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Are we biting the hand that feeds us?

Russia is a very, very difficult country to stick a pin in, as LGBT activists are discovering in their rage over that government’s recent anti- gay legislation. After you’ve demonstrated in front of the embassy and trampled a flag or two, what can you do to make that rage felt? The immediate response by many gays and many gay nightclub owners has been to boycott the popular Stoli vodka, as being the only Russian sounding consumer product ready to hand.

Transgender and gender nonconformity: New words, new self-expressions for our youth

Transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) is a term that didn't exist just ten years ago, and is probably new to many of you. It refers to an unexpected cultural change that has emerged in the last two decades in the mainstream as well as the LGBT community. Increasingly, children and teens are coming out as transgender, gender queer, gender fluid or just simply gender nonconforming. And their parents and families are supporting their right to live in their "affirmed" gender, rather than the "assigned" gender they received at birth.

“Real Housewives Of Miami” star Alexia Echevarria says “Thank goodness for...

"The Real Housewives Of Miami" are back for another round of fun (and fighting) in the sun. Here, Entertainment Editor Cookie talks to "Housewife" Alexia Echevarria about returning as a full time cast member, the struggles she has faced with her children, and why the gay boys love the ladies of Miami!

A thrilling Don Carlos in Katonah NY

music review: Don Carlos.

Will Crutchfield has for many years championed operas he feels are unjustly neglected. This year, his sights have been trained upon the French operas of Verdi. Don Carlos was Verdi's big chance at breaking into the nearly limitless funding at the Paris Opera in 1867. He tried his hand at grand opera using the work of Schiller as his foundation, and having his librettists write the rest in a style that we today would call creative non-fiction. This performance was at Caramoor in Katonah, NY on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Two NJ LGBT students recieve college scholarships

The LEAGUE Foundation awarded its 108th college scholarship since its inception in 1996; Eight graduating high school students received a 2013 award this year. Two of the eight are from New Jersey High Schools. Through its tenure as the nation's oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) scholarship program, awards have been given to students attending 87 different institutions in 31 different states.

Summer of 42 is touching at Bucks County Playhouse

show review. 

The musical version of the 1971 film is not what you might expect. It is a cheery, bright and breezy evening where the three protagonists rejoin on an island off the coast of Maine in the summer of 1942. Two of the teens are from New York, while the bookish, geeky lad says he's from New Jersey, where the air is better. This line received no laughs at the performance I attended. Comparisons can be made to two other works which popped into my mind early on in the show.

The queer politics of writing on race

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When Sue O'Connell, the publisher and editor of the Boston-based LGBTQ newspaper "Bay Window, which I also write for, penned her piece "Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think" a firestorm erupted. Evidence of the conflagration was not only seen on the paper's website but it was also buzzed about around town.

4 unconventional Gay seaside getaways

Out of Town:

Beach vacations come in many forms, especially in the context of gay and lesbian travel. Years ago, LGBT travelers seeking summer fun at the shore tended to focus on several tried-and-true resort communities, primarily Provincetown, Ogunquit, Rehoboth, Fire Island, Laguna Beach, Key West, and Saugatuck. Although all of these towns are still justly popular, with their lively gay beach bars and inviting accommodations, America has no shortage of quirky, scenic seaside communities with progressive bents and welcoming vibes.

Are you an original? Find out who wins on Saturday

Enter the contest to be the most original Stoli Guy on August 3 at Paradise in Asbury Park. Gay Cities has teamed up with Stoli and Out In Jersey magazine to find someone that is passionate genuine and original. You could represent New Jersey in the worldwide competition for Stoli Guy! To find out more about the contest, to enter to win or just to see what it is all about go to www.gaycities

“Catholic” organization supports criminalization of Russian LGBT Rights

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We need to keep reminding ourselves here in New Jersey that we live inside a bubble. We have the best anti-bullying law in the country,  protection in housing and the workplace, civil unions and soon – marriage equality. Our local enemies – The New Jersey Family Research Council and a few ultra- orthodox rabbis from Lakewood – are a small minority who obviously need to get a life - and stay out of other peoples. Outside the bubble however, it isn’t like that.

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