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Texas High Court Leaves Open 2015 Marriage Equality Ruling’s Meaning

In a clear misreading of the US Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges from 2015 — especially as elucidated just days ago by the high court in its Arkansas birth certificate ruling in Pavan v. Smith — the Texas Supreme Court, on June 30, unanimously refused to dismiss a lawsuit by two disgruntled taxpayers who argue that the city of Houston should not provide emplo Comments (36)

In Washington Square, Underlining Trans Visibility

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO/ REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On a humid Friday afternoon just two days before the LGBTQ Pride March, a crowd of several hundred spent an hour in Washington Square Park listening to speeches as part of Trans Day of Action, before devoting several more hours to marching around the Village. Comment
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With July 22 Deadline, SAGE Scrambles to Restore Trans Seniors to Key Fed Survey

With less than a month left before the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) closes the window on public comment, advocates for LGBTQ seniors are claiming partial victory against the Trump administration’s original plan to “erase Comments (2)

Gracie Mansion Celebrates Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a spectacular early summer evening June 22, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray played host to several hundred LGBTQ New Yorkers in a salute to Pride and, specifically, to Laverne Cox, the first out transgender television star (“Orange Is the New Black”). Comments (2)
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Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Anti-LGBTQ Mississippi Law

A three-judge panel of the Houston-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved a preliminary injunction and dismissed two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that protects people acting on anti-LGBTQ views from adverse action by state and local governments there. Comments (1)
New York City

Woke-ness Colors Pride March, Dyke March, and Drag March, Too

While the Pride March and Dyke March were full of woke p Comments (3)
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SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

In the final day of its term, the US Supreme Court ruled that when a child is born to a woman married to another woman, both women should be listed as parents on the child’s birth certificate. Comments (3)
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Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Exemptions from Gay Rights Laws

The US Supreme Court, on June 26, agreed to hear an appeal of a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that Jack C. Phillips does not have a First Amendment right for his business, Masterpiece Cakeshop, to refuse an order to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Comments (2)
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With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

A dozen queer activists were arrested during New York City’s Pride March as they protested the presence of police and corporate sponsors in the annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots that marked the modern LGBTQ rights movement’s start. Comments (2)

Lopsided Ménage

The love triangle has been a heady plot driver in theater forever, but in the sordidly sexy, unsatisfying “Afterglow,” writer-director S. Asher Gelman gives the device a decidedly contemporary queer spin, kicking it up a notch or two. Comment

City Helps Hetrick-Martin Connect Youth to Care

Blake Brown is a 20-year-old who grew up in the South Bronx, where as a young teen, she acknowledges, she was something of a “poster child” when her high school’s administrators tried to make the case that the school sorely lacked needed resources. Comments (32)
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State Senate Confirms First Gay Judge on NYS' Highest Court

The Republican-controlled State Senate approved an out gay man to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest bench, just days after he was nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Comments (1)

When Desire and Change Happen Online

Out gay filmmaker John G. Young excels at making intense, intimate films about thorny gay relationships. His latest drama, “Bwoy,” is no exception. Comments (1)

Scott Lively Avoids US Jurisdiction in Uganda Hate Campaign

Even while describing pastor and attorney Scott Lively as “an American citizen who has aided and abetted a vicious and frightening campaign of repression against LGBTI persons in Uganda,” US District Judge Michael A. Ponsor, in Springfield, Massachusetts, h Comments (3)
From the Editor

Time For Radical Activism on Overdose Deaths

A wave of revulsion and anger swept through the drug reform community with the news that the New York City health department’s final count for 2016 overdose deaths was 1,347. Comments (26)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Notes on the State of the Queer Union

Last week, I bought seeds and potting soil, rigged a couple of egg cartons, and planted tomatoes and herbs. Before I went to bed yesterday, I saw the first pale sprouts of basil emerging. I check back every half hour now, to see what else has poked out. Comments (10)

Alone, But Never Out of Sight

In João Pedro Rodrigues’ fascinating new film, “The Ornithologist,” the title character Fernando (Paul Hamy) is kayaking through Portugal studying black storks. After he has an accident, two Chinese hikers, Fei (Han Wen) and Ling (Chan Suan), who have strayed from the Camino de Santiago, save him. Fernando has a series of further adventures, meeting Jesus (Xelo Cagiao), a deaf shep Comments (3)

Invader in the Pleasure Dome: One Year Later

This month marks a year since Dr. Ash Tewari performed a robotic-assisted, laparoscopic, radical prostatectomy — known as a RALP — on me at Mt. Sinai Hospital uptown. For the first several months after having my prostate removed, I was living in this almost euphoric fool’s paradise believing that I had re Comments (5)
Media Circus

Breitbart’s Obtuseness, High Tech’s Hypocrisy

“The other reason the gay rights movement appears to have adopted a one-sided political approach is that its leaders seem to think that they simply do not need Republican support. Although Americans, and Republicans in particular, have been increasingly tolerant toward the LGBTQ community — with Donald Trump specifically name-checking the movement at the 2016 Republican National Convention — the gay rights movement has generally preferred to fight its cause in the courts rather than appealing to the goodwill of voters.” Comments (2)

Fraud Suit Against AIDS Healthcare Foundation Nixed

A federal judge in Miami has dismissed a fraud lawsuit brought against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), finding that federal law allowed the agency to pay bonuses to its employees for linking clients who test positive for HIV to care even if those clients ultimately chose to get that care from AHF. Comment

Final Win for Giuliani Adult Zoning Regs

Bringing possible finality to a lawsuit bouncing throughout the New York state court system for 15 years, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, ruled unanimously on June 6 that the 2001 amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance governing “adult establishments” do not violate the constitutional rights of businesses that provide sexually explicit ma Comments (6)
Guest Perspective

Kevin Spacy Has No Place Mocking Closets

Kevin Spacey tried to make no fewer than four “jokes” about being in the closet while hosting the Tony Awards, but was shown up by multiple out gay and lesbian winners and presenters — calling attention to his immature and offensive insistence on not owning up to his gay identity. Comments (7)

Rockland Judge Broadens Co-Parent Rights

Rockland County Family Court Judge Rachel E. Tanguay, ruling on a previously unresolved question under New York law, decided that when a lesbian couple had children together and raised them together as a family for several years before splitting up, the co-parent was entitled to have her parental status recognized for all purposes through what is known as an Order of Filiation. Comment
Susie Day

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

his year, Ramadan — the ninth month of the Islamic year, in which observant Muslims fast to commemorate the revelation of the Quran — happens to coincide with most of Gay Pride Month. Quiet as it’s kept, there are uncounted numbers of queer Muslims in the gay community. One of them is Izzadine Mustafa. Comments (14)

The San Francisco I Missed in Person

BY DONNA ACETO As a New Yorker of a certain age, I have longed for a visual portal into San Francisco in the 1970s. Armistead Maupin’s series of “Tales of the City” novels and my own imagination aside, Daniel Nicoletta’s “LGBT San Francisco” is the most fun historical romp I have found. On either paper or film. Comment

What You Don’t Know May Compromise Your Privacy

When John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, clicked on a link in a phishing email and entered his user name and password on the spoof Google page the link took him to, he gave up thousands of emails he had sent and received to what US intelligence agencies have said were Russian hackers. Comments (12)

Female Vulnerability’s Psychological Horrors

Since we live in a world where it’s easier to imagine total environmental collapse than equal social and economic rights, it’s not surprising that sci-fi dystopias are everywhere. At first, Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch” seems to be a particularly tone-deaf one, opening with a direct reference to the Nazi concentration camps’ practice of tattooing prisoners. Comment

Queer Film Pops Its New York Cherry

Manhattan’s Pride Week kicked off on June 19 with OutCinema — a collaboration of NewFest New York City’s LGBTQ film festival and Heritage of Pride. This year’s screening, at Chelsea’s SVA Theatre, was “Cherry Pop,” a hilarious new comedy about a newbie drag queen and all the drama she faces the night of her firs Comments (3)

Massachusetts High Court Boosts Needle Exchange

Giving a very close reading to Massachusetts laws regulating the sale of hypodermic needles and authorizing the Public Health Department to set up needle exchange programs, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled on June 14 that there was no legal impediment to a private, non-profit group setting up a free needle-exchange program without the specific approval of local government authorities. Comment

Russian Anti-Gay Laws Slammed by Euro Court

A seven-member chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, in a June 20 ruling, held that local and federal laws in Russia barring actions to “promote homosexuality among minors” or “non-traditional sexual relations” violate the free speech and equality provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. Comments (10)

From Gotham to Palmetto

BY DAVID SHENGOLD| Alan Gilbert took his leave of the New York Philharmonic’s music directorship on June 6 with the third of three concert readings of “Das Rheingold.” It’s somewhat melancholy to contemplate the triumphant “Le Grand Macabre” with Doug Fitch that began his regime, foretelling a modernizing tran Comment

Diversity, Indie Retailers Lauded in Publishing

BY MICHAEL LUONGO| Book Expo America, an annual publishing industry event held in tandem with the public conference BookCon, took place May 31 to June 4 in New York. North America’s largest book event, Book Expo, held at the Javits Center, offered plenty of interest for the queer reader, from out gay celebrities headlining splashy talks and quiet signings by authors to conversa Comments (2)

Transgender Legal Defense Honors Freedom

The Manhattan Penthouse on Lower Fifth Avenue was the venue June 8 for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s 12th annual Freedom Awards. The evening honored Governor Andrew Cuomo, in recognition of his work on behalf of transgender rights — with the nation’s first executive directive interpreting sex discrimination protections to protect trans people — marriage equality, gun safety, and a living wage. Comments (4)

Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Community Health, on June 14, officially opened its expanded facilities at 400 Broadway in Chinatown, more than doubling the number of exam and counseling rooms. The agency provides comprehensive primary care, preventive health services, mental health, and support services, with its core constituencies being A Comments (56)

A Wow Crowd at Jim Owles!

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club held a splashy Pride Awards ceremony at the Flatiron home of former Public Advocate Mark Green on June 5. Comments (8)

At Macy's, Comptroller Honors Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a June 20 bash at Macy’s in Herald Square, City Comptroller marked LGBTQ Pride Month by honoring Sue Wicks, a former New York Liberty player who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013; the Hetrick-Martin Institute (see related story on HMI); Luis Mancheno, a board member of Equal Comments (3)

Two Very Unique Actresses

With her heavy-lidded, slumberous eyes, and wide gash of a mouth, Emmanuelle Devos not only defines that elusive French term jolie laide, but is also one of the most striking presences in contemporary cinema. She has built up an impressive résumé in the last 20 years, working on compelling projects with fine directors, the latest of which, “Moka,” Comment
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LGBTQ Job, Housing, Safety Disparities in Stringer Survey

A survey of LGBTQ residents of New York recently completed by City Comptroller Scott Stringer points to clear disparities in employment and housing opportunities, food security, and public safety that respondents experience due to their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Comments (1)

Tragedy on “Spring Street”

“Spring Street,” a new web series about love, addiction, and music — produced by the Great Griffon, a LGBTQ nonprofit that seeks to shatter queer stereotypes through theater and film — just wrapped up its first season earlier this month. Comment

Pride Rally Returns to the Streets

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | After a number of years of holding the annual Pride Rally on a Hudson River pier, Heritage of Pride, in a bow to the dire political straits America finds itself in, took the event back to the streets this year, holding it in Foley Square downtown on June 16. Comments (1)
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Google Supports Stonewall National Monument With $1MM

In an unmistakable sign of the role private philanthropy can — and may have to — play with federal funding threatened across a broad array of worthy social goals, Google has committed $1 million to support efforts at the LGBT Community Center to develop oral histories and other narratives related to the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 Comments (1)


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