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What’s Behind the Masks?

Music

What’s Behind the Masks?

In real-life, Contra and Eboshi, the two sisters who formed the hip-hop group Cartel Madras, started an NGO to help out women with development issues in the Indian province of Chennai. On record, they take no shit, to put it mildly. Comment
Legal

Tampa Conversion Therapy Ban Nixed

A federal district judge has ruled that the state of Florida’s overriding authority in regulating professional health care deprives the city of Tampa from imposing municipal sanctions on licensed healthcare workers who perform so-called “conversion therapy” on minors. Comment
Media Circus

The Times Firing on All Cylinders

The New York Times was on quite a roll last weekend. One after another, Times columnists went ballistic, but eloquently so, on the subject of our president, Donald Rump, who has recently done a brilliant job of exposing himself — yet again — as a charlatan. Comment
A Dyke Abroad

Progress in France: Le Sperme Pour Tous!

A Dyke Abroad

Progress in France: Le Sperme Pour Tous!

Last Tuesday, the French National Assembly approved by a 57 to 17 vote a bill opening up medically-assisted reproduction to single women and lesbian couples — but not to trans men, though the issue was discussed. Comment
Theater

Good Stuff in Bad Times

Theater

Good Stuff in Bad Times

One of the most important and inspiring events to take place in Manhattan this fall will be happening October 28 at Town Hall, when the 17th annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom concert will be held. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Jerome Haferd & David Blasher, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Jerome Haferd & David Blasher, 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 Jerome Haferd and David Blasher. Jerome is an architect and design educator based out of Harlem whose interests include how architecture establishes a dialogue with marginalized users and spaces. David grew up in Eugene, Oregon, eldest of four ambiguously brown, Jewish, fun-loving brothers, and he studied theater at Yale and plays cello whenever he can, including with the hipster rock pop band Sky-Pony. Comment
Theater

Sight Unseen

Theater

Sight Unseen

Brian Friel has been hailed as one of Ireland’s greatest master storytellers, an “Irish Chekhov.” And if you need proof, head on over to Theatre Row where the Keen Company is staging a superb, elegantly restrained revival of his “Molly Sweeney.” Comment
Out gay Queens borough president candidate Jimmy Van Bramer has unveiled an emotional campaign ad centering on his own experience overcoming homophobia aimed at him as an adolescent and tying that into a pledge to fight for marginalized communities if he is elected. Comment
On a Friday afternoon just weeks before the general election for New York City public advocate, incumbent Jumaane Williams put on his “Resist” and “Stay Woke” pins, sat back into his tiny campaign office near City Hall, and addressed the elephant in the room. Comment
Same-sex marriage and abortion rights are finally due to arrive in Northern Ireland, with the reforms becoming law three months after the British Parliament voted to approve the measures, representing a significant step forward for a territory that has long been gripped by conservative values. Comment
Music

Thrust Out of This World

Music

Thrust Out of This World

An astronaut hurtles through space toward a black hole on a doomed mission, considering the many unfair reasons why she was chosen for this suicidal trip into space. I’m describing Zonal’s album “Wrecked” rather than a movie. Comment
Film

Imagine There’s No Countries

Film

Imagine There’s No Countries

“Synonyms,” shot in France by director Nadav Lapid, is about a young Israeli man, Yoav (Tom Mercier), who tries to exile himself not just from his birth country but from his native language, as well. The film gets its name from Yoav’s habit of walking down Paris streets muttering lists of French synonyms, trying to polish his knowledge of the tongue. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Sarah Steele, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Sarah Steele, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Sarah Steele (she/ her/ hers), who currently stars on CBS’s “The Good Fight” and won an Independent Spirit Award for her ensemble work in Nicole Holofcener’s “Please Give,” and a Drama Desk for her ensemble work in Stephen Karam’s “The Humans.” Comment
Gershwin’s folk opera “Porgy and Bess,” a hybrid work considered difficult to classify at its 1935 premiere, has been subjected to tinkering ever since. The Metropolitan Opera’s new production that opened the season evidently is giving the contemporary audience what they want. Comment
Theater

Horrors Delicious and Depressing

Theater

Horrors Delicious and Depressing

“Little Shop of Horrors” has gone back to its roots, if you will, in a smashing, star-studded Off-Broadway revival, now planted at the Westside Theatre, that is easily the most gleefully entertaining show in New York right now. Comment
Weeks after legislators ruled out the possibility of same-sex marriage on the Chinese mainland, a court in Hong Kong similarly rejected an opportunity to expand the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Comment
Citing concerns about religious liberty, the Mormon Church announced its opposition to a Utah Department of Commerce proposal that would ban the practice on minors in the state. Comment
Out gay congressional candidate Ritchie Torres of the Bronx beat all of his competitors with a $335,089 fundraising haul during the most recent filing period in the packed race to replace outgoing Congressmember Jose Serrano in the 15th Congressional District. Comment
Music

Anthony Wong’s Forbidden Colors

Music

Anthony Wong’s Forbidden Colors

From 1988’s “Forbidden Colors,” named for a 1953 novel by gay Japanese writer Yukio Mishima to this year’s “Is It A Crime?,” commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Hong Kong Canto-pop star Anthony Wong Yiu-ming has combined music and activism over his long career. Comment
In her upbeat documentary, “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound,” out lesbian director Midge Costin pays loving tribute to the unsung heroes of cinema: the sound designers. Comment
After rallying support for their cause in the State Legislature earlier this year, some members of a coalition dedicated to decriminalizing sex work in New York have brought their sex-positive campaign to local communities while others have looked globally to learn takeaways about the sex trade abroad. Comment
Politics

Barr Escalates Attacks on LGBTQ Inclusion in Schools

Weeks after the Department of Justice (DOJ) defended the firing of an out gay Catholic schoolteacher, US Attorney General William Barr stood in front of law students and railed against states requiring LGBTQ education in schools. Comment
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerron Clement came out as gay on October 11, National Coming Out Day, during an event celebrating a new rainbow track at Los Angeles City College. Comment
We buy Apple’s phones, wear their watches, and use their products to drive our businesses — but finding their iconic ads in the pages of your local LGBTQ newspaper or website is like looking for an apple in an orange grove. Comment
Bronx Councilmember Fernando Cabrera is challenging Bronx and Queens Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic primary next year — and he’s already trying to minimize his disastrous record on LGBTQ rights. Comment
A gay man in Jackson Heights was returning home early in the morning on October 13 when he said a stranger exposed himself, punched him, stole his belongings, and dragged him on the ground — all because he wouldn’t perform oral sex on him. Comment
Governor Andrew Cuomo commemorated National Coming Out Day on October 11 by signing a bill passed by the State Legislature earlier this year mandating that organizations working with homeless youth undergo LGBTQ competency training. Comment
International

Uganda Revives “Kill the Gays” Bill

International

Uganda Revives “Kill the Gays” Bill

Lawmakers in Uganda’s Parliament are again planning to introduce legislation making it punishable by death for individuals to engage in same-sex conduct — five years after a “Kill the Gays” bill stirred an international outcry. Comment
Remembrance

Andy Vélez Remembered at Center Gathering

Remembrance

Andy Vélez Remembered at Center Gathering

Last Saturday evening, October 5, a crowd of well more than 100 came together at the LGBT Community Center in the West Village to honor the memory and contributions of Andy Vélez, an internationally prominent AIDS activist. Comment
Former Vice President Joe Biden talked about gay bathhouses, Senator Kamala Harris of California shared her preferred personal pronouns, and out gay South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg opened up about his own coming out experience during an eventful, nationally televised CNN town hall dedicated to LGBTQ issues on October 10. Comment
City Councilmember Mark Treyger of Brooklyn is preparing to introduce a bill that would require the NYPD to incorporate hate crimes data into the city’s CompStat management system to increase accountability, transparency, and local response after a marked uptick in crimes targeting, especially, Jewish and LGBTQ New Yorkers. Comment

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