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Cops In Middle of Early Gay Internecine Jockeying

Cops In Middle of Early Gay Internecine Jockeying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In early 1970, Dick Leitsch was feeling the pressure of an emerging radical faction that was replacing the Mattachine Society of New York (MSNY) and other political groups that held significant roles in the LGBTQ movement since the ‘50s. Leitsch, who had been an MSNY officer since 1965 and was a force […]

HOP Admits Corporations Buy Parade Placement

HOP Admits Corporations Buy Parade Placement

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organization that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events said that its contracts with parade sponsors allow those companies to purchase a place in the parade, but do not guarantee that their contingents would be included in the three-hour live broadcast of the parade on local broadcast TV. […]

Restaurant Chain Slammed for Trans Discrimination

Restaurant Chain Slammed for Trans Discrimination

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Five transgender and gender non-conforming people have sued Texas Chicken & Burgers charging they were effectively refused service at one of the chain’s Manhattan locations this past spring because, they believe, they are transgender and gender non-conforming. “These folks are demanding to be heard,” said Gennaro Savastano, an associate in the appellate […]

Corruption, Before & After Stonewall

Corruption, Before & After Stonewall

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Steve Wolf, the editor of a quarterly publication produced by the Homophile Union of Boston, and his partner came to New York City in June 1971 and made two visits to The Firehouse, the headquarters of the Gay Activist Alliance (GAA) that opened the month before. In a July 1971 letter that […]

Reclaim Pride Hosts Forum on 2019 Parade

Reclaim Pride Hosts Forum on 2019 Parade

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Activists who are challenging how New York City’s Pride Parade is run and how it represents the queer community held a town hall meeting to discuss this year’s parade and to plan next steps for the 2019 event that will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which marked the […]

Orlando’s Pulse Memorial Planner Visits NYC

Orlando’s Pulse Memorial Planner Visits NYC

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On a beautiful recent mid-summer morning, Hudson River Park’s LGBT Memorial — which pays homage to victims of hate violence against the community, and to those lost and injured in the June 2016 shooting spree at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, in particular — played host to the onePULSE Foundation itself, the non-profit established […]

City Archives Show Early Surveillance of Gays

City Archives Show Early Surveillance of Gays

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the NYPD certainly spent more time and effort spying on groups outside of the queer community, its surveillance of LGBTQ organizations began early and lasted for years. “Mr. Wicker confined his talk primarily to the homosexual’s position and the many disadvantages imposed upon him by society,” Detective Raymond Clarke wrote in […]

Gordon Francis Gets 25-to-Life for Gay Man’s Murder

Gordon Francis Gets 25-to-Life for Gay Man’s Murder

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE |  The convicted killer of James Hawkins was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in the 1993 murder, with the judge in the case telling him that the extreme violence used in the killing warranted a maximum sentence. “I find that the extensive brutality… leaves me no other option than to sentence you to the maximum, […]

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

BY NATHAN RILEY | Public officials in the city and state should suspend marijuana enforcement until Albany resolves the pressing question of legalization. A new consensus is gaining momentum that the risks of marijuana can be controlled by public health measures. At its recent State Convention, New York State Democrats supported legal adult sales of recreational […]

Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

BY ANDY HUMM | Dick Leitsch, who as president of the Mattachine Society, a pre-Stonewall gay group, participated in the first act of gay civil disobedience in 1966, worked to end entrapment of gay men by the police, and wrote the first eyewitness report on the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, died June 22 in Manhattan after a […]

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