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Best of Gay City Final Round Voting Begins    

Best of Gay City Final Round Voting Begins    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Your votes are in! In voting that took place between October 2 and 26, Gay City News readers cast thousands of votes in 25 categories to rate the best businesses, community services, entertainers and shows, food and drink, and places to live and visit. Now the real fun begins. First-round voting […]

A Marriage Loss & the Ongoing Debate Over Puerto Rico’s Political Status

A Marriage Loss & the Ongoing Debate Over Puerto Rico’s Political Status

BY ÁNGEL LUIS CASIANO | Ada Conde and Ivonne Álvarez are household names within Puerto Rico’s LGBT community. As a civil rights attorney for many years, it was no surprise when Conde married her partner in Massachusetts, in the wake of same-sex marriage legalization there 10 years ago. The couple, however, live in Puerto Rico, […]

Band of Sisters

Band of Sisters

BY KELLY COGSWELL | You see them when you live in Paris, these small groups of black teenage girls who hang out near Châtelet or Les Halles, an area of the city with an enormous decrepit shopping center that smells of piss and bleach. They move in packs, jostling and laughing. Picking victims of all […]

Words Offer Comfort, Deeds Summon Grace

Words Offer Comfort, Deeds Summon Grace

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | I was reminded by my friend and colleague Andy Humm that a defining maxim of the women’s suffrage movement a century ago was “Deeds Not Words.” In our age, words are expertly focus-group-tested and then wielded alternately as heartfelt promises, dire warnings, and lacerating weapons. We all cycle through thousands of […]

Gay City News Launches First Annual Best Of Contest    

Gay City News Launches First Annual Best Of Contest    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | We want to hear from you. And we want other readers to hear from you. That’s one of two vital messages I want to impart about our inaugural Best of Gay City Annual Readers’ Choice contest. The other thing you must know: This is all about having some fun. Not that […]

Why Pink Matters

Why Pink Matters

BY JENNIFER GOODSTEIN | October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a time for all of us to redouble our efforts to eradicate the second-leading killer of women in the United States. When my husband and I bought NYC Community Media in 2012 and, in June of this year, added the Brooklyn-based Community News Group […]

LGBT Picket at Independence Hall, Nearly 50 Years Later    

LGBT Picket at Independence Hall, Nearly 50 Years Later    

BY JEN COLLETTA | On July 4, 1965, John James traveled to Philadelphia to march among a group of gay and lesbian demonstrators calling for liberty for LGBT people. Nearly 50 years later, James is again surrounded by LGBT people in the City of Brotherly Love —this time in a very changed world. Earlier this […]

LGBTQ Immigrants: Heroes Among Us — If They Can Get Here

BY SEBASTIAN MAGUIRE | I am generally loath to praise our country’s dysfunctional immigration system. Both immigrants and their advocates can readily attest to the Kafkaesque frustrations of dealing with mindless bureaucrats and heartless policymakers. A shining exception to my general attitude is asylum. Since 1994, when Attorney General Janet Reno issued a decision recognizing […]

Downtown Rises    

Downtown Rises    

BY LAUREN PRICE | Lower Manhattan in recent decades has established a strong record of land use conversions. Since 1995, 16 million square feet of office space have changed use, creating nearly 14,000 residential units and 350 hotel rooms. Most of that shift was spurred by the city’s 421-g Tax Incentive Program, which provided a […]

The Corner of Hollywood & Wyckoff

The Corner of Hollywood & Wyckoff

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Since 2007, the Bushwick Film Festival has provided opportunities to explore both domestic and international indie films as well as new media projects. This year’s edition, which runs October 2-5, screens 10 features and two programs of shorts that total another 15 titles. There are also panels, workshops, and, of course, a […]

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