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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 […]

A Wow Crowd at Jim Owles!

A Wow Crowd at Jim Owles!

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club held a splashy Pride Awards ceremony at the Flatiron home of former Public Advocate Mark Green on June 5. Honorees included the renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer; actor Denis O’Hare, a Tony-winner for “Take Me Out”; Randy Florke, recognized for his work as a prison rights activist; […]

At Macy’s, Comptroller Honors Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a June 20 bash at Macy’s in Herald Square, City Comptroller marked LGBTQ Pride Month by honoring Sue Wicks, a former New York Liberty player who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013; the Hetrick-Martin Institute (see related story on HMI); Luis Mancheno, a […]

Pride Rally Returns to the Streets

Pride Rally Returns to the Streets

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | After a number of years of holding the annual Pride Rally on a Hudson River pier, Heritage of Pride, in a bow to the dire political straits America finds itself in, took the event back to the streets this year, holding it in Foley Square downtown on June 16. […]

Celebrating Queer Literature and Mentorship

Celebrating Queer Literature and Mentorship

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | The Tony Awards were only the second-gayest ceremony in town last week, as luminaries from the LGBTQ community gathered Monday, June 12 to celebrate the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards. Hosted by multi-genre artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond, the ceremony at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts handed out prizes to […]

Last Minute Beat the Heat Escapes

Last Minute Beat the Heat Escapes

BY ROSS D. LEVI | So you never got around to planning that amazing summer vacation for this year. Okay, totally understandable, your life is crazy busy. You’re still a good person. But now it’s 92 degrees outside and your co-workers are jetting off to glamorous long weekends in beautiful locales. Meanwhile, you are about […]

Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

BY ANDY HUMM | Hundreds of proud activists crowded into the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow Corona Park for the June 9 opening of an exhibit on the unique history of the LGBTQ movement in New York’s most diverse borough. “Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens” emptied the closet of out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, […]

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

BY ANDY HUMM | Hundreds of New York comrades, family members, and admirers of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, bid him an emotional and spirited farewell on June 14 — Flag Day (his favorite day) —starting at the Stonewall Inn and marching with many of his banners protesting hate and affirming LGBT identity to […]

Leadership Awards at Brooklyn Pride Center

Leadership Awards at Brooklyn Pride Center

26 Bridge Street in DUMBO played host to the Brooklyn CommunityPride Center Awards on June 15, an event that included cocktails and dinner as well. This year’s honorees were Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, described in the event program as a Queer Health Warrior, and City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, who represents Brooklyn’s 38th Council District that includes […]