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According to Lady Miss Blogger, this is my 1000th post. It’s unreal that I’ve spewed that much nonsense in only 27 months, especially considering that for the first year I scarcely posted once a week. It reminds me of the woman who accused me of being with the CIA when she saw me taking pictures at the Iraq war protest. ...

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An Important Letter From A Reader

Sharing my concern over the cavalier attitude that so many young gay men seem to have regarding HIV, on Monday a reader sent me the chilling letter reprinted below. Please read this guy’s story and reconsider what you think you know about HIV being a “manageable disease.” For some people, it may be. But for many others, including this reader, ...

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My Lookout

Almost six years sitting here and I’ve never looked up and noticed that my building has a dozen creepy Conquistador-ish friezes adorning the floor above mine. Not to mention the hundreds of baby heads or Virgin Marys or whatever those things under the roofline are. Embiggen for a better look. That’s the thing about New York architecture, so many times ...

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It Is What It Was

Orlando, Xmas, 1998My mother picked me up at Orlando International late in the evening. I’d had two connections on my all-day flight from Oakland (stupid Southwest) and I was exhausted. I was looking forward to getting to her house and crashing, as she usually took me around the local malls on the days before Xmas and I’d need all my ...

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Morning View – Astor Place Building

Billing itself as a “sculpture for living” with “museum quality architectural loft residences” (whatever that means), the Astor Place opened last year to a chorus of boos in the East Village. Situated on a Flatiron-esque oddly shaped lot, the site was previously a parking lot. Still, locals had hoped for a building that reflected the neighborhood, namely something mid-rise and ...

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Open Thread Thursday

The magazine publishing world in midtown is busily putting together their year-end issues and a couple of friends of mine are working on their magazine’s Best Singles Of 2006 articles. Rather than asking you what your favorite singles of 2006 were, and getting a lot of possibly-not-entirely-true answers, in the cause of maintaining your cool-cred, let’s do things another, easier, ...

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Fighting Fraggots

Frag: verb {Mil.Slang} – a term from the Vietnam War (derived from “fragmentation grenade”) most commonly meaning: to assassinate an unpopular leader or member of one’s own fighting unit who is placing the entire squad in jeopardy through cowardice or lack of leadership. Fragging, while extreme, can be considered a form of self-preservation for those put in danger by bad ...

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Case Studies: When Is Outing OK?

Senator Jones (R-Your State) is married with children. Senator Jones is a strident anti-gay activist who consistently authors, backs, and votes for legislation denying gay people to right to marry and the right to equal protection from discrimination in the workplace. He votes against adding sexual orientation to hate crimes legislation. Senator Jones secretly meets men in public places for ...

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