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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 […]

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 […]

Decisive Win for Pennsylvania Trans Students

Decisive Win for Pennsylvania Trans Students

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a lengthy June 18 opinion, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit Court of Appeals explained its decision the previous month rejecting a key part of the legal challenge by some students and parents to the Boyertown Area School District’s policy of letting transgender students use facilities consistent […]

Medicaid Must Fund Sex Reassignment Surgery in Iowa

Medicaid Must Fund Sex Reassignment Surgery in Iowa

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | An Iowa trial judge has ruled that a state regulation prohibiting Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery violates the state’s Civil Rights Act as well as the State Constitution’s equal protection requirement. Ruling on June 6 on appeals by two transgender women denied preclearance for the procedures, Polk County District Judge […]

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 […]

Anthony Kennedy: The LGBTQ Community’s Accidental Gift

Anthony Kennedy: The LGBTQ Community’s Accidental Gift

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who has served on the Supreme Court longer than any of his colleagues and authored the majority opinion in all four major gay rights victories there, was a third-choice pick by President Ronald Reagan in late 1987. In that sense, he was something of an accidental gift […]