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Queer Turkey: A Snapshot

Queer Turkey: A Snapshot

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I don’t know what I expected to find at the KuirFest film festival in Turkey. Cops writing down the names of besieged queers, maybe. Or mobs of angry fundamentalists outside the degenerate theaters. But while I can see the tall white minarets of the local mosque from my hotel window and hear […]

City Council, Hetrick-Martin Host LGBT Youth Summit January 24

In anticipation of Respect For All Week February 9-13, during which the New York public schools emphasize the commitment to end bullying and harassment for all students, the New York City Council is partnering with the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, in hosting an LGBTQ Youth Summit aimed at […]

Sweet 16

Sweet 16

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The 16th annual GLAM Awards warmed up an otherwise bitter cold winter evening on January 13. Bianca Del Rio and Michael Musto hosted the raunchy nigh at BPM, presented by Cherry Jubilee, that celebrated the best in New York City nightlife. The evening’s event, which kicked off with an elaborate “Wizard […]

Danny Garvin, a Critical Witness to History, Is Dead

Danny Garvin, a Critical Witness to History, Is Dead

BY DAVID CARTER | Danny Garvin, who was a 20-year-old gay hippie when he arrived at the Stonewall Inn on the night of the famous June 1969 raid — just as the first club patrons who had been detained inside were being released by the police — died on December 9 at age 65. In […]

Gay Cuban-American’s Take on New Obama Policy

Gay Cuban-American’s Take on New Obama Policy

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | President Barack Obama’s recent re-opening of formal diplomatic relations with Cuba has spawned praise and scorn –– and renewed interest by LGBT advocates in the island nation’s human rights record. Over the past decade, this reporter has written extensively about Cuba for Gay City News, beginning with a report on my […]

New Reports Document Re-Escalating Violence Against LGBT Iraqis    

New Reports Document Re-Escalating Violence Against LGBT Iraqis    

BY MICHAEL LUONGO  | The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 unleashed a wave of sectarian religious violence in what was once a relatively secular country, where conflict was held in check by brutal dictator Saddam Hussein. Along with women, religious minorities, artists and other creative people, and other groups, LGBT Iraqis faced brutal persecution […]

The Best Films of 2014

The Best Films of 2014

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Among the past year’s films, I have chosen the 10 best, another 10 runners-up, and three that did not enjoy distribution but should have. “Boyhood” (Richard Linklater) Yes, I know. Consensus is boring, but I loved this film as soon as I saw it at an advance screening, well before it […]

Sexual Frankness, Strong Documentaries & Queer Twists

Sexual Frankness, Strong Documentaries & Queer Twists

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The year in queer film got off to a great start in January with the release of arguably the best of 2014, Alain Guiraudie’s erotic, explicit, and irresistible thriller “Stranger by the Lake.” The film did not shrink from full frontal nudity, a trait strikingly shared by a number of […]

The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Signal on Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Signal on Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD, PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | With the Supreme Court’s decision to let the stay on a marriage equality ruling in Florida expire on January 5, the map on January 6, 2015 will look like this: Arthur S. Leonard offers this striking analysis of what the latest development at the high […]

Endora’s Year-End Encomiums

Endora’s Year-End Encomiums

BY DAVID NOH | Every year, we give out the Agnes Moorehead Awards for outstanding live and film performance, realizing full well that despite her mammoth body of excellent work, she is probably best known as Endora on TV “Bewitched.” So, it’s appropriate to introduce this year’s Aggies with memories from two of her co-stars […]

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