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Stadium Play for Gay Pop

At age 23, Troye Sivan’s second album “Bloom” positions the South African-born, Australian-raised, LA-based singer for world stardom. (He’s also an actor, who will be seen in the […] Comments (1)
Music

Stadium Play for Gay Pop

At age 23, Troye Sivan’s second album “Bloom” positions the South African-born, Australian-raised, LA-based singer for world stardom. (He’s also an actor, who will be seen in the […] Comment
Following an August 22 appearance before a small crowd of mostly young LGBTQ people of color at a downtown Brooklyn hotel, Cynthia Nixon took a moment to answer the most critical question Gay City News had about her uphill quest to become governor of New York. Comments (1)
School starts September 5 in New York City for 1.1 million students in 1,800 schools with a new chancellor, Richard Carranza, who has served in San Francisco and Houston and who wrote in June about his support for his gay twin brother, Reuben, and explained “Why It’s So Important to Include LGBTQ Education in Schools.” The new school year will be a test to see whether that promise and the school system’s commitment to seriously change school culture to stop bullying and integrate LGBTQ issues into curricula will make a meaningful difference. Comment
Documents obtained from the FBI as well as state and federal court documents show that organized crime control of bars and clubs serving the LGBTQ community was pervasive in the 1960s and was found as late as 1980 in New York City. Comment
Politics

Stonewall Rioted, FBI Yawned

Just 10 days after a 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn sparked several days of rioting in the West Village, an FBI agent had news about Matthew Ianniello, the owner of that bar and a member of the Genovese crime family. Comment
Crime

Rashawn Brazell’s Accused Killer Convicted in Separate Murder

A Brooklyn man who is charged in the gruesome 2005 murder of Rashawn Brazell was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2004 killing of Sharabia Thomas, a 17-year-old Brooklyn resident. Comment
Film

The Suicide Vests of Cherbourg

Dennis Cooper has left an impressive mark on gay fiction, with his George Miles cycle and five subsequent novels. In the past two years, he’s turned to screenwriting in collaboration with French director Zac Farley, making “Like Cattle Towards Glow” and “Permanent Green Light.” Comment
Around Town

Dream Weavers

Hairstyles come and go, fake eyelashes eventually lose their grip, and even the fiercest foundation fades with time. But showbiz survivor Lady Bunny is digging her heels in and seeding the field for things to come — by bringing a “2.HO” relaunch of her iconic Wigstock gathering to South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 on Saturday, September 1. There, in a classy, one and a half-acre rooftop venue standing in stark contrast to Wigstock’s gritty Tompkins Square Park roots, audiences will see a seven-hour, all-star lineup of veteran and contemporary drag talent serving an “outrageous and unapologetically entertainment-rich show” co-produced by, among others, none other than “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” alum Neil Patrick Harris. Comment
Film

Never All That Great

In his novel “Requiem For a Nun,” William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” That quote is now too famous for director Robert Greene to use an epigraph for his hybrid non-fiction film “Bisbee ’17,” but it’s a very fitting way to describe a movie whose imagery suggests an American version of the Holocaust tied together with premonitions of our contemporary disastrous xenophobia. Comment
Legal

Appeals Court Finds LGBTQ Senior Housing Protections

A federal appeals court has ruled that a lesbian resident of a senior rental facility in suburban Chicago may sue to hold the facility’s management accountable for severe harassment against her by other residents due to her sexual orientation. Comment
Legal

Lesbian Co-Parent Advance in New Jersey

In a significant ruling on August 17, the New Jersey Appellate Division, the state’s intermediate appeals court, expanded the range of “bystanders” who can claim relief for emotional distress caused by the negligence of others to include non-marital same-sex families. Comment
Theater

Working It

Theater

Working It

If you’re looking for pure, undemanding fun on Broadway this summer, well, there’s no shortage of shows. “School of Rock” is going strong. “Head Over Heels” is pure fun, and “SpongeBob SquarePants” is inspired silliness, but you’ll want to see that soon — it closes next month. Comment

The Iron Law of Prohibition

Seventy-two thousand overdose deaths in the US is the latest Centers for Disease Control Prevention estimate for 2017. It’s a huge number: more deaths than AIDS took in any single year. Beyond referring vaguely to increasing support for a “public health” response, a recent New York Times story largely blamed substances more than policies for this painful failure. Comment
Film

Poignantly Quiet Desperation

A 4K restoration of out gay filmmaker Terence Davies’ landmark 1988 feature debut “Distant Voices, Still Lives” gets a week-long run at the Metrograph starting August 31. The film, a bleak and lyrical drama, tells the story of a working class family in 1950s Liverpool in two parts. The first half, “Distant Voices,” features the death of the father (Pete Postlewaite) and how his wife (Freda Dowie), and children, Eileen (Angela Walsh), Tony (Dean Williams), and Maisie (Lorraine Ashbourne), remember him. The second half, “Still Lives,” which is set and shot two years later, focuses on the children getting married and, in some cases, starting their own families. Comment
Insider Trading

LGBTQ Rights in Brooklyn, Back Then

Insider Trading

LGBTQ Rights in Brooklyn, Back Then

After ruffling some feathers with my take on the state of affairs for the LGBTQ community in the Bronx, let’s move over to Brooklyn with a “then and now” look. This column will reminisce on the “then.” Comment
Greenwich Village

Gay Peace Activist David McReynolds Dies at 88

David McReynolds, who died at 88 on August 17 in Manhattan, is being primarily remembered as one of the nation’s leading pacifists and anti-war campaigners and as a two-time Socialist candidate for president. But he took the bold step of coming out publicly in an article in 1969. And while he never considered the LGBTQ movement his primary cause, he maintained a lifelong commitment to living openly. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

P-FLAG Leader Audrey Gallagher Honored

Jackson Heights

P-FLAG Leader Audrey Gallagher Honored

She was one of the co-founders, in 1993, of the Queens chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and also one of the most beloved mothers in the borough — especially by the LGBTQ community and the Queens political establishment. Now the street where she lived in Jackson Heights has been named in her honor. Comments (1)
Film

Apocalypse Any Day Now

A 63-minute 3D non-narrative film inspired by a hurricane’s impact on Texas, Blake Williams’ “Prototype” is undoubtedly going to be the most adventurous film to get a theatrical release in New York this year (even if it’s telling that this is happening at a museum). So far Abbas Kiarostami’s “24 Frames” is its only real competition. Comment
Glimmerglass’s 2018 season continued with an inspiriting production of Leos Janacek’s 1924 “The Cunning Little Vixen,” surely the first opera based on a comic strip. Aged 69 at […] Comment
Midtown

Geeking Out on Inclusion

Midtown

Geeking Out on Inclusion

During the weekend of August 18 and 19, subway riders in New York might have noticed that costumed nerds were flooding the city. International Cosplay Day took place in Central Park, Liberty City Anime Con at the New York Marriott Marquis, and, at the Sheraton Times Square, there was Flame Con. Billed as “The World’s Largest Queer Comic Con,” this was the event’s fourth year, and its third change of venue (previous installments took place in Brooklyn). Flame Con continues to grow in attendance and scope. Comment

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