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What’s Next for Tish James and the LGBT Community?    

What’s Next for Tish James and the LGBT Community?    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two weeks after her candidate in a Bronx State Senate Democratic primary fight went down to defeat, Public Advocate Letitia James met with members of the Stonewall Democratic Club, presumably to begin mending fences over the fact that her man in the race is a fiercely anti-gay pastor who recently traveled to […]

Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A meningitis outbreak among New York City gay and bisexual men that was ostensibly ended in February of 2013 appears to have returned with the September 5 announcement by the city’s health department of related meningitis cases out of Brooklyn and Queens among three HIV-positive men who have sex with men. […]

With Guns Instead of Games, What About Russia’s Gays?

With Guns Instead of Games, What About Russia’s Gays?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A year ago, world attention on Russia focused on two things –– the impending Winter Olympics in Sochi and new legislation that, under the guise of preventing “homosexual propaganda” targeting children, in fact was the leading edge in a legal and extralegal assault on that nation’s LGBT community. Thanks to the efforts […]

Singaporean Sex Workers’ Advocate Meets US Counterparts    

Singaporean Sex Workers’ Advocate Meets US Counterparts    

BY RYAN HOWE | On June 16, Vanessa Ho, who works on behalf of sex workers’ rights in Singapore, was among 11 advocates for sexual minorities who arrived in Washington under the auspices of the State Department for a three-week tour of the US. The advocates, who traveled as well to New York and two […]

NYS, NYC Comptrollers Put Pressure on Hate-Filled Russian Social Networking Platform

NYS, NYC Comptrollers Put Pressure on Hate-Filled Russian Social Networking Platform

BY PAUL SCHINDLER |  In a telling demonstration of how concern about the treatment of LGBT communities worldwide has risen to the fore in US domestic politics, the comptrollers of the City and the State of New York have injected themselves –– in their roles as major institutional investors –– into the issue on two […]

Fight Against Jamaican Murder Music Steps Up in New York    

Fight Against Jamaican Murder Music Steps Up in New York    

BY ANDY HUMM | Protests against Jamaican reggae dancehall artists who profit from violent anti-gay songs branded “murder music” and engage in other homophobic provocations intensified in recent weeks in New York. On May 23, Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand (JAHS) and City Councilman Daniel Dromm, an out gay Jackson Heights Democrat, picketed the Amazura Concert Hall […]

A Sweeping Win for Transgender Rights in India

A Sweeping Win for Transgender Rights in India

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an historic decision, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, ruling on a petition brought on behalf of transgender community members by the National Legal Services Authority, has declared that among the human rights protected by the nation’s Constitution are the right to state recognition of their gender […]

VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

BY KELLY COGSWELL AND HARRIET HIRSHORN | Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On March 7, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested outside the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved. Nigeria Demo from Woman at the […]

New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws

New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Nine AIDS activists were arrested after they blockaded the entrance to the Consulate General of Nigeria while protesting that country’s recently enacted law with harsh criminal penalties for LGBT people and for advocacy of LGBT causes. “We have gathered today to demonstrate our solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community […]

New York’s LGBT Athletes Rev Up for Gay Games 9

New York’s LGBT Athletes Rev Up for Gay Games 9

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When as many as 9,000 athletes gather in Cleveland August 9-16 for Gay Games 9 (GG9), at least one New Yorker will be able to say he’s seen it all. Charlie Carson, 59, attended the very first Gay Games in San Francisco in 1982. Since then, he’s returned to San Francisco and […]

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