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ACT UP Reminds Us: It Ain’t Over

ACT UP Reminds Us: It Ain’t Over

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On the evening of November 29, two days ahead of World AIDS Day, a crowd of nearly 100 ACT UP members and their allies converged on the Duffy Square section of Times Square to remind New Yorkers that the battle against the epidemic continues. Michael Kerr held a sign that […]

Trans Day of Remembrance Downtown

Trans Day of Remembrance Downtown

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | As Transgender Awareness Week came to a close on Monday, November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance was solemnly marked in several locations in Lower Manhattan. At Christopher Park, the site of the Stonewall National Monument, the Transgender Flag took its place alongside the Rainbow, American, and NYC Parks Flags — […]

Kate Millett, Feminist and Bi Pioneer, Celebrated

Kate Millett, Feminist and Bi Pioneer, Celebrated

BY ANDY HUMM | Kate Millett, author of the 1970 “Sexual Politics” that became the bible of Second Wave Feminism, was celebrated and sorely missed by hundreds at her New York memorial service on November 9. Millett died of a heart attack in her beloved Paris on September 6 at age 82 on a visit there […]

“Not Guilty” Plea in Bronx Bully Slay Case

“Not Guilty” Plea in Bronx Bully Slay Case

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, 18, the bullied Bronx gay teen who says he was acting in self-defense against an assault in class on September 27 when he killed Matthew McCree, 15, and wounded Ariane Laboy, 16, with a knife that he had recently bought for protection, appeared in Bronx Criminal Court on November 15 […]

Trumpism Forced Back on Its Heels

Trumpism Forced Back on Its Heels

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On an off-year election night, a wave of revulsion at the radical and chaotic presidency of Donald Trump meant big wins for Democrats and the election of LGBTQ candidates  — including eight who are transgender — and their allies in local races nationwide. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who […]

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

BY ANDY HUMM | Out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, on October 30, presided over a hearing of the Committee on Education he chairs that heard more than six hours of testimony on bullying in the city public schools, with representatives from the Department of Education (DOE) on the defensive and students and advocates […]

City Shelters to Guarantee Overdose Prevention Staffing

City Shelters to Guarantee Overdose Prevention Staffing

BY NATHAN RILEY | A measure approved by the City Council on October 31 guarantees that homeless shelters across New York will be staffed by people trained to prevent fatal overdoses. Three years ago, drug overdose became the leading cause of death among the homeless. The new legislation expands the city’s public health commitment to reduce […]

Community Center Fêtes Women Leaders

Community Center Fêtes Women Leaders

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On November 4, the LGBT Community Center hosted its 20th annual Women’s Event at Capitale on the Bowery with a splashy evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a celebration of leaders in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

In Tragedy’s Wake, Halloween Parade Carries On

In Tragedy’s Wake, Halloween Parade Carries On

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a beautifully crisp autumn day, the whimsical and faux-spooky spirit of Halloween was smashed by a horrifying terror attack on a Lower Manhattan bike bath that left eight people dead and at least 11 injured. In a city capable of almost unimaginable resilience, New York straightened its shoulders and […]

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I support marriage equality. I will fight to protect marriage equality,” Brooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams told Gay City News at the start of a 30-minute sit-down on October 19 that his office requested. Williams, a 41-year-old son of immigrants from Grenada, represents a broad swath of the city’s Caribbean community in […]