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Outlook for the New Supreme Court Term

Legal

Outlook for the New Supreme Court Term

With President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh hanging in the balance, the US Supreme Court begins its new term, running through next June, on October 1. This week, this court has been holding its “long conference,” during which the justices consider the extensive list of petitions for review filed since last spring. They are beginning to assemble their docket of cases for argument once those cases granted review late in the term that ended in June are heard. Comment
Politics

Daniel O’Donnell Exploring Run for Public Advocate

With as email blast, Upper West Side State Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell has announced he will “explore” running for New York City public advocate should Letitia James be elected attorney general in November. Gay City News was the first to report about O’Donnell’s interest in the office, in advance of that Septebmer 17 email. Comment
News Briefs

Longtime Gay Activist Bruce Friedman Dies

Bruce Friedman, a leader in LGBTQ political groups in New York as well as in the synagogue serving the city’s queer community, died September 24 after a long battle with leukemia. He was 70. Comment
A Dyke Abroad

Imagining Hannah Gadsby

Before she even opened her mouth, I knew she was something I’d never seen on stage before. An ordinary lesbian. With a sensible hairdo, sensible shoes, and a high-class blazer doing nothing to hide her wide hips. I felt a rare shock of recognition, followed by an incredible shame that I hadn’t imagined her at all, even if I know dozens of dykes in Real Life that look and move just like her. Comment
The New York Public Library’s LGBT Collections will be drawn from heavily next year for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Tony Marx, president of the library, and members of the LGBT Initiative co-chaired by trustee Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea, hosted a reception for LGBTQ leaders September 24 in the Trustees Room to preview two “milestone exhibitions”: “Love and Resistance: Stonewall at 50,” set for February 14 through June 30 of next year, “Walt Whitman,” which will be on display March 29 through July 27. Comments (1)
The fall festival circuit — which includes Telluride, Venice, Toronto, and our own city’s film festivals — has become the beginning of the film industry’s Oscar campaign. The past five years’ Best Picture Oscars have all gone to films that were genuinely independent or produced by “indie” divisions of studios. “The Shape of Water,” “Moonlight,” and “12 Years A Slave” needed festivals and arthouses to get initial buzz, even if they wound up in wide release. The New York Film Festival showed the latter two films. Comment

When Celebrity Became All

Matt Tyrnauer’s lively, entertaining documentary “Studio 54” takes viewers behind the velvet ropes and into the “experience” that was the famed New York City nightclub. Using hundreds of amazing photographs, as well as film clips, news footage, and interviews, Tyrnauer gets Ian Schrager — who co-owned the club with the late Steve Rubell and a silent partner named Jack Dushey — to “tell the story as it really happened,” nearly 40 years after its heyday. Comment
News Briefs

White Men A Minority Among House Dem Candidates

We’ve read how record numbers of LGBTQ people are running for office on November 6 — including the Democratic nominees for governor in Texas (Lupe Valdez), Colorado (Congressmember Jared Polis), and Oregon (incumbent Kate Brown) and for the US Senate from Wisconsin (incumbent Tammy Baldwin) and Arizona (Congressmember Kyrsten Sinema). Comment
Legal

US Court Orders Gender-Neutral Passport

US District Judge R. Brooke Jackson has ordered the State Department to issue a gender-neutral passport to Dana Alix Zzyym, who was identified as female at birth but rejects the gender binary, identifying neither as male nor female. Lambda Legal represents Zzyym in this long-running lawsuit in the federal trial court in Denver. Comment
News Briefs

State Departments Ends Domestic Partner Recognition on Visas

Employees of international organizations here on G-4 visas have been allowed to have their domestic partners here on derivative G-4 visas. UN-GLOBE, the United Nations LGBTQ group, has alerted UN employees that the State Department is now requiring these couples to be legally married in order to obtain the derivative visas for partners. It’s the same rule for different-sex couples, but many foreign workers cannot marry in their home countries. The UN is advising their gay employees in New York to marry here in order to maintain the visas. Comment
News Briefs

Irish Catholics Want Gay Marriage, Married & Women Priests

A poll conducted in the wake of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in August found the Irish people holding a very different concept of family from the one promoted by the hierarchy and a desire for a very different kind of church. In a country where more than 60 percent voted to open marriage to gay couples just three years ago, 77 percent want the Church to accept same-sex marriage. Ninety percent say priests should be able to marry. And 86 percent want women priests. Comment
Media Circus

This Is Not News

A writer for “Sesame Street” created a buzz last week by voicing what anyone who ever watched the show already knew: Bert and Ernie are a gay couple. I know — stop the presses, right? […] Comment
Travel

Southern Decadence in the Vieux Carré

Travel

Southern Decadence in the Vieux Carré

Frank Perez, bewigged and dressed as King Louis XIV, gave a brief but pointed history lesson to the crowd gathered outside the Golden Lantern bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter: “Forty-six years ago, when we had the first Southern Decadence, the city was still arresting us. Now they’re fucking toasting us!” Comment
The Northeast’s famed fall foliage is reason enough for an autumnal getaway. But few regions compare to New York’s Finger Lakes, where the natural scenery is matched by cozy B&Bs, delightful restaurants, remarkable history, lovely hiking, and oh such wonderful wineries. Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

Community Board Term Limits: Accidental Gift to Developers

There’s a reason lawmaking is compared — unflatteringly — to sausage factories. It’s not neat, it’s not quick, and if you do it out in public, it can kill a lot of people’s appetite for the final product. But rushing through new laws with short notice and inadequate public review, on an issue that isn’t a genuine emergency, isn’t the answer either. That’s not how we make good policy — it’s how government makes mistakes. Comment
News Briefs

Actor Dean Cain: From Superman to Right-Wing Darling

Dean Cain, who starred as Superman on TV and played gay in “The Broken Hearts Club” film, caused a firestorm when he participated in the Values Voters Summit run by the anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council on September 21. He was there promoting his film “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” where he plays a detective going after a rogue abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell who was accused of murdering hundreds of newborns and convicted of killing three. Comment
News Briefs

Connecticut GOP Hatches Gay Candidate Strategy

The Connecticut Republican Party actively recruited six out gay and lesbian candidates to run for State Assembly this November in their bid to win a majority there. The Democrats have just two out gay Assembly candidates running. Comment
Music

Romantic Italian Opera at Dawn

Music

Romantic Italian Opera at Dawn

The theme of the inaugural season of Will Crutchfield’s Teatro Nuovo Summer Festival at Purchase College was “The Dawn of Romantic Opera,” which according to Crutchfield happened in Italy in 1813. In February of that year in Venice, 21-year old Gioachino Rossini scored his first breakthrough triumph with the opera seria “Tancredi. In November 1813 in Naples, 50-year-old Bavarian-born Giovanni Simone Mayr scored his greatest theatrical success with “Medea in Corinto.” Teatro Nuovo presented both operas in three (barely) semi-staged concerts. Comment

Books, Skates, and Lots of Love

They met online three and a half years ago, and agreed to meet up at the Grey Dog Café in Union Square, neither of them necessarily looking for something serious. Comment
Fashion

Wedding Photographer with an Adventurous Streak

The picture of photographer Stephanie Zakas — taken by Canadian Sherry Nelson of Fresh Air Photography — tells you a lot about this woman’s adventurous spirit. It’s shot in Iceland, where this Williamsburg-based professional spends two weeks a month. Comment
Nightlife

Queen of the Night

Long the queen of New York nightlife, Susanne Bartsch, has now been immortalized in a documentary about her life and wild times, “Susanne Bartsch: On Top,” just released on video. Comment

Texas AG Stands Up for Anti-LGBTQ Church

Ken Paxton, the Republican attorney general of Texas, is telling Austin school authorities that barring a fundamentalist church from holding weekend services in the district’s Performing Arts Center would run afoul of the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The district had announced that it was contemplating cutting back on outside groups using their facilities so as to be readily available for student activities. Comment
Theater

Lonely Hearts Club

Theater

Lonely Hearts Club

“A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” is not one of Tennessee Williams’ top-drawer plays. But even as a middle-drawer work, it’s got a marvelous richness and poignancy to spare, thanks in no small part to a sturdy cast, led by the splendid Kristine Nielsen, nominated for a Best Actress Tony for the farcical “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Comment
Music

A Pop Attack on Gender Conformity

Music

A Pop Attack on Gender Conformity

In a musical landscape where the distorting effects of Autotune on vocals are the clearest hallmark and glitchy production effects are increasingly common (the aesthetics behind trans producer Sophie’s “Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides” and rapper Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” aren’t so far apart despite vast differences in recording budgets and sales figures), the idea that music is most truthful when it consists of a singer/ songwriter standing with a guitar and performing confessional songs about their life is dying out. Comment
Theater

Character Issues

Theater

Character Issues

The dazzling, diminutive production of “Heartbreak House,” now on Theatre Row, draws its emotional heft from several sources. It starts, of course, with the play and Shaw’s passionate condemnation of Britain’s institutional and cultural status quo that created the conditions for the first World War and then treated that war merely as a hiccup rather than the transformative event that should have awakened people to a new world but did not. Shaw wraps his polemics in characters for whom, however symbolic, an audience comes to care. Then there is Shaw’s nod to Chekhov in creating a darker domestic comedy, like “The Cherry Orchard,” where the characters are blinded to the world around them, making this one of his bleaker social commentaries. Comment
Remembrance

Farewell, Marin

If you were lucky enough to catch the Michael Blakemore-directed 1999 revival of “Kiss Me Kate,” then you experienced pure musical theater bliss. And no one was more responsible for this than Marin Mazzie, who succumbed to ovarian cancer at her home in Manhattan on September 13 at age 57 . Comment
Politics

Public Advocate Possibilities Include Daniel O’Donnell

With Letitia James winning the Democratic primary for state attorney general, the question of who will become New York City’s next public advocate stops being idle political speculation and becomes a serious matter affecting the city’s future. Comment
News Briefs

One Step Forward: NYC Approves Non-Binary Gender Category

The New York City Council voted 41-6 on September 12 to add an “x” category to birth certificates for people who are non-binary. The bill was sponsored by Speaker Corey Johnson, an out gay Chelsea Democrat, who said it “will send a powerful signal to the world that New York City government works for everyone.” Comment
News Briefs

Fore: Golf Has its First Out Gay Male Pro

Professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa, 27, came out publicly on World Suicide Prevention Day. Comment
Romania is set to vote on a referendum to ban same-sex marriage, drawing American anti-gay forces to help push its likely passage of it. B Comment
News Briefs

LGBT Serbs: No Pride in Lesbian Prime Minister

It was quite a breakthrough when Serbia’s conservative Orthodox Christian Party made Ana Brnabic, an out lesbian, prime minister last year. She made a splash at last year’s Pride March in Belgrade. But this year, some LGBTQ activists have launched a “Say No” campaign to keep politicians out of Pride since they have not delivered on LGBTQ rights and Brnabic is their prime target, especially after she said at the 2017 Pride that LGBTQ issues would be put on a back burner by her government while until officials addressed what she considered bread-and-butter issues. Comment
News Briefs

No Thanksgiving Dinner for these Siblings

Curtis Ingraham, the gay brother of Fox News host Laura Ingraham called her “a monster” and told the Daily Beast, “We grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father who was a Nazi sympathizer. Like father like daughter?! This was the familial soil that gave bloom to my sister’s anger.” Comment
It was “an electoral earthquake that reverberated all the way to Syracuse.” Comment

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