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Gay Greetings from Asbury Park

Gay Greetings from Asbury Park

BY MICHAEL LUONGO |  The sky looked menacing, but there was no rain on this parade. The New Jersey LGBT Pride Celebration was held June 4 for the 26th time in Asbury Park on the fabled Jersey Shore. According to Laura Pople, president of Jersey Pride, “this was by far our biggest event, in every […]

Springsteen’s Hometown Values & Other Boys’ Butts

Springsteen’s Hometown Values & Other Boys’ Butts

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | It was another late after-school night, hours after the last period bell had rung, and I was alone, surrounded by black and white pictures of other boys’ butts. They were strewn across my desk, and I was trying to figure out which were the best among them, and where to position […]

Gays, Blacks, and the Fate of North Carolina Politics in 2016

BY NATHAN RILEY | North Carolina tells the tale of close ties between the fate of the Democratic Party and the LGBT community. Queers are the reason Democrats have a fighting chance in this red state. Charlotte is a banking and financial capital, a hub of colleges and universities, and a beacon of liberalism in a […]

Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the North Carolina Legislature convened on April 25 for the first time since enacting that state’s anti-LGBT HB 2 last month, hundreds of activists descended on the Capitol in Raleigh and one prominent transgender leader leader took a profoundly personal step to challenge the new law. Mara Keisling, the executive director […]

Veterans Kicking Strong

Veterans Kicking Strong

BY DAVID NOH | If she doesn’t already, Bette Midler, soon to be the new Dolly on Broadway, should know what a deep influence she has had on her fellow entertainers. In three interviews this past week — including with Kathy Griffin  — very talented and very different ladies each, coincidentally, found serious reason to mention […]

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out filmmaker Eytan Fox’s joyful musical comedy “Cupcakes” may well give viewers a sugar buzz. Six friends — Anat (Anat Waxman), Keren (Keren Berger), Yael (Yael Bar-Zohar), Dana (Dana Ivgy), Efrat (Efrat Dor), and Ofer (Ofer Shechter) — enter the UniverSong contest, as the Israeli delegation to the competition, with a […]