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And Now the Tale is Queer

Music

And Now the Tale is Queer

2011: Tyler, the Creator’s debut album “Goblin” becomes the most controversial hip-hop album since Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP,” thanks to lyrics like “I raped a pregnant bitch and had a threesome” and its use of “faggot” and other anti-gay slurs 212 times (according to The Guardian). But the shock value worked, with “Goblin” hitting #5 on the Billboard top 200 and eventually going gold. Comment
They barreled down the Riegelmann Boardwalk chanting, “Hey ho, hey ho, homophobia has got to go,” and “We’re here! We’re queer! Immigrants are welcome here!” Comments (1)
A black transgender woman who just one month ago was hit with anti-LGBTQ slurs and beaten to the ground following a minor car accident in Dallas was found dead with gunshot wounds on May 18, according to police. Comment
There was a time a few years ago when the question “Do we need queer literature?” was seriously discussed. It is not a debate that comes up much nowadays. Comment
In an historic step forward for LGBTQ rights, the House of Representatives on May 17 easily passed the Equality Act, a measure that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act and related federal laws to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment
International

Taiwan Legalizes Marriage Equality

International

Taiwan Legalizes Marriage Equality

Lawmakers in Taiwan on May 17 voted to approve same-sex marriage rights, making the island nation the first country in Asia to win marriage equality. Comment
OutRight Action International, championing the rights of LGBTQ and intersex people around the globe since 1990, raised trans visibility high at its annual awards gala on May 7, honoring Zimbabwean trans activist Rikki Nathanson and TV’s “Transparent,” as well as lesbian business leader and activist Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak. Comments (1)
Theater

Power Plays

Theater

Power Plays

There is no compelling need to brush up your Shakespeare before seeing “Gary,” the new Taylor Mac comedy at the Booth. It’s subtitled “A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” but all you need to know about the Bard’s first epic tragedy is that it’s set in ancient Rome, rife with political intrigue, where everyone is excessively rotten to everyone else, and virtually all of them meet blood-drenched, violent ends. Comment
Theater

The Play’s the Thing

Theater

The Play’s the Thing

Shakespeare was theater for the people, and no one in modern times is more associated with that concept than Joseph Papp. In 1957, Papp’s Mobile Theater sought to make Shakespeare accessible to all, providing free productions of these timeless pieces and demonstrating their power and relevance for contemporary audiences. That, of course, became the New York Shakespeare Festival and today the Public Theater. Comment
Out gay City Council Speaker Corey Johnson on May 16 voiced his opposition to the full decriminalization of sex work, breaking from other progressive politicians — including those who share his constituents — and drawing stinging condemnation from multiple advocacy groups that have championed the issue. Comments (2)
In a class action lawsuit filed May 14, AIDS activists and union health plans are accusing four pharmaceutical companies of illegally rigging the chemical composition of HIV combination drugs to always include drugs under patent that cost much more than generic alternatives. Comment
Theater

Torn Between Faith and Facts

Theater

Torn Between Faith and Facts

To all you theater geeks out there, I want to let you in on a secret. Head on over to the charming Little Church Around the Corner on East 29th Street, climb up a narrow, creaky staircase, and you’ll discover a theater tucked under the eaves of the 1849 Neo-Gothic structure. Comment
The New York City public advocate is supposed to be the elected official who stands up for the people. Comments (1)
Remembrance

Andy Vélez, AIDS Warrior, Dead at 80

Andy Vélez, an internationally prominent AIDS activist whose three decades of advocacy work resulted in improved drug access and civil rights for people living with HIV, especially in the Latinx community, died on May 14 at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. He was 80. Comments (1)
The coalition that is producing the Queer Liberation March and Rally on June 30 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots officially announced its route and rally site at a press conference held across the street from the Stonewall Inn, where the 1969 riots that mark the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement occurred. Comments (1)
Six places known for playing key roles in New York City’s LGBTQ history will be considered for designation as city landmarks. Comment
Cuba’s government banned a Pride celebration from taking place in Havana on May 11 and police arrested those who defied the order, marking the latest troubling sign of a regressive shift on LGBTQ issues in a nation that until recently had shown encouraging signs of acceptance of queer rights. Comments (1)
Theater

A “Queered” Desire

Theater

A “Queered” Desire

A new production of the Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” now running at Mister Rogers in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, puts a spotlight on the gender issues raised in the play by casting a genderqueer actor as troubled female protagonist Blanche DuBois. Actor Russell Peck has long identified with Blanche’s complex character and fight for love, they said. Comment
Theater

Runnin’ Wilde

Theater

Runnin’ Wilde

Oscar is getting Wilder. Comment
More than a year after the US State Department shrugged off existing same-sex marriage and immigration laws and rejected citizenship for a child of two gay dads, the agency is now appealing a federal judge’s ruling that the child is an American citizen. Comment
Police departments in dozens of the largest US cities — including New York City and surrounding counties — are failing to establish appropriate public policies for dealing with transgender and gender non-conforming people, according to a new report commissioned by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). Comment
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