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It’s All Haiku to Me

Film

It’s All Haiku to Me

French director Olivier Assayas’ “Non-Fiction” is more illustrated think-piece than cinema. Half of its dialogue is about the impact of the Internet and social media on our lives, much […] Comment
From the Editor

Can Reclaim Pride Take Yes for an Answer?

The attitudes and actions of an institution that Reclaim Pride was taking to task “appear to be rooted in transphobic, racist, and classist attitudes,” the group wrote in an open letter circulated last week. Comments (3)
Features

Bridging the Gap

Features

Bridging the Gap

Wes Enos, executive director of The Generations Project, has a deep-rooted affinity for history. The enterprising young activist founded the history-minded group in 2015 with the aim of bridging what he saw as the widening chasm between young and old queer generations. Comment
Queens district attorney candidate Tiffany Cabán stopped at one point during a recent interview with Gay City News to make it clear she prefers to speak about the LGBTQ community in the first person because, in her words, “It’s my community.” Comment
Theater

A Whitman Sampler

Theater

A Whitman Sampler

The clear, open, and wondering eyes of a child stare out at you from Matthew Brady’s portrait of Our Good Gay Grandfather Poet in the New York Public Library’s show “Walt Whitman: America’s Poet,” running through July 27. Comment
Almost 20 months after a fight in a Bronx high school led bullied gay teen Abel Cedeno to use a knife in what he said was self-defense, killing one classmate and slashing another, his trial for manslaughter is set to begin in Bronx Criminal Court on June 18. Comment
The direct action group Revolting Lesbians once again picketed the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) on April 13, demanding that billionaire Rebekah Mercer, a major Breitbart News investor, be removed from the museum’s board for being a climate-change denier and funding groups that challenge the reality of global warming. Comment
Roughly one week after NYPD officers killed a gay black man at his apartment in the Bronx, advocates gathered outside that home to demand accountability, transparency, and a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. Comment
The US Supreme Court announced it would hear appeals in three cases presenting the question whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s employment nondiscrimination provisions cover claims of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The three cases involve the ’64 Act’s Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex, and the high court’s April 22 announcement indicated they would be heard in the next term beginning in October. Comment
Out lesbian journalist Lyra McKee, who was perhaps best known for writing a blog post about growing up gay in Belfast, was shot to death while covering a riot in Northern Ireland on April 18. Comments (1)
Film

Unmasked Again

Film

Unmasked Again

Out gay writer/ director Justin Kelly makes fascinating biographical dramas about complicated, intriguing people. Kelly’s latest film, “JT Leroy,” tackles the thorny literary hoax perpetrated by Laura Albert, who wrote “Sarah” and “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” as JT (Jeremiah Terminator) Leroy. She had her sister-in-law, Savannah Knoop, appear in public as the author. Comment
Guest Perspective

A Passover Message from the Southern Border

Guest Perspective

A Passover Message from the Southern Border

[Two weeks ago, Rabbi Yael Rapport and Rabbi Mike Moskowitz from Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, New York City’s LGBTQ synagogue, joined a delegation from the American Jewish refugee assistance […] Comments (1)
With just 10 weeks to go before it produces an alternative march in New York City on the last Sunday in June, the Reclaim Pride Coalition has issued an open letter stating it will no longer meet at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and denouncing The Center. Comment
Features

Center Honors Lena Waithe, Don Lemon

Features

Center Honors Lena Waithe, Don Lemon

At the LGBT Community Center’s annual dinner, held April 18 at Cipriani Wall Street, the West 13th Street institution honored out lesbian actor and writer Lena Waithe, who won a 2017 Emmy for her […] Comment
The NYPD significantly escalated tensions with advocates for sex workers on April 18 when a spokesperson said a letter from four local elected officials calling for an investigation into the department’s handling of sex work cases made “sweeping generalizations” that “blatantly mischaracterized” the department. The response from the NYPD, in turn, prompted some advocates to blast the department for itself running prostitution rings while resisting a potential probe. Comments (2)
Fresh on a report in The New York Times that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI may be provocatively challenging the moral authority of his successor, Pope Francis — especially on issues of sexuality — comes news that Francis met with a British comedian and made what one advocate for queer Catholics is calling “groundbreaking pro-LGBT statements.” Comment
Music

Conquerors and Dreamers

Music

Conquerors and Dreamers

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 “Ring Cycle” seems to improve with each installment. The “Siegfried” matinee on April 13 provided the debut of German tenor Stefan Vinke, who […] Comment
A homophobe threatened to use a crowbar to wreak havoc on a church in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn because of its support of LGBTQ people. Comments (1)
Legal

Judith Clark Granted Parole

Legal

Judith Clark Granted Parole

Judith Clark, an out lesbian who has spent nearly four decades in prison for her role as an accomplice in a 1981 robbery that left a private guard and two police officers dead, has been granted parole. Comment
Theater

True Grit

Theater

True Grit

The magnificent and thrilling revival of “Oklahoma” now on Broadway will not be for all tastes. For those who cling to gauzy nostalgia for the seminal American musical as a tale of unbridled […] Comment
An upstate New York town has been ordered to pay $25,000 to a same-sex couple as part of a settlement after the town clerk refused to grant them a marriage license last July. Comment
Theater

Hades in a Handbasket

Theater

Hades in a Handbasket

Genre-busting. Ingenious. Revelatory. Cosmic. These are but a few of the adjectives that don’t come close to fully describing the new Broadway sensation that is “Hadestown.” The show is truly ineffable. Comment
Anti-LGBTQ journalist Elizabeth Harrington has been hired by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to serve as the party’s national spokesperson. Comments (1)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) are taking legal action against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for continuing to detain a transgender woman from Honduras six months after she successfully won asylum in the United States. Comments (1)
Politics

Buttigieg Raises Money in Williamsburg

Politics

Buttigieg Raises Money in Williamsburg

One day after officially announcing his candidacy for president and just hours before he appeared with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, where the two swapped coming out stories, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a fundraiser at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Comment
An international lesbian conference in Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev April 12-14 was met with a barrage of religious and far-right protestors who held up homophobic signs, tried blocking the venue’s entrance, and even launched tear gas canisters. Comment
Film

Directing Mary Kay Place

Film

Directing Mary Kay Place

Kent Jones, critic, documentarian, and director of the New York Film Festival, is one ballsy dude. He has gone out on that most precarious of limbs and made his own first feature film, “Diane.” And, most gratifyingly, this beautiful, delicately wrought, searingly honest, and deeply humane work is much more in the tradition of critics-turned-moviemakers Truffaut and Godard than of Rex Reed, who notoriously starred in “Myra Breckenridge.” Comment
A minor car accident at a Dallas apartment complex on April 12 escalated into a vicious group beating of a transgender woman by men who hurled anti-LGBTQ slurs as they pummeled her on the ground in broad daylight, according to video footage from Facebook and information provided by police. Comment
Rejecting two petitions for review that were both considered long shots at best, the US Supreme Court, on April 15, announced it will not hear an appeal by gay death row inmate Charles Rhines, who contends the jury that sentenced him to death rather than life in prison without parole in his 1993 murder trial was tainted by homophobic statements some of the jurors made during deliberations. Comment
The ban on transgender service members initially announced by President Donald Trump in 2017 and later fleshed out further by the Pentagon went into effect on April 12, officially signaling the beginning of a new era of government-sanctioned discrimination by the nation’s largest employer. Comment
Former Pope Benedict XVI broke his years-long silence on April 10 with a 6,000-word letter in which he blamed child sex abuse in the Catholic Church on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and said “homosexual cliques” were responsible for changing the climate in seminaries, prompting strong criticism from LGBTQ Catholic groups, leaders, and abuse victims. Comment
Data emerging from the US and Europe shows that more HIV-negative gay and bisexual men are contracting hepatitis C than in the past, and New York-based health experts say PrEP’s role in preventing the spread of HIV could be altering what had been a longstanding link between the two infections. Comments (66)
Heritage of Pride, the group that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events has selected grand marshals for this year’s march that recognize the community’s history, its current state and its future, and the international scope of this year’s events. Comments (3)

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