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With Kavanaugh Pick, Progressives Fear Right’s Agenda

While Donald Trump nominated a conservative to fill the seat on the US Supreme Court left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement just 13 days ago that he would retire, he selected a federal appeals court judge who is less of a firebrand and more of a longtime functionary in official Washington. Comments (1)

Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

Dick Leitsch, who as president of the Mattachine Society, a pre-Stonewall gay group, participated in the first act of gay civil disobedience in 1966, worked to end entrapment of gay men by the police, and wrote the first eyewitness report on the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, died June 22 in Manhattan after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 83. Comments (2)
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Young Friends Offered “Late-Life Renaissance”

For the past several years, Dick Leitsch was befriended by a group of gay men in their 20s who socialized with him at his West 72nd Street home and at Julius’ in the West Village. They were with him as he died in hospice care at the Mary Manning Walsh Home on the East Side on June 22. They gave Leitsch “a late-life renaissance,” according Comments (5)

Dazzling Colors, Diversity on Display on Pride Sunday

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO & MICHAEL LUONGO | On a brilliant early summer Sunday, tens of thousands of New Yorkers turned out to march in the annual LGBTQ Pride Parade — controversy over the new route, contingent size limitations, wristband requirements, and all — with untold numbers watching from the sidewalks. Comment

Cuomo Unveils Monument, Trans Protections

On the morning of Sunday, June 24, before he marched in the annual LGBTQ Pride Parade in Manhattan, Governor Andrew Cuomo made two stops — in the West Village and in Chelsea — to unveil a memorial to LGBTQ victims of violence and hatred and to announce strengthened health and nondiscrimination protections for the state’s LGBTQ community. Comment

Interrogating Jimmy

Jewelle Gomez is coming back to New York City. Comment

The Sanctity of Gay Sex

Years & Years are huge stars in the UK, with their 2015 album “Communion” and single “King” hitting #1 there, but so far their success in the US has been far more limited, with “Communion” peaking at #47 here. Comment
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Fewer Problems with Same-Sex Parents; Fewer Worries from Josh Barro

Children are not fussed if their parents are gay, lesbian, or straight according to a new study, and those with same-sex parents are actually more emotionally stable,” write Ben Geldblum and Laura Sharman of The London Economic. “Researchers found a child’s well-being to be linked to how well the family functions rather than parents’ sexuality. Youngsters with same-sex parents reported less family difficulties and proved to be more emotionally stable than those with different-sex parents, according to the study published in The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Paediatrics.” Comment

Uneasy Listening

“Love and Light,” the opening track on transfemme singer/ producer Lotic’s debut album “Power,” takes a blissful music box-style melody played on bright, trebly synthesizers that could’ve come off a New Age record and develops it by layering much noisier sounds on top of it. The title track returns to a similar motif, but two minutes in moves on to synthes Comment

Body Work

“A Skin So Soft” is Denis Côté’s hypnotic observational documentary about six Canadian bodybuilders. The men, identified slowly throughout the film, are introduced doing mundane things in their daily lives — eating, brushing their teeth, even moisturizing. They are also seen working out, flexing, and, in the case of Maxim, using his body stre Comment

Dystopia Spiked With Wit

Politics and silliness are supposed to be enemies. In fact, the way the alt-right rose by its hiding its true hatefulness beneath a veneer of irony and politically incorrect humor has soured some people on the whole idea of comedy. Comment

Beat the Heat, Cinematically

The dog days of summer are already here, with wilting heat that makes escaping into an air-cooled moviehouse a highly sensible thing to do. Comment

Made to Measure

That said, there is something inherently cynical about creating a boot-scooting, over-the-top, Wild West romp out of a story about a government official using his power to coerce sex from a less powerful woman — a nun, no less &# Comment

Triumphant Tetralogy

This year for its annual June Festival — which makes a great add-on to Frameline’s LGBTQ film festival and the Bay Area’s other Pride events — San Francisco Opera really delivered “festival goods.” The company revived Francesca Zambello’s “Ring” cycle for three traversals, developed and honed over the years locally and at Washington National Comment

Decisive Win for Pennsylvania Trans Students

In a lengthy June 18 opinion, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit Court of Appeals explained its decision the previous month rejecting a key part of the legal challenge by some students and parents to the Boyertown Area School District’ Comment

Medicaid Must Fund Sex Reassignment Surgery in Iowa

An Iowa trial judge has ruled that a state regulation prohibiting Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery violates the state’s Civil Rights Act as well as the State Constitution’s equal protection requirement. Comment

Dancing, Glitter, Kylie Minogue Close Out Pride at Pier 97

The Pride Weekend Sunday evening pier dance, which officially brings the city’s Pride Month to a close, was held this year for the first time on Pier 97 at West 57th Street on the Hudson River. The June 24 event — packaged by Heritage of Pride (HOP), as it was last year, with the Saturday evening pier dance as Pride Island — was headlined by singer/ songwriter Kylie Minogue and also featured world-renowned DJs. Comment


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