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Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Legislators aiming to relax New York’s unusually stringent statute of limitations on sexual abuse of minors remain hopeful that, with the State Assembly already having taken action, the State Senate could yet follow suit before the session ends next week. According to out gay West Side Senator Brad Hoylman, “The governor’s office […]

Push to Close Hate Crime Law Loophole

Push to Close Hate Crime Law Loophole

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A member of the State Assembly has introduced legislation that would allow judges to bar criminal defendants from claiming they belong to one of the protected classes in New York’s hate crime law when they are being prosecuted for a crime against a member of that protected class. The legislation is […]

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 […]

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 […]

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Eight days after the May 4 death of Mx Bostick, a transgender Chelsea resident who suffered a blow to the head on April 25, more than 100 transgender New Yorkers and their allies gathered at the site of the crime to honor Bostick’s memory and demand action on issues from police responsiveness […]

Trans Victim Killed in Chelsea Misgendered

Trans Victim Killed in Chelsea Misgendered

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When a transgender victim of a head blow succumbed to their injuries on May 4, the NYPD identified them as a “female” and later gave their name as “Brenda Bostick.” Written statements from elected officials and victims’ advocacy groups – as well as media reports, including several in Gay City News […]

Suspect in Trans Woman’s Killing in Custody

Suspect in Trans Woman’s Killing in Custody

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office expect to charge a 26-year-old man, Joseph Griffin, in the April 25 killing of Brenda Bostick, a 59-year-old transgender woman who succumbed to injuries from a “blunt impact” blow to her head on May 4, Gay City News has learned. Bostick, a resident of the […]

Trans Woman’s Death Ruled a Homicide

Trans Woman’s Death Ruled a Homicide

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York City medical examiner has ruled that a transgender woman who died on May 4, nine days after being found unconscious and unresponsive in Chelsea, was the victim of a homicide. The woman, Brenda Bostick, a 59-year-old resident of West 25th Street, was found on the street at 343 Seventh […]

Trans Woman, Victim of Head Trauma Last Week, Dies

Trans Woman, Victim of Head Trauma Last Week, Dies

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A transgender woman found unconscious and unresponsive in Chelsea on April 25 has died from what appears to have been injuries related to head trauma. According to the NYPD, on April 25 at about 10:30 p.m., the woman, who sources tell Gay City News was 59 years old, was taken by […]

Ex-Prosecutor: Release “Merits Enhanced Scrutiny”

Ex-Prosecutor: Release “Merits Enhanced Scrutiny”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Even as they conceded that DNA evidence “is a very powerful, and very valuable, law enforcement tool,” the attorneys who won Mayer Herskovic’s release from custody less than three hours after his sentencing attacked the method used to analyze the DNA evidence that was key to his conviction. “Mayer Herskovic is […]