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ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

Pride Agenda chair Norman C. Simon with Governor Andrew Cuomo at the group's Fall Dinner where the governor announced state human rights regulations giving the transg […] Comments (12)
Breaking News

Citing Win on Cuomo's Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

Governor Cuomo accepting ESPA's Silver Torch Award from Cynthia Germanotta, co-founder with her daughter, Lady Gaga, of the Born This Way Foundation, with Pride Agenda's executive director Nat […] Comments (130)
Books

Gay Jamaican's Epic Tale of Violence & Sex in His Homeland

When Marlon James won Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction in October, it came as a surprise to many — including the 44-year-old, out gay Jamaican author. James won for “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” a long, violent, sexually explicit, and altogether brilliant novel that takes off from the 1976 attemp Comments (1)
From the Editor

Donald Trump and the Death Cult of Celebrity

Donald Trump’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination is fueled by the outrage he can spark in voters. Unfortunately for us, voters quickly build up an immunity to their own outrage, so the stakes have to be continually raised, the rhetoric amped up daily. Comments (3)
Health

Despite Officials’ Embrace, Skepticism Remains on Ending AIDS Plan  

The December 1 panel at the Housing Works Bookstore Café included (l. to r.) “CB […] Comments (8)
Legal

City Council Gives $20 Million to Private Schools, Most Anti-Gay    

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca and Jimmy Van Bramer, seen here celebrating the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in […] Comments (26)
Legal

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

The brutal beating of a transgender Latina, Kathy Perez, 35, outside her Jacks Comments (3)
Legal

In Killings of Two Gay Men, Very Different Outcomes    

Call it a tale of two trials. Both involved younger gay men accused of killing an older gay man. In one, the defense was that the death Comments (1)
New York City

Andy Warhol "Superstar" Holly Woodlawn Dead at 69

Holly Woodlawn, one among the bright firmament of “superstars” created in An Comment
Theater

Southern Boys Dreams Come True in Manhattan  

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka is part of the cast of the Transport Group production of “Once Upon a Mattress” at the Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center through January 3. | HUNTERRYANHERDLICKA.COM […] Comments (1)
Legal

US Court Says Claim for Pre-Windsor Benefits Time-Barred   

A federal district court has thrown out a former US government worker’s effort to win compensation for the government’s refusal, for a period from 2004 to 2013, to add his same-sex spouse whom Comment
Music

Potomac Dispatch  

Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton have revised their “Appomattox& Comment
Art

Sharing Matters, Too  

Being a lover of both photography and animals, I fully expected to be moved by stories of unconditional love, warmth, and comfort — the sort that come curl Comments (1)
Media Circus

Literal Readings

"...He argued that there is no principled basis for distinguishing child molesters from homosexuals, since both are minorities and, further, that the protection of minorities should be the responsibility of legislatures, not courts. After all, he remarked sarcastically, child abusers are also a ‘deserving minority,’ and added, ‘nobody loves them.’” Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

Are We All Sex Offenders?

That’s the question posed to the audience of mostly college students by Galen Baughman, a Soros Justice Fellow and the final speaker at the City University of New York TEDx talks at the Borough of Manhattan Community College a few weeks back. Comments (1)
Theater

Mayhem, Madness & Misery  

Here’s a little game you can play as you try to resist nodding off — and you’ll have to try hard R Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Selling Misery

If you read the headlines, or read my column for that matter, you’ll want to go back to sleep, pull the covers up over your head, and stay there. The terrorists are around the corner, the world is going to hell, and despite our progress, queers all over the universe have little shiny targets on their foreheads. Comment
Legal

Chicago Sheriff Violated First Amendment in Battling Backpage.com 

The sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, home to Chicago and surrounding suburbs, violated the First Amendment rights of Backpage.com, a classified ad business, when he pressured major credit card companies to deny transactions between the company and its Comments (4)
Nathan Riley

Despite Constraints, Optimism About New Medical Marijuana Program

There was something fiendishly clever about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s last-minute gutting of a medical marijuana bill devised by the Legislature; he transformed it into a bureaucratic nightmare. Comments (60)
Breaking News

For Plan to End AIDS, Cuomo Offers $200 Million, de Blasio Expands Services to All With HIV

Speaking at a World AIDS Day event, Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed HASA For All, city legislation that would expand eligibility for rental assistance, food stamps, and o Comments (3)
Film

Classic Filmmaker Collaboration Revisited

In 1966, film critic-turned-director François Truffaut interviewed Alfred Comment
Guest Perspective

Governor Cuomo’s Life Or Death Decision On Supportive Housing

Two weeks ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio took a major step in combating our city’s homelessness crisis, committing city resources to create 15,000 units of supportive housing. Comments (2)

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