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BULLETIN –– Gilbert Baker, Rainbow Flag Creator, Has Died

BULLETIN –– Gilbert Baker, Rainbow Flag Creator, Has Died

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Gilbert Baker, the gay man who created the Rainbow Flag that became the international symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement, died in his sleep on March 31 in his Hamilton Heights home in Manhattan at the age of 65. Baker, born in Chanute, Kansas, on June 2, 1951, served in the […]

Ex-Prosecutor: Release “Merits Enhanced Scrutiny”

Ex-Prosecutor: Release “Merits Enhanced Scrutiny”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Even as they conceded that DNA evidence “is a very powerful, and very valuable, law enforcement tool,” the attorneys who won Mayer Herskovic’s release from custody less than three hours after his sentencing attacked the method used to analyze the DNA evidence that was key to his conviction. “Mayer Herskovic is […]

Irish Stand Up to Trump    

Irish Stand Up to Trump    

BY ANDY HUMM | While America was reeling from the election results, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin took the floor of the Irish Senate on November 11 and said with passion, “America has just elected a fascist, and the best thing that the good people in Ireland can do is to ring him up and ask him, […]

Psychotherapist Who Coined “Homophobia” Fought It All His Life

Psychotherapist Who Coined “Homophobia” Fought It All His Life

BY ANDY HUMM | Psychotherapist George Weinberg, who coined the word “homophobia” in 1966 — turning the tables on anti-gay people by branding them as the sick ones — died in New York on March 21 at age 87. He had just completed an article for Gay City News on the origins of his famous […]

Jimmy Breslin, New York’s Greatest Columnist, Dies  

Jimmy Breslin, New York’s Greatest Columnist, Dies  

BY ANDY HUMM | Jimmy Breslin, who died March 19 at 88, was the greatest newspaper columnist in New York at a time when as top columnist for the Daily News, he could command half a million dollars a year and the tabloids he wrote for had immense power. Those days are over for newspapers, […]

Heritage of Pride Accedes to Resistance Groups’ Demand

Heritage of Pride Accedes to Resistance Groups’ Demand

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organization that produces New York City’s pride parade, rally, and related events has agreed to allow groups eager to confront the Republican Party’s control of the federal government near the front of the June 25 pride parade. “I’m extremely proud of the people who came out to raise their voices about […]

Heritage of Pride, Insisting It’s Listening, Pushes Back Against Resistance Groups’ Demand

Heritage of Pride, Insisting It’s Listening, Pushes Back Against Resistance Groups’ Demand

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A meeting of the Heritage of Pride (HOP) committee that organizes New York City’s annual pride parade grew heated at moments as activists pressed their case to have groups that are resisting Republican control of the federal government placed at the front of this year’s parade while HOP pushed back, even as […]

Reconciliation the New Spirit of St. Pat’s Parade

Reconciliation the New Spirit of St. Pat’s Parade

  BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | The group of about 100 who marched with the Lavender and Green Alliance in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 – the second year in which an openly LGBTQ Irish group was allowed to participate – were all about the business of turning an inaugural […]

Four-Year Sentence in Brutal Taj Patterson Assault Quickly Stayed

Four-Year Sentence in Brutal Taj Patterson Assault Quickly Stayed

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Brooklyn man was sentenced to four years in state prison for his role in the 2013 attack that left a black gay man blind in one eye. But less than three hours later, the defendant won a release from custody while his appeal is argued before a higher court. After […]

A Push for Resistance at June Pride Parade

A Push for Resistance at June Pride Parade

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organization that produces New York City’s annual pride parade, rally, and related events is under pressure to put groups that are taking a lead in pushing back against Republican Party control of the White House and Congress at the front of this year’s march. “One way or another, these resistance […]