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“Not Guilty” Plea in Bronx Bully Slay Case

Abel Cedeno, 18, the bullied Bronx gay teen who says he was acting in self-defense against an assault in class on September 27 when he killed Matthew McCree, 15, and wounded Ariane Laboy, 16, with a knife that he had recently bought for protection, appeared in Bronx Criminal Court on November 15 and pleaded “not guilty” to Comments (1)

Hot Under The Collar

It is particularly fitting that Lance Ringel’s new play, “In Love with the Arrow Collar Man,” employs a teacher’s lecture as a framing device. That's because this modest piece shines a light on a little-known chapter in queer New York history, the nearly 50-year Comments (3)

A Classical Gas

The all-male drag ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has been performing its singular mix of high art and high camp for 40 years. Bobbi Jo Hart’s celebratory documentary “Rebels on Pointe” showcases the Trocks, which bills itself as the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, by capturing the danc Comment

My Life Differently

Prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s “On the Beach At Night Alone” reflects on the failed relationship of a woman named Younghee (Kim Minhee) with a well-known filmmaker. Comments (1)

R.E.M.’s Pinnacle, A Quarter Century On

At the time “Automatic For the People” came out in 1992, I had abandoned my earlier fandom of R.E.M. — who helped popularize college radio in the ‘80s and pave the way for the commercial success of grunge and indie rock in the ‘90s — because hits like “Stand” and “Shiny Happy People” sounded like children’s novelty songs to me. Comments (2)

In This “Laramie Project,” Matthew Shepard Speaks

It was 19 autumns ago when the nation was shaken by news of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay Laramie, Wyoming, college student who was held captive by two local men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, who beat him savagely and hung his body on a ranch fence, leaving him to die. Found the morning after the attack, Sh Comments (1)

Trumpism Forced Back on Its Heels

On an off-year election night, a wave of revulsion at the radical and chaotic presidency of Donald Trump meant big wins for Democrats and the election of LGBTQ candidates — including eight who are transgender — and their allies in local races nationwide. Comments (2)

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

Out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, on October 30, presided over a hearing of the Committee on Education he chairs that heard more than six hours of testimony on bullying in the city public schools, with representatives from the Department of Education (DOE) on the defensive a Comments (3)

Behavior Americans Won’t Tolerate in a Fictional President

Kevin Spacey is finished. No one will be able to look at him again without thinking about the fact that when he was 26, he cornered a 14-year-old boy on his bed and tried to force himself on the boy sexually. While Spacey said that he had no recollection of the attack on actor Anthony Rapp in 1986 and said that he must have been drunk if it happened a Comments (3)

Shamir Settles Happily into a New Genre

Genderqueer artist Shamir has made one of the more radical transformations in recent music. He followed up his 2015 debut album, “Ratchet,” which was steeped in ‘80s house music and dance club-oriented beats, with “Hope,” a collection of rock songs self-released as a free download to the website SoundCloud that seemingly consisted of him singing and playing guitar into a c Comments (3)

LGBTQ in Intersectionality Mix at Women’s Convention

Intersectionality. Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

One Gay Man’s Experience with Sexual Humiliation

Forty years ago I stood in the center of a crowded room with a nervous smile on my face. It was lunch time, and the office canteen was packed with noisy colleagues in a festive mood. Comments (7)
Media Circus

When Life Is Skeevier than Art

"Netflix dumps Kevin Spacey from ‘House of Cards,’” the Entertainment Weekly headline announced. The article, by Derek Lawrence, went on to summarize the nasty but delicious story, […] Comments (3)
Susie Day

How To Make the Trump Era Seem Like Fake News

Congratulations, smart American shopper! You have just overcome months of electorally induced PTSD by purchasing a Li’l Orange President®! These droll, five-inch-high orange neo-fascist dudes are living genetic replicas of our current US president! Comments (4)

City Shelters to Guarantee Overdose Prevention Staffing

A measure approved by the City Council on October 31 guarantees that homeless shelters across New York will be staffed by people trained to prevent fatal overdoses. Comment

The Opportunity to Understand Yourself

Out gay cinematographer Matt Lynn usually works behind the camera. He lensed the fabulous web series “The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo” as well as various queer-themed short films and series. But his latest effort, Jorge Ameer’s “Oasis,” puts him in front of and behind the camera. Comment
New York City

Community Center Fêtes Women Leaders

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On November 4, the LGBT Community Center hosted its 20th annual Women’s Event at Capitale on the Bowery with a splashy evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a celebration of leaders in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Comments (6)

Polish Divorce, New York Style

New York’s Domestic Relations Law sets residency requirements for married couples seeking to divorce in the state, which vary in length — one or two years, depending upon whether they were married in New York and have lived in the state continuously. This creates a problem for a same-sex couple who came to New York to marry and then returned home to a jurisdiction that does not reco Comments (6)

Clipped Wings

Given that “M. Butterfly” is an operatic-scale tragedy of a romantic, if deluded, passion so intense that it destroys a man’s life, it’s surprising and deeply disappointing that Julie Taymor’s revival is so dull and dreary. Choosing to turn the play into a naturalistic, psychological drama, Taymor misreads the play and Comment

No Exit

One of the more adventurous offerings of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017 - 2018 opera season is the US premiere of Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel.” The Adès opera, based on Luis Buñuel’s enigmatic 1962 surrealist film & Comments (4)

Vivian Reed’s Boldly Wide Range

In show business, there are no divas held in higher regard than Lena Horne. So, if anyone even entertains the notion of doing a project on her, like, say, Leslie Uggams or Vanessa Williams, they’d better be able to fill her Ferragamos. Such a one is definitely that total bombshell of a performer Vivian Reed, whose show, “Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne,” will play at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below once a month Comment

Space Queens Unleashed, Again

When you think of the storied, experimental Ridiculous Theatrical Company, co-founded by the über-talented, unabashedly queer Charles Ludlam in the late 1960s, what first comes to mind is comic camp, followed soon after by freaky frivolity. Certainl Comment

The Many Loves of Gilbert Gottfried

If your basic impression of comedian Gilbert Gottfried is of an overbearing loudmouth who does nothing but spew obscenities and the most vulgar of jokes, you’ve only experienced the tip of the iceberg. Far more is revealed of this quite shy, sensitive, true eccentric in Neil Berkeley’s utterly disarming doc “Gilbert. Comments (1)


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