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In Washington Square, Underlining Trans Visibility

In Washington Square, Underlining Trans Visibility

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO/ REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On a humid Friday afternoon just two days before the LGBTQ Pride March, a crowd of several hundred spent an hour in Washington Square Park listening to speeches as part of Trans Day of Action, before devoting several more hours to marching around the Village. The […]

Gracie Mansion Celebrates Pride

Gracie Mansion Celebrates Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a spectacular early summer evening June 22, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray played host to several hundred LGBTQ New Yorkers in a salute to Pride and, specifically, to Laverne Cox, the first out transgender television star (“Orange Is the New Black”). Cox not only […]

Woke-ness Colors Pride March, Dyke March, and Drag March, Too

Woke-ness Colors Pride March, Dyke March, and Drag March, Too

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Beyond the unprecedented forward position of thousands of “resistance” marchers from at least 18 organizations in Manhattan’s June 25 LGBTQ Pride March, the entire mood of the day — as well as of the prior day’s Dyke March and of the June 24 Drag March — reflected awareness that the queer world […]

Invader in the Pleasure Dome: One Year Later

Invader in the Pleasure Dome: One Year Later

BY PERRY BRASS | This month marks a year since Dr. Ash Tewari performed a robotic-assisted, laparoscopic, radical prostatectomy — known as a RALP — on me at Mt. Sinai Hospital uptown. For the first several months after having my prostate removed, I was living in this almost euphoric fool’s paradise believing that I had returned […]

Kevin Spacy Has No Place Mocking Closets

Kevin Spacy Has No Place Mocking Closets

BY ANDY HUMM | Kevin Spacey tried to make no fewer than four “jokes” about being in the closet while hosting the Tony Awards, but was shown up by multiple out gay and lesbian winners and presenters — calling attention to his immature and offensive insistence on not owning up to his gay identity. It […]

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

BY SUSIE DAY | his year, Ramadan — the ninth month of the Islamic year, in which observant Muslims fast to commemorate the revelation of the Quran — happens to coincide with most of Gay Pride Month. Quiet as it’s kept, there are uncounted numbers of queer Muslims in the gay community. One of them is […]

The San Francisco I Missed in Person

The San Francisco I Missed in Person

BY DONNA ACETO As a New Yorker of a certain age, I have longed for a visual portal into San Francisco in the 1970s. Armistead Maupin’s series of “Tales of the City” novels and my own imagination aside, Daniel Nicoletta’s “LGBT San Francisco” is the most fun historical romp I have found. On either paper or […]

Diversity, Indie Retailers Lauded in Publishing

Diversity, Indie Retailers Lauded in Publishing

BY MICHAEL LUONGO| Book Expo America, an annual publishing industry event held in tandem with the public conference BookCon, took place May 31 to June 4 in New York. North America’s largest book event, Book Expo, held at the Javits Center, offered plenty of interest for the queer reader, from out gay celebrities headlining splashy […]

Transgender Legal Defense Honors Freedom

Transgender Legal Defense Honors Freedom

The Manhattan Penthouse on Lower Fifth Avenue was the venue June 8 for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s 12th annual Freedom Awards. The evening honored Governor Andrew Cuomo, in recognition of his work on behalf of transgender rights — with the nation’s first executive directive interpreting sex discrimination protections to protect trans people […]

Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Community Health, on June 14, officially opened its expanded facilities at 400 Broadway in Chinatown, more than doubling the number of exam and counseling rooms. The agency provides comprehensive primary care, preventive health services, mental health, and support services, with its core constituencies being Asian and Pacific Islanders, the LGBTQ community, individuals living with […]