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Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

Federal district judges on opposite coasts dealt setbacks to President Donald Trump’s anti-transgender military policy on December 11. Comments (4)
Breaking News

Supreme Court Denies Review in Gay Rights Case

The US Supreme Court announced on December 11 that it will not review a decision by a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled on March 10 that a lesbian formerly employed as a security guard at a Georgia hospital could not sue for sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Comments (5)
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Justices Press Both Sides Hard in Wedding Cake Case

The courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States was the site on Tuesday of a high-stakes debate over the future of the right to refuse service or public accommodations based on religious grounds and the fate of American civil rights laws, as the justices questioned four attorneys at the oral argument for Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Comment

State PrEP Assistance Struggles to Attract Black Men

While a state program that pays for a drug regimen that prevents HIV infection currently has just under 1,400 New Yorkers participating, it is lagging in enrolling African-American men, a population that will have to see substantial declines in new HIV infections if the state is to meet its goal of significantly reducing new cases of HIV. Comment

World AIDS Day Marked in Brooklyn

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | AIDS advocates, nonprofit leaders, and city and state health officials gathered at the historic and resplendently restored Kings Theatre in Flatbush to mark World AIDS Day with the fourth annual End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition gathering. Comment

The Pool Man’s Joy

; Acrylic on canvas. | © DAVID HOCKNEY/ ©TATE, LONDON 2017 (PURCHASED, 1981) Comments (5)

SCOTUS Won’t Step into Houston Benefits Case, For Now

On December 4, the US Supreme Court, without explanation, rejected a petition from the City of Houston seeking review of the Texas Supreme Court’s J Comment
Media Circus

All While America Seems Beset by Golden Slumbers

“By the end of the day, Trump had been condemned by Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, to which he responded by going after a different Theresa May on Twitter, dragging an obscure woman who at the time had six followers into the limelight. In another tweet, he insinuated that the TV host Joe Scarborough killed an intern in 2001, when he was a congressman. This came after news reports informed us that Trump is still a birther and that he no longer admits that the voice on the infamous Access Hollywood tape is his own. Comment

A Step Away from Touche

John Latouche was just 41 years old in 1956 when he was felled by a massive coronary. But according to his friend composer Ned Rorem, “Since he had lived three lives in one, wasn’t he really 123 years old when he disappeared forever?” Comments (4)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

State of the Global Queer Nation, Year 1 Post-Trump

It’s hard to do more than gape at the destructive ripples we’re sending worldwide, the terrible knowledge of how fragile our already imperfect American democracy is, so dependent as it is on custom and those “gentlemen’s agreements” and not the beleaguered US Constitution. Who knew it only took one mad, racist narcissist to inexorably open the floodgates to the blatant white supremacists and rapacious thieves dreaming of a toilet paper little ‘c’ constitution — except for that ironclad detail about bearing arms? Comments (9)
Susie Day

Trump’s Thug-Power, Or Does Anybody Still Like Woody Allen?

Let’s go back to when we were all a little younger and less terrified. Obama is president. I am talking to a slightly older, white, heterosexual male, highly esteemed by the academic world and by me. I, a lesbian, admire and trust this guy. We’re catching up, talking about life, books, friends. I tell him my friend Beth is having a hard time writing her memoir. She’s trying to decide if she should include the fact that her very famous father, a renowned attorney, had sexually molested her for years while she was growing up. Comments (2)
New York City

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Fêted for 25 Years of Leadership

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a benefit evening of speeches, musical performances, and a reception, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the city’s LGBTQ synagogue that is also the world’s largest, celebrated 25 years of spiritual leadership under Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum. The highlight of the evening, which raised funds to complete the capital campaign that allowed CBST t Comment
New York City

The Ringleader

Andy Hill was a pastor’s son who spent his childhood running away from being gay. He quit gymnastics because he was attracted to his teammates and coaches. He buried himself in playing piano instead. Comment

Solemn Vigil Marks World AIDS Day's Close

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | As the sun went down on December 1, hundreds gathered at the NYC AIDS Memorial in the West Village to mark the 26th annual Out of the Darkness World AIDS Day candlelight vigil and heard from speakers involved in the battle against HIV. The Memorial was dedicated just one year ago as the city’s first significant marker of an epidemic that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of New Yorkers, most of them gay and bisexu Comments (2)

Matthew Shepard Foundation Enters 20th Year

Nineteen years after the brutal, anti-gay murder of her 21-year-old son Matthew in Laramie, Wyoming, Judy Shepard is committed and passionate about the cause of combatting bullying and bias of the type that ripped her family apart. Comments (2)

In the Altogether

Gerald McCullouch’s penetrating documentary “All Male, All Nude,” now out on DVD and available online at, profiles six guys who work at Swinging Richards, an all male, all nude strip club in Atlanta. The attractive dancer, each of them ingratiating in their own way, talk about why they take it all off. Comments (2)

A Tribute to Mark Merlis

On December 12, as part of the LGBT Community Center’s Second Tuesday Lecture Series, an esteemed group of gay writers will pay tribute to Mark Merlis, an award-winning novelist (“American Studies,” “An Arrow’s Flight,” “Man About Town,” “JD”) who was recognized as a modern gay master. Comments (1)

Italy Comes to the Village; Nellie Does Molinsky

BY DAVID NOH For the month of December, Film Forum is offering a selection of post-World War II movies shot in Italy, for its series “Roman Hollywood: American Movies go to Italy.” Those years were booming in terms of cinema, with American filmmakers attracted by the lure of tax breaks, cheaper production costs, Rome’s own movie factory Cinecittà, and the fascinatingly colorful country itself, re Comments (1)

Autumn Revivals: New Voices, Old Shows

Fresh young talent can breathe life into revivals of older opera productions in the repertory. The fall season at the Metropolitan Opera featured several house debuts in major roles. Comment

Strange Bedfellows

It’s a good thing “The Parisian Woman,” Beau Willimon’s talky new drama about politics and power, has no intermission. Because it takes nearly an hour to build up a decent head of steam, and if there were a break, I expect there’d be more than a few empty sea Comments (1)


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