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Song of Himself

The spate of first-time revivals of groundbreaking gay-themed shows continues. In recent seasons, “The Normal Heart,” “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” and “Falsettos” have all returned to major New York stages with varying degrees of success. This season, “M. B Comment

A Second Rainbow Flag at Stonewall Monument — This One Clearly Over Federal Land

BY DONNA ACETO AND PAUL SCHINDLER | On the eve of a National Coming Out Day ceremony dedicating the Rainbow Flag at the site of the Stonewall National Monument, the National Park Service abruptly pulled its sponsorship, citing a technical reading of the boundaries of Christopher Park — ceded to the federal government as a condition of establishing the monument  Comment

Time and Love, Everybody

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If we could understand time in a non-linear fashion, how would that change our lives and choices? That’s the question posed by “Time and the Conways,” J.B. Priestley’s 1937 play now Comments (1)

A Book of the Dead

LA author Alistair McCartney’s compelling new novel, “The Disintegrations,” is the story of one man’s obsession with death. It pulls no punches. As Australian author Christos Tsiolkas wrote, it’s “a book that takes possession of you right from the opening and will not let you go. Challenging and gripping, a rumination on death an Comment
BREAKING

Charges Against Abel Cedeno Reduced to Manslaughter

Abel Cedeno, 18, the bullied gay Bronx student who said he defended himself with a knife against an attack from classmate Matthew McCree September 27 in front of their fellow students and two teachers, testified in his own defense on Tuesday morning before a Bronx grand jury, and the second-degree murder charg Comments (2)

A Time of Urgency and Connection

“BPM (Beats Per Minute)” is co-writer and director Robin Campillo’s urgent, cogent film about ACT UP in 1989 France. This absorbing and moving drama opens with an action by the group at a medical convention that is recounted in one of its talky weekly meetings. It is an effective approach to immersing viewers Comments (4)
EXCLUSIVE

Gay Bronx Youth Arrested in Fatal Stabbing Tells His Side

Abel Cedeno, 18, the bullied gay teen charged with killing one classmate, Matthew McCree, 15, and wounding another, Ariane Laboy, 16, with a knife spoke to Gay City News from Rikers Island on Sunday, recounting the incident, the anti-gay bullying that preceded it for ye Comments (16)

Catholic Church Anti-LGBTQ Guns Still Firing on All Cylinders

BY ANDY HUMM | It has been quite a week for anti-LGBTQ assaults from the international Catholic hierarchy. We’ll start the round-up of recent events right here in New York. Comments (4)

Wedding & NewFest Centerpiece All in One Month!

The wedding of photographer and filmmaker Jordan Geiger and actor and writer Anthony Johnston was celebrated October 9 at the Topaz, a cocktail bar in Bushwick, with Geiger’s family in from Denver, Johnston’s in from Canada, and friends traveling from as far away as London and Manhattan. Comments (10)

Jurors’ Anti-Gay Views May Taint Verdict, Panel Finds

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a gay plaintiff in a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Key West and one of its police officers is entitled to a new trial because the judge in his case refused to allow potential jurors to be questioned about any anti-gay bias they might have. Comments (1)

“Norma” Rises from the Ashes

Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma” is considered the summit of bel canto, a masterpiece that inspired Wagner and Schopenhauer. Felice Romani’s libretto and Bellini’s music elevate the character of Norma to profound tragedy, the Medea-like druid priestess’ vengeful fury t Comments (1)

I’ll Sing ‘Em All and We’ll Stay All Night

This month and next, cabaret fans will have a rare chance to catch up with a New York cabaret star of the 1970s and ‘80s, Linda Glick, when she plays Pangea with her new show “Teach Me Tonight.” Comments (2)

Alessandrini Celebrates Song; Fraser Dives Deep

“I’ve been wanting to do a Maury Yeston for many years,” the ultra-genial theatrical eminence Gerard Alessandrini (“Forbidden Broadway,” “Spamalot”) said to me at the Galaxy Diner, just around the corner from the theater where he was in rehearsals for “Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Songs of Maury Yeston.” Comment

Turning the Other Cheek and Adjusting His Crown

Here’s your feel-good story of the week, which I first found in, of all places, the New York Post: “Transgender teen booted from Christian school is named homecoming king.” Written by Alexandra Klausner, this heartwarming item concerns a boy named Stiles Zuschlag, of Lebanon, Maine, who “took the crown Friday at Noble High School’s homecoming game — just one month after transferring to the public school.” Comments (2)

Into the Woods

Amy Herzog’s magnificent new play “Mary Jane” is powerful, deeply moving, and breathtakingly economical. The story of a single mother taking care of her desperately ill child sneaks up on you, as the mother, Mary Jane, tries to manage the health care system and her ongoing losses while struggling to put a game face on in Comment

Andrew Evans, The Digital Nomad

Andrew Evans is an author, travel writer, and TV host, working in a variety of media. One of his nicknames is the Digital Nomad, especially for his work for National Geographic, reporting live from all seven continents and more than 100 countries. He has broadcast from kayak, camelback, and helicopter, from atop arctic glaciers, from the jungle, from the middle of the ocean, and from inside King Tut’s tomb. He was the first person ever to live-tweet his asce Comment

Not the Time for a Constitutional Convention

Vote against the constitutional convention this November. Comments (2)

Herman Bell’s Beat-Down

“Why don’t you Americans drop the bullshit about the land of the free and the home of the brave? Admit you’re now basically a tinpot dictatorship.” Comments (5)

Embracing Our New Age

My father died at the age of 42, when I was 11 years old. I was told he died of “kidney problems.” I was not allowed to visit him in the hospital the last several weeks of his life or to ask questions about him. Questions were completely sidelined by the answer, “You’re too young to understand this.” Comments (6)

Albany Too Corrupt to Change Say Opponents of Change

If New Yorkers vote for a state constitutional convention on November 7, they could empower the entrenched Albany establishment to make fundamental changes to the state’s founding document. If they oppose a convention, they will be leaving the entrenched Albany Comments (6)

Sessions Hits LGBTQ Community on Three Fronts

The Trump administration, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions leading the charge, moved on three fronts last week to curtail the rights of LGBTQ Americans, relying in part on contested claims of religious liberty and also bucking an emerging trend in how courts are interpreting sex discrimination provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Comment

Brooklyn Pride Community Center Celebrates New Home

The Brooklyn Pride Community Center on Wednesday celebrated the opening of its new home that gives it twice the space of its old provisional headquarters downtown. Comments (2)

Becoming Tom of Finland

Director Dome Karukoski’s classy, enthralling biopic of the gay pornographic illustrator known as Tom of Finland is more conventional that than one might expect given its subject. But this approach works in the film’s favor; viewers get to know and understand the man behind the homoerotic Comments (2)

Queer World on Film

This year’s edition of NewFest: New York’s LBGT Film Festival features more than 100 shorts, features, and documentaries that showcase international perspectives on queer life. Comments (6)

Trump Has No Respect for Our Flag

Donald Trump cynically held up a Rainbow Flag with “LGBTs for Trump” scrawled on it during his campaign last year and has proceeded as president to roll back LGBTQ rights and appoint virulent bigots to cabinet posts and federal judgeships. So when the administration learned that the National Park Service was going to dedicate a Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument on October 11 — National Coming Out Day — Comments (5)

DOE Must Do Better Job of Keeping LGBTQ Students Safe

The real tragedy of the terrible bullying-related killing that occurred two weeks ago at the Urban Assembly for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx is that it seems to have been completely preventable. In the wake of this sad incident, there are numerous questions about the details of what happened. This much is clear, however: the New York City Department of Education (DOE) needs Comments (3)

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

What should have been a celebration dedicating the raising of the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on October 11 at noon turned into another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump administration in a week full of su Comments (8)

Normalizing Male Vulnerability

“Saudade” is the title of the newest dance piece by 30-year-old Canadian Joshua Beamish. Comment

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