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She’s Come a Long Way, Baby

When it premiered on Broadway in 1989 (after a successful stint Off Broadway beginning the year before), “The Heidi Chronicles” was more than just an awards juggernaut, snapping up Best Play Tony and Drama Desk Awards and the Pu Comment

What Utah Anti-Bias Law Tells Us About the Nationwide Fight   

On the eve of a critical State Senate committee hearing on a measure providing, for the first time in Utah history, nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), said, “The desire exhibited by the Mormon Chur Comments (12)

Larry Kramer's Search for Heart & History

In the spring of 1989 I went to New York — a city I was born in but left for Los Angeles in 1976 — and paid a visit to my old Gay Activists Alliance compadre Vito Russo, for what would prove to be the last time. I was in town to do research for my book “The Scorsese Picture: The Art a Comments (48)

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

Moments before OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group, stepped onto Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Craig Robinson, NBCUniversal’s chief diversity officer, responded cautiously when asked to predict how the crowd would react. Comments (2)

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

Melissa Sklarz at the March 12 City Hall press event, flanked by City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Marty Algaze from Assemblymember Dick Gottfried’s office, Councilmember Corey Johnson, and the […] Comments (21)

Desert of the Mind

Like all great films, Argentine director Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja” makes up its own rules. Or, at the very least, it synthesizes its influences, which seem to stretch from John Ford’s classic Westerns to Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Buddhist surrealism, into something really new. Its elliptical narrative and refusal to Comment

Mobile Marriage License Window Remains Shuttered  

Alabama’s Mobile County Probate Court is not issuing marriage licenses to anybody, as Judge Don Davis — caught between a federal district court order that names him and a contradictory ruling from the State Supreme Court — tries to figure out exactly what he is supposed to be doing. Comment
Guest Perspective

French Fries, With Love Rejected

As we had been doing once a month for several years, Edith and I met at 11:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Film Forum on Houston Street for a “members only” sneak preview of a critically praised, but obscure film. I think it was an early Cary Grant picture that nobody has ever heard of. As a contributing member of the Film Forum, Edith receives regular invitations to these events and, back in 2012 or 2013, began inviting me to jo Comments (2)

History Boys and Girls

The new musical “Hamilton” now at the Public Theater owes its inspiration partly to Ron Chernow’s exhaustive biography “Alexander Hamilton” and partly to the animated TV series Comments (4)

An Egyptian Chef Whose Suggestions Bear Heeding

BY DONNA MINKOWITZ| I was afraid of Astoria’s Kabob Café because of Yelp. I’m not proud of it, but I was. Several Yelpers had claimed there was “filth,” “cobwebs,” and even a roach spotted crawling on the unique Egyptian café’s art-laden walls. I try to be open-minded about restaurants, but I do draw the line at vermin. Comments (1)

Splish Splash

PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The Skivvies — pop-duo Lauren Molina ("Rock of Ages") and Nick Cearley ("All Shook Up") — kicked off their new monthly show "Splashdance!" at 42West in the OUT Hotel, 514 West 42nd Street. The night featured a long list of mashed-up melodies, ranging from the Beatles' "Blackbird," Nelly's "Hot in Herre," and Meghan Trainer's "All About that Base." The night's many special gues Comments (48)

Under the Sea

PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY | “The Meeting*” — the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites — journeyed under the sea this past weekend to pay homage to Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Comedian and IOS chair Justin Sayre hosted the event with music direction by Tracy Stark. Comment

Sissy that Walk

PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Drag queens took over the Monster Bar on March 15, featuring hosts Bob the Drag Queen and Monet X Change, Chandilier Period, Terra Grenade, and more. Comment

Grindr Not Liable for Hook-Up With Underage User  

A gay man’s attempt to hold Grindr responsible for his arrest and prosecution for sex with a minor was cut short on March 13 when a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that an “interactive computer service” provider enjoys statutory immunity from liability for harm resulting from content third parties post to its service. Comments (3)
Media Circus

Christ’s Emissary Calls Us Maricónes

One unexpected measure of progress in media coverage of LGBT lives is the fact that I had to go all the way to the Andean Air Mail and Peruvian Times for this week’s lede. (It’s a single entity — formerly an English-language newspaper, now a website.) The subject is a bill that would have legalized civil unions in Peru: “The debate over the legislation heated up in the days leading to the vote, with opponents and supporters holding separate protests. The legislation, proposed by lawmaker Carlos Bruce, faced stiff opposition in a conservative country where the Catholic Church still plays a strong role in public and private life. Comment

Dorothy's Dozen

Once upon a time, in the distant BR (Before RuPaul) era, real women ruled our hearts in gay dives. Barbra Streisand at the Lion, Bette Midler at the Continental Baths, Ellen Greene at Reno Sweeney made us swoon, cocktails in hand, with their big, actual voices, talent, and camp sensibilities. Carrying on the sorely missed tradition of those ladies Comments (1)

The French Connection

French opera has become something of a stepchild in the international operatic repertoire — it doesn’t always get the love and attention it needs even in Paris. Its specialists are few and far between, and the French style has become internationalized, losing character, delicacy, and perfu Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Sustaining the Approaching Apocalypse of Uppity Queers

If I could, I’d give up on words and just publish a photo of a cute kitten. Maybe the one with a furry little face sticking out of a boot. Or, if you prefer, I could offer beefcakes, or hot dykes galore. Whatever would elicit that smile, a satisfied little coo. Comment

Double Blind

“Am I getting the real thing or a placebo?” That’s the question at the center of “Placebo,” Melissa James Gibson’s bold new drama about desire and sticky relationships set against the backdrop of a clinical Comments (1)

Sex Is Scary

David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows” takes the sexual anxiety from John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and lifts it from subtext to subject matter. A return to the body-horror pioneered by David Cronenberg but missing from Cronenberg’s past few films, it riffs on the anxiety created by STDs. Comments (2)
Nathan Riley

Bill Bratton’s Possibly Inadvertent Truthiness About Marijuana

New York needs to take marijuana seriously. Comments (2)


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