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An Invader in the Pleasure Dome

An Invader in the Pleasure Dome

BY PERRY BRASS | This past March, I received a call from Dr. Art Rastinehad, the young urologist who had just performed the latest prostate biopsy on me — the fifth done on me over the last decade — informing me I have prostate cancer. Though for years I had faced the possibility of this diagnosis, […]

Madonna and Michael’s Main Man

Madonna and Michael’s Main Man

BY DAVID NOH | The director and choreographer Vince Paterson may not be known to you by name, but you definitely know his work. The dazzling dance moves you’ve seen in the most iconic music videos — from Michael Jackson and Madonna to films like “Dancer in the Dark,” “Evita,” and “The Birdcage,” among countless others […]

Extra Butter, Extra Sugar

Extra Butter, Extra Sugar

BY DONNA MINKOWITZ | Is there something gay about the wild visual and tactile fantasies at play in dessert-making? “Of course, it’s a gay sensibility! We don’t say it in public anymore, but fuck them, of course it’s a gay sensibility!,” said Ron Ben-Israel, one of the most elite wedding-cake makers in America and the queerest […]

Tom Goss Confronts His Fears

Tom Goss Confronts His Fears

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out singer and songwriter Tom Goss, touring in support of his sixth album, “What Doesn’t Break, performs at the Metropolitan Room in Chelsea this month. Probably best known for his jaunty song “Bears,” Goss takes a darker direction with this CD, with songs revealing a troubled childhood but also anthems […]

London Theater: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

London Theater:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

BY ANDY HUMM | While not all those who voted for the Britain to leave Europe were xenophobes, the vote for Brexit did unleash a disturbing wave of attacks on people perceived as different — from violence against Muslims on buses to a Polish waitress being told to go back where she came from to a gay […]

Mental Health Challenges Can Be Addressed — And Surmounted

Mental Health Challenges Can Be Addressed — And Surmounted

BY CHIRLANE McCRAY | Earlier this month, I met Picasso. Picasso comes from a very religious Catholic family in Georgia. His mother, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when Picasso was nine, suspected he was gay and sent him to a conversion therapy program with the hope of making him straight. The staff tried to change the way he […]

Getting Fancy

Getting Fancy

BY DONNA MINKOWITZ | The words “fancy food” make my heart swell, for better or worse. In 1970, “fancy food” is what we called it when my father got a gift basket from his boss full of special jams, cheeses that weren’t Kraft Singles, and chocolates that were not from Hershey. That basket thrilled me. […]

The Urgent Case for Agreeing to Disagree

The Urgent Case for Agreeing to Disagree

BY ED SIKOV | The magnificent Dan Savage recently tweeted a link to a seriously complicated essay about, well, many things, especially the intolerance of ambivalence in contemporary political and social discourse. Written by Brian D. Earp and published on the website Quillette.com, which bills itself as “a platform for free thought,” the essay is […]

The Unbridled Fierceness of Dykes

The Unbridled Fierceness of Dykes

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On June 25, the afternoon before the LGBT Pride March, lesbians took the whole pride matter into their own hands with their annual exuberant, noisy, colorful, and un-permitted march down Fifth Avenue, from the Public Library to the cool fountain found 35 blocks south in Washington Square Park.

Rallying in Pride and Solemnity

Rallying in Pride and Solemnity

  PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ESSAY | On a beautiful June 24 evening barely 36 hours before the June 26 Pride March, Heritage of Pride’s annual Rally, at Pier 26 in Tribeca, was a mix of vibrant entertainment and solemn remembrance of those lost in Orlando.

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