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First Woman President Nukes Iran

BY SUSIE DAY | WASHINGTON — President Hillary Clinton, making good on her 2008 threat to “totally obliterate” Iran, celebrated her first week in office by ordering a nuclear strike on Iran’s capital city of Tehran. As a squadron of F-35s streaked through the sky toward the Mideast metropolis of over seven million, President Clinton outlined […]

And Now for the 2015 Winners…

And Now for the 2015 Winners…

BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | Top prizes in 21 categories in the Best of Gay City Readers’ Choice Awards:                     BIGGEST CELEBRITY CRUSH Conrad Ricamora He first captured viewers’ attention in “Here Lies Love,” the concept musical about the life of Imelda Marcos. But it […]

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a statement laying the groundwork for what seems certain to lead to open service by transgender members of the US military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, on July 13, announced that a high-level working group would spend six months to study “the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to […]

More Dollars Than Sense

More Dollars Than Sense

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As Out Hotel developers and owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass planned their April 20 dinner/ fireside chat with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a long-shot Republican presidential candidate, they clearly had convinced themselves they were players. A week before, a similar event — this one a reelection fundraiser — was held at […]

Reisner, Weiderpass, and the GOP Bid for Jewish Votes

BY NATHAN RILEY | The LGBT community has, in recent decades, made itself a major factor in presidential politics, not least when large sums of money have been raised at gala events for Democratic candidates. To the extent that Republican hopefuls have engaged gays and lesbians at all, it has been at considerable distance, often in […]

WE’RE HEARING FROM RUBEN DIAZ JR. ON ISRAEL BECAUSE…?

WE’RE HEARING FROM RUBEN DIAZ JR. ON ISRAEL BECAUSE…?

January 22, 2015 To the Editor: Why did Gay City News reprint Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s horrendous screed from the Gotham Gazette? (“Why I Am Visiting Israel,” Jan. 22). In which he unqualifiedly sings the praises of occupier Israel without once mentioning the word “Palestinian” — while he’s blithely holidaying there on the […]

Why I Am Visiting Israel

BY BOROUGH PRESIDENT RUBEN DIAZ JR. | The people of the United States have stood strong with the people of Israel from the day that country was founded in 1947. As the only democracy in the Middle East, and as our key ally in the fight against terrorism, Israel holds a special place in the hearts […]

City Council Trip to Israel Draws Fire From Critics of Jewish State

City Council Trip to Israel Draws Fire From Critics of Jewish State

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito due to lead 14 of her colleagues on a trip to Israel paid for by two New York Jewish organizations, critics of the Jewish State’s policies toward Palestinians are stepping up their criticism of the eight-day trip, scheduled for late February. “We stand here today […]

Friendship and Betrayal

Friendship and Betrayal

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The Green Prince,” a documentary by Israeli director Nadav Schirman, is bound to get sold as a heartwarming tale of Israeli-Palestinian friendship. Nevertheless, its depiction of the close relationship between Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas’ founder, and Gonen Ben Yitzhak, an agent in Israel’s security agency Shin Bet, pivots […]

Betrayal’s Thin Line

Betrayal’s Thin Line

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Three friends commit an act of violence that will have repercussions on the rest of their lives. That’s the basic plot setup of Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s “Omar.” That could describe any number of films noir, but “Omar” gains political resonance from the fact that the protagonists are young Palestinian men and […]

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