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Christine Quinn for Mayor

Christine Quinn for Mayor

GAY CITY NEWS ENDORSEMENT | Though it’s been nearly 20 years since New York’s last Democratic mayor left office, the party’s September 10 primary and a runoff likely to follow on October 1 could well decide who leads the city over the next four years. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Over the past two decades […]

Anthony Weiner Pledges Feisty Posture for the Duration

Anthony Weiner Pledges Feisty Posture for the Duration

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Politically powerful voices in New York, Anthony Weiner insisted, are not happy that he’s running for mayor –– and that’s a good thing. “It’s fairly clear I make the big institutional forces of the city batty,” he told Gay City News and its sister publications at NYC Community Media in an interview […]

Mayoral Face Off

Mayoral Face Off

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Less than five weeks out from the September 10 Democratic mayoral primary, no candidate appears poised to reach the 40 percent threshold allowing them to avoid an October 1 runoff — an inconvenience that could divert valuable energy and money from the general election contest against the Republican nominee. With the exception […]

Mel Wymore: Community Activist and Trans Man Looking for Authentic Solutions

Mel Wymore: Community Activist and Trans Man Looking for Authentic Solutions

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It would hardly be surprising if, borrowing a page from many gay and lesbian political candidates before him, Mel Wymore, who is running for an open City Council seat on the Upper West Side, insisted that he is not the transgender candidate in the September 10 Democratic primary, but rather the candidate […]

Corey Johnson: Practice Complete for Ex-Footballer Seeking Quinn Seat

Corey Johnson: Practice Complete for Ex-Footballer Seeking Quinn Seat

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | There is something about Corey Johnson that is carefully crafted. Or perhaps it’s everything. The 31-year-old is vying with Yetta Kurland, a civil rights attorney, for the City Council seat that Speaker Christine Quinn has held for 14 years. For an interview with Gay City News, he arrived with his hair freshly […]

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On Saturday, July 20, as most of New York crumpled under the seventh day of the worst heat wave in memory, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso, first-time City Council candidates from different Brooklyn districts, pedaled 15 miles on bicycle from East Williamsburg to Sunset Park, greeting voters and drawing attention to where […]

AIDS Rent Cap Key in Forum Hijacked by Weinergate

AIDS Rent Cap Key in Forum Hijacked by Weinergate

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A mayoral forum on AIDS issues was lent a circus-like atmosphere as revelations that Anthony Weiner, one of six candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor, continued sending sexy text messages and nude selfies after that practice forced him to resign from Congress in 2011. “If you want someone who’s going […]

John Liu Leans Left

John Liu Leans Left

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a number of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor were invited to a panel discussion on police department stop and frisk practices hosted by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a gay political club, only John Liu, New York City’s comptroller, showed up. “You would think you are reading […]

On the Eve of Pride, Quinn Reaches Out to Her Base

On the Eve of Pride, Quinn Reaches Out to Her Base

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With Manhattan’s massive Pride Parade just two days off, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared outside the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center on the morning of June 28 to announce a host of LGBT initiatives she pledged to purse if elected mayor in November. Chief among those proposals were establishment […]

Some Mayoral Candidates Mute After Right-Wing Anti-Gay Rant

Some Mayoral Candidates Mute After Right-Wing Anti-Gay Rant

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Speaking at a forum sponsored by Orthodox Jewish groups, two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor made no comment after a minor contender in the race said the gay community was trying to ban circumcision. “We have groups marching from San Francisco and California and they are even marching here […]

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