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True Grit

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True Grit

The magnificent and thrilling revival of “Oklahoma” now on Broadway will not be for all tastes. For those who cling to gauzy nostalgia for the seminal American musical as a tale of unbridled […] Comment
An upstate New York town has been ordered to pay $25,000 to a same-sex couple as part of a settlement after the town clerk refused to grant them a marriage license last July. Comment
Theater

Hades in a Handbasket

Theater

Hades in a Handbasket

Genre-busting. Ingenious. Revelatory. Cosmic. These are but a few of the adjectives that don’t come close to fully describing the new Broadway sensation that is “Hadestown.” The show is truly ineffable. Comment
Anti-LGBTQ journalist Elizabeth Harrington has been hired by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to serve as the party’s national spokesperson. Comment
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) are taking legal action against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for continuing to detain a transgender woman from Honduras six months after she successfully won asylum in the United States. Comments (1)
Politics

Buttigieg Raises Money in Williamsburg

Politics

Buttigieg Raises Money in Williamsburg

One day after officially announcing his candidacy for president and just hours before he appeared with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, where the two swapped coming out stories, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a fundraiser at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Comment
An international lesbian conference in Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev April 12-14 was met with a barrage of religious and far-right protestors who held up homophobic signs, tried blocking the venue’s entrance, and even launched tear gas canisters. Comment
Film

Directing Mary Kay Place

Film

Directing Mary Kay Place

Kent Jones, critic, documentarian, and director of the New York Film Festival, is one ballsy dude. He has gone out on that most precarious of limbs and made his own first feature film, “Diane.” And, most gratifyingly, this beautiful, delicately wrought, searingly honest, and deeply humane work is much more in the tradition of critics-turned-moviemakers Truffaut and Godard than of Rex Reed, who notoriously starred in “Myra Breckenridge.” Comment
A minor car accident at a Dallas apartment complex on April 12 escalated into a vicious group beating of a transgender woman by men who hurled anti-LGBTQ slurs as they pummeled her on the ground in broad daylight, according to video footage from Facebook and information provided by police. Comment
Rejecting two petitions for review that were both considered long shots at best, the US Supreme Court, on April 15, announced it will not hear an appeal by gay death row inmate Charles Rhines, who contends the jury that sentenced him to death rather than life in prison without parole in his 1993 murder trial was tainted by homophobic statements some of the jurors made during deliberations. Comment
The ban on transgender service members initially announced by President Donald Trump in 2017 and later fleshed out further by the Pentagon went into effect on April 12, officially signaling the beginning of a new era of government-sanctioned discrimination by the nation’s largest employer. Comment
Former Pope Benedict XVI broke his years-long silence on April 10 with a 6,000-word letter in which he blamed child sex abuse in the Catholic Church on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and said “homosexual cliques” were responsible for changing the climate in seminaries, prompting strong criticism from LGBTQ Catholic groups, leaders, and abuse victims. Comment
Data emerging from the US and Europe shows that more HIV-negative gay and bisexual men are contracting hepatitis C than in the past, and New York-based health experts say PrEP’s role in preventing the spread of HIV could be altering what had been a longstanding link between the two infections. Comments (3)
Heritage of Pride, the group that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events has selected grand marshals for this year’s march that recognize the community’s history, its current state and its future, and the international scope of this year’s events. Comments (3)
The office of the New Mexico Medical Examiner (NM OMI) has released a third autopsy on a migrant Honduran transgender woman whose death in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody sparked controversy over allegations of abuse, but the new report is being met with skepticism among advocates who are still demanding more answers. Comment
Pride

A Pride March Three Times Bigger

Pride

A Pride March Three Times Bigger

The group that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events is predicting that there will be 150,000 marchers and 150 floats in this year’s event, but organizers are making no predictions as to when this year’s march will end. Comment
Film

When Film Busts Down Barriers

Film

When Film Busts Down Barriers

The marvelous queer romance “Rafiki,” (“Friend”) — the first Kenyan film to screen at Cannes — was banned last year in its native country. Though the Kenya Film Classification Board objected to the film for “promoting lesbianism,” the ban was eventually lifted and “Rafiki” screened to crowds in Nairobi. The film’s temporary censoring, however, made it ineligible to be submitted as Kenya’s foreign film entry for the Academy Awards. Comment
Photo Galleries

Stonewall on Pennsylvania Avenue

Photo Galleries

Stonewall on Pennsylvania Avenue

“Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement” is the 50th anniversary tribute to the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement that opened last month at the Newseum in Washington. Beginning with the June 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the West Village, the exhibit charts major moments in the past half-century’s struggle for liberation and equality. Comment
Gay City News Impact Awards

Out My Closet Impact Awards Beneficiary

Gay City News Impact Awards

Out My Closet Impact Awards Beneficiary

Out My Closet Impact Awards Beneficiary Group serving homeless LGBTQ youth receives $2,950 donation Comment
International

Saying No to Brunei

International

Saying No to Brunei

Roughly 250 activists and other LGBTQ community members and allies turned up in Washington Square Park on April 7 to protest the Sultanate of Brunei’s imposition of a stoning death penalty for sodomy between men, along with 40 lashes imposed for lesbian sex and a variety of other draconian sentences announced as part of its Sharia law doctrine. Comments (1)
Media Circus

Carcinogenic Windmills & Dads Who Love Marx

“Now, you could see the Trump administration’s willingness to trust the meat industry to keep our meat safe as part of an overall attack on government regulation, a willingness to trust profit-making businesses to do the right thing and let the market rule. And there’s something to that, but it’s not the whole story, as illustrated by another event: Trump’s declaration the other day that wind turbines cause cancer. Comment
Books

Science Fiction’s Gay Elder Statesman

Books

Science Fiction’s Gay Elder Statesman

April Fool’s Day was the 77th birthday of science fiction writer and public intellectual Samuel R. Delany. Chip, as his friends call him, is a genius. Comments (1)
Film

The Great Awokening

Film

The Great Awokening

In its six years of existence, the Satanic Temple has managed something remarkable: rebranding Satanism as enlightened and politically progressive. Penny Lane’s documentary “Hail Satan?” makes no attempt to hide the fact that it’s on their side, and the Christians here come across as hateful and dangerous, not the Satanists. Comment
National

Tom Duane Visits West Point

National

Tom Duane Visits West Point

In an April 2 visit to Spectrum, the LGBTQ organization at the United States Military Academy at West Point, former State Senator Tom Duane recounted tales from his early days as an out gay elected official, while hearing coming out stories from both cadets and officers who had served during the days of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Comment
A lawsuit brought against a Harlem outlet of the Texas Chicken & Burgers chain by five gender non-conforming or transgender people who charged they were denied service there — only to have that allegation refuted by the company in court filings — has been ended by all parties. Comment
Film

The Angle of Approach

Film

The Angle of Approach

At 66 minutes, Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s “Grass” barely qualifies as feature length. It works within a confined space, restricting its setting, apart from a few scenes, to a café. […] Comment
Music

Chasing a Golden Dream

Music

Chasing a Golden Dream

The Metropolitan Opera is at the midpoint of Wagner’s mythical tetralogy “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” an epic driven by a ring made of cursed gold that destroys those who try to control it. In Giacomo Meyerbeer’s pastoral opéra-comique “Dinorah, où Le Pardon de Ploërmel” (1859), the Breton goatherd Hoël abandons his fiancée Dinorah at the altar to chase after a trove of ancient gold which is protected by a fatal curse. The first man to touch the gold will die. The jilted Dinorah proceeds to go melodiously mad singing roulades up and down the wild forest mountains of Brittany while chasing her goat Bellah. Comment
The Yankees have rolled out more details of their LGBTQ-related initiatives for 2019, but the announcement did not change the glaring reality that the team is the only remaining one in Major League Baseball to have never scheduled a Pride night. Comment
Books

Queer As Whitman

Books

Queer As Whitman

This city sure has changed. Comment
Bans on so-called gay conversion therapy for minors are continuing to sweep through the United States, with Massachusetts, Colorado, and Puerto Rico being the latest to take action against the practice. Comment
The most striking song on The Drums’ “Brutalism” is its most blatantly pissed-off. “626 Bedford Avenue” describes a self-destructive but addictive relationship. As catchy as it is, it’s punctuated by very brief bursts of turntable scratching, and its lyrics are barbed: “Get your head out of your ass and take a good look at yourself… you might be a psychopath/ you might want to check that,” with Jonny Pierce alternately calling the title address “626 stupid avenue.” The upbeat melody makes the bitter tone all the more cutting. Comment
Theater

Ghosts of Buildings Past

Theater

Ghosts of Buildings Past

Most New Yorkers have walked down a street and found an empty lot where an old familiar haunt is gone. Maybe it was a cozy restaurant, or a building where a friend lived. And the city — as it always has and always will — continues to replace itself and build upon the past. Comment
Claiming his First Amendment rights are under attack, Bronx City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., is calling on the Council’s Committee on Standards and Ethics to immediately disclose any existing findings of its apparent investigation into his comments that “everybody” in the City Council “is controlled by the homosexual community.” Comments (1)
Theater

Moonstruck

Theater

Moonstruck

Plays illuminating angst-filled coming out stories have long been a staple of theater. Yet the cryptically titled “June is the First Fall,” courtesy of the Yangtze Repertory Theatre, breathes new life into the genre by infusing a distinctly contemporary Chinese twist. Comment
Days after LGBTQ employees at the US Department of Justice called out a hostile work environment, Attorney General William Barr responded by signing an Equal Employment Opportunity statement and directing the FBI and the federal Bureau of Prisons to investigate allegations of anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Comment
Theater

Family Affairs

Theater

Family Affairs

The galvanizing and often hilarious and heartbreaking “Ain’t No Mo,’” now at the Public Theater, combines satire, absurdism, and trenchant observation in a series of sketches aimed […] Comment
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