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Best Laid Schemes

Best Laid Schemes

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Surely James Franco has a lavish walk-in closet to store his many hats. A hyperactive, red-hot celebrity mostly known for his film and television roles, he is also a cutting-edge director, screenwriter, producer, book author, poet, grad student, teacher, visual artist, Academy Award co-host, sex symbol, and shameless selfie model. Just last […]

City Might Be Ready to Settle With Robert Pinter

City Might Be Ready to Settle With Robert Pinter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a trial date set for a gay man’s lawsuit against New York City stemming from his 2008 arrest outside an adult video store on prostitution charges, there are signs the city might be prepared to settle the case. The arrest of Robert Pinter, who was then 52, and those of other […]

Is ENDA Necessary?

Is ENDA Necessary?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Even with the marriage equality movement appearing to gain unstoppable momentum, the LGBT community has not yet won simple employment nondiscrimination protections at the federal level. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a measure barring bias in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity –– which has been kicking around […]

A Neighborhood Full of History Where So Much is New

A Neighborhood Full of History Where So Much is New

BY LAUREN PRICE | Go West: Not so many years ago, it might have been unimaginable for someone to suggest living in Hell’s Kitchen. Today, the gentrification of what was once a rough and tumble swath of tenements, factories, warehouses, and parking structures into a white-hot neighborhood –– from Eighth Avenue west to the Hudson River, […]

On-Duty Military Units Also Marched in St. Pat’s Parade

On-Duty Military Units Also Marched in St. Pat’s Parade

BY ANDY HUMM | Protests this year against New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which for decades has banned identifiable Irish LGBT groups from participating, targeted the city’s decision to continue allowing municipal personnel –– police, fire, corrections, and more –– to march in their uniforms. This despite the fact that Mayor Bill de Blasio and […]

Our Gay Playwright Laureate Ponders Our History

Our Gay Playwright Laureate Ponders Our History

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Terrence McNally is keenly aware of how change happens –– slowly, one person or event at a time. Yet it also happens in a moment. Rosa Parks, he observed, didn’t wake up one day and say she was going to change the world. Gandhi stood firm on the fact that he had […]

Recognized for the Right Things

Recognized for the Right Things

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It was certainly gratifying that, at the recent New York Press Association (NYPA) Better Newspaper Contest Awards in Saratoga, Gay City News earned recognition in eight categories. What was even sweeter, though, was that the wins came in areas where the newspaper challenged conventional media narratives. One of our first-place awards was […]

On Point

On Point

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The Point Foundation, the largest scholarship organization working to support talented LGBT students, held its annual Point Honors Gala April 7 at the New York Public Library. Founded in 2001, the foundation provides financial support, comprehensive mentorship programs, leadership training, and community service opportunities. This year’s gala honored Dr. Neal Baer, executive […]

California Dreaming

California Dreaming

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | As snow hung tough into March, I visited San Diego and Los Angeles, both cities with notable LGBT scenes as well as first-class theaters. San Diego’s beautiful park-girt Old Globe Theater was playing “Winter’s Tale,” directed with variable success by its new head, Barry Edelstein. The show often looked ravishing, with superb […]

Recreation Rocks on the River

Recreation Rocks on the River

BY LAUREN PRICE | Restored and reimagined piers, dazzling water views, lush grassy expanses, and a 32-mile bikeway –– the nation’s most heavily used –– are among the highlights at Hudson River Park, which has become the elegant front lawn for Manhattan’s West Side neighborhoods Comprised of multiple ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, skating venues, […]

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