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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 […]

Weinstein, Trump Scandals Earn Vance a Write-In Foe

Weinstein, Trump Scandals Earn Vance a Write-In Foe

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Gay City New sat down with District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., in early September for an interview currently airing on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHgiKX7lsl0 0r bottom of this story), the two-term incumbent seemed headed toward an unopposed and decidedly non-controversial reelection. Vance discussed a variety of issues, some of which highlighted […]

Citywide GOP Candidates Now Softer on Gays

Citywide GOP Candidates Now Softer on Gays

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | At the end of a brief video posted on Michel Faulkner’s campaign website, the candidate for New York City comptroller says that he is the one who will unite the city. “New York City can and must get back on track, but to do that we have to have principled leadership,” the […]

Catholic Church Anti-LGBTQ Guns Still Firing on All Cylinders

Catholic Church Anti-LGBTQ Guns Still Firing on All Cylinders

BY ANDY HUMM | It has been quite a week for anti-LGBTQ assaults from the international Catholic hierarchy. We’ll start the round-up of recent events right here in New York. Cardinal Dolan V. Gay Arts: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, an appointee of Pope Benedict Emeritus and a hardliner, softened a bit last year and finally allowed […]

Trump Has No Respect for Our Flag

Trump Has No Respect for Our Flag

BY ANDY HUMM | Donald Trump cynically held up a Rainbow Flag with “LGBTs for Trump” scrawled on it during his campaign last year and has proceeded as president to roll back LGBTQ rights and appoint virulent bigots to cabinet posts and federal judgeships. So when the administration learned that the National Park Service was going […]

Sessions Hits LGBTQ Community on Three Fronts

Sessions Hits LGBTQ Community on Three Fronts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Trump administration, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions leading the charge, moved on three fronts last week to curtail the rights of LGBTQ Americans, relying in part on contested claims of religious liberty and also bucking an emerging trend in how courts are interpreting sex discrimination provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights […]

Albany Too Corrupt to Change Say Opponents of Change

Albany Too Corrupt to Change Say Opponents of Change

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | If New Yorkers vote for a state constitutional convention on November 7, they could empower the entrenched Albany establishment to make fundamental changes to the state’s founding document. If they oppose a convention, they will be leaving the entrenched Albany establishment in charge of the state government. What is a voter to […]

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

BY ANDY HUMM | What should have been a celebration dedicating the raising of the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on October 11 at noon turned into another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump administration in a week full of such attacks. When it saw the pre-publicity on the […]

Rainbow Flag Dedicated at Stonewall Monument October 11

Rainbow Flag Dedicated at Stonewall Monument October 11

BY ANDY HUMM | Gilbert Baker’s Rainbow Flag will be formally dedicated for permanent display at the Stonewall National Monument at Christopher Park in the West Village on Wednesday, October 11 at a noon ceremony. A release from activists planning the ceremony noted that the dedication will mark the first time the flag will wave […]

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In one of two significant legal developments regarding challenges to Mississippi’s notorious HB 1523, which enshrines in state law a special privilege for people claiming religious and moral objections to LGBTQ people to discriminate against them, Lambda Legal has announced it will petition the Supreme Court on whether the Fifth Circuit […]