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LGBT, AIDS Advocates Extol Democratic Platform

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | An all-but-final draft of the 2008 Democratic Party platform, approved by the full 186-member Platform Committee at an August 9 meeting in Pittsburgh, puts the party on record in opposition to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, in support of a "comprehensive" Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and more generally in favor of the fight to end discrimination against numerous categories of Americans, including those who are gay, lesbian, and transgendered. Comment
Guest Perspective

AIDS in a Christian Nation

By: KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | In the United States, HIV transmission is at a terrifying high, especially among gay men of any race, and among people of color. The statistics are only going to get worse unless we're willing to renew our fight against homophobia-this time, across America's racial spectrum. Comment
From the Editor

LGBT, AIDS Advocates Extol Democratic Platform

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | An all-but-final draft of the 2008 Democratic Party platform, approved by the full 186-member Platform Committee at an August 9 meeting in Pittsburgh, puts the party on record in opposition to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, in support of a "comprehensive" Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and more generally in favor of the fight to end discrimination against numerous categories of Americans, including those who are gay, lesbian, and transgendered. Comment
Guest Perspective PERSPECTIVE

A Golden Opportunity for Change

State Senator Marty Golden, who represents portions of Brooklyn from Bay Ridge to Marine Park, is a name familiar to many of us. He has made it a habit to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. Not that anyone asked him to, but he has, and one might say he's a little obsessed with the topic. And not in a good way. Comment
News Briefs

Just Who's Lived the Grand Life?

By: NATHAN RILEY | "Life in the spotlight must be grand, but for the rest of us times are tough," is a recurring message in John McCain's advertisements. Comment
Guest Perspective

State Senate Move Wins Praise, Garners Suspicions

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | The Log Cabin Republicans, the national LGBT group with chapters in the state and the city, are winning praise from New York's chief gay lobby group for their work in moving the State Senate majority to embrace the inclusion of gender identity and expression protections in a new proposal to break a seven-year logjam on efforts to pass a comprehensive public school anti-bullying law. Comment
Guest Perspective PERSPECTIVE

The Journey Home

By: L. ANTHONY CASTORO | A few weeks ago, I took a Metro-North train ride to visit my family in Putnam County. Halfway to my destination I was momentarily haunted by the memory of the same ride I took a year ago. Comment
From the Editor

State Senate Move Wins Praise, Garners Suspicions

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | The Log Cabin Republicans, the national LGBT group with chapters in the state and the city, are winning praise from New York's chief gay lobby group for their work in moving the State Senate majority to embrace the inclusion of gender identity and expression protections in a new proposal to break a seven-year logjam on efforts to pass a comprehensive public school anti-bullying law. Comment
From the Editor

Time for the Clintons to Grow Up

By: PAUL SCHINDLER | Maybe the solution is to get 18 million tickets for a production of Shakespeare in the Park. After all, at a gathering of her supporters in California earlier this month, Senator […] Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

Michael Luongo Talks About 'Gay Travels in the Muslim World"

By: LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER/ GAY CITY NEWS Comment
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Gutenberg, the Internet, and Queer Rights

By: KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | I picture it sometimes. Martin Luther going up to the door of that cathedral in Wittenberg in 1517 and nailing up his 95 theses. Within a couple of weeks, the little theological bombs had spread throughout Germany. Within a couple of months, the beginning of the Protestant Reformation had hit the rest of Europe. Comment
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McCain's Desperation Express

By: ANTHONY M. BROWN Comment
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Lesbian Writer's Block In Paris

There's free wifi in Paris at all of the libraries, and most of the parks and municipal buildings. A great thing, right? But for a while now the program's pornography filter has been blocking almost every web page with the words "gay" or "lesbian" or "gai" or "goudou" or even "lesbiana." I can't research queer news or queer history or activism. Worse, I can't access my own Gay City News or Gully online articles, even my blogs. Counting both journalism and activism, almost 15 years of my work and life have disappeared. Comment
Guest Perspective

The Audacity of Politics

If any Democrat seriously worries that Barack Obama is irretrievably turning right, I have two words of advice - get real. This is presidential politics at its best. And if we are sincere in our desire to change Washington, we need to see the forest and not simply the trees. Comment
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Coming Up Roses

Something new is happening this election year, and my anxieties don't gnaw anymore. When after the kiss and make-up, I made a contribution to Hillary Clinton to help with her debt, I felt optimistic without feeling manic. Comment
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Paris: Not So Gay for Dykes

You'd think lesbian culture would flower here in Paris, the city that welcomed Natalie Clifford Barney, Janet Flanner, Gertrude Stein, and Colette, who once ran around my current neighborhood half-naked with bliss. But Saturday, we could barely get a dozen girls to march in the Paris Pride Parade as "Goudou explosive," Explosive Dyke. Comment
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Gender-Bashing: What Hillary-Hating Meant

Every day when I walk into the street, I take myself with me - a personality shaped by so many years of living, clothes tired from the wash, this body with hips and thighs and breasts I didn't think about much until this electoral campaign. Comment
Guest Perspective

Christine Quinn's Budget Reform Achievements

There has been much coverage recently of budget practices at the City Council, especially focusing on member items and the allocation of funding to not-for-profit and community-based organizations. While there have undoubtedly been some abuses - there will be in any system - folks are missing the larger picture and not seeing the full impact of what has been taking place at the City Council. Comment
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No Second Act for the Roxy?

|Liquor hearing on revived club canceled again, this time after application withdrawal. Comment
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Anthony Weiner Visits Christine Quinn's Base

While we wonder who will be the Democratic candidate for president, the jockeying has started for the job as New York's next mayor. Comment
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Ask Ms. Liberty: Advice for the War-Torn

Although it's been more than five years since the United States invaded Iraq, a few non-patriots among us refuse to understand or endorse our wartime Zeitgeist. I have, therefore, persuaded our noble, statuesque Icon of America to gas up her torch and shed some light on a few selfish queries posed by our huddled, recalcitrant masses. Comment
From the Editor

7 Days to a Better Financial You

As we approach April 15 - Tax Day - families across America are evaluating and often stressing over their financial situations. Like so many of their fellow Americans, same-sex couples and other GLBT individuals are doing the same thing. Comment
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Screw Unity, Save America!

I'm definitely a freak. There's a drum beating out there and I'm nowhere near in step. In fact, I don't even hear it. Just a dripping from the kitchen sink that calls for a plumber rather than some political savior like Obama. Comment
Guest Perspective

Prostitution and Privacy

The lightning-fast Eliot Spitzer sexcapade scandal was just breaking as I left on a weeklong trip to London but before I was back in New York the new governor, David Paterson, had already felt compelled to make unfortunate confessions about his own personal life. It was hard to arrive back home without considering the striking lack of privacy in the United States. Comment
Guest Perspective

In Defense of Prostitution

Spitzer got caught with his pants down and right away the Times' editorial page was lambasting our now-former governor for saying that buying sex is a "private matter." Worse, when a prostitute tried to defend her work to a journalist, the writer dismissed her as too damaged to speak for herself, no doubt abused as a child. Prostitution is anything but a victimless crime, the article said. Comment
From the Editor

Distraction and Transcendence

In his March 18 speech at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, Senator Barack Obama demonstrated convincingly that his claim to be a leader who can unite America by helping transcend our corrosive politics of division is more than just elegant rhetoric. Comment
Guest Perspective

Losing My Lover, Renewing My Faith

"I like being pastor of a church that is being disciplined for its positions," Reverend Dr. Jacqueline Lewis recently announced from the pulpit of Middle Collegiate Church. The minister was referring to the fact that her congregation was under fire from members of its parent denomination, the Reformed Church of America, because Middle Collegiate came out publicly in support of gay marriage in New York State. Comment
Guest Perspective

The Night Bill Buckley Tried to Kiss Me

Now it can be told. It began on a hot summer night in Cherry Grove, when two strangers - a hairdresser and a make-up artist - came to my rooms at the Belvedere with a Galliano summer dress and a pair of red high heel sling back opened toe sandals. They plied me with martinis and fussed about with wigs and make-up and Sarah Coventry jewelry. Comment
From the Editor

Bullying Efforts As Urgent As Ever

As Andy Humm's reporting on last week's tragic shooting death of a gender-variant, gay 15-year-old in a Southern California school makes clear, political leaders and education officials have considerable unfinished business when it comes to protecting LGBT youth, and others stigmatized by hatred, prejudice, and ridicule. Comment
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Seeing Dead People

Unlike the Anglo media in the United States where every corpse has a shroud over it, French TV shows violence more or less uncensored. When people are killing each other in Iraq or Chad or the Sudan, or New Orleans, for that matter, we know what it looks like. Comment
Guest Perspective

Don't Let McCain Hide His True Colors

The LGBT community has a particular gift it can give America this election season-exposing John McCain as anything other than the moderate he will endeavor to run as in the general election in November. Comment
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Gender Identity, Expression Protections Overdue in NYS

The legislative session is now under way in Albany and our community has a number of priorities where your personal involvement can be crucial to making progress. One issue in particular is the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) - and getting movement on it in the State Legislature this year - so that we can end discrimination against transgender people. Comment
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Pillow Balk

The last time Pajarito and I went out dancing on a Saturday night, the DJ spun an extended remix of "No One" by Alicia Keys. We were at the Ritz, a Hell's Kitchen bar with no dedicated dance floor, so everyone pushed the low tables aside and grooved to the soulful song of romantic endurance. Comment
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Hillary Offers Ideas and Solutions  

It seems like a dream moment in American politics. We appear poised to make history by electing a woman, or an African-American man, to run the world's most powerful nation. But, in this dream, there is a distracting battle over identity politics, and who is most clever in using them to obliterate their opponent. Comment
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Speaking Out Against Rudy

Iwoke up on Tuesday morning to a story in the New York Times on Rudy Giuliani's mayoral vindictiveness and a picture of me with the caption: "ANDY HUMM: The gay activist says he muzzled himself to keep financing for AIDS programs." Comment
Guest Perspective

Winning Ugly

By: NATHAN RILEY | No sooner had the reassuring words on primary night pledging a common purpose been uttered, then New Hampshire was forgotten and the Democratic presidential contest hit a nasty phase. The message took second place, and division triumphed over unity. Comment
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Marriage Jihad

By: ANTHONY M. BROWN | According to the Catholic Church, I'm more dangerous than al-Qaeda. My daughter belongs in a madrasa and I commit acts of social terrorism every time I introduce my husband Gary as my "husband Gary." Pope Benedict XVI believes that gay people are a greater threat to the family than global violence or nuclear proliferation. Comment
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Changing America, and Changing Itself 

By: YOAV SIVAN | Imagine it's Wednesday, November 5, 2008 and you're in the mailroom of the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington. There you're surrounded by hundreds of thousands of outbound mailings expressing jubilation. Each envelope is labeled, just underneath the recipient's address, "A Personal Note of Thanks from Joe Solmonese." Comment
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Crystal Balls

Beginning in January 1975, New York Times columnist Bill Safire offered his readers a multiple-choice test to elicit their political predictions for the year ahead. With nods to Safire and my psychic friend Dionne Warwick, I present my own prognostication quiz to Gay City News readers, but with a progressive, LGBT twist. Comment
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When Wall Street Is Atlantis  

PERSPECTIVE: When Wall Street Is Atlantis Comment
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I Am Resolved

I'm resolved. I really am. But lately it has been difficult to regain that sense of hope I had after the 2006 midterm elections. Comment
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No Blue Skies for Bi-National Couples

By: SEBASTIAN CORDOBA | As 2008 unfolds, those gay and lesbian Americans who are in relationships with men and women from beyond our borders are probably wondering what these 12 months will bring for them, especially during an election year. As was the case during the year that just ended, the news will continue to be grim. Comment
Guest Perspective

The Distance We've Traveled

No matter who wins the coming week's Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, the 2008 presidential campaign - at least on the Democratic side - has been a remarkable political milestone for the LGBT community. To be sure, the presidential candidates have been far from perfect. The top three Democrats have danced around marriage equality more clumsily than Britney Spears moved at the 2007 MTV Music Awards. Comment

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