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Zombies With Milquetoast Messaging

Arts

Zombies With Milquetoast Messaging

One could guess that a zombie film directed by Jim Jarmusch would be painfully hip. With a cast featuring Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, and Tom Waits, “The Dead Don’t Die” doesn’t disappoint. Frustratingly, Jarmusch brings nothing new to this overworked sub-genre. Comments (1)
Trans, non-binary actor Garcia makes an auspicious acting debut in “Tales of the City,” premiering June 7 on Netflix. This reboot of the popular series based on Armistead Maupin’s popular books, opens with Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) celebrating her 90th birthday. However, the party does not last long — she is soon being blackmailed and must sell 28 Barbary Lane. Comment
Books

Colombia’s Gay Truth Teller

Books

Colombia’s Gay Truth Teller

The Colombian-American writer Jaime Manrique, author of the powerful new novel “Like This Afternoon Forever,” is both an imp and an iconoclast. The poet, novelist, and teacher, who turns 70 this month, just received the prestigious Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. Comment
On June 21, New York City Opera presents the premiere of “Stonewall,” a newly commissioned opera by British composer Iain Bell with a libretto by Mark Campbell in a production directed by Leonard Foglia. The production honors the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the 75th anniversary of New York City Opera. Comment
Lawsuits brought by the Russian government in multiple countries around the globe to recover the trademarks for Stolichnaya vodka were brought on direct orders from Vladimir Putin, the current Russian president, in 2000. Comments (1)
Media Circus

For God’s Sake, Trans Lives Matter

Media Circus

For God’s Sake, Trans Lives Matter

Here’s Amna Nawaz of the PBS NewsHour: “The most recent killing took place last Sunday in north Philadelphia. Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, 40 years old and a longtime advocate for the LGBTQ community, was shot several times... Comment
“Rocketman,” the lavish Elton John biopic, has opened with the kind of ballyhoo not seen in quite some time. An entire event space focusing on the film has been set up at Soho Dolby, where you can wander through rooms that resemble the various sets in the film... Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Are You Ready for WorldPride Yet?

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Are You Ready for WorldPride Yet?

Get in the spirit of WorldPride and Stonewall 50 at the numerous LGBTQ-related events around the city in the weeks ahead. There is a diverse slate of events, too, from Brooklyn Pride and comedy nights to film screenings, festivals, bike rides, and more. Comment
Josh Howard’s powerful documentary “The Lavender Scare” uses David K. Johnson’s 2006 book of the same name to explore the stories of gay men and lesbians who were fired from their government jobs during the Cold War era because of their sexuality. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Stonewall 50/ WorldPride: The Biggest Celebration Ever

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Stonewall 50/ WorldPride: The Biggest Celebration Ever

When Gay City News was founded in 2002, New York State did not yet have a gay rights law and same-sex couples could not get married anywhere in America. In fact, almost a third of the states still outlawed sexual conduct by gay people, which made criminals of LGBTQ community members. Comment
Film

Knowing Which Way the Wind Blows

Film

Knowing Which Way the Wind Blows

“Papi Chulo,” the affable new comedy-drama by out gay writer/ director John Butler, chronicles the charming, tender bromance that develops between Sean (Matt Bomer), a gay weatherman in Los Angeles, and Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño), a married-with-kids day laborer he hires to paint his deck. Comment
Music

Brünnhilde for President

Music

Brünnhilde for President

The Metropolitan Opera concluded its “Ring Cycle” with a “Götterdämmerung,” which consolidated the strengths of its performers for a triumphant finale. Comment
A black transgender woman was found dead in a Dallas lake on June 1 in a case that police there are describing as “homicidal violence.” The death represents the third time in less than a year that a trans woman has been killed in that city. Comment
Yet another HIV-positive transgender woman seeking asylum has died after a stint in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, infuriating advocates and raising more questions about the US government’s treatment of marginalized people in detention. Comment
Film

Provocation, But No Bites

Film

Provocation, But No Bites

In 1973, Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés set out to test the human race’s capacity for violence when he placed six women and five men in the pressure-cooker quarters of a large raft and set them on a journey across the Atlantic. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

LGBT Center Unveils Virtual Stonewall Monument

World Pride & Stonewall 50

LGBT Center Unveils Virtual Stonewall Monument

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan has teamed up with the National Park Service and Google to launch a virtual, interactive “living” monument on the web and via an augmented reality app complete with videos and information on LGBTQ history. Comment
Patrons at a gay bar in Harlem on May 31 were met with a terrifying scene outside the establishment when, suddenly, two Rainbow Flags were set ablaze. Comments (1)
New York City

Therapy Temporarily Closes

New York City

Therapy Temporarily Closes

Therapy, a popular gay watering hole in Hell’s Kitchen, has been forced by the city to shut down temporarily after a neighboring building was deemed structurally unstable. Comment
New York City

A Proud History Ending in Park Slope

New York City

A Proud History Ending in Park Slope

It had a good run. Two, actually! Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Vibrant Celebration of LGBTQ Pride in Queens

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Vibrant Celebration of LGBTQ Pride in Queens

The music reverberated through the streets of Jackson Heights, Rainbow and Transgender Flags waved at every corner, and a huge, diverse crowd celebrated Pride in a big way on a warm Sunday afternoon in Queens. Comments (1)
Just weeks before the end of the legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 31 put pressure on state lawmakers in the State Legislature to legalize gestational surrogacy and ban the use of so-called gay and trans panic defense. Comments (1)
New York City

City Monument to Honor Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera

New York City

City Monument to Honor Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera

A monument honoring LGBTQ icons Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be erected down the street from the Stonewall Inn, the city announced on May 30. Comments (3)
Queer Latina Tiffany Cabán this week won a significant LGBTQ boost in her run for Queens district attorney, with the endorsement of the Victory Fund, a Washington-based group that helps elect out candidates across every level of government nationwide. At the same time, the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, the city’s largest LGBTQ political group, has opted to back Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in the race. Comment
A federal district judge in Albany has rejected a lawsuit from a Christian adoption agency that sought to resist efforts by New York to bring it into compliance with the state regulation forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the adoption process. Comment
The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on May 24 moved forward with an anticipated proposal to gut Obamacare rules protecting people on the basis of gender identity in healthcare settings. Comment
Theater

Genius Times Eight

Theater

Genius Times Eight

“Octet,” Dave Malloy’s new chamber choir a cappella musical at the Signature, marvelously directed by Annie Tippe, is a work of absolute genius brilliantly rendered and profoundly moving. […] Comment
The Supreme Court, on May 28, announced it will not review a lower court decision that rejected a challenge mounted by cisgender students upset that their school district decided to let transgender students use bathroom and locker room facilities consistent with their gender identity. Comment
Lottery applications for the city’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior residential building — Ingersoll Senior Residences in Fort Greene, Brooklyn — will open on May 29 at 11 a.m. Comments (4)
Crime

On Memorial Day Weekend, Trans Lives Remembered

Crime

On Memorial Day Weekend, Trans Lives Remembered

The shooting deaths of three transgender women in just five days’ time this month brought hundreds of trans activists, anti-gun advocates, and allies to Washington Square Park on the Friday evening of Memorial Day Weekend in a Keep Your Hands Off Our Trans Bodies rally called by the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG). Comment
Political leaders, LGBTQ activists, and special guest Chasten Buttigieg helped kick Pride season into gear at the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City’s annual event on May 23 at the M1-5 Lounge in Tribeca. Comments (1)
On the surface, it initially might seem encouraging that there was a slight increase — 5.4 percent — in LGBTQ characters in movies produced by major film studios last year. Comment

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