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A Memorable Year for Queer Cinema

A Memorable Year for Queer Cinema

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Queer actors this year had highs, with Lebanese-American actor Haaz Sleiman coming out as “a total bottom” in a Facebook video he posted in August, and lows, especially Kevin Spacey coming out as gay when he apologized to Anthony Rapp, who said Spacey sexually abused him years ago when Rapp was […]

Ripped from the Headlines

Ripped from the Headlines

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE |  While the director and writer of “Beach Rats,” a critically acclaimed film, has said her story was inspired by her experience of attending high school with kids from South Brooklyn and spending time in that area, the plot is based entirely on the 2006 killing of a black gay man by four […]

Push to Close Hate Crime Law Loophole

Push to Close Hate Crime Law Loophole

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A member of the State Assembly has introduced legislation that would allow judges to bar criminal defendants from claiming they belong to one of the protected classes in New York’s hate crime law when they are being prosecuted for a crime against a member of that protected class. The legislation is […]