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Four-Year Sentence in Brutal Taj Patterson Assault Quickly Stayed

Four-Year Sentence in Brutal Taj Patterson Assault Quickly Stayed

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Brooklyn man was sentenced to four years in state prison for his role in the 2013 attack that left a black gay man blind in one eye. But less than three hours later, the defendant won a release from custody while his appeal is argued before a higher court. After […]

Suspect in Brooklyn Gay Man’s 2005 Murder Arrested

Suspect in Brooklyn Gay Man’s 2005 Murder Arrested

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | For 12 long years, the family and friends of Rashawn Brazell have been searching for answers after this beloved young man was killed and discarded in such a horrific fashion,” Eric Gonzalez, the acting Brooklyn district attorney, said in a February 22 statement, “Today, I am pleased to say that we […]

Sentencing Postponed Again for Taj Patterson Assailant    

Sentencing Postponed Again for Taj Patterson Assailant    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The sentencing of a Brooklyn man who was convicted last year in a brutal 2013 attack in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye was postponed a second time after his attorney said his client was suffering from a medical condition that required surgery. “He has a […]

Activist Roskoff Lauds Cuomo Embrace of Clemency  

Activist Roskoff Lauds Cuomo Embrace of Clemency  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Sweeping clemency action by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 30 – in which he commuted the sentences of seven felons, pardoned five others, and conditionally pardoned 101 nonviolent youthful offenders – came as welcome news to a longtime gay leader who in recent years has made rehabilitated convicts a key mission […]

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Hate crimes have surged in New York City during this divisive election year – and show no signs of letting up – but authorities at the state and local levels are mobilizing to address the problem. The NYPD has logged 35 percent more bias crimes so far this year over the […]

Opposing Trump, Van Bramer Receives Death Threats

Opposing Trump, Van Bramer Receives Death Threats

BY BILL PARRY | The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a homophobic death threat from an unknown source received by out gay City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, a Sunnyside, Queens Democrat, on Thursday afternoon. A letter arrived on Thursday via email after Van Bramer’s office sent a mass email to constituents urging them to […]

West Village Anti-Gay Attack on Halloween Weekend

West Village Anti-Gay Attack on Halloween Weekend

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police are seeking seven individuals in connection with an anti-gay attack at the Jane Hotel in the West Village in the early morning hours on Sunday. According to an NYPD release, a 36-year-old man was inside an elevator at the hotel, located at 113 Jane Street, along with numerous other individuals, […]

Healing Hearts, Helping Hands

Healing Hearts, Helping Hands

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The American Red Cross in Greater New York, at its annual Heroes Among Us gala last week, honored three employees of Orlando’s LGBT Pulse Nightclub who “demonstrated extraordinary courage and selflessness” in helping patrons escape harm as a gunman killed 49 and wounded more than 50 others in an early morning rampage […]

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Brooklyn judge swiftly convicted Mayer Herskovic of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and menacing in a 2013 attack in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye. “Today’s verdict is a testament to our determination to fully prosecute this case based on the evidence, which clearly connected this […]

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In its closing statement in the trial of a man charged in a brutal gang assault in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye, the defense argued that no witness had identified Mayer Herskovic as the assailant and that the DNA evidence implicating him was based on bad […]