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The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for LGBTQ people and their health are hanging in the balance after a federal judge in Texas struck down the entire law on Friday in a move that will almost certainly take the issue back to the Supreme Court. Comment
Politics

Upstate Marriage License Refusenik Quits After Tense Years

An upstate New York town clerk who became a hero among right wingers opposed to same-sex marriage after she refused to issue a wedding license to a lesbian couple in 2011 quietly left her job in 2017 amid tensions with her colleagues in town government that prompted her to file a discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Comment
Congressmember Dina Titus, a five-term Democrat from Nevada, has proposed new legislation that would bolster the United States’ role in advocating for LGBTQ and intersex people’s rights around the world. Comment
Advocacy groups in Kenya are rushing to relocate LGBTQ refugees who are facing brutal retaliation from local communities and authorities after they protested a spike in homophobic attacks at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in the northwestern region of the East African nation. Comment
The results of November’s elections were most visible at the federal level, but a number of state legislatures are now in a position to potentially pass LGBTQ rights bills in the coming year. Comment
One week after city councilmembers and other elected officials unveiled a proposal to open a city office dedicated to hate crimes, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced his office is creating a Hate Crimes Bureau. Comment
Film

Queer Film Highlights of 2018

Film

Queer Film Highlights of 2018

2018 featured memorable films by LGBTQ filmmakers, for LGBTQ audiences, and about LGBTQ topics. This was a year where Hollywood achieved a few notable firsts: A major studio released its first teen comedy with a gay leading character, “Love, Simon.” The Chilean film, “A Fantastic Woman,” about a trans woman (Daniela Vega) grappling with the sudden death of her lover, won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the trans-themed film to be honored by the Academy. And “Crazy Rich Asians,” which featured an LGBTQ character in a supporting role, became the first Hollywood film in 25 years to have an all-Asian cast. Comment
My choices for the year’s 10 best films are. Comment
Transgender boxer Patricio Manuel was on the verge of making history when he stepped into the ring on Saturday night, and it didn’t even faze him. Comment
While retiring US Senator Orrin Hatch endorsed pluralism in his farewell speech and said it could lead to compromises between the LGBTQ community and religious conservatives who oppose legislative advances for that community, he failed to note that the compromises he championed in his 42-year career in the US Senate were controversial in the LGBTQ community. Comment
The party is back on! Comments (1)
Music

The Year in Music

Music

The Year in Music

Looking back over 2018, here are my top 10 favorites among all albums released. Comment
The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) unveiled a new report detailing gender employment discrimination based on responses from 118 transgender and gender non-confirming people in the city. Comment
Theater

Cher Bests Howard Beale and the Ape

Theater

Cher Bests Howard Beale and the Ape

By the time the monkey shows up, the show is pretty much over. That’s because the new musical “King Kong” has very little going for it other than the enormous puppet, which, when at its full height, nearly reaches the top of the proscenium of the Broadway Theatre. It’s an impressive bit of engineering, design, and rigging brought to life by a team of about 10 puppeteers. The animatronic face and the voice are run by a team of technicians at the back of the theater. But, like most attractions from Barnum to Disney, once seen and marveled at, there’s not really much more to it. Feast your eyes, and head to the exits. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Cops Nab Suspect In Anti-Gay Subway Attack

A man who hurled anti-gay slurs at a woman and broke her spine on an E train on November 30 has been arrested, the NYPD announced on Thursday. Comment
Pete Shelley wasn’t the only LGBTQ musician involved in the 1970s punk scene, but he was the most talented and the one whose legacy has proved to be the most influential. Comment
LGBTQ activists in Taiwan are regrouping just weeks after voters in the November midterm election overwhelmingly passed a referendum defining marriage as a union between one woman and one man. Comment
Ahead of the new legislative season in January, 152 out LGBTQ elected officials nationwide have penned a letter addressed to members of Congress seeking action on four main initiatives to advance queer rights. Comment
Breaking News

Rapper Seeks to Have Assault Conviction Thrown Out

“Citing “prosecutorial misconduct” and a judge’s “erroneous rulings,” the defense in a Brooklyn assault case that was originally charged as an anti-LGBTQ hate crime has asked that the defendant’s conviction be vacated and he be granted a new trial. Comment
Theater

Far From Heinous

Theater

Far From Heinous

When jukebox musicals falter, and they often do, critics are quick to blame the book. Unlike traditional book musicals, where score and story are conceived hand-in-glove, jukebox musicals attempt to shoehorn a narrative between beloved, preexisting songs. The fit inevitably feels off. Comment
A pastor who shot and killed a transgender black woman in Detroit on December 7 targeted her because of gender identity — and evidence of that will be presented in court, Wayne County prosecutors told Gay City News. Comments (2)
Legal

Lesbian Co-Parent Loses in Kentucky

Legal

Lesbian Co-Parent Loses in Kentucky

Adopting a narrow construction of the Kentucky Supreme Court’s historic 2010 same-sex co-parent decision in Mullins v. Picklesimer, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Kentucky, ruling on November 30, held that Teri Whitehouse, the former partner of Tammie Delaney, is not entitled to joint custody and parenting time with a child born to Delaney during the women’s relationship. Comment
Event

Anti-Gay Rabbis Nix Parties, Lesbian Comedian Soldiers On

A Jewish lesbian comedian in Brooklyn is still searching for a venue for her New Year’s Eve performance after local rabbis pressured the owners of two kosher restaurants into rejecting her because of her sexual orientation. Comments (8)
Crime

Woman Suffers Fractured Spine in Anti-Gay Subway Assault

Police are searching for a man who they say yelled anti-gay slurs at a 20-year-old woman and then punched her in the head, leaving her with a fractured spine on the E train late last month. Comment
Politics

Remembering the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Protest, 29 Years Later

Monday marks 29 years since thousands of activists stormed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan in opposition to the Catholic Church’s policies on homosexuality, HIV/ AIDS, and abortion. Comment
Three Democratic US senators and the ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security have sent letters to the heads of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding answers after a transgender woman died in US custody while seeking asylum from Honduras. Comments (1)
The LGBTQ community followed up its strong year of representation in film and TV with a number of Golden Globe nominations on Thursday night. Comment
Dance

Hard Return

Dance

Hard Return

This show keeps dancers on their toes! Comment
A $2 million-dollar contract to fund research and testing for HIV treatment is shrouded in uncertainty after the Trump administration confirmed it has not yet made a decision on whether to renew it, citing concerns about fetal tissue used in that research. Comment
More uninsured or underinsured New Yorkers living with HIV will be eligible for financial assistance with their healthcare costs beginning in 2019, according to new regulations announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Comments (1)
Politics

DOJ Hires Anti-LGBTQ Spokesperson

The Justice Department has hired a new spokesperson drawn from a leading anti-LGBTQ litigation group, according to The Daily Beast. Comment

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