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Exclusive: Rikers Ready With Housing Unit for Some Trans Inmates

Exclusive: Rikers Ready With Housing Unit for Some Trans Inmates

BY ANDY HUMM | On Rikers Island, man-to-woman transgender inmates who have not undergone genital surgery will now have the option of not being housed with the general population of men, but to be detained in a new transgender unit opening this week in the New York City jail’s oldest building. Gay City News was given […]

Facing Murder Rap, Defendant Blames Rough Sex    

Facing Murder Rap, Defendant Blames Rough Sex    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Using a defense that appears to be growing more common in the killings of gay and transgender people, the two men who are accused of killing John Laubach may argue that the 57-year-old was accidentally choked to death during rough sex. “He payed for sex,” Edwin Faulkner, 32, wrote in a […]

Transgender Victim of Brutal Assault Goes Home, With Long Recovery Ahead

Transgender Victim of Brutal Assault Goes Home, With Long Recovery Ahead

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The 28-year-old victim of an October anti-LGBT hate crime in Bushwick has been released from the hospital but requires round-the-clock care at home while recovering from a traumatic brain injury. Kimball “Kimy” Hartman, a transgender woman, was attacked at about 11:20 p.m. on October 12 by a group of four men who […]

Police Release Video in Crown Heights Anti-Gay Assault

Police Release Video in Crown Heights Anti-Gay Assault

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an assault on a 33-year-old man in the lobby on his apartment building on Washington Avenue, near Empire Boulevard, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The NYPD has released surveillance video of a man leaving […]

Trans Woman Brutally Beaten in Bushwick

Trans Woman Brutally Beaten in Bushwick

BY ANDY HUMM | A 28-year-old trans woman was beaten by four men on a Bushwick street at about 11:20 p.m. on October 12, according to the New York City Police Department. The incident, which police say occurred outside of 1250 Bushwick Avenue near Halsey Street and involved the perpetrators making “anti-gay statements,” is being investigated […]

On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

BY NATHAN RILEY | A candlelight protest outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pastoral Westchester County home delivered a demand that he grant clemency to elderly prisoners with extensive records of good behavior. The coalition of prisoners’ rights activists, feminists, and gays, in a September 6 early evening vigil, charged the governor has granted no petitions for […]

“Systemic” Change Goal of Staten Island Protest    

“Systemic” Change Goal of Staten Island Protest    

BY GERARD FLYNN | Even before it began, the media was suggesting that the August 23 rally in Staten Island to protest the death of Eric Garner in a police chokehold on July 17 would bring trouble, presumably a repeat of the images witnessed earlier in the week in Ferguson, Missouri. A flier from the […]

A Flailing Defense Effort by Alleged Anti-Gay Killer 

A Flailing Defense Effort by Alleged Anti-Gay Killer 

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Suggesting that the defense is in serious trouble, the accused killer of Mark Carson is on his third attorney in roughly 15 months, has filed a letter and two of his own motions with the judge in the case, and even considered representing himself at his trial for Carson’s 2013 homicide. […]

Rikers Jail to Open Transgender Unit    

Rikers Jail to Open Transgender Unit    

BY ANDY HUMM | Rikers Island, the scandal-plagued New York City jail much in the news these days for reports of violence against inmates, is trying to make some progress in its treatment of transgender inmates with the opening this fall of a dedicated transgender unit that some are saying is the first of its […]

Defendant in Hate Assault Claimed “Homosexuals” Followed Him   

Defendant in Hate Assault Claimed “Homosexuals” Followed Him   

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A 32-year-old Manhattan man arrested on charges of felony assault as a hate crime called 911 as he was “fleeing the scene” of the alleged attack to claim “that a group of homosexuals was following him,” according to the criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The NYPD reported […]

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