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No Time for Covering Our Ass    

No Time for Covering Our Ass    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the course of a 179-page overview of still-daunting challenges confronting America’s LGBT community — compelling in both its breadth and its frequent forays into granular detail — Michelangelo Signorile provides two passages that, for me, were telling first and foremost about the author himself. “Being vocal, organizing at the grass roots, […]

And Now, Grindr: The Opera

And Now, Grindr: The Opera

BY ELI JACOBSON |  Some years ago, New York and Philadelphia-based actor, singer, playwright, and composer Erik Ransom came up with the idea of creating a cabaret theater piece about the gay sex hook-up site Manhunt.net. But the world of online gay dating evolved faster than the piece did. Soon gay men were ditching their […]

I Am a Wedding (In Camera)

I Am a Wedding (In Camera)

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | On February 25 at 11:30 a.m., after 43 years of intimate cohabitation, Bill Reed and I were married at Beverly Hills City Hall. Judge Marjorie Harris, a polished, poised, and delightful woman who has married a number of same-sex couples since Proposition 8 was overturned in 2013, presided. Since marriage is a […]

Hope for the Future    

Hope for the Future    

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Point Honors, the annual benefit gala presented by the Point Foundation, took place April 13 at the New York Public Library. This year’s gala honored Jonathan Groff, the star of HBO’s “Looking” who is now on Broadway in “Hamilton,” along with Jeffrey Tambor, for his groundbreaking turn in the Amazon series “Transparent.” […]

Black and Brooklyn

Black and Brooklyn

With the legendary Roseland Ballroom now history, the Black Party, the Saint at Large’s legendary leather and fetish extravaganza now in its 36th year, ventured beyond the confines of Manhattan. And where else? To Brooklyn — specifically to a warehouse at the corner of Atlantic and Nostrand Avenues. There, on March 21, thousands of gay […]

Hell’s Kitchen Hosts Rainbow Book Fair April 18

Hell’s Kitchen Hosts Rainbow Book Fair April 18

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | “Clearly, the rumors of the death of the printed book have been greatly exaggerated.” So said from professor Sarah Chinn, chair of Hunter College’s English Department and a member of the steering committee behind the New York Rainbow Book Fair. Now in its seventh year, the fair itself certainly lends plenty […]

Still Looking

Still Looking

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | When I first moved to New York, I would watch HBO’s “Girls” with my friend Kerry, laughing as she squirmed at the seemingly endless string of bad decisions Hannah made. For like Lena Dunham’s character, Kerry was also a writer — and Hannah often hit a little too close to home. And […]

Gay City News Honored With 11 Awards By New York Press Association    

Gay City News Honored With 11 Awards By New York Press Association    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Gay City News returned this week from the annual Better Newspaper Contest held by the New York Press Association with a total of 11 awards for editorial, design, and advertising excellence. The March 27-28 event, held in Saratoga Springs, was the culmination of competition among 177 newspapers statewide whose nominations were judged […]

Uptown Funk

Uptown Funk

PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY |  Ask someone you know about Suite Bar NYC, located at 992 Amsterdam Avenue on the corner of West 109th Street, and they are likely to snicker. But any of the employees, talent, or regulars will tell you that it is one of uptown Manhattan’s best kept secrets. In fact, […]

Two Is Better Than One

Two Is Better Than One

BY MICHAEL SHIREY |  Lesléa Newman recently stopped by the Powerhouse Arena Bookstore in DUMBO, Brooklyn to celebrate the re-release of her children’s book “Heather Has Two Mommies.” First published in 1989, the book was repeatedly challenged and banned for being “innappropriate material for children,” though Newman has chosen to focus on the positive side […]

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