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The 2019 Gay City News Impact Honorees

Gay City News Impact Awards

The 2019 Gay City News Impact Honorees

Donna Aceto, who over three decades of photographic work for LGBTQ and AIDS groups and media has left an indelible documentary history of New York queer life, began her career as did many who came of age in the ‘80s — a part of the community but closeted on the job, in her case on Wall Street. Comment
Bullying in schools is chronically unreported despite state law requirements, according to a new audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli who cited “confusion” by local school officials over “what needs to be reported.” Comment
A local veterans group is cautiously optimistic after their members said the chair of the City Council’s Veterans Committee finally started to express some level of support for LGBTQ vets during a meeting with them on March 27. Comment
More than a dozen felony charges levied against out gay “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a fake homophobic and racist attack have been dropped, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced on March 26. Comments (3)
Books

Sleeping With a Celebrity

Books

Sleeping With a Celebrity

“Leading Men,” the acclaimed new novel by Christopher Castellani, is the author’s fourth. But, as he told an audience at his March 7 reading at the Calandra Italian American Institute in Manhattan, he considers it his first, or rather, “the first that was fully imagined.” His previous books (“A Kiss from Maddalena,” “The Saint of Lost Things,” and “All this Talk of Love”) formed a trilogy inspired by the gay author’s Italian immigrant parents and their travels to their home village in south-central Italy. Comment
Film

The Body as Your Tool Kit

Film

The Body as Your Tool Kit

Félix Maritaud ignites the screen as Léo, an attractive 22-year-old gay male prostitute in writer/ director Camille Vidal-Naquet’s blistering drama “Sauvage/ Wild.” Léo is seen plying his trade with various customers when not taking drugs or sleeping wherever he can (often in the street itself). Léo is not well; he has a bad cough and he’s got it bad — that is, is in love with — Ahd (Eric Bernard), a sexy gay-for-pay hustler pal who looks out for him but doesn’t love Léo back. Comment
Photo Galleries

When Giants Ruled the Art Scene

Photo Galleries

When Giants Ruled the Art Scene

Impresario is a word one doesn’t hear used too much in New York these days. It almost seems of an earlier epoch, when titans of the arts like Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, and George Balanchine strode through the city with creative electricity flying from their fingertips. They were part of a very small circle — almost exclusively white and Jewish, mostly men — who may have lived ostensibly straight lives, but both loved and made love to other men (Balanchine an exception, with his well-known pursuit of young ballerinas). They came of age in the 1930s and ‘40s and defined the arts and culture of the their times. Comment
Film

Terrors of the Body

Film

Terrors of the Body

In space, no one can hear your existential terror. Sorry for the Dad joke, but French director Claire Denis’ “High Life” returns to a mode of arthouse sci-fi that flourished briefly in the wake of “2001: A Space Odyssey” but has been commercially marginal after “Star Wars” let the geeky boys take back the genre. Denis creates a more palatable version of the misanthropy expressed in her horror film “Trouble Every Day” and incest drama “Bastards.” As she has said, “ ‘High Life’ speaks only of desire and fluids.” Comment
Media Circus

While You Were Sweating the Mueller Report…

What with all the Mueller hoo-ha in recent weeks, you may have missed the Senate’s confirmation of an anti-gay bigot, Allison Rushing, to a lifetime appointment on a federal appeals court. Here’s […] Comment
Music

The Ghost in the Machine

Music

The Ghost in the Machine

The Metropolitan Opera is bringing the Robert Lepage “Ring” production back for three cycles this spring. This revival features a new cast of Wagnerian stars led by Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde. he press spin is that the Lepage production has been freshened up and redesigned. Things did not, however, begin all that promisingly at the second performance of “Das Rheingold” on March 14t Comment
Theater

Little Things You Do Together

Theater

Little Things You Do Together

Take away the “battle of the sexes plot” and you get rid of a staggering percentage of storytelling both highbrow and low. From “Lysistrata” to the current movie “What Men Want” with many, many stops along the way, the tension between men and women, the ensuing power games are an endless source of drama and, very often, comedy. Comment
A federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought against New York City, the Williamsburg Safety Patrol (WSP), and members of that patrol over a 2013 assault on a black gay man that left him blind in one eye. Comment
Veterans advocates and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall March 25 to protest looming budget cuts and remind the general public that President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members is not some federal issue in a faraway land — it’s a very real problem in our own backyard. Comment
Guest Perspective

Why I Chose to Become a Surrogate

For me, it was an easy decision. Comment
Guest Perspective

Misusing “Gays Rights” to Harm Women

The international marketing of gestational surrogacy has played down the risks of invitro fertilization procedures in order to lure low-income women and wealthy intended parents. Comment
Theater

Enduring Invincibility

Theater

Enduring Invincibility

YouTube is rife with delicious clips of Teflon songstress Lainie Kazan from the heyday of that now-lost TV genre, variety shows. I mentioned that to her as we sat down ahead of her appearances this week at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below, and asked whether the loosey-goosey ribald comments she got from the likes of Dean Martin would fly today. Comment
Pete Buttigieg, the out gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has taken his exploratory campaign for US president to another level — at least that’s what the latest Iowa polls and his fundraising numbers are indicating. Comment
Kenya’s Court of Appeals in Nairobi on March 22 upheld a High Court ruling declaring that an LGBTQ organization must be recognized, giving the community there a major victory in its quest to gain respect from a government that has held back queer rights based on laws put in place during British colonial rule. Comment
The gay founder of the #WalkAway movement who posted a passionate video on YouTube in which he announced he was leaving the Democratic Party has only voted six times since 2004 and only one of those votes was cast in a primary race. Comments (10)
Roughly half of the people living with HIV in the United States were not virally suppressed and more than a third were not receiving treatment for the infection, according to new CDC data released this month stemming from 2015 and 2016. Comment
With elections looming, Poland’s ruling nationalist party is campaigning on a platform of homophobia amid an international wave of anti-gay nationalism in Eastern Europe. Comment
Politics

Cuomo Delays Pot Legalization

Politics

Cuomo Delays Pot Legalization

Pot legalization is in trouble. Comments (1)
Lori Lightfoot, an out lesbian candidate for mayor in Chicago, has gained key endorsements from across the political spectrum and appears to have the edge in the home stretch of the race despite getting hit with a vicious last-minute wave of homophobic flyers distributed outside of churches. Comment
New York City

Another St. Pat’s Win for Inclusivity

New York City

Another St. Pat’s Win for Inclusivity

New York’s St. Patrick’s Day season culiminated on March 17, the day after the traditional Manhattan parade was held on Fifth Avenue, with the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which included an LGBTQ group for the first time. Comment
Film

Our Worse Selves

Film

Our Worse Selves

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” is one of the most acclaimed American films of this decade. Needless to say, his second film “Us” arrives in theaters with a lot of baggage, particularly because the reception of “Get Out” felt like a political event as much as a cultural one. Comment
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil stood alongside President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on March 19 and said the two nations are aligned in promoting straight relationships and rejecting political correctness. Comments (1)
After saying as recently as January that this year’s Pride March would be staged in Chelsea and end at 29th Street and Fifth Avenue, the organization that produces the parade and related events has reversed course and will now stage the march in the blocks above 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and end the event at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue. Comments (3)
A comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill re-introduced March 13 has won overwhelming support among Democrats, but one holdout in the Senate as well as the former leader of the Log Cabin Republicans are opposing the bill by echoing the concerns most commonly spouted by the far right. Comments (1)
Legal

Federal Judge to Pentagon: Not So Fast on Trans Ban

In a three-page notice to the Pentagon, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly reminded the Trump administration that the nationwide preliminary injunction she issued in October 2017 against the proposed ban on transgender military service remains in place, at least until such time as the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issues a final mandate in its review of her order. Comment
Ireland’s out gay prime minister didn’t waste any time getting right to the gay stuff when he met Vice President Mike Pence at the Naval Observatory last week. Comment
A threatening sign laced with a homophobic slur was seen at the Seneca Avenue subway station in Queens on March 15. Comment
New York City

Sara Ramirez Pulls LGBT Center Donation

New York City

Sara Ramirez Pulls LGBT Center Donation

Out bisexual actress Sara Ramirez has withdrawn a donation she made to the LGBT Community Center in New York after she said the organization failed to follow through on its pledge to use the funds to implement bisexual-based training for its staff. Comment
The out lesbian leader of a New York City-based veterans advocacy group has delivered a letter to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson asking him to address concerns that Veterans Committee Chair Chaim Deutsch has failed to lead on issues pertaining to LGBTQ veterans. Comment
Theater

Innocence Lost

Theater

Innocence Lost

Having missed reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” in high school and seeing the movie only once on TV, I went into Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation largely tabula rasa, other than knowing the story’s basic premise. This play is about as exciting as it gets. Comment
Legal

Medicaid Coverage Ordered for Gender Reassignment in Iowa

The Iowa Medicaid program’s exclusion of coverage for sex reassignment procedures violates that state’s Civil Rights Act, the State Supreme Court ruled on March 8. Discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations has been part of Iowa’s Civil Rights Act since 2007. Comment

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