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Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Scott Austin, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Scott Austin, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Scott Austin, a Brooklyn-based theater teacher who also works as a teaching artist with Ping Chong + Co. and performs improv comedy around New York. He knows a pretty good joke about a penguin. Comment
From the Editor

Justice Ignored in the Bronx

In a conscience-shaking conclusion to a two-year tragedy in which a long-bullied gay youth, Abel Cedeno, was prosecuted for manslaughter in the stabbing death of Matthew McCree, who charged at him in their Bronx classroom in late 2017, the 19-year-old has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. The sentence handed down reflects a failure at every level and in every sense of the word. Comment
Dear Yoko Ono, Years, years, and years ago, in 1980, a pathetically deranged man murdered the love of your life. You want to keep him there for the rest of his life. Comment
Theater

Salut Aznavour!

Theater

Salut Aznavour!

Of all the great songwriters of the last century, one of the greatest, most distinctive, and — to Americans — least well-known is Charles Aznavour, who died a year ago at age 94. Astonishingly prolific, he was the writer of some 1,000 songs — with countless recordings; music poured out of him. Comment
It’s far from unusual for filmmakers to deliver multiple drafts of their films for public circulation, although the original cuts that no one but their inner circle has a chance to watch are usually too long for feature-length release. But Seth Price’s “Redistribution,” essentially a video art project getting a week-long run at a movie theater, is unusual in that the current version is its eighth incarnation. Comment
Erich Wolfgang Korngold revolutionized the sound of the Hollywood film score, despite being raised by a dominating conservative music critic father, Julius, to be the next Mozart, Wagner, or Strauss in turn-of-the-century Vienna. Comment
The New York City Council is repealing its ban on so-called conversion therapy in response to LGBTQ advocates who voiced their satisfaction with the state’s version of the measure and acknowledged that legal challenges could derail the city law anyway. Comment
Abel Cedeno, the bullied gay teen convicted in the stabbing death of one classmate and the slashing of another in a wild Bronx classroom fight two years ago, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the manslaughter of Matthew McCree. Comment
The question of “Are You The One?” has been answered with a unanimous “yes.” Comment
A bigot was caught on video lashing out at a gay Jewish man in a Manhattan subway station on September 9, but that scary moment suddenly turned into a positive opportunity when the victim used the incident to raise awareness about the plight of transgender and gender nonconforming people of color. Comment
Crime BULLETIN

Abel Cedeno Sentenced to 14 Years

Crime BULLETIN

Abel Cedeno Sentenced to 14 Years

Abel Cedeno, a bullied gay youth convicted of manslaughter in the 2017 stabbling death of his high school classmate Matthew McCree, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in a Bronx courthouse today. Cedeno […] Comments (8)
New York City’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes officially opened its doors late last month under the stewardship of a veteran advocate on the issue, marking a new beginning in the city’s fight to reverse the spike in bias-related crimes over the past several years. Comment
International

Pride Arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina

International

Pride Arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thousands of people participated in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first-ever Pride March on September 8, including the out gay US ambassador to that nation, Eric George Nelson. Comment
Three months after the city announced plans to erect a monument dedicated to LGBTQ icons Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the search is on for artists to turn the project into a reality — and queer applicants are encouraged to apply. Comment
Asked at age 21 what most concerned him about coming out, Josue “Josh” Pierre recalls saying, “Because of this, I will never be a partner at this firm and I will never be a US senator.” Now 37 and proudly out for well over a decade, Pierre isn’t yet vying for the US Senate, but he is running for State Senate. Comment
Arts

A Comic Bridge to Understanding

Arts

A Comic Bridge to Understanding

Carlo Quispe, a Peruvian-born out gay comic book artist and author whose books and characters include “Carlito,” about a 10-year-old gay boy, the Latinx superhero of “Supermanuel,” and “Political Will,” about a queer activist, will be at at MoMA PS1 September 19-22 as part of the 2019 New York Art Book Fair. Comment
Manhattan drag artist and LGBTQ advocate Marti Gould Cummings is running for City Council from Upper Manhattan in 2021, they announced September 5. Cummings, 32, aims to make their biggest foray yet into the political world after having founded Hell’s Kitchen Democrats and landing positions on the mayor’s Nightlife Advisory Board and Manhattan Community Board 9. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Leah Abay, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Leah Abay, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Leah Abay, who is currently pursuing their Master’s in Social Work at NYU. He hails from Akron, where they completed their Bachelor’s in Dance Performance and then performed professionally for two years. Since relocating to New York in 2016, she has worked with homeless LGBTQ youth as a volunteer and as a part of his graduate degree. They graduate in May of 2020, and their dream job is working as a gender-affirming clinician. She loves oat milk iced lattes and when folks incorporate all of their pronouns into one sentence! Comment
Theater

Theater of All Stripes

Theater

Theater of All Stripes

“Eureka Day,” the shiny, new play by Jonathan Spector getting its New York debut at Walkerspace downtown, is a stealth satire. Ostensibly, it’s a send-up of the torturously politically correct lingui-nastics people put themselves through to avoid offending anyone, be inclusive to a fault, and never imply that their ideas or identity might be intrinsically better than another’s. Comment
Features

A Day In One Very Unique Life

Features

A Day In One Very Unique Life

So imagine it’s sunny day and you’re going for a nice stroll in Washington Square or Prospect Park and you come upon a six-foot-tall white rabbit in overalls standing at a fold-out table. Next to the rabbit is a young man with a shiny bald head and an even shinier smile. Comment
While overdose deaths from meth use continue to be a small part of all drug overdose deaths in New York City, a significant increase in meth overdose deaths in the city first seen in 2015 and 2016 continued into 2017 and 2018. Comment
A wedding venue in Mississippi has exposed itself as a hotbed of homophobia and racism after an employee told an inquiring customer that same-sex or interracial couples couldn’t get married there. Their excuse? Religion. Comment
With messages like “Trump, build the wall” and flags emblazoned with “Trump 2020,” the apparent celebration of straight people in Boston on August 31 seemed to be less about sexual orientation and more about championing the causes of the far right. Comment
Features ►Video

NFL Player Comes Out as Bisexual

Features ►Video

NFL Player Comes Out as Bisexual

Ryan Russell, an NFL player who is currently a free agent, came out as bisexual on August 29 in a personal essay for ESPN. “My truth is that I’m a talented football player, a damn good writer, a loving son, an overbearing brother, a caring friend, a loyal lover, and a bisexual man,” the 27-year-old defensive end wrote. Comment
A wave of legal action spurred by the passage of the Child Victims Act has emerged in New York State, where attorneys representing victims of child sex abuse on August 28 announced lawsuits against the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Boy Scouts of America. Comment
A Bedford-Stuyvesant man faces up to 25 years in prison for allegedly stabbing the partner of an individual the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office alternately described as transgender and gender non-conforming in a fit of anti-LGBTQ rage on June 22, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor. Comment

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