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Calling Out Homophobia Is No Game of Gotcha

In September 2017, as Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera — whose history of homophobic attacks on the LGBTQ community included a 2014 YouTube video he recorded in Uganda praising that country’s efforts to enact a draconian anti-sodomy statute that included severe prison sentences — faced a Democratic primary opponent, Gay City News noticed that his campaign website included an endorsement by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comment
Media Circus

Does It Really Come Down to Pee-Shy Men?

The editorial in the Washington Post could not have been clearer or more direct: “For almost two years, transgender men and women have been allowed to openly serve in the military. There have been […] Comments (1)
Usually the US Supreme Court’s refusal to review a lower court decision puts an end to the case, but Liberty Counsel, a right-wing religious group that represents psychologists in New Jersey who want to provide conversion therapy to “change” minors from gay to straight, has seized on an opening created by a high court decision last June to revive their constitutional claims. On February 11, the organization petitioned the Supreme Court to effectively reopen the case. Comment
Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., donning his signature cowboy hat, sat defiantly in his dimly-lit district office in the Bronx on Monday afternoon while he was bombarded by news reports and tweets over his recent homophobic comments. Comments (6)
As anticipated, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to dissolve the committee chaired by Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., in response to his recent homophobic comments about the LGBTQ community’s control over the city’s lawmaking body. Comment
Crime

Bullied Bronx Teen’s Case Resumes February 25

Almost a year and a half after a classroom fracas in the Bronx that left one boy dead, another slashed, and a third charged with manslaughter, the trial of Abel Cedeno, the gay teen who is claiming self-defense, is on the verge of getting underway after what should be final pre-trial motions that will be ruled on February 25. Comment
Film

Trade and Tradition

Film

Trade and Tradition

The gangster film is based in a mythology that has proved remarkably malleable across history. If it started in the US, filmmakers in France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong (just to begin with) have put their own stamp on it. An international conversation has always taken place through the genre, reflecting the history and values of each nation that has adopted it. Comments (1)
Lean into the offbeat rhythms of out gay writer/ director Christophe Honoré’s sophisticated new film “Sorry Angel” and absorb all its romantic splendor. This intimate, affecting drama, set in 1993, alternates between Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps), an HIV-positive writer in Paris, and Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), a Breton. Comment
Theater

A Unique Feminist Surrealist

Theater

A Unique Feminist Surrealist

If and when I die, I would love to be resurrected in a world created by Leonor Fini — a realm where it is the female who is all powerful, holding complete yet salubrious sway over all men, being […] Comment
Music

Emerging from the Shadows

Music

Emerging from the Shadows

More than 35 years ago, cult diva and New York treasure Aprile Millo established herself as a throwback Italian-style prima donna of the old school. She evoked not only the vocal style but the presentational theatrics of historical sopranos. Vocal and performance anxiety issues have curtailed Millo’s career to the extent that every appearance is a comeback – no, a return! Comment
Local elected officials and advocates braved the snowy conditions outside City Hall on Tuesday morning to demand the resignation of Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., who remains defiant in his refusal to step down or even apologize for his recent homophobic remarks. Comments (1)
Jim Levin, who played a central role in passing New York City’s gay rights bill in 1986 as both a gay activist and a member of the City Human Rights Commission, died January 24 in Austin, Texas where he moved three years ago. He was 78 and is survived by his husband, Leath Nunn, who was a principal dancer in a Venezuelan ballet company when they met in 1997. Comments (4)
Disgraced Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., doubled down on his homophobic comments about LGBTQ members of the City Council and barreled forward with more insensitive tweets on Sunday, prompting many of his furious colleagues to call for his immediate resignation. Comments (2)
Bronx City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., a notoriously homophobic lawmaker, is under fire for making homophobic comments last week about the City Council and its openly gay speaker, Corey Johnson — and he’s still refusing to cave in to his colleagues’ demand for an apology. Comments (2)
On Friday evening, NY1 News reported that City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr. told a Spanish-language program, “When I get to the City Council, I find that the City Council is controlled — most councilmembers out of 51 councilmembers — over there, everybody is controlled by the homosexual community.” Comment
HIV/ AIDS advocates, as a group, are far from convinced, but some are nonetheless willing to listen to President Donald Trump’s new goal of eradicating the epidemic by 2030 — as long as he sticks to it. Comments (1)
Music

Sunny Next Step from Bob Mould

Music

Sunny Next Step from Bob Mould

On a first listen, Bob Mould’s latest album, “Sunshine Rock,” falls in line with most of the music he’s been making for decades. It’s full of songs that charge ahead at […] Comment
Theater

Mayhem, Mores, and Marriage

Theater

Mayhem, Mores, and Marriage

Masculinity, power, dominance, and testosterone-jacked battles are at the heart of all Sam Shepard’s family plays, and although “True West,” now getting an edge-of-the-seat exciting revival at Roundabout, first appeared in 1980, it has never seemed more culturally relevant. Comment
The showdown between the federal government and state public health programs that are working to combat the epidemic of overdose deaths has officially started in Philadelphia. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Councilmember Jumaane Williams’ complicated track record on marriage equality and abortion rights continued to haunt him on Wednesday night when his opponents attacked him in a series of questions during a debate for the highly sought-after position of public advocate. Comments (1)
Politics

Booker Presses Trump Court Nominee on Anti-LGBTQ Past

US Senator Cory Booker, the New Jersey Democrat, on Tuesday engaged in a tense exchange with DC Court of Appeals nominee Neomi Rao over her views on LGBTQ rights and her history of questioning court rulings that advanced the rights of same-sex couples. Comment
By his own admission, Aaron Bianco was a “nobody” until he was discovered by the alt-right. Comment
Transgender members of the military, past and present, will accompany several members of Congress on Tuesday evening at the State of the Union Address amid an ongoing push by the Trump administration to ban them from the armed forces. Comment
The Human Rights Campaign’s newly unveiled State Equality Index report, which offers a comprehensive look at the status of local laws and polices pertaining to LGBTQ rights nationwide, demonstrates a slight improvement throughout the last year in the efforts to enact comprehensive protections. Comments (1)
The Trump administration launched an assault on the rights of LGBTQ families in South Carolina by granting taxpayer-funded foster care agencies there the right to reject same-sex prospective parents. Comment
A federal magistrate has recommended that the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida issue a limited preliminary injunction barring the city of Tampa from enforcing an ordinance banning licensed health care professionals from performing conversion therapy on minors. Comments (1)
Crime

New Yorkers Rally in Solidarity with Jussie Smollett

Crime

New Yorkers Rally in Solidarity with Jussie Smollett

As Chicago police continued their search for two masked men who attacked “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, a crowd of more 100 gathered in frigid temperatures on February 1 at Grand Army Plaza opposite from the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan to show their solidarity with Smollett and all LGBTQ victims of hate violence. Comments (1)
Andy Ratto made headlines this past week when he interrupted former Starbucks CEO and potential 2020 presidential candidate Howard Schultz’s book event to issue a warning: “Don’t elect Trump, you egotistical billionaire asshole! Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter. Go back to Davos with the other billionaire elite who think they know how to run the world!” Comment
Brooklyn’s queer community center is accepting applications for a paid-internship program this spring. Comment
A Brooklyn man who was convicted in November for slashing or stabbing two men with a knife and menacing a third man near a Bedford-Stuyvesant LGBTQ nightclub was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Comments (3)
A safe home. A prosperous work environment. Acceptance. Comment
The progress made in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020 has slowed in recent years, according to one local healthcare leader who is calling for immediate action before it is too late. Comments (3)
Police in Houston are searching for a man who chased down and repeatedly shot a black transgender woman on the morning of January 24. Comment
A pair of women associated with a transphobic group interrupted a meeting that included a transgender spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and deliberately misgendered her before alleging that she has a “hatred of lesbians.” Comment
The organization that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events confirmed that it will use Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the opening ceremony for this year’s celebrations, which means that LGBTQ community members who pay to attend that ceremony will be giving their money to a leading funder of anti-LGBTQ elected officials. Comment

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