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Conventional Politics in Tampa: Long Speeches, Big Hats & Things that Matter

Conventional Politics in Tampa: Long Speeches, Big Hats & Things that Matter

  BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the Republican convention convenes in Tampa this week, speculation centers on whether the party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, can forge the personal connection with American voters he will need if they are to give him the fair hearing he believes his economic message deserves. With President Barack Obama outstripping […]

Marriage Equality Supporter’s State Senate Primary Divides Advocates

Marriage Equality Supporter’s State Senate Primary Divides Advocates

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A north Brooklyn State Senate primary that pits a ten-year Democratic incumbent, who twice voted for New York’s marriage equality law, against a pro-gay challenger has divided LGBT advocacy groups in the city, with two political clubs backing the insurgent, one staying with the veteran lawmaker, and the Empire State Pride […]

Hoylman Longest on Specifics, Repeatedly a Target in Debate With Broad Agreement

Hoylman Longest on Specifics, Repeatedly a Target in Debate With Broad Agreement

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | There were moments at the August 20 debate among the three candidates for the State Senate seat currently held by Thomas Duane when it looked like a debate might break out. “I don’t fill shoes,” said Tom Greco, the straight owner of the Ritz Bar and Lounge, a popular Hell’s Kitchen […]

Tough Keeping Bedfellows Straight in Buffalo Dem, GOP Senate Primaries

Tough Keeping Bedfellows Straight in Buffalo Dem, GOP Senate Primaries

BY ANDY HUMM | A fractious New York State Senate race in Buffalo has brought that city’s LGBT leadership and the   Erie County Democratic Party into open conflict with outside gay money and the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) –– who are supporting the pro-marriage equality Republican incumbent –– as well as with the leader […]

Paul Ryan Virtually A Zero at the Human Rights Campaign

Paul Ryan Virtually A Zero at the Human Rights Campaign

  BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Paul Ryan, the self-styled budget hawk and conservative darling that Mitt Romney has selected as his vice presidential running mate, has in a number of media appearances shown impatience when asked about LGBT rights issues. His disinclination to broach the topic should not be mistaken for anything other than nearly […]

Despite Small Donor Advantage, Trevor Thomas Falls Short in Michigan House Bid

Despite Small Donor Advantage, Trevor Thomas Falls Short in Michigan House Bid

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Roughly three hours after the polls closed in Michigan on August 7, Trevor Thomas, an out gay man with four years experience in LGBT advocacy in Washington, conceded the Democratic primary race in the third congressional district centered on Grand Rapids and Battle Creek. Thomas, who is 28, had hoped to […]

The Anointed One

The Anointed One

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Appearing before the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City on July 25, Brad Hoylman first rattled off the long list of his friends, political and actual, who were there. Then he saluted Thomas Duane, the openly–gay state senator who has represented parts of Manhattan in the state Senate since 1998. […]

Sean Patrick Maloney Wins Democratic Nod for Hudson Valley House Seat

Sean Patrick Maloney Wins Democratic Nod for Hudson Valley House Seat

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Sean Patrick Maloney, an out gay attorney, has captured the Democratic nomination for the 18th District US House seat in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley. Maloney, who served for three years on the White House staff during the Clinton administration and was first deputy secretary for Governors Eliot Spitzer and David […]

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