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NYS Trips to Beat the Winter Blues

With the holidays over and temperatures continuing to drop, winter in New York State provides terrific opportunities to fight off the cold weather doldrums. From outdoor winter fun to shopping for post-Christmas bargains and taking in art exhibits or one-of-a kind performances, the Empire State offers great destinations for a long weekend getaway or a f Comments (1)

Our Precious Bodily Fluids at Risk

The clock is ticking. That’s the big takeaway from “Unexploded Ordnances (UXO),” the new show by Split Britches in the “Under the Radar Festival” at La MaMa. To zing the point home, they set a time-clock in the theater and instruct the audience to set their cell phone alarms to go off in an hour. The moment is Comments (1)

On Volatile Day, Immigration Activists Descend on Varick Street ICE Office

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO, REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as congressional leaders scrambled Thursday to forge an agreement on the fate of roughly 800,000 Dreamers, federal agents in Manhattan from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained a leading immigration rights advocate, Ravi Ragbir, as he did a routine check-in with government officials. When he learn Comments (6)

Two More LGBTQ Issues Fall Off Supreme Court Docket

As the Supreme Court’s 2017-18 term began in October, it looked like a banner term for LGBTQ-related cases. Petitions were pending asking the court to a Comment

DNA Vindicates Lesbian Rape Victim Smeared by Daily News

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Nearly 24 years after a lesbian was raped in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and then called a liar and a hoaxer in the pages of the New York Daily News by columnist Mike McAlary, the NYPD is reporting that it linked the DNA found in that case to a man who is serving what is effectively a life senten Comment

Feeling a Bit Jumpy

Welcome back to dystopia. In Lucy Kirkwood’s new play, “The Children,” we once again find ourselves in a post-apocalyptic world. In this case, it’s the aftermath of a nuclear disaster in a remote cottage in England after an ill-planned plant near the coast erupted in an accident and poisoned the environment, perhaps for generations. Comment

Corey Johnson Faces the Daunting Budget Realities of Trump’s America

As Corey Johnson assumes the role of speaker of the City Council, he has made some important and expensive promises that multiple constituencies are expecting him to keep. But he is also facing the prospect of cuts in federal and state dollars that could make fulfilling those promises difficult. Comments (1)

Uncivil Society

“I wish Ariel Sharon had wiped you all out.” Comment

Original Sin

In a statement in the press kit of “Vazante,” Brazilian director Daniela Thomas describes her country as “perhaps, the most miscegenated people on the planet.” Fifty percent of Brazilians have some African blood, and official versions of its history often claim it has achieved some kind of “post-racial” harmony. Comment

Pregnant Pause

You might think that a play about a world where women are extinct would smack of misogyny. But Robert O’Hara’s wild, politically charged satire “Mankind” turns out to be highly sympathetic toward the female gender. The men, it soon becomes clear, are desperately lost without them. Comments (2)
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Lezzies at Large: The Innocence Project’s Karen Thompson

Here is the video transcript of my conversation with lesbian lawyer and advocate Karen Thompson from the Innocence Project. Comments (1)

Mostly Met

Busy with several choral groups, Kent Tritle conducted the Oratorio Society’s invigorating Carnegie “Messiah” on December 18. The orchestra proved adequate if not exceptional, though trumpeter Scott McIntosh scored alongside Dashon Burton’s lively, well-projected bass-baritone in their marvelous joint aria. Comments (2)

Decisive Win for Lesbians in Oregon Cake Case

In a case that is — for all practical purposes — a virtual clone of the Colorado case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, argued at the US Supreme Court last month, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Oregon affirmed a ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) that Melissa and Aaron Klein, doing business as Sweetcakes by Melissa, violated the state’s public a Comment

LGBTQ Health Clinic Opens in Bedford-Stuyvesant

North Brooklyn and city leaders were on hand December 20 to snip a rainbow-colored ribbon celebrating the opening of the borough’s first NYC Health + Hospitals facility dedicated to treat Comments (4)

Cuomo Appoints Elizabeth Garry Third Appellate Department Presiding Judge

In an historic January 1 appointment, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that State Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Garry, an out lesbian member of the Albany-based Third Department appellate court since 2009, would become the Department’s presiding judge. Garry becomes the first out LGBTQ person to serve as a presiding judge in any department of the State’s Appellate Division, comprised of the intermediate level courts just below the state’s highest bench, th Comments (1)

LGBTQ Senior Advocates Join Elizabeth Street Debate

A new constituency has joined a long-running battle over the future of the Elizabeth Street Garden in Little Italy: gay seniors. Comments (1)

Legalizing Pot is Sound Policy and Social Justice

Legalizing recreational pot is a matter of justice and sound public policy. Starting January 11, the State Assembly begins laying the groundwork for legalizing such use in New York. Comments (4)

Under the Lens and Now Under Fire

“Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer” goes on stage, in the dressing rooms, and on tour with Marcelo Gomes, the out gay, Brazilian-born ballet dancer. Several days after this interview was conducted, Gomes resigned from American Ballet Theatre following an allegation of sexual misconduct that the company said took place eight years ago and “did not occur in relation to his employment duties with t Comment

Navigating Spaces Off the Map

The terrific queer-themed Israeli film “In Between” is writer/ director Maysaloun Hamoud’s absorbing drama about three Palestinian women living together in Tel Aviv. Leila (Mouna Hawa) is a lawyer. Her roommate Salma (Sana Jammelieh) is a closeted lesbian who slowly acts on her attraction to Dunya (Ahlam Canaan). These women like to Comment

Starting the Year Back on Crackpot Alley

We haven’t taken a stroll down Crackpot Alley in quite a while. So let’s go for a walk! Comments (1)

Kettling Free Speech, Or Unicorn Riot Routs the New York Times

Does anybody have enough strength left to pop a cork in celebration that we’ve made it through Trump’s first year in office? I don’t. Comments (7)

Reading Mark Merlis With Affection

In a warm gathering of colleagues, admirers, friends, and family of Mark Merlis, the late novelist was recalled as a writer of “impeccable” “voice, details, and language,” a blunt-spoken but generous mentor, and a “humble person” who — making his living as a health policy expert — shunned attention from his socia Comment

LGBTQ Allies Support the Tax Bill Advocates Deride

After the NCAA ended its boycott of North Carolina over a state law there that barred transgender people from using public bathrooms that match their gender identity, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) did not hold back. Comments (2)

Cape Cod’s New Impresario

Old Cape Cod is really gonna rock, theatrically speaking, with the recent appointment of writer and actor David Drake as artistic director of the esteemed 13-year-old Provincetown Theater. Comments (1)

Lezzies at Large: The Innocence Project’s Karen Thompson

Last week I spoke with Karen Thompson about her work as a lawyer and lesbian advocate. (The quotes used in this article have been edited for clarity and length; watch the interview below or at gaycitynews.nyc/innocence-karen-thompson-video.) I first met her more than two decades ago when she was a street activist and Lesbian Avenger. It was only several years ago, while Comments (1)

Following in Fellow Travelers’ Footsteps

On January 12, the Prototype Festival presents the New York premiere of “Fellow Travelers,” an opera with music by Gregory Spears and a libretto by Greg Pierce that debuted at Cincinnati Opera in June 2016. Prototype is bringi Comments (2)

Mr. Speaker

One thing was said over and over again about Corey Johnson as the City Council convened to elect its new speaker — the 35-year-old works hard. Comments (3)

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