has struck down that state’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples and its prohibition […] Comment
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No Mention of Ending AIDS in Cuomo State of the State 

Governor Andrew Cuomo made no mention of the Plan to End Comment

Horrors Persist for Trans Inmates at Rikers 

The transgender housing unit on New York City’s Rikers Island, announced as opening imminently in mid-November as one of a raft of reforms to reduce violence at the troubled jail, has only just accepted inmates now. And Gay City News has spoken to two transgender prisoners who say that in t Comments (2)

Dick Gottfried, Gustavo Rivera Push Clean Needle Legalization    

A legislative proposal in Albany to reduce stigma, curb police harassment of drug users, and improve access to clean needles demonstrated broad support at a January 15 press conference in Manhattan. Comments (5)
From the Editor

Why Elections Matter

Except for an upcoming special race to fill a congressional vacancy in Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn, there will be no general election in New York City in 2015. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Queer Turkey: A Snapshot

I don’t know what I expected to find at the KuirFest film festival in Turkey. Cops writing down the names of besieged queers, maybe. Or mobs of angry fundamentalists outside the degenerate theaters. But while I can see the tall white minarets of the local mosque from my hotel window and hear the call to prayer a couple times a day, religion, at least in Ankara, the capital, still has a much smaller impact Comments (4)

A Moroccan Education

Abdellah Taïa, the celebrated out gay Moroccan writer, has adapted his autobiographical novel “Salvation Army” for the screen, and the result is remarkable. The film features a rare Comments (15)

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

A Manhattan judge postponed a decision on allowing the accused killer of Mark Carson to represent himself at hearings and at his trial and instead assigned Elliot Morales a fourth attorney, sayi Comments (1)

Butterfly Cage

Lesbians, lepidopterists, and S&M practitioners form an overlapping Venn diagram of sorts in “The Duke of Burgandy,” writer/ director Peter Strickland’s arch and ecstatic romantic drama. The film takes its visual cues from 1960s and ‘70s European arthouse softcore — Comment

A Supreme Court End Game

INFOGRAPHIC BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | (Editor's note: This graphic was produced prior to the January 23 federal court ruling striking down Alabama's marriage ban.) […] Comment

Axed Assistant Attorney General Strikes Out Twice in Michigan Court

Andrew Shirvell, a former Michigan assistant attorney general discharged for his harassment of an openly gay student leader at the University of Michigan, suffered a double lo Comments (2)
Guest Perspective

Why I Am Visiting Israel

The people of the United States have stood strong with the people of Israel from the day that country was founded in 1947. As the only democracy in the Middle East, and as our key ally in the fight against terrorism, Israel holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans. This is especially true in New York City, which has shared a unique and significant relationship with the Jewish people and the state of Israel for decades. Comments (3)

Beautiful Chaos

The concept may not be particularly original: Events are examined in non-linear fashion, refracted through concepts in physics related to time, so that we can see how choices one makes shape experience from that moment forward. Comment

SAGE Opens New Center in Central Bronx    

The January 14 opening of the Bronx SAGE center drew City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Caryn Resnick, a deputy commissioner in […] Comments (3)

Mostly Metropolitan

Leon Botstein came up with another intriguing novelty December 19 at Alice Tully Hall: after a staging of 1931’s play-to-be-read “The Long Christmas Dinner” by gay author Thornton Wilder, Botstein led his American Symphony Orchestra in Paul Hindemith’s 1960 operatic adaptation. Jonathan Rosenberg directed both multi-generat Comment

Blissful Survivor

There are damn few singers today as purely exciting as Bettye LaVette, who has a new CD out, “Worthy,” and is about to wow the Upper East Side at the Café Carlyle, January 27 to February 7. Her sin Comments (1)
News Briefs

City Council, Hetrick-Martin Host LGBT Youth Summit January 24

In anticipation of Respect For All Week February 9-13, during which the New York public schools emphasize the commitment to end bullying and harassment for all students, the New York City Council is partnering with the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, in hosting an LGBTQ Youth Summit aimed at providing students with the necessary tools to create safe spaces in their schools. Comments (1)

A Romeo for the Rabble

The title is “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” but that matters little to the upstart Shakespeare in the Square theater company, known as SITS. Its latest effort, a revamping of the well-trod staple, often plays like Comments (2)

Federal Court Orders Recognition of Michigan Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Brief Window Last March

More than 300 same-sex couples who married in Michigan between a March 2014 marriage equality ruling in federal court and the October appellate ruling overturning that decision are entitled to have their marriages recognized, a different US district court judge has found. Comment
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Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

In the opening act of what could well be the end game, the US Supreme Court announced on January 16 that it was granting review of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rejected the claim that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and to have such marriages recognized by other states. Comment
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Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

Setting up what could be the final showdown on the question of marriage equality in the United States, the Supreme Court, on January 16, announced it would hear appeals from same-sex plaintiff couples in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Comment

High Stakes

To hear him tell it, the title of Ben Rimalower’s one-person show “Bad With Money” is an understatement. His money addiction has led him into all sorts of dark and felonious places –– but rather than being behind bars, he’s on stage at the Duplex confessing, after a fashion. Comment
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Cuomo Names Alphonso David, Former Lambda Legal Attorney, Counsel to the Governor

Alphonso David, who has been the top legal advisor on civil rights matters to Andrew Cuomo dating back to the governor’s tenure as state attorney general and who earlier served as a staff attorney at Lambda Legal, has been named to the post of counsel to the governor. Comments (4)

Sweet 16

The 16th annual GLAM Awards warmed up an otherwise bitter cold winter evening on January 13. Comment
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Cuomo End AIDS Task Force Forwards Recommendations to Governor

The task force charged with cre Comments (2)

Mask of Precision

Joy of Man’s Desiring” confirms my impression that Denis Côté is the most talented Canadian director to emerge since Guy Maddin. He’s also one of the hardest to pin down. He seems to alternate between relatively conventional narrati Comment
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As Marriages Begin in Florida, Flurry of Legal Developments Elsewhere

Florida, the nation’s third largest state, became the 36th marriage equality state after the stay on a pro-gay federal district court order expired on January 6, but that was just the first in a week of significant developments in t Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

A Dyke In Defense of Offense: Yes, Je Suis Charlie

I guess you know by now that the key staff at Charlie Hebdo in Paris were slaughtered by Islamist extremists outraged at, well, almost everything, but especially how the satirical magazine attacked Islamist extremists. Comments (5)
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City Council Trip to Israel Draws Fire From Critics of Jewish State

With City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito due to lead 14 of her colleagues on a trip to Israel paid for by two New York Jewish organizations, critics of the Jewish State’s policies toward Palestinians are stepping up their criticism of the eight-day tri Comments (12)


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