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Both Sides in Abel Cedeno Case Claim Vindication in New Video Evidence

Both Sides in Abel Cedeno Case Claim Vindication in New Video Evidence

BY ANDY HUMM | A brief cell-phone video released two weeks ago captures (above) a harrowing September 27, 2017 assault on gay student Abel Cedeno in his Bronx high school class by Matthew McCree, joined by his friend Ariane Laboy, as Cedeno defends himself with a knife, fatally wounding McCree and slashing Laboy. But a second […]

Appeals Court Denies Sperm Donor Paternity Test

Appeals Court Denies Sperm Donor Paternity Test

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a case showing the pressing need to update New York’s Domestic Relations Law to reflect modern-day family realities and take full account of the state’s Marriage Equality Act, the Albany-based Third Department of the Appellate Division ruled on January 25 that a sperm donor to a lesbian married couple could […]

Advocates Press de Blasio to Release Safe Drug Use Study

Advocates Press de Blasio to Release Safe Drug Use Study

BY NATHAN RILEY | Advocates are demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio release a city health department feasibility study on safer consumption spaces where users take their drugs in the presence of an overdose prevention worker. Nearly 100 such facilities are operating around the world, but New York City has delayed moving forward on this […]

White Man’s Burden: A Dialogue on Race & Resistance

White Man’s Burden:  A Dialogue on Race & Resistance

BY PAUL SCHINDLER AND CLARENCE PATTON | Last week, Gay City News reached out to Clarence Patton — a longtime African-American gay leader and former executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project who now heads up the Pipeline Project and Pipeline Consulting — asking him to write about President Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” comment […]

Globally, A Burst of Pro-LGBTQ Rulings

Globally, A Burst of  Pro-LGBTQ Rulings

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Over just four days — January 8 through 11 — major courts on three continents issued rulings affecting the rights of tens of millions of LGBTQ people. On January 8, the Supreme Court of India ordered reconsideration of the 2014 decision that restored the country’s law against gay sex. The following […]

Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot

Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot

BY NATHAN RILEY | Demanding that New York State stop racist law enforcement patterns by legalizing adult use of marijuana, advocates told members of the State Assembly, including Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, a Chelsea Democrat, that police stops are traumatizing black and brown New Yorkers. At a January 11 hearing in Lower Manhattan, speaker […]

On Volatile Day, Immigration Activists Descend on Varick Street ICE Office

On Volatile Day, Immigration Activists Descend on Varick Street ICE Office

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO, REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as congressional leaders scrambled Thursday to forge an agreement on the fate of roughly 800,000 Dreamers, federal agents in Manhattan from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained a leading immigration rights advocate, Ravi Ragbir, as he did a routine check-in with government officials. When […]

Two More LGBTQ Issues Fall Off Supreme Court Docket

Two More LGBTQ Issues Fall Off Supreme Court Docket

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | As the Supreme Court’s 2017-18 term began in October, it looked like a banner term for LGBTQ-related cases. Petitions were pending asking the court to address issues ranging from whether LGBTQ people are protected against discrimination under federal sex discrimination laws covering employment (from Georgia) and educational opportunity (from Wisconsin) […]

Cuomo Appoints Elizabeth Garry Third Appellate Department Presiding Judge

Cuomo Appoints Elizabeth Garry Third Appellate Department Presiding Judge

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an historic January 1 appointment, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that State Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Garry, an out lesbian member of the Albany-based Third Department appellate court since 2009, would become the Department’s presiding judge. Garry becomes the first out LGBTQ person to serve as a presiding judge in any department […]

Decisive Win for Lesbians in Oregon Cake Case

Decisive Win for Lesbians in Oregon Cake Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a case that is — for all practical purposes — a virtual clone of the Colorado case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, argued at the US Supreme Court last month, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Oregon affirmed a ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) […]