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Sylvester's 'Step II' Rereleased, Short Documentary Airs

Sylvester's 'Step II' Rereleased, Short Documentary Airs

ARTS & CULTURE | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 5
Disco icon Sylvester's 'Step II' album has been reissued, and a short online documentary tells the story of his fabulous yet too-brief career and life.

Frameline44 Screens AIDS-Themed Films Online

Frameline44 Screens AIDS-Themed Films Online

ARTS & CULTURE | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 5
Although its hit mini-festival is over, Frameline continues to screen ticketed and free films online, including a series of narrative documentary and short films about AIDS.

After RuPaul, 'Drag Race' Judge Michelle Visage Wipes Twitter Account

After RuPaul, 'Drag Race' Judge Michelle Visage Wipes Twitter Account

Not long after RuPaul deleted his Twitter account (and wiped his Instagram account), "RuPaul's Drag Race" judge Michelle Visage has done the same, again without any explanation.

Mississippi Could Drop Jim Crow-Era Statewide Voting Process

Mississippi Could Drop Jim Crow-Era Statewide Voting Process

BUSINESS | By Emily Wagster Pettus | Jul 5
Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era.

Pop Culturing: The 5 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Pop Culturing: The 5 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Despite the state of the world, 2020 has been an unbelievable year for music, with several artists putting out some of their career-defining albums.

LGBTQ Nightlife in NYC Faces a Long Road Ahead

LGBTQ Nightlife in NYC Faces a Long Road Ahead

NIGHTLIFE | By Matthew Wexler | Jul 5
"The outpouring of love and donations on the various platforms has been incredible. But we need continued support until we reopen," says Henrietta Hudson owner Lisa Cannistraci. "I'm not going to lose the bar. I'm not going to let it happen."

Kansas Newspaper's Post Equates Mask Mandate with Holocaust

Kansas Newspaper's Post Equates Mask Mandate with Holocaust

BUSINESS | By John Hanna | Jul 5
A Kansas newspaper posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

Sex Workers Lack Food for Taking HIV Drugs During COVID-19

Sex Workers Lack Food for Taking HIV Drugs During COVID-19

BUSINESS | By Ignatius Ssuuna | Jul 5
As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it threatens in multiple ways those who earn their living on the streets — people like Mignonne, a 25-year-old sex worker with HIV.

1 of 2 Protesters Hit by Car on Closed Seattle Highway Dies

1 of 2 Protesters Hit by Car on Closed Seattle Highway Dies

BUSINESS | By Martha Bellisle | Jul 5
A car drove onto a closed freeway early Saturday and struck two people in a crowd protesting against police brutality, killing one and critically injuring the other, authorities said.

US Holiday Fuels Worries About Skyrocketing Virus Cases

US Holiday Fuels Worries About Skyrocketing Virus Cases

NEWS | By Tamara Lush, Kim Chandler and Kathleen Foody | Jul 5
The U.S. has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th weekend will increase nation's surging coronavirus outbreak.


News

For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US

For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US

NATIONAL | By Lynn Berry and Aamer Madhani | Jul 5
On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Trump vowed to "safeguard our values" from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies.


Entertainment

Provincetown International Film Festival Announces Modified 2020 Film Festival
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Provincetown International Film Festival Announces Modified 2020 Film Festival

MOVIES | Jul 1
The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced "Provincetown Reimagined," presented by WarnerMedia, a modified festival with drive-in and virtual screenings running July 16-19, 2020.

UK Judge Says Amber Heard Can Be in Court for Depp Testimony

UK Judge Says Amber Heard Can Be in Court for Depp Testimony

CELEBRITIES | Jul 4
Johnny Depp's lawyers have failed to stop the American actor's ex-wife, Amber Heard, from attending his libel trial against the British tabloid newspaper The Sun until she is called to give evidence.


Business

Governors Stress 'Personal Responsibility' over Virus Orders

Governors Stress 'Personal Responsibility' over Virus Orders

LEGAL | By Kimberlee Kruesi | Jul 5
Earlier this week, as Tennessee registered what then was its highest single-day coronavirus case increase, Gov. Bill Lee held a news conference and issued a stern response.


Technology

Bolsonaro, Others Shun Masks at July 4 Celebration in Brazil

Bolsonaro, Others Shun Masks at July 4 Celebration in Brazil

SCIENCE | By Ricardo Coletta | Jul 5
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attended a U.S. Independence Day celebration in Brazil's capital Saturday at which participants declined to wear face masks.


Finance

If You've Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You've Got Options

If You've Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You've Got Options

HEALTH | By Julie Appleby | Jun 19
Some newly unemployed people are taking advantage of special enrollment periods to sign up for plans offered on the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, while others find they qualify for Medicaid.


Cars

Paint Schemes Go Political As NASCAR Season Heats Up

Paint Schemes Go Political As NASCAR Season Heats Up

AUTO NEWS | By Michael Marot | Jul 5
In NASCAR, the colorful paint schemes on the stock cars have taken a decidedly political turn in recent weeks — and will again this weekend.


Style

Style Alert: 6 LGBTQ Fashion Designers to Watch and Wear

Style Alert: 6 LGBTQ Fashion Designers to Watch and Wear

FASHION | By Andrew Villagomez | Jul 4
Pride means more than rainbow T-shirts, especially for these innovative LGBTQ designers who are redefining what it means to be fashion-forward for the next generation.


Travel

Mapping the Gay Guides Project Highlights Historic Queer Spaces

Mapping the Gay Guides Project Highlights Historic Queer Spaces

NIGHTLIFE | By Jim Provenzano | Jul 5
A new scholarly project at Cal State Fullerton, created by Assistant Professor Eric Gonzaba, maps LGBT bars, cafes and hotels from the historic Bob Damron's Gay Guides.


Nightlife

A Short Summer Outdoor Season May Put Chicago's LGBTQ Bars at Risk of Closing

A Short Summer Outdoor Season May Put Chicago's LGBTQ Bars at Risk of Closing

CORPORATE | By Matthew Wexler | Jul 3
"We're resilient. I do believe we'll recover," says Chicago nightclub owner and LGBTQ community advocate Mark Liberson. "It's just a matter of when. Remember, the last pandemic led into the Roaring 20s."