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In Oklahoma Marriage Appeal Arguments, Side Issues Grab Center Stage

In Oklahoma Marriage Appeal Arguments, Side Issues Grab Center Stage

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, on April 17, heard arguments in the Oklahoma marriage case, just a week after considering arguments in the State of Utah’s appeal of the marriage equality ruling there. In a January decision, Senior District Judge Terence C. Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s […]

Genre Bender

Genre Bender

  BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Mention the name Charles Ludlam, even to New York theater junkies, and you’re likely to be met with blank stares. When you give hints about his trademarks — cross-dressing, elaborate costumes, campy parody of noir Hollywood films, zany plot twists, double entendres — you’re likely to get, “Oh, you mean Charles […]

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, […]

Judge Says Surrogacy Ban No Bar to Second-Parent Adoption

Judge Says Surrogacy Ban No Bar to Second-Parent Adoption

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Ruling on a previously-undecided question under New York parenting law, a Queens County Family Court judge has decided the state’s ban on surrogacy contracts poses no impediment to considering an adoption petition from the same-sex spouse of a man whose twins were conceived and borne through a gestational surrogacy contract with […]

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 […]

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