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Film

Doubling Down

Film

Doubling Down

Most of the great films about doppelgangers are about women: “Vertigo,” “Persona,” “Mulholland Drive.” Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s “Asako […] Comment
Out gay Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres carries himself with confidence these days because, after all, he has “enjoyed overcoming the odds.” Comment
Media Circus

Inter-Ivy Resentment Masquerades as Political Journalism

“Meaningless erudition,” is it? This New York Times article, by Jay Caspian Kang’s recent New York Times article, “How Pete Buttigieg’s Meaningless Erudition Made Him the ‘Smart’ Candidate,” is a snotty hit job. Comment
Theater

Serious NYC Cultural Legacies

Theater

Serious NYC Cultural Legacies

Irascible veteran indie director Abel Ferrara is having quite the season, with a retrospective going on now at the Museum of Modern Art (through May 31; moma.org), which included his “Pasolini,” made five years ago, with Willem Dafoe in the title role. Comment
Surely the best Mozart revival of the season was the uniformly well-cast “La clemenza di Tito” (seen April 11). Comment
Generic PrEP is coming — but not just yet. Comment
In an historic turn in Albany, efforts to back away from criminalizing sex work have achieved lift-off. Comment
Music

Echoes, Without Enough Voice

Music

Echoes, Without Enough Voice

Grayson is stuck in an echo chamber. The non-binary singer is particularly fond of using their voice to create a delay effect, so that they can speak in dialogue with themselves. Comment
Theater

Giving the Queer Clown His Voice

Theater

Giving the Queer Clown His Voice

When the theater artist Taylor Mac left me a voicemail, my phone’s voice recognition program sent me a text of the message that started out, “Hi, it’s Anna Mike again.” Well, no, it wasn’t. Still, knowing Mac, I could almost imagine a quick whipping up of a whole evening’s entertainment about “Anna Mike,” her griefs, her triumphs, her nights, her days, and her sleazy, sleazy ways. Comment
New York City

GOAL Marks 37 Years of LGBTQ Visbility in the NYPD

New York City

GOAL Marks 37 Years of LGBTQ Visbility in the NYPD

The Gay Officers Action League celebrated its 37th anniversary in style — at the Edison Ballroom in the Theater District, a venue that Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill declared the most posh of all those he’s attended for the dozens of NPYD fraternal organizations. Comment
Film

After Infamy, Then What?

Film

After Infamy, Then What?

For a film about the Manson family, the most surprising thing about Mary Harron’s “Charlie Says” is that it’s actually pretty bland. Comments (1)
Manhattan Deputy Borough President Matthew S. Washington on May 4 used the Twitter profile on which he identifies in his official capacity to promote an infamous anti-LGBTQ and anti-women’s rights group known as Focus on the Family — and that’s only the latest example of his deep history of amplifying the messages of homophobes in the city. Comments (11)
Three out of a whopping six pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation in Tennessee’s GOP-dominated state legislature have stalled for now, but one damaging “bathroom bill” passed and advocates are sounding the alarm because some of those bills are slated to be revisited next year. Comment
A group that is best known for its founder’s false claim that he was arrested during the 1969 Stonewall riots and his Cadillac was towed by police during that event is loudly complaining because it was not selected to be a grand marshal in this year’s march. Comments (16)
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil withdrew from a New York City awards ceremony after the host venue and its sponsors faced intense pressure, most notably from an online petition launched by out gay West Side State Senator Brad Hoylman that yielded more than 65,000 signatures. Comment
In one of multiple anticipated moves designed to dismantle health care protections for LGBTQ people and women, the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services on May 2 announced a final version of a new rule that will give health care workers and institutions the authority to use “religious” or “moral” objections to deny care to patients. Comment
Lew Fidler, who during 12 years on the New York City Council played the leading role in rallying public dollars to address the stark shortage of homeless youth shelter, particularly those providing safe space for LGBTQ young people, died on May 5 at the age of 62. Comment
Theater

Love Hurts

Theater

Love Hurts

“Safeword,” the latest queer-centric drama written and directed by S. Asher Gelman (his surprise hit “Afterglow” ran for over a year Off-Broadway) begins with the loud, piercing crack of a whip. The daring dramatist knows how to grab our attention, and over the course of the next 100 minutes, he never lets go. Comment
Film

Who Are You?... And, Who Am I?

Film

Who Are You?... And, Who Am I?

The twisted queer thriller “The Skin of the Teeth” opens with John (Donal Brophy), who is white, preparing for a date with Josef (Pascal Arquimedes), a younger, cute, and slightly insecure African-American man. Comment
Politics

Not Your Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton

Politics

Not Your Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton

“Alexander Hamilton/ My name is Alexander Hamilton/ And there’s a million things I haven’t done/ But just you wait, just you wait.” Comment
Theater

Kings and Things…

Theater

Kings and Things…

Shakespeare is ever adaptable to the times, and so Sam Gold’s production of “King Lear” seems tailor-made for our Trumpian times. Comment
The House Judiciary Committee on May 1 voted to send a comprehensive LGBTQ antidiscrimination bill known as the Equality Act to the floor of the House of Representatives for the first time in history, despite unified opposition from Republican committee members who were present. Comment
South African Olympic track star Caster Semenya has lost her challenge to recently enacted rules governing testosterone in female athletes, dealing a major blow to her right to compete in a sport that has increasingly become targeted by transphobic conservatives. Comment
Officials from the city’s Department of Correction stumbled at various points and were challenged by councilmembers and advocates at a May 1 City Council hearing about the treatment of transgender and gender non-conforming and intersex (TGNCI) people in DOC custody. They made one point crystal clear, however: the department opposes proposed commonsense legislation that would implement a task force focusing on policies surrounding TGNCI people in city jails. Comment
Music

San Francisco Singers at Stonewall

Music

San Francisco Singers at Stonewall

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, in town because a documentary about the group’s tour of the Deep South played at the Tribeca Film Festival, staged a brief concert outside the Stonewall Inn on the morning of April 30. Comment
New York City health officials say they have seen 17 cases of hepatitis A among men who have sex with men so far this year, triggering a new campaign by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to raise awareness about an infection that has long been known to disproportionately affect gay and bisexual men. Comment
The valedictorian of Brigham Young University’s (BYU) class of 2019 spent most of his graduation speech congratulating others, but when it was time to focus on himself, he turned heads by making a short, but bold statement: “I am proud to be a gay man of God.” Comment
Advocates and elected officials who say police officers are disobeying and at times even mocking a police accountability measure implemented last year rallied at City Hall April 29 to demand action minutes before lawmakers grilled NYPD officials about that law during an oversight hearing. Comment
Books

Reactionary Chic

Books

Reactionary Chic

Bret Easton Ellis’ first essay collection, “White,” tries to set a trap for anyone who dislikes it. Its title sets itself up as a provocation, daring one to call him racist. The truth […] Comment
The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated in an April 5 court filing that it soon expects to propose rules paving the way for hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies to refuse care for transgender patients. Comments (1)
A bill due to be introduced in the New York City Council that would require LGBTQ-specific training for service providers at nursing facilities and senior centers is the result of complaints local lawmakers have received from constituents who have felt mistreated in such settings because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Comment
A 24-year-old man was walking near Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on April 4 when another man approached him, hurled anti-gay slurs at him, and then punched him in the left arm before taking off, according to the NYPD. Comment

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