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2003 Stories by Richard Goldstein

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  • Gay Marriage: The Gender Gap

    published December 9, 2003

    To my surprise and delight, some prominent neocons have broken ranks with their right-wing peers over gay marriage. New York Times... More >>

  • Angels in a Changed America

    published November 25, 2003

    Who is Walter Benjamin, and why is he haunting HBO? For those who didn't major in cultural studies, Benjamin was Europe's greatest... More >>

  • 'Fagging' for Charles?

    published November 11, 2003

    I'm trying to resist snarking about Prince Charles and his current straits (though I can't resist a pun or two). After all he's been the butt of... More >>

  • The Politics of Groping

    published October 14, 2003

    At his post-victory press conference, Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked whether he would keep his promise to investigate the charges of sexual... More >>

  • The Normal Heart

    published September 23, 2003

    Take a tragic gay romance, set it in the Israeli army, and you've got a recipe for outrage—or so it would seem. But Yossi & Jagger,... More >>

  • Left-Handed Compliments

    published September 23, 2003

    As pundits pounce on Wesley Clark, his presidential campaign is beginning to look like a bubble on the verge of bursting. It remains to be seen... More >>

  • The Great Butch Hope

    published September 16, 2003

    By the end of this week, Wesley Clark could be the 10th Democrat to enter the presidential race. It's a long shot, to be sure, but the fact that... More >>

  • The Radical Case for Gay Marriage

    published September 2, 2003

    For some Democrats, gay marriage is the political equivalent of doggie doo. James Carville has identified it as one of those "icky" issues his... More >>

  • Get Back!

    published August 5, 2003

    This is a moment of woe and wonder for supporters of gay rights. The Episcopalians elected their first openly gay bishop, braving a last-minute... More >>

  • Death by Outing

    published July 29, 2003

    His gay posse knew him as Neil, a sweet and sexy guy with a problem. "He didn't want to be gay," says one close friend of Othniel Askew, the man... More >>

  • What Queer Eye?

    published July 22, 2003

    Let it be known that Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which premiered on Bravo last week, was not the top cable program in its time slot.... More >>

  • Attention, Sodomites!

    published July 1, 2003

    I have often ended up in Sheridan Square to protest something horridly homophobic. But hours after the Supreme Court overturned the sodomy laws, I... More >>

  • Free at Last?

    published July 1, 2003

    This was the happiest Gay Pride march in the 34-year history of such parades—and why not? It was a moment to savor victory. Even Strom... More >>

  • Against His Will

    published June 24, 2003

    There have always been predatory pervs on the silver screen, though not all of them were gay. Some were vampires or werewolves, crafty cannibals... More >>

  • Free and Freerer

    published June 17, 2003

    Only if there's nothing on TV but interviews with Hillary Clinton, and you can't get into any movie except the Cremaster cycle; only then... More >>

  • What Gay-Friendly Republicans?

    published June 3, 2003

    With stars in their eyes, 200 Log Cabin Republicans gathered at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington last month. There, they... More >>

  • Bush's Basket

    published May 20, 2003

    In the annals of infotainment, few moments match the sight of George Bush leaping from the cockpit of a fighter jet and striding across the deck... More >>

  • Staying in the Game

    published May 6, 2003

    Just hours after George Bush strode from a fighter jet in full battle drag, Bill Maher ambled onstage before a much smaller but no less captivated... More >>

  • War Horny

    published April 15, 2003

    Call him Rumstud, as his colleagues reportedly do. The secretary of defense was in fine form last week, lobbing one at the wussy media for... More >>

  • A Soldier Named Desire

    published April 1, 2003

    The Israeli photographer Adi Nes is sitting in his West Chelsea gallery, chatting with me about his current show, when a loud bang from the street... More >>

  • The Shock and Awe Show

    published March 25, 2003

    As the first bombs fell on Baghdad, George Bush was getting his hair done. We know this because a rogue technician broke protocol by beaming a... More >>

  • Bush's War on Women, Part Two

    published March 11, 2003

    When George W. Bush proclaimed Women's Equality Day last August, he urged diligence "as we work to ensure the rights of all our citizens." But... More >>

  • Stealth Misogyny

    published March 4, 2003

    "Don't watch what we say, watch what we do." That Nixon-era maxim perfectly describes George W. Bush's covert campaign against women's rights.... More >>

  • Cornered!

    published February 11, 2003

    The court has spoken. We can gather on East 49th Street, in the shadow of the UN, shouting our lungs out against the war. But we can't march... More >>

  • Persecuting Pee-wee

    published January 14, 2003

    Paul Reubens is no stranger to the sex police. In 1991, he was busted in a Sarasota porn theater and charged with the ultimate victimless crime:... More >>

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