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Pride Speaks Russian in Brighton Beach

Pride Speaks Russian in Brighton Beach

BY JULIANNE CUBA | They’re making history in Brighton Beach — and they’re proud! Marchers in the country’s first-ever Russian-speaking pride march — Brighton Beach Pride — will be making their way through Brooklyn’s Little Odessa on May 20 to show the enclave of conservative Russians that they’re here and they’re queer. The seaside neighborhood is […]

Ron Gold, Pioneer in Challenging Sickness Label, Dies

Ron Gold, Pioneer in Challenging Sickness Label, Dies

BY ANDY HUMM | Ron Gold, who told a committee of shrinks, “Stop it, you’re making me sick!,” in a 1973 speech as part of the successful campaign to get the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from their Index of Mental Disorders, died at his East Village home May 1 at the age […]

Bill Hoffman’s Mark on Artistic, Gay, and Jewish life

Bill Hoffman’s Mark on Artistic, Gay, and Jewish life

BY LAWRENCE D. MASS | William M. Hoffman, who died at age 78 on April 29, was an important and beloved figure in at least three communities: artistic, gay, and Jewish. In each, he left an indelible mark. A pioneer of the precious gems of gay street theater that came together in an anthology he […]

Denying Chechen Gay Torture — In Grozny, Moscow, and DC

Denying Chechen Gay Torture — In Grozny, Moscow, and DC

BY ED SIKOV | Chechnya wants to eliminate gay community by end of May,” the British-based Independent.com’s headline states. Now how exactly does one deal with threats of imminent extermination? Stay away from Chechnya, for starters. Not that the wretched place has much to offer, although according to Trivago, you can get a hotel room in […]

France at the Authoritarian Crossroads

France at the Authoritarian Crossroads

BY KELLY COGSWELL |  It’s almost a miracle how, in just one year, centrist Emmanuel Macron and his supporters launched the grassroots movement En Marche! (On the move!) that not only got him into the second round of the presidential vote, but helped him win. Much of the work was done by folks who hadn’t […]

Arthur S. Leonard Honored by New York Law School

Arthur S. Leonard Honored by New York Law School

BY ANDY HUMM | Arthur S. Leonard, award-winning legal reporter for Gay City News and the editor and principal author of LGBT Law Notes online (le-gal.org/about-law-notes), has been on the faculty of New York Law School since 1982. On April 26, he was honored as the school’s first Robert F. Wagner Professor of Labor and Employment Law, […]

VIDEO: The 2017 Gay City News Impact Awards

VIDEO: The 2017 Gay City News Impact Awards

Gay City News hosted its second annual Impact Awards on March 30, 2017 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The honorees were Governor David Paterson, Ana María Archila, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Christopher Bram, Lisa Cannistraci, Staceyann Chin, JD Davids, Andrés Duque, Bryan John Ellicott, Ashley C. Ford, Suzanne Goldberg, Oriol R. Gutierrez, Jr., Senior Bishop Zachary Glenn Jones, Howie Katz, Terrance Knox, Donna […]

Amy Ashworth, P-FLAG Co-Founder, Dies

Amy Ashworth, P-FLAG Co-Founder, Dies

BY ANDY HUMM | When Amy Ashworth died April 6 at age 92 in Ojai, California, her surviving son Everard Ashworth was asked, for purposes of her death certificate, what her profession was. “Put ‘Gay Rights Activist,’” he proudly said and that is what it reads, reflecting her commitment to the cause since 1972 when […]

Queer Left Academics Take on LGBT Mainstream

Queer Left Academics Take on LGBT Mainstream

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly two hours into a conference titled “Beyond Marriage, Beyond Equality,” Meredith Talusan, a transgender author and activist and a conference speaker, tweeted “Wow so much @HRC-bashing among queer academics has me thinking, ‘But they’re trying.’ Who have I become???” The conference, which was organized by historian Martin Duberman and held at […]

Voting for Hope in France

Voting for Hope in France

BY KELLY COGSWELL | The first round of France’s presidential election is over, and it’s down to the centrist Emmanuel Macron and the candidate of the extreme right, Marine Le Pen. I think Macron will win. God, I hope so. In many ways, he was the most progressive in the pack, emphasizing education, human rights, social […]

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