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Why Elections Matter

Why Elections Matter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Except for an upcoming special race to fill a congressional vacancy in Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn, there will be no general election in New York City in 2015. But ever mindful of the presidential contest in 2016, we are already hearing about Ready for Hillary parties and early maneuverings […]

Queer Turkey: A Snapshot

Queer Turkey: A Snapshot

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I don’t know what I expected to find at the KuirFest film festival in Turkey. Cops writing down the names of besieged queers, maybe. Or mobs of angry fundamentalists outside the degenerate theaters. But while I can see the tall white minarets of the local mosque from my hotel window and hear […]

Why I Am Visiting Israel

BY BOROUGH PRESIDENT RUBEN DIAZ JR. | The people of the United States have stood strong with the people of Israel from the day that country was founded in 1947. As the only democracy in the Middle East, and as our key ally in the fight against terrorism, Israel holds a special place in the hearts […]

A Dyke In Defense of Offense: Yes, Je Suis Charlie

A Dyke In Defense of Offense: Yes, Je Suis Charlie

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I guess you know by now that the key staff at Charlie Hebdo in Paris were slaughtered by Islamist extremists outraged at, well, almost everything, but especially how the satirical magazine attacked Islamist extremists. But before their bodies were even cold, the glorious automatons of the American left were eviscerating the […]

The Blood Stigma Continues

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | More than 30 years ago, when the nation was in the grips of hysteria about the dangers AIDS posed to Americans, the federal government imposed a ban on donating blood on any man who had engaged in sex with another man since 1977. The “deferral” was lifetime. Just before Christmas — […]

Death by Gender: Leelah Alcorn

BY KELLY COGSWELL |  When I try to think about gender, I have to go lie down with smelling salts, my head swirling with all the complications that we pull on like clothes over our biological sex. Even if you stick to binary territory, gender expression is constantly shifting. A big-haired, white trash girl like […]

AIDS Policy Shows Where de Blasio’s New York is Succeeding

BY NATHAN RILEY | I could plant a big wet kiss on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s cheek for putting Dr. Demetre Daskalakis in charge of AIDS policy. Daskalakis is a persuader, an exciting man who understands his subject. Before he became a deputy commissioner in the city health department, he led a team that visited […]

Outing Torture Queen Bikowsky

BY SUSIE DAY | Dear Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, So many people want to be famous. Not you. You were content to let Jessica Chastain portray a more competent version of your waterboarding and bin Laden-stalking self in the film “Zero Dark Thirty.” You never asked for credit. But now, thanks to the Senate Select Intelligence […]

Black and Blue

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It is a poignant irony that a long-simmering debate framed in the public mind as pitting white cops against black New Yorkers was brought to a boil by the cold-blooded execution of two officers of color — one Latino, the other Asian-American. Black lives matter, as protesters have said over and […]

Hope For Queers Now in Cuba? Maybe

BY KELLY COGSWELL | President Obama made history this week by dumping a policy toward Cuba that hasn’t helped a bit to usher in democracy or protect human rights. In fact, the 50-year effort of both Democrats and Republicans to isolate the island and twist its little Caribbean arm has only allowed Cuba’s dictatorship to […]

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