Gay City News

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Jerry Tallmer, Creator of the Obies and a Village Voice Founding Editor, Dies at 93

    Jerry Tallmer, one of the Village Voice's founding editors and the creator of the Village Voice Obie Awards, died Sunday morning, just a month short of his 94th birthday. For those who knew him or his achievements, it will take some effort to imagine New York, the Village, and the downtown arts scen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Brutal Bushwick LGBT Hate Crime Is the Second in Two Weeks

    Ugly news out of Bushwick: Just two weeks after a gay man was shot in the torso by a group of men yelling homophobic and transphobic slurs at him, a trans woman was brutally attacked with a Plexiglas two-by-four. The second attack, which put the victim in critical condition, took place just three bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Just How LGBT-Friendly Is Bill de Blasio?

    Going into 2013, then-New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the odds-on favorite to become the first woman and out gay mayor of New York. But in an election in which "change" became a mantra, support from LGBT leaders couldn't overcome her close identification with outgoing Mayor Michael ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Surprise: Anti-Abortion & Anti Gay-Marriage Groups Are Uniting to Donate Lots of Money Against Gay City Council Candidates

    The City Action Coalition is an assemblage of conservative religious groups, whose members mostly pop up to oppose abortion and hold rallies against legalizing gay marriage. But this election season, they've also quietly expanded into city politics, holding a mayoral candidate forum at Monroe Colleg ... More >>

  • News

    May 1, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Tony Kushner Re Ed Koch In 2003: "Oblivion Is What He Deserves"

    In 2003, Poz magazine assigned me to interview Tony Kushner about the HBO adaptation of his prize-winning epic of AIDS, fear, and self-loathing, Angels In America. Having seen the TV movie, I mentioned to Kushner that it was quite faithful to the play, though the line that outed Ed Koch--which brou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Elliott Stein, 1928 - 2012

    By Nick Pinkerton Elliott Stein, a longtime contributor to The Village Voice, as well as

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2012

    Romney's VIP Pick Is A Zero When It Comes To Gay Rights

    Not surprisingly, Paul Ryan--the Wisconsin nightmare chosen by Mitt Romney as his wannabe Vice President--is not the type who'll have a float in a Gay pride parade. Paul Schindler's piece in Gay City News details the congressman's awful track record when it comes to LGBT rights.

  • News

    June 20, 2012

    Does 'Gay Inc.' Believe in Free Speech?

    In the battle over gay rights, dissent during wartime isn't always tolerated

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Gay City News Gives Me A Huge Thumbs Up

    ​The new issue of Gay City News has Dean Wrzeszcz's thoughtful and appreciative review of my new book. (Have I told you I have a new book? No? Gosh, what a lapse. Well, yeah, I have one, lol.) He refers to my "wide ranging dexterity" and says "There's something for everyone in Musto's compil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Gay Center Now Bans All Talk on Israel/Palestine

    Reversing field once again, the LGBT Center has now banned all discussion of the explosive issue of Israel and Palestine on its premises. The most recent flip-flop (a reversal of its previous reversal) came a week after a new group called Queers Against Israeli Apartheid was allowed to meet at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Mike Bloomberg Gives Case for Marriage Equality at Cooper Union

    Mayor Bloomberg gave a forceful speech for gay marriage yesterday at the Cooper Union, placing the marriage equality debate in the context of the fights for women's suffrage, abolition, and abortion rights. He spoke of the issue nationally, but grounded it in New York's specific civil rights histor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Senator Diane Savino: More Votes Needed for NY Gay Marriage

    Staten Island State Senator Diane Savino, whose impassioned speech from the floor of the New York Senate for marriage equality blew up in 2009, said last night that the new Senate effort is inching forward, but isn't nearly there yet. "As we speak, right now, we have 26 votes for this bill in the N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Ruben Diaz's Logic? Five of Six Latino State Senators Support Same-Sex Marriage.

    Last Sunday, Reverend Ruben Diaz made a big deal about the role of Latino state senators in deciding the future of same-sex marriage in New York. As he addressed a crowd overwhelmingly composed of religious Hispanics, Diaz repeatedly led the flock to believe that the issue would be made or broken by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Finally, a List of Who You Have to Blow in the New York State Senate to Get Gay Marriage

    Paul Schindler of Gay City News has put together a great scorecard of how everyone stands on gay marriage in the state Senate, which is where the issue will be decided. Senator Tom Duane's bill needs 32 votes. Currently, 26 Democrats and zero Republicans publicly support it. Those Log Cabin Republ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    The Bullying Meme -- How Were You Bullied?

    Did you wonder why so many of your friends swapped out their profile pictures on Facebook wearing something purple this past week? It was for Spirit Day, an event which had over a million participants on Facebook, just one of the many ways people are acknowledging the bullying meme and the spate of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    New York Anti-Violence Project Honors the Voice's Steven Thrasher

    ​Congrats to Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher, who has been awarded the 2010 Courage Award by the New York Anti-Violence Project -- the oldest organization in the nation that combats violence toward and within the LGBT community. We are proud to have this amazing writer (and human) in our mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Gay-Basher Serves 21 Days in Prison for Brutal Attacks on Three Men

    ​Right now pretty much everyone and their mother knows that Lindsay Lohan just got 90 days in jail for probation violation. In a far less publicized sentencing, Driton Nicaj, a 20-year-old man who assaulted three gay men on the Upper East Side in 2009 (including one attack that was originally ... More >>

  • News

    June 22, 2010

    Gay Print Media on the Wane

    The Internet spells doom for many long-established periodicals

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Gay Leaders React to John Liu's Appointment of Non-Supportive Simcha Felder

    Felder: His Quinn no-vote makes some gay leaders squirm​by T.J. Raphael Last week Wayne Barrett criticized newly elected Comptroller John Liu for his appointment of Deputy Comptroller Simcha Felder, a city councilman who had refused to support human rights and gay equality bills that Liu him ... More >>

  • Film

    December 22, 2009

    10th Annual Film Critics' Poll: The Abridged Results

    94 critics voted. The results are in.

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Endorsement Fever! Thompson Gets a Paper, Aborn Gets Gay City, Skaller Gets Animal Activists

    ​September? How'd that happen? The local political endorsements are flying thick and fast, as are emails from operatives desiring they be publicized. Today Bill Thompson got his first newspaper endorsement -- from the Amsterdam News. Ha! Bloomberg's got two dozen of those, and the Voice is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Manhattan D.A. Debate: A Closer Look

    Since Mayor Mike Bloomberg's strong advantage has basically rendered the mayoral race uncompetitive, the contest for the powerful Manhattan district attorney's office might be the most interesting in the city. Last night, the Stonewall Democrats held the first "debate" among the three candidates. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2009

    Protesters Say Cops Target Older Gay Men with Bogus Charges at XXX Shops

    Photos by Candice M. Giove. In front of a backdrop of hot pink placards - some splashed with hearts and cupids - Robert Pinter, a 53-year-old gay man, recounted the horror of being falsely arrested for prostitution this past October. He is one of many older gay men, activists said, targeted by yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Joan Crawford Was a Drunken Slag! No, Really!

    A recent book contended that movie star Joan Crawford actually wasn't such a bad person after all. I burned it in the backyard along with my copy of Trog. But now comes a Gay City News interview with Rita Moreno, who reminds us of what an utterly insincere, attention-grabbing c-word Joan always stro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Mel Cheren Memorial

    From Gay City News: A memorial service honoring and celebrating the life and achievements of Mel Cheren will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 17 at Saint Peter's Church in New York City from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Ben Dav ... More >>

  • Theater

    January 2, 2007

    Here and Now

    A newly renovated downtown theater space offers a glimpse of projects in progress

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2006

    Same-Sex Marriage Rally Thursday Evening

    Supporters of same-sex marriage rights are planning rallies around New York State tonight, including one in New York City's Sheridan Square, at 6 p.m. More details at Gay City News. The rallies come in response to a ruling from New York's highest court today that gay couples presently have no right ... More >>

  • News

    January 24, 2006

    Judgment in Jersey

    High drama, big crowd: A top NYPD official gets hauled into traffic court across the river

  • News

    June 8, 2004

    Das Rongold

    Reagan's funeral as a Wagnerian opera. Plus: Eminem as censor

  • Columns

    March 23, 2004
  • News

    June 3, 2003

    What Gay-Friendly Republicans?

    Homos Get the Glad Hand, Phobes Get the Power

  • Columns

    June 3, 2003
  • News

    January 7, 2003
  • News

    November 26, 2002

    Cheap Lay

    The Myth of the Gay-Friendly GOP