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Monday October 23rd 2017



Transcendent “Torch Song” is required gay viewing

According to Naveen Kumar’s review on Some stories both define and transcend a generation. When Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy premiered more than 35 years ago, first in scrappy downtown theatres and then on Broadway in 1982, some audiences were shocked; others saw their lives reflected back at them perhaps for the first time. Second Stage Theatre’s triumphant and beautifully imagined revival, which opened off-Broadway last night, proves that Torch Song remains both prophetic and timeless in a way few but Fierstein could have imagined.

Michael Urie steps into Fierstein’s outsize stilettos as Arnold, the quippy Jewess and drag performer whose quest for love drives the story, which has been condensed here and titled simply Torch Song. (The playwright won a Tony for his performance as well as for Best Play, and starred in the 1988 movie opposite Matthew Broderick and Anne Bancroft.) Urie, who’s proven to be a master of both character and comedy on stage and the small screen, makes the role unmistakably his own. The Younger star is at the height of his talents pedaling Arnold’s sweet cynicism and physical humor while rendering a larger-than-life character entirely in flesh and blood….

…That Torch Song takes Arnold’s journey toward love and acceptance with all seriousness is what made it so groundbreaking more than three decades ago. Of course, the play is also funny as all hell. The cast lands punch lines and navigates nuanced emotional turns with equally exquisite rhythm, thanks to Moises Kaufman’s finely calibrated direction.

-Read the full review on

Meet Our Interns: Luna


Luna has interned for the Alliance this year. Now she is working with the trans and gender-expansive youth group Tangent and training to become a Speakers Bureau member. Here is her story in her own words.

After two or three months of a summer internship at the Alliance, I’m glad this is where I chose to spend my time; I have found my work beyond fulfilling. Fulfilling is something that’s worth one’s time, but this is something else entirely. This hasn’t just been time well spent, this has given me a purpose.

When I first decided to work at the Alliance I was only here to satisfy a twenty-four-hour community-service requirement for school. I was ready to put in about twenty-four hours of tedious, monotonous work before moving on and forgetting about the entire experience, but that changed quickly.

At my first meeting with Jeff Myers, Managing Director, I was offered an internship; he mentioned the Alliance’s need for promotional materials, help with the computers, and other important tasks. When I realized that I had the opportunity to spend my summer completing these vital tasks and learning the skills to do so, I was thrilled. Thus I walked out of the office with an internship and a newfound sense of agency.

Months later I finally began my new job and started contributing to the LGBTQ+ community. While I’ve met my fair share of welcoming people and environments, this was a new experience altogether. I’ve observed from day one that my contributions never go unnoticed, and it reaches beyond a thank-you and a polite smile; everyone I’ve worked with at the Alliance has been supportive and appreciative of my work to an unprecedented extent. In addition to such a great atmosphere, the Alliance has wholly demonstrated its care for its volunteers. I was able to attend a SafeZone training free of charge as my first step toward becoming a speaker for the Alliance.

Facilitating Tangent, our Trans and Gender-expansive Youth group with Mitch and Eri is my favorite activity here, especially planning meetings and coming up with seasonal programming.  Tangent is truly a special thing, it’s a safe place for trans and gender-expansive youth to meet each other and just hang out; we have meetings on the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., each featuring seasonal activities.


Maine high school coach fired after telling players to taunt opponent for having two moms

The Bangor Daily News reports:

Gray-New Gloucester’s top school official told WMTW television a high school football coach is no longer employed by the district after allegations he told players to taunt an opponent for having two mothers.

Maine School Administrative District 15 Superintendent Craig King told WMTW the district “takes concerns about the safety and security of students very seriously, and does not tolerate threatening or discriminatory behavior.” King told the station that he cannot discuss specific personnel matters, but confirmed varsity football coach Duane Greaton doesn’t work for the district any longer.

The Portland Press Herald reported that Lynn and Stephanie Eckersley-Ray, the married mothers of a Yarmouth High School football player, claimed the coach told his players to taunt her son whenever he was tackled by asking him, “Who’s your daddy?”

Several players reported the coach’s instructions and a school official alerted referees to listen for any taunts. None were reported during the game.

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