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No Wrong Way In New Orleans

No Wrong Way In New Orleans

BY KELSY CHAUVIN | Whether you’re a New Orleans first-timer or a deep fan who can’t get enough, this city seems ever ready to charm you anew. Yes, it’s a historic place — one of America’s oldest cities, in fact — and its heritage is a huge point of pride for locals. But part of […]

Dreaming of Summer

Dreaming of Summer

BY ROSS D. LEVI | It’s hard to believe, with snow a not so distant memory, but it’s only a matter of weeks until the unofficial start of summer. A great way to get there quicker — in your mind, at least — is to have a summer getaway booked and just awaiting your arrival. This […]

Obamacare Works — Just Ask Mike Pence

BY DOUG WIRTH | As governor of Indiana, Mike Pence slashed state health spending, eliminating Scott County Planned Parenthood — the only place for residents of that rural area to get tested for HIV. Shortly afterwards, HIV began to spread throughout this community, in large part due to an injection drug use epidemic. As the crisis […]

Judges Hail Gavin Grimm as Civil Rights Hero

Judges Hail Gavin Grimm as Civil Rights Hero

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Even as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Gloucester County (Virginia) School District’s motion to vacate a district court’s 2016 preliminary injunction ordering it to allow Gavin Grimm to use the boys’ restrooms at his high school, two judges on the circuit panel saluted the 17-year-old transgender boy […]

Peter Shaffer’s Coming Out Celebration

Peter Shaffer’s Coming Out Celebration

BY ANDY HUMM | Playwright Peter Shaffer (“Equus,” “Amadeus”), who died at 90 last June, got a star-studded memorial service at the American Airlines Theatre on April 3 hosted by Alec Baldwin, who played the lead in “Equus” at the Guild Hall in East Hampton in 2010. The memorial was graced by in-person tributes from […]

Raising Funds for Scholars, Point Honors Champions

Raising Funds for Scholars, Point Honors Champions

The Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship group supporting LGBTQ higher education scholarships, hosted 400 guests at its annual Point Honors New York event at the Plaza Hotel April 3. The evening fêted Uzo Aduba, an Emmy Award-winner for her role in Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, who snagged an Emmy […]

Martin Duberman Asks What History Is

Martin Duberman Asks What History Is

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Early in her discussion with Martin Duberman, the author of “Jews Queers Germans,” a “novel/ history, Alisa Solomon, a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, asked Duberman, “You’ve written in every genre there is… You chose to write it as fiction. Why?” Why indeed. Duberman, a distinguished professor of […]

Psychotherapist Who Coined “Homophobia” Fought It All His Life

Psychotherapist Who Coined “Homophobia” Fought It All His Life

BY ANDY HUMM | Psychotherapist George Weinberg, who coined the word “homophobia” in 1966 — turning the tables on anti-gay people by branding them as the sick ones — died in New York on March 21 at age 87. He had just completed an article for Gay City News on the origins of his famous […]

Jimmy Breslin, New York’s Greatest Columnist, Dies  

Jimmy Breslin, New York’s Greatest Columnist, Dies  

BY ANDY HUMM | Jimmy Breslin, who died March 19 at 88, was the greatest newspaper columnist in New York at a time when as top columnist for the Daily News, he could command half a million dollars a year and the tabloids he wrote for had immense power. Those days are over for newspapers, […]

Daydreaming On Riviera Maya

Daydreaming On Riviera Maya

BY KELSY CHAUVIN | Kicked back in a lounge chair on the shore of the Yucatán Peninsula, cocktail in hand as a Caribbean breeze fills the shade beneath my beach umbrella, I’m reminded that daydreams can come true. Lately, I’ve been daydreaming a lot. Stress from life and work, from the election, and from winter’s […]

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