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This week, ABC News had, on its website, a piece on the employment-related legal matters before the Supreme Court this weel. Titled “LGBT Americans look to Supreme Court after being fired ‘because of sex,’” and written by Devin Dwyer, the article is scrupulously “balanced.” 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
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
From the Editor

Justice Ignored in the Bronx

In a conscience-shaking conclusion to a two-year tragedy in which a long-bullied gay youth, Abel Cedeno, was prosecuted for manslaughter in the stabbing death of Matthew McCree, who charged at him in their Bronx classroom in late 2017, the 19-year-old has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. The sentence handed down reflects a failure at every level and in every sense of the word. Comment
Dear Yoko Ono, Years, years, and years ago, in 1980, a pathetically deranged man murdered the love of your life. You want to keep him there for the rest of his life. 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)
Media Circus

Sell-Your-Soul Cycle

Media Circus

Sell-Your-Soul Cycle

“If gyms sell people on the idea that a gym affiliation is part of their identity, gyms can’t really be surprised when people quit because they no longer identify.” Comment
Dear Guys Who Got Arrested For Throwing Water On NYPD Cops: You hosed Harlem. You bedewed Brownsville. You wetted Woodhaven. News media report that you’ve sprayed or doused water — yes, vile, menacingly wet water — on police officers in incidents all over New York City. No one knows where you will strike next. Comment
Media Circus

When In Doubt, Blame Tumblr

“Police in Pakistan say they have found the bodies of two transgender women who were tortured and beaten to death. A senior officer says the bodies were recovered late Saturday from a locked house in the Sahiwal district of the eastern Punjab province.... Comment
From the Editor

Bronx Justice

From the Editor

Bronx Justice

Over the past several weeks, tragedy unfolded at the Bronx County Hall of Justice. That tragedy — the trial, closing statements, and conviction of gay teenager Abel Cedeno on first-degree manslaughter — compounded another tragedy that took place in September 2017, when the long-bullied youth stabbed classmate Matthew McCree to death, because, he has said repeatedly, he feared for his life in a classroom brawl in which the dead boy bounded to the front of the room to confront the defendant. Comment
Media Circus

Dale Peck’s Brain Dump

Media Circus

Dale Peck’s Brain Dump

What was so wrong about Dale Peck’s pick-nose prose in The New Republic? For starters, according to Muri Assunção of the Daily News, “In the hard-to-believe essay, Peck repeatedly referred to the also openly gay Buttigieg as ‘Mary Pete.’” Comment
Politics

Mayor Normal

Politics

Mayor Normal

Being the only minority in any public space isn’t a pleasant position. As president, Barack Obama put forth a relaxed public persona probably grounded, in part, on a fear that white voters would otherwise take him for a stereotypical “angry black man.” Pete Buttigieg goes out of his way to be inoffensive. Comments (1)
In a daring pre-dawn raid, 135 million Mexicans and Central Americans stormed over the border at El Paso, roared up Interstate 10, and broke into the White House. There, they tore President Donald J. Trump from the arms of his daughter, Ivanka, then carried him off to a makeshift detention facility alongside the Reflecting Pool at the National Mall. Comment
Media Circus

Post-Pride: A Potpouri of Crazies

I thought I would close off what was by any reasonable measure an enormously successful Pride Month with a veritable smorgasbord of wack-jobs — those perverted morons who looked at millions of joyous LGBTQ celebrants and saw nothing but a sea of sin. First up: Breitbart, the premiere go-to source for right-wing crankery. Comments (2)
From the Editor

An Amazing Half Century and the Road Ahead

Putting together this Pride issue brought up many emotions for me. The focus on history in wonderful and important pieces by David Carter, Duncan Osborne, and David Kennerley vividly and, at times, uncomfortably brought back memories of my own life as a gay man. The fears I had. The challenges I faced. The friends I lost. The accomplishments and pride I have nurtured. Comment

Stonewall’s Inner-Peace Officers

A few weeks ago, at an event at police headquarters, Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill apologized to the LGBTQ community, on behalf of the entire NYPD, for the brutal raid that the cops carried out at the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago. This was an admission long overdue, for which our queer community is deeply grateful. And yet you wonder: shouldn’t we be thanking them? Comment
Media Circus

The Delights and the Weight of History

“A gay first lady? Yes, we’ve already had one, and here are her love letters.” This was the arresting headline in the Washington Post. Seems that the unmarried, 50-year-old Grover Cleveland needed a respectable White House hostess, so he turned to his sister, Rose. And Rose was a, a… well, they didn’t have a word for it at the time. Comment
From the Editor

Why I Support the Queer Liberation March

Building a coalition, like building a community, is about addition, not subtraction. It’s about multiplying, not dividing. Comments (2)
Media Circus

Please, Readers, Find the Humor Here

When hummers don’t help. Comment
Guest Perspective

We Need to Disarm the Hate

Guest Perspective

We Need to Disarm the Hate

Three years ago June 12, Omar Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and killed 49 people as they celebrated, many of them members of the LGBTQ community in the midst of Pride month. Less than a year ago, 11 Jewish worshippers were killed in a Pennsylvania synagogue. Just under three months ago, a gunman murdered 51 at their mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Comments (1)
Media Circus

For God’s Sake, Trans Lives Matter

Media Circus

For God’s Sake, Trans Lives Matter

Here’s Amna Nawaz of the PBS NewsHour: “The most recent killing took place last Sunday in north Philadelphia. Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, 40 years old and a longtime advocate for the LGBTQ community, was shot several times... Comment
Media Circus

What Facts Matter?

Are you aware that one of the alleged young killers at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado is a transgender boy? If so, you’ve had to do some digging because the mainstream media has left the issue mostly unspoken, leaving it to the crank right to trumpet. Comments (1)
Media Circus

Inter-Ivy Resentment Masquerades as Political Journalism

“Meaningless erudition,” is it? This New York Times article, by Jay Caspian Kang’s recent New York Times article, “How Pete Buttigieg’s Meaningless Erudition Made Him the ‘Smart’ Candidate,” is a snotty hit job. Comment
From the Editor

Can Reclaim Pride Take Yes for an Answer?

The attitudes and actions of an institution that Reclaim Pride was taking to task “appear to be rooted in transphobic, racist, and classist attitudes,” the group wrote in an open letter circulated last week. Comments (3)
Guest Perspective

A Passover Message from the Southern Border

Guest Perspective

A Passover Message from the Southern Border

[Two weeks ago, Rabbi Yael Rapport and Rabbi Mike Moskowitz from Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, New York City’s LGBTQ synagogue, joined a delegation from the American Jewish refugee assistance […] 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
Media Circus

While You Were Sweating the Mueller Report…

What with all the Mueller hoo-ha in recent weeks, you may have missed the Senate’s confirmation of an anti-gay bigot, Allison Rushing, to a lifetime appointment on a federal appeals court. Here’s […] Comment
Guest Perspective

Why I Chose to Become a Surrogate

For me, it was an easy decision. Comment
Guest Perspective

Misusing “Gays Rights” to Harm Women

The international marketing of gestational surrogacy has played down the risks of invitro fertilization procedures in order to lure low-income women and wealthy intended parents. Comment
Media Circus

I Feel Even Sorrier for Jussie

I was working my way through the New York Times Magazine story “Your Dog Feels as Guilty as She Looks” by Frans de Waal, a primatologist. It was a pleasant enough article... Comment
Media Circus

I Feel Sorry for Jussie Smollett

One thing that has been in short supply during the whole Jussie Smollett fiasco is compassion. Opinions, however, have been overabundant. Comments (2)
From the Editor

Calling Out Homophobia Is No Game of Gotcha

In September 2017, as Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera — whose history of homophobic attacks on the LGBTQ community included a 2014 YouTube video he recorded in Uganda praising that country’s efforts to enact a draconian anti-sodomy statute that included severe prison sentences — faced a Democratic primary opponent, Gay City News noticed that his campaign website included an endorsement by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comment
Media Circus

Does It Really Come Down to Pee-Shy Men?

The editorial in the Washington Post could not have been clearer or more direct: “For almost two years, transgender men and women have been allowed to openly serve in the military. There have been […] Comments (3)
Now that the government shutdown has ended, the Trump administration has turned to hard science to bolster its argument for a border wall. The proposed 2,000-mile barrier, which would bar thousands of Latin Americans from illegal entry into the United States, received timely support today, with the announcement of a breakthrough scientific discovery. According to top anthropologists at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, only United States citizens — unique among any other people on planet Earth — possess qualities identifying them as true Homo sapiens. Comments (1)
Media Circus

In the Long Term, We All Die

From the Associated Press, via the Military Times: “Long term, lawyers and activists battling to ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the US military are convinced they will prevail. Short term, they are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan to sharply restrict such service. The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote Tuesday, gave the administration the green light to put the policy into effect even as legal challenges continue. Comment
Media Circus

Fear and Self-Loathing

From the Moscow Times on January 11: “The Associated Press on Friday cited activist Igor Kochetkov as saying Chechnya has seen a spike in detentions of women and men suspected of being gay since […] Comments (3)
Insider Trading

A Congressional Breath of Fresh Air from Detroit

Insider Trading

A Congressional Breath of Fresh Air from Detroit

Kudos to newly elected Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for telling it like it is. Tlaib’s now famous “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” induced Michael Moore to proclaim her a “breath of fresh air.” For the first time in American history we have elected a Muslim woman to Congress. In fact, we have two in the wake of the November election. What Tlaib said is simply what each and every one of us is thinking every day. Comments (2)
Dear Trump Diary, Comment
Media Circus

Anti-Gay Horrors, All But Forgotten

From a horrifying, maddening article in the New Yorker by the great Masha Gessen: “In October, 2017, a young man named Maxim Lapunov spoke at a press conference in Moscow. Flanked by LGBT and human […] Comments (2)
Insider Trading

Women New York Must Honor

In the city’s bid to increase the number of statues of women, there will be one erected for the late Congressmember Shirley Chisholm in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Chisholm was the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman — in 1972 — to seek the Democratic nomination for president. Chisholm deserves a statue; she broke many a barrier. Comment

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