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Homeland Security’s Rentboy Raid All Too Predictable

Homeland Security’s Rentboy Raid All Too Predictable

BY NATHAN RILEY | The raid on rentboy.com by the US Department of Homeland Security is no fluke. It follows the April passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act by lopsided majorities in Washington. Major enforcement responsibility was assigned to the agency created to protect us from terrorism and control immigrants. Congress declared the […]

Charleston Pride’s Challenge: Bridging #LoveWins and #BlackLivesMatter

Charleston Pride’s Challenge: Bridging #LoveWins and #BlackLivesMatter

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | He was a lone wolf, delivering a message of hate to Charleston. Overhead, he held a giant banner proclaiming “God Hates Pride.” Still, that he was solo on King Street as dozens of floats and hundreds of marchers filed past him might be a sign of Bible Belt progress. Most marchers ignored […]

Person to Person Cultural Exchange in Cuba

Person to Person Cultural Exchange in Cuba

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Last week represented an historic milestone in the Obama administration’s drive to end more than 50 years of US policy toward Cuba by normalizing relations. On August 14, Secretary of State John Kerry and Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the State Department’s chargé d’affaires in Cuba, raised the American flag over the new […]

Connecting the Dots Creates New Leadership

BY MICHAEL ADAMS | After the Supreme Court’s decision for marriage equality in late June, 26 million friends of the LGBTQ community showed their support — at least on that issue —by putting a rainbow filter over their Facebook profile picture. Ultimately, the freedom to marry and #LoveWins became a “sexy” way for new allies to […]

My Life as a Girl, Experiment 2: Skirting Drag

My Life as a Girl, Experiment 2: Skirting Drag

BY KELLY COGSWELL | It’s been years since I’ve had to put on girl drag to go to an office, but I still throw on a skirt occasionally. My current fave: a furry brown thing that I wear with stripey tights. Once, on a kind of dare, I let a friend dress me up in his colorful […]

The Young Lords Retake New York… With a Little Help from Johanna Fernandez

The Young Lords  Retake New York…  With a Little Help  from Johanna Fernandez

BY SUSIE DAY | For five years, Johanna Fernandez, history professor at Baruch College, worked to set up three separate art installations around New York City, one of which she curated. She worked, without funding, to tell the story of the Young Lords, a 1960s, mostly Puerto Rican street gang that morphed into a revolutionary action […]

Fringe Frenzy

Fringe Frenzy

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Divine/ Intervention You might say the late, legendary Divine is having a moment. In 2013, the documentary film “I Am Divine” drew raves, scoring a 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “The Simply Divine Cutout Doll Book” is listed for $600 on eBay. And now the demented drag diva (alter ego of Glenn […]

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 […]

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