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He Was the Champion

Film

He Was the Champion

The official credits of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” are deceptive. Due to Director’s Guild of America regulations that only one director can be credited, Bryan Singer […] Comments (1)
Film

When Words Fail

Film

When Words Fail

Out gay writer/ director Yen Tan’s poignant, quietly powerful drama “1985” has Adrian (Cory Michael Smith), a gay man, returning home to Fort Worth for what is likely his last Christmas. The words gay and AIDS are never spoken in the film — a deliberate conceit on Tan’s part — but they inform this perceptive drama, based on the director’s earlier short film of the same name. Comment
Film

Gone Before We See Him

Film

Gone Before We See Him

The well-meaning drama “Boy Erased,” based on Garrard Conley’s memoir about his experiences in a gay conversion therapy program, is a TV movie-of-the-week dressed up as Oscar bait. Written and directed by Joel Edgerton, the film is geared largely toward heterosexuals unfamiliar with the insidious practice. Comment
Texas Chicken & Burgers has responded forcefully to a lawsuit accusing a Harlem outlet of the fast food chain of refusing to serve five transgender and gender non-conforming customers by including video stills in a court filing showing the five apparently being served and a credit card receipt that the chain says shows that one of the five paid for the food they charged they were never permitted to order. Comments (1)
The proposal by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) floating within the Trump administration to adopt a regulatory definition of “sex” limited to genital and chromosomal sex, as reported by the New York Times on Sunday — startling as it was — is consistent with the position that Attorney General Jeff Sessions took in a memorandum he circulated within the Justice Department about a year ago. Comments (1)
Theater

Burning at Both Ends

Theater

Burning at Both Ends

Edna St. Vincent Millay wasn’t just a poet, she was a culture-shifting rock star. Not only did she win the Pulitzer for poetry in 1923, but at the height of her fame toured America and filled top-notch venues like the Hollywood Bowl. Rabid crowds adored her. You might say she was the Katy Perry of her day. Comment
Music

When Disco Entered Politics

Music

When Disco Entered Politics

Bronski Beat’s 1984 “The Age of Consent,” now being reissued with more than an hour’s worth of radio sessions, remixes, and unreleased demos, invented its own sub-genre: protest disco. Singer Jimmy Somerville’s falsetto evoked female vocalists like Donna Summer (whose “I Feel Love” they covered) and Gloria Gaynor, as well as Sylvester, but the album’s very title was meant as a political statement. At the time, heterosexuals could legally have sex in the UK at 16, but gay men could not do so until 21. Thus, we were legally considered pedophiles and could be prosecuted for consensual sexual behavior that was perfectly acceptable for straight teenagers and young men. Comment
Features

Gay City News Recruiting Digital Editor

Features

Gay City News Recruiting Digital Editor

Gay City News is broadening its online reach, bringing on a digital reporter and editor to stay ahead of the 24-hour news cycle. Comments (1)
A Dyke Abroad

Beauty and the Beast in Gay Paree

Paris’ Place de la République can be so beautiful, especially at night, when the street lamps shine and the central figure of Marianne towers benignly against the dark sky, representing the Nation. Seen from a distance, she makes it easy to imagine that liberty and equality and fraternity are all gloriously within reach. Comment
Politics

Cynthia Nixon Says Don’t Vote for Me

Politics

Cynthia Nixon Says Don’t Vote for Me

Village Democratic district leader Arthur Schwartz may be touting the candidacy of Cynthia Nixon for Assembly over longtime incumbent Deborah Glick — even though Nixon’s campaign has been saying she is supporting Glick. But last week, the one-time gubernatorial hopeful, in an exclusive statement to Schneps Community News Groups, pointedly urged voters not to vote for her. Comment
Film

A Subtle Inevitability

The central incident in “Life and Nothing More,” made in Florida by Spanish director Antonio Méndez Esparza, comes 90 minutes in. This film doesn’t exactly depart from narrative, but its reliance on a three-act structure isn’t clear early on thanks to an elliptical style. Méndez also wrote the script. While Santiago Oviedo edited it, the decisions to begin and end each scene on odd beats are probably those of Mendez, too. If he were a drummer, he wouldn’t stick to the rigid pulse of a metronome’s beat and tempo. Comment
News Briefs

Catholic Pharmacist: No Medication for You!

Rachel Peterson needed a prescription for misoprostol filled to treat her for an impending miscarriage to avoid sepsis, but the pharmacist at a Meijer supermarket in Petoskey, Michigan told her she was just trying to abort her fetus and “as a good Catholic male” he would not fill her prescription. He also would not refer her to someone who would — even though her doctor said that her fetus was not viable and a delay in taking the medication would subject her to risky surgery. She had to drive three hours to find a pharmacy that would sell her the necessary drug. Comments (1)
Media Circus

The Terrifying Stupidity of Erasing People

What must it be like to wake up one morning and find that you have been vaporized? It must be odd, to say the least. You’re there; you can’t help but be there. You’re still you, after all. But somehow you’re not there anymore. You’re not anywhere. You no longer exist. Comment
Music

Met Takeover Tenors

Music

Met Takeover Tenors

Real expectation filled the Met auditorium October 17 as we awaited the return of matinee idol tenor Jonas Kaufmann to the company after four cancelation-filled years. Munich’s star tenor joined the run of “La Fanciulla del West” midway in the role created by Enrico Caruso at Puccini’s Gold Rush-set opera’s world premiere in 1910. It was salutary to have him back, charisma and artistry much in evidence. But Dick Johnson is not “his” part vocally, certainly not in a theater the Met’s size. He’s excelled in “Tosca” here and “Don Carlo” elsewhere, but in this role he sounded rather too baritonal and, except at a few moments, slightly small-scale. Comment
News Briefs

Kavanugh’s Ethical Violations and Conflicts

More than a dozen ethics complaints have been filed against Justice Brett Kavanugh — on matter ranging from his partisan tirade before the Senate Judiciary Committee late last month, when he said “What goes around comes around,” to his lying under oath in confirmation hearings in both 2004 and this year about his involvement in accessing documents stolen from Democratic committee staff in 2002 when he was an aide to President George W. Bush. Comment
News Briefs

Out, Advocate Owners Give Big to Anti-LGBTQ GOP

Oreva Capital now owns Out magazine and the Advocate. Adam Levin and Maxx Abramowitz who founded and operate Oreva have donated to a whole bunch of anti-LGBTQ Republican elected officials, including Senator Dean Heller of Nevada and Representative Devin Nunes of California. Nunes’ California colleague, Dana Rohrchaer, another beneficiary of Levin and Abramowitz’s largesse, even opposes fair housing laws that protect gay people. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Florida Judge Throws out Public Sex Charges

Police arrested 19 men in a sting operation for having sex at the Pleasure Emporium sex shop and theater in Hollywood, Florida, in July. Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren found that the establishment is not a “public place” under the law and police had no business interfering with “consensual sexual activity” in a place where patrons had “a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Comment
News Briefs

Uruguay Approves Sweeping Trans Rights Law

While the Trump administration continues its assault on transgender rights and humanity, the leftist Congress in Uruguay on October 18 passed a law that gives its people the right to gender confirmation surgery and hormone treatments. It also mandates that one percent of government jobs be set aside for transgender people and that a pension fund be established for trans people who were persecuted by the right-wing military government from 1973 to 1985. Comment
Guest Perspective

Immigration Benefits Available To Same-Sex Couples

Eight years ago,on November 9, 2010, Edith Windsor sued the US government in the Southern District of New York for discriminating against her in not allowing her to claim the federal estate tax exemption given to widows when inheriting from their deceased spouses. Although she had been lawfully married under New York Law to her late spouse, Thea Spyer, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) did not recognize her union at the federal level. Comment
News Briefs

Snapshots from Around the Globe

New Zealand has a 50-year wait for publicly-funded gender confirmation surgeries… In Indonesia, two men were arrested for running a gay support page on Facebook and face six years in prison… In Paris, more than 3,000 marched to protest the wave of homophobic violence in the capital (see Kelly Cogsell’s perspective from Paris).Their slogan was “Be Yourself without Fear.” Mayor Anne Hidalgo has called for a “collective awakening” on the issue and ordered stepped up efforts from law enforcement and other agencies to combat the violence. Comment
Piper Laurie, at 86, is having quite a year with the release of two movies, “Snapshots,” directed by Melanie Mayron of “Thirtysomething” fame, and the attention-garnering “White Boy Rick.” In the first, she plays an 85-year-old grandmother, who divulges to her disapproving, homophobic daughter (Brooke Adams) that she had a lesbian love affair when she was in her 20s, and in the latter she is the mother of Matthew McConaughey, a shady gun seller, and stoic wife to Bruce Dern. I leapt at the chance to gab with this bluntly honest and altogether winning lady. Comment
A coalition that has been challenging the producer of New York City’s annual Pride Parade to limit the corporate presence in that event is calling for a separate “civil rights march” in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which mark the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Comments (5)
Nightlife

Into the Ring

Nightlife

Into the Ring

The intensity and eroticism of the new production of “Ferdinand Boylesque Bullfight” from Company XIV is only part of what makes this a must-see production — and the best argument I’ve found for heading to Bushwick. Comment
The Trump administration has opened up its broadest assault on transgender people yet, moving to adopt a legal definition of gender as never-changing and determined at birth by external genitalia. Comments (2)
Theater

To Have and To Fold

Theater

To Have and To Fold

“Daniel’s Husband,” Michael McKeever’s jolting tragicomedy about a long-term gay couple at loggerheads over tying the knot, is a play that refuses to quit. The original version, staged by Penguin Rep in upstate Stony Point a couple of years ago, proved so popular that it quickly transferred to the Cherry Lane Theatre for a limited run, courtesy of Primary Stages, with the cast and creative team intact. Comment
News Briefs

Justice Department’s New Civil Chief Is Anti-Gay Crusader

Eric Dreiband, an attorney with the firm Jones Day who defended the University of North Carolina in its honoring of that state’s anti-LGBTQ “bathroom bill” and fought to allow anti-LGBTQ discrimination by medical providers who cite their “faith”-based objections under the Affordable Care Act, was confirmed on a party-line vote to head the Civil Rights Division of the US Justice Department. Comment
Eager to let his members go home and campaign for the November 6 midterms, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York’s senior senator, made a deal October 11 with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the dour Kentucky Republican, to allow votes on 15 more Trump-nominated right wing judges for the federal courts and then adjourn. Schumer’s rationale was that they would be confirmed eventually by this Senate and the most Democrats could do was slow down the process. Comment
Theater

Extraordinary People

Theater

Extraordinary People

With the smooth precision of a perfectly aimed snooker ball dropping into a corner pocket, Richard Bean’s adroit and amusing comedy “The Nap” has dropped on Broadway. The British import from the author who brought us “One Man, Two Guvnors” is as breezy and undemanding as it is charming and often hilarious. Comment
News Briefs

Kavanaugh Tacks to Right of Gorsuch

At oral arguments at the US Supreme Court on October 10, the justices took up the issue of whether ICE must detain immigrants guilty of even minor crimes committed long ago. Justice Brett Kavanaugh said a 1996 law passed by Congress demanded it and made no provision for a bail hearing. Comment
Shocking video out of Baghdad that emerged over the past week shows a delicate 14-year-old boy, identified as Hamoudi al-Mutairi, being stabbed to death in the streets near his home because he was perceived to be gay. As his killers stabbed him, they taunted him and joked. He could be heard plaintively calling for his mother as he died at the scene. This photo is one al-Mutairi posted to Instagram. Comment
Health

Legal Pot Movement on Two Fronts This Week

The Albany County district attorney made an impassioned plea for taxing and regulating the sale of marijuana to adults at a State Assembly hearing October 16, saying ending the war on pot is a logical next step in the process that began in 2004 with the repeal of the draconian Rockefeller era drug laws. Comment
News Briefs

New Democrat Bloomberg Is Stiffing the Dems

Michael Bloomberg, positioning himself for a run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, has enrolled as a Democrat again after having won the New York City mayoralty three times running on the Republican line. Comment
News Briefs

Stacey Abrams Breaks Atlanta Pride Barrier

Stacey Abrams In the midst of a tight race for governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee, on October 14 became the first major party candidate to march in the Atlanta’s LGBTQ Pride Parade. Comment
News Briefs

Marriage Updates from Around the Globe

Taiwan will hold two referenda on gay relationships this fall. Since the Constitutional Court there has mandated that the country give equal rights to gay couples, the right wing has put forth a proposal limiting marriage to different-sex couples and providing civil unions for same-sex couples. The LGBTQ rights movement has qualified another proposal that would open marriage to gay couples. Both will be on the ballot on November 24. Comment
News Briefs

Trump Putting Surcharge on Free Speech

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed closing off 80 percent of the sidewalks around the White House to protesters and charging those who use public property within sight of the Executive Mansion — such as Lafayette Park — to pay the National Park Service a fee for “event management costs.” Comment
News Briefs

“Conversion Therapy” Bans Proliferate

Eau Claire has become the third city in Wisconsin to ban so-called “conversion therapy” for minors. Joining them this past week were Westchester County, New York, and Lakewood, Ohio. Comment
News Briefs

Berl Boykin, Pioneering Atlanta Activist, Dies at 74

Berl Boykin, who organized the first gay pride march in Atlanta in 1971 — attracting 125 participants despite not being able to secure a permit — has died at 74. Boykin was expelled from Emory University in 1963 for “hosting a man in his dorm room.” He founded the Gay Liberation Front of Atlanta in 1969. Comment
October 18 is Spirit Day, dedicated to speaking out against the bullying of LGBTQ youth and standing with them. Comment
Remembrance

Final Rites for Matthew Shepard

Remembrance

Final Rites for Matthew Shepard

Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old college student who died 20 years ago on October 12, days after suffering a brutal homophobic attack from two men in Laramie, Wyoming, will finally be laid to rest at the Washington National Cathedral on October 26. Comment

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