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NYPD Looking for Man Who Attacked Three Women in Alleged Anti-gay Hate Crime: VIDEO

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Police are investigating a possible anti-gay hate crime against three women that occurred last week in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn last week, Gothamist reports:

According to police, the incident occurred on October 26th at around 2:15 a.m. on Franklin Avenue near Greene Avenue. Cops say the suspect approached three women, ages 29, 34, and 36. He allegedly made anti-gay statements towards them before assaulting them.

The women all sustained minor lacerations to their faces, and were treated at Kings County Hospital. 

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 800-577-TIPS, submit tips at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or text tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577.

Watch surveillance footage of the suspect, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Theatre News: Stone Debuts in 'Cabaret,' Knightley, Moss and Biggs Coming to Broadway


This month in theatre news, Emma Stone steps in as Sally Bowles, Keira Knightley will make Broadway debutPippin to depart and The Heidi Chronicles to move in at the Music Box, Martin Short will join It's Only a Play.

> Emma Stone steps in as Sally Bowles in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of Cabaret at Studio 54 on November 11. As reported in the New York Times, the star had originally signed on to appear in the production with Alan Cumming when it opened last spring, but film commitments forced her to withdraw. Michelle Williams, who was cast in her place, will continue performing through November 9.

Keira knightley> Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next fall as a woman whose adulterous affair has violent consequences in Thérèse Raquin, a new adaptation by Helen Edmundson of Émile Zola’s 1867 novel, Roundabout Theatre Company announced. Directed by Evan Cabnet, the star-driven production will be the first in RTC’s 50th anniversary season, with performances beginning in October, 2015.

> Martin Short will join the cast of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play, stepping in for Nathan Lane when he departs the production on January 4. The play will extend its run at the Schoenfeld Theatre another two weeks before moving next door to the Jacobs Theatre, where Tony-winning musical Once will close shortly prior. Helen Mirren steps into the Schoenfeld the following month, as Queen Elizabeth in Peter Morgan’s The Audience.  

Pippin> Tony-winning musical Pippin will end performances at the Music Box Theatre on January 4, producers announced. The high-flying production of Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s 1972 musical won Tonys for Best Musical Revival as well as for director Diane Paulus and original stars Patina Miller and Andrea Martin. The show opened in the spring of 2013, a U.S. national tour is currently underway with future productions planned in London, Australia and Amsterdam.

> Elisabeth Moss and Jason Biggs will move into the Music Box Theatre in the Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, directed by Pam MacKinnon (A Delicate Balance), producer Jeffrey Richards announced. The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play about feminism’s coming-of-age in the 70s and 80s will begin performances in February, 2015.

> It Shoulda Been You, a new musical conceived by Barbara Anselmi with book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, will arrive on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in March, producers announced. Previously produced at the George Street Playhouse in 2011, the comedy about an unlikely wedding gone awry will be directed by David Hyde Pierce and star Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess and David Burtka among others.

 (Stone: Richard Phibbs via Entertainment Weekly)

Starbucks Using Gay Semen in Lattes, Says Harlem Hate Pastor: VIDEO


Earlier this week we reported on the activists who served Starbucks outside Pastor James David Manning's Harlem hate church ATLAH after Manning claimed that the coffee company is "ground zero" for Ebola because "upscale sodomites" frequent the joint.

Manning has now stepped up his twisted claims in a video alleging that Starbucks is using "sodomites' semen in lattes."

Manning says that the reason all these "untoward types" (meaning, gays) hang out at Starbucks is because the semen "flavors up" the coffee "and it makes you think that you're having a good time drinking that cup of latte with the semen in it."



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Lea DeLaria Speaks Out About Facing Down Subway Preacher: 'You Must Always Face Evil...'


Earlier this week, a video in which Orange is the New Black actress Lea DeLaria shouted down a Bible-beating preacher on the NYC subway went viral.

DeLaria spoke to Page Six about the incident, and why she stood up and got in his face:

“I really can’t tolerate anyone who uses the name of Jesus to preach hatred. When he literally used the word ‘homo,’ I decided to get up. I have no problem with people talking out loud on the subway. I think that freedom of speech comes with responsibility. You should not, you cannot spew that kind of hatred out loud — especially in New York City, a multicultural and -religious city that we live in....You must always face evil and take it down. The reason evil thrives in the world, the reason hatred thrives in the world, the reason bullying thrives in the world is because of complacency. As long as we continue to take it, it will continue to thrive."


LGBT Activists Offer Free Starbucks Outside Harlem Hate Church: PHOTO


Liz Jackson and some additional Harlem-based LGBT activists took action this week outside the Harlem hate church, she writes, at HuffPost Gay Voices:

Less than a week ago, Starbucks released its very first LGBT commercial.

Not long after, James David Manning, the pastor of Atlah Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem, claimed Starbucks is "ground zero for Ebola" because of its LGBT appeal. Atlah, located in the heart of Harlem, boasts a prominent sign that displays hateful and homophobic messages such as "JESUS WOULD STONE HOMOS."

So a group of us got together and decided to protest this new Atlah message in the most loving way we know: with free Starbucks coffee!

More images at HGV.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) Declares Victory Over Nan Hayworth in Tight House Race

With 100% reporting, out gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney appears to have defeated GOP challenger Nan Hayworth in his contentious 18th District House race.

MaloneyMaloney has 49.6% of the vote and Hayworth 48.0%.

Maloney has declared victory but Hayworth is not conceding with a difference of 1, 744 votes between them, The Hill reports:

In a statement, Maloney congratulated Hayworth "on a hard fought campaign" and vowed to reach across the aisle in search of common victories.

"We have fought this campaign as Democrats and Republicans but we must end it as Americans, proud of our common country and committed to put aide our partisan differences and work for the good of all," he said.

But Hayworth spokesman Terence Michos said in a statement that the race is "too close to call."

“The race is too close to call and the ballots have been impounded as the Maloney campaign requested over the weekend. They knew the race was incredibly close, and we agree,” Michos said.

The AP has yet to call the race.


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