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A Not So Gay Passage to India

A Not So Gay Passage to India

BY PERRY BRASS | India had always been a distant dream of mine, starting decades ago when I met George Michell, an authority on Indian temples who encouraged me to make the trip. I never did. Not only was it far away, but hazardous, with everything from “Delhi belly” to malaria lurking there. Finally, at 70, […]

HOP Hosts Its Debut Human Rights Conference

HOP Hosts Its Debut Human Rights Conference

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Heritage of Pride, the organization behind New York’s annual LGBTQ Pride Parade, hosted its first ever human rights conference on June 14. According to Eboni Munn, HOP’s communications manager, somewhere between 250 and 300 people participated in the daylong conference. Munn and others with HOP said the event was in some respects […]

Remembering How Gay Lawyers Became Legal

Remembering How Gay Lawyers Became Legal

BY ANDY HUMM | The panelists in the ornate rotunda of the New York County Supreme Court were out gay and lesbian legal scholars, advocates, and judges at the highest echelons of the courts. But at the June 19 forum sponsored by the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York State Courts — named […]

Garden Party Opens Pride Week

Garden Party Opens Pride Week

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | If it’s the Monday prior to the last Sunday in June, that means the LGBT Community Center is hosting its annual Garden Party kick-off to Pride Week. This year, the open-air tastings fest was held on Pier 84 at West 44th Street at the Hudson River. Though fair skies held […]

City Council Celebrates Pride

City Council Celebrates Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On June 12, the City Council’s five-member LGBT Caucus held its annual Pride Celebration, this year honoring Enny Pichardo, an Emmy-nominated correspondent and producer at Univision, painter Mickalene Thomas and her partner, art collector and consultant Racquel Chevremont, and Peppermint Moore, a trans activist who was a runner-up on the […]

Comptroller Recognizes “Queer Eye,” GMHC, Macy’s, Adelaide Connaughton

Comptroller Recognizes “Queer Eye,” GMHC, Macy’s, Adelaide Connaughton

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At a June 19 Pride celebration at Macy’s in Herald Square, City Comptroller Scott Stringer honored the cast of “Queer Eye,” Gay Men’s Health Crisis, William Hawthorne, the vice president of diversity and legal affairs at Macy’s, and the late Adelaide Connaughton, a former Fire Department EMS veteran who had […]

LGBTQ Democratic Clubs Celebrate Pride

LGBTQ Democratic Clubs Celebrate Pride

In May and June, the city’s queer Democratic clubs held award galas to honor individuals who have made contributions to the LGBTQ community and to kick off the Pride Season. Brooklyn’s Lambda Independent Democrats went first on May 17, marking their 40th anniversary at Berg’n in Crown Heights. The group honored City Council Speaker Corey […]

A Heritage of Disagreement

A Heritage of Disagreement

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moments before Charlie Cochrane, an NYPD sergeant, spoke at a 1981 City Council hearing in support of legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, he had to listen to a vice president from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association oppose the bill and assert that there were no gay cops in […]

Tish James Honors Pride

Tish James Honors Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Letitia James, a former Brooklyn city councilmember who has been the city public advocate since 2014 and is now seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general, hosted an LGBTQ Pride Celebration on the West Side’s High Line on June 11. The honorees were RUSA LGBT, the Russian-speaking queer group, […]

Book Expo America Storms NYC

Book Expo America Storms NYC

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | There’s no book city like New York City as two major publishing industry events — Book Expo America and its sister gathering, BookCon, both at the Javits Convention Center — demonstrated again. Held May 30 to June 3, they represented the largest gathering of book industry experts and fans in the US […]