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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 […]

How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The state of North Carolina today, March 30, repealed HB2, the law enacted a little over a year ago that aroused heated protests and boycotts, generated several lawsuits, and sparked a national conversation about gender identity and sex-specific public bathrooms and locker rooms. Legislative leaders and the new Democratic governor, Roy […]

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 […]

Martin Duberman Asks What History Is

Martin Duberman Asks What History Is

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Early in her discussion with Martin Duberman, the author of “Jews Queers Germans,” a “novel/ history, Alisa Solomon, a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, asked Duberman, “You’ve written in every genre there is… You chose to write it as fiction. Why?” Why indeed. Duberman, a distinguished professor of […]

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, […]

Second Circuit Bounces Sexual Orientation Bias Claim

Second Circuit Bounces Sexual Orientation Bias Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Manhattan, has issued a mixed ruling concerning a gay man’s claim he was sexually harassed in his workplace in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In an unsigned March 27 opinion, the court ruled […]

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 […]