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Trump Proposes Trans Shelter Ban

Politics

Trump Proposes Trans Shelter Ban

In yet another attack on the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on May 22 rolled out a new proposed rule that would allow federally funded facilities to ban transgender and gender nonconforming people from shelters or force them to cohabit with people who do not share their gender identity. Comments (1)
Pride

It Wouldn’t Be Pride Without Queens

Pride

It Wouldn’t Be Pride Without Queens

An official partner of WorldPride, the 27th annual Queens Pride festivities are kicking into gear ahead of the borough’s June 2 parade and festival. Comments (3)
Pride

Next Up for Pride: Brooklyn

Pride

Next Up for Pride: Brooklyn

How do you celebrate Pride? No matter what you like to do, Brooklyn seems to have something for you. Comment
Music

The Composer Never at Rest

Music

The Composer Never at Rest

East Village-based classical composer Nico Muhly thinks fast, talks fast, and, more than anything else, works fast — and he is almost always working. Comment
Film

Misadventures in Cloning

Film

Misadventures in Cloning

The incredibly inventive Portuguese film “Diamantino” opens with a disclaimer that “the story, all names, characters, and incidents seen here are fictitious,” including “actual […] Comment
In recent years, a number of contemporary American operas have overcome the usual fate of new operas — one or maybe two productions and then oblivion. None has had the meteoric rise of “As One” — a chamber opera for two singers and a string quartet about the journey of a transgender woman from male to female through 15 songs. Comment
Music

Schemers and Lovers

Music

Schemers and Lovers

By comparison to this year’s utterly misfired “Traviata”, Michael Mayer’s Rat Pack-era, Vegas-set “Rigoletto” seemed less offensive — though still there are aspects of the visually neon-lurid story that make no sense. Comment
Health

AIDS Walk Raises Over $4 Million

Health

AIDS Walk Raises Over $4 Million

In its 34th annual AIDS Walk beginning and ending in Central Park on May 19, Gay Men’s Health Crisis raised more than $4 million to support living-saving services there and at other HIV/ AIDS organizations in the tri-state area. Comment
Politics

New Push to Keep LGBTQ Voice on Council

Politics

New Push to Keep LGBTQ Voice on Council

Recognizing that all five gay members of the City Council face term limits at the end of 2021, a group of queer political leaders, including some of the current councilmembers, gathered at City Hall on May 22 to announce an initiative to ensure that the Council will continue to have LGBTQ members after the citywide elections two years from now. Comments (1)
Janet Porter, a longtime anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ activist who is a chief architect of “heartbeat bill” abortion restrictions, is one of countless far-right leaders who have become emboldened by the appointment of conservative judges, a complicit Trump administration, and a group of state legislatures willing to implement harsh laws. Comment
Media Circus

What Facts Matter?

Are you aware that one of the alleged young killers at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado is a transgender boy? If so, you’ve had to do some digging because the mainstream media has left the issue mostly unspoken, leaving it to the crank right to trumpet. Comments (1)
Music

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.” 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.” 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, even though It’s subtitled “A Sequel to Titus Andronicus.” 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. 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 (2)
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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