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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 […]

Pride? Yes! But with a Pinch of Prudence

Pride? Yes! But with a Pinch of Prudence

BY SAM OGLESBY | Early Memorial Day morning, really early, while the city is still at rest with nary a bird warbling, my partner and I stumble sleepily to the subway. The streets are silent and wet from a passing shower, the air is Aspen-fresh, and it’s all I can do to suppress a Rodgers […]

Thought I Needed a Gay Doctor, But What I Needed Was Respect

Thought I Needed a Gay Doctor, But What I Needed Was Respect

BY CHRISTOPHER LEO DANIELS | I was a lucky kid: no broken bones, sprains, or cuts that needed stitches. So completely unaccustomed to hospitals and doctors, I took for granted that I could coast on good genes, good habits, and good luck. But as a kid, my healthcare was completely covered by my parents or […]

The Secret to Success in New York City

The Secret to Success in New York City

BY RABBI ROBERT TEIXEIRA | In the Big Apple, that is, the Big Rush, it was a cold, gray afternoon, but in the Big Easy, it was Mardi Gras! Laissez les bons temps rouler! I thought of my last carnival, my pouf and chenille ball gown replete with riband (sash), inspired by the tragic Madame Deficit (Marie Antoinette). […]

Depends On What the Meaning of the Word ‘Change’ Is

BY YOAV SIVAN | Will the real Barack Obama please stand up? Perhaps he’s the Profile in Courage who spoke at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta last week. “If we’re honest with ourselves,” he told the crowd – some of whom might never have heard the word “gay” in church without derision – “we’ll […]

With New Mayor on Board, Time For Governor to Lead on AIDS Housing

BY JAMES W. LISTER | After his 12 years in office, I feel I almost don’t remember any mayor other than Michael Bloomberg. And in my memory, he will always be the billionaire mayor whose polices almost left me homeless. I moved into my apartment 34 years ago and was diagnosed with HIV in 1989. In […]

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