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A Better Place for the Next Generations

A Better Place for the Next Generations

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | The world watched Ireland on May 22, when its citizens went to the polls to vote on referendum proposals to amend their constitution. Of the two measures up for a vote, this is the one that brought out nearly 2 million of the country’s 4.6 million residents: “Marriage may be contracted in […]

An Irish-American’s Salute

An Irish-American’s Salute

BY JOSEPH R. BIDEN | Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality. They recognized the fundamental truth that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, and that there can be no justification for the denigration or persecution of anyone because […]

After This, No Exile: A Gay Priest Reflects on Ireland’s Declaration of Independence

After This, No Exile: A Gay Priest Reflects on Ireland’s Declaration of Independence

BY FATHER BERNÁRD LYNCH | In the December 1918 election, the Irish republican party Sinn Féin won a landslide victory in Ireland. On January 21, 1919, the party formed a breakaway government (Dáil Éireann) and declared independence from Great Britain. Today, by voting to open marriage to same-sex couples, Ireland has chosen independence from the Roman […]

Uganda’s Frank Mugisha Finds Safety in Visibility  

Uganda’s Frank Mugisha Finds Safety in Visibility  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I do feel safe,” said Frank Mugisha, a gay rights activist in Uganda. “But sometimes I get paranoid.” With that, the East African nation’s most visible LGBT leader crystalized one of the paradoxes in his society’s posture toward homosexuality. For more than five years, Uganda has been swept by a contentious […]

In Uganda, Trust is the First Step  

In Uganda, Trust is the First Step  

BY DANIEL SZYMCZYK | A week before leaving for Uganda on a photojournalism expedition, I took to the streets of Manhattan with my trusted camera, going up to strangers and asking them what they knew and thought about the East African nation. Kevin Bright, an artistic-looking man smoking a cigarette outside Boxers in Hell’s Kitchen, got […]

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The routes two Manhattan gay men took to their seat in the Supreme Court chambers on April 28 listening to the historic marriage equality arguments could not have been more different. Evan Wolfson first embraced the fight for gay marriage back in the early 1980s, when he wrote a Harvard Law School […]

Kerry Kennedy Lauds “Celebration” Over “Tolerance”  

Kerry Kennedy Lauds “Celebration” Over “Tolerance”  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Kerry Kennedy minced no words in characterizing the longstanding policy of Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in excluding openly LGBT participants. The president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, named for her slain father, Kennedy recalled a meeting a year or so ago with LGBT leaders in […]

City Council Trip to Israel Draws Fire From Critics of Jewish State

City Council Trip to Israel Draws Fire From Critics of Jewish State

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito due to lead 14 of her colleagues on a trip to Israel paid for by two New York Jewish organizations, critics of the Jewish State’s policies toward Palestinians are stepping up their criticism of the eight-day trip, scheduled for late February. “We stand here today […]

Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

Gay Cuban-American’s Take on New Obama Policy

Gay Cuban-American’s Take on New Obama Policy

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | President Barack Obama’s recent re-opening of formal diplomatic relations with Cuba has spawned praise and scorn –– and renewed interest by LGBT advocates in the island nation’s human rights record. Over the past decade, this reporter has written extensively about Cuba for Gay City News, beginning with a report on my […]

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