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Pride in Pics: The Winners Are In

Pride in Pics: The Winners Are In

For the first time, Gay City News asked readers to share their photos from Pride events around town during the month of June and also to vote on their favorites from the photos submitted. We’re now proud to announce the winners. First place, which earns the winner an iPad Mini and a bottle of Absolut […]

Europride Conferences Highlight Eastern European Issues

Europride Conferences Highlight Eastern European Issues

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Rights, religion, and Russia weighed heavily on the minds of attendees at the two human rights conferences held during the June 15 to June 22 Europride events in Riga, Latvia. The first conference, entitled LGBTQ Movements in Central and Eastern Europe: Successes, Challenges, Perspective, took place on June 17 and 18 and […]

On Independence Day, Philly Fêtes Half-Century of Activism

On Independence Day, Philly Fêtes Half-Century of Activism

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a Fourth of July Weekend celebration, the city of Philadelphia marked the 50th anniversary of the first Annual Reminder demonstration. Organized by gay and lesbian activists from that city, New York, and Washington, the Reminders, held in front of Independence Hall on July 4 from 1965 through 1969, represented […]

A Radiant Day of Joy & Celebration

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO & MICHAEL LUONGO | Despite occasional drizzles, New York’s LGBT community, on June 28, staged the largest Pride March in memory, running roughly eight hours from the initial noon step-off at 36th Street until the final contingents arrived in the West Village.    

Snapshots of Pride & Marriage    

Snapshots of Pride & Marriage    

BY ALICIA GREEN | As many as two million people lined Fifth Avenue and clogged West Village sidewalks for June 28’s LGBT Pride March — always an occasion for solidary and celebration, but especially this year coming just two days after the landmark Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Gay City News spoke […]

The Mayor’s Excellent Pop-Up Wedding Bash

The Mayor’s Excellent Pop-Up Wedding Bash

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | About five hours after the Supreme Court handed down its big marriage ruling on June 26, Mayor Bill de Blasio was on the steps of City Hall officiating the weddings of two couples and the reaffirmation of the vows of a third. Denise Niewinski and Cindy Jackson, of Long Island […]

A Beautiful Night on the River

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO |  The LGBT Community Center has always been able to pinch itself for its good luck in getting stunningly clear weather for its annual Monday evening Garden Party kicking off Pride Week. June 22 proved no exception, as thousands turned out at Pier 84 at West 44th Street for a night […]

You Were Warned

PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Weather forecasters had warned of thunderstorms, but instead the afternoon was sunny and felt tropically humid. Perfect for the 18th annual Folsom Street East festival, held Sunday, June 21. Celebrating “the rebellious spirit” of the “kink and fetish scene,” the block party this year billed itself as “the New York […]

Days Well Spent      

Days Well Spent      

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Barbara Police and Pat Slone have been together for 40 years and have a problem that many couples can relate to — temperature wars. Police is always cold, explained Slone, who said she herself is always hot. This can play itself out in windows being opened and just as quickly being […]

With Striking Global Solidarity, Europride Shines in Latvia    

With Striking Global Solidarity, Europride Shines in Latvia    

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The Europride March had come just a few paces from its stepping off point in the lushly green Vermanes Darzs, a park near Riga’s Old City adorned this day with balloons, rainbows, and banners in a multitude of languages. Abba’s disco classic “Dancing Queen” blared from loudspeakers as Kaspars Zalitis, co-chair of […]

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