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Alt-Right Site Denies Harassing Gay Catholic

A radical right news site that calls itself the “Christian militia” is pushing back against allegations by a former administrator of a Catholic church in San Diego after he blamed that site and others for harassing him until he was forced to resign, marking the latest twist in the ongoing targeting of the gay community’s presence in the Church. Comments (1)
Crime

New York Going to Pot

Crime

New York Going to Pot

On or about April 1, New York will go to pot. That was the conventional wisdom at a well-publicized mid-December Albany conference on legalizing recreational marijuana. That assessment was quickly confirmed by Governor Andrew Cuomo himself. Comments (1)
Film

The Oppression Within

Film

The Oppression Within

“The Heiresses,” Paraguay’s official Oscar submission, is a subtle and moving character study about Chela (Ana Brun), whose lover, Chiquita (Margarita Irun), is sent to prison for bank fraud. Alone and adrift, Chela drives her neighbor Pituca (María Martins) around to card games. Eventually, she meets Angy (Ana Ivanova), a beautiful young woman who also employs Chela’s taxi service. Comments (1)
Perspectives

The Mad Activist Goes All Buddhist

Perspectives

The Mad Activist Goes All Buddhist

Dear Trump Diary, Comment
Film

Liberating the Body

Film

Liberating the Body

When Romanian director Adina Pintilie’s “Touch Me Not” won the top prize at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, it wasn’t a typical consensus favorite. The scenes at a BDSM club have made some spectators and critics uneasy. But “Touch Me Not” isn’t softcore porn; if anything, it’s painfully earnest. Pintilie’s film is a hybrid of fiction and documentary elements whose premise evokes Steven Soderbergh’s “sex, lies and videotape.” Pinitilie depicts herself on a quest to show subjects searching for intimacy and trying to find sex and love in a world with very narrow beauty standards. Comment
Media Circus

Anti-Gay Horrors, All But Forgotten

From a horrifying, maddening article in the New Yorker by the great Masha Gessen: “In October, 2017, a young man named Maxim Lapunov spoke at a press conference in Moscow. Flanked by LGBT and human […] Comments (2)
Insider Trading

Women New York Must Honor

In the city’s bid to increase the number of statues of women, there will be one erected for the late Congressmember Shirley Chisholm in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Chisholm was the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman — in 1972 — to seek the Democratic nomination for president. Chisholm deserves a statue; she broke many a barrier. Comment
Pride

Rangers Say You Can Play, Too

Pride

Rangers Say You Can Play, Too

The New York Rangers are hosting their annual LGBTQ Pride Night in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 p.m. Comment
Music

Purely Puccini

I saw the Met’s lavish 1982 Franco Zeffirelli production of “La Bohème” for the 18th time on December 3. If not an epochal event, it was a very good repertory performance. Comment
Nightlife

A Madonna NYE Surprise at Stonewall

Nightlife

A Madonna NYE Surprise at Stonewall

Just over one week after Madonna was named a Stonewall ambassador for the 50th anniversary of the 1969 riots that marked the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, she made a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn on New Year’s Eve. Comment
Hector Xtravaganza, a longtime fixture in New York City’s queer ballroom scene, has died at the age of 60. Comment
Theater

Your Inheritance Is Coming

Theater

Your Inheritance Is Coming

The critical hit play in London at the moment is a two-part, nearly seven-hour commitment — written by a Latinx American man with roots in the Deep South — that is gayer than “Angels in America” and “Torch Song” combined. Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance” is set among a group of mostly 30-ish gay New Yorkers trying to tell their stories with the actual assistance of E.M. Forster, whose “Howard’s End” is the framework for the play. (You’ll just have to see it.) Comments (2)
Canada has issued a travel advisory for LGBTQ people who are planning to visit The Bahamas, drawing praise from advocates on the ground who have long called for reform in the former British colony. Comments (5)
It was a holiday dream come true. Comments (3)
A yellow cab driver is back on the road after being slapped on the wrist with a 10-day suspension and a modest fine for refusing to drive a gay customer in Midtown Manhattan earlier this year. Comments (1)
Theater

The Truth Shall… Something or Other

Theater

The Truth Shall… Something or Other

The nature of truth is an ongoing, fraught debate in our troubled political times. So it’s no surprise the topic is on the boards. “Network” looked at the nature of news and the dichotomy between journalism as factual reporting and as an entertainment business. Comment
Politics

Menchaca Cans Three Staffers Right Before Christmas

Brooklyn City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca fired three staffers just days before Christmas, according to the New York Daily News. Comment
The transgender community in India is rejecting a civil rights bill that advocates say does not go far enough in securing their rights and, in some ways, worsens the conditions for them moving forward. Comment
Politics

Conversion Therapy App Fuels Outrage

An app promoting so-called “conversion therapy” has been booted from Apple — and later from Amazon — amid public outcry, but Google is under fire for continuing to host the app. Comment
In a video posted recently by the Transgender Law Center (TLC), three trans women seeking asylum in the United States discussed the adversity they have faced in their journeys from their home countries. Comments (1)
International

Chechnya LGBTQ Torture Campaign Continues

International

Chechnya LGBTQ Torture Campaign Continues

A new report from an intergovernmental international group reveals that human rights abuses — particularly against the LGBTQ community, including intersex people — are continuing in Chechnya nearly two years after the sovereign region of Russia became notorious for its horrifying treatment of queer people. Comments (6)
The government of Cuba has scrapped plans to implement same-sex marriage in the nation’s new constitution, but the issue is likely heading for a referendum — and LGBTQ activists are stressing that the issue is not yet settled. Comments (1)
The LGBTQ community in Singapore is aiming to follow in the footsteps of India after that nation struck down a similar ban on gay sex. Comment
Two members of the US Air Force are suing the Trump administration after they were booted from the military because of their HIV status, which they say is a violation of the US Constitution and federal law. Comments (1)
A Republican senator is crusading against the re-confirmation of a lesbian commissioner on the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) in a move that could temporarily force the federal agency to shelve civil rights cases in the next year. Comment
Legal

$125,000 Damage Award for Photo’s Use in HIV Bias Ad

New York Court of Claims Judge Thomas H. Scuccimarra has decided that the State of New York should pay Avril Nolan $125,000 for using her photo in an HIV discrimination ad campaign without a disclaimer that the person in the picture was a “model.” Comment
Theater

Aggie Diversity

Theater

Aggie Diversity

“The Method School thinks the emotion is the art. It isn’t. All emotion isn’t sublime. The theater isn’t reality. If you want reality, go to the morgue. The theater is human behavior that is effective and interesting.” Comment

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