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Gender Games

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Gender Games

Bertrand Mandico makes an auspicious feature film debut with his audacious fantasia “The Wild Boys.” Shot on 16mm, and mostly in luminous black and white, the film recounts the story of Tanguy (Anaël Snoek) and his friends, who are dubbed “wild boys.” Comment
Film

Bitter Farewell

Film

Bitter Farewell

Every scene in Syrian director Talal Derki’s “Of Fathers and Sons” is carefully placed to make a point. A portrait of a family dominated by Abu Osama, a soldier with the Salafi Islamist […] Comment
On a night when the Democratic Party achieved a net gain of somewhere between 30 and 35 seats in the US House of Representatives, wresting control from the Republicans and finally putting some check on President Donald Trump, the LGBTQ community enjoyed key victories, including the election of the nation’s first out gay governor and the defeat of an anti-transgender ballot initiative in Massachusetts. Comment
Politics

Democrats Capture New York State Senate

Politics

Democrats Capture New York State Senate

Since four Republicans state senators joined all but one Democrat to push New York’s marriage equality law over the top in 2011, the GOP leadership of that chamber has not allowed a floor vote on a single LGBTQ-related issue. Flipping the State Senate has been a top community priority in each election since then. Comment
From the Editor

Reprieve!

It was not the Blue Wave of our fondest dreams. There will be no Senator Beto O’Rourke or Governor Andrew Gillum. And Governor Stacey Abrams seems like a long shot at this point. The Democrats did not produce an historic swing of seats in the House, and with three Senate races still undecided, the Republicans so far have a gain of two seats. Comment
A former head of New York City’s premier agency serving LGBTQ crime victims charged the current administration there with “lethargy and lack of leadership” over its role in recent developments in a 1994 rape case (see story above). Comments (1)
Music

A Newfound Buoyancy

Music

A Newfound Buoyancy

Against Me!’s singer/ guitarist Laura Jane Grace made headlines when she announced she publicly identifies as a woman in 2012. The band’s album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” is an extended reflection on her identity, even if the lyrics aren’t all directly autobiographical. Before coming out as trans, she dropped hints in several songs and devoted an entire verse of “The Ocean” to making it an open secret, singing, “And if I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman/ My mother once told me she would have named me Laura.” The life “The Ocean” imagines is one Grace would largely go on to live out, but at the time it was either ignored or taken as a cisgender man’s musings. Comment
Perspectives

Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet, Good Old Boys Are Hunting

In a recent New York Times column titled “White Male Victimization Anxiety,” Charles Blow described how President Trump publicly apologized to Justice Brett Kavanaugh for “the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure” at the hands of Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed that Kavanaugh had tried to rape her. Comment
Media Circus

Caravan Conjuring Amidst the Cacophony

My deadline for this column preceded the election by a day, limiting the number of snarky things I can say about it. But the fact that it isn’t over yet at the time I’m writing this is scarcely enough to stop me from being bilious. Comments (3)
Film

Object Lessons

Film

Object Lessons

Jim (Harris Dickinson), the hero of writer/ director Steve McLean’s highly stylized drama “Postcards from London,” is “young, fit, and has the face of an angel.” He also has a glaring weakness: when he encounters an artistic masterpiece, like a Titian in a London gallery, he faints. Jim is that sensitive to beauty. Comment
The Archdiocese of New York has removed an auxiliary bishop, 74-year-old John Jenik, from his public ministry after a Church body concluded that in the 1980s, as a parish priest in the Bronx, he engaged in inappropriate sexual abuse of a teenage boy over a period of years. Comment
Film

Buddies Breaking Bad

Film

Buddies Breaking Bad

The stylish Argentine crime drama “El Angel” recounts the robbery and murder spree of baby-faced Carlos (Lorenzo Ferro), a teenager in 1971 Buenos Aires who became the nation’s longest serving criminal inmate. The film, co-written and directed by Luis Ortega, recounts several of Carlos’ crimes, often committed with Ramón (Chino Darín), a classmate he was attracted to. Comment
Theater

Family Time

Theater

Family Time

Once or twice every decade, a play arrives that is so rich, complex, and beautifully rendered one is reminded of the theater’s primal power to touch the soul. “August: Osage County […]Comment
Around Town

Women’s Event Dances Night Away at Capitale

Around Town

Women’s Event Dances Night Away at Capitale

The LGBTQ Women’s Event, an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to honor those making a difference, was held November 3 at Capitale on the Bowery. This year’s honorees included artist Julie Mehretu, Rutina Wesley, a star of HBO’s “True Love” and OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” Abby Fiorella, the general auditor at Mastercard, and Jill Schlesinger, a business analyst at CBS News. Comment
Film

Western Curios

Film

Western Curios

When the Coen brothers’ six-part “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” was originally announced, I wondered if it were a mini-series condensed into a film, given that its distributor is Netflix. The lines between cinema and television are very thin these days. Now that I’ve seen “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” I know that each segment’s length differs. While some could fruitfully be expanded to be an hour, others are miniatures. They are supposed to be stories collected in an illustrated book. Still, the weakest is the shortest, “Near Algodones,” which doesn’t do much beyond establishing a mood of (literal) gallows humor. Comment
The Metropolitan Opera commissioned composer Nico Muhly for an operatic adaptation of Winston Graham’s 1961 psychological thriller “Marnie,” which was the basis for the 1964 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Tippi Hedren and a virile Sean Connery. Though it has critical defenders, the film is considered one of the master’s late career misfires. The opera with a libretto by Nicholas Wright had its world premiere last year at the English National Opera and arrived for its US premiere at the Met on October 19. (Hedren made a special appearance at the final curtain call opening night.) Comment
The scene on the ground floor at the Stonewall Inn on Friday night was like that of any gay bar on a typical weekend, but upstairs a packed crowd of more than 100 people gathered to raise awareness and money ahead of a crucial election in Taiwan on November 24 that could determine whether that nation becomes the first in Asia to win marriage equality. Comment
Since Donald Trump’s election two years ago this month, members of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) have stood outside the Muslim prayer space at NYU’s Islamic Center holding up signs saying, “Jewish New Yorkers Support Our Muslim Neighbors,” “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself,” and “United Against Hate.” Comments (1)
The Land O’Lakes dairy company, after coming under fire for a $2,500 donation to Iowa Congressmember Steve King, announced on October 30 that it would no longer provide financial support to the rabidly anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ Republican. Comment
News Briefs

Paul Mart, Gay Games Co-Founder, Dies at 100

Paul Mart, who with Tom Waddell and Mark Brown organized the first Gay Games in 1982, died on October 18 in Palm Springs. He was 100 years old. Comment
News Briefs

Pence’s Questionable Way of Paying Respects to Slain Jews

Vice President Mike Pence was at a campaign appearance in Michigan after the Pittsburgh massacre of Jewish worshippers. To respond to the atrocity, he let Messianic Jewish Rabbi Loren Jacobs lead a prayer — and since Jacobs is from the right wing, anti-LGBTQ Jews for Jesus movement, he prayed to “my lord and savior Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah.” Comment
News Briefs

Gay Catholic Employee Quits Over Harassment

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Diego welcomed out gay employee Aaron Bianco, who was leading an LGBTQ ministry there as a pastoral associate. Even the diocese’s bishop, Robert McElroy, supported his work. But right-wing Catholic websites, including Church Militant and LifeSiteNews, mounted campaigns against him leading to constant harassment including death threats against him, slashed tires, and hundreds of harassing calls and emails. Comment
News

A Night of Fright Amidst Days of Turmoil

News

A Night of Fright Amidst Days of Turmoil

For the third All Saints Eve in a row, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade included an unmistakable political tenor, with the real life spookiness of the nation’s politics, its president, and its gun culture on vivid display. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Student Faces 10 Years for Anti-LGBTQ Bomb Threat

High schooler Jonathan Radford, 18, was arrested on October 19 in Spartanburg, South Carolina for posting online at Twitter that he had made a bomb and planned on targeting LGBTQ students at his school. Making such threats — even falsely — is punishable by up to 10 years in prison with a minimum one-year sentence on conviction. Redford is being held on $2,000 bond. Comment
Several early pioneers in the gay rights movements hail from the borough of Queens. Councilmember Danny Dromm led the fight in the 1990s to eradicate homophobia from the curriculum of the Board of Education as well as against the haters of our community in that borough. Comment
Politics

Queer Asian Voter Guide for New York Available

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance — a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander groups — has produced a voter guide to the New York State governor and US Senate races. Comment
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, an ex-officio trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, has joined calls from 450 scientists and as well as the direct action group Revolting Lesbians to get billionaire climate-change denier Rebekah Mercer off the museum’s board. Comments (2)
Crime

New York Archdiocese Expels Bishop in Sex Abuse Scandal

The Archdiocese of New York has removed an auxiliary bishop, 74-year-old John Jenik, from his public ministry after a Church body concluded that in the 1980s, as a parish priest in the Bronx, he engaged in inappropriate behavior toward and sexual abuse of a teenage boy over a period of years, The New York Times reported. Comments (1)
Perspectives

Civility Is Not the Way Through

Perspectives

Civility Is Not the Way Through

As a shell-shocked nation slides toward next week’s election, heart-felt cries for a return to “civility” represent wishful thinking in the face of a proto-fascist revival that grips the Republican Party. Comments (2)
Nearly 25 years after a woman was raped in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park only to be accused of fabricating the crime by Daily News columnist Mike McAlary — with what many LGBTQ activists said was the help of a senior NYPD official — James O’Neill, the current police commissioner, issued an apology to the woman. Comment
Crime

Tragedy in Pittsburgh: Say Their Names

During a Saturday morning worship service in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation, 11 people were murdered by a gunman, with another six injured. Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old Pittsburgh man with a history of online anti-Semitic rantings who allegedly shouted slurs during the shootings and told police, “I just wanted to kill Jews,” has been arrested in the massacre. Comment
News

Silence Is Not an Option

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond.” — Fred Rogers Comments (1)
Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a now-defunct custom bakery in Gresham, Oregon, have filed a petition asking the US Supreme Court to strike down the $135,000 penalty imposed by Oregon authorities for their refusal to make a wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer in January 2013. Comments (2)

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