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Gillibrand Joined by Other Electeds at GMHC Community Forum

Gillibrand Joined by Other Electeds at GMHC Community Forum

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Sixteen days shy of the November 6 election, when she is seeking her first full six-year term in the Senate, Democratic Senator Kristen Gillibrand spent roughly 90 minutes meeting with leaders of the LGBT and AIDS communities to discuss key priorities for next year and beyond. Gillibrand, appointed by former Governor […]

Sean Maloney, Incumbent Nan Hayworth Spar, Draw Sharp Contrasts in Upstate House Debate

Sean Maloney, Incumbent Nan Hayworth Spar, Draw Sharp Contrasts in Upstate House Debate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Sean Patrick Maloney, an out gay attorney, faced off against Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth in a spirited October 15 debate –– one with unmistakable echoes of the presidential race –– at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. While the one-hour back and forth included repeated jabs from Maloney about the incumbent’s embrace of […]

This Month, Fight For Marriage Equality

This Month, Fight For Marriage Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Four weeks from today, voters in four states will go to the polls to cast their ballots on referendums involving the right of same-sex couples to marry. In Maryland and Washington, our friends are trying to hold off efforts to repeal marriage equality laws approved earlier this year by their legislatures […]

McDonald Declines To Pursue Third Party Bid

McDonald Declines To Pursue Third Party Bid

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two days after it became clear that Senator Roy McDonald had lost the September 13 Republican primary for reelection, the upstate Saratoga-Rensselaer County incumbent announced he would not pursue an Independence Party bid in the November election. McDonald was one of four Senate Republicans who voted for marriage equality in 2011, […]

Pro-Equality GOP Senator Saland Ekes Out Primary Win; McDonald an Apparent Loser

Pro-Equality GOP Senator Saland Ekes Out Primary Win; McDonald an Apparent Loser

  BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite enormous fundraising advantages, pro-marriage equality Republican state senators in New York had a tough primary day on September 13. With all three who are up for reelection facing primary challengers, it was the freshman legislator –– Mark Grisanti of Buffalo’s 60th District –– who turned out to have the […]

Even With Huge War Chests, Two Pro-Equality GOP Senators in Photo Finishes

Even With Huge War Chests, Two Pro-Equality GOP Senators in Photo Finishes

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite enormous fundraising advantages, pro-marriage equality Republican state senators in New York had a tough primary day on September 13. With all three who are up for reelection facing primary challengers, it was the freshman legislator –– Mark Grisanti of Buffalo’s 60th District –– who turned out to have the easiest […]

Brad Hoylman Wins Handily in Senate Primary

Brad Hoylman Wins Handily in Senate Primary

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Brad Hoylman, an out gay attorney who served three terms as chair of West Village Community Board 2, easily captured the Democratic nomination for the 27th State Senate District seat currently held by Tom Duane. Garnering more than two-thirds of the vote against Tom Greco, the straight owner of a gay […]

Maryland Marriage Equality Defenders Head to NYC for September 13 Fundraiser

Maryland Marriage Equality Defenders Head to NYC for September 13 Fundraiser

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In March, Maryland joined Washington State as one of two states to enact marriage equality in 2012 through the legislative process. In response to the success of anti-gay forces in mobilizing opposition and forcing referendums in both states, voters must now approve the new marriage laws at the ballot box in […]

Obama Acceptance Speech Caps Convention’s Full Embrace of LGBT Aims

Obama Acceptance Speech Caps Convention’s Full Embrace of LGBT Aims

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Since the 1992 Democratic Convention, when candidate Bill Clinton became the first presidential standard bearer to explicitly court gay voters, the party has moved incrementally –– though often awkwardly –– toward greater inclusion of LGBT Americans in the family portrait they have presented to American voters every four years. As President […]

On LGBT, Women’s Rights, Dem Platform Stark Contrast to GOP’s

On LGBT, Women’s Rights, Dem Platform Stark Contrast to GOP’s

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the Democratic National Convention gets underway this evening in Charlotte, North Carolina, the party has made a big push to circulate a campaign platform that is the most LGBT-friendly in history. Drawing sharp contrasts with the Republicans in Tampa last week, the Democrats endorse marriage equality and repeal of the […]

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