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Transcendence in the Stillness

Film

Transcendence in the Stillness

Making a very long film says “this story warrants more than a casual two hours in a movie theater or, especially, in front of a TV set.” Comment
Music

Angel-Ho Steps Out Front

Music

Angel-Ho Steps Out Front

South African producer/ vocalist Angel-Ho likes American pop music enough that she’s posted a remix of Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat,” re-named “Howling Motorbikes,” on the download site Bandcamp. But her debut album “Death Becomes Her” approaches it with a distance that partially reflects the fact that she’s a trans woman. Comment
Features

Cause for Action

Features

Cause for Action

From gamer, geek, and drag conventions to the political trenches to center stage on Broadway, LGBTQ fans as well as artists are using their abilities to advance progressive causes, shape the public conversation, and demand authentic depictions. Comment
Features

Slime, Surprises, and a 60-Year-Old Barbie

Features

Slime, Surprises, and a 60-Year-Old Barbie

The tragedy of the annual Toy Fair New York is that most people can’t go. The Jacob Javits Center is crammed full of the coming year’s hottest toys, games, and dolls but the only people who can play with them are toy industry professionals. Plus a few lucky journalists. This Gay City News reporter was among the fortunate few who got to run amok in this dream house, where I learned what the cool kids will be playing with this year. Comment
Media Circus

I Feel Sorry for Jussie Smollett

One thing that has been in short supply during the whole Jussie Smollett fiasco is compassion. Opinions, however, have been overabundant. Comments (2)
Do you love your neighborhood? Is it LGBTQ-friendly? If so, New York State wants you to let it be known. Comment
The trial of Abel Cedeno, the bullied Bronx gay teen charged with manslaughter in a 2017 high school classroom fight that left one student dead, another slashed, and student witnesses screaming in alarm, was this week set over to April 18 by Judge Steven Hornstein for still more pre-trial motions. Comments (4)
Brooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams emerged from a crowded field in the special election race for New York City public advocate and won handily on Tuesday evening, capping off a contentious months-long race to fill the vacancy left by State Attorney General Letitia James. Comment
The movement to end what many argue is the unfair prosecution of sex workers is gaining serious momentum in New York, where state lawmakers are mobilizing alongside advocates to prepare a decriminalization bill in the State Legislature. Comments (1)
Film

Art Supplanting Life

Film

Art Supplanting Life

Ondi Timoner’s canny, episodic biopic “Mapplethorpe” chronicles significant moments in the last 20 years of the famed gay photographer’s life. It also features dozens of the artist’s indelible images. Robert (Matt Smith) is first seen in his dorm room at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1969. He soon meets Patti Smith (Marianne Rendón), and they become friends, supporting each other and moving into the Chelsea Hotel. At the hotel, a neighbor encourages Robert to take photographs. Comment
Out gay Manhattan Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell, this past weekend, brought his campaign for public advocate directly to a base likely most charged up about his candidacy —the LGBTQ community — when he held an event at the Stonewall Inn. Comment
LGBTQ stars and those playing queer on screen arrived at the Oscars Sunday night well-dressed and left well-decorated, capping off an historic year of queer representation in the film industry. Comment
Film

Foreign Cinema’s Survivor

Film

Foreign Cinema’s Survivor

Francophilia and cinephilia have long gone hand in hand. While the market for subtitled films in the US has changed greatly, we still get to see more films from France than any other country outside the multiplex circuit for mainstream cinema from India and China. Comment
Theater

“Fiddler”’s Delicate Balance

Theater

“Fiddler”’s Delicate Balance

Like most goyishe New Yorkers, I have picked up a smattering of Yiddish over the years but only that. Still, I have always been impressed by and excited to see the work of the National Yiddish Theater Folksbeine (“The People’s Theater”), notably more recent productions like “The Golden Land” and Theodore Bikel’s piece about Sholom Aleichem. The company has been around for more than a century, and the recent productions have been notable for their directness, authenticity, social consciousness, and simple yet powerful theatricality. Comment
Music

Opéra Très Comique

Music

Opéra Très Comique

February in New York City is no laughing matter but the Metropolitan Opera thawed our frozen funny bones with two delightful revivals — Donizetti’s bubbly opéra-comique “La Fille du Régiment” and Mozart’s darkly ambiguous dramma giacosa “Don Giovanni.” A raft of role and Met debuts added fresh zing to these revivals. Comment
Theater

Murder with Pom-Poms

Theater

Murder with Pom-Poms

The onslaught of teen musicals continues. Recent theater seasons have brought us “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Mean Girls,” “The Prom,” “Clueless,” and “Be More Chill,” to name a few. Comment
“Kaiser” Karl-Otto Lagerfeld, as he was known, the biggest name in fashion for half a century, died February 19 at the age of 85. Comment
New York City

Once Again, Staten Island Gays Need Not Apply

New York City

Once Again, Staten Island Gays Need Not Apply

Once again this year, the organizers of the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade are refusing to allow the Pride Center of Staten Island, the borough’s center for the LGBTQ community, to march with its banner. Comments (1)
In a mind-boggling reversal of what initially seemed like a horrendously hateful attack on a black gay TV star in Chicago, police there have arrested Jussie Smollett on a felony charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false report to law enforcement. Comments (1)
Entering to sustained applause at a recent event held at the Brooklyn Public Library, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, had left behind his suit jacket, but had not yet rolled up his sleeves. That came later when he left the stage in the library’s Dweck Center to sit at a small table in the lobby and autograph copies of “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future,” his autobiography, for a standing room only crowd that packed the center. Comments (2)
Candidates running for public advocate have strongly touted their records on LGBTQ issues in a last-minute push to court progressive votes ahead of the anticipated February 26 special election to replace Letitia James, the state’s new attorney general. Comment
Out gay Queens Councilmember Daniel Dromm celebrated Lunar New Year festivities over the weekend with a special edition of drag queen story hour. Comment
The New York Public Library has unveiled a new exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Comment

North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” in Spotlight at NBA All-Star Weekend

LGBTQ figures and allies in the NBA traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina last weekend for the league’s All-Star festivities, which were shrouded in controversy due to the state’s passage — and only partial repeal — of an anti-LGBTQ law. Comment
When Crunch Fitness opened on West 23rd Street in 2014, workouts in Chelsea were known for glam branding and nightclub atmospheres. Read more…
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and other elected officials joined advocates on Monday morning to call on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to terminate a patent on PrEP and allow for a generic version of the medication that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV. Comment
News

Gays Against Guns Mark Tragic Valentine’s Anniversary

News

Gays Against Guns Mark Tragic Valentine’s Anniversary

On Valentine’s Day 2018, activists from Gays Against Guns were entering Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn’s Washington office to protest his sponsorship of a bill to give gun owners the right to carry concealed weapons across state lines when a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others. Comment
A federal district court in Virginia has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Air Force’s refusal to allow healthy airmen living with HIV to continue serving and deploying to combat zones. At the same time, the court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the plaintiffs’ discharges pending a final ruling on the merits in the case. Comment
New York State has aggressively embraced the Affordable Care Act, expanding Medicaid and offering health insurance plans for low-income residents, but inequality remains. Comment
Bronx City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., is targeting a pair of his LGBTQ colleagues and finding new ways to blame them for what he says is gay political power, marking yet another twist in the homophobe’s seemingly unending public meltdown. Comments (1)
Out gay Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres is mulling a potential run for Congress, he confirmed to Gay City News on Thursday. Comments (1)
Barbra Siperstein, a groundbreaking activist for transgender rights and trans visibility in Democratic politics — in New Jersey and nationwide — died on February 3. A native of Jersey City known as Babs, she was 76. Comment
Patricia Nell Warren, a journalist, poet, and author best known for her 1974 New York Times bestselling book “The Front Runner,” passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. Comment
The state of Arizona’s specialty license plate program, which donates proceeds to nonprofit organizations, is directly funneling money to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a far-right legal nonprofit that has spent years defending homophobes in court and rallying against LGBTQ rights advances. Comment
Legal

Palm Beach Conversion Therapy Bans Win Round One

On February 13, a federal district judge denied a motion by two Palm Beach County psychologists to block enforcement of the county’s ordinance forbidding licensed health care practitioners from providing “sexual orientation change efforts,” also commonly known as “conversion therapy,” to minors. Comment
Roughly eight years after the passage of marriage equality in New York, the newly progressive State Senate finally overcame Republican obstruction to fix some lingering flaws in that law. Comment

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