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NYPD Surveillance on Early LGBTQ Activism Bared

NYPD Surveillance on Early LGBTQ Activism Bared

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As activists were gathering in the West Village in 1970 for the first march to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots that mark the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, they were not alone. The NYPD was nearby surreptitiously taking pictures and film of New York City’s first Pride March. Some of […]

Thousands Find Fabulousness at Javits

Thousands Find Fabulousness at Javits

BY BOB KRASNER | Approaching the large gray behemoth that is the Javits Center this past weekend, one would have no idea that inside there would be a scene of overwhelming fabulousness. Over two days, 35,000 people traveled there to be part of the celebration that is RuPaul’s DragCon. The show was laid out like […]

Cosplay and Drag Blend at Flame Con

Cosplay and Drag Blend at Flame Con

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | The stereotypes of nerds and gays often appear at odds with each other, but, for the third year in a row, geek culture and the LGBTQ community have enthusiastically teamed up at Flame Con. The weekend convention, held this year August 19-20 at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott, gathers the artists and writers […]

Overnight Love and a DIY Wedding Just Like Home

Overnight Love and a DIY Wedding Just Like Home

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For Chris Vasquez and Lawrence Neuhauser, a late night OkCupid date produced love at first sight. “I thought, okay, probably another bad date but at least I’ll get a couple of drinks out of it,” Lawrence said of receiving Chris’ invitation to get together in January 2014. “The next day I basically […]

Autumn in New York

BY ROSS D. LEVI| It’s hard not to feel a bit of a letdown over the end of summer, the season traditionally associated with vacationing and relaxation. In New York State, we are fortunate to have one of the most beautiful seasons of the year as a kind of coda to summer. Painters, poets, and songwriters […]

Malliotakis’ Dog Whistle to Anti-LGBTQ Voters

Malliotakis’ Dog Whistle to Anti-LGBTQ Voters

BY RITCHIE TORRES | Since last November, we’ve seen Trump-emboldened Republicans try to roll back many of the hard-fought rights of our city’s LGBTQ communities. And since November, I’ve never been more proud to be from New York — a city of resistance where thousands of people have stood up for justice and tolerance. And where […]

For Honeymoons, Wedding Celebrations, Think Costa Rica

For Honeymoons, Wedding Celebrations, Think Costa Rica

BY CAROLE HEADLEY | Taking a leading role in promoting LGBTQ tourism in Costa Rica while educating the broader society on an embrace of equality and inclusiveness, the ANdAZ Península Papagayo Resort on that Central American country’s northwest Pacific Coast celebrated Pride Month this past June by being the first hotel and tourism company to join […]

Drawing Fire

Drawing Fire

BY JULIANNE CUBA | Among the draws at this year’s queer comics festival Flame Con, happening at the Bro oklyn Bridge Marriott August 19 to 20, is a Bedford-Stuyvesant cartoonist who will showcase her fantastical comics about lesbian witches, lost dragons, and goofy adventurers. Carey Pietsch said that the adaptation of the popular Dungeons & Dragons […]

Changing Times, But the Pier Remains

Changing Times, But the Pier Remains

BY REBECCA WHITE | During discussions over the past several years about the possibility that the West Village Church of St. Luke in the Fields might build a new “mission center” for an LGBTQ youth drop-in center at Hudson and Christopher Streets, one prominent critic of the idea — David Poster, head of the Christopher Street […]

At 35th, GMHC Marches to West Village AIDS Memorial

At 35th, GMHC Marches to West Village AIDS Memorial

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On August 11, 1981, Nathan Fain, Larry Kramer, Larry Mass, Paul Popham, Paul Rapoport, and Edmund White gathered in Kramer’s apartment for an urgent discussion of how the gay community could confront a frightening new deadly disease striking men in their midst. The result was Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the […]