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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 […]

We Need to Change the Climate

We Need to Change the Climate

BY ROBERT TOLBERT | We need to change the climate. Yes, I am speaking about the actual climate. We need to stop fracking. We need to clean up our air and water. We need to recycle, rebuild, and retrofit. But we also need to change our political climate. Political will can’t just happen when it’s close […]

Trans-Ambivalence

BY ED SIKOV | The Highest-Paid Female CEO in America Used to Be a Man.” That’s the arresting headline of New York magazine’s September 8 – 21 cover story on Martine Rothblatt, the founder and chief executive officer of the pharma company United Therapeutics and a co-founder of Sirius Radio. Written by Lisa Miller, the piece […]

One of the Last Lesbians Standing… In Publishing

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Early in July, I had a conversation with Sarah Schulman, writer, queer activist, historian, and co-founder of the Lesbian Avengers. We talked about what contributed to that group’s successful launch, including the vibrancy of the lesbian subculture in 1970s and ‘80s. We also discussed why it’s so hard for lesbian writers to […]

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