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Defense DNA Expert Barred in Trial of Taj Patterson’s Alleged Attacker

Defense DNA Expert Barred in Trial of Taj Patterson’s Alleged Attacker

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The defense in the trial of a man accused of participating in a 2013 gang assault on a black gay man in Williamsburg suffered a setback after the judge in the case refused to allow a witness to testify as a defense expert on DNA testing. “I’m not impressed by his CV,” […]

Taj Patterson Ties Mayer Herskovic to His Beating

Taj Patterson Ties Mayer Herskovic to His Beating

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The black gay man who was brutally beaten by a mob in 2013 in Williamsburg linked Mayer Herskovic, whose DNA was found on the victim’s sneaker, to the crime by testifying that the man who punched and kicked him in the face and gouged his eye later pulled off his sneaker and […]

Cop Admits Weak NYPD Effort in Black Gay Man’s Assault

Cop Admits Weak NYPD Effort in Black Gay Man’s Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Giving credence to allegations that police initially made little effort to investigate a brutal attack on a black gay man in Williamsburg, the detective in the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force who took over the case six days after the assault said he received a single report from the local precinct when […]

Woodside Rallies for Trans Woman Attacked in Hate Crime

Woodside Rallies for Trans Woman Attacked in Hate Crime

BY ANDY HUMM | A petite 28-year-old Latina transgender woman, who identified herself as Gaby, was walking at 68th Street and 41st Avenue in Woodside, Queens at 6 a.m. on August 17 when a tall man came up to speak with her and then grabbed her purse. As he fled on 41st Avenue, Gaby pursued him […]

Broadway Dancer, Charged in Boyfriend’s Murder, Asked Forgiveness on Facebook

Broadway Dancer, Charged in Boyfriend’s Murder, Asked Forgiveness on Facebook

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A man charged in the August 19 strangulation murder of his boyfriend in the Bronx took to Facebook in the immediate aftermath of the violence with a series of posts that amounted to a cryptic confession of sorts. “Forgive me father,” Marcus Bellamy, a 32-year-old Broadway dancer, wrote at 3:57 p.m. that […]

LGBT Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

LGBT Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBT activists affiliated with Gays Against Guns (GAG) took their message to the headquarters of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, to protest its holdings in two gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger. The August 15 protest, that drew dozens to the BlackRock offices on East 52nd Street, focused […]

Crossfit Games Glock Give-Aways Spark Anti-Gun Anger

Crossfit Games Glock Give-Aways Spark Anti-Gun Anger

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The decision by the founder of the annual Crossfit Games, held last month in California, that winners would be awarded a Glock handgun stirred outrage among advocates for gun control, leading to both a change.org petition that the decision be reversed and a July 23 demonstration outside the Midtown crossfit gym […]

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when the Human Rights Campaign argues, “The Trump-Pence ticket is the gravest threat the LGBTQ community has ever faced in a presidential election,” even the Log Cabin Republicans, who for decades have struggled to make lemonade out of the lemons in front of them, declared the platform adopted at […]

US Park Officials Rebut Riis Beach Gay Arrestee’s Claims

US Park Officials Rebut Riis Beach Gay Arrestee’s Claims

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The National Park Service and the US Park Police are telling a decidedly different version of a July 4 arrest for public nudity at Jacob Riis Park in Queens than the gay man they took into custody, photographer Krys Fox. “He was observed as being naked,” said Daphne Yun, a spokesperson […]

Gun Violence A Key Issue in Sunday’s Pride March

Gun Violence A Key Issue in Sunday’s Pride March

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The killings of 49 LGBT people in an Orlando, Florida nightclub were a pronounced presence in New York City’s Pride Parade as a newly formed group of nearly 1,000 marched down Fifth Avenue to chants of “Trans, straight, bi, gay, gagging on the NRA” and “Fuck the NRA.” “The energy was terrific, […]