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After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

Reaction to the Empire State Pride Agenda’s stunning December 12 announcement that it was folding up its tent is comparable to the way people talk about the weather. Everybody complained about it, but the big Comments (21)

Mark Segal’s Dance to Equality  

Mark Segal’s memoir, “And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality,” has to be one of the most involving, can’t-put-it-down chronicles of the post-Stonewall LGBT movement yet penned. It also provides a remarkable object lesson in about how you can be irrepressibly outspoken and resolute about freedom, yet do so in a manner that Comments (7)

PrEP Awareness, Use “Increased Substantially,” Study Says    

A series of surveys show that the awareness and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among New York City gay and bisexual men has steadily increased between 2012 and 2014. Comments (3)

Lesbian, Transgender Themes Led the Year in Queer 

In 2015, the LGBT films that received the most attention ranged from the subli Comments (5)

Intersex Activism to the Fore During UN Advocacy Push    

Miriam van der Have is a married lesbian and mother of two. She came out publicly Comments (2)

Kensington Austrian Newcomer Rises to Not Bad   

When I hear a restaurant called “hot,” I usually want to turn and walk the other way. There are many terrible things about our happy-shiny new food culture, but the worst may be its lust for trendiness. So when I saw that the new Austrian restaurant near where I live in no Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Against Gay Human Rights in Africa… Or, Activists Are Always Wrong

Activists are always being told to shut up, sit down, go away — by people in their own movements. “Honey catches more flies than vinegar,” they say. Or, “The patient dog eats the fattest bone.” The specter of backlash is also raised, as if the black activist were responsible for racism. As if the queer ones were responsible for homophobia that would have probably gone away by itself like a bad cold if we had just hunkered down and eaten some soup. Comments (2)

About Women, Even If Still Not Often By Women

2015 was a good year for films about women, which is reflected on my top 10 list, but not such a good year for films by women. Increasingly, Hollywood&# Comments (6)

2015 Picture of the Year

On the evening of June 26, just hours after the US Supreme Court, in an historic 5-4 vote, declared that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, President Barack Obama ordered the White House to be bathed in rainbow colors to honor a decision and a day that he said embodied “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.” Comments (4)

At Ugly Xenophobic Moment, Moore Swings Way Too Hard

I feel guilty for criticizing Michael Moore and his latest documentary “Where to Invade Next” for an excess of xenophilia, especially at this ugly moment in American politics. But I’ve long been annoyed by his tendency to romanticize Canada and Europe. Comment

US Court Won’t Dismiss Sexual Orientation Claim Against College     

US District Judge Dean D. Pregerson ruled on December 15 that two Pepperdine University students could sue the school for sexual orientation discrimination under Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits sex discrimination by educational institutions receiving federal money. Comments (5)
Media Circus

Hello, FADA

Here’s some holiday cheer — oh, excuse me, Christmas cheer (my liberal comrades are at war with Christianity, don’t you know, but I’m trying to promote peace and goodwill in what […] Comments (1)

Rocking, Rolling, and Playing Dead

Mark my words: Twenty years from now we’ll be seeing stories about young actors who were inspired to enter showbiz after seeing  Comment

The Wonder of Christmas Eve  

At this time of year, I can’t think of anyone more appropriate to interview than Christmas Eve herself, aka actress Ann Harada, who put her indelible stamp on this role she originated in “Avenue Q.” Comment

New York Provincial  

All New Yorkers think of their Comments (1)

Court Bars Catholic School From Discriminating Against Married Gay Employee

Since marriage equality became legal nationwide, one question that has arisen but not been clearly answered is whether religious institutions can freely discriminate in their employment practices against married gay coupl Comments (8)

Madcap Medieval Times

When it comes to theatrical roles, you could say that Jackie Hoffman has always be Comments (2)
Breaking News

Anti-Gay Billionaire Seeks City Deal to Stage Flushing Meadow Music Fest

A company owned by Philip Anschutz, a leading funder of anti-LGBT organizations and candidates for public office, has applied to produce a major music festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in 2016. Comments (3)

The Past’s Unwelcome Grip  

45 Years” is an affecting drama by out writer/ director Andrew Haigh (“Weekend,” “Looking”). When Geoff (Tom Courtenay) receives a letter containing news from his past, he and Comment

Through a Glass Darkly

There’s a shot upon which Hungarian director László Nemes’ Auschwitz-set drama “Son of Saul” could have ended that would make it one of the most tasteless films ever. Thankfully, Comments (3)

Alabama Lesbian Mom’s Case Closer To Supreme Court Review

A lesbian mother’s quest for joint custody of the children she had adopted in Georgia and raised together with her former same-sex partner, the children’s biological mother, took a step closer to the Supreme Court on December 14, when the high court granted her a stay of an adverse ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court. Comments (2)


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