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The office of the New Mexico Medical Examiner (NM OMI) has released a third autopsy on a migrant Honduran transgender woman whose death in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody sparked controversy over allegations of abuse, but the new report is being met with skepticism among advocates who are still demanding more answers. Comment
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)
Pride

A Pride March Three Times Bigger

Pride

A Pride March Three Times Bigger

The group that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events is predicting that there will be 150,000 marchers and 150 floats in this year’s event, but organizers are making no predictions as to when this year’s march will end. Comments (1)
Film

When Film Busts Down Barriers

Film

When Film Busts Down Barriers

The marvelous queer romance “Rafiki,” (“Friend”) — the first Kenyan film to screen at Cannes — was banned last year in its native country. Though the Kenya Film Classification Board objected to the film for “promoting lesbianism,” the ban was eventually lifted and “Rafiki” screened to crowds in Nairobi. The film’s temporary censoring, however, made it ineligible to be submitted as Kenya’s foreign film entry for the Academy Awards. Comment
Photo Galleries

Stonewall on Pennsylvania Avenue

Photo Galleries

Stonewall on Pennsylvania Avenue

“Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement” is the 50th anniversary tribute to the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement that opened last month at the Newseum in Washington. Beginning with the June 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the West Village, the exhibit charts major moments in the past half-century’s struggle for liberation and equality. Comment
Gay City News Impact Awards

Out My Closet Impact Awards Beneficiary

Gay City News Impact Awards

Out My Closet Impact Awards Beneficiary

Out My Closet Impact Awards Beneficiary Group serving homeless LGBTQ youth receives $2,950 donation Comment
International

Saying No to Brunei

International

Saying No to Brunei

Roughly 250 activists and other LGBTQ community members and allies turned up in Washington Square Park on April 7 to protest the Sultanate of Brunei’s imposition of a stoning death penalty for sodomy between men, along with 40 lashes imposed for lesbian sex and a variety of other draconian sentences announced as part of its Sharia law doctrine. Comments (1)
Media Circus

Carcinogenic Windmills & Dads Who Love Marx

“Now, you could see the Trump administration’s willingness to trust the meat industry to keep our meat safe as part of an overall attack on government regulation, a willingness to trust profit-making businesses to do the right thing and let the market rule. And there’s something to that, but it’s not the whole story, as illustrated by another event: Trump’s declaration the other day that wind turbines cause cancer. Comment
Books

Science Fiction’s Gay Elder Statesman

Books

Science Fiction’s Gay Elder Statesman

April Fool’s Day was the 77th birthday of science fiction writer and public intellectual Samuel R. Delany. Chip, as his friends call him, is a genius. Comments (1)
Film

The Great Awokening

Film

The Great Awokening

In its six years of existence, the Satanic Temple has managed something remarkable: rebranding Satanism as enlightened and politically progressive. Penny Lane’s documentary “Hail Satan?” makes no attempt to hide the fact that it’s on their side, and the Christians here come across as hateful and dangerous, not the Satanists. Comment
National

Tom Duane Visits West Point

National

Tom Duane Visits West Point

In an April 2 visit to Spectrum, the LGBTQ organization at the United States Military Academy at West Point, former State Senator Tom Duane recounted tales from his early days as an out gay elected official, while hearing coming out stories from both cadets and officers who had served during the days of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Comment
A lawsuit brought against a Harlem outlet of the Texas Chicken & Burgers chain by five gender non-conforming or transgender people who charged they were denied service there — only to have that allegation refuted by the company in court filings — has been ended by all parties. Comment
Film

The Angle of Approach

Film

The Angle of Approach

At 66 minutes, Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s “Grass” barely qualifies as feature length. It works within a confined space, restricting its setting, apart from a few scenes, to a café. […] Comment
Music

Chasing a Golden Dream

Music

Chasing a Golden Dream

The Metropolitan Opera is at the midpoint of Wagner’s mythical tetralogy “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” an epic driven by a ring made of cursed gold that destroys those who try to control it. In Giacomo Meyerbeer’s pastoral opéra-comique “Dinorah, où Le Pardon de Ploërmel” (1859), the Breton goatherd Hoël abandons his fiancée Dinorah at the altar to chase after a trove of ancient gold which is protected by a fatal curse. The first man to touch the gold will die. The jilted Dinorah proceeds to go melodiously mad singing roulades up and down the wild forest mountains of Brittany while chasing her goat Bellah. Comment
The Yankees have rolled out more details of their LGBTQ-related initiatives for 2019, but the announcement did not change the glaring reality that the team is the only remaining one in Major League Baseball to have never scheduled a Pride night. Comments (2)
Books

Queer As Whitman

Books

Queer As Whitman

This city sure has changed. Comment
Bans on so-called gay conversion therapy for minors are continuing to sweep through the United States, with Massachusetts, Colorado, and Puerto Rico being the latest to take action against the practice. Comment
The most striking song on The Drums’ “Brutalism” is its most blatantly pissed-off. “626 Bedford Avenue” describes a self-destructive but addictive relationship. As catchy as it is, it’s punctuated by very brief bursts of turntable scratching, and its lyrics are barbed: “Get your head out of your ass and take a good look at yourself… you might be a psychopath/ you might want to check that,” with Jonny Pierce alternately calling the title address “626 stupid avenue.” The upbeat melody makes the bitter tone all the more cutting. Comment
Theater

Ghosts of Buildings Past

Theater

Ghosts of Buildings Past

Most New Yorkers have walked down a street and found an empty lot where an old familiar haunt is gone. Maybe it was a cozy restaurant, or a building where a friend lived. And the city — as it always has and always will — continues to replace itself and build upon the past. Comment
Claiming his First Amendment rights are under attack, Bronx City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., is calling on the Council’s Committee on Standards and Ethics to immediately disclose any existing findings of its apparent investigation into his comments that “everybody” in the City Council “is controlled by the homosexual community.” Comments (1)
Theater

Moonstruck

Theater

Moonstruck

Plays illuminating angst-filled coming out stories have long been a staple of theater. Yet the cryptically titled “June is the First Fall,” courtesy of the Yangtze Repertory Theatre, breathes new life into the genre by infusing a distinctly contemporary Chinese twist. Comment
Days after LGBTQ employees at the US Department of Justice called out a hostile work environment, Attorney General William Barr responded by signing an Equal Employment Opportunity statement and directing the FBI and the federal Bureau of Prisons to investigate allegations of anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Comment
Theater

Family Affairs

Theater

Family Affairs

The galvanizing and often hilarious and heartbreaking “Ain’t No Mo,’” now at the Public Theater, combines satire, absurdism, and trenchant observation in a series of sketches aimed […] Comment
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez voiced his support for the decriminalization of sex work on April 4 during a wide-ranging discussion with elected officials, advocates, and members of Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn (LID). Comments (2)
International

LGBTQ Leaders Tepid Post-Vatican Meeting

International

LGBTQ Leaders Tepid Post-Vatican Meeting

LGBTQ leaders and human rights lawyers from around the world met privately with the Vatican’s secretary of state on April 5 to present research on criminalization of homosexuality and to push Pope Francis toward opposing anti-gay laws internationally, but the immediate reaction from attendees and queer Catholics is a mixture of encouragement and disappointment. Comment
In a surprise move on April 4, the Mormon Church announced it would immediately begin allowing children of LGBTQ couples to be baptized and that gay couples would no longer be viewed as “apostates,” which is a term used to describe people who deviate from Church teachings. Comment
More than 2,000 Google employees and others in the tech industry have written a letter demanding that the tech giant revoke its appointment of the president of the anti-LGBTQ Heritage Foundation to its Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC). Comment
The Supreme Court may soon determine whether to take up the case of an out gay man whose lawyers say was sentenced to death by jurors who were biased against him due to his sexual orientation. Comment
Lori Lightfoot cruised to victory in the Chicago mayoral runoff election on April 2, becoming the first out lesbian black woman to lead the nation’s third largest city. Comments (2)
A grim determination has settled over the movement in New York State to end racially biased drug arrests and to legalize pot. Comment
In a first round advance for the anti-LGBTQ litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom, a federal court judge has allowed a lawsuit challenging the Palatine, Illinois, high school district’s policy that allows transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity to proceed on theories of sexual harassment and free exercise of religion. Comment
A federal appeals court has ruled that the State of Texas did not violate a transgender inmate’s Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment by denying her gender confirmation surgery. Comment
A 27-year-old black transgender woman was shot and killed in a Washington, DC, suburb during the early morning hours of March 30, the eve of International Transgender Day of Visibility. Comments (1)
As it turns out, the Mueller Report isn’t the only issue US Attorney General William Barr may be dragging his feet on. Comments (1)
Gay City News Impact Awards

Leaders in the Spotlight at Impact Awards

Gay City News Impact Awards

Leaders in the Spotlight at Impact Awards

From judges to activists, authors, industry pioneers, and beyond, the fourth annual Gay City News Impact Awards gala on March 28 reflected a vibrant class of 32 honorees who have made a difference in various sectors of the LGBTQ community. Comment
Gay City News Impact Awards

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
Legal

Gay NYer Loses Grindr Harassment Appeal

Legal

Gay NYer Loses Grindr Harassment Appeal

Grindr enjoys totally immunity from liability for the harm suffered by a gay Manhattanite whose ex-boyfriend created fake Grindr profiles in his name that led more than a thousand people to contact him at home and at work for “fetishistic sex, bondage, role playing, and rape fantasies,” a unanimous federal appeals panel has ruled. Comment

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