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The Deal of the Art

Director Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary “The Price of Everything” focuses tightly on the art world, but in depicting a world where everything is commodified and painters who aren’t hardcore careerists watch others make money from their work without benefiting themselves, it says a great deal about the state of American culture in 2018. Comment
Remembrance

Final Rites for Matthew Shepard

Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old college student who died 20 years ago on October 12, days after suffering a brutal homophobic attack from two men in Laramie, Wyoming, will finally be laid to rest at the Washington National Cathedral on October 26. Comment
Politics

Does Path to Dem State Senate Go Through Brooklyn?

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg was running for a third term in 2009, Gay City News asked him why as a committed supporter of marriage equality he was also a big booster of the State Senate Republican campaign committee. The mayor argued his financial support for the GOP gave him unique sway in pressing the case for equal rights to skeptical listeners — and he specifically mentioned the handful of Republican state senators who represent New York City districts, including Marty Golden from District 22 in South Brooklyn. Comments (2)
Theater

A Not-So-Fine Romance

Theater

A Not-So-Fine Romance

“Midnight at The Never Get” is a tale about resilience, both onstage and off. The plucky musical, about a forbidden romance between two male musicians on the cusp of the Stonewall uprising, was born at Don’t Tell Mama, then reshaped for a sold-out run at the 2016 New York Musical Festival, and the following year caused a sensation during its six-week run in Provincetown. Comment
NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film Festival screens at area venues October 24-30. This year’s edition features nearly 150 shorts, documentaries, and features from around the world. Most notable is the inclusion of “Rafiki,” from Kenya, about two teenagers in love that was banned there for “promoting lesbianism” — but unavailable for screening. Comment
Guest Perspective

Out for The Holidays

I yelled, I screamed, and after punching pillows to exhaustion, I slumped down into the empty chair next to me in tears. Comment
At a gala dinner with 400 guests at the Plaza Hotel on October 9, Gay Men’s Health Crisis raised more than $600,000 to support its programs and client services. The evening’s honorees included long-time trustee Joan H. Tisch (in memoriam), City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Phill Wilson, the president of the Black AIDS Institute, and Pride Media, publisher of OUT and The Advocate, and its CEO Nathan Coyle. Comment
News Briefs

De Blasio Signs Gender Marker Reform

At an October 9 ceremony at the Edie Windsor SAGE Center in Chelsea, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to give a third gender option on New York City birth certificates, allowing people who identify as non-binary or gender-nonconforming to mark an X rather than an M or F. Comment
News Briefs

A Busy October Calendar for LGBT Communities

October is LGBTQ History Month, full of special days to make our communities more whole. October 11 is the 30th National Coming Out Day, founded on the first anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for LGBTQ Rights that was held in the midst of the worst days of the AIDS crisis. Comment
News Briefs

Susan Collins Dumped

US Senator Susan Collins’ defense of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh got her removed as an honorary co-sponsor of the International Human Rights Art Festival set for New York’s Wild Project November 12-18. The festival posted, “Her lack of candor, empathy, her reliance on ‘junk science’ to ignore Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford’s claim, and her insincerity has led us to believe that we do not want her name attached to an event that includes such a sincere and passionate collection of artists, activists, performers and speakers.” Those festival participants had hit organizers with an “outpouring of indignation” over Collins inclusion. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Homophobe Close to Winning Presidency of Brazil

Right wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent in the first round of voting for president of Brazil, short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff on October 28. Bolsonaro will face off against São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party, who got 29 percent in a country beset by a bad economy and political corruption. Leftist former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Haddad’s party was barred from running by the Superior Electoral Court. Comment
Can’t fault CNN for liberal bias. They hired Kaitlan Collins as a White House correspondent in 2017 — directly from her serving in the same post for the right-wing Daily Caller website that was founded by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Now the 26-year-old Collins is in trouble for a 2011 tweet calling someone a “fag” and another pondering, “Idk [I don’t know] if I wanna room with a lesbian” as a student at the University of Alabama. Comment
News Briefs

Trans Student Excluded During Shelter Drill

A middle school in Stafford County, Virginia, had a lockdown drills that students do to prepare for an active shooter. The students all went to their respective boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, but staff couldn’t decide where a transgender girl should go so she was kept out of both — left in a hallway with a teacher. Comment
News Briefs

PrEP #FAIL

Truvada used as PrEP to prevent HIV infection has proven enormously effective. But a new report from San Francisco found a PrEP-adherent man who contracted a drug-resistant strain of HIV. It was the sixth known such seroconversion among those who adhere to treatment, the San Francisco Department of Health reported. Comment
News Briefs

Saint John Paul II’s Halo Tarnished

The fight between the far right Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and Pope Francis, whom Vigano accuses of covering up sexual abuse committed by Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, is heating up and lots of reputations are being sullied. While Francis would not respond to the charge, his aide Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect for the Congregation of Bishops, is hitting back hard, calling Viganò’s charges “false” and “abhorrent” and producing documentation that Pope John Paul II, now a canonized saint in the Catholic Church, received information about McCarrick’s sexual misconduct with seminarians in 2000 and yet elevated him to cardinal in 2001—long before Francis became pope. Comment
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Mexico City was detained at Houston’s Hobby Airport on October 7 as they tried to enter the US on a trip to Los Angeles to perform with that city’s Gay Men’s Chorus. A Homeland Security officer found sheet music in their luggage and inferred that they were performers in the US without the proper work permits. The chorus, however, is a non-profit group and all its members are volunteers. Agency officials got their backs up when they found that one of the chorus’ members, Jorge Gutierrez, a university professor of literature, had the same name as someone who had once stolen a truck. Comment
Insider Trading

A Second Look at Brooklyn Now

Two big victories shook Brooklyn on Primary Day last month: Julia Salazar’s win over longtime State Senator Erik Martin Dilan and Zellnor Myrie’s takedown of IDC Senator Jesse Hamilton. Comment
News Briefs

Tokyo Enacts LGBT Rights Law

The Metropolitan Government of Tokyo passed a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity on October 5 — moved by the coming of the Summer Olympics to the capital in 2020. Human Rights Watch worked with the government to comply with the Olympic Charter’s human rights provisions. The International Olympic Committee in 2014 adopted a policy of only holding games in cities that ban such discrimination. Comment
News Briefs

Taiwan Votes on Same-Sex Marriage November 24

Opponents of gay marriage have gotten enough signatures to put a referendum on the ballot for November 24 in Taiwan. Since the Constitutional Court ruled that the country must equalize rights for same-sex couples, a proposal from right wing forces in Taiwan proposed establishing civil unions instead of marriage for gay couples. Comment
News Briefs

Big Win in Romania

Even though three million Romanians signed a petition to get a ban on same-sex marriage into the constitution, a referendum from the religious right — aided by Americans including the National Organization for Marriage and anti-gay Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis — failed on October 6-7, when only 20 percent of eligible voters participated. The constitution can only be changed by a referendum where at least 30 percent show up. Opponents of the amendment successfully pursued a strategy of urging voters to stay home. Comment
Philadelphia, the childhood hometown of the late lesbian activist Edie Windsor, named a street for her in an October 7 ceremony. As of 2 p.m. on Sunday, the corner of Locust Street and South 13th Street near 1301 Locust became known as “Edie Windsor Way.” Comment
Over the course of four solo albums — following a long run with the Denver band the Czars and a break from music — gay singer/ songwriter John Grant has gone from folk/ rock to synth-pop. This evolution says something about the fashions of our times: look at Mitski and St. Vincent embracing electronics and largely dropping electric guitar on their latest albums. Comment
Media Circus

Randy Rainbow Rules

Media Circus

Randy Rainbow Rules

Only Randy Rainbow got me through the soul-crushing absurdity of last week. Mr. Rainbow’s hilarious reimagining of the title song from “Camelot” made more sense than anything Congress did — or did not do — regarding now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a title that makes about as much sense as Justice Clarence Thomas. I encourage you to see it at youtube.com/watch?v=6gG0-6Ntx7w. Comments (1)
Legal

No First Amendment Shield for Homophobic Professor

Ruling on motions in a tenured professor’s lawsuit against a state university that suspended him based on student complaints about his statements and conduct in class, a federal court has ruled he is not protected by the First Amendment for his alleged behavior. Comment
Health

Wisconsin Must Cover Employee Transition Costs

A federal court has ruled that Wisconsin’s refusal to cover the costs of “surgery and sex hormones associated with gender reassignment” for its transgender state employees violates the ban on sex discrimination in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and in the Affordable Care Act, as well as the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Comment
Music

Not Quite Ready for Their Close Up

The Metropolitan Opera opened the 2018-2019 season on September 24 with a high-powered new production of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila.” The promise of the Met debut of Tony award-winning Broadway director Darko Tresnjak (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder”) and the reteaming of Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca (who sizzled in the 2009 premiere of “Carmen”) failed to deliver on opening night. Garanca’s Dalila struck critical observers as chilly and small of voice. Alagna, suffering from a cold, lost his voice completely in Act III. Sir Mark Elder’s lead-footed conducting threw a wet blanket over the proceedings. Tresnjak’s production was denounced as vulgar and trivial. Comment
News Briefs

Miss Colombia Mourned in Jackson Heights

News Briefs

Miss Colombia Mourned in Jackson Heights

Residents of Queens are reacting with shock and grief at the news that Miss Colombia, a colorfully attired Jackson Heights personality who was a fixture at LGBTQ Pride celebrations and other gatherings, was found dead in the waters off Jacob Riis Park in the early morning hours of October 4. Comment

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