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Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

BY SUSIE DAY | his year, Ramadan — the ninth month of the Islamic year, in which observant Muslims fast to commemorate the revelation of the Quran — happens to coincide with most of Gay Pride Month. Quiet as it’s kept, there are uncounted numbers of queer Muslims in the gay community. One of them is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Suspicious Love

Suspicious Love

BY GARY M. KRAMER | An intriguing melodrama, directed and co-written by gay Israeli filmmaker Michael Mayer, “Out in the Dark” concerns two men — Nimr (Nicholas Jacob) a Palestinian psychology student, and Roy (Michael Aloni), an Israeli lawyer — meeting and bonding in an Israeli gay bar. That it is dangerous for Nimr to […]

A Stranger in Bed

A Stranger in Bed

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Israeli filmmakers have not hesitated to explore their country’s misadventures in  Lebanon, Ari Folman’s animated semi-documentary “Waltz With Bashir” being the most distinguished example. Arab filmmakers generally haven’t had the same freedom to explore what Israel means for their people. Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri has smashed a major taboo by filming the […]

Pro-Israel Gay Group Hosts LGBT Center Gathering

Pro-Israel Gay Group Hosts LGBT Center Gathering

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following a two-hour event at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Arthur Slepian, the founder and executive director of A Wider Bridge, explained why he thought it was important to bring a pro-Israel perspective to the queer community. “I felt like, particularly for LGBT Jews, Israel had become something that […]

Sarah Schulman Reads from ‘Israel/ Palestine’ at Center

Sarah Schulman Reads from ‘Israel/ Palestine’ at Center

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly two years after the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center banned groups that “organize around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA) hosted author Sarah Schulman at the West Village building for a reading from her book on that conflict. “After two years, we are proud to be meeting […]

Sarah Schulman Uncensored

Sarah Schulman Uncensored

BY DOUG IRELAND | Sarah Schulman’s new book, “Israel/ Palestine and the Queer International,” is a book that some Very Important People don’t want you to read. To their shame, that group ranges from the leadership of New York’s LGBT Community Center, which banned Schulman from reading from her book and answering questions about it, to […]

LGBT Center Bars Sarah Schulman Reading

LGBT Center Bars Sarah Schulman Reading

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A leading queer community author was barred from an appearance at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center apparently because the book she was to discuss deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “We requested space for me to do a presentation of my new book ‘Israel/ Palestine and the Queer International,’ which […]