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At HRC Gala, Resistance and an Informal 2020 Audition

At HRC Gala, Resistance and an Informal 2020 Audition

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At its annual New York City Gala this month, the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign presented a program that focused just enough attention on the dangers created since Donald Trump became president to press the urgent need for the community to engage in productive resistance to the now one-year old administration. “We […]

Queer, Asian, and an Evangelical Pastor’s Daughter

Queer, Asian, and an Evangelical Pastor’s Daughter

BY NATHAN DICAMILLO |  It started with a text: “How would you guys feel if I married a woman?” Alarm bells. Sarah Ngu’s parents called her in for a meeting “to get this under control and stop this.” But by this point, she already knew she was headed in a direction of self-acceptance. After the church […]

In Time For 2018?

In Time For 2018?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a process that one commissioner described as “efficient,” the consultants and 10 commissioners who were charged with presenting Governor Andrew Cuomo with a panel of choices for the LGBT Memorial to be erected in Hudson River Park in the West Village took less three months to choose three proposals out of […]

Burt Lazarin Takes the Reins at CB4

Burt Lazarin Takes the Reins at CB4

BY WINNIE MCCROY |  After more than 40 years living in Chelsea, including many serving as a member of Community Board 4, Burt Lazarin has moved to its top ranks. He was recently voted in as the new chair of CB4, taking over for exiting chair Delores Rubin. “I don’t think of myself as a leader […]

New LGBTQ Center Opens in Queens

New LGBTQ Center Opens in Queens

BY BILL PARRY | The Queens LGBTQ community gathered on February 1 with elected officials to celebrate a new safe space in Long Island City that will offer health and educational services. The LGBT Network, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization now in its 25th year, cut the ribbon on its first full-service queer community center in […]

Drug Reformers Fault Cuomo’s Approach to Fentanyl

Drug Reformers Fault Cuomo’s Approach to Fentanyl

BY NATHAN RILEY | The End Overdose NY Campaign blasted Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to add fentanyl, a powerful opioid, to the list of controlled substances. “It will not save a single life,” warned Jeremy Saunders, co-director of VOCAL-NY, a leader in the coalition. “We won’t end the overdose crisis by filling up jail cells,” Daniel […]

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is emerging as a principal player among legislators aiming to unravel New York’s decades-old, counterproductive War on Drugs. From her influential post as chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, she is lead sponsor on a bill offering care for drug users while they […]

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 […]

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to increase spending by roughly $2 billion in the city fiscal year that begins on July 1, cuts in federal and state support for the city may force the mayor to curtail those plans. “This budget proceeds against a backdrop of tremendous uncertainty,” the […]

Prospect Park Rape Victim Allies Reject NYPD “Apology”

Prospect Park Rape Victim Allies Reject NYPD “Apology”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the NYPD has quietly apologized to a woman who was raped in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in 1994 but accused at that time of being a hoaxer and a liar by Daily News columnist Mike McAlary, the woman’s attorney and some LGBTQ activists who believed then and now that the police abetted […]

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