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Stand With America’s Free Press

The necessity of a trusted free press to the health of American democracy has been undisputed since the founding of our republic — until now. Comment
Politics

Cops In Middle of Early Gay Internecine Jockeying

In early 1970, Dick Leitsch was feeling the pressure of an emerging radical faction that was replacing the Mattachine Society of New York (MSNY) and other political groups that held significant roles in the LGBTQ movement since the ‘50s. Comment
The organization that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events said that its contracts with parade sponsors allow those companies to purchase a place in the parade, but do not guarantee that their contingents would be included in the three-hour live broadcast of the parade on local broadcast TV. Comment
Politics

Trump Trans Military Ban Keeps Catching Flak

Two federal district judges and a US magistrate judge have issued new rulings — largely adverse to the government — in lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s policy to ban military service by transgender individuals. Comment
Five transgender and gender non-conforming people have sued Texas Chicken & Burgers charging they were effectively refused service at one of the chain’s Manhattan locations this past spring because, they believe, they are transgender and gender non-conforming. Comment
Theater

The Sex and Gender Revels Are Unending

Theater

The Sex and Gender Revels Are Unending

If Ron Chernow’s weighty biography “Hamilton” seemed an unlikely source for a smash hit musical, how much more unexpected is it that Philip Sidney’s 1590 five-book epic, “The Arcadia,” should be the source material for the deliciously hilarious “Head Over Heels?” Comment
John Glines had already made lots of LGBTQ theater history when he became the first person to thank a same-sex partner at the Tony Awards, in 1983, accepting the honors for his production of Harvey Feirstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy.” Glines, who died from complications from surgery and emphysema at 84 on August 8 at his home in Bangkok, Thailand, started a gay theater and arts group with Barry Laine and Jerry Tobin in 1976 in New York, daring to call it The Glines and producing such out lesbian and gay playwrights as Jane Chambers, Robert Patrick, Doric Wilson, and Fierstein prior to their more mainstream success. Comment
Music

Black Voices Coming Together

Music

Black Voices Coming Together

Dev Hynes wears many hats. He’s worked as a musician, producer, and/ or songwriter for artists like A$AP Rocky, Carly Rae Jepsen, Solange, Florence and the Machine, FKA twigs, Kylie Minogue, and Blondie. As a solo artist, he’s used two different “band” names: Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange. He’s a black gay Brit who has lived in New York since 2007. But his industry connections ensure that Blood Orange’s new album, “Negro Swan,” is probably one of the few indie releases to include a feature by Puff Daddy. Comment
A new directive from the US Department of Labor is construing three recent Supreme Court rulings as well as two executive orders from President Donald Trump to allow contractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. Comment

Speaking Truth to Powerlessness: The Mad Activist Goes Pundit

“But, Mabel, you really think The New York Times will review my book? Masha Gessen will write a blurb? WOW!” Comment
Music

They’re Not Asking

Music

They’re Not Asking

iTunes genre tags are rarely very creative. I can’t count the number of rock albums I’ve downloaded that are described as “Alternative,” a term no one has seriously used since about 1992. In protest of the way African-American singers automatically get classified as R&B, Frank Ocean labeled his mixtape “Nostalgia/ Ultra” as “bluegrass.” Comment
Media Circus

It’s Just Acting — But Mostly Outraged

“ATLANTA — Saying it would violate his deeply held religious beliefs, area pornographer Chet Kirkendall, a 57-year-old Christian who frequently films explicit amateur videos for his clients, […] Comment
Film

The Ballroom Scene

Film

The Ballroom Scene

“Hot to Trot” is director Gail Freedman’s fabulous, crowd-pleasing documentary about same-sex ballroom dancing. The film profiles two couples, Ernesto Palma and Nikolai Shpakov in New York and Emily Coles and Kieren Jameson in San Francisco, over four years, starting in 2012. Freedman gracefully captures the beauty and energy of the dancers — as well as the tensions that arise — as they prepare for the 2014 Gay Games and a nail-biter of a competition. Comment
Film

The Age of Discovery

Justin Torres’ messy, heartbreaking novel “We the Animals” has been adapted for the screen by director Jeremiah Zagar, who co-wrote the script with gay playwright Dan Kitrosser. The result is a messy, heartbreaking, and compelling film full of hard-edged realism and moments of magical realism. Comment
Books

Fosse Iconography

The sinuous, snaky, seriously sexy moves of Bob Fosse have got to be the most recognizable choreography in the world, endlessly quoted and imitated to the point of cliche. In 2013, Sam Wasson wrote a mesmerizing, tell-all biography of him, seemingly leaving out no cigarette, drug, or nubile chorine the complex, hard-living genius ever touched. It exhaustively covered his kaleidoscopic life, and now we have the best book ever written about Fosse’s work itself: “Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical,” by Kevin Winkler. Comment
Insider Trading

History Still Very Much Resonates Today

Having recently seen “Angels in America” on Broadway made me recall my own brushes with Roy Cohn — a notoriously evil character in Tony Kushner’s magnificent play and, of course, in real life. In the late 1970s, Roy was having dinner with a young gay guy at the gay Uncle Charlie’s Restaurant on Third Avenue in the high 30’s. I was at the table across from Cohn with Doug Ireland, the late famed gay activist and Gay City News contributor. I asked Cohn if he supported our Gay Rights Bill, and he said no because he didn’t think gays should be schoolteachers. I replied that I knew one homosexual lawyer who shouldn’t be allowed to practice law. That ended that discussion. Comment
Music

Bernstein’s Ambitions at Critical “Mass”

In his lifetime (which began exactly 100 years ago this August 25), Leonard Bernstein was a polarizing figure. To some he was an angel of musical talent: a virtuoso pianist, an expert proselytizer for all forms of music in the mass media, and a genius composer and conductor of classical music, jazz,and Broadway. Comment

A Bronx Tall Tale

Who the heck is Allen Roskoff, a Manhattan resident, who has never lived in the Bronx, never worked in the Bronx, and who does not come up to our Bronx LGBT events, to tell us what to think about our Bronx elected officials? (“LGBTQ Rights in the Bronx — Then and Now,” Aug. 2) He does not speak for us and he is quite off in his assessment of the Bronx borough president. Comment

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