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Discovering Sanctity

Expatriates can act strange, particularly if they didn’t leave their home country out of necessity but because they were disgusted by its culture. Eugène Green, an American director who lives and works in Fra Comments (1)
From the Editor

He's Been Our President

Too cerebral. Unwilling to engage in bare-knuckles political war with his Republican enemies. Naïve, in fact, about his ability to find common ground with a GOP determined to undermine, even delegitimize him from Day 1. Comments (29)
Books

Face Forward and Forgetting

Before he became an acclaimed novelist, Rabih Alameddine studied engineering at the University of California, got a master̵ Comments (1)
Legal

Activist Roskoff Lauds Cuomo Embrace of Clemency  

Sweeping clemency action by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 30 – in which he commuted the sentences of seven felons, pardoned five others, and conditionally pardoned 101 nonviolent youthful offenders – came as welcome news to a longtime gay leader who in recen Comments (11)
Susie Day

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Donald

Dear President-Elect Trump, Comments (3)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Nightmare on Penn Street

I’ve decided to consider the next four years as an existential opportunity to be liberated, not by hope, but by fear. I’m not joking. I’m waking up at night in a cold sweat I usually reserve for mice infestations. The election really did happen. And in about two weeks DT’s sneery face really will be delivering rambling addresses in front of the presidential seal, as he distractedly tweets poisonous nonsense and toys idly with the big red button that could nuke us all. Comments (4)
Media Circus

A Gay Walks into a Bar –– Ow!

A spate of articles has appeared lately on the subject of gay bars shutting down, and strangely, they all conclude that it’s A Good Thing. In the last two weeks, the Chicago Tribune, The Economist, and the website The Good Men Project have all published articles that examine the trend, whi Comments (1)
Legal

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

The full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals bench has heard oral argument on the question of whether sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is illegal as sex discrimination under Comments (3)
Theater

Feeling Low? Watch This!

It’s a new year, we have a new (shudder) president, and people are more depressed than ever, some even feeling suicidal. What was once literally regarded as the lunatic fringe of society has become the new normal, with everyone from six-year-olds to seniors feeling confused, or blue and dosing themselves away on meds. Comment
Theater

Debbie Reynolds Kicked Ass

And now, both Carrie Fisher, 60, and her equally movie-starry mother, Debbie Reynolds, 84, have truly gone into legend, the latter heartbreakingly following her daughter’s untimely death one day later. The facile term “icon” has been tossed around a lot lately regarding them, but it is cert Comments (1)
Music

An Alan Turing Fantasia

Gay operatic history may be made January 12 at Manhattan’s Merkin Hall, at the world premiere – in concert – of “The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing.” Comments (4)
Legal

Discriminatory Birth Certificate Laws Upheld in Arkansas

A year and a half after the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, pockets of resistance remain Comments (12)
Music

Home games

The Met production of “La bohème” dates from 1981; my database tells me I had seen it 15 times before going again December 8. Franco Zeffirelli’s behemot Comments (8)
Music

Road Shows

Washington National Opera had two aces in the hole for its staging of “La fille du régiment,̶ Comment
Theater

Shock and Awe

The undercurrents of passion, menace, and virtually unrelieved tension that pulse through Sam Gold’s masterful staging of “Othello,” now at New York Theat Comment
Legal

In Indiana, County Clerk Can’t Refuse to Issue License   

A federal district court has ruled that an Indiana deputy county clerk has no protected religious grounds on which to refuse to carry out her official duty to process a marriage license application from a same-sex couple. Ruling in an employment discrimination case brought under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Judge Richard L. Young, on December 15, found that Linda Summers’ religious beliefs did not shield her from being dismissed for failure to do her job. Comments (2)
Breaking News

New Year’s Eve, 11th Hour Assault on Transgender Health

In an 11th-hour action, US District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a December 31 nationwide preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing part of a new regulation scheduled to go into effect on New Year’s Day that would have interpreted the prohibition on disc Comments (10)

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