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Young Friends Offered “Late-Life Renaissance”

Young Friends Offered “Late-Life Renaissance”

BY ANDY HUMM | For the past several years, Dick Leitsch was befriended by a group of gay men in their 20s who socialized with him at his West 72nd Street home and at Julius’ in the West Village. They were with him as he died in hospice care at the Mary Manning Walsh Home […]

Dazzling Colors, Diversity on Display on Pride Sunday

Dazzling Colors, Diversity on Display on Pride Sunday

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO & MICHAEL LUONGO | On a brilliant early summer Sunday, tens of thousands of New Yorkers turned out to march in the annual LGBTQ Pride Parade — controversy over the new route, contingent size limitations, wristband requirements, and all — with untold numbers watching from the sidewalks. Governor Andrew Cuomo was […]

Cuomo Unveils Monument, Trans Protections

Cuomo Unveils Monument, Trans Protections

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On the morning of Sunday, June 24, before he marched in the annual LGBTQ Pride Parade in Manhattan, Governor Andrew Cuomo made two stops — in the West Village and in Chelsea — to unveil a memorial to LGBTQ victims of violence and hatred and to announce strengthened health and nondiscrimination protections […]

Second Chance For Ex-Partner’s Parenting Claim

Second Chance For Ex-Partner’s Parenting Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In just the latest in a series of cases dating back more than a quarter century grappling with questions about parental standing within unmarried same-sex couples, a New York State appellate court has revived a lawsuit by Kelly Gunn, who is seeking joint custody of a child adopted by her former […]

Corporations, Sponsors Allowed Larger Pride Contingents

Corporations, Sponsors Allowed Larger Pride Contingents

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE 
 | After saying repeatedly in public meetings that all contingents in New York City’s LGBTQ Pride Parade would be limited to no more than 200 marchers, the group that produces the annual march and related events allowed 13 organizations, including 11 of its sponsors, to field contingents that had more than […]

Quarter Century Later, Conviction in James Hawkins’ Murder

Quarter Century Later, Conviction in James Hawkins’ Murder

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Nearly six years after he was arrested in the case, a Manhattan jury convicted Gordon Francis on a single count of second-degree murder in the 1993 killing of James Hawkins. “Cold cases should never become forgotten cases,” Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, said in a June 28 statement. “As forensic […]

Dykes Say Resistance Not Enough

Dykes Say Resistance Not Enough

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | As thousands of lesbians and allied women gathered on Saturday afternoon, June 23, there message was clear: resistance is not sufficient to meet the demands of the perilous political climate. According to many of the participants at the 26th annual Dyke March, people should be revolting. That word has […]

Despite New Route, Parade Topped Nine Hours Again

Despite New Route, Parade Topped Nine Hours Again

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A controversial Pride Parade route that was intended to reduce the time the annual event takes to complete shaved just 24 minutes off the march compared to last year’s march and it was still longer than the 2016 and 2015 parades. “I have to say that the rationale for the route was […]

No-Wristbanders Resist Pride Regimentation

No-Wristbanders Resist Pride Regimentation

BY ANDY HUMM | The theme of this year’s LGBTQ Pride Parade was “Defiantly Different,” but when activists from Reclaim Pride, a group I’ve participated in, organized Wristband Resisters to challenge the requirement from the parade organizers, Heritage of Pride (HOP), that all marchers register and obtain wristbands from them, the organizers pushed back, sought the […]

A Day of Pride, Defiance, and Pageantry on Friday

A Day of Pride, Defiance, and Pageantry on Friday

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Friday, June 22 saw three major events on the eve of Pride Weekend in Manhattan. In the afternoon, transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers and their allies gathered at the Hudson River piers for Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice. Later, the annual Pride Rally took place […]