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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 […]

Doug Ireland to Be Remembered March 27

Doug Ireland to Be Remembered March 27

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Doug Ireland, a journalist whose political instincts and engagement were honed during the cultural upheaval of the 1960s, will be remembered at a memorial service planned for Thursday, March 27, 6 p.m., at the CUNY Grad Center’s Proshansky Auditorium at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. [Editor's note: The memorial was originally […]

Signing Anti-Gay Law, Ugandan President Tells West: Butt Out

Signing Anti-Gay Law, Ugandan President Tells West: Butt Out

BY ANDY HUMM | Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni defied Western pressure February 24 and signed into law a measure –– with broad popularity in that nation –– criminalizing all forms of homosexual expression, aid to gay people, and even failure to report knowledge of those in violation. The existing penalty for homosexual relations was life in […]

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