April 29, 2011 |
It may be hard for those who grew up watching "Will & Grace" to imagine the shock and excitement when Mart Crowley's "The Boys in the Band" caught fire off-Broadway in 1968, becoming one of the most discussed, derided and defended dramas of its era. A play about a group of gay men gathering for a birthday party and indulging in wicked, often self-lacerating repartee about sex, drugs and the indignities of aging doesn't sound all that controversial....
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January 11, 2011 |
Shirtless and squeezed into tight jeans, a hunky undercover Palm Springs police officer hovered in a shadowy parking lot and lured men cruising the Warm Sands neighborhood. The June 2009 gay sex sting netted 19 public indecent exposure arrests, and disbelief and outrage have festered in this desert haven ever since. This is Palm Springs, "the gayest city in America," a gay tourist destination governed by an openly gay mayor and home to the sexually charged White Party, a dance and music festival that attracts tens of thousands of gay men every year.
December 28, 2010 |
So now openly gay soldiers get to fight and die in neocon-imperialist wars too? David Brooks saw such ironic progressive victories coming. In his book "Bobos in Paradise," he wrote that everything "transgressive" gets "digested by the mainstream bourgeois order, and all the cultural weapons that once were used to undermine middle-class morality ? are drained of their subversive content. " Two decades ago, the gay left wanted to smash the bourgeois prisons of monogamy, capitalistic enterprise and patriotic values and bask in the warm sun of bohemian "free love.
December 21, 2010 |
When a lesbian soccer coach appeared to be ousted from her job this month at a Christian university in Nashville, it sparked an outcry from supporters and students who claimed she was a victim of an anti-gay bias they considered to be decidedly un-Christian. Details of her exit are unclear. The president of Belmont University says the school does not discriminate against gays and lesbians, and the coach, Lisa Howe, isn't saying much. But Howe's departure was the latest in a series of recent developments that has forced Nashville ?
November 21, 2010 |
The gig: David Cooley is president of the Abbey Food and Bar in West Hollywood. Cooley, 51, the restaurant's founder, gained the title in May 2006 when SBE Entertainment Group bought the business and let him continue running it. The Abbey was voted "Best Gay Bar in the World" in 2009 by MTV Network's Logo channel. Cooley concedes that he still feels like the sole owner, managing day-to-day operations and charity events at the club. He's also on the road a lot. His longtime plan to turn the Abbey into a restaurant-nightclub franchise takes him cross-country, scouting real estate in Las Vegas, New York, Phoenix and Atlanta, although no deals have been signed yet. Meager beginnings: While attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas ?
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October 23, 2010 |
On a dreary recent Sunday afternoon, a reader stood at the altar of an Episcopal church in Los Angeles and offered the congregation's intercessions, or prayers, to God. There were appeals for wisdom and for strength. Then she paused and asked the crowd to say aloud the names of those they knew, dead or living, who had AIDS or HIV. A few names were spoken, the words echoing briefly in the cavernous sanctuary of St. James' in the City, where a few dozen people were in attendance.
October 17, 2010 |
For most of the 634 days Barack Obama has been president of these United States, he and his voluble sidekick from Delaware have pleaded with the gay community to give them time, trust us, be patient, and have insisted that we understand, you'll be happy with us later, you know where we stand over the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Well, on Tuesday, Obama was handed a golden opportunity to finally dump the law for good when U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in California threw the whole policy out as unconstitutional, totally banning it from that day henceforth, despite President Clinton having signed the legislation in 1993.
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October 12, 2010 |
In one room, teens discussed confronting homophobia in school. In another, speakers broached the tough subject of coming out to family and friends. Open to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth ages 12 to 24, the 18th Models of Pride conference at Occidental College featured workshops, roundtable discussions, a resource fair, and a dinner and dance for high school students. "It's hard to find other peers in your community unless you go to things like this," attendee Matt Burstyn, 20, said of Saturday's free, daylong event.
September 23, 2010 |
Susan Koch opens her compelling, consciousness-raising documentary "The Other City" by posing the question: Which city has the highest HIV/AIDS rate? Port au Prince, Haiti; Washington, D.C.; or Dakar, Senegal? The answer is the American capital, where an estimated 3% of the population is infected. Throughout the film there are glimpses of the White House, the Capitol and other majestic landmarks, providing an ironic contrast to Koch's gallery of individuals and organizations struggling to combat the long-running disease in the face of declining funding and " AIDS fatigue.
November 30, 2009 |
A neck-and-neck mayoral runoff pitting a black man against a white woman has spurred some intense discussions about race and politics in the South's most important city. But in recent days, the two campaigns have also turned their attention to a demographic beyond race that may ultimately sway Tuesday's election: the gay vote. The support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community has been a coveted political prize for some time in Atlanta, a bastion of live-and-let-live progressivism in the heart of the more censorious Bible Belt.