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Film

Couturier From a Bygone Era

Film

Couturier From a Bygone Era

“Celebration” is out gay director Olivier Meyrou’s beguiling documentary about the late Yves Saint Laurent and his business partner and lover, Pierre Bergé. The film was shot over three years, starting in 1998, when Saint Laurent was the last living original fashion house couturier. Comment
From the Editor

Impeach, And Then Convict

From the Editor

Impeach, And Then Convict

After two and a half tumultuous years of the Trump presidency — with significant evidence of campaign finance violations, obstruction of justice, and using the presidency for self-enrichment, among other misdeeds on Donald Trump’s part — we have now arrived at the “smoking gun” moment. Comment
Out gay New York Congressmember Sean Patrick Maloney vigorously questioned Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire September 26 over his actions in response to an explosive whistleblower complaint accusing President Donald Trump of using American taxpayer dollars to seek political favors from a foreign power and then trying to cover it up. Comment
Legal

Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld

Legal

Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld

A federal district judge has dismissed a right-wing lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Maryland’s ban on conversion therapy when practiced on minors. Comment
Media Circus

Stepping All Over the Lede

Media Circus

Stepping All Over the Lede

There are a couple of reasons for a news show to choose to lead a broadcast with one story over another. Last week, NBC Nightly News didn’t seem to have a good one. Comment
The sequins were shining bright at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City September 21 when the new Miss’d America, Sapphira Cristal, took her crown, topping six other spectacular drag queens. Comment
Crime

Advocates Rally Around Beaten Gay Couple in Queens

Crime

Advocates Rally Around Beaten Gay Couple in Queens

Elected officials and LGBTQ advocates on September 24 rallied around a gay couple who said they were attacked by homophobes inside of a Jackson Heights restaurant this month while bystanders refused to help. Comment
While the conservative proponents of potential compromise legislation that would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity will likely face resistance from the LGBTQ community, it is possible that the fiercest opposition to such legislation will be among conservatives. Comment
A proposed City Council bill requiring the city’s Department of Social Services (DSS) to gather and report statistics on transgender and gender nonconforming people in domestic violence shelters was met with resistance from the de Blasio administration during a contentious hearing on September 24. Comment
Will Crutchfield’s Teatro Nuovo company celebrated its second season in existence by venturing out of Purchase and into Manhattan this summer for two concert performances at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Comment
Theater

I Think She’s Got It

Theater

I Think She’s Got It

Perhaps the most beloved of George Bernard Shaw’s plays is “Pygmalion,” about a coarse flower girl transformed into a fine, cultured lady. But more than a decade earlier, he created “Caesar & Cleopatra,” exploring similar themes of mentorship, metamorphosis, and self-actualization. Comment
Ten Democratic presidential candidates on September 20 defended their LGBTQ records and outlined visions for the future during the first forum dedicated to queer issues. Comment
Billy Porter made history all over again. Comment
Theater

History Asks: Now, What Will You Do?

Theater

History Asks: Now, What Will You Do?

In 2008, the plan to demolish the nine buildings that made up St. Vincent’s hospital in Greenwich Village and replace it with an $800 million condominium development ignited a firestorm of controversy throughout the city. To those who had lived through the AIDS crisis, it was a rare, and often isolated, beacon of hope and place of compassion. Comment
Thousands of people are preparing to travel to the nation’s capital September 27-29 for a weekend full of events surrounding the first National Trans Visibility March on DC. Comment
Theater

Betrayed, Bothered, and Bewildered

Theater

Betrayed, Bothered, and Bewildered

Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal,” now in a spare and thought-provoking revival on Broadway, is not about mere adultery. What makes the play interesting is that despite the sex, marriage, friendship, and the seeming connections among three people in a dark triangle, they are each alone. Comment
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made disparaging comments about transgender folks during recent meetings with his staff, prompting some employees to vocally speak out against him and others to storm out of the room in protest. Comment
Dozens of advocacy groups, led by Housing Works, plan to bring civil disobedience to the Supreme Court next month when oral arguments are heard in a series of pivotal cases related to sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Comment
A man was slapped with hate crime charges after he allegedly sent a racist letter to a woman in Staten Island and numerous homophobic letters to the Staten Island Pride Center demanding that “you and your sicko pals… be put out to pasture once and for all for the sake of mankind.” Comment
On a drizzly weekday in early September, volunteer James Serrano was holding down the front desk at Griot Circle, a group dedicated to serving LGBTQ seniors of color. “I feel very comfortable here,” said Serrano, who joined the organization as a member in November of last year. “It’s like a second home.” Comment
The New York Film Festival has settled comfortably into late middle age as a collection of the greatest hits from the year’s earlier major festivals. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Alice Kremelberg, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Alice Kremelberg, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Alice Kremelberg, recurring as Nicole Eckelcamp on the new season of “Orange Is the New Black,” now showing on Netflix. Comment
An influential-turned-disgraced gay Democratic donor who has been linked to multiple overdose-related deaths of vulnerable black gay men in his Los Angeles home was arrested on September 17 after yet another man overdosed in his home last week, prosecutors in Los Angeles announced. Comment
Music

Sexuality Voiced Authentically

Music

Sexuality Voiced Authentically

Swedish singer Tove Lo was a star in the US briefly when her debut single “Habits (Stay High)” got to #3 in 2014. That song, which describes a woman numbing herself with casual sex, drinking, and drugs to get over heartbreak, set up the template for Tove Lo’s persona. Comment
Film

2019: A Filial Odyssey

Film

2019: A Filial Odyssey

For science fiction, James Gray’s “Ad Astra” has little interest in “world-building” as it’s usually thought about. It takes place in a nebulous “near-future” whose details are faintly sketched in. Comment
Politics

Elizabeth Warren Storms Washington Square

Politics

Elizabeth Warren Storms Washington Square

Widely viewed as having run the strongest Democratic presidential primary race over recent months and with the endorsement of the national Working Families Party fresh in her grasp, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren greeted a throng of thousands in Washington Square Park in the early evening hours of September 16. Comment
An individual who was found dead, tied up and with multiple slash marks, in a Bronx apartment on September 13 may have been transgender, according to neighbors. Comment
Now that gay teen Abel Cedeno has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for manslaughter and assault for using a knife in a 2017 Bronx classroom fight that left Matthew McCree dead and injured Ariane Laboy, three lawsuits are heating up against the city to determine the schools’ liability for the harm to McCree and Laboy as well as to Cedeno himself. Comment
Features

Queer Accents During Fashion Week

Features

Queer Accents During Fashion Week

For the sixth year in a row, dapperQ, the queer digital style magazine dedicated to “ungendering fashion,” hosted one of the most eye-catching and innovative runway parties of New York Fashion Week. Comment
A comedian with a history of homophobic and racist remarks was fired from the cast of “Saturday Night Live” just days after he was hired by NBC. Comment
Out gay comedian Bowen Yang, who has appeared in past segments on “Saturday Night Live,” was added to the show’s full-time team on September 12, becoming the first Asian person and the first gay Asian cast member. Comment
The Manhattan home of renowned author, poet, and civil rights activist James Baldwin, who drew the ire of publishers more than half a century ago by writing about gay relationships, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Comment
The people of south-central North Carolina narrowly voted to elect anti-LGBTQ State Senator Dan Bishop to the House of Representatives on September 10 in a special election that was triggered by fraud in the midterm race last year. Comment

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