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Pride always draws the politicians, particularly in an election year, and among those who marched on June 30 were (page 5) former Congressman Anthony Weiner, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson. Running to become the city’s first woman and first openly LGBT mayor, Quinn, by far, drew the largest contingent of supporters. The annual rally, this year held two evenings before the parade at Pier 26 in Tribeca, served up quite a treat for the thousands who turned out under threatening skies — an appearance by Lady Gaga. Among others on hand was Jacob Rudolph, a Parsippany, New Jersey youth who came out at his high school graduation earlier this year.











The victories at the US Supreme Court set up an exuberant Pride Weekend, with the trio of June 30 Pride March grand marshals including Edie Windsor, the successful plaintiff in the DOMA case, seen (top, left) with fellow grand marshal Harry Belafonte, the iconic singer, actor, and civil rights activist. Earl Fowlkes (top, center), president of the Center for Black Equity, which organizes black pride events nationwide, was also honored as a grand marshal. Among the hundreds of thousands of others who turned out for the big parade were many who celebrated the week’s historic wins, others who simply reveled in their chance to be themselves, and some (bottom) who have been out, loud, and proud since the earliest days of New York’s post-Stonewall gay rights movement.

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Tens of thousands of dykes gathered at Bryant Park on June 29, walked over to Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in front of the New York Public Library, and marched down Fifth in the NYC Dyke March. This annual event, for which no police permit is sought, is a demonstration for rights and visibility. It is raucous, exuberant, free form, and loud. Women organize, march, and marshal. This year it celebrated both victories and defeats — the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and gutting the Voting Rights Act in the same week. Men supported from the sidelines, giving dykes center stage. The march proceeded south to Washington Square Park, where many decided to cool off in the fountains before heading out for their evening. — Photos by Donna Aceto


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hile a number of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor were invited to a panel discussion on police department stop and frisk practices hosted by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a gay political club, only John Liu, New York City’s comptroller, showed up. “You would think you are reading about some Third World dictatorship,” Liu said of stop and frisk reports at the March 19 event. “I believe that if you want to make New York City safer, you've got to stop stop and frisk.” He blamed the police department's “quota system” for forcing police to engage in the practice to achieve results demanded by senior officers. “The officers don't want to do it either, but they have to do it because of the numbers,” he said. While the other candidates have said they want to fix stop and frisk, Liu is alone in saying he wants to abolish it entirely. And he is playing to the most progressive voters with this and other positions. Unlike his peers, he generally doesn’t soften his comments with praise for police. To the contrary, if he wins City Hall, he will change the leadership in the police department and not just the commissioner. “It's also about the ranks of the top chiefs in the department,” he said. “Pretty much they all have to go, too.” Liu also appeared at a press conference

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City Comptroller John Liu, flanked by Queens City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, at a March 28 press conference outside the Manhattan federal court where a trial about police stop and frisk practices was taking place.

outside the Manhattan federal courts where a civil trial seeking to halt stop and frisk was being held. Out gay City Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer and Daniel Dromm, who represent parts of Queens, also attended. The March 28 event was organized by some of the most left-leaning groups in the queer community. “It’s undemocratic, it’s un-American, and it has to go,” Liu said of stop and frisk. “It doesn’t need to be examined, it doesn’t need to be adjusted, it needs to go.” Liu’s gambit was rewarded the week of May 6 when five Manhattan Democratic political clubs, including four that are viewed as progressive, endorsed him. Among the four was the Village Independent Democrats (VID), a club that was founded in 1957 and was part of the political reform movement that eventually put Ed Koch in the mayor’s office. VID is headquartered in City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s district and

the Liu endorsement was perceived as a blow to her candidacy. Political clubs have a lesser role in city politics than they once did, but they can supply volunteers to campaigns and their endorsements can be meaningful to some voters. “I was surprised that she lost all of them,” said Ken Sherrill, a professor of political science at Hunter College. “It’s pretty shocking that she lost all of them... It may be that her campaign is taking a different strategy.” In the past week, Liu’s inroads into Quinn’s turf expanded, when the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, a group long associated with Dromm, endorsed him. Unlike Van Bramer and out lesbian Councilwoman Rosie Mendez of Manhattan, Dromm has not endorsed Quinn in this year’s race. The speaker captured endorsements from the city’s other leading LGBT Democratic clubs, except for Jim Owles, which backed

former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the 2009 mayoral nominee. In opinion polls, Liu has been running last or near last, with Quinn continuing as a frontrunner — though recent polls put her no better than even with former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a late entry into the race. In published reports, Liu has disputed the accuracy of the polls. Liu’s tack on stop and frisk is not without risk. A March Quinnipiac University poll found high support among most New Yorkers for the police department and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Overall, 46 percent of voters approved of stop and frisk and 49 percent disapproved. Fifty-nine percent of white voters approved of the practice while 68 percent of African-American voters disapproved, as did 52 percent of Latino voters. Liu’s positions may play well with voters in the September 10 in the Democratic primary, but they could hurt him in November’s general election if Republicans nominate a skilled candidate. “Given likely voters in a New York City Democratic primary, virtually every one is to the left,” Sherrill said. “It’s a question of how far to the left he is willing to reach... All kinds of things that you said in the course of the campaign are recorded. It’s much harder now to escape things that you said in the primary.” Quinn is being far more careful, as are the other contenders for the Democratic nomination. “She is not taking positions now that will get her in trouble in the general election,” Sherrill said. “If she said the things that John Liu said, the Republican would be beating her over the head with them.”

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ith Manhattan’s massive Pride Parade just two days of f, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared outside the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center on June 28 to announce a host of LGBT initiatives she pledged to purse if elected mayor in November. Chief among those proposals were establishment of a Mayor’s Office of HIV/ AIDS Policy, funding of shelter beds for homeless youth to eliminate the current waiting list that averages 350 per night at such facilities, and capital spending for senior

housing that would serve the needs of LGBT New Yorkers. Quinn described the HIV/ AIDS office as playing both a coordination and policymaking function, in an effort to centralize efforts made by city agencies including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the HIV/ AIDS Services Administration. It would approach issues of prevention, treatment, and housing in a “holistic” fashion, she said. The speaker suggested that the special mayoral office could control a portion of the funding spent on HIV/ AIDS in the city budget, though she said how


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Four states offer similar non-discrimination protections, but only based on sexual orientation: Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin. A total of 29 states offer no protections against discrimination.

Hate Crimes: Fifteen states and the nation’s capital provide enhanced penalties for crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Washington. Fifteen states apply such enhanced penalties only in cases where a crime is motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation. Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin.


Grassroots activists remember when very few supported the push for full equality Hate Crimes: The 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act allows the federal government to intervene in cases where a crime is motivated by bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity, though the vast majority of crimes are prosecuted under state law.

Relationship recognition: The federal government will now recognize valid same-sex marriages, though legal advocates are keeping a careful eye on whether such recognition will always extend to couples in cases where they reside in states that don’t recognize their marriage (see Duncan Osborne’s story on page 9). In any event, federal recognition imposes no burden on states to act similarly. Same-sex couples are recognized nationwide in limited circumstances, such as hospital visitation, under federal Executive Branch regulations.

Fourteen states have hate crime laws with enhanced penalties, but offer no protection against crimes based on either sexual orientation or gender identity bias: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia. Six states do not have any enhanced penalties for hate crimes: Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, Wyoming. Relationship recognition: Relationship recognition: As of August 1, 13 states and the nation’s capital will have marriage equality available to same-sex couples: California, Connecticut, Delaware , District of Columbia, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts , Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington. Six states offer comprehensive, civil union-style rights to same-sex couples: Colorado (same-sex marriage barred by law and constitutional amendment), Hawaii (same-sex marriage barred by law), Illinois (same-sex marriage barred by law), Nevada (same-sex marriage barred by constitutional amendment), New Jersey (no specific prohibition on same-sex marriage), Oregon (samesex marriage barred by constitutional amendment). Illinois recognizes valid out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Wisconsin has a statewide domestic partnership law that offers limited rights, but has a state constitutional amendment barring marriage or any expansion of its limited partnership statute. Thirty states offer couples no relationship recognition. Of those, New Mexico has no specific prohibition on same-sex marriages and recognizes valid marriages from outside the state. Four of the 30 have a statute barring same-sex marriage: Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wyoming. Five of the 30 have both a statute and a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage: Arizona, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee. Nebraska has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and many other forms of partnership recognition. Of the 30 states with no relationship recognition, 13 ban same-sex marriage in statute and also have a constitutional amendment broadly barring both gay marriage and other types of relationship recognition: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, South Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah. Alaska and Montana have statutes that broadly bar samesex marriage and other types of relationship recognition as well as a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Four of the 30 states have both a statute and a constitutional amendment that broadly bar both same-sex marriage and other types of relationship recognition: Florida, Ohio, Texas, Virginia.

Sources: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Lambda Legal.



n the day she vanquished the Defense of Marriage A c t , E d i e W i n d s o r, 84, deservedly took international center stage with her attorneys Roberta Kaplan, James Esseks of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union — but in a tiny side room at the LGBT Community Center where the press was barely able to squeeze in. Many of the volunteer grassroots veterans of the long fight for marriage equality going back to the 1980s were relegated to watching NY-1’s live coverage of the event projected on a screen on the Center’s third floor. Still, nothing could diminish their joy at this long and hard fought victory they championed for years when most major LGBT advocacy groups wanted nothing to do with the issue of marriage. Gay City News caught up with these pioneers at the Center celebration, the Pride Parade four days later, and via phone and email. Brendan Fay was at the Center, recalling how Windsor phoned him in 2007 and asked, “Are you the person who helps people get married?” Windsor’s longtime partner, Thea Spyer, was in poor health and the couple wanted to move quickly. Fay had organized a group called the Civil Marriage Trail to facilitate same-sex couples from New York traveling to Canada to marry, often presided over by out gay Judge Harvey Brownstone in Toronto. Vincent Maniscalco and Edward DeBonis, whose quest for a Catholic wedding was made into the 2004 documentary “Saints and Sinners,” were also


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Edie Windsor with (l. to r.) Tom Moulton and husband Brendan Fay and Vinnie Maniscalco and husband Ed DeBonis.

at the Center on June 26, Maniscalco recalling the early days of the Civil Marriage Trail in 2003. “Not everyone was on board with the issue in those days,” he said. And Cathy and Sheila Marino-Thomas, stalwarts of the grassroots groups Marriage Equality New York and later Marriage Equality USA, were also there, all smiles. Speaking by phone days later, Cathy said, “After years of working toward it and it seeming as if it would never happen, when it did it felt really fast. I thought of all the years of frustration, but it didn’t seem as long as when I was in it.” Cathy got involved in Marriage Equality — founded in 1997 by activists Jesús Lebron, Connie Ress, and James Loney, among others — two years later, “because Sheila wanted to have a kid

and it bothered me that we wouldn’t have legal protection. I met Michael Sabatino [now a Yonkers city councilman] and Robert Voorhies, and that was that.” Fay credited Lebron with “suggesting we needed to take the action of ACT UP and address the issue of marriage” after DOMA was passed with the support of 80 percent of the Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. “We were shocked that elected officials were debating the integrity and legitimacy of our relationships,” he said. On Pride Day, Fay said, he was mindful of politicians who led the way but also recalled those who stood in the way. Despite the fact that DOMA’s demise will end the hurdles facing binational same-sex couples, he remained stung that Senate Democrats had earlier this year ducked resolving that issue in their

immigration reform efforts. “I challenged Chuck Schumer and said I was appalled and outraged at what he did to the community in the immigration reform bill,” he said. “His staffer said, ‘It’s a happy day, so be happy,’ and I said, ‘It is a happy day because of years of activists and no thanks to you.’ One of my first demonstrations was outside Schumer’s residence after he voted for DOMA. He never apologized for that. I went up to Dick Gottfried in the parade and thanked him” for being the original sponsor of the marriage equality bill in the State Assembly. Lebron, who turned the phrase “marriage equality” into an organization in 1997, wrote in an email that “despite the fervent ignorance of many of our adversaries, good will, determination, and hard work can often result in vindication and victory.” He also wrote, “Marriage inequality is painful and vile, and its my hope that the other two thirds of our population are celebrating sooner than later their right to live freely and openly as families protected and served justly by the constitutional right to marry.” Much of the activism that led up to marriage equality began much earlier in New York with the fight for domestic partner recognition. The Village Voice was the first company in the country to extend such benefits to its employees in 1982. Lambda Legal sued the city on behalf of gay teachers to win partner benefits for municipal employees, a suit that took six years and wasn’t settled until 1993 by Mayor David Dinkins on the eve of his loss to Rudy Giuliani. Dinkins had earlier established a domestic partner registry helpful to couples trying to prove their


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Implementing DOMA Repeal Faces Some Hurdles

Advocates, Obama administration wrestle with federal programs that rely on legal residence for eligibility Pending Marriage Litigation Litigation to win marriage rights is underway in the following states:

North Carolina — f ederal court litigation by the ACLU announced on July 9, in an expansion of an ongoing adoption case

New Jersey — state court litigation by Lambda Legal

Pennsylvania – f ederal court litigation by the ACLU announced on July 9

Illinois — a pair of state court cases mounted in tandem by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Virginia — Lambda Legal and the ACLU have announced plans to bring federal court litigation soon

New Mexico — state court litigation by the ACLU and the National Center for Lesbian Rights Michigan — f ederal court litigation brought by a lesbian couple, with amicus brief support from the ACLU (see Arthur S. Leonard’s story on page 14) Nevada — federal court litigation by Lambda Legal, which is appealing an adverse ruling at the district court level

On July 9, Freedom to Marry announced a “pathway to nationwide victory” that would see marriage equality enacted in four states — Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Oregon — by next year, and in at least six of nine more states — Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia — by 2016.



ith the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) declared unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court on June 26, the more complicated task of implementing federal recognition for married gay and lesbian couples has begun. “We applaud the administration’s quick action on important programs like immigration and federal employee benefits,”

wrote Rose Saxe, a senior staff attorney in the LGBT & AIDS Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in an email. “For the most part, there is no barrier to the federal government respecting marriages that were validly entered into, regardless of where the married couple lives.” The ACLU fought and won the federal lawsuit brought by New York widow Edie Windsor challenging the section of DOMA that barred federal recognition of samesex marriages. On June 28, the federal Office of Per-

sonnel Management issued a guidance saying that the “legally married same-sex spouses” of federal employees were eligible for a range of employee benefits. On July 1, Janet Napolitano, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, directed the federal immigration services “to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.” While gay groups are applauding the Obama administration’s quick action in these two areas, other federal agencies,

laws, and regulations may require more time and more significant changes. Some Social Security benefits and rights under copyright law operate under statutes defining marriage according to the law of the state of domicile — that is, the state that the person seeking the benefit or right lives in. Changing those could require legislation. Currently, 35 states have explicit legal bans on allowing or recognizing same-sex marriages. Some agencies and laws, such as the


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n an April column on Huffington Post, journalist Andrew Miller described taking Kyle, a friend, to Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) or the process of giving a 28-day course of anti-HIV drugs to someone recently exposed to the virus to prevent them from becoming infected. While PEP must start within 72 hours of the exposure, Miller wrote that emergency room staff “dragged their feet,” the attending physician was “uninterested,” and Kyle endured a series of tests and questions that could have waited until after he received his first dose. Just as Kyle had lost patience and was about to leave, “the nurse arrived with


an initial dose of anti-retrovirals, enough pills for three more days, and instructions to see his doctor for a prescription,” Miller wrote. What the two gay men did not know is that the New York state health department funds six providers, including the emergency departments at Roosevelt Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital, to deliver PEP and that those facilities have established protocols. “At this point, the program essentially runs itself because we’ve been doing it for so long,” said Dr. Daniel Egan, who runs the PEP program at the two hospitals, which are owned by Continuum Health Partners. PEP began infor mally in the US among healthcare workers who had an exposure, typically being stuck with a needle. In 1996, the US Public Health Service issued its first guide-

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its spending would compare to that of departments like DOHMH “has to be determined.” The office, she said, would also play the primary lobbying and advocacy role on policy questions regarding the epidemic in Albany and Washington. One of Quinn’s priorities is the establishment of a 30 percent rent cap for New Yorkers living with AIDS who receive public support and live in private housing. That cap applies to others living in governmentsupported housing programs, but an anomaly in state law has prevented that benefit from being extended to AIDS tenants. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has consistently opposed that rent cap and lobbied Republicans in the State Senate to block it. In what was a campaign appearance, the speaker also vowed to fund shelter beds for homeless youth currently on waiting listings at the handful of facilities that provide appropriate space. Quinn said between $10.5 and $12 million annually would be needed to make beds available for the 350 homeless youth advocates say are specifically denied shelter each night. A recent study from the Empire State Coalition and the New York City Association of Homeless and StreetInvolved Youth Organizations estimated that 3,800 youth are homeless each night, approximately 40 percent of them LGBT, with 1,600 actually sleeping on the streets and about 150 getting through the night by staying with a sex work client. Asked whether adding beds would in turn increase the demand for beds, Quinn acknowledged that possibility but said, “The immediate issue is no waiting list.” She also said it was time to stop the “budget game” over funding homeless youth programs. In recent years, the Bloomberg administration has reduced such spending in its budget and the Council has fought to restore it. State spending on homeless and runaway youth was also reduced in the past several budgets. Prior to Anthony Weiner’s entry into the mayoral race, all of the Democratic contenders had pledged to hold that budget harmless. Quinn’s proposal would roughly double the commitment currently in place. In an emailed statement, Carl Siciliano, the founder


State and city fund programs to prevent infection, but few gay men seem aware

Dr. Daniel Egan said PEP programs he runs at Roosevelt and St. Luke’s Hospitals are well utilized but acknowledged that awareness of this prevention option among gay men is not widespread.

of the Ali Forney Center, which serves homeless LGBT youth, said, “I have been in discussions with Quinn’s office about this, and am thrilled… it has always been accepted as a given by city government that many homeless youth must sleep on the streets because of an inadequate youth shelter supply to meet the need. Finally, a leader is articulating a plan to make sure that all homeless youth are provided shelter.” The third major piece of Quinn’s June 28 announcement involved her pledge to use the city’s capital budget to fund at least one senior housing facility with services and cultural opportunities suited to LGBT residents. Saying the housing would “obviously be open” to any resident, regardless of whether they were LGBT, she noted that similar facilities already exist in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Senior housing advocates have told her that if the city funds construction out of its capital budget — which Quinn described as “strong” — they could operate it without any need for ongoing government subsidies. Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, in an emailed message, said, “There is a tremendous need on the part of LGBT older New Yorkers for welcoming and affordable housing — there is no concern we hear about more often at SAGE. Every project like this takes innovation and leadership to get off the ground — that’s why there are so few across the country. It’s encouraging to see that innovation and leadership in Speaker Quinn’s plan.” The speaker also committed to a more robust response to hate crimes and to make the city a more vocal advocate on LGBT issues in Albany and Washington. State Senator Brad Hoylman, an out gay Democrat from Manhattan, said the city could be helpful on issues such as the 30 percent rent cap, which he is the lead sponsor on, and the Gender Expression NonDiscrimination Act, a transgender civil rights measure stalled for more than a decade since the passage of the gay rights law. Quinn’s announcement coincided not only with LGBT Pride Weekend but also with polls showing that her frontrunner status in the race is now in question.

lines on using PEP for occupational exposure. Without recommending PEP, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first guidance for non-occupational exposures in 2005. It is a comment — and not a good one — on the state of HIV prevention in New York City that this established resource for preventing HIV infections is not well known among gay men. “I don’t think that many of my gay friends, run of the mill gay guys, know about it,” Egan said. A 2011 study that was published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections found that just 201, or 36 percent, of 554 men who were interviewed in two New York City bathhouses were aware of PEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP),

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Weiner is running either right behind her or just ahead of her in several recent polls, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the 2009 Democratic mayoral nominee, has also improved his standing. All of the Democrats have strong LGBT records, but Quinn has wracked up endorsements from most of the lesbian and gay elected officials and political clubs, as well as the Empire State Pride Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which works on behalf of out LGBT candidates nationwide. Thompson won the endorsement of one LGBT club, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Comptroller John Liu received the backing of the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has gotten support from a number of high profile gay and lesbian celebrities, including Cynthia Nixon, Alan Cumming, Charles Busch, and Michael Musto. Weiner, who was one of just seven House Democrats who voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2007 to protest the lack of protections for transgender workers, recently faced questions over two occasions at which he failed to speak out against homophobic statements made in his presence while he was campaigning. On the day the LGBT Pride March took place, Quinn herself faced questions about how she responds to homophobic outbursts, when the New York Post reported that director Brett Ratner, bounced from his role producing the 2011 Oscars after being quoted saying, “Rehearsing is for fags,” was raising money for her campaign. The speaker said she accepted the apology he offered publicly, something the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has also done, having honored him earlier this year. While all the mayoral candidates marched with supporters in the parade, Quinn’s contingent numbered in the hundreds, while other contenders fielded groups of several dozen each. In the biggest LGBT endorsement of the week, Quinn was backed by Edie Windsor just hours after she prevailed at the Supreme Court in her challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Hours after the parade ended, her campaign released a list of 1,700 LGBT supporters.


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44 W. 10th St., Ste. 1A in New York, (212) 505–0295, Contact Dr. Kate Brayman for a great smile. Her office provides teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Look your best on your big day and call Dr. Brayman today.

Lavaan Dental Spa

474 6th Ave. in New York, (212) 837–1833, Lavaan is the only true spa for your smile. There’s no drilling, no filling, just clean, while smiles.

INVITATIONS PaperPresentation

23 W. 18th St. in New York, (212) 463–7035, Paper Presentation is a unique retailer of specialty papers, envelopes, custom invitations, giftwrap, craft and art supplies, and other products to inspire your creativity.

JEwELRY The Clay Pot

(516) 860–9288, Kupcakes with a K offers over a dozen different unique flavors for you to enjoy! Sold in certain locations and through its website for your party or event.

162 7th Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 788–6564, The Clay Pot opened in 1969 as a pottery studio and now sells designer jewelry with an impressive wedding ring selection. Come visit and see what everyone is talking about!

Lou Babs & Moogs

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95A Main St. in Port Washington, (516) 883–8585, Lou, Babs & Moogs opened its doors in 2002, and sells an inspiring mix of unique and useful gifts for

64 Trinity Pl. in New York, (212) 964–7592, If you’re in search of something classic, contemporary, or completely eclectic, Greenwich Jewelers is

Wedding Ring Originals

MEN’S FORMAL wEAR Black Tie Formals

Multiple locations, Family-owned and operated since 1970, Black Tie Formals offers tuxedo and suit, rentals and sales. It has a large inventory with many labels. Come in and try on a style and see how dashing you look!


(646) 302–2801, 2 To Tango believes that excellent planning starts with a clear understanding of the clients’ needs, style, and wishes. It offers help finding interfaith Ministers, caterers, wedding insurance, and more.

PARTY RENTAL Classic Party Rentals

336 W. 37th St. in New York, (212) 752–7661, At Classic Party Rentals, exceptional customer service is its hallmark. It offers a network of party specialists that can provide everything you need anywhere you need it.

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1860 Bath Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 265–8191, Accurate Building Inspectors is a full-service home and building inspection firm servicing the tri-state area since 1961.


and improved Staten Island venue can provide the perfect. elegant backdrop for your reception with prime dates still available.

Le Cirque

151 E. 58th St. in New York, (212) 644–0202, Le Cirque has offered an unparalleled dining experience for over 38 years. It welcomes you to enjoy a meal in its modern, circus-themed dining room where the food is just as exciting as the decor.

The Provincetown Business Guild

3 Freeman St., Provincetown, Mass., (508) 487–2313, In 2004 Provincetown quickly became the number one destination for LGBT unions. The inclusive, gay-friendly spirit provides the perfect place for all couples to host a wedding, commitment ceremony, or spend their honeymoon.

reBar Brooklyn Gastropub

147 Front St. in Brooklyn, (718) 766–9110. This DUMBO gastropub located on the mezzanine of a 19th century tea factory offers seasonal New American fare, 135 beers, an organic wine list, and an extensive scotch selection.

Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel

370 Canal St. in New York, (212) 966–3400, Let the Sheraton Tribeca help you celebrate your same-sex wedding. The sleek, modern hotel works with various New York City wedding venues in the area.

Tio Pepe

168 W. Fourth St. in New York, (212) 242–9338, At Tio Pepe you have a choice of atmosphere. The skylight dining room supplies a touch of romance while the enclosed sidewalk cafe provides a room with a view of Greenwich Village.

Top of the Garden

251 W 30th St. in New York, (212) 643–0055, Top of the Garden is an L-shaped raw loft space that lets your imagination come alive for a wedding. It’s 4,000-square feet offer seamless spaces in which to primp, prep, cook, and set up.

(212) 627–8838, Alger House is a great venue for smaller weddings and corporate events (30 to 106 guests). The very private reception hall has high ceilings, custom lighting, and nearby transportation.

The Vanderbilt at South Beach

Brooklyn Museum

Villa Vosilla

200 Eastern Pkwy. in Brooklyn, (718) 638–5000, The Brooklyn Museum is an extraordinary venue located in the heart of Prospect Heights. It has oneof-a-kind backdrops for private events.

Circle Line

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Columbia’s Faculty House

64 Morningside Dr. in New York, (212) 854–1200, A smart and stylish choice for your unique New York City wedding, the prized University landmark has classic, flexible spaces with a surprising, modern twist.

Fort William Henry Resort

48 Canada St. in Lake George, (518) 668–3081, The gay-friendly hotel is located on 18 acres that span the entire southern shore of Lake George. It assures that your wedding will be one spectacular memory — for you, your wedding party, and guests.

Grand Oaks Country Club

200 Huguenot Ave. in Staten Island, (718) 356–2771, Formerly the South Shore Country Club, this new

300 Father Capodanno Blvd. in Staten Island, (718) 447–0800, Boasting both a luxurious banquet hall, as well as magnificent outdoor oceanfront space, 6302 Main St. in Tannersville, (518) 589–5060, Villa Vosilla is located in the middle of the Catskill Mountains. The hotel can customize your wedding with a cocktail party and gourmet cuisine prepared by a culinary chef from Italy.

World Yacht

81 W. 41st St. in New York, (212) 630–8100, Operating since 1981, World Yacht at Pier 81 is the premiere destination on the Hudson River. It has four stunning vessels and is an ideal venue for romantic dinners, group outings, and weddings.

Yacht Owners Association

101 W. 23rd St., New York (212) 736–1010, Yacht Owners Association has over two decades of experience planning events at sea, and the largest number of yachts in the tri-state area. The Yacht Owners Association can accommodate weddings anywhere from 2 to 600 guests.

TRAVEL Ace World Travel

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Four years after launching federal litigation against Proposition 8, Chad Griffin, now president of the Human Rights Campaign, has reason to be happy. His hope of settling the question of a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage fell short, for now, but marriage equality has been restored to California and, due to victory in the DOMA case, the US government will now recognize legal marriages by gay and lesbian couples. It is significant, then, that just 12 days after the two welcome Supreme Court rulings, Griffin used the start of a fiveday trip this week to issue something of a dire warning: “that there are now ‘Two Americas’ when it comes to LGBT equality.” As he departed Washington en route to Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Arkansas, those words were certainly appropriate to the itinerary, if not in fact an understatement. “In one America, full legal equality gets nearer every day,” an HRC release stated. “But in the other, even the most basic protections are still non-existent.” The immediate impulse is to consider Griffin’s observation in the context of the marriage fight. Thirteen states now have

marriage equality, another six offer civil unions or their equivalents, and one — Wisconsin — has a more modest partnership law. That’s forty percent of the states, but those 20 states show a very distinctive geographic pattern. Nine of the marriage equality states hug the Eastern Seaboard — the six in New England, New York, Delaware, and Maryland. Adding New Jersey, which has a civil union law and would have marriage had Chris Christie not used his veto pen last year, you see a stretch of equality or near-equality from Maine to the nation’s capital. On the West Coast, there is gay marriage in Washington and California, and civil union-style laws in neighboring Oregon and Nevada. And the Upper Midwestern marriage oases of Minnesota and Iowa border Illinois, which has civil unions and strong momentum toward full marriage. The thirty states that offer no relationship recognition dominate much of the rest of the Midwest, Great Plains, Mountain West, and the entire South, from Virginia to Texas. Of those 30, 25 have prohibitions against same-sex mar riage — and often other forms of partner recognition, as well — written into their constitutions, a hurdle that imposes special burdens on advocates seeking to deliver equality across the nation. In the wake of the Supreme Court victories last month,

groups from HRC to Freedom to Marry to the community’s leading legal advocacy organizations offered game plans for advancing the marriage fight — in state legislatures and state and federal courts. Griffin boldly predicted nationwide victory on marriage equality within five years. Freedom to Marry laid out a more modest goal — winning equal marriage rights in up to 13 additional states by 2016. Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Oregon are the lowest hanging fruit in its estimation, but to achieve even 10 of its targets, state constitutional amendments will have to be undone one by one, unless there is a sweeping nationwide victory in the federal courts. And the community will have to begin winning in states where gains to date have been modest to nil — places like Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. And we’re not even talking yet about Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, or Texas. But at least advocacy groups recognize that expanding the map is an urgent necessity. Acknowledging that necessity couldn’t have come soon enough. Because relationship recognition and marriage aren’t the most important needs among LGBT Americans. In 29 states, queer people enjoy no statewide protections against discrimination of any type — in employment, housing, or anything else. The 29 states that offer no protections against discrimina-

tion match up almost identically with the 30 that give same-sex couples no relationship recognition. New Mexico is the only exception — it has a nondiscrimination law with protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but currently offers no partnership rights. Like Illinois, however, it does recognize out-of-state gay marriages and is considered a top target for near-term progress. To be sure, within each of the two groupings of states, anomalies persist. New York enacted gay marriage two years ago, but has stalled for a decade on transgender rights. New Jersey has historically been way out front on LGBT rights, but lacks equal marriage. But these disparities between like states are overwhelmed by the differences between the blues and the reds. And we are not talking here about whether it’s the Democrats or the Republicans who prevail, but rather whether we are free in a particular state or not. And so, the LGBT rights project cannot succeed without a dramatic expansion of the map. And in 29 states, people cannot wait. Which is why Congress must move on the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act — as a very modest first step. And why President Barack Obama cannot simply blame Speaker John Boehner for not allowing ENDA to advance. He must use the power he already has to issue an executive order barring discrimination by any business seeking contracts with the federal government. The president must act now, because when it comes to discrimination surely it is unacceptable to Barack Obama that he preside over two Americas.



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Gay(,) Drunk, Proud BY AUDREY E.P. FICK


’ve come out about twice a year since I was 12. I started drinking when I was 12. My parents didn’t take it


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well. Mine is a family of heteronormative, conservative background. We were involved in the community and faithfully attended our local parish. I knew I was queer at an early age, but I heard in church

that gay people go to hell, that they are sinners and wrong. I didn’t know how to reconcile who I knew I was with what I heard and saw around me. And I didn’t know anyone who was queer besides my friend’s gay uncle — but he wasn’t

really gay, because Bernard was just his roommate. I didn’t know that my identity wasn’t something of which to be ashamed. I didn’t know that everyone was to be celebrated. So I drank. I drank to dull the shame, tamp the guilt, force the pain of family denial and disappointment to subside, and make bearable the duality of who I presented


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Excepting the Anti-Family Jesus BY KELLY JEAN COGSWELL


espite our victories — probably because of them — Pride seems more and more like a kind of queer Thanksgiving, with too much talk about family as we celebrate new gains protecting lesbian and gay ones via marriage, immigration equality, and adoption. While I’m glad for the legal progress, it's worth saying that this kind of family is not the one so many of us tried to reclaim when the movement was more about liberation than equality and we danced on sweaty dance floors to the sounds of Sister Sledge, grateful to have found a community, even a fractured one. No, Family 2013 is the thing I fled when I came to New York — the sanctimonious and claustrophobic unit whose purpose is not to draw together, but to set apart and privilege the small circle over the greater, the wellbeing of the few over the community. Even when queers are involved, family seems just a tiny extension of the first person, the jealous and avaricious "I" that slips a noose around your neck as soon as you're born. Which is why even though I'll probably benefit from some of these homofamily gains, I rarely use the word to talk about my relationship — it just seems so inadequate and debased. What are families for, anyway? To consolidate wealth and power? Offer


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to be and who I really was. As Pride came around this year, I once again considered the seemingly inextricable realities of drinking and being queer. To an individual with no prior knowledge of Pride Weekend, it might appear less commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and more large-scale show of duct-taped nipples, leather, and liquor. Alcohol companies sponsor floats, performers, and after(and after -after -) parties. High-risk behavior is fueled by the consumption of alcohol as well as illicit substances, and the glitz of glossy liquor sponsorships, coupled as they are with the promise of sex, fans the flame. And this is intentional. More than 30 years ago, alcohol advertisers identified the LGBTQI market as a shrewd target, baiting the advertising hook with their depic-

lies, though the fewer utilitarian reasons they have to exist, the more we spread greeting card myths like: They're the people that have to love you, no matter what. And, families always have your back, just because.

We ignore just how bad this latest incarnation of family is for kids, who are lowest in the pecking order, in some ways less valuable than when they were at least weeding corn or working in sweatshops. In every extended family, there's the troubled mother who is allowed to torture her children in silence because it's too much effort to get involved. Or maybe it's the uncle who goes off in corners with little girls or little boys while the others turn a blind eye to avoid the scandal and damage to the sacred family name. Queer kids are bullied by their own parents and siblings, isolated with no recourse. And yet, even we queers still ador e The Family. Long for one. Sometimes spend years in therapy to recast the narrative, instead of shrugging and abandoning it entirely and aiming for something more radical than the pathetic Focus on the Family. I've never understood why Christian fundamentalists are so obsessed with preserving this particular institution when Jesus was one of the biggest anti-family figures in history. I was reminded of this by Ta-Nehi-

tion of inclusiveness that both out and closeted members of our community so long for. Major distillers deliberately key into the deep-rooted emotional need of every individual to see their identity and life publicly reflected. By presenting images of belonging that counter the stress of identifying outside the traditional gender binary, the experiences of being bullied and ostracized, the political exclusion, and the damnation of religions, Big Alcohol appears to champion the gay community. Or, are they exploiting a vulner able population with a higher rate of depression, whose socialization historically revolves around the gay bar? In becoming a gay ally, alcohol companies reinforce a dangerous cultural dynamic that implies that “gay” equals “drinking.” It’s a dynamic our community would be remiss in failing to examine.

I moved to New York City when I was 17 because I knew I could find gay people in gay bars gay drinking. So my scholarship to ostensibly study French and Art History quickly underwent a switch in majors to mor ning vodka, cocaine, her oin, Xanax, and an intervention. I didn’t realize that I fit a statistic, that approximately 25 percent of homosexual people use alcohol and other substances excessively. Only nine percent of the general population is similarly af flicted. Alcohol and drug-related problems aren’t limited to drunk texts and walks of shame. The higher our rate of use, the higher our rates of STD and HIV infection, intimate partner violence, unemployment, and homelessness — never mind cancer, dementia, cirrhosis, and gout. GOUT. This Pride Weekend, I chose to cel-

support? Repr oduce? If not your genetics, ideology? We don't need big ones anymore for family far ms or businesses. Ideally, the small unit of family could teach kids to cooperate with other individuals before shoving them out into the larger world, but the modern family seems more likely to teach conformity and competition. It's where gender roles are first enforced. Where we're taught to hate our neighbors. Keep up with the Joneses if we can't out-do them. Usually at the expense of that woman lying in the sidewalk. Not my problem. Family first. There's nothing magic in fami-

Family seems a tiny extension of the jealous “I” that slips a noose around your neck as soon as you’re born.

si Coates, who's been up to no good lately, reading the Bible and posting New Testament passages in his Atlantic magazine blog: "For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me..." My favorite, though, would be the passage when a recruiting Jesus told one guy to skip his father's funeral and follow him: "Let the dead bury the dead." I remember as a kid being shocked and excited when I read that text. How it gave permission to crawl out of the trap and walk away. No backward glances. It saved me even when I gave up the idea of leaving my family behind to become a missionary, and instead hopped on the Greyhound with the idea I could embrace the larger world, be a poet. Later, it allowed me to become a dyke activist. For me, now, these passages are still a radical call to community and citizenship, demanding we open our eyes to the world beyond the one we were first born into or even chose. To redeem that word, family, we have to do more than add the words gay or lesbian, but knock down walls to expand it, until it includes us all. Follow Kelly Cogswell on Twitter @ kellyatlarge.

ebrate who I am, whom I love, and the strides made toward gay equality with the best of them — all of those things certainly deserve to be celebrated. But I didn’t celebrate in a way that landed me on a Thorazine drip at Bellevue on Monday. I don’t want to make a million friends who don’t remember my name when the party’s over. I choose to celebrate Pride in a way I can feel proud of, to assert my belonging in a community willing to examine its relationship to an activity endangering its members. And I want to be a member of the community I drank to belong in — sober. Audrey E.P. Fick is a genderqueer substance abuse counselor working in East Harlem, living in Brooklyn, and writing this on the G train. S/he is an acting member of the Partnership for a Healthier Manhattan at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


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Same-Sex Marriages Resume in California BY DUNCAN OSBORNE


wo days after the US Supreme Court ruled that the proponents of Pr oposition 8 did not have standing to appeal a lower court ruling that found the 2008 ban on gay marriage in California unconstitutional, a federal appeals court lifted a stay it put in place in 2010 and marriages began in that state. “Today was a fantastic day,” said Sandy Stier on a June 28 conference call with reporters. “We are so thrilled that the court made the decision to lift the stay.” Stier and her now spouse Kris Perry were one of two couples who sued in federal court in 2009 after California voters approved Prop 8 in a ballot initiative. In 2010, Judge Vaughn Walker, who has since retired, ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. Elected officials in California refused to defend the ban and so the ballot initiative’s proponents took on that role. They appealed Walker’s ruling, but a federal appeals panel, which had stayed Walker’s injunction against enforcing Prop 8, ruled against them in 2012. On June 26, the US Supreme Court ruled the proponents did not have standing to defend the ballot initiative in federal court. “Because we find that petitioners do not have standing, we have no authority to decide this case on the merits, and neither did the Ninth Circuit,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the 5-4

majority. The appeals panel lifted its stay in a one-sentence order on June 28 and marriages began. Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, married Perry and Stier in San Francisco’s City Hall. Immediately following the conference call, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, the second couple, were married by Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, on his last day in office. “Everybody in the building clapped and it was an amazing moment,” Zarrillo said prior to the ceremony, referring to the moment when the couple picked up their marriage license. The proponents had said they would ask the US Supreme Court to rehear their case, a request they have 25 days to make but one that is rarely granted and is made even more unlikely as the court already decided they do not have standing. The proponents had discussed making a challenge in state court. “The fact that the Ninth Circuit lifted the stay doesn’t affect the judgment issued by the Supreme Court,” said Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., an attorney on the legal team that represented the couples. “Things can still play out in the Supreme Court… You look at the possibility of success in the Supreme Court, it’s zero.” Boutrous also said that the proponents would not be successful in state court. “There’s nothing they can do to go into state court,” he said. “There’s a federal injunction that trumps any-


Stay on 2010 ruling striking down Prop 8 lifted; plaintiff couples marry within hours

Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier exchanging wedding vows administered by California Attorney General Kamala Harris at San Francisco City Hall on June 28, two days after the US Supreme Court ruled in the Prop 8 case.

thing anyone could do in state court… I think they should wrap it up and stop trying to prevent people from getting married in California.” Conservatives were already stinging over the Prop 8 decision and a second decision issued by the US Supreme Court on June 26 that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law that barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages. After the two decisions were released, the Obama administration announced that it would quickly comply with the

DOMA ruling. On June 28, the federal Office of Personnel Management issued a guidance telling federal employees in same-sex marriages in any state how to enroll their spouses in employee benefit programs. The rapid developments on June 28 led the proponents to issue a vicious statement on, their web site. “This outrageous act of judicial tyranny tops off a chronic pattern of lawlessness, throughout this case, by judges and politicians hell-bent on thwarting the vote of the people to redefine marriage by any means, even outright corruption,” the statement said. “Homosexual marriage is not happening because the people changed their mind. It isn’t happening because the appellate courts declared a new constitutional right. It’s happening because enemies of the people have abused their power to manipulate the system and render the people voiceless. The resumption of same-sex marriage this day has been obtained by illegitimate means. If our opponents rejoice in achieving their goal in a dishonorable fashion, they should be ashamed. It remains to be seen whether the fight can go on, but either way, it is a disgraceful day for California.” On June 29, Justice Anthony Kennedy rejected the proponents’ efforts to have the Supreme Court issue an emergency order vacating the Ninth Circuit’s decision to lift the stay on Judge Walker’s 2010 ruling.

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Federal ruling denying state’s effort to dismiss challenge to state gay marriage ban encourages plaintiffs BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD


senior federal district court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 has ruled that a Michigan lesbian couple is entitled to a trial on their claim that the state adoption law, forbidding same-sex couples to jointly adopt children, and the Michigan Marriage Amendment, forbidding same-sex marriages, violate their rights under the 14th Amendment. Judge Bernard A. Friedman, on July 1, rejected the state’s motion to dismiss the case, citing the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision striking down the

Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of valid same-sex marriages to support the “plausibility” of the couple’s constitutional claim. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the plaintiffs, are both employed as nurses and have lived together for six years. Between them, they have adopted three children as single parents. They would like to jointly adopt the children to solidify their family relationship, but Michigan’s adoption law forbids it because they are not married and the Michigan Marriage Amendment (MMA) denies them the right to marry. They filed suit in federal court, claiming that the state’s prohibition on joint adoptions by same-sex couples

violates their equal protection rights. In pre-trial arguments, Judge Friedman suggested their challenge would not be complete if it were confined to the adoption law, and they amended their complaint at his suggestion to add a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as well. The state moved to dismiss, arguing that the plaintiffs cannot show that the Michigan Marriage Amendment lacks any rational relationship to a legitimate state interest and that there is no fundamental right under the Constitution for same-sex couples to marry. Friedman denied the motion, holding that the claims cannot be decided as a matter of law at this point, large-

ly because of the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision. On one hand, he observed, there is language in Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion that the state of Michigan will cite about the state’s “historic and essential authority to define the marital relation.” Quoting Kennedy again, Friedman wrote, “They will couch the popular referendum that resulted in the passage of the MMA as ‘a proper exercise of [the state’s] sovereign authority within our federal system, all in the way that the Framers of the Constitution intended.’” But referring to the high court’s 1996


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Shocking Star Turns in Search of Story Wayne Kramer goes over the top — but where? BY GARY M. KRAMER


Southern-fried turducken of a movie, “Pawn Shop Chronicles” is comprised of three overcooked, intersecting tales. Depending on one’s appetite for excess, this tasteless film will be either delicious or disgusting.

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D i r e c t o r Wa y n e K r a m e r ( w h o helmed the underappreciated 2006 gem “Running Scared”) assembles an impressive list of attractive actors — Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, and Brendan Fraser, among them — and has them go slumming. Many of the performers look terrible, but they tear into their parts with gusto, as if their roles really were chickens stuffed in ducks stuffed in turkeys. The film opens in the title establishment run by Alton (Vincent D’Onofrio). When Vernon (Lukas Haas) walks in with a shotgun, Alton thinks he’s going to be robbed. However, Vernon, who ain’t too bright, wants to sell the gun. There is some haggling over price, and Kramer amplifies this scene exchange with some nifty camerawork. Vernon later explains to Raw Dog (Paul Walker) that he pawned the gun to buy gas so he can get to the rendezvous spot to commit a robbery for which he needs the gun. This is the logic we confront in “Pawn Shop Chronicles.” Then something unexpected and rather unpleasant happens, one of the film’s several jolts. Whether adventurous moviegoers are shocked or laughing — or both — will determine this cult film’s success. As the episode continues, it involves a candid conversation about hate between Raw Dog and his fellow white supremacist Randy (Kevin Rankin) that is darkly funny but also offensive. Randy is going after someone who owes him money, but that effort provides neither the most violent nor the nastiest sequence in the film.



Matt Dillon and Elijah Wood in Wayne Kramer’s “Pawn Shop Chronicles.”

Those honors are earned in the film’s second tale, one that goes so far over the edge viewers will marvel at its audacity — if they are not turned off completely. Here, Richard (Matt Dillon) is a happy groom who takes his new wife to Alton’s pawnshop to hock her wedding ring. While there, he discovers another ring — one he gave his ex-wife who has gone missing. He then jilts his new bride and sets off to find his long-lost love. What he encounters — and how he reacts to it — is, well, to put it mildly, unforgettable. Richard confronts Johnny Shaw (Elijah Wood), who might just be innocent, in a scene that involves Johnny stretched out on his living room table with four fishing hooks used to hold his mouth open. What Richard does to get Johnny to talk involves a household tool and creates an indelibly disturbing screen moment. It is to Kramer’s dubious credit that he does not hold back on showing the torture. “Pawn Shop Chronicles” doesn’t stop there, and this part of the film simply goes too far. Despite some interesting twists, the tale telegraphs its “surprise” ending, making an unpleasant sequence unsatisfying as well. And


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for me COMPLERA.

A complete HIV treatment in only 1 pill a day. COMPLERA is for adults who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before and have no more than 100,000 copies/mL of virus in their blood.

Ask your healthcare provider if it’s the one for you.

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What is COMPLERA? COMPLERA is a prescription HIV medicine that is used as a complete regimen to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never taken HIV medicines before and who have an amount of HIV in their blood (this is called “viral load”) that is no more than 100,000 copies/mL. COMPLERA contains 3 medicines – rilpivirine, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. It is not known if COMPLERA is safe and effective in children under the age of 18 years. ®

COMPLERA® does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. To control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses you must keep taking COMPLERA. Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 to others: always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids; never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them, do not share personal items that may contain bodily fluids. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information you should know about COMPLERA? COMPLERA® can cause serious side effects: • Build-up of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include feeling very weak or tired, unusual (not normal) muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold, especially in your arms and legs, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat. • Serious liver problems. The liver may become large (hepatomegaly) and fatty (steatosis). Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice), dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored bowel movements (stools), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain. • You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking COMPLERA for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions. • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you also have HBV and stop taking COMPLERA, your hepatitis may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking COMPLERA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health. COMPLERA is not approved for the treatment of HBV.

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Who should not take COMPLERA? Do not take COMPLERA if you have ever taken other anti-HIV medicines. COMPLERA may change the effect of other medicines and may cause serious side effects. Your healthcare provider may change your other medicines or change their doses. Do not take COMPLERA if you also take these medicines: • anti-seizure medicines: carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol, Tegretol-XR, Teril, Epitol); oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), phenobarbital (Luminal), phenytoin (Dilantin, Dilantin-125, Phenytek) • anti-tuberculosis medicines: rifabutin (Mycobutin), rifampin (Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane, Rifadin) and rifapentine (Priftin) • proton pump inhibitors for stomach or intestinal problems: esomeprazole (Nexium, Vimovo), lansoprazole (Prevacid), dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole sodium (Protonix), rabeprazole (Aciphex) • more than 1 dose of the steroid medicine dexamethasone or dexamethasone sodium phosphate • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) If you are taking COMPLERA you should not take other HIV medicines or other medicines containing tenofovir (Viread, Truvada, Stribild or Atripla); other medicines containing emtricitabine or lamivudine (Emtriva, Combivir, Epivir, Epivir-HBV, Epzicom, Trizivir, Atripla, Stribild or Truvada); rilpivirine (Edurant) or adefovir (Hepsera). In addition, tell your healthcare provider if you are taking the following medications because they may interfere with how COMPLERA works and may cause side effects: • certain antacid medicines containing aluminum, magnesium hydroxide, or calcium carbonate (examples: Rolaids, TUMS). These medicines must be taken at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after COMPLERA. • medicines to block stomach acid including cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid), nizatidine (Axid), or ranitidine HCL (Zantac). These medicines must be taken at least 12 hours before or 4 hours after COMPLERA. • any of these medicines: clarithromycin (Biaxin); erythromycin (E-Mycin, Eryc, Ery-Tab, PCE, Pediazole, Ilosone), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral) methadone (Dolophine); posaconazole (Noxifil), telithromycin (Ketek) or voriconazole (Vfend). • medicines that are eliminated by the kidneys like acyclovir (Zovirax), cidofovir (Vistide), ganciclovir (Cytovene IV, Vitrasert), valacyclovir (Valtrex) and valganciclovir (Valcyte).

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These are not all the medicines that may cause problems if you take COMPLERA. Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking or plan to take.

The most common side effects reported with COMPLERA are trouble sleeping (insomnia), abnormal dreams, headache, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, rash, tiredness, and depression. Some side effects also reported include vomiting, stomach pain or discomfort, skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) and pain.

Before taking COMPLERA, tell your healthcare provider if you: liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection, or have abnormal liver tests • Have kidney problems • Have ever had a mental health problem • Have bone problems • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if COMPLERA can harm your unborn child • Are breastfeeding: Women with HIV should not breastfeed because they can pass HIV through their milk to the baby. Also, COMPLERA may pass through breast milk and could cause harm to the baby

This is not a complete list of side effects. Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you notice any side effects while taking COMPLERA, and call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.

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COMPLERA can cause additional serious side effects: • New or worsening kidney problems, including kidney failure. If you have had kidney problems, or take other medicines that may cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider may need to do regular blood tests. • Depression or mood changes. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms: feeling sad or hopeless, feeling anxious or restless, have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to hurt yourself. • Changes in liver enzymes: People who have had hepatitis B or C, or who have had changes in their liver function tests in the past may have an increased risk for liver problems while taking COMPLERA. Some people without prior liver disease may also be at risk. Your healthcare provider may need to check your liver enzymes before and during treatment with COMPLERA. • Bone problems can happen in some people who take COMPLERA. Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do additional tests to check your bones. • Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV medicine. • Changes in your immune system. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider if you start having new symptoms after starting COMPLERA.

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• Always take COMPLERA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. • Take COMPLERA with a meal. Taking COMPLERA with a meal is important to help

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Stay under the care of your healthcare provider during treatment with COMPLERA and see your healthcare provider regularly. Please see Brief Summary of full Prescribing Information with important warnings on the following pages.

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– itraconazole (Sporanox)

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Somewhere, a Place for Us An opera dispatch from San Francisco’s Pride Week BY DAVID SHENGOLD



appy Supreme Court news mightily energized San Francisco Pride, already glowing from Frameline’s Film Festival and ShangriLa weather. All that and opera, too! San Francisco Opera under David Gockley fosters new work. Last month, it hosted the world premiere of “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene” by Mark Adamo, the popularity of whose genial “Little Women” (1998) has not extended to 2005’s sit-com “Lysistrata.” Where that Gulf War -era project ran from controversy, the new piece surely courts it in its intriguing and wellresearched basic premise: the centrality of Magdalene to the story of Jesus — here, “Yeshua” — and the erasure and distortion of that by the traditional Gospels. Archdioceses will surely fulminate against Adamo’s libretto, which raises pertinent questions about Christianity’s foundation and biases. Other political issues, however — including marriage rights and the legality of circumcision — arise as lame oneliners. The disciple Peter, disapproving of Magdalene and of female participation in Yeshua’s work, Adamo finds wanting for privileging political organizing and antiimperialist revolt over self-actualization and coupled love, reminding one how he drained “Lysistrata” of anti-war content, leaving only romance at its core. Is Adamo’s a quietist philosophy? The premise’s genuinely interesting aspects — for example, the tensions illegitimacy engendered between Yeshua and his mother (here “Miriam”) — needed language less self-consciously repetitive, prolix, and tending to doggerel. There were countless monosyllabic words yielding too many internal rhymes and creating an unfortunate “New Age greeting card” vibe. Kevin Newbury’s fluid direction minimized the piece’s gaucheries and longuers, but some cuts might help. Musically, there are manifest debts to Britten — echoes of “Grimes,” “Screw,” and “Dream” — and, more than any other opera I can recall, Sondheim, whose word-setting Adamo referenced in a program note, as well as lots of pseudoBernstein (the harmonies kept seeming to lead into “There’s a Place for Us”). Admirably, Adamo does achieve singable lines and piquant harmonies. If not original — nothing in the score would have been novel in 1950, certainly not the use of radio voices — the idiom flows pleasantly enough. The orchestration, often diverting, shows marked improvement from “Lysistrata.”

Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke in the San Francisco Opera world premiere of Mark Adamo’s “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.”

June 25’s third show offered some very fine singing. Mezzo Sasha Cooke (Magdalene), for whom Adamo has composed before, looked and sounded lustrous and committed. Nathan Gunn’s sincerely played Yeshua juddered at climaxes, sometimes shading flat. One sensed the music needed the bigger, “allAmerican” sound of a Lawrence Tibbett. William Burden’s Peter showcased incredibly beautiful tenor singing encompassing crystalline diction and expressive fervor. Maria Kanyova — a passionate Miriam, rather sparsely heard from — boasted a strong top, which could both soar aloft and shine in pianissimo. Lower down, however, phrases tended to vanish. Bass James Creswell made a resonant Pharisee, and Daniel Curran (tenor) and Brian Leerhuber (baritone) projected keenly the well-written parts — suggesting models in Monteverdi, Berlioz, and Mussorgsky — of two soldiers providing commentary. Locally debuting Michael Christie led the orchestra expertly. The full chorus — often saddled with Adamo’s direst platitudes musically and verbally — lacked perfect ensemble.

“Les contes d’Hoffmann”

two nights later was a Laurent Pelly co-staging with Barcelona and L yon. Though sensitively conducted by Patrick Fournillier and an interesting — if ultimately not altogether successful, in terms of dramatic pacing — use of much more responsibly-sourced musical materials than this textual “problem” work often receives, the evening stayed pretty flat and disappointing. It was neither amusing nor moving for much of its

considerable length. This partly resulted from Chantal Thomas’ deliberately banal, nearly empty shifting sets inspired by the work of an obscure Belgian symbolist, Léon Spillaert. We were left with little atmosphere, save in the Antonia act, where Pelly brought in dry ice and Dalilike spinning wheels as well as placing longtime collaborator Natalie Dessay in as vocally flattering positions vis-àvis her colleagues as humanly possible. Dessay phrased with distinction and had very touching r eal moments dramatically, but — with flutter and spreading under any pressure whatsoever and a high C sharp almost out of reach — is clearly wise to be retiring from active operatic duty, though one wishes she’d still attempt Poulenc’s “Voix humaine.” Otherwise, the only truly international-class performances were Matthew Polenzani’s sensitively acted, beautiful limned Hoffmann — gorgeous sound at low dynamic levels, but fine line throughout, even though this part’s demanding stretches take this savvy singer right to the limit of his tonal resources — and Munich-based mezzo Angela Brower (Nicklausse/ Muse), who contributed lovely singing and the evening’s few emotionally resonant moments. The rest — Christian Van Horn’s solid, competent villains, Hye Jung Lee’s wildly applauded but not really remarkable Olympia, and the attractive if somewhat generic-sounding Irene Roberts (Giulietta) and Jacqueline Piccolino (Stella) — evoked sound “regional” casting. Dessay aside, Thomas Glenn’s Spalanzani showed the best French.

“Cosi fan tutte” on July 1 suffered from skittish, overly fussy direction by Jose Maria Condemi, who littered the prettily designed stage — a Monte Carlo casino in 1914… whatever — with distracting extras, and Nicola Luisotti’s rather episodic conducting. The excessive continuo work and wannabe-hip surtitles also proved skittish and overly fussy. Two of the cast were Massively Unnecessary Imports: Marco Vinco’s unpleasantly hammy, shouty Alfonso, providing only idiomatic Italian, and Christel Loetzsch’s metallic, grainy Dorabella, a pure liability vocally. Susanna Biller sang decently but was directed to embody the Ur -Despina, hands on hips and raffishly charmless. The evening’s pleasures lay in the remaining trio: Ellie Dehn’s sincere Fiordiligi, showing beautiful sound and musicianship throughout; young Philippe Sly’s movie-handsome Guglielmo, with terrific legato singing; and ardent Sicilian tenor Francesco Demuro, evoking the young Pavarotti in Ferrando’s challenging music. A perfect concert for Pride Day: massively out conductor

Michael Tilson Thomas leading the Symphony in the first-ever concert “West Side Story” — one of a series of four from which a composite CD will appear on the SFS’ own label. We heard Bernstein’s 1984 revised score, with no Arthur Laurents dialogue — just the few lines written by Sondheim. Having a topflight orchestra romp through this score was thrilling. The snare drum and brass section won deserved roars of applause. Tony was Pride Day grand marshal Cheyenne Jackson, a very good though unmagical singer with excellent dynamic control except at the top, which tends to blare. The words might have been caressed more, which also held true for Alexandra Silber’s uneven Maria. Silber’s decidedly appealing flute-like quality hit instability crossing the high passaggio, and in Act Two someone dialed her mic up to distorting levels. One hopes another show went better for her. Sexy and utterly confident vocally and dramatically, Jessica Vosk simply cleaned up as Anita, and there were strong, dark-voiced alpha males aboard with Kevin Vortmann (Riff, much better sung then usual) and Kelly Markgraf (Bernardo). “Somewhere” — premiered on Broadway by future opera star Reri Grist — found a lovely, soulful yet straightforward interpreter in the superb Julia Bullock. An inspiriting afternoon. David Shengold ( writes about opera for many venues.



CABARET Flight of the Little Sparrow

MUSIC A Klezmer Preview

French singer and actress Floanne recounts the story of Edith Piaf, the Little Sparrow whose husky, mournful voice was a cultural phenom in the 1940s and ‘50s. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Jul. 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at or 212-867-7555.

Metropolitan Klezmer previews its upcoming fifth CD in an early evening show. Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St. near Bleecker St. Jul. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. Admission is $15, which includes one drink, at mhrnttt. Full menu, bar available.


THEATER Shakespeare With a Harlem Twist

Classical Theatre of Harlem’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” interlaces the stories of four lovers — one of whom is betrothed to a man but sentenced to death for her love of a woman — and a comical troupe of bumbling actors from the human world with those of a fairy kingdom in the supernatural realm. Director Justin Emeka, an Oberlin College professor, creates an enchanted, concrete jungle where African spirits celebrate the playful and fickle nature of love through music, dance, and magic. Marcus Garvey Park, Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Fifth Ave., btwn. 122nd & 124 Sts. Jul. 13-30; Tue.-Sun., 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. More information at

AT THE BEACH Cho, Cho Funny From “All-American Girl” to “Dancing With The Stars,” she’s done it all, and tonight Margaret Cho returns to Fire Island for two shows. Australian comic Jim Short opens. Ice Palace, Cherry Grove. Jul. 13, 8 & 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 at; $60 at the door.

BENEFIT Pride Agenda Does the Hamptons The Empire State Pride Agenda’s Hamptons Tea Dance is an afternoon of dancing and fun — including lots of fun for the little ones — that annually attracts hundreds of supporters of New York’s statewide LGBT lobby organization. This year’s event honors the memory of ESPA board member M.J. Vineburgh. DJ Lady Bunny keeps the beat going. ArtHamptons, the Ark Project, 60 Millstone Road near Scuttle Hole Rd., Water Mill. Jul. 13, 4-8 p.m. Tickets are $150 at


THEATER Queer Christmas in July

“We Three Lizas” is a magical musical fairy tale set in the queerest of lands in which an embittered designer's mid-life crisis leads to divine intervention by Liza Minnelli. And Liza Minnelli. And Liza Minnelli. Scott Bradley (book/ lyrics) and Alan Schmuckler (music/ additional lyrics) originated this holiday tale at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Garage. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Jul. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at

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BENEFIT Parker Posey’s Oasis for Homeless Kids

Parker Posey hosts “Oasis,” a summer benefit for the Ali Forney, which provides housing and social services to homeless LGBT youth across the city. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” finalist Detox performs. The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, 23rd St. at West St. Jul. 17, 7-10 p.m. Tickets begin at $75 at

THEATER Bette Davis Comes to Dinner, Stays a Month On May 28, 1985, star-struck Elizabeth Fuller’s dream came true Bette Davis came to dinner at her dilapidated New England cottage. Four weeks later, as a hotel strike in New York raged on, she was still there. “Me and Jezebel,” Fuller’s candidly funny day-to-day account of trying to please the irascible queen of Hollywood, it getting its 20th anniversary Off-Broadway revival. The Snapple Theater Center, 210 W. 50th St. Wed.-Thu., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m., beginning Jul. 17. Mark S. Graham directs. Tickets are $73.75 at


BENEFIT Gay Kids and Sports

“Coaching Respect” is a fundraiser for Changing the Game, the sports project of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, which address LGBT issues in schoolbased athletic and phys ed programs. Fire Island Pines Pavilion, Pool Deck. Jul. 20, 1-4 p.m. Tickets begin at $50 at


MUSIC Ladies Who Compose

The New York Musical Theatre Festival presents “The Music Box, An Evening of Lady Composers,” featuring music from a host of women, including Masi Asare, Julianne Wick Davis, Amanda Green, Stephanie Johnstone, Julia Meinwald, Susannah Pearce, and Zoe Sarnak. Keala Settle who earned a Tony nomination for last year’s “Hands on a Hardbody,” is among those performing. PTC Performance Space, 555 W. 42nd St. Jul. 21, 6 & 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 at


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New Age Knights

Brother Act




f the umbrella term “mumblecore” ever had a purpose, those days are long gone. The original group of mumblecore directors — Joe Swanberg, Aaron Katz, the Duplass brothers, Andrew Bujalski — have all gone off in different directions. In some ways, Bujalski’s latest film, “Computer Chess,” has as much as in common with the Chilean film “No” as it does with Swanberg’s forthcoming “Drinking Buddies.”


round midway through Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy,” a group of boys at a boarding school for “strong, ethical black men” belt out the classic spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” in a locker room. And while that was one of the few gospel-style songs I knew in this potent, transporting piece, I felt I was truly hearing it for the very first time.



Directed by Andrew Bujalski Kino Lorber Opens July 17 Film Forum 209 W. Houston St.

Manhattan Theatre Club Studio Stage II New York City Center 131 W. 55th St. Through Aug. 4 Tue.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Sat., Sun. at 2:30 p.m. $30;

Grantham Coleman and Jeremy Pope (sitting) in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy,” directed by Trip Cullman.

their hormone-fueled emotions run so high, ordinary dialogue fails them. The intense spirituality of the music, which ranges from plaintive to angry to joyous — soars straight to the heavens, carrying us along with it. Jason Michael Webb is the music director and vocal arranger. Each student has plenty to sing about. Pharus Young (Jeremy Pope), presumably based on the playwright, is a gifted vocalist — and unapologetically gay. He fends off homophobia with


CHOIR BOY, continued on p.29

Set at a computer chess tournament circa 1980, “Computer Chess” was shot with primitive, outdated video cameras. Bujalski shot his first three films on 16mm film; “Computer Chess” is his first work with video. The film shows a nostalgia for the days of VHS, with grainy, black-and-white cinematography contained within a boxy frame. Ye t B u j a l s k i ’ s f i l m i s a l s o a n exploration of the roots of our presentday culture, when geeks and computers reign triumphant. The computers in his

film seem quaint. Present-day iPads and laptops might now look like the essence of hipness, but in 30 years, they’ll undoubtedly be outdated, and shooting on the RED camera — a popular highdefinition digital video model — will be as odd as the boxy cameras wielded by some of Bujalski’s characters. “Computer Chess” takes place at a hotel. (There are almost no exteriors.) A group of computer programmers are gathered to test their chess software against each other during the course of a weekend. Henderson (Gerald Peary) presides over the event. Papageorge (Myles Paige) is denied a room at the hotel, for some reason. While their programs battle each other, the human drama is Bujalski’s real source of fascination. A gaggle of aging New Age hippies are also staying at the hotel, and inevitably, they wind up interacting with the programmers. Bujalski makes fine use of an ensemble cast and achieves a sense of drift reminiscent of Robert Altman’s films. As a location, the hotel allows for the feeling that anything is possible, just around the corner. It appears to contain a roomful of cats, some of whom wander around its corridors. Henderson apologizes for this to the allergy-prone among the chess players. The hotel also allows for moments of creepiness — the only woman in the group gets asked by a man if he can stay in her room, a request she not surprisingly turns down.


Andrew Bujalski examines the roots of a geekophile culture

A maligned, misfit youth finds his voice in an all-boys prep school

The rendition was so poignant I wondered if McCraney, who has made a name for himself creating works like “The Brother/ Sister Plays” and “Wig Out!” that drew from his past as a shy, God-fearing boy growing up in crackinfested Miami housing projects in the 1980s, was motherless himself. A quick bio check confirmed that after a nasty battle with drug addiction, his mother died of AIDS-related illness at age 40. This is just one of many authentic, exhilarating moments in “Choir Boy,” which is chock-full of glorious singing, although it would be wrong to label it a musical. More precisely, it’s a drama featuring gospel music, hymns, civil rights anthems, and soulful ‘80s pop thrown in for good measure — all integrated skillfully into the plot. When these boys sing, it’s because


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Patrick Riester as Peter Bishton in Andrew Bujalski’s “Computer Chess.”

The most mileage Bujalski gets from the location, however, is the way it forces computer programmers and New Age healers to share space. “Argo” is the only other recent film with such a feel for the unflattering clothes, hairstyles, and eyeglass frames from the Jimmy Carter era. But even if Bujalski decks out his characters in nerdy garb, he doesn’t mock them for this. These days, Hollywood studios make films glamorizing working at Google. The nerds have won. Just look at the past few summers’ procession of superhero movies, which threaten to crowd anything not genre-oriented out of

the multiplex. Computers are ubiquitous and not particularly threatening, unlike the bulky monsters of “Computer Chess.” Bujalski reminds us of a time when artificial intelligence seemed like an exotic notion. Most of the cast of “Computer Chess” consists of non-professionals who’ve never appeared in a film before. Their characters’ awkwardness may be the actors’ very own, but if so, Bujalski knows how to put it to good use. Former Boston Phoenix film critic Peary plays the closest “Computer Chess” comes to an arrogant authority figure, and he turns out to be a natural in the role. Even the New Age hippies are believable. In its last half hour, “Computer Chess” goes a bit off the rails. It interpolates a color sequence that fits badly into the narrative. A scene in which a character asks his computer questions points to an overall technophobia. Perhaps Bujalski is only comfortable with old technology, as his previous use of 16mm and current use of a video camera from the ‘70s suggest. Rather than settling into a satisfying narrative, “Computer Chess” splinters. Still, it’s good to see Bujalski growing, rather than making stereotypical mumblecore films about people in their 20s talking about their relationships. This time, he suggests the historical roots of our current cultural malaise, if that’s not putting too much weight on a fundamentally lighthearted film.

Evil Speaks for Itself

Joshua Oppenheimer examines what can be learned from documenting one’s own crimes BY STEVE ERICKSON


hilosopher Hannah Arendt, who came up with the notion of the banality of evil, might not like “The Act of Killing.” In this documentary, evil isn’t committed by anonymous gray bureaucrats, but instead flashy gangsters who dreamed of being Elvis and Marlon Brando. Joshua Oppenheimer — an American director based in Denmark — takes an unconventional approach to the massacre of two million “communists” in ‘60s Indonesia by gangsters and paramilitary squads. Essentially, the bad guys won, got to write the rules, and retain power today. Here, they also get to tell the stories. There are moments in “The Act of Killing” that expose a moral black hole so sickening that it takes your breath away,

such as a perky talk show on which nowelderly gangster Anwar Congo brags about killing communists in front of a studio audience dressed in paramilitary garb.

THE ACT OF KILLING Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer In Bahasa with English subtitles Drafthouse Films Opens Jul. 19 Landmark Sunshine 143 E. Houston St., btwn. First & Second Aves.

Oppenheimer’s solution — or the closest he ever comes to one — is to allow men like Anwar to make films about their experiences. As it turns out, watching and working around cinema had been central to their lives when they began their killing campaign, and he

hopes that actually making a film might set them on the right path, as corny as that sounds. If the project seems like something Oprah would commission, keep in mind that it was politically risky enough that the Indonesian co-director was billed as “Anonymous,” unable to reveal their identity. Over the past year, there’s been a great deal of debate about whether cinematic violence has the power to trigger real-life violence. “The Act of Killing” suggests that it can do so. Anwar and his fellow gangsters hung out in front of movie theaters, scalping tickets. Part of their beef with the communists stemmed from the party’s desire to ban the American films they loved. They would pump themselves up before torturing and murdering someone by watching movies, even ones as innocuous as ‘60s Elvis vehicles.

But Anwar credits gangster films with teaching him specific murder techniques, such as his favorite — strangling someone with a loop of wire. However, Oppenheimer’s take on movie violence is more complex than a simple denunciation. He suggests that it can also lead to catharsis and empathy. Anwar is reflective enough to be haunted by nightmares. He’s tried to chase them away by dancing and self-medicating with alcohol, marijuana, and ecstasy, but these techniques haven’t worked. He dramatizes his nightmares by having an oddly costumed ghost of a murdered communist — he looks like a Cirque du Soleil version of Edward Scissorhands — come back to haunt him. Playing a torture victim leads to a real breakthrough. In a slickly


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The Magic of Molokai Hawaiian Pride, gay movie rarities, Burrows’ bounty BY DAVID NOH



appy Supreme Court news mightily energized San Francisco Pride, already glowing from Frameline’s Film Festival and ShangriLa weather. All that and opera, too! I missed Gay Pride in New York, but living right on Christopher Street with the hordes on my doorstep — rather than celebrating in Central Park, with space, freedom, and less coralling cops, as we used to in the good old days — gives me a worthy excuse, I feel. Instead, I caught my first Pride in Honolulu, which had that sweet hometown feel to it so many do outside the roiling Apple. Of course, with so many gays and lesbians on the island, one could hope for a bigger turnout, but such is the state of affairs there, whether due to tourists being uninformed or, worse, to the unfortunate number of locals still sulking in the closet, given the still-prevalent mix of Asian repression and too much organized religion — that closet, by the way, often located in the family home too many have yet to move out of. But it was great to see Peter Carlisle, marching proudly down Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue — the first sitting mayor of Honolulu to do so — and later greeting the crowd at the rally in magical Kapiolani Park. As is traditional in many parades, dykes on bikes assumed the lead spot, though Honolulu being, after all, the ultimate beach town, the contingent was somewhat more svelte than those seen in other burgs. Part of the fun, of course, was seeing the reactions those proverbial sun-burnt pink and porcine Midwestern tourists had toward them, as well as toward the plethora of Aloha Bears, orchidbedecked trannies, and fabulously out and proud, heartbreakingly young school kids who followed. At the rally, I happily re-met the beautiful Jade Le, who publishes and edits eXpression! Magazine, a terrific glossy monthly that covers gay life in Hawaii ( magazine), and also the vibrant members of the Playbuilders of Hawai’i Theatre Company (, who were staging a production called “Yes… I am,” stories from Honolulu’s LGBT community. While back home, I also caught a good production of “Godspell,” directed by my former classmate Bree Bumatai, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s presentation of Ka Hālau Hanakeaka’s two plays about ancient heroes of legend, done entirely and most immersively, in Hawaiian. The gestural and vocal skill

The cliffs of Kalaupapa National Historical Park, the site of the storied leper colony.

of the performers made the story lines clear even to those with no knowledge of the native language, and their physical beauty — especially the guys in the briefest of malos, or loincloths — gave them a real visual charge even on a completely bare stage. The Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, started by Jack Law (whom I profiled in the previous issue of Gay City News), began just days after Pride and was held at the Honolulu Museum of Art, one of the most beautiful in the world. I can safely attest that this six-day gay movie fest is now fully on par with any other happening anywhere. Although I wasn’t able to attend many of the screenings, I did catch some worthies, like Travis Matthews’ “I Want Your Love,” which caused a stir when it was banned in Australia for its very graphic sex scenes — and subsequently staunchly defended by James Franco, who co-directed and appeared in Mathews’ “Interior. Leather Bar” about the so-called “lost footage” from William Friedkin’s scandalous “Cruising.” Although a tad too sparsely scripted for my taste, “I Want Your Love” is an effective study of a group of young friends dealing with one of their own leaving San Francisco for Ohio. It captured the fraught, desperate nature of 20-somethings going through seemingly earth-shaking, irrevocable changes with poignancy, and, as far as those sex scenes went, I think Mathews is on to something, with an audaciousness not seen since “Last Tango in Paris.” (I know people will cite the far flashier and more self-conscious “Shortbus,” but I somehow couldn’t bring myself to really care about anybody in that film.) No matter how deeply written or performed, there can be no more intimate exposure of characters than showing them screwing, and it’s a credit to the bravery of this cast that you

were able to be introduced to them, get to know them, and then — rather thrillingly — really get to know them. I was glad to see the festival include “Any Day Now,” which never got a Hawaii release and for which Alan Cumming was surely robbed of a Best Actor Oscar nom. Jeffrey Schwartz’s “I am Divine” was a wonderful warts-and-all 90-minute doc about that unparalleled, spherical diva, taking him/ her from notorious Baltimore shit-eater to Off-Broadway acclaim (in “Women Behind Bars” and “Neon Woman,” two unforgettably entertaining triumphs) to exhausted disco entertainer to ultimate glory in “Hairspray.” I do wish, though, that Whoopi Goldberg’s message on the funeral wreath she sent had been included: “See what a good review will do?” Arvin Chen’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” was a charming entry from Taiwan, about a married man’s midlife gay crisis. While in Hawaii, I fulfilled a longheld dream by visiting the island of Molokai, one of the least developed and most natural in the Hawaiian chain. As a guest of legendary fisherman and conservationist “Uncle” Mac Poepoe (star of the upcoming PBS doc “Fishing Pono”), I was able to see the place in true, truly Hawaiian style, enjoying hospitality in a number of beautiful houses set on “homestead” land. In 1929, as recompense to Hawaiian natives, tracts of land were personally entrusted to them to be leased for the amount of 99 cents a year, or — in the case of certain beaches — for strictly private use. And what tracts they were! We’re talking like 40 acres of pristine ranch land, all connected by red dirt back roads with no street lights, making the stars and moon at night seem so close. Garden groves are filled with mangoes, macadamia, gardenias, and breadfruit. And the beaches are white sand stretches with nary a footprint on

them, where Poepoe works to protect the moi fish, favored by Hawaiian royalty and once on the verge of extinction. Molokai is called “the friendly Isle” and it certainly was. Even the fish, curious to see humans, would come and nibble our feet, giving us the best free pedicures imaginable. The people were, of course, no less welcoming. Within minutes of meeting me, my new friend Kulia bestowed a precious triple strand necklace of rare Molokai shells upon me while describing an encounter she had with a haole (white) man she ran into at the supermarket. She thought she recognized him and launched into a lengthy discourse about their respective families before realizing he was a total stranger to her. “Eh, girl!” a pal said, rushing up to her afterward, “I didn’t know you knew the drummer from Grateful Dead!” — Bill Kreutzmann, who lives there. A trip to Kalaupapa, the storied leper colony that Father Damien made famous, had been planned, but after realizing it was best to have more time than a mere day to explore it, I contented myself with an incredible view of it from a lookout. As tragic a place as it once was, there’s no denying that it sits on one of the most glorious bays on the planet — and yes, there’s scary talk about developing it. At the same lookout spot, I had a ball clambering over the famed “phallic rock,” which lived up to its hefty reputation. Supposedly, any female who mounts it becomes pregnant.

Back in the steamy city,

I will be introducing two films (with drinkies!) at Strange Loop Gallery (27 Orchard St., btwn. Canal & Hester Sts.; 646-457-0859), under the auspices of the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, as part of its Queer Film Summer Camp series ( mw59gsx). On July 20, it’s “You Are Not Alone” (1977), Ernst Johansen and Lasse Nielsen’s tale of very young love, set in a Danish boys’ boarding school. Although I imagine the film was catnip for NAMBLA types, the complete acceptance with which these boys’ relationship is met by their peers as well as the film’s easy, non-prurient sensuality remain as breathtaking as when I first saw it in a dark age of gay films like “Taxi Zum Klo” and “Fox and His Friends,” which were rife with gloom and doom. On July 27, I’ll be presenting Edmund Goulding’s “Riptide” (1934). A true auteur, the bisexual Goulding wrote and directed this, as he did so many other films — while also composing


IN THE NOH, continued on p.29


| July 10, 2013 PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES, from p.19

this is a shame because Dillon throws himself into his role with considerable aplomb. Offering a very accomplished performance here, he goes from being an obsequious bridegroom to a man hell bent for revenge to someone who ultimately gets his just — or unjust — desserts. Dillon is amazing to watch,


CHOIR BOY, from p.26

sass and finds salvation as head of the gospel choir, which, while not as impressive as being captain of the baseball team, carries no small amount of pr estige in the r eligion-based Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. The effeminate, self-righteous Pharus refuses to snitch after being harassed for his sexual orientation. At Drew, breaking the honor code by ratting on a brother is even worse than being a queer choirboy. His jock roommate, AJ (Grantham Coleman), is incredibly accepting yet


the least compelling of the three in part because Fraser’s Elvis is pretty l a m e — p e rh a p s d e l i b e r a t e l y s o . The vignette is not much fun, and Ricky’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” is inter minable. It is as if Kramer was tuckered out after the first two episodes and just gave up here. “Pawn Shop Chronicles” does provide some pleasure in having Paul Walker

play a tattooed redneck and offering a fabulous cameo by Thomas Jane, as a character called “The Man” who provides some much-needed assistance to Vernon. And Elijah Wood’s brave turn is nothing if not memorable. It may take a cast-iron stomach to digest all of “Pawn Shop Chronicles,” but viewers with tastes so inclined may find plenty to chew on here.

must deal with the stigma of association with the “Sweet Boy.” Pharus’ nemesis is a bully named Bobby Marrow (Wallace Smith), who fights to escape the shadow of his uncle, the school headmaster. David (Kyle Beltran) has ambitions of becoming a minister but is bedeviled by a host of inner demons. Junior (Nicholas L. Ashe), Bobby’s dutiful sidekick, is having trouble mastering basic reading and spelling skills and relies on his brothers to help him. The boys are kept in check by the watchful Headmaster Morrow (Chuck Cooper) and Mr. Pendleton (played by the esteemed veteran actor -director

Austin Pendleton), a rumpled professor with unorthodox teaching methods. Director T rip Cullman extracts admirable per for mances from the committed ensemble. Pope shades the bossy, defiant Pharus with unexpected nuance, eliciting scorn one moment and sympathy the next. As the no-nonsense headmaster preoccupied with the school’s reputation and finances, Cooper adds a welcome dose of compassion, serving as a much-needed father figure for many of the boys. In the underwritten role of Junior, the radiant Ashe is a knockout, burning with a quiet intensity that speaks volumes.

The play crackles with McCraney’s gritty, unsentimental dialogue spiked with ugly epithets and penis jokes that make it feel raw and fresh, if not unnerving. Set in the contemporary South, “Choir Boy” is a spare, keenly sensitive meditation on African-American tradition, sexuality, brotherhood, and finding a place in the world. Aside from some awkward transitions and a patchy narrative, my biggest quibble is that scenes are so quickly paced, there’s no room for applause following any of the soul-stirring, amazingly graceful musical numbers.

EVIL SPEAKS, from p.27

stylized scene, reminiscent of a film n o i r, A n w a r p l a y s a c o m m u n i s t being interrogated, brutalized, and murdered. With Oppenheimer present, he invites his grandsons to watch it (over Oppenheimer’s objections), and it produces a surprising epiphany. Anwar finally experiences a tiny tinge of what his victims experienced. He reacts by going to the room where he killed many people and vomiting. That’s as close to hope as “The Act of Killing” ever gets. The Indonesian government’s definition of “communists” encompassed intellectuals, ethnic Chinese, leftists, and anyone else it found expendable. The paramilitary group organized in the ‘60s still thrives; “The Act of Killing” shows Indonesia’s vice president speaking at one of their rallies. The regime relies on the support of gangsters.


which is what keeps his story from being unwatchable. The third sequence is more weird than violent, which is both a relief and a disappointment given the level of frenzy the film achieves up until then. Ricky (Brendan Fraser) is an Elvis impersonator, who enters a strange town and makes a deal with a devil of sorts. This episode is

IN THE NOH, from p.28

songs for them and doing Garbo’s hair! Ostensibly a glossy vehicle for Norma Shearer, who was “coming back” to the screen after a year’s absence due to health issues facing her producer husband, Irving Thalberg, it’s an almost surreally glamorous production that features a bold, delightful relationship between her two gay buddies, played by Skeets Gallagher and George K. Arthur. They were both straight actors, but nevertheless share a wealth of humorous affection for each other in the film. Also in the cast is Ziegfeld girl/ chicest woman on screen Lilyan Tashman, an infamously predatory lesbian, with



Anwar Congo (r.) being made up for a film in which he plays a victim of the torture he and his allies unleashed on opponents in Indonesia.

But Oppenheimer also makes parallels between Indonesia and America. He himself doesn’t need to editorialize — one of Anwar’s friends

does it for him. Confronted by standards of the Geneva Convention, he points out that winners always write the rules where war is concerned. The Bush

whom, it was said, no nice lady ever went to the powder room. To — literally — round things out, there’s the legendary Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Shaw’s original Eliza Doolittle, making with the pearshaped tones and entrances. A sultry title song — later covered by the great Robert Palmer — opens things and, almost as much as Goulding, genius costumer Adrian could also be considered an auteur of “Riptide” for the ultimate jaw-dropping wardrobe he provides Shearer, at her immaculate sleekest, including a masquerade bug ensemble. And, although the central r omantic triangle among Shearer, Herbert Marshall, and Robert Montgomery is hetero, certain lines

Goulding wrote, as when Montgomery woos her away from her husband with “We’re creatures of the night, you and I…” sound at once very F. Scott Fitzgerald and very gay.

Speaking of night c re a t u re s, don’t miss “When

Fashion Danced,” an exhibit of the fashions of Stephen Burrows, at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St., through Jul. 28; One of the revolutionary American designers who won the “Battle of Versailles” at the fabled fashion show there in 1972, Burrows is dazzlingly represented by his innovatively cut and draped, brilliantly hued styles that were

administration’s crimes were never punished, just as the Indonesians got away with murder. Some of the more startling moments in Anwar’s film illustrate the arrogance that comes with such power. In one scene — an otherwise pleasant and pretty musical number — a murder victim thanks Anwar for sending her to heaven. Here, we get a glimpse of the kind of cinema the Nazis might have made had they won World War II. “The Act of Killing” begins with boastful dreams of stardom and ends with an old man puking his guts out. Maybe evil really is pretty banal after all. This is one of the most disturbing films I’ve ever seen, although all the violence it shows is fictional. Rarely has the full potential of cinema itself been brought home so forcefully. After watching it, you might start seeing dead communists in your dreams, too.

the pride of every hip girl of the era at Studio 54, from Cher to Grace Jones. A major donor to this spirit-lifting evocation of the disco era is fashion editor Daniela Morera, whom I recall as the most unsung best-dressed woman of her time. The epitome of raffish Italian glamour, she’d saunter into Movie Star News, where I worked, to research articles for Italian Vogue decked in the most forward looks from Burrows and Issey Miyake, always fabulously accented with the fiercest vintage jewelry. Contact David Noh at Inthenoh@aol. com and check out his new blog at http://


July 10, 2013 |



Urvashi Vaid’s Wakeup Call Longstanding lesbian leader lays out radical vision re-embracing liberationist path to change



have, for many years, appreciated Urvashi Vaid as the most progressive and liberationist of the institutionalized mainstream gay movement’s prominentii. Now, based on three decades of sterling activism, she has delivered a stinging critique of those institutions that should be must reading for every queer activist and anyone concerned about the nature and direction of those who claim they speak for all of us.


Magnus Books, the three-year old imprint founded by the great Don Weise, a peerless force in queer publishing and a superb editor of queer books for more than 20 years, has just published Vaid’s “Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class, and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics.” And Vaid does not pull her punches. “The LGBT movement has been coopted by the very institutions it once sought to transform,” she writes. “Heterosexuality, the nuclear family, the monogamous couple-form are our new normal. In place of activism and mobilization, with a handful of notable exceptions, LGBT organizations have become a passive society of spectators, following the lead of donors and pollsters rather than advocating on behalf of sectors of the community that are less economically powerful and less politically popular.” Vaid is right on target when she says, “This impoverishment of ambition and idealism is a strategic error. It misunderstands the challenge queer people pose to the status quo. It shamefully avoids the responsibility that a queer movement must take for all segments of LGBT communities. And it is deluded in its belief that legal, deeply symbolic acts of recognition and mainstream integration, such as admission into traditional institutions


By Urvashi Vaid Magnus Books $21.95, 236 pages

like marriage, or grants of for mal legal rights within the current form of capitalism, are actually acts of transfor mation that will end the rejection and marginalization of LGBT people, without deeper and more honest appraisals of the limits of the traditions to which LGBT people seek admission… The LGBT politics currently pursued will yield only ‘conditional equality,’ a simulation of freedom contingent upon ‘good behavior.’” I also agree with Vaid when she regrets the way in which the gay movement has abandoned the inclusive, liberationist, and antiracist politics of the 1970s for a much narrower agenda and set of values. “The gay rights focus was historically needed but is a vestigial burden we need to shed,” she writes, adding, “It leads to failure at the polls, is bad political strategy, narrows our imagination, does not serve large numbers of our own people, and feeds the perception that we are generally privileged and powerful.” The best chapters in Vaid’s new book

— her third — concern the problems of race and class. She has marshaled a horde of statistics and studies that show how the institutional gay movement, in its current, all-white incarnation dominated by corporatedominated thinking, excludes huge numbers of working class and poor queers and queers of color. She decries the undemocratic structure of those institutions, with their unaccountable, self-perpetuating boards of directors free of any membership control, and a pyramidal top-down structure that reduces us to “checkbook activists” — unfortunately, only those of us who can afford to write checks. This undemocratic movement “is unconsciously (and sometimes consciously) limited to white LGBT people. More often than not, it takes positions that reference the needs and interests of gay men, not lesbians, bisexual, or transgender people. How else can one explain the LGBT movement’s silence on issues that have a clear and disproportionate impact on LGBT people of color” in a country which, the latest census

figures show, will be a majority nonwhite in a couple of years? “How else can one explain the movement’s refusal to address issues of race? And how else can we explain the silence of most mainstream LGBT groups on policy fights on reproductive justice, violence against women, police abuse, and criminal justice abuses?” Vaid also quite rightly skewers the inordinate influence on our agendas and values of major gay donors and foundations, also unaccountable to anyone, who devote their funding to a whites-only politics of access while withholding support from groups that engage with race and class issues. Given Vaid’s intimate knowledge of the gay institutional world garnered in her 30 years of activism — including stints as the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, as founder and head of its valuable Policy Institute, and in major posts at the Ford and Arcus Foundations as well as the ACLU, attention must be paid. Vaid frankly acknowledges the fundamental cleavage in the gay movement between the left and the “center -right” (think Human Rights Campaign), the latter made up of groups that seek the comfortable, self-censorious goal of “belonging” within corrupt and exclusionary institutions without ever taking on the responsibility of challenging them. She decries the backroom politics of deal-making that excludes most of us from participation. And she regrets the abandonment of the subversive “otherness” that is at the heart of queer sexualities. “Queer presence — LGBT life in its widest range — builds curious and sometimes marvelous communities,” Vaid writes, including “subcultures that turn pain into caring; institutions that work to deliver services; resilience and humor instead of bitterness and violence; extended kinship structures that deliver emotional and material support but that are independent of blood ties; exceptional acts of generosity and affiliation with those who are social and political outcasts. Instead the LGBT movement tries to conform these creative forms of expression, to run from the freedom we have had to build unique lives, and submit ourselves to the confining forms that propriety, adherence to tradition, or legibility in this form of capitalism demands.” Va i d w a s t r a i n e d a s a l a w y e r ;


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| July 10, 2013 VETERANS, from p.9

relationship status in order to obtain private sector benefits. Dinkins’ predecessor, Ed Koch, had extended bereavement leave to gay partners in 1989, again on the eve of an election defeat — in the Democratic primary. Ron Madson and his husband Richard Dietz of Brooklyn Heights were plaintiffs in the teachers’ suit along with Ruth Berman and her wife Connie Kurtz, who now live in Florida where they are agitating for marriage equality. Madson recalled that when the Stonewall Riots occurred, he was working in the Village for his lesbian aunt. “Fast forward to now and here we are with federal recognition,” he wrote in an email. “I look back at those 44 years. It seems unbelievable and yet real. I always say we stand on the shoulders of giants. Every voice raised for justice, every jailed loiterer, every person who lost a job or family, every suicide, every friend who suffered and died of AIDS, Harvey Milk, the death of Matthew Shepard, etc. created this accomplishment. Anita Bryant and Proposition 8 created this. The determination of the LGBT community comes out of the realization that we are in a genocidal strug-


MICHIGAN, from p.14

Romer v. Evans ruling throwing out an anti-gay referendum in Colorado, its 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision that struck down the nation’s remaining sodomy laws, and New York widow Edie Windsor’s victory over DOMA, Friedman noted the legal precedents DeBoer and Rowse can rely on in making their case. “Plaintiffs are prepared to claim Windsor as their own; their briefs sure to be replete with references to the newly enthroned triumvirate of Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, and now


LARRY KRAMER, from p.16

missioner during the epidemic’s earliest years, Dr. David Sencer (“what a sad sack he was”), Kramer reserved special contempt for the late closeted Ed Koch and talked about the efforts he and McFarlane made to get the late Richard Nathan, Koch’s former lover, to tell his story publicly. “He told me in great detail about their love life, but then he chickened out,” Kramer said. When Kushner noted that Koch finally acknowledged that ACT UP was right, Kramer said, “He was closer to death and wanted to get into heaven.” Koch never acknowledged his own homosexuality. “I love to write,” Kramer said. “History’s got to be told.” He explained he got the idea for how to write “The Normal Heart” when he saw David Hare’s “A Map of the World” at Britain’s National Theatre in 1983.

gle. We were not given anything. We struggled, fought, pledged our fortunes, and died for this right.” It was their friend Gene’s death from AIDS that propelled Madson and Dietz to enter the suit for domestic partnership. “You know, we always considered it second class, but it was a step in the right direction,” Madson said. He noted their benefits have been taxed for almost 20 years, even after their 2008 marriage. Dietz said the June breakthrough made him recall the bad old days “when we had to hide,” writing, “I never in my life expected to be married — and it does make a difference in the way you relate to each other and to the world around you. Now we tell car rental clerks that we are married and check the married box on forms without fear or embarrassment. It seems like it has happened rapidly, but it’s been decades in the making… We are fortunate to live in this great country, unlike other primitive places where we are imprisoned or burned to death for who we are. Those are the real heroes whose very lives are at stake every day. Hooray for the USA.” Tom Smith, with whom I worked in the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights (CLGR) that got the city’s gay rights law enacted in 1986, recalled how

after that fight the focus turned to partner recognition. “ “We met with [Village] Assembly Member Bill Passanante [the chief sponsor of the state gay rights bill from its genesis in the early 1970s] in 1987 when we asked him to introduce a Marriage Bill,” Smith wrote in an email. Passanante “told us he couldn’t do it because he would be the laughing stock of the Assembly.” When Passanante decided not to seek reelection in 1990, out lesbian Deborah Glick replaced him. Smith recalled that under Saul Fishman’s leadership, CLGR’s Family Diversity Coalition worked with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who was then on the City Council, to introduce domestic partnership legislation against the will of Peter Vallone, Sr., who then led the Council. In an email, Fishman wrote, “Speaker Vallone said the bill was ‘doomed,’ claiming that the bill was pre-empted by state law. New York Law School Professor Art Leonard [Gay City News’ legal correspondent], a member of the Family Diversity Coalition, countered with a great brief demonstrating that this bill did not in any way contradict state law.” Fishman said he was “absolutely delighted” with the Supreme Court vic-

tory. “It is the logical conclusion of what we were working on then,” he said. “We always saw it as the end goal, but we knew it wasn’t attainable so we wanted to develop a mechanism by which the government could recognize our relationships.” He recalled the “big crowds” that turned up for meetings at the Community Center in the 1980s and into the ‘90s — several hundred on June 27, 1989, the anniversary of Stonewall, to rally for domestic partner legislation and 500 for a strategy meeting in 1990 chaired by Glick, CLGR’s Eleanor Cooper, and Tom Duane, who last year retired from the State Senate. Fishman noted that the late gay disabled activist Harry Wieder was instrumental in getting the disability community involved in the fight for a broad-based partnership law, since many disabled folks avoid marrying out of concern over losing benefits eligibility. Fishman and his domestic partner who came to the US from China have “been contemplating marriage and [when we do] I can sponsor him for a green card.” He added, “It's a pity that it took a full generation, more than 25 years, from when we first started fighting on this issue for our full and equal rights to be realized.”

Windsor,” the judge wrote. “And why shouldn’t they? The Supreme Court has just invalidated a federal statute on equal protection grounds because it ‘place[d] same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a secondtier marriage.’ Moreover, and of particular importance to this case, the justices expressed concern that the natural consequence of such discriminatory legislation would not only lead to the relegation of same-sex relationships to a form of second-tier status, but impair the rights of ‘tens of thousands of children now being raised

by same-sex couples’ as well. This is exactly the type of harm plaintiffs seek to remedy in this case.” The court’s role in deciding a motion to dismiss is to determine whether the plaintiffs have asserted a plausible legal claim, assuming their factual allegations to be true. “Construing the facts in the light most favorable to plaintiffs, and in view of the Supreme Court’s current statement of the law, this Court cannot say that plaintiffs’ claims for relief are without plausibility,” Friedman concluded regarding their equal protection claim.

He added that the plaintiffs’ due process claim “will likewise move forward because it states a plausible claim for relief,” citing Judge Vaughn Walker’s original Proposition 8 decision, which stands as an unappealed district court opinion given the Supreme Court’s decision that those challenging it in higher courts lacked standing. Friedman ordered that counsel meet with him on July 10 to set a trial date. From the tone of his opinion, he is eager to decide this case on the merits and seems well disposed toward the plaintiffs’ claims.

“We have no tradition of political theater in this country,” Kramer said, but Hare’s work showed him how it could be done without being agitprop. Kramer also spoke of his long-awaited novel “The American People,” which is about “how awful we [gay people] have been treated from day one.” He cited John Winthrop, a founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony who pushed through the first law in America making sodomy punishable by death, but also spoke about how Native American tribes could be very accepting of homosexuality. Kramer is at once enamored and confounded by his own people. “I don’t call it the gay community,” he said. “We’re the gay population. There are so many different kinds of us. I’ve never been able to figure out why we’re so passive. Blacks are much more active. There were 10,00 gay people in ACT UP out of 20 million of us. You’re not going

to fight for your own life? It makes me angry and sad because we’re a wonderful people but that’s our tragic fate.” Kramer went back into his own literary history as the author of the picaresque novel “Faggots,” which he thought “the boys are going to love,” but was condemned by a reviewer for the Body Politic, a gay publication, who wrote, “You must not read or buy this book!” Kushner noted that his central character, Fred Lemish, was prescient, looking at people dancing and having sex with abandon at a Fire Island club preAIDS and thinking about the dangers of infectious diseases. “We’re going to be in a lot of trouble!” Lemish says. Even as Kramer continues to make trouble with his writing and his activism, he has also mellowed through the love of his longtime partner, David Webster, and the public recognition he is now receiving. Kushner asked him if his book will

have a happy ending. “I don’t know,” Kramer said. “I just remember so much that was terrible and how we were allowed to die. Blacks won all their battles and still are in dreadful shape.” He added, “It’s not a good time for any kind of activism.” The cost in lives of loved ones lost to AIDS haunts Kramer, who has lived with HIV for decades. “I do not know why I was spared,” he said. “I did everything everybody else did.” When a Bronx doctor who works with poor communities of color that are bearing the brunt of new HIV infections and other health disparities asked him if “there is a solution,” Kramer shot back, “This is not rocket science. You fight back! Doctors have always been cautious about fighting back. You see something wrong and you fight back!”

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DOMA REPEAL, from p.9

Department of Veterans Affairs and the Family and Medical Leave Act, use state of domicile to define marriage, but by regulation, not statute, so changes there could come from issuing new regulations. Some agencies have a mix of regulations and law defining marriage. Still others, such as the Internal Revenue Service, have a longstanding practice of using state of domicile to define marriage, but no regulations or statutes requiring that so they may have to merely issue a new guidance to employees and perhaps retrain them. “It’s an issue that appears in statutes and also in some regulations,� said Susan Sommer, director of constitutional litigation at Lambda Legal, a gay rights law firm. “It varies from agency to agency and from benefit to benefit.� Lambda Legal and nine other groups researched the legal issues related to federal recognition and posted 15 fact sheets


July 10, 2013 | on various topics on their websites. The groups want the federal government to define marriage according to the law of the state where the marriage license was issued, known as the state of celebration. As of August 1, 13 states and the nation’s capital will allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. An unexpected benefit of the DOMA ruling may be that couples in the six states that grant all of the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples, but do not call such unions marriages, may also be eligible for federal benefits, legal experts told Gay City News. The Washington Post, however, reported on July 8 that the federal personnel office announced that the partners of federal employees in civil unions are not eligible for spousal benefits. The process of implementing federal recognition, which is being coordinated by the Department of Justice, is aided by having an administration headed by a president, Barack Obama, who has endorsed same-sex marriage and has cabinet-level

officers who are also pro-gay. “At this point, they haven’t disappointed me yet,� Sommer said. “There’s certainly a will there to attain the greatest amount of equality for same-sex couples.� A wide array of advocacy groups are watching the implementation closely. There was some concern when an immigration services guidance suggested that the agency might still consider state of domicile when deciding if a couple is married. “What they’re saying is they are generally looking at the place of celebration, but there might be some occasions when they look at place of domicile,� said Scott Titshaw, a law professor at Georgia’s Mercer University who has litigated immigration cases and published on the topic. “I’m looking for them to clarify that.� Titshaw said that while the guidance raises questions in the near term, immigration would not present ongoing state of domicile versus state of celebration problems.



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say about seven a month. Once we exhaust our free meds, we refer uninsured patients to the other city funded sites at Mt. Sinai and Bellevue.â&#x20AC;? Other than the data from the providers, the city and state health departments do not gather statistics on PEP use. Men could be getting PEP from private doctors or at other clinics or emergency rooms. The number of gay and bisexual men who could benefit from PEP every year could run into the hundreds or thousands. In 2008, the city health department estimated that 4,800 New Yorkers were newly infected with HIV in 2006. Of those, 2,372 of the new infections were in men who have sex with men. The city has not done a new estimate. Data published since 2008 suggest that new HIV infections among men who have sex with men in the city have gone up in the intervening years.

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“THE LOUDEST SHOW ON EARTH” is an exploration of the queer urban existence as seen through the eyes of two of the queerest urbanites ever — Lea DeLaria and Maggie Cassella. Rageful. Angry. Musical. Funny. And did we mention loud? Many F-bombs will be dropped. Bring the kids! Mainstage; $15-$25.

The HOT! Festival is Dixon Place’s 22nd annual celebration of queer culture in New York City. Dixon Place’s mainstage and cocktail lounge — at 161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets on the Lower East Side — are the venues for all performances. A festival highlight this year is Lea DeLaria and Maggie Cassella’s “Loudest Show on Earth,” staged July 12-13, 19-20, and 26-17. A summary of all performances through July 27 appears below For performances through August 3, pick up the July 24 issue of Gay City News.

Thursday, July 11 7:30 p.m.

A glorious queendom rules once more in “THE DRAG EXPLOSION,” a photographic slideshow presentation of New York City's momentous drag scene from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. The photos were shot by longtime drag performer and writer Linda Simpson who spent the era smack dab in the middle of the action. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

7:30 p.m. Ben Rosenbaum’s “SPACE DISPLACEMENT” is a solo performance piece about reconciling the reality of the physical with the possibilities of the mental. Through conversational monologues that blend autobiographical drama, stand-up, and a life lived vicariously through a gutterpunk, Rosenbaum sets out to understand what it means to be a body and a mind, too. Cocktail lounge, free admission..

10 p.m. In Brandon Kyle Goodman's “LATRELL LIVE TONIGHT: A REAL BOY!,” host Latrell Lavene Lebron Luscious Lacrosse Latavier Lactaid Jackson – “The Prophet of Truth” – serves up candid talk on everything juicy, absurd, and stooopid in politics and pop culture. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

Friday, July 12

7:30 p.m. In “ST. FORTUNE PRESENTS: IMPROVISENSATIONAL!,” a collective of actors, writers, composers, musicians, directors, and improvisers make use of improvised projections including live audience tweets, visual cues from guest artist Gavin Price, improvised music, and maybe some wacky costuming in an attempt to balance out improvisation as somewhere between hi-brow and lo-brow. Cocktail lounge, free admission..

7:30 p.m. “PLASTICLAND” is Kym Bernazky's one-woman experimental movement theater piece, which brings the audience on a journey to the doldrums of the Pacific Ocean where they encounter a giant plastic trash heap — roughly the size of Texas. The plastic behemoth takes control of the theater, and the audience and performer must join together to escape its clutches. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

Saturday, July 13 7:30 p.m. In a split bill, Alex Rodabaugh presents “IT HAUNTS ME,” which explores the relationship between choreographer and dancer as a dominant/ submissive structure, intertwining his own experience of dom/ sub queer relationships. Sasha Kargaltsev’s “MCJOB” addresses the reality that people regard being older as being ugly, and everyone wants to be perfect. Eli Tamondong’s “MAY DECEMBER” is a 10-minute solo dance piece that examines a coming of age story of a young man and his intergenerational encounters. Armed with a bedsheet, a pillow, and a flashlight, the protagonist faces his inner and outer demons. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

7:30 p.m. Andie Glik’s “HOLE DIARIES” is a reactionary piece pointed at the failures of “The Vagina Monologues.” It’s an honest compilation of monologues written by and about all sorts of queer and feminist bodies, rebelling against movements of feminism and body liberation that are deep-seeded in what defines a gendered body. Cocktail lounge, free admission..

Monday, July 15 7:30 p.m.

In “The Traveling Millies Reunion Tour,” the weird aunts of country music, who created a firestorm of country-bluegrass insanity in the ‘90s, tearing up Dixon Place, P.S.122, La Mama, WOW, and other Lower East Side venues, are back, reuniting to fan the flames a bit more. Cocktail lounge; free admission..

Tuesday, July 16 7:30 p.m.

G.J. Dowding’s “(MISS)TER SILHOUETTE MAN” is a fantastical queer journey seeking the figure perched beyond the silk smokescreen. A poetry and prose-driven performance piece laden with music and movement, (Miss)ter Silhouette Man follows a queer boy on a curious journey orbiting around identity and community. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

7:30 p.m. GARRIN BENFIELD adapts his quirky pop melodies to improvisational explorations into new territory each night. Familiar songs are often twisted and contorted into gorgeous new creations that leave audiences breathless. Cocktail lounge, free admission.

Thursday, July 18 7:30 p.m.

In “SEXY 'N' SASSY/ BOLD 'N' BRASSY!,” D’yan Forest will sing you to ecstasy while strummin’ away on her ukulele. Her engaging presence can't be beat. D’yan’s jokes and unrelenting humor will astound you. She feasts on all the world, leaves no rock unturned, no holds barred. Let yourself be tantalized. Cocktail lounge; free admission.

7:30 p.m. In Kestryl Cael Lowery and Emily Millay Haddad’s “LEZ MIZ,” Valjean, Cosette, and Marius navigate a polyamory battlefield in a queer leather rendition of Victor Hugo’s classic. It’s amazing how much an old French novel can have in common with 21st century dyke drama. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

10 p.m. Octavio Campos’s “THE PIG SHOW” is a subversive cabaret performance with song, dance, and storytelling — and also a celebration of freedom, through the eyes of a Gay Pig stuck in a twisted story about the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion. This interactive socio-political work looks at religion, LGBT issues, and Cuban culture all blended together with humor and social experiments. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

Friday, July 19 7:30 p.m.

In Kate Goldstein’s “LATE CAPITALISM CABARET,” queer artist Sally Bowles and the MCs are facing displacement in a rapidly gentrifying New York neighborhood. When queer blogger Cliff Bradshaw moves to town, she and Sally join the coalition of dancers and neighborhood residents organizing to save the Kit Kat Club. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

Wednesday, July 17 7:30 p.m.

In a split bill, Ana K. Whaley presents “METAPHYSICALLY ILL,” a dance piece that wrestles with a host of troubling feelings: No Good at dancing. Don’t want to be a professional. Do want to get paid. Don’t want the pressure of being creative. Will steal ideas. Don’t want it to be about me. Self expression happens just by doing things on stage. Don’t want to have to be sexy. Do want to feel sexy. Dominic BRADLEY’S “DEFIANCE” DEALS with the role of psychosis (or altered states of consciousness) in facilitating deep healing. The piece posits that these states are part of a spiritual path; the information that emerges from such states is highly specific and thus personally valuable; if interpreted and applied correctly, the information is also medicinal; and people should take their own medicine. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

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Saturday, July 20 7:30 p.m.

London’s Sh!t Theatre's JOB SEEKERS ANONYMOUS 2013 is a unique and humorous exploration of the (un)employment situations in London and New York in which Sh!t Theatre examine their own unemployment and the surrounding political climate. They survey audience members and the show is re-written every time in response, so no performance is quite the same! Expect gender politics, ambition, the economic crises, personality flaws, the welfare state — and lots of song, satire, stories, and silliness. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.


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HOT fest, from p.34

Saturday, July 20

Monday, July 22 7:30 p.m.

In “THE BOY SONATA,” Justin Sayre, creator and writer of the hit downtown comedy/ variety show “The Meeting,” traces the life of a young boy through five specific moments in his childhood. The stories are written in sonata form, using literary devices to mimic the musical counterpart and eclipse the boy's growing voice and sense of increasing individuality. With a lot of humor, we meet the characters that make up his growing world. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

In "3 LIES ABOUT BROOKLYN,” writer/ performer John Farrell dips into his early childhood memories to recover a consciousness far more developed then is generally remembered or understood. Set a half-a-century ago in the orphanages and foster homes of Brooklyn and Dublin, it presents a fictionalized (maybe) worldview shaped by cruel Catholic theology and animal necessity. The piece is disturbing, funny, and ultimately touching. Cocktail lounge; free admission.

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Paul Ricciardi’s “ANGRY AND OTHER STORIES” is a collection of three monologues, each revealing stories of awkward (and funny) personal discovery. A man discovers the joy of being angry; a 16-year-old responds to a gay personals ad; and a little boy announces he's becoming a nurse. Cocktail lounge; free admission.

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Denis Grawley presents “THY KINGDOM COME,” a non-verbal cautionary tale, with music, about lying in the bed you've made for yourself. With a fear of change and wearing misery as a comfortable crown, the prince won’t allow himself to be exposed and vulnerable to others. He sabotages every opportunity for growth, finally exploding in a musical lament yet also accepting his isolation Cocktail lounge; free admission.

7:30 p.m.

DANE TERRY presents an evening of surreal musical vignettes of now, then, and when. There are songs and stories of predatory behavior and shadowy meetings on the moon, failed biological experiments and drunk fathers. We hear some lies and the truth about flying cars — as well as everything Terry knows about sex. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

In a split bill, Emily Skillings and Lillie De, in “BEING FLUID AND KNOWING WHAT TO FILL,” welcome us into their intimate and decidedly queer friendship, based in differing sexual identities, the ability to engage in open and mutable discussions of politics and desire, and pillow talk. For the past six months, they have been sending each other their sex dreams via emails and text messages. It's a game that nourishes expanding sexualities. Using these subconscious and surprisingly rich texts as fodder for performance, the two artists explore the bizarre intricacies of modern desire through text and movement. Choreographer Rachel Thorne Germond presents “GONE GONE GONE… NEVER FOREVER,” which explores images of women, gender, and sexuality in an understated, sardonic dance. The piece, a kind of mystery or puzzle, gets at core aspects of Germond’s identity and persona as queer, but then wraps or dresses them in historical and contemporary cultural signifiers. The dancers are Megan Thompson, Jen Clark Stone, and Dale Paul Lazar. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

10 p.m.

An aspiring American, an aspiring personality, and a total bottom, Glace Chase, Australia's kamikaze cult comedian arrives. Written by Rick Viede, GLACE CHASE IS TALENT(ED)??? follows Chase’s determined drive to prove to the world — and himself — that he actually can do something. Chase takes New York on a wild, cauterizing ride helping him to find a talent of his own. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27 7 p.m.

Conceived as a "public service announcement," Sacha Yanow’s “THE PRINCE” is a solo performance that follows a lonely prince and her struggles with her potential, fantasies, and connections as she prepares to be special while never leaving the safety of her bedroom. Unfolding as an episodic parable, the show explores an intimate psychological landscape drawing from Yanow's personal history and family mythology, as well as queer/ feminist history. Mainstage; $12 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students & seniors.

Religious Conversion Therapy, & Brunch . . . Midnight milkshakes; God, Satan, & Mother Nature . . . Gay Republican Weddings; Miss Venezuela & Greg Louganis . . . A 'Gay' Ionesco, Teen 'Sexting,' and How To Live Underground . . . Gay Tangos, Silent German Cinema, and Not-so-silent Lesbian Films


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FRESH FRUIT FRESH FRUIT IS 11 YEARS OLD AND STILL FRESH The Fresh Fruit Festival, now in its 11th year celebrating LGBTQ arts and culture, was born out of the collaboration of All Out Arts, a nonprofit founded in 1991 to bring together the diverse artistic, organizational, political, and financial resources of the community in order to fight intolerance, and New Village Productions, established in 1989, which produced 10 short play festivals in conjunction with the Vineyard Theater and the 1994 Gay Games.

Within,” which explores a fear, a life, an experience, and a personal struggle with the acceptance of homosexuality as reality; McKenna Birmingham’s “Titty Condoms” is a parody of the personal battle between estrogen and testosterone; and Barry Webster presents the world premiere of “Unbroken,” a window into the battles couples often find themselves in.

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This year, the Fresh Fruit Festival’s theater and dance productions will be staged at:

Sunday, July 14

The Wild Project 195 E. Third Street, between Avenues A and B Tickets are $18 per performance and are available at

“F*CK MY LIFE (FML)” tells the riveting backstory and failure of Oakland-based performance artist, lecturer, and ecdysiast Xandra Ibarra’s burlesque persona La Chica Boom. Using evocative sound montage, critical political imagery, and fast paced physical theatrics, “FML” chronicles Ibarra’s early ambition to use burlesque “spictacles” to undermine her audience’s Mexiphobic gaze. With astute direction from Evan Johnson, Ibarra, who hails from the El Paso/Juarez border, reveals not only her tasseled pasties, as is traditional in burlesque, but also her incompatible relationship with her interracial audience and the emotional toll that her perverse-cum-filled-minstrel-spectacles have exacted over the past 10 years of her burlesque life.

The festival’s spoken word and film events are held at: Nuyorican Poets Café 236 E. Third Street, between Avenues B and C For information on ticket prices and purchase, visit

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Monday, July 15


Saturday, July 13 9 p.m.

Thursday, July 11 7 p.m.

Written in 29 days, in the 29th year of Marcus Yi’s life, on the 2nd day of the 9th month in 2012, “29X/Y” is a collage theater piece that brings together an intersection of 29 slices of life. Confessional monologues from a bathhouse, fag hag haters, dysfunctional ex-lovers, dancing Republicans, eccentric want ads, and Super Mario fetishists all make an appearance to help you understand the meaning of “29x/y.” Also, Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m.

Friday, July 12 9 p.m.

Brian C. Petti’s “THE LOVE SONG OF SIDNEY J. STEIN” follows the relationship of titular Sidney, a 45-year-old former prostitute who works at a New York City half-way house, and Dennis, a 17-year-old streetwalker. Sidney, snide, funny, and guarded, tries to set Dennis straight despite Dennis’ immaturity and indoctrination into the street life. Also, Saturday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 14 at 7 p.m..

Based on actual events that took place in 2007, John G. Young’s “RECRUITING 101” looks at the soul-crushing pressures put on a small group of recruiting officers during “The Surge” in Iraq. Everyone is vulnerable to the mounting pressure, especially gay officers during this time when Don’t Ask, Don’t’ Tell was still in place. Also, Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17 9 p.m.

Rachel Graf Evans “STRANGER ODDS” is a queer little rom-com about a group of young hopefuls trying to find their ways through life and love with friendship, first dates, and midnight milkshakes — and about the Venn diagrams of whom we are lucky enough to know. Also, Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 20 at noon

Joe Hutcheson’s “MISS MAGNOLIA BEAUMONT GOES TO PROVINCETOWN,” which won a FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award in 2010, tells the story of Civil War-era Southern debutante Miss Magnolia Beatrice Devareux Beaumont, who chokes to death on a pork rib only to find herself suddenly inhabiting the body of a 30-something gay New Yorker (whom she refers to as Master Joseph) on his way to Provincetown for a birthday vacation. But before Miss Beaumont can quietly get used to Master Joseph’s cosmopolitan gay lifestyle, an offensive painting suddenly jolts her into his awareness. After the initial shock and a few disagreements, the two spend the rest of their trip discussing the deeper meanings of life.

Marie Incontrera’s “AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EARTH” is a modern-day lesbian punk opera about love in an oppressive nation and how one girl learns to break the rules in order to find happiness. Aurora is forced to face who she truly is when she meets Layla, an outand-proud “riot grrrl” with a bold and brazen demeanor. Their subsequent struggle with a George Orwellian law enforcer, appropriately named The Man, proves to be both terrifying and hilariously futile, as the two women attempt to follow their hearts at great risk.

Tuesday, July 16 7 p.m.

“THIS IS A PLAY ABOUT BEING GAY” is an experimental gay-identity politics play with dance


FRESH FRUIT, from p.38

Friday, July 19 7 p.m.

Nneoma Nkuku’s “DWIGHT” follows a group of friends centered on Dwight Amphiaraus Fillmore III, who looks like the All-American dream, kicked down the closet door at a young age, listens to house music, dances merengue, is fluent in Spanglish, throws himself on the line to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, and is equipped with quick answers and a hint of condescension. Bosh is a student of Dwight’s in a primary school who is a pants-only kind of girl, very outspoken when it comes to civil rights, but happy to hang out with Dwight and his friends. This tragic story, in which child abuse is uncovered, proves that blood is thicker than water, but love is stronger yet. Also, Saturday, July 20 at 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m.

9 p.m. In “BRIDAL SHOWER,” when Mark gets an invitation to the very public wedding of his ex-boyfriend to an up-and-coming right-wing Republican Latino politician, he decides the best way to make his presence known is to go in full drag. “SOLO YO CULPABLE?” is a drama en español that takes us into the souls of two women whose humanity is leased to loneliness. Also, Saturday, July 20 at 10:30 p.m.

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9 p.m. IN “ALL OUT DANCE 2013,” Ferdinand De Jesus presents the New York premiere of “Butchqueen,” an ode to the LGBTQ ballroom community; Jason Torres Hancock presents the New York premiere of “Centered,” a ritual to liberate disease from social stigma and irreverent taboo through the effeminate, loving male; Michael Clark’s “Cerebral Purgation” explores a random series of events that are unexplainably pre-determined to recreate life; Robert Mark Burke presents the world premiere of “Knock,” a duet inspired by feminine relationships to the Industrial Revolution; Diane Tomasi presents “Pretty Little,” a parody on society’s expectations for women; Alvin Rangel’s “Tango Vesre,” a New York premiere, is an examination of male tango partnerships from historic, performance, and choreographic perspectives; Okwae Miller presents the world premiere of “The Truth

written and directed by Teddy Nicholas. The play attempts to honestly and engagingly explore the ways in which gay males identify and function in our modern society. Also, Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 21 at 12 p.m..

Thursday, July 18 9 p.m.

Celebrating the art of signifying, Duriel E. Harris’ “THINGIFICATION,” a one-woman show that combines poetry, performance, music, and dance, shows how true expression elevates, educates, and entertains like no stereotype can. “THE FIRST SNUFF FILM I EVER SAW WAS IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA” is New Orleans playwright Louie Crowder’s look at a war veteran’s struggle to re-enter his boyfriend’s life and their community of boat people at an intimate Charleston marina. The play examines issues of gay equality, survival, love lost, and love found in the shadows of a snuff film on a yacht in this Southern Gothic Closet. Also, Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m.

10:30 p.m. Brigham Mosley’s “MO[U]RNIN’. AFTER.” is a journey to the ancestors and back to the homeland through magic, musicals, and time travel… dream ballets included. Created under the Tim Miller Mentorship, a sixmonth development process to create new queer work, made possible by grants from the National Performance Network, Performance Space 122, and Fourth Arts Block, “Mo[u]rnin’. After.” is the full-length continuation of “Oh Whatta Beautiful Mo[u]rnin’,” which premiered at PS122 in June of 2011.


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Eduardo Leanez and Patrick E. Horrigan’s “YOU ARE CONFUSED,” directed by Rosalie Purvis and starring Eduardo Leanez, is a coming-of-age story full of surprises. Yoel is a hyperactive kid with a passion for boy bands, soap operas, fashion shows, action heroes, and Olympic athletes. But his greatest role model, and his toughest critic, is his mother. Fiercely devoted to her son, she is also blind to his gifts and his burgeoning sexuality.

Saturday, July 20 9 p.m. Douglas E. Huston’s one-act comedy “SAINT KRISTIE” is an existential comedy about Religion, Politics, Good, Evil, and Women — definitely women. At its center is Kristie, a young woman with a lot to learn about how heaven works — and what her place there is. Mark Jason Williams’ “THE OTHER DAY” is an authentic, funny, and powerful drama that follows the loving yet tumultuous romance of the emotionallyguarded Mark and free-spirited Santo as they embark on a journey through love, insecurities, addiction, betrayal, loss, and redemption. Also, Sunday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m.


The festival’s ANNUAL POETRY SLAM features London Bridgez’s “She,” Nicole Goodwin’s “How to Live Underground,” and Larry Patterson’s “Somewhere.”

Saturday, July 20 1 p.m. Richard Oswald’s 1919 German film “DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS,” co-written with famed sexologist Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, was the first sympathetic portrayal of homosexuals in cinema history. Conrad Veidt portrays a successful violinist whose life is ruined when he is blackmailed by a man who discovers his homosexuality. The film closes with an appeal to repeal Germany’s antigay Paragraph 175, which Hitler used decades later to justify sending gay men to concentration camps.

3 p.m. Daniel Armando’s film “WHAT IT WAS” is the story of an old flame being reignited and a new desire awakened when a Hollywood actress returns to New York, where she is forced to face her sexual past, confront her present identity, and admit her true love. Ryan Balas’ “ELENORE MAKES LOVE” is the story of a photographer meeting a sexy model in an upscale hotel suite. The two women may have a past that is more present than we think. Admission is $10.

Sunday, July 21 Noon

The festival’s ALL OUT READING SERIES features a free reading from Raoul D. Luna’s “My Last, Best Spouse…or How Lance Loud Saved My Life,” a comedic monologue memoir play about the impact of musician/ reality show icon Lance Loud on a Latino military brat in the early ‘70s

2 p.m. The festival’s ALL OUT READING SERIES continues with a free reading from Brian LaPerche’s “Naked,” the story of gay Adrian and bi Bret who are a perfectly balanced couple… until they meet Claire at a bar and their relationship and sexual identities are thrown into chaos.

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July 10, 2013  

July 10, 2013 post gay pride nyc wrap up

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July 10, 2013 post gay pride nyc wrap up