In January, Christine Quinn was elected to one of the most powerful positions in New York City government: speaker of the city council. She is the first woman and the first openly gay person to hold the office. A Democrat representing Manhattan’s gay-heavy district 3, this former housing advocate was first elected to the council in 1999 and since then has been a leader in addressing HIV/AIDS and crystal meth abuse issues.
One can talk about the “risk” the stars of Brokeback Mountain took in accepting their roles, but for rising star Harry Hamlin in 1982, playing an out gay man in Making Love—and having a full-on love scene with Michael Ontkean—was truly risky. Now that this gay classic is on DVD, we had a chat with the still-smoldering Hamlin.
After rural gay activist Nathan Christoffersen’s sudden death, a fundamentalist funeral erased his sexuality. But his passing is having an unexpected effect: bridging the gap between gay and antigay—beginning with Nathan’s own father. Part 1 of a two-part special report on religion and homophobia