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Ruben Diaz, Sr., Aims to Return to the Council

Ruben Diaz, Sr., Aims to Return to the Council

BY ANDY HUMM | State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., 74, has a bad back and wants to take over the closer-to-home City Council seat opening up this fall in the South Bronx, including parts of Parkchester, Soundview, Unionport, and Castle Hill. His record of virulent anti-LGBTQ bigotry and opposition to women’s reproductive freedom has some political […]

LGBTQ Russians, Allies Liberate Brighton Beach

LGBTQ Russians, Allies Liberate Brighton Beach

BY ANDY HUMM | The first Brighton Beach Pride, led by RUSA LGBT, a group for Russian LGBTQ émigrés, drew 300 marchers to the uncharted territory — for gay demonstrators — of the boardwalk in a Brooklyn enclave of Russians and other Eastern Europeans on Saturday, May 20. The overcast skies greatly diminished the number of […]

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the deadline approaches for victims of sexual abuse by local priests to file claims under a special fund established by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, legislators in Albany looking to provide more broad-based relief to survivors are scrambling to move bills through the State Senate and Assembly in advance […]

Pride Parade Insurance Reg Trips Up Small Groups

Pride Parade Insurance Reg Trips Up Small Groups

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The New York City chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) has marched in every Pride Parade since the chapter was founded in 2002, but it may not march this year after the group that produces the annual event required all contingents to get insurance coverage to participate. “Basically, we […]

Marriage Equality Triumphs in Taiwan

Marriage Equality Triumphs in Taiwan

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In Taiwan this week, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of China voted overwhelmingly that same-sex couples are entitled to marry and that anti-gay discrimination violates the Republic’s Constitution. The May 24 ruling was greeted with relative equanimity by legislative leaders, who were ordered by the court to implement this […]

With Human Rights in Crisis, Courage Honored

With Human Rights in Crisis, Courage Honored

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At its annual Celebration of Courage, OutRight Action International, which defends the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer people worldwide, presented its Felipa De Sousa Award to Caleb Orozco, the man who last year successfully challenged the sodomy laws then still in place in Belize. The May […]

No Hate Crime Protections in West Virginia

No Hate Crime Protections in West Virginia

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A sharply-divided West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has narrowly rejected the application of the state’s Hate Crimes Law to an anti-gay assault on two men. The court, on May 9, voted 3-2 that Steward Butler — who reacted to seeing two gay men kissing each other on a sidewalk in […]

Tens of Thousands Join AIDS Walk

Tens of Thousands Join AIDS Walk

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a year when health care is front and center in the nation’s public discourse, 20,000 New Yorkers turned out for the 32nd annual AIDS Walk, sponsored by Gay Men’s Health Crisis and which raises funds for that agency and several dozen other AIDS services groups in the tri-state area. […]

Solidarity with Imprisoned Gay Chechens

Solidarity with Imprisoned Gay Chechens

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | A crowd of well over 100 demonstrators gathered at Washington Square Park on the evening of May 18 to bring attention to the plight of LGBTQ Chechens, roughly 100 of whom have been reported kidnapped by officials and tortured in secret prisons in the Russian republic. Organized by longtime activist […]

Pride Speaks Russian in Brighton Beach

Pride Speaks Russian in Brighton Beach

BY JULIANNE CUBA | They’re making history in Brighton Beach — and they’re proud! Marchers in the country’s first-ever Russian-speaking pride march — Brighton Beach Pride — will be making their way through Brooklyn’s Little Odessa on May 20 to show the enclave of conservative Russians that they’re here and they’re queer. The seaside neighborhood is […]

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