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The Unsinkable Bobby Rivers!

The Unsinkable Bobby Rivers!

BY ED SIKOV | I met Bobby Rivers in the 1980s when he was one of VH1’s first veejays. He was extremely funny and preternaturally good-natured, qualities he still retains. (I couldn’t even get him to say something mean about Charlotte Rampling.) He’s been a radio host, a Food Network host, and even turned up […]

Newest Out Gay City Councilmember Hopes to “Contribute”

Newest Out Gay City Councilmember Hopes to “Contribute”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a full 26 characters to spare, veteran Bronx City Councilmember Jimmy Vacca took to Twitter with something of a major status update: “After talking w/ my friends & family I’ve decided to come out publicly as a gay man. Now back to the Golden Girls!,” read the January 22 mid-afternoon tweet […]

Hate Doesn’t Pay

Hate Doesn’t Pay

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For years, the Blood of Jesus Atlah World Missionary Church at 123rd Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem has been a beacon of hate. For a congregation led by an African-American minister, James David Manning, the vitriol on the church’s marquee-style signs aimed at President Barack Obama has been shocking, but the […]

Rare Women’s Suffrage Artifacts at Hunter Public Policy Institute  

Rare Women’s Suffrage Artifacts at Hunter Public Policy Institute  

BY KELSY CHAUVIN | Exactly 100 years ago, only 12 US states allowed women to vote, even though all men, regardless of race, could vote beginning in 1870. In New York — the very state where the first women’s rights convention took place in Seneca Falls in 1848 — suffrage had to wait until 1917. Even […]

Planet Earth Is Blue And There’s Nothing I Can Do

Planet Earth Is Blue And There’s Nothing I Can Do

BY ED SIKOV | Still getting zilch interest in the mainstream press: From Miranda Blue of Right Wing Watch: “In yet another example of what the Religious Right’s recent focus on ‘religious liberty’ is really about, five Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak this weekend [January 16] at a ‘religious freedom’ event hosted by a […]

Rick Shur, aka Rick X of “The Closet Case Show,” Dead at 62  

Rick Shur, aka Rick X of “The Closet Case Show,” Dead at 62  

BY ADAM ROSENBERG | Rick Shur, better known by his voice-only video persona Rick X, creator and host of cable TV’s “The Closet Case Show” and one of the AIDS activism era’s most incisive chroniclers, has died at the age of 62. Launched in 1984 on Manhattan Cable Television, “The Closet Case Show” quickly expanded from […]

A Starbucks Tutorial

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Please pay attention. There will be a quiz. Starbucks recently took out a two-page, fold-out, super-slick ad in the New Yorker to educate us benighted, Folgers-swilling plebes on “The Art of Espresso and Milk.” Using a chart only slightly less complex than the Periodic Table of the Elements (for instance, it did […]

The Keeper

The Keeper

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Most every morning throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, he walked into the very epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the heart of Greenwich Village. He was the head gardener of the many bulletin boards where a Help Wanted notice for a poodle stylist might jockey for position with a call for submissions to […]

  It’s Winter… Get Out There!

   It’s Winter… Get Out There!

SAT.JAN.9 & EVERY SAT. AFTER THAT: RUNNING: Neither Rain nor Snow… Indomitable in mind, body and spirit, members of the Front Runners of New York, one of the city’s oldest LGBT sports clubs, gather every Saturday, regardless of weather, for two hours of a Central Park fun run. Those wishing to drop off a bag, stretch, […]

2015 Picture of the Year

2015 Picture of the Year

On the evening of June 26, just hours after the US Supreme Court, in an historic 5-4 vote, declared that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, President Barack Obama ordered the White House to be bathed in rainbow colors to honor a decision and a day that he said embodied “justice that arrives […]

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