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Refusing to Accept Erasure

Politics

Refusing to Accept Erasure

At a moment when the increasingly visible transgender activist community is facing unprecedented challenges from a hostile Trump administration in Washington, a longtime legal player serving the trans and non-binary community, the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, is welcoming a new executive director. Comment
Media Circus

Rake America Great Again!

This week on Facebook, a friend asked whether there was a way to block any post that referred in any way to the ignoramus who currently occupies the White House. The poor guy just can’t take any more of the incessant insanity. Comment
Guest Perspective

In NYC, Trans, Non-Binary People Will Not Be Erased

Silence = death. The phrase rings true even decades after this call to action was coined by activists. Comment
Music

You, “Me,” and Isaac Mizrahi

Music

You, “Me,” and Isaac Mizrahi

There’s no “I” in “Cabaret” — but there are three of them in Isaac Mizrahi’s name, and one in the title of his new show. Comment
Arts

Yowie! Anime NYC Returns

Arts

Yowie! Anime NYC Returns

The stereotypes of anime fans range from the anti-social, obsessive otaku with his collection of Gundam models to the giggling teenage Sailor Moon cosplayer. To be sure, both of these could be found at the second edition of Anime NYC at the Jacob Javits Center this past weekend. Comment
Insider Trading

Big LGBTQ Wins Right Here at Home

Big congratulations to the LGBTQ community and everyone else victimized by the Republican Party for helping Democrat Andrew Gounardes defeat right-winger Martin Golden — the last GOP representative in Brooklyn. Comment
Film

Unafraid of the Body

Film

Unafraid of the Body

“Cola de Mono” is out gay writer/ director Alberto Fuguet’s sensational and sexually explicit genre film about two brothers in Chile in 1986. It is Christmas Eve, and Borja (Cristóbal Rodríguez-Costabal) and Vicente (Santiago Rodríguez-Costabal, Cristóbal’s real-life brother) each discover their queer sexuality in separate storylines. After dinner with their mother, Vicente heads out to go cruising in a park. Meanwhile, Borja gets drunk and breaks into his brother’s bedroom, where he puts on a jockstrap and looks at dirty magazines. Things come to a head when Vicente returns. Comment
Theater

Call Her Irrepressible

Growing up in the 1960s in Hawaii, TV may have largely presented an idealized, sanitized, largely white view of the world, but it also introduced a ton of richly variegated, mostly New York talent to me, stuck on an island — however beautiful — in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Comment
Crime

Queens Man Charged in Williamsburg Anti-Gay Attacks

A 25-year-old man faces up to 15 years behind bars for assaulting a gay couple in Williamsburg, according to the borough’s top prosecutor, who charged the defendant with a hate crime he said has no place in Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Politics

Transgender Day of Remembrance Marked in New York November 19 & 20

As the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week, transgender and non-binary New Yorkers and their allies will mark Transgender Day of Remembrance in events across the city on November 19 and 20. Comment
The coalition that has been pressing Heritage of Pride (HOP) to fundamentally alter the character of New York City’s annual Pride Parade has shifted goals and is seeking city permits to stage its own march on the last Sunday in June next year and to produce a rally in Central Park following that march. Comment
Breaking News

Chad Griffin to Depart HRC

Breaking News

Chad Griffin to Depart HRC

Chad Griffin, who has helmed the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBTQ community’s leading Washington lobby group, since mid-2012, announced he plans to leave the organization in 2019. As the group’s board undertakes a search effort for his successor, Griffin said he will stay in place. Comment
Theater

Making a Go of It

Theater

Making a Go of It

“The Other Josh Cohen” is a charming urban fairytale perfectly pitched to anyone who has struggled with living in the city, coping with loss and loneliness, and finding a way through in the end . Basically anyone who makes New York their home. Josh Cohen has no date for Valentine’s Day, his temp work is going nowhere, and his apartment’s been robbed, leaving him with only a Neil Diamond CD. The burglar even took the Bundt cake Josh would have used to stuff his feelings. Grim as this might be, this is the set-up for a wonderfully appealing and heartfelt musical comedy. The conceit that makes it work is that even at his most bereft, Josh is shadowed by the image of himself a year later when everything has turned out much better for him. Comment
Remembrance

Janet Weinberg’s Life Celebrated

The life of lesbian leader Janet Weinberg, who died at 63 on September 1, was celebrated Sunday by her longtime partner and wife, State Appellate Division Justice Roz Richter, along with hundreds of her friends, co-workers, and comrades at the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side. Weinberg served at the social services agency as executive vice president — her last post in a long life of leadership positions at non-profits including Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the LGBT Community Center. Comment
A Blue Wave hit New York last week, giving Democrats firm control of the State Senate for the first time in modern memory and offering criminal justice reform advocates — who believe current laws have undermined “the presumption of innocence, fueled mass incarceration, allowed intolerable court delays, and caused countless wrongful convictions” — hope that the new Legislature convening in January will “pass key criminal justice reforms.” Comments (1)
Second Stage Theater, which brought “Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song” to Off-Broadway and now to the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway, honored him at a star-studded benefit November 12 that left playwright and actor Fierstein verklempt but still able to make his audience laugh. Comments (1)
New York State

Love Says Love Is Not Love

New York State

Love Says Love Is Not Love

The Episcopal bishop in Albany has come out as the only one fighting a church policy adopted in July that allows for same-sex marriage in every diocese. Individual priests are not required to perform them, but if one refuses then another has to be found who will. Comment
News Briefs

Top International News, In Brief

The crackdown on LGBTQ people in Tanzania has led the World Bank to suspend all staff travel there. Men recently arrested for being part of a “gay marriage” there are facing anal exams. Comment
The Hungarian State Opera and National Ballet appeared in New York for two weeks in late October and early November, performing at the Koch Theater. The repertory was mouthwatering for the opera aficionado: Ferenc Erkel’s “Bánk bán,” Karl Goldmark’s “Die Königin von Saba,” and a double bill of the one-acts “Mario and the Magician” by János Vajda and “Bluebeard’s Castle” by Béla Bartók. The company, however, proved to be a bewildering mix of musical excellence, amateurish provincial productions, and uneven singing. When it was good, it was very, very good, but when it was bad… Comment
Politics

Out Bisexual Kyrsten Sinema Victor in Arizona

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, an out bisexual, has been declared the winner in a hard-fought US Senate race in Arizona to replace retiring Republican Jeff Flake. Comment
Legal

SCOTUS Conferences Title VII Cases Next Week

LGBTQ rights will be on the agenda when the Supreme Court conferences on November 30 to consider granting some of the pending petitions for review. The high court had originally been scheduled to consider petitions in two cases raising the question whether anti-gay employment discrimination violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at its September conference, but those were yanked from the agenda after Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) wrote to the court suggesting consideration be delayed until briefing was complete on its petition seeking review of a lower court ruling against a Michigan funeral home that discharged a transgender employee. Comment
Theater

Making the World Hate Again

Theater

Making the World Hate Again

The power of “Lured,” a gutsy new political drama exposing heinous crimes against gay men in present-day Russia, is felt well before the actors take the stage. Upon entering the tiny Cino Theater at Theater for the New City, we’re confronted with an ominous tableau (Steven Medina created the gritty set). Comment
Politics

Protesters Denounce Trump’s Seizure of Justice Department

Politics

Protesters Denounce Trump’s Seizure of Justice Department

One day after President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demonstrators massed in cities across the nation — each gathering beginning at 5 p.m. local time — to protest what is widely understood to be an effort to undermine and perhaps end Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comment

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