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Celebrating Queer Literature and Mentorship

The Tony Awards were only the second-gayest ceremony in town last week, as luminaries from the LGBTQ community gathered Monday, June 12 to celebrate the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards. Comments (21)

Fearless and Funny

Out gay comedian Eddie Sarfaty thinks everything is funny: family, relationships, politics, annoying people, really annoying people, pets, his own neuroses, other people’s neuroses, self-doubt. The list goes on and on. Comments (2)

Last Minute Beat the Heat Escapes

So you never got around to planning that amazing summer vacation for this year. Okay, totally understandable, your life is crazy busy. You’re still a good person. Comments (5)

Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

Hundreds of proud activists crowded into the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow Corona Park for the June 9 opening of an exhibit on the unique history of the LGBTQ movement in New York’s most diverse borough. Comments (2)
New York City

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

Hundreds of New York comrades, family members, and admirers of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, bid him an emotional and spirited farewell on June 14 — Flag Day (his favorite day) —starting at the Stonewall Inn and marching with many of his banners protesting hate and affirming LGBT identity to Hudson River Park. There, his flag was raised high Comment

The Women He Loves

Seth Sikes has a powerful, elegant voice, which he uses to sing standards made famous by Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, and Barbra Streisand, among a bevy of beloved divas. Sikes doesn’t try to perform like the divas who are his heroes; his show, instead, is his own personal tribute to them. Comment

Leadership Awards at Brooklyn Pride Center

26 Bridge Street in DUMBO played host to the Brooklyn CommunityPride Center Awards on June 15, an event that included cocktails and dinner as well. Comments (1)

Show Your Pride

If you’re planning on making a trip to the theater part of your Pride celebration, read this (skimming is okay — if it's absolutely necessary): Gay City News’ annual round-up of what you should see, what you can see, and how. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Paul Feinman Nominated as State High Court’s First Gay Judge

Governor Andrew Cuomo has nominated an out gay man to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest bench. Comments (11)

"Bandwidth: The Ups & Downs of a Lesbian Diva"

After a sold-out performance in May, Ilene Sameth reprises her one-woman show “Bandwidth: The Ups & Downs of a Lesbian Diva” at Dixon Place, 161-A Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets) on Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.. Comment

"In the Life" In the Flesh

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | “In the Life,” an LGBTQ news and cultural affairs television program, made history when it premiered on PBS 25 years ago. The show was like nothing before, yet it stayed ahead of its time, exploring teen suicide, a Muslim lesbian, gender diversity, and the first Pride celebration in Montana — all in its first half-dozen years. Comment
New York City

Pride's Blitz of Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s LGBTQ community, its families, and its friends flocked to Park Slope on Saturday, June 10 for the 21st annual Brooklyn Pride celebration, a day of inclusionary revelry with a festival and a parade that were bigger and more fabulous than ever, according to attendees. Comment

Throngs Descend on DC in Unity & Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On Sunday, June 11, one day after Washington, DC, observed its own local Pride celebration, tens of thousands of grassroots activists took to the streets of the capital in […] Comment

Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

Legislators aiming to relax New York’s unusually stringent statute of limitations on sexual abuse of minors remain hopeful that, with the State Assembly already having taken action, the State Senate could yet follow suit before the session ends next week. According to out gay West Side Senator Brad Hoylman, “The governor’s office is still talking about” a program bill could eliminate time Comments (18)

Hail, Caesar!

Despite the dazzling, thoughtful, and often moving production of “Julius Caesar” now in Central Park, it is virtually impossible to discuss the Public Theater’s staging of the Shakespeare classic without acknowledging the predictably cartoonish controversy it has spawned. In setting the play in the present time an Comments (4)
Breaking News

At Stonewall Site, Thousands Remember Pulse Victims

Thousands gathered near the Stonewall National Monument in the West Village on June 12 to remember the 49 LGBTQ people who were shot and killed by a gunman in a Florida nightclub one year earlier. Comments (1)
Breaking News

New Yorkers Rally to Gay Chechen Cause

Fifty demonstrators drawn from the ranks of Rise and Resist – a group largely focused on protesting right-wing assaults by the Trump administration on American democratic institutions and ideals – and their allies took to the sunny streets of Greenwich Village and Chelsea on June 11 to call attention to the plight of gay people in Chechnya who are be Comments (9)

Fast Hands Win the Day

The athletes of the New York Warriors, the city’s gay flag football team — a three-time championship winning squad (2006-2008) — are hungry. They lost the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL) title in 2009 and are determined to regain their title. Comments (2)

A Mystery Appears, Then Vanishes

The best films in the exciting wave of Japanese horror cinema that began about 20 years ago pointed to the fraying of the family as one of their main sources of tension and anxiety. Comment

From Russia with Romantic Satire

Russian opera, like Russian literature, began at ground level with seminal author Alexander Pushkin. The first truly Russian opera, Glinka’s “Ruslan and Lyudmila,” is based on a Pushkin poem. Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” is based on a play by Pushkin. Two Pushkin-derived operas b Comment

Activists Rally Against Indonesian Gay Crackdown

Stepped up official government attacks on gay men in Indonesia — including the arrest and public humiliation of 141 men at a gay spa in Jakarta on May 22 — were met by pickets at that country’s consulates in New York and San Francisco in the past week. Comments (35)

The Fight for Marriage in Broad, Informed Context

In 2009, attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies vowed to take a legal challenge to Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in that state, to the US Supreme Court and win marriage for gay and Comments (2)

Luscious Sights, Smells Now Joined By Tastes

There is nothing like rifling someone’s hair under white cherry blossoms. Or gazing at tall black-purple tulips while someone puts their arm around you and pulls you close enough to smell their spicy traditional cologne. That is why there is no single better spot for a date in all of New York City than the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Comments (13)

Push to Close Hate Crime Law Loophole

A member of the State Assembly has introduced legislation that would allow judges to bar criminal defendants from claiming they belong to one of the protected classes in New York’s hate crime law when they are being prosecuted for a crime against a member of that protected class. Comments (1)
Media Circus

On Chechnya: Why England (and America) Sleeps

You may be wondering what the problem is with assisting Chechen gay men at risk of being killed. It seems as though saving the lives of people who are in imminent danger of being murdered would be a universal obligation of every civilized country. Comments (12)
New York City

Pride Month Kicks Off in Jackson Heights

As is its tradition, Queens Pride kicked off the city’s month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community in Jackson Heights on June 4 with a turnout far exceeding last year’s and a special focus on those who lost their lives to hate crimes over the decades. Comments (2)

Gay Greetings from Asbury Park

The sky looked menacing, but there was no rain on this parade. The New Jersey LGBT Pride Celebration was held June 4 for the 26th time in Asbury Park on the fabled Jersey Shore. Comments (4)
Breaking News

March for Chechnya on June 11 in West Village

Branden Hayward of Rise and Resist is organizing a Solidarity March for Chechnya, a Muslim majority part of Russia, where gay men are being rounded up by government forces and killed. The march on Sunday, June 11 starts at noon on the Christopher Street pier and ends in Union Square. Hayward said the group aims to draw attention to the persecution there and help the Rai Comments (5)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

In Defense of Lesbians, i.e., Those Fucking Dykes

On Saturday, May 20, two lesbians got attacked on the Q train. The news reports say it was an altercation over seats. Comments (5)

A Better Politics on the Screen

The name of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is a little deceptive. It’s not exactly a festival of films about human rights, although it comes close. Instead, it’s sponsored by the NGO Human Rights Watch, which is akin to Amnesty International though with a broader mission, and it would be more accurately described as a political fil Comments (3)

Still Searching for the “Angels”

ELI JACOBSON | Tony Kushner completed his two part opus “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” in the early 1990s as a visceral response to critical issues that dominated the previous decade — the rise of Ronald Reagan, the emergence of AIDS, New Yorkers’ response to the crisis, and the culture wars th Comment

The Bloom is Back on “Roses”

From protester/ police clashes on Tokyo’s streets to hipster-packed groping sessions in darkened apartments to bitter rivalries that topple the power structure of a “gay boys bar,” simmering unrest is the spark that ignites explosive acts of lust and violence in writer and director Toshio Matsumoto’s gorgeous, gr Comment

Another Anthology Drag Deep Dive

The second of three anticipated programs at the Anthology Film Archives about cross-dressing and drag on screen features a number of films — Ernst Lubitsch’s “I Don’t Want to Be a Man” (Jun. 11, 5 p.m.; Jun. 17, 9 p.m.) and Barbara Streisand’s “Yentl” (Jun. 12, 8:45 p.m.; Jun. 16, 6:30 p.m.; Jun. 18, 8 p.m.) among th Comment

March for Truth and Against Guns

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Saturday, June 3 saw two gatherings of protesters in the immediate vicinity of the Brooklyn Bridge — one a grassroots coalition of groups demanding an independent investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to Donald Trump and his campaign. Comments (2)

SAGE Launches Self-Care App

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE, has partnered with Self Care Catalysts, a cloud-based provider of solution analytics for health care patients, in launching a Health Storylines digital app that allows individuals to create and maintain an accurate record — or “story” — of their health for their own use, as w Comments (6)

How Trump Drove Priscilla to Park Slope

All aboard the Priscilla! Comments (1)

A Trove of Lubitsch

No single filmmaker has provided me with more sheer delight than Ernst Lubitsch, currently enjoying a comprehensive retrospective marking his 125th birthday at Film Forum. An always-surprising effervescent wit, uncanny sophistication, and radiating charm were the hallmarks of his Comment

Magical Thinking

Ritualized pederasty, sex slavery, and ongoing abuse are difficult topics for a musical. Yet they are the ingredients in the toxic stew of a show with the shockingly romantic name “The Boy Who Danced on Air.” The subject matter is drawn from a 2010 documentary that chronicles an Afghani tradition of bacha bazi (coyly translated as “boy Comments (1)

The Giddy Side of Greed

With a massive ensemble bursting with Broadway-caliber comedic talent, it’s hard to imagine how they got any work done during rehearsals of the latest revival of “The Government Inspector,” Nikolai Gogol’s goofy fa Comments (3)


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