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Disgraced Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., doubled down on his homophobic comments about LGBTQ members of the City Council and barreled forward with more insensitive tweets on Sunday, prompting many of his furious colleagues to call for his immediate resignation. Comments (2)
Bronx City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., a notoriously homophobic lawmaker, is under fire for making homophobic comments last week about the City Council and its openly gay speaker, Corey Johnson — and he’s still refusing to cave in to his colleagues’ demand for an apology. Comments (2)
On Friday evening, NY1 News reported that City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr. told a Spanish-language program, “When I get to the City Council, I find that the City Council is controlled — most councilmembers out of 51 councilmembers — over there, everybody is controlled by the homosexual community.” Comment
HIV/ AIDS advocates, as a group, are far from convinced, but some are nonetheless willing to listen to President Donald Trump’s new goal of eradicating the epidemic by 2030 — as long as he sticks to it. Comments (1)
Music

Sunny Next Step from Bob Mould

Music

Sunny Next Step from Bob Mould

On a first listen, Bob Mould’s latest album, “Sunshine Rock,” falls in line with most of the music he’s been making for decades. It’s full of songs that charge ahead at […] Comment
Theater

Mayhem, Mores, and Marriage

Theater

Mayhem, Mores, and Marriage

Masculinity, power, dominance, and testosterone-jacked battles are at the heart of all Sam Shepard’s family plays, and although “True West,” now getting an edge-of-the-seat exciting revival at Roundabout, first appeared in 1980, it has never seemed more culturally relevant. Comment
The showdown between the federal government and state public health programs that are working to combat the epidemic of overdose deaths has officially started in Philadelphia. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Councilmember Jumaane Williams’ complicated track record on marriage equality and abortion rights continued to haunt him on Wednesday night when his opponents attacked him in a series of questions during a debate for the highly sought-after position of public advocate. Comments (1)
Politics

Booker Presses Trump Court Nominee on Anti-LGBTQ Past

US Senator Cory Booker, the New Jersey Democrat, on Tuesday engaged in a tense exchange with DC Court of Appeals nominee Neomi Rao over her views on LGBTQ rights and her history of questioning court rulings that advanced the rights of same-sex couples. Comment
By his own admission, Aaron Bianco was a “nobody” until he was discovered by the alt-right. Comment
Transgender members of the military, past and present, will accompany several members of Congress on Tuesday evening at the State of the Union Address amid an ongoing push by the Trump administration to ban them from the armed forces. Comment
The Human Rights Campaign’s newly unveiled State Equality Index report, which offers a comprehensive look at the status of local laws and polices pertaining to LGBTQ rights nationwide, demonstrates a slight improvement throughout the last year in the efforts to enact comprehensive protections. Comments (1)
Film

Fraught Thriller Too Far Afield

Film

Fraught Thriller Too Far Afield

The concept of the “elevated genre film” has recently become fashionable. Critic Bilge Ebiri wrote an essay about it for Vulture last year, which offered a provisional definition: “The demands of genre — the jump scares, the spectacle, the pulse-pounding suspense, etc. — become secondary to the movies’ emotional undercurrents and the filmmakers’ aesthetic and thematic obsessions.” Comment
The Trump administration launched an assault on the rights of LGBTQ families in South Carolina by granting taxpayer-funded foster care agencies there the right to reject same-sex prospective parents. Comment
A federal magistrate has recommended that the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida issue a limited preliminary injunction barring the city of Tampa from enforcing an ordinance banning licensed health care professionals from performing conversion therapy on minors. Comments (1)
Crime

New Yorkers Rally in Solidarity with Jussie Smollett

Crime

New Yorkers Rally in Solidarity with Jussie Smollett

As Chicago police continued their search for two masked men who attacked “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, a crowd of more 100 gathered in frigid temperatures on February 1 at Grand Army Plaza opposite from the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan to show their solidarity with Smollett and all LGBTQ victims of hate violence. Comments (1)
Andy Ratto made headlines this past week when he interrupted former Starbucks CEO and potential 2020 presidential candidate Howard Schultz’s book event to issue a warning: “Don’t elect Trump, you egotistical billionaire asshole! Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter. Go back to Davos with the other billionaire elite who think they know how to run the world!” Comment
Film

Playing With Passions, Not Fire

Film

Playing With Passions, Not Fire

“The Gospel of Eureka” is out gay filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s engaging and even-handed documentary about Eureka Springs, Arkansas, which narrator Mx. Justin Vivian Bond describes as, “a place where stories come to life.” Comment
Brooklyn’s queer community center is accepting applications for a paid-internship program this spring. Comment
A Brooklyn man who was convicted in November for slashing or stabbing two men with a knife and menacing a third man near a Bedford-Stuyvesant LGBTQ nightclub was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Comments (3)
A safe home. A prosperous work environment. Acceptance. Comment
The progress made in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020 has slowed in recent years, according to one local healthcare leader who is calling for immediate action before it is too late. Comments (3)
Police in Houston are searching for a man who chased down and repeatedly shot a black transgender woman on the morning of January 24. Comment
A pair of women associated with a transphobic group interrupted a meeting that included a transgender spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and deliberately misgendered her before alleging that she has a “hatred of lesbians.” Comment
City Councilmember Steve Levin, who is a member of that body’s Progressive Caucus and an LGBTQ community supporter, has given at least $64,500 in Council discretionary funds to a Brooklyn community patrol that attacked a gay African-American man in Williamsburg in 2013, leaving the man blind in one eye. Comments (2)
The organization that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events confirmed that it will use Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the opening ceremony for this year’s celebrations, which means that LGBTQ community members who pay to attend that ceremony will be giving their money to a leading funder of anti-LGBTQ elected officials. Comment
Politics

City Conversion Therapy Ban Challenged

Politics

City Conversion Therapy Ban Challenged

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the anti-gay Christian legal organization based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of New York City’s law prohibiting the practice of conversion therapy. Comment
Now that the government shutdown has ended, the Trump administration has turned to hard science to bolster its argument for a border wall. The proposed 2,000-mile barrier, which would bar thousands of Latin Americans from illegal entry into the United States, received timely support today, with the announcement of a breakthrough scientific discovery. According to top anthropologists at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, only United States citizens — unique among any other people on planet Earth — possess qualities identifying them as true Homo sapiens. Comments (1)
For the fourth year running, Gay City News will honor outstanding achievement in New York’s LGBTQ community and from among its allies in a gala Impact Awards evening. Comments (1)
One of the most anticipated events of the 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera season was the debut of podium superstar Gustavo Dudamel leading a revival of Verdi’s “Otello.” His conducting […] Comment
Theater

King Of Caricaturists

It has ever been a mystery to me why the great Mexican artist and autodidact Miguel Covarrubias (1904-57) isn’t better known today. At his height — from the 1920s through the 1940s — he was as well known as any dauber, prominently featured in popular magazines of quality, a recognized media hero, and revered as one of this country’s and Mexico’s leading cultural figures. He not only created many works of art but was also a serious anthropological writer of books on subjects ranging from Bali to pre-Colombian Mexico to the Harlem Renaissance. Comment
Media Circus

In the Long Term, We All Die

From the Associated Press, via the Military Times: “Long term, lawyers and activists battling to ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the US military are convinced they will prevail. Short term, they are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan to sharply restrict such service. The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote Tuesday, gave the administration the green light to put the policy into effect even as legal challenges continue. Comment

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