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Fosse Iconography

Fosse Iconography

BY DAVID NOH | The sinuous, snaky, seriously sexy moves of Bob Fosse have got to be the most recognizable choreography in the world, endlessly quoted and imitated to the point of cliche. In 2013, Sam Wasson wrote a mesmerizing, tell-all biography of him, seemingly leaving out no cigarette, drug, or nubile chorine the complex, hard-living […]

Speaking Truth to Powerlessness: The Mad Activist Goes Pundit

BY SUSIE DAY | “But, Mabel, you really think The New York Times will review my book? Masha Gessen will write a blurb? WOW!” That’s me on the phone, Dear Activist Diary. I’m talking to my literary agent — in my mind. In real life, I’m here at my proofreading job at Penguin Random House — […]

When Bernstein’s Ambitions Reach Critical “Mass”

When Bernstein’s Ambitions Reach Critical “Mass”

BY ELI JACOBSON | In his lifetime (which began exactly 100 years ago this August 25), Leonard Bernstein was a polarizing figure. To some he was an angel of musical talent: a virtuoso pianist, an expert proselytizer for all forms of music in the mass media, and a genius composer and conductor of classical music, jazz,and […]

It’s Just Acting — But Mostly Outraged

BY ED SIKOV | “ATLANTA — Saying it would violate his deeply held religious beliefs, area pornographer Chet Kirkendall, a 57-year-old Christian who frequently films explicit amateur videos for his clients, confirmed Friday he had denied service to a gay male couple that wished to hire him to direct their sex tape. ‘I’ve been in this […]

History Still Very Much Resonates Today

BY ALLEN ROSKOFF | Having recently seen “Angels in America” on Broadway made me recall my own brushes with Roy Cohn — a notoriously evil character in Tony Kushner’s magnificent play and, of course, in real life. In the late 1970s, Roy was having dinner with a young gay guy at the gay Uncle Charlie’s Restaurant […]

HOP Admits Corporations Buy Parade Placement

HOP Admits Corporations Buy Parade Placement

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organization that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events said that its contracts with parade sponsors allow those companies to purchase a place in the parade, but do not guarantee that their contingents would be included in the three-hour live broadcast of the parade on local broadcast TV. […]

Restaurant Chain Slammed for Trans Discrimination

Restaurant Chain Slammed for Trans Discrimination

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Five transgender and gender non-conforming people have sued Texas Chicken & Burgers charging they were effectively refused service at one of the chain’s Manhattan locations this past spring because, they believe, they are transgender and gender non-conforming. “These folks are demanding to be heard,” said Gennaro Savastano, an associate in the appellate […]

A Bronx Tall Tale

August 7, 2018 To the Editor: Who the heck is Allen Roskoff, a Manhattan resident, who has never lived in the Bronx, never worked in the Bronx, and who does not come up to our Bronx LGBT events, to tell us what to think about our Bronx elected officials? (“LGBTQ Rights in the Bronx — […]

Corruption, Before & After Stonewall

Corruption, Before & After Stonewall

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Steve Wolf, the editor of a quarterly publication produced by the Homophile Union of Boston, and his partner came to New York City in June 1971 and made two visits to The Firehouse, the headquarters of the Gay Activist Alliance (GAA) that opened the month before. In a July 1971 letter that […]

Jeff Sessions Steps Up Culture War

Jeff Sessions Steps Up Culture War

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a further escalation of the Trump administration’s drive to privilege purported religious views over nondiscrimination and other laws and regulations applicable to the general public, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. Speaking Monday at a Department of Justice Religious Liberty Summit, the attorney […]