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Film

The Listless Road to Tyranny

Film

The Listless Road to Tyranny

Having seen two of Argentine director Benjamin Naishtat’s three films, it’s clear that his main preoccupation is the seductive nature of fascism. Comment
Film

Inside a Family’s Disintegration

Film

Inside a Family’s Disintegration

Insects crawl through Richard Billingham’s “Ray & Liz.” The British director films squalor lovingly. He returns to the concept of kitchen-sink realism with an eye toward restaging his own UK childhood in Birmingham. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

A Final Glance Back at Pride Weekend: The Drag March

World Pride & Stonewall 50

A Final Glance Back at Pride Weekend: The Drag March

As a final look back at the historic Stonewall 50 Pride Weekend, we present highlights of the June 28 Drag March. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Geoffrey Kidwell, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Geoffrey Kidwell, Thank You For Coming Out

In this week’s episode of the Gay City News podcast “Thank You For Coming Out,” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Geoffrey Kidwell, who shares how his mother reacted to his coming out, what it was like to make his Broadway debut in “Waitress,” and the duty of cisgender white gay men everywhere. Comment
Opening statements June 28 in the trial of Abel Cedeno, charged with manslaughter and assault for stabbing one classmate to death and seriously wounding another on September 27, 2017, saw the prosecution painting the defendant as a cold-blooded killer bent on coming to school to slice up some students. Comment
Health

Financial Woes Face Black HIV Group

Health

Financial Woes Face Black HIV Group

A Brooklyn organization that focuses on HIV prevention and sexual health among African-American gay and bisexual men will go on hiatus for the summer while it reorganizes from its current grant-based funding scheme to a fee-for-service provider model under which it will deliver mental health, substance abuse, and other services to its clients. Comment
The City Council nearly doubled its funding of LGBTQ initiatives in the 2020 fiscal year budget, but only a small portion of that is permanent and out gay Queens Councilmember Daniel Dromm, the Finance Committee chair, is reminding folks that the funding fight for queer causes is far from over. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

The Biggest Dyke March Ever

World Pride & Stonewall 50

The Biggest Dyke March Ever

This year’s Dyke March, an non-permitted event held the afternoon before the Pride March, was the largest I’ve ever witnessed — about three times the typical size. Comments (3)
Iain Bell’s “Stonewall” is New York City Opera’s 36th world premiere commission — and it’s a winner. Comment
Music

Doom Metal That’s Looking Up

Torche’s “Admission” is thick and syrupy as molasses. Although the band usually gets called metal (they’re not thrilled with genre tags), they push rhythm guitar and drums to the front and envelope their music in a layered, trebly wall of noise that comes closer to shoegaze. Comment
How did I live so long without seeing Jack Hazan’s documentary portrait of the artist David Hockney, “A Bigger Splash?” First released in 1973, it is a free-wheeling, richly rewarding […] Comment
Music

Dido in the Catacombs

Music

Dido in the Catacombs

The music series “The Angel’s Share,” imaginatively and wittily curated by producer Andrew Ousley, uses an extraordinary venue: the mid-19th century Catacombs cut into Brooklyn’s iconic Green-Wood Cemetery, which affords extraordinary atmosphere plus terrific views of Manhattan. Comment
Theater

What’s Camp, What’s Classic Comedy?

Theater

What’s Camp, What’s Classic Comedy?

To approach an Off-Broadway musical like “Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical” with anything approximating serious criticism is a fool’s errand. Comment
Media Circus

Post-Pride: A Potpouri of Crazies

I thought I would close off what was by any reasonable measure an enormously successful Pride Month with a veritable smorgasbord of wack-jobs — those perverted morons who looked at millions of joyous LGBTQ celebrants and saw nothing but a sea of sin. First up: Breitbart, the premiere go-to source for right-wing crankery. Comments (2)
Two transgender women were attacked with pepper spray and hit with anti-LGBTQ slurs in back-to-back assaults in Queens on the day before WorldPride and Stonewall 50 in New York City. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Gay Liberation Front Reunites at WorldPride

Surviving members of the Gay Liberation Front gathered together at WorldPride on June 30 in the city where they seized the momentum of the Stonewall Uprising and pioneered the modern LGBTQ rights movement five decades ago. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

A Pride Parade Like No Other

World Pride & Stonewall 50

A Pride Parade Like No Other

New York was awash in rainbows as it is every June, but this time there was a special meaning: the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which ushered in the modern LGBTQ civil rights era. New York’s WorldPride is the first time the event had ever been held in the US. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

WorldPride’s Closing Note of Love

World Pride & Stonewall 50

WorldPride’s Closing Note of Love

How about love? That was the question that closed Stonewall 50/ WorldPride 2019 on Sunday, June 30, when the curtain fell on the month-long celebration and commemoration. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Queer Liberation March Draws Many Thousands

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Queer Liberation March Draws Many Thousands

Thousands turned out for the Queer Liberation March and a rally that was held on the Great Lawn in Central Park in events that were explicitly linked to the LGBTQ community’s radical history and to its current far left politics. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Trans Day of Action Kicked Off Big Weekend

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Trans Day of Action Kicked Off Big Weekend

The annual Trans Day of Action — a rally and march to raise the visibility of transgender and gender nonconforming folks and the challenges they face — took place on a sunny, summery Friday afternoon June 28. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Rally Commemorates Half Century Since Stonewall

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Rally Commemorates Half Century Since Stonewall

In the early evening and well past the setting of the sun on June 28 — exactly 50 years after the Stonewall Uprising began following a police raid on the West Village bar — WorldPride hosted a commemorative rally at Christopher Street and Waverly Place outside the historic Stonewall Inn. Comments (2)
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Lady Phyll Puts the Global in WorldPride

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Lady Phyll Puts the Global in WorldPride

As WorldPride bloomed in New York City, UK Black Pride co-founder Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah, better known as Lady Phyll — an out lesbian grand marshal in the June 30 march — cast a bright light on international injustices and invoking historical figures outside her home country to illustrate the global struggle for racial equality in the LGBTQ community. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Jason Collins, Gus Kenworthy on Gay Life in Sports

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Jason Collins, Gus Kenworthy on Gay Life in Sports

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and former NBA player Jason Collins talked about their experiences as out gay athletes during a June 27 event in the days leading up to WorldPride. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

WorldPride Strikes Deal With Union Labor

World Pride & Stonewall 50

WorldPride Strikes Deal With Union Labor

Local One, a stagehand union of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, confirmed this week that their members are constructing, installing, maintaining, and operating lighting, rigging, sound equipment, scenery, and special effects at major event venues for the city’s WorldPride celebrations. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

WorldPride Kicks Off in Brooklyn

World Pride & Stonewall 50

WorldPride Kicks Off in Brooklyn

WorldPride NYC and the Stonewall 50 Anniversary Weekend officially kicked off Wednesday, June 26, drawing thousands of revelers to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Comment
The Equality PAC — the political branch of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus — has thrown its support behind out gay Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres in his 2020 bid for Congress, giving the 31-year-old lawmaker his first endorsement of the race for the 15th district. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Exploding the Myths of Stonewall

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Exploding the Myths of Stonewall

Over five decades, unsurprisingly, myths have grown up around the six nights in 1969 when what we now call the LGBTQ community rose up in opposition to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn. There was a period of time when a favorite story was that gay people stood up to the police because of Judy Garland’s death days before and that the Stonewall Uprising’s success was all due to “drag queens.” Comments (9)
The arrest of four young African-Americans for “masquerading” in 1966 illustrates the occasional complexity of police interactions with the LGBTQ community at that time and shows the emerging political power of the African-American community in New York City. Comment
From the Editor

An Amazing Half Century and the Road Ahead

Putting together this Pride issue brought up many emotions for me. The focus on history in wonderful and important pieces by David Carter, Duncan Osborne, and David Kennerley vividly and, at times, uncomfortably brought back memories of my own life as a gay man. The fears I had. The challenges I faced. The friends I lost. The accomplishments and pride I have nurtured. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Trans Flag Creator Looks Ahead to WorldPride

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Trans Flag Creator Looks Ahead to WorldPride

Monica Helms never thought her simple sketch would turn into a worldwide symbol of inclusivity in the trans community. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Mechanics Leading to Marsha P. Johnson-Sylvia Rivera Monument

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Mechanics Leading to Marsha P. Johnson-Sylvia Rivera Monument

The de Blasio administration did not require that the commission that recommended that Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson be honored with a monument in the West Village consult any LGBTQ histories or historians when making its selections. Comment
Arts

Ritual, Fantasy, and Gender Performance

Arts

Ritual, Fantasy, and Gender Performance

When I asked the Brooklyn-based visual artist Max Colby, who identifies as trans non-binary and queer, if the folks back home had any idea what to make of the young Max growing up, there followed a very pregnant pause. Comment
It was a night of glamour, glitter, and gayness in a Beaux-Arts setting, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Pride Friday, held June 21 as part of the institution’s regular MetFridays: New York’s Night Out programming. Comment
Dubbs Weinblatt, a trans, genderqueer, queer, and gay creative talent has been a pioneer in bringing fresh perspectives to the improv world. They bring their talent and expertise to Gay City News in our new podcast, “Thank You For Coming Out.” As queer people, we are constantly coming out, and each coming out story is unique in its blend of humor, heartache, worry, and wonder. This week Lauren Patten is their guest. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

New Café Fêtes Our Donna

World Pride & Stonewall 50

New Café Fêtes Our Donna

Since 2017, East One Coffee Roasters has been a successful restaurant and roastery in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Since that time, its owners, Tom Cummings and his husband Morten Tjelum, have teamed up with the Camera Club of New York on Baxter Street downtown in a small café that also serves as an arts programming venue. Comment
Perspectives

Stonewall’s Inner-Peace Officers

A few weeks ago, at an event at police headquarters, Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill apologized to the LGBTQ community, on behalf of the entire NYPD, for the brutal raid that the cops carried out at the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago. This was an admission long overdue, for which our queer community is deeply grateful. And yet you wonder: shouldn’t we be thanking them? Comment
Media Circus

The Delights and the Weight of History

“A gay first lady? Yes, we’ve already had one, and here are her love letters.” This was the arresting headline in the Washington Post. Seems that the unmarried, 50-year-old Grover Cleveland needed a respectable White House hostess, so he turned to his sister, Rose. And Rose was a, a… well, they didn’t have a word for it at the time. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Gracie Mansion Hosts Pride Evening

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Gracie Mansion Hosts Pride Evening

On an evening in very late spring, June 20, with the weather mostly cooperating, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted their annual Pride Reception on the lawn at Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side. This year, the First Couple chose to declare “Pose” Day in New York, honoring several members of the show’s team, including one of its creators and writers, Steven Canals, and stars Angelica Ross and Mj Rodriguez. Comments (1)
World Pride & Stonewall 50

City Council Hosts Pride at the Joyce

World Pride & Stonewall 50

City Council Hosts Pride at the Joyce

The City Council’s LGBTQ Caucus held its annual Pride Celebration this year on June 17 at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

Our New Logo

World Pride & Stonewall 50

Our New Logo

You may have noticed in this Pride Season that Gay City News has taken on a new look that combines both our full name and our initials presented in lower case as gcn. Comment
To immerse yourself in the dazzling, mind-boggling photographic oeuvre of James Bidgood is to be a space and time traveler, experiencing a myriad of worlds, peopled by the most succulently beautiful of youths — with matadors in Spain, sexy Frenchman in Paris, Midwestern farm boys in overalls barely held up by one precarious suspender, or, even underwater, with glistening male sea nymphs bearing bejeweled sunken treasure. The artist, himself, never actually went to any of these places. But he did create them all, from the ground up, in his tiny Hell’s Kitchen apartment in the 1960s, ingeniously using skills honed at Parsons School of Design. Comment

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