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Cops In Middle of Early Gay Internecine Jockeying

Cops In Middle of Early Gay Internecine Jockeying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In early 1970, Dick Leitsch was feeling the pressure of an emerging radical faction that was replacing the Mattachine Society of New York (MSNY) and other political groups that held significant roles in the LGBTQ movement since the ‘50s. Leitsch, who had been an MSNY officer since 1965 and was a force […]

Labor Department Directive Co-Signs Discrimination

Labor Department Directive Co-Signs Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A new directive from the US Department of Labor is construing three recent Supreme Court rulings as well as two executive orders from President Donald Trump to allow contractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. The August 10 directive, which came from Craig E. Leen, […]

Stand With America’s Free Press

BY THE PUBLISHERS AND EDITORS | The necessity of a trusted free press to the health of American democracy has been undisputed since the founding of our republic — until now. Over the past year and a half, the journalists of our free press have been slandered as “Enemies of the People” — not by a […]

Trump Trans Military Ban Keeps Catching Flak

Trump Trans Military Ban Keeps Catching Flak

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Two federal district judges and a US magistrate judge have issued new rulings — largely adverse to the government — in lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s policy to ban military service by transgender individuals. After the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift Seattle District Judge Marsha Pechman’s […]

The Sex and Gender Revels Are Unending

The Sex and Gender Revels Are Unending

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If Ron Chernow’s weighty biography “Hamilton” seemed an unlikely source for a smash hit musical, how much more unexpected is it that Philip Sidney’s 1590 five-book epic, “The Arcadia,” should be the source material for the deliciously hilarious “Head Over Heels?” Sidney’s tale is ponderous, to say the least, and getting through […]

Gay Theater Pioneer John Glines Dies at 84

Gay Theater Pioneer John Glines Dies at 84

BY ANDY HUMM | John Glines had already made lots of LGBTQ theater history when he became the first person to thank a same-sex partner at the Tony Awards, in 1983, accepting the honors for his production of Harvey Feirstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy.” Glines, who died from complications from surgery and emphysema at 84 on August […]

Black Voices Coming Together

Black Voices Coming Together

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Dev Hynes wears many hats. He’s worked as a musician, producer, and/ or songwriter for artists like A$AP Rocky, Carly Rae Jepsen, Solange, Florence and the Machine, FKA twigs, Kylie Minogue, and Blondie. As a solo artist, he’s used two different “band” names: Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange. He’s a black gay […]

They’re Not Asking

They’re Not Asking

BY STEVE ERICKSON | iTunes genre tags are rarely very creative. I can’t count the number of rock albums I’ve downloaded that are described as “Alternative,” a term no one has seriously used since about 1992. In protest of the way African-American singers automatically get classified as R&B, Frank Ocean labeled his mixtape “Nostalgia/ Ultra” as […]

The Age of Discovery

The Age of Discovery

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Justin Torres’ messy, heartbreaking novel “We the Animals” has been adapted for the screen by director Jeremiah Zagar, who co-wrote the script with gay playwright Dan Kitrosser. The result is a messy, heartbreaking, and compelling film full of hard-edged realism and moments of magical realism. The story concerns three brothers, Jonah […]

The Ballroom Scene

The Ballroom Scene

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Hot to Trot” is director Gail Freedman’s fabulous, crowd-pleasing documentary about same-sex ballroom dancing. The film profiles two couples, Ernesto Palma and Nikolai Shpakov in New York and Emily Coles and Kieren Jameson in San Francisco, over four years, starting in 2012. Freedman gracefully captures the beauty and energy of the […]

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