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A Splendid Day For Pride in Queens

A Splendid Day For Pride in Queens

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO &  MICHAEL SHIREY | On what might have been the very nicest day so far this year, tens of thousands turned out on June 7 for the 23rd annual Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. The parade, which stepped off at noon, was led by Mayor Bill de Blasio and APICHA, […]

City Council Honors Pride

City Council Honors Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a June 2 ceremony at City Hall, the City Council celebrated LGBT Pride Month by honoring six New Yorkers for their contributions to the community and to New York overall. The honorees were: Anti-Violence Project executive director Sharon Stapel; Joselyn Mendoza, an undocumented transgender woman from Queens who led […]

Crowley Moves to Name Post Office for Jeanne, Jules Manford     

Crowley Moves to Name Post Office for Jeanne, Jules Manford     

BY BILL PARRY | On the eve of LGBT Pride Month, US Representative Joe Crowley, a Jackson Heights Democrat, joined other elected officials to announce legislation to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in honor of Jeanne and Jules Manford, the late Queens residents and national heroes who fought for the advancement of equal rights for […]

Staten Island Street Named for 1990 Gay-Bashing Victim

Staten Island Street Named for 1990 Gay-Bashing Victim

BY ANDY HUMM | Jimmy Zappalorti, a 44-year old gay military veteran, was brutally murdered on Staten Island in 1990 for being gay in a case that shook the city and sparked gay activism in that borough. On May 29, Jimmy Zappalorti Lane was unveiled on a portion of Androvette Street in Charleston, the south shore […]

Committed to the End

Committed to the End

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The sun shined brightly on May 17 as more than 30,000 walkers marched for the 30th annual AIDS Walk New York, the 10-kilometer trek through Central Park that supports the work of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and other local HIV/ AIDS service organizations. According to a GMHC press release, nearly $4.9 million […]

Saddle Up

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | A western-themed bar may sound out of place in New York City — but what about a gay western-themed bar? How about one owned by a straight couple no less? Jacqui Squatriglia, who owns the bar with Chris Barnes, didn’t seem to think it was such a queer idea. Best known for […]

Bunny Hop

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The one and only Lady Bunny made a rare club performance April 29 at Industry Bar, with a series of bits — including a roast burning everyone from Justin Bieber to Bruce Jenner, a stand-up routine involving a squirting dildo, as well as a new number critiquing the current season of “RuPaul’s Drag […]

Lesbians Make History in Belgrade

Lesbians Make History in Belgrade

BY KELLY COGSWELL | On Sunday, April 19, more than 100 women took to the Belgrade streets for the first lesbian march in the entire region. The march in the Serbian capital capped off four days of the Lesbian Spring, which included photo exhibits, film screenings, discussions, workshops, and, of course, parties. A bold action in […]

Maybe She’s Crazy

Maybe She’s Crazy

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | There’s good reason that Bob the Drag Queen was voted Gay City News’ Best Drag Performer last fall — the girl werks. Bob can be seen all over town — check her out at Barracuda Lounge, 275 W. 22nd St., on Monday nights; showtime at midnight. For her full schedule, find Bob […]

Brooklyn Pride Center Gathers For Sixth Anniversary

Brooklyn Pride Center Gathers For Sixth Anniversary

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In celebration of its sixth anniversary, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, which served more than 5,000 LGBTQ residents of the borough last year, held its Community Leadership Awards & Gala on April 23. The DUMBO Loft event honored Desiree Akhavan, an Iranian-American filmmaker whose recent feature debut, “Appropriate Behavior,” tells the story […]