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While overdose deaths from meth use continue to be a small part of all drug overdose deaths in New York City, a significant increase in meth overdose deaths in the city first seen in 2015 and 2016 continued into 2017 and 2018. Comment
A wedding venue in Mississippi has exposed itself as a hotbed of homophobia and racism after an employee told an inquiring customer that same-sex or interracial couples couldn’t get married there. Their excuse? Religion. Comment
With messages like “Trump, build the wall” and flags emblazoned with “Trump 2020,” the apparent celebration of straight people in Boston on August 31 seemed to be less about sexual orientation and more about championing the causes of the far right. Comment
Film

For A Long, Long Time

Film

For A Long, Long Time

Linda Ronstadt was for a time the most successful female vocalist in America. In their fabulous documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” out gay filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman trace the singer’s life and career from her childhood in Tucson, Arizona, to playing stadiums around the world. Comments (2)
Features ►Video

NFL Player Comes Out as Bisexual

Features ►Video

NFL Player Comes Out as Bisexual

Ryan Russell, an NFL player who is currently a free agent, came out as bisexual on August 29 in a personal essay for ESPN. “My truth is that I’m a talented football player, a damn good writer, a loving son, an overbearing brother, a caring friend, a loyal lover, and a bisexual man,” the 27-year-old defensive end wrote. Comment
A wave of legal action spurred by the passage of the Child Victims Act has emerged in New York State, where attorneys representing victims of child sex abuse on August 28 announced lawsuits against the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Boy Scouts of America. Comment
A Bedford-Stuyvesant man faces up to 25 years in prison for allegedly stabbing the partner of an individual the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office alternately described as transgender and gender non-conforming in a fit of anti-LGBTQ rage on June 22, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor. Comment
Media Circus

Log Cabin Ain’t Real Maple Syrup

“The Trump Administration Asked the Supreme Court to Legalize Firing Workers Simply for Being Gay.” This was the arresting headline of a BuzzFeed News story last week. Comments (2)
Podcast ►Audio

Lou Gonzalez, Thank You For Coming Out

“Thank You For Coming Out” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes comedian/ writer/ director Lou Gonzalez (he/ him/ his), born and raised in the Bronx, who is a teacher and a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and is a fierce queen who has been doing sketch comedy and improv since 2009. Comment
Following a five-year battle with cancer, Alan Fleishman, a political organizer and Democrat who was central to building the LGBTQ community’s political power in New York City, passed away on August 27. He was 62. Comments (2)
Abel Cedeno, set to be sentenced on September 10 after being convicted of manslaughter in the death of classmate Matthew McCree and of assault on another student, Ariane Laboy, is seeking “youthful offender” status since he was 18 at the time of the 2017 crime and had no previous criminal record. Comments (5)
Politics

Log Cabin Leader Quits After Trump Endorsement

The executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans became the latest member of the group to step down following the organization’s controversial decision to endorse Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election campaign. Comment
Rachel (Hannah Pearl Utt), a lesbian who is the stage manager of her father’s theater in the Village, has a life right out of a situation comedy. Her date with Celia (Ayden Mayeri) ends abruptly because she needs to care for her wacky family. Comment
Film

Safety in Numbness

Film

Safety in Numbness

Serbian director Ognjen Glavonic’s “The Load” constantly gets compared to Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic “The Wages of Fear” and William Friedkin’s remake “Sorcerer.” But unlike those movies, it’s not concerned with action, prioritizing mood instead. Comment
Pride

Jersey City Celebrates Pride

Pride

Jersey City Celebrates Pride

LGBTQ folks and allies waved Rainbow Flags, marched together, and recognized the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots during the 19th annual Jersey City Pride festival on August 25. Comment
Features

More Than Just LGBTQ Superheroes

Features

More Than Just LGBTQ Superheroes

Four years ago, the idea of a comic book convention tailored to the LGBTQ community was a new concept. Now in its fifth year, Flame Con has grown from an optimistic little affair in Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall into a Times Square phenonmenon that draws thousands. Comment
Music

Summer Nights

Music

Summer Nights

Those attending summer operatic festivals sometimes have a menu of chamber music or jazz or world music to sample, as well — at the Spoleto USA in Charleston, in Santa Fe, and locally at Bard. Comment
Pride

Homophobia Dampens NY State Fair Pride

Pride Day at the New York State Fair on August 23 was overshadowed by anti-LGBTQ social media outrage and a violent homophobic attack on two men the following day. Comment
Pressing out humor from heartache is a specialty of only the most advanced storytellers. And it’s a trademark of Hannah Gadsby. In her Off-Broadway solo show “Douglas,” her personal stories take many winding routes to humor. Comment
Theater

Oft-Told Tales

Theater

Oft-Told Tales

“Little Gem,” Elaine Murphy’s tale of three generations of women, is a narrative gem, rich in character and lyricism. Prototypically Irish in its tales of love, loss, and frustration, it offers a freshness in the characters and storytelling that makes the piece consistently engaging and moving. Comment

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