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Out gay congressional candidate Ritchie Torres is making it clear he needs the support of the wider LGBTQ community in order to defeat homophobic City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr. — and so far, he’s showing he can meet that hurdle. Comment
Theater

When a Pro Becomes a Con

Theater

When a Pro Becomes a Con

Growing up in affluent Sussex County, New Jersey, Rich Roy had a cushy life. He spent weekends playing golf and got a Camaro when he was 17. At age 19, he became a pro boxer mentored by Muhammad Ali, and later a thriving actor sharing the stage with Denzel Washington. He freely admits being “born a privileged white man.” But one night in his 20s his luck ran out. Comment
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló finally caved in to days of protests on July 24 when he announced he would resign on August 2, but people on the island are remaining steadfast in their calls for wider change in the US territory. Comment
In the midst of controversy engulfing the city’s Department of Correction following the death of a transgender woman in its custody, an out lesbian has assumed the new post of director of LGBTQ+ initiatives. Comment
Theater

Sisters in Moscow, Medea in Queens

Theater

Sisters in Moscow, Medea in Queens

“Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow” is, simply, delicious. Halley Feiffer’s play is a contemporary adaptation of “Three Sisters.” Comment
Under a package of initiatives rolled out by the Cuomo administration on July 23, out-of-pocket PrEP costs are being eliminated in health insurance plans that cover millions of New Yorkers and a new guide outlines the gender-affirming care insurers must cover. Comments (1)
Podcast ►Audio

Rachel Garbus, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes writer, performer, storyteller, and podcast-maker Rachel Garbus, who is good at listening, bad at prompt arrivals, and loves the sound of anyone laughing. Comment
Last December, legalizing adult use of pot seemed like a sure thing in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who had earlier damned pot as a “gateway” drug and severely restricted the state’s medical marijuana program, changed course and backed legal adult use. Comment
A man who allegedly pepper-sprayed a transgender woman during an anti-LGBTQ attack in Queens earlier this summer has been arrested and hit with three charges, including two hate crimes. Comment
Film

The Day the Starlet Died

Film

The Day the Starlet Died

When Quentin Tarantino announced in the summer of 2017 that he was planning a film about Sharon Tate and the Manson family, speculation immediately mounted that it’d be tasteless exploitation. Sony publicists have consistently warned critics not to give away spoilers or surprises... Comment
A married lesbian couple in Waco, Texas, is expressing outrage after their daughter was rejected admission to a local Christian school simply because her parents are gay. Comment
Two years after they discussed gay men in showers, veteran filmmaker Oliver Stone and Russian President Vladimir Putin have reunited — this time to talk about how “sensible” the anti-LGBTQ laws are in Russia. Comment
The deadly targeting of black transgender women across the United States continued on July 20 in North Charleston, South Carolina, where Denali Berries Stuckey was found dead with gunshot wounds. Comments (1)
Building an imposing war chest a year ahead of the June 2020 Democratic primary, out gay congressional candidate Ritchie Torres blew his opponents out of the water with a whopping $522,000 fundraising haul from April 1 to June 30 of this year. Comment
Features

Beautiful Summer Gathering For Two Good Causes

Features

Beautiful Summer Gathering For Two Good Causes

On a beautiful Summer Saturday in the East End, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, better known as SAGE, and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center hosted their annual Hamptons Tea Dance at Nova’s Ark Project and Sculpture Park in Water Mill. Comment
Theater

An Immigrant Story Oddly Off Key

Theater

An Immigrant Story Oddly Off Key

A few years ago, when Jamie Jackson and SoHee Youn set out to write a musical comedy about pesky Russian spies and foreigners vying for a piece of the American Dream in New York, they had no way of knowing that the heinous treatment of immigrants by the US government would come to dominate the news cycle. Or that Russia would be accused of swaying the calamitous 2016 presidential election and re-emerge as a dire threat to American democracy. Comment
Contentious protests have emerged in San Juan, New York, and other cities in response to explosive revelations that the embattled governor of Puerto Rico and his top aides made disparaging comments about women, LGBTQ people, journalists, and others in private chats. Comment
From the Editor

Bronx Justice

From the Editor

Bronx Justice

Over the past several weeks, tragedy unfolded at the Bronx County Hall of Justice. That tragedy — the trial, closing statements, and conviction of gay teenager Abel Cedeno on first-degree manslaughter — compounded another tragedy that took place in September 2017, when the long-bullied youth stabbed classmate Matthew McCree to death, because, he has said repeatedly, he feared for his life in a classroom brawl in which the dead boy bounded to the front of the room to confront the defendant. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

A WorldPride Focus on Human Rights

World Pride & Stonewall 50

A WorldPride Focus on Human Rights

Much of the focus during WorldPride last month may have been on the parties and parades, but among the many events produced was the Human Rights Conference. It was the second time New York has hosted the conference, with last year’s being essentially a trial run for Heritage of Pride, the organizer of Manhattan’s Pride events, in anticipation of it hosting WorldPride in 2019. InterPride, the group that licenses World Pride, requires host cities to sponsor the conference. Comment
Media Circus

Dale Peck’s Brain Dump

Media Circus

Dale Peck’s Brain Dump

What was so wrong about Dale Peck’s pick-nose prose in The New Republic? For starters, according to Muri Assunção of the Daily News, “In the hard-to-believe essay, Peck repeatedly referred to the also openly gay Buttigieg as ‘Mary Pete.’” Comment
The Broadway season is officially ended, of course and, while more ignorant, commercially-minded theater queens may bemoan the lack of anything big and splashy to get wet over, the most thrilling show I’ve seen so far this year is a two-hander, at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below (on July 12), running until July 28. In fact, “Twohander” is its title, and it stars Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz, who have put together something that has really never been done before. When it began, very abruptly, without the usual “Ladies and gentleman, here are...” shtick, I wasn’t sure if the strong and quite combative personas they were projecting with such fiendish energy and confident brio were characters, or actually just them. Comment
Podcast ►Audio

Isabelle McCalla, Thank You For Coming Out

Podcast ►Audio

Isabelle McCalla, Thank You For Coming Out

In this week’s episode of the Gay City News podcast “Thank You For Coming Out,” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Broadway star Isabelle McCalla, who made headlines for sharing a same-gender kiss during a televised performance from the Tony Award-nominated musical “The Prom” during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Comment
From July 19-26, the Quad Cinema presents a program of six newly restored giallo films from the 1960s and 1970s. This distinctive genre of Italian cinema often features a combination of elements raging from horror to mystery to sexploitation. The highly stylized entries in this program consist of pulpy and even campy films that sometimes feature lesbianism for titillation and the occasional homoerotic undercurrent. Here is a rundown of the six films in this fun, sexy, and bloody series. Comment
Pride

Amida Care Ad POP Winner

Pride

Amida Care Ad POP Winner

Gay City News this week recognized Amida Care, a private nonprofit community health plan, with an Ad POP (Pride in Online and Print) Award for that organization’s partnership in supporting LGBTQ media here in New York. Comment

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