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With Striking Global Solidarity, Europride Shines in Latvia    

With Striking Global Solidarity, Europride Shines in Latvia    

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The Europride March had come just a few paces from its stepping off point in the lushly green Vermanes Darzs, a park near Riga’s Old City adorned this day with balloons, rainbows, and banners in a multitude of languages. Abba’s disco classic “Dancing Queen” blared from loudspeakers as Kaspars Zalitis, co-chair of […]

Carrying His Uncle’s Torch Undimmed  

Carrying His Uncle’s Torch Undimmed  

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Among the high-profile international figures who headlined the rally and other events at this past weekend’s Europride in Riga, Latvia, was Stuart Milk, the nephew of assassinated LGBT activist Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city supervisor gunned down in 1978. The younger Milk, born in 1960, now works to maintain and build […]

A Quick Chat During a Victory Lap      

A Quick Chat During a Victory Lap      

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Rory O’Neill and his alter ego, Ireland’s “national fucking treasure” drag queen Panti Bliss, had some adventures onstage and off in their recent sojourn in New York City, less than a month after Ireland went to the polls and voted a resounding “yes” in a marriage equality referendum. Rory is currently taking […]

When Wartime Homophobia Proved Lethal

When Wartime Homophobia Proved Lethal

BY KELSY CHAUVIN | Coinciding with LGBT Pride Month, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City has a new exhibit about the plight of gays during the Holocaust. “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945,” which opened on May 29, examines the history of gay men and lesbians during Adolph Hitler’s regime as well as […]

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 […]

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