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Clean Sheets Daily

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Clean Sheets Daily

The hotel where Mexican director Lila Avilés’ “The Chambermaid” takes place is shot as if it had no exit. Although the film’s title character, Eve (Gabriela Cartol), works there willingly, Avilés makes some choices that emphasize her confinement. Comment
US military branches are either withholding details about how many service members have been discharged as part of the April 12 ban on transgender troops or denying any discharges have taken place, based on interviews with spokespersons representing each of them. And there are signs of serious dysfunction in the way the policy has been carried out, including apparent misrepresentation of it by the Pentagon itself. Comment
State lawmakers passed multiple LGBTQ-related bills in the final hours of the legislative session on June 19, but a contentious piece of legislation legalizing gestational surrogacy appeared to stall in the lower chamber and the status of a separate measure aimed at protecting transgender women was unclear as of press time. Comments (1)
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Painting the Town Rainbow

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Painting the Town Rainbow

Pride comes in many colors. For 50 diverse international artists, those colors will be sprayed, brushed, and splashed across all five boroughs as part of the World Mural Project (worldpridemuralproject.org). Comment
Out lesbian Assemblymember Deborah Glick of Manhattan is said to be pushing back against an 11th-hour push to legalize gestational surrogacy in New York, angering the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City and others in the community just months after she told that club she supported the measure. Comments (10)
Politics

Two Days Left to Pass Critical Trans Protections

Dana Martin. Jazzaline Ware. Ashanti Carmon. Claire Legato. Muhlaysia Booker. Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington. Paris Cameron. Chynal Lindsey. Chanel Scurlock. Johana ‘Joa’ Medina. Layleen Polanco Xtravaganza. Zoe Spears. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Rainbow Flag Creator Remembered

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Rainbow Flag Creator Remembered

As global attention focuses on New York with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and the WorldPride celebrations scheduled to coincide, the creator of the Rainbow Flag is finally getting his say with the posthumous release of Gilbert Baker’s “Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color.” Comments (1)
This has been an unusually busy spring/ summer opera season in Manhattan with the 2019 New York Opera Fest in full swing. The New York City Opera has concurrently presented its annual LGBTQ Pride series. City Opera presented four performances of lesbian composer Laura Kaminsky’s “As One” at Merkin Hall in a co-production with American Opera Projects. Comments (1)
Theater

Claiming Identity

Theater

Claiming Identity

At the top of “A Strange Loop,” the brash, 25-year-young protagonist called Usher announces that the show will portray what it’s like to “travel the world in a fat black queer body” as he obsesses over the latest draft of his self-referential musical (titled “A Strange Loop”). “There will be butt-fucking,” he warns. Or is it a promise? Comment
New York City

#WalkAway Leader Sues LGBT Center

New York City

#WalkAway Leader Sues LGBT Center

Less than three months after the out gay leader of the #WalkAway movement told Gay City News he was “going to actively pursue any legal action” against the LGBT Community Center for canceling his group’s planned event there in March, he followed through and sued the venue for discrimination and defamation to the tune of $20 million. Comments (9)
As part of the Quad Cinema’s WorldPride Month programming, filmmaker Wieland Speck has curated “Queer Kino,” a program — with support from the Goethe-Institut — of nine classic queer German films from the 1970s and 1980s. Here is a rundown of some key films to seek out during this week-long engagement. Comment
Film

A Look Back at a Look Back

Film

A Look Back at a Look Back

As we look back on history this month and mark Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, the newly restored 1984 documentary, “Before Stonewall” chronicles “the making of the gay and lesbian community.” The film, directed by Greta Schiller, co-directed by Robert Rosenberg, and executive produced by John Scagliotti, traces LGBTQ visibility and identity as well as homophobia in America up to the landmark riots. Comment
The US Supreme Court has, for the third time, essentially kicked the can down the road on the question of businesses claiming religious exemptions from providing goods and services for same-sex weddings. Comments (1)
A divided panel of the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a constitutional challenge by James William Hill, Jr., to his conviction under the federal hate crimes law for assaulting a gay co-worker. Comment
The newly restored “A Bigger Splash” is an intimate portrait of David Hockney and his friends and lovers in the early 1970s, almost each frame a vibrant picture of a time, place, and sensibility in the arts. The Swinging Sixties had just washed over into the second wave of liberation in London and New York and in Hockney himself — opening the way to explicit depictions of gay life and love. Comments (1)
Theater

Pride 50 Doings

Theater

Pride 50 Doings

When playwright/actor Charles Ludlam died at age 43 in 1987, a unique, important creative light was extinguished. One of the most striking achievements of his too-brief career was “Galas,” his satirical take on the life of the ultimate opera diva, Maria Callas. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Celebrating WorldPride In East Midtown

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Celebrating WorldPride In East Midtown

Manhattan neighborhood partnership finds innovative ways to mark Stonewall 50 Comment
International

Botswana Sodomy Law Struck Down

International

Botswana Sodomy Law Struck Down

High Court nixes colonial era ban in lengthy opinion stressing privacy, dignity Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50 ►Video

Gay Liberation Front Seen in ‘69 Radical Protest Video

World Pride & Stonewall 50 ►Video

Gay Liberation Front Seen in ‘69 Radical Protest Video

Film shot by the NYPD’s political surveillance unit at an August 1969 demonstration in Midtown Manhattan shows an early appearance of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) as it joined other left and radical groups. Comments (5)
A man has been charged with three counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Muhlaysia Booker — a 23-year-old black transgender woman shot to death in Dallas just weeks after suffering a vicious anti-LGBTQ attack — as well as of two cisgender women. Comment
In a narrow 5-4 ruling, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court on June 12 approved same-sex marriage and directed the nation’s congress to pass a law providing gay and lesbian couples with full marriage rights. Comment
Theater

Party Favors

Theater

Party Favors

In “Convention,” Danny Rocco’s raucous, wildly ambitious fact-based drama, a certain American political party sells its own soul to back an ill-equipped candidate as special interests consolidate power. Members are willing to compromise their core values and cement ties with big business through fearmongering and voter manipulation. Essentially, a presidential election is rigged. Comment
Manhattan Gay Couple’s Anniversary Ends in Tragedy Comment
Crime

A Solemn Commemoration of the Pulse Tragedy

Crime

A Solemn Commemoration of the Pulse Tragedy

Early last evening, Gays Against Guns, joined by activists from the New York City Anti-Violence Project and Voices4, held a silent vigil outside the Stonewall Inn and across the street at Christopher Park, the site of the federal Stonewall National Monument, to mark the third anniversary of the gun massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub that killed 49 and injured another 53 people. Comments (2)
Theater

A Gay Life’s Passages

Theater

A Gay Life’s Passages

“In the Closet” by Siegmund Fuchs is a moving and thoughtful examination of aging among gay men, at least in part. It also looks at the gay experience at different stages of life. Set in a “a large, metaphorical closet,” the cast features four men— one 18, one in his late 20s, one in is mid-40s, and one in his mid-60s. Comment
A settlement stemming from a lawsuit that exposed the NYPD’s discriminatory policing of sex workers — including a disproportionate number of trans women of color — has forced the department to update its patrol guide to stop targeting people on the basis of “gender, gender identity, clothing, and location” when enforcing the controversial loitering law. Comment
Theater

Making Your Connection

Theater

Making Your Connection

Sex is easy. Establishing — more accurately, negotiating — real, human connection can be treacherous. Finding a safe haven in the heart of another person in a cold world is the central narrative of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.” Comment
Gays Against Guns will hold a silent vigil outside the Stonewall Inn on June 12 at 7 p.m. to remember the 49 people who were murdered during the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando three years ago to the day. Comment
The LGBTQ community and the family of a transgender woman of color who died while being held alone in a “restrictive housing” jail cell at Rikers Island are demanding answers about the circumstances surrounding her death. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Pride Rolled Through LA This Past Sunday

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Pride Rolled Through LA This Past Sunday

This past Sunday, Pride arrived in Los Angeles big time. Karen Ocamb reports for the Los Angeles Blade here. Comment
Members of DecrimNY took their campaign to a new level on June 10 when they stood alongside a handful of legislators in a State Assembly hearing room in Lower Manhattan and announced a bold, comprehensive bill that would decriminalize sex work for those who trade sex consensually and wipe out laws that criminalize those who assist sex workers. Comment
Guest Perspective

We Need to Disarm the Hate

Guest Perspective

We Need to Disarm the Hate

Three years ago June 12, Omar Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and killed 49 people as they celebrated, many of them members of the LGBTQ community in the midst of Pride month. Less than a year ago, 11 Jewish worshippers were killed in a Pennsylvania synagogue. Just under three months ago, a gunman murdered 51 at their mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Comments (1)
International

Fighting for Lesbian Safety in South Africa

International

Fighting for Lesbian Safety in South Africa

In 2006, South Africa became the fifth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. So the country must be naturally progressive about LGBTQ equality, right? Comment
Governor Andrew Cuomo, Bravo TV show host Andy Cohen, and numerous LGBTQ advocates gathered at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan on June 10 to send a last-minute message to state lawmakers: Pass gestational surrogacy and ban the so-called gay and trans panic defense. Comment
The nine-member Washington State Supreme Court refused on June 6 to back down from its earlier decision that Barronelle Stutzman and her business, Arlene’s Flowers, violated the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws in February 2013 when she told Robert Ingersoll she would not provide floral arrangements for his wedding to Curt Freed. Comment
Nearly all the winners at the 31st Lambda Literary Awards said how surprised they were. But when they said thank you, they were eloquent with gratitude for a community whose validation means more to them because they are a part of it. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

An Exuberant Strut of Brooklyn’s Diversity

World Pride & Stonewall 50

An Exuberant Strut of Brooklyn’s Diversity

It was a Saturday evening love fest in Brooklyn. Comment
The Up Stairs Lounge was a refuge and an unofficial community center for the LGBTQ community in New Orleans in the early 1970s. And a Sunday beer bust that featured “two hours of unlimited suds for one dollar” was “an irresistible affair for a certain cadre of gay men,” Robert W. Fieseler writes in “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.” Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

In Yankees’ Backyard, Pride Flourishes

World Pride & Stonewall 50

In Yankees’ Backyard, Pride Flourishes

Billy’s Sports Bar near Yankee Stadium once again played host to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.’s annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration. Comment
Three US diplomats have confirmed that the Trump administration is denying requests from American embassies around the world to fly the Rainbow Flag during Pride Month, NBC News reported on June 7. Comments (1)
Homophobes and transphobes descended upon the Gerritsen Beach Library in southern Brooklyn on June 6 to protest Drag Queen Story Hour, but dozens of supporters of the event mounted a counter-protest with chants of “Love not hate!” and “Say it loud and say it clear, all the queers are welcome here!” Comments (2)
It’s like “All Lives Matter” but for straight people. Comments (4)
New York City’s police commissioner opened the city’s Pride Month by apologizing for the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in 1969 that was intended to shut down a blackmail ring that was victimizing gay men and operating out of the bar. Comments (1)
President Donald Trump used a June 5 interview with Piers Morgan of “Good Morning Britain” to stigmatize transgender service members and make false, incoherent, and generalized statements about healthcare costs associated with them. Comment

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