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When LGBT-Only Housing Isn’t Enough

BY TAZ TAGORE | Ten years ago, Adam Bucko and I started the Reciprocity Foundation, in response to the growing number of homeless youth — especially LGBT-identified young people — living on New York City streets. Around the same time, Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC). The time was ripe for change and the […]

Pockets, Purses, and Pants: LGBTQ New Yorkers Have the Right to Know

BY ANDREA RITCHIE | What do marijuana arrests, illegal gender searches, and the use of condoms as evidence all have in common? All are the product of discriminatory policing practices affecting LGBTQ communities, and particularly LGBTQ youth and transgender people of color. They also often take place during searches supposedly based on “consent.” The scene, described […]

A Marriage Loss & the Ongoing Debate Over Puerto Rico’s Political Status

A Marriage Loss & the Ongoing Debate Over Puerto Rico’s Political Status

BY ÁNGEL LUIS CASIANO | Ada Conde and Ivonne Álvarez are household names within Puerto Rico’s LGBT community. As a civil rights attorney for many years, it was no surprise when Conde married her partner in Massachusetts, in the wake of same-sex marriage legalization there 10 years ago. The couple, however, live in Puerto Rico, […]

LGBTQ Immigrants: Heroes Among Us — If They Can Get Here

BY SEBASTIAN MAGUIRE | I am generally loath to praise our country’s dysfunctional immigration system. Both immigrants and their advocates can readily attest to the Kafkaesque frustrations of dealing with mindless bureaucrats and heartless policymakers. A shining exception to my general attitude is asylum. Since 1994, when Attorney General Janet Reno issued a decision recognizing […]

We Need to Change the Climate

We Need to Change the Climate

BY ROBERT TOLBERT | We need to change the climate. Yes, I am speaking about the actual climate. We need to stop fracking. We need to clean up our air and water. We need to recycle, rebuild, and retrofit. But we also need to change our political climate. Political will can’t just happen when it’s close […]

The Enduring Community Excelsior Bar Forged in Brooklyn

The Enduring Community Excelsior Bar Forged in Brooklyn

BY MATTHEW McMORROW | What’s in our local gay bars besides boys and booze? Found all over the world, often on their own in any given locale, gay bars serve as our informal community centers — at times refuges from a hostile outside world — where LGBT folks, locals and visitors alike, can gather, be […]

City Must Catch Up on Right to Alter Birth Certificate Gender Marker

BY LETITIA JAMES | The five boroughs of New York City are now in the awkward position of falling behind upstate Chemung and Greene Counties when it comes to transgender rights. The good news is that the New York State Health Department’s new regulations allow residents to change the gender marker on their birth certificates […]

Governor Cuomo Makes History by Committing New York State to Ending AIDS

Governor Cuomo Makes History by Committing New York State to Ending AIDS

A COMMUNITY LETTER | On Sunday, June 29, coinciding with New York City Gay Pride, Governor Andrew Cuomo made history by committing New York State to ending AIDS as an epidemic by 2020. New York, the epicenter of the nation’s HIV epidemic since the beginning, now becomes the first jurisdiction in the world to launch […]

The Politics of Dancing

The Politics of Dancing

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | “Homosexuality shocks less, but continues to be interesting; it is still at that stage of excitation where it provides what might be called feats of discourse.” So wrote Roland Barthes — a Big Ol’ Gay Homosexual himself — in a 1978 essay, published as an introduction to “Tricks,” novelist Renaud Camus’ […]

Are Gay Neighborhoods An Endangered Species?

Are Gay Neighborhoods An Endangered Species?

BY AMIN GHAZIANI | On behalf of the National Park Service, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently announced plans for an unprecedented study of LGBT history, one that aims to “identify places and events associated with the civil rights struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and ensure that the agency is telling a complete […]

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