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Books

Now They Want Common Ground?

Books

Now They Want Common Ground?

It is apparent early in “Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground” that most of the authors of its 35 essays and Robin Fretwell Wilson and William Eskridge, the book’s editors, are not being honest with readers. Comment
The Belgian drama “Girl,” directed by out gay Flemish filmmaker Lukas Dhont, is a character study depicting the true story of Lara (Victor Polster), a 15-year-old born biologically as a boy who wants to be a ballerina. Comment
Film

Murders She Wrote

Film

Murders She Wrote

Out gay actor Nicolas Maury steals his every scene in director Yann Gonzalez’s audacious thriller, “Knife+Heart,” set in the gay adult film industry in Paris, 1979. Comment
Media Circus

I Feel Even Sorrier for Jussie

I was working my way through the New York Times Magazine story “Your Dog Feels as Guilty as She Looks” by Frans de Waal, a primatologist. It was a pleasant enough article... Comment
Music

Country Matters

Music

Country Matters

In early March, Les Arts Florissants and William Christie celebrated their 40th anniversary with a return to BAM with “Rameau, maître à danser.” Comment
Film

Art Made from Gangsters

Film

Art Made from Gangsters

Chinese director Jia Zhangke is now 48 and is in the unusual position of being the leading representative of Chinese cinema at North American and European festivals and arthouses while having found a comfortable place at home. I don’t think he wanted his image as a dissident in the eyes of Western cinephiles. Comment
News

Drag Me into Spring

News

Drag Me into Spring

Ah, almost spring, when a gay man’s fancy leans heavily toward thoughts of drag — what was, what will be, and where in this wigged out world one can go to untuck his troubles. Therein lies the one to rub out, so to speak, in this March roundup of dresses, tresses, and bravely fought battles of the bulge. Comments (1)
A major LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill known as the Equality Act has been re-introduced in both chambers of Congress, setting up potentially historic votes on a bill that would usher in wide-ranging protections for the community. Comment
Barack Obama was the first sitting president to voice his support for marriage equality, but the first-ever same-sex marriage in the world might have occurred during Richard Nixon’s administration. Comment
The coalition supporting public health solutions to the epidemic of drug overdose deaths is backing a bill in Albany requiring prisons and jails to offer medically assisted treatment to inmates with a substance use disorder. Comment
Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., retweeted a bizarre Twitter post March 12 featuring a screenshot of a 2017 Daily Beast article with a highlighted sentence saying, “Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors.” Comment
Opinions released by two federal courts this month dramatically reduced the chances that lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Pentagon’s proposed ban on transgender service would be able to block its implementation even as the merits of the issue continue to be litigated. Comments (1)
Groups opposed to the movement to decriminalize sex work in New York State took their campaign to City Hall on March 11, and among them included a transphobic United Kingdom-based organization whose representatives held a sign saying “No to sex trade, surrogacy, and transgenderism.” Comment
A man charged in the fatal shooting death of a transgender woman in Detroit late last year told police that he fired his weapon while trying to defend himself from an armed robbery, according to video footage of his interview with officers. Comment
International

Bolsonaro Mocks Gay Men With Lewd Tweet

International

Bolsonaro Mocks Gay Men With Lewd Tweet

Far right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, who once described himself as “homophobic — and very proud of it,” tweeted out a sexually explicit video featuring two men who were participating in Carnival festivities. Comment
Theater

His Soul Belongs to Daddy

Theater

His Soul Belongs to Daddy

Early on in “Daddy,” a provocative new play about a filthy rich art collector in his late 50s obsessed with a black artist in his mid 20s, we hear a strained musical phrase from George Michael’s mega-hit, “Father Figure.” Comment
Features

St. Patrick’s Symbol of Inclusivity

Features

St. Patrick’s Symbol of Inclusivity

Tucked in between a Saturday storm and one the following evening, it was a clear, sunny day in Queens for the 20th annual St. Pat’ for All Parade on March 3. Comment
There was a nearly six-times increase in the use of PrEP from 2014 to 2017 among gay and bisexual men at high risk of acquiring HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but those numbers were significantly lower among gay and bisexual men of color. Comment
John Blasco was just 15 years old when he came out as gay, and like many other queer high school students he and his friends wanted to join the gay-straight alliance. Comments (1)
A coalition of 161 major businesses across 50 states have signed on to voice support for federal LGBTQ legislation known as the Equality Act ahead of its anticipated re-introduction in the House of Representatives next week. Comment
The executive director of Equality Utah resigned from the state’s Youth Suicide Task Force after Governor Gary Herbert and leading Republican state legislators endorsed a watered-down version of a bill that would have banned gay conversion therapy. Comment
The former leaders of the US Navy, Army, and Air Force said in a joint statement last week that Pentagon officials falsely told Congress during testimony late last month that medical treatment sidelines transgender service members for longer periods of time and that they “ignored data confirming the success” of former President Barack Obama’s policy to allow all LGBTQ people to serve openly in the military. Comment
Adults who identify as LGBTQ represent 4.5 percent of the US population, according to a wide-ranging study that captured statistics on factors including gender, race, employment, income, and food insecurity. Comment
A February 26 joint hearing between the City Council’s Veterans Committee and the Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addiction initially deviated from its main focus of suicide — and that was the final straw for Kristen L. Rouse, the out lesbian founding director of the NYC Veterans Alliance. Comments (1)
In what is a welcome turn of events for drug policy reformers, the dispute between the federal government and advocates for overdose prevention centers — where users consume illegal drugs under the observation of health care professionals — is playing out with striking civility. Comment
Schneps Media, a premier New York City media company that produces 32 newspapers, 28 magazines and specialty publications, 17 websites, and more than 50 annual events, is seeking an experienced advertising sales professional to expand revenues for Gay City News, the company’s LGBTQ community newspaper. Comment
In a pair of rulings on February 26, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed circuit court dismissals of sex discrimination lawsuits by gay and transgender plaintiffs. Comment
Kicking off Women’s History Month on March 1, the City Council unveiled portraits of eight iconic female leaders that will grace the walls of City Hall. Comment
On a recent Thursday morning, hours before any actual show was staged, the John Lee Beatty-decorated walls of Feinstein’s/ 54 Below rang with joyous sounds, both mellow and ultra-funky, with peeks at the upcoming cabaret lineup at Manhattan’s “living room.” Femmes formidables Joanna Gleason, Rebecca Luker, Betsy Wolfe, and Nicole Vanessa Ortiz each sang a number from their act, and, afterwards, lucky me was able to sit down and chat with two of my all-time favorites, Ortiz and Luker. Comment
Two days before the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Borough President James Oddo announced via Twitter that he would not be marching on March 3 to protest the continued exclusion of the Pride Center of Staten Island. Comment
Congressmember Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts still wants nothing to do with anyone’s religious carve-outs. Comment
Vice President Mike Pence’s new chief of staff, Marc Short, is under fire after it was revealed he wrote offensive words about people with HIV/ AIDS and the LGBTQ community in a column for his college newspaper in 1992. Comments (1)
Out gay Bronx Councilmember Ritchie Torres on February 28 summed up the urgent need to address the city’s lack of resources for LGBTQ-owned businesses when he said, “A wise person once said that if you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.” Comment
The United Methodist Church is sending a message loud and clear to LGBTQ folks: You’re not welcome. Comment

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