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Cy Vance: Don’t Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid

Cy Vance: Don’t Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Manhattan district attorney’s office had its name removed from the press release issued by the Brooklyn-based Office of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York that announced the raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of the gay escort site’s chief executive and six of its employees. “Cy Vance is understandably […]

As LGBT Groups Call For Decriminalizing Sex Work, Government Moves on Rentboy.com

As LGBT Groups Call For Decriminalizing Sex Work, Government Moves on Rentboy.com

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Leading LGBT rights legal organizations in the US, on August 20, issued a joint statement supporting Amnesty International’s recent resolution advocating for the human rights of sex workers, including the repeal of laws against prostitution. Just days later, on August 25, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raided the Manhattan […]

Sixth Circuit: Marriage Ruling Irrelevant to Gay Equal Protection Claim 

Sixth Circuit: Marriage Ruling Irrelevant to Gay Equal Protection Claim 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has found that the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is irrelevant to an equal protection claim by two gay men regarding the way they were treated while being arrested in 2011. In an August 3 ruling in Ondo v. […]

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal 1990 murder of Julio Rivera, 29, by three skinheads “hunting homos” in Jackson Heights was marked by an emotional vigil near the site of the killing at 37th Avenue and 78th Street, since renamed Julio Rivera Corner. More than half of the 50 people who gathered the evening of July […]

Dallas BBQ Suspect’s Attorney Says Client’s Sexuality “Not an Issue”

Dallas BBQ Suspect’s Attorney Says Client’s Sexuality “Not an Issue”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The attorney for the man arrested June 16 for the assaults on two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant told Gay City News, “His sexuality is not an issue in this case.” Bronx resident Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, 41, turned himself in at the 7th precinct in Lower Manhattan and was charged with two felony assaults […]

Suspect Surrenders to Police in Dallas BBQ Assault

Suspect Surrenders to Police in Dallas BBQ Assault

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The NYPD has announced the arrest of a suspect sought in assaults on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea on May 5. Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, 41, who lives at 598 East 139th Street in the Bronx, turned himself in at the 7th precinct on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on the morning of […]

Staten Island Street Named for 1990 Gay-Bashing Victim

Staten Island Street Named for 1990 Gay-Bashing Victim

BY ANDY HUMM | Jimmy Zappalorti, a 44-year old gay military veteran, was brutally murdered on Staten Island in 1990 for being gay in a case that shook the city and sparked gay activism in that borough. On May 29, Jimmy Zappalorti Lane was unveiled on a portion of Androvette Street in Charleston, the south shore […]

Morales’ Incriminating Statements Right After Carson Killing Arrest Stay In    

Morales’ Incriminating Statements Right After Carson Killing Arrest Stay In    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Manhattan judge tossed out several incriminating statements made by the accused killer of Mark Carson because police failed to give Elliot Morales his Miranda warnings and the assistant district attorney who took Morales’ videotaped statement ignored his request to remain silent and his refusal to answer questions. “All the statements made […]

NYPD Identifies Suspect in Dallas BBQ Assault in Chelsea

NYPD Identifies Suspect in Dallas BBQ Assault in Chelsea

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York Police Department has identified the suspect sought in connection with an assault on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea on May 5. According to multiple media reports, the man named by the NYPD is Bayna El-Amin, 41, who was previously arrested a total of 18 […]

Miranda Problems May Nix Statements Mark Carson’s Accused Killer Made  

Miranda Problems May Nix Statements Mark Carson’s Accused Killer Made  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A number of statements made to police and a prosecutor by the accused killer of Mark Carson may be thrown out because police failed to give Elliot Morales his Miranda warnings and the assistant district attorney who took Morales’ videotaped statement ignored both his request to remain silent and his refusal to […]

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