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City Archives Show Early Surveillance of Gays

While the NYPD certainly spent more time and effort spying on groups outside of the queer community, its surveillance of LGBTQ organizations began early and lasted for years. Comment
Chelsea

Gordon Francis Gets 25-to-Life for Gay Man’s Murder

The convicted killer of James Hawkins was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in the 1993 murder, with the judge in the case telling him that the extreme violence used in the killing warranted a maximum sentence. Comment
Health

State Health Commish Gives Pot a Go

In a report that will be read by public health officials across the country, the New York State Health Department has declared that legalizing marijuana would bring positive benefits; the “pros outweigh the cons,” opined Dr. Howard Zucker, the state health commissioner. Comment
Politics

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

Politics

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

Public officials in the city and state should suspend marijuana enforcement until Albany resolves the pressing question of legalization. Comment
From the Editor

Time’s Up for Donald Trump

After President Donald Trump’s abysmal and shocking performance in a post-summit press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Helsinki, there is no doubt left but that he must be removed from office. Comment
Politics

The Right Answers in Helsinki

On July 15, the eve of the summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, the Human Rights Campaign projected giant images on the building’s façade demanding that the two leaders discuss the immediate end of the ongoing anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity occurring in the Russian republic of Chechnya. The Trump administration has failed to publicly condemn a campaign of systematic torture, abuse, and murder of queer people in Chechnya that has led to as many as 20 murders and at least 100 being rounded up and tortured. Photos are courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign. Comment
Film

Queer Brazil on Film

Film

Queer Brazil on Film

A program of six shorts and five features depicting LGBTQ life in Brazil — all of them New York City premieres — will screen in the Bartos Screening Room at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, July 28-29. A full rundown of the weekend’s program, co-presented with Cinema Tropical and presented in Portuguese with English subtitles, follows. Comment
Film

Blood Will Out

Film

Blood Will Out

“Good Manners” is a strange and wondrous fable. A Brazilian fantasy and stinging social commentary, it features motherhood, lesbian passions, and werewolf instincts, plus a few musical numbers thrown in for good measure. The film is the brainchild of co-writers/ directors Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, the latter whose boyfriend John Trengove directed last year’s “The Wound.” Comment
The 1990s and early aughts were a golden age of fashion, largely for the presence of two genius designers, John Galliano and (Lee) Alexander McQueen, who would have been great in any age. Galliano’s brilliance lay in his glorification of romance — and sex — filtered through the prism of couture’s history and its myriad techniques, all of it brought together like the richest of banquets. McQueen was much darker and edgier, always pushing the envelope of good taste and the latest technology, whether it be in his dazzlingly fresh fabrications, the use of robots on his runway, or the butt cleavage visible in his scandalous “bumster” low-riding trousers, which put him on the map. Comment
Media Circus

Bad News in Indonesia; Potential Good News in India

Here’s a lovely story out of Aceh, Indonesia: “Fifteen people, including five women, were punished with public caning Friday for violating Sharia law in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province. Two men accused of being gay received 87 lashes each for gay sex, while nine others were sentenced up to 26 lashes for adultery. Four people were caned for being drunk, including one woman who received 27 lashes.” Comment
Guest Perspective

Comprehensive Health Care Critical to Fight for Equality

Truly universal comprehensive health care is critical to the goal of equity for all and should be a primary objective today’s LGBTQ agenda. Comment
Legal

Federal Court Rejects Foster Care Discrimination

A federal district judge has ruled that the city of Philadelphia can require foster care agencies with which it contracts to abide by its municipal nondiscrimination ordinance that forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation. Comment
Insider Trading

The Enemies of Progressive Change Within

There he goes again. For those of us brave enough to challenge the status quo, one Richard Socarides keeps popping up to scare us, while promoting his own self-interest. As some of you know, Socarides worked in the Clinton White House as special assistant; in 1996 he wrote talking points that the president and his team used when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act. Instead of resigning in protest, Socarides chose to continue garnering favor with a sitting president at the expense of the LGBTQ community. Comment
Legal

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
Film

Nico, Nuanced This Time

Film

Nico, Nuanced This Time

A 1995 documentary about German-born singer Nico, whose real name was Christa Päffgen, is titled “Nico Icon.” Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s narrative film “Nico, 1988” pulls her off that pedestal and turns her back into a human being. Nico’s 15-year period of heroin addiction and status as a beautiful woman who acted in Fellini and Warhol films and sang with the Velvet Underground have both long been romanticized. One of the achievements of “Nico, 1988” is showing that touring clubs holding 200 people for most of the year in order to make a living while having to shoot heroin into one’s foot is a major bore. Comment
Legal

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’s policy of letting transgender students use facilities consistent with their gender identity. Comment
Theater

Don’t Walk Away, Renée

Theater

Don’t Walk Away, Renée

I want confess something right up front: I love this woman. It started back in 1970, when I went to a near-deserted Royal moviehouse in Waikiki to see “Made for Each Other” (1971), one of […] Comment
Film

Walking Away From It All

Director Lauren Greenfield’s film “Generation Wealth” is the third version of her dystopian take on contemporary American culture sharing that name, following a collection of photos printed in a monograph and shown in New York at the International Center of Photography last year. Comment
Theater

Songs, Socialists, and Saints

Theater

Songs, Socialists, and Saints

“On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” is a notoriously difficult musical. With a clumsy book and a very mixed score, were it not for Barbra Streisand in the 1970 movie (also a dud), it might be completely forgotten. The original 1965 production did run 280 performances, though the 2011 revival didn’t even reach one-third that number. Still, several of the songs have become enduring cabaret favorites, though others are not so great. So, it seemed like quite the risk for the Irish Repertory Theatre — I still can’t figure out what’s “Irish” about this show — to tackle this particularly problematic piece. Comment
Music

Midsummer Madness

When Will Crutchfield moved his “Bel Canto at Caramoor” program to SUNY Purchase as the “Teatro Nuovo” festival, Caramoor Festival artistic vice president Kathy Schuman turned to On Site Opera for a replacement operatic presentation. Comment

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