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A Family Fierce, Passionate, and Talented

A Family Fierce, Passionate, and Talented

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | It was a fierce crowd — both in presentation and emotion — that gathered to celebrate the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards on the day the Supreme Court handed down a decision supporting a bigoted baker. Clad in bright, dark, and fabulous suits and gowns (and shorts and kilts), several hundred literary […]

Connie Kurtz, Lesbian Activist, Artist, Dies at 81

Connie Kurtz, Lesbian Activist, Artist, Dies at 81

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Connie (Constance) Kurtz, a lesbian activist and an artist who works included paintings, collage, and quilts, died in the home she shared with her beloved spouse, Ruth Berman, in West Palm Beach on May 27 after a long illness. Kurtz would have turned 82 in July. Kurtz was born on July […]

Cubbyhole’s Tanya Saunders Dead at 82

Cubbyhole’s Tanya Saunders Dead at 82

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Tanya Saunders, a child refugee from Nazi Germany who owned a West Village bar since 1987, the last 24 years under the name Cubbyhole, died on April 29 at the age of 82. The cause of death, said Lisa Menichino, Saunders’ close friend who worked with her for the past 18 years, […]

Highlighting Key Moments in City’s LGBTQ Past

Highlighting Key Moments in City’s LGBTQ Past

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the 1969 riots that began as the result of a police raid at the Stonewall Inn are well known as marking the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, what is less well known is that the deputy inspector who led that raid had busted the Mafia-run bar just three days […]

Irish Set to Vote on Abortion

Irish Set to Vote on Abortion

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Irish citizens will go to the polls on May 25 for a referendum on whether to “Repeal the 8th” Amendment to their Constitution, which bans abortion. Three years ago, the country voted overwhelmingly to add an amendment that affirmed marriage equality. The entire country seemed to take part in that grassroots campaign […]

“Hero” of Irish, Australian Marriage in New York

“Hero” of Irish, Australian Marriage in New York

BY ANDY HUMM | Irish gay activist Tiernan Brady has the distinction of leading the first two successful national referenda on marriage equality, helming Yes Equality in Ireland in 2015 and the Equality Campaign in Australia last year. He may be needed in Taiwan soon for yet another popular vote on same-sex marriage, but he […]

Lambda Legal Honors Evan Wolfson

Lambda Legal Honors Evan Wolfson

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Evan Wolfson, the nation’s key strategic thinker in the battle to win marriage equality as founder of Freedom to Marry, went home on April 30 to the legal advocacy group, Lambda Legal, where he worked on staff for 12 years and headed up its Marriage Project. In its annual national dinner at […]

Center Dinner Fêtes Emma González, Ricky Martin, Anna Wintour

Center Dinner Fêtes Emma González, Ricky Martin, Anna Wintour

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At its annual dinner gala, held on April 19 at Cipriani Wall Street, the LGBT Community Center honored a diverse group of honorees, including Emma González, the president of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay Straight Alliance  in Parkland, Florida, and co-founder of the #NeverAgain movement, pop singer Ricky […]

Two Fifth Avenue Honors Edie Windsor

Two Fifth Avenue Honors Edie Windsor

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a ceremony with great warmth despite chilly temperatures, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center installed a memorial plaque at Two Fifth Avenue to honor the late Edie Windsor, a longtime resident of the building whose 2013 victory at the US Supreme Court vanquished the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Windsor’s […]

2018 Gay City News Impact Awards

2018 Gay City News Impact Awards

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As we come together tonight in celebration of achievement, commitment, and solidarity, we are all too aware of the dangers that face our community, many other communities, our country, and the world. But to put some perspective on the matter, we should remember that this month marks 50 years since Dr. Martin […]