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I Am a Wedding (In Camera)

I Am a Wedding (In Camera)

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | On February 25 at 11:30 a.m., after 43 years of intimate cohabitation, Bill Reed and I were married at Beverly Hills City Hall. Judge Marjorie Harris, a polished, poised, and delightful woman who has married a number of same-sex couples since Proposition 8 was overturned in 2013, presided. Since marriage is a […]

Now, de Blasio Creating His Own “Religious Liberty” Problem

Now, de Blasio Creating His Own “Religious Liberty” Problem

BY KATHERINE STEWART | Many of the more than 60 evangelical churches that were once holding regular worship services in New York City’s public schools share views that make them unacceptable to a lot of New Yorkers. A number of them are part of religious networks closely affiliated with anti-gay ministries. The Village Church, for instance, […]

French Fries, With Love Rejected

French Fries, With Love Rejected

BY SAM OGLESBY | As we had been doing once a month for several years, Edith and I met at 11:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Film Forum on Houston Street for a “members only” sneak preview of a critically praised, but obscure film. I think it was an early Cary Grant picture that […]

Digital Drag

Digital Drag

BY MICHAEL DESANTO | When we think of video games, our minds can easily go off in many different directions. We may think about iconic figures such as Super Mario, Zelda, or Laura Croft. We may think about the amount of time children spend in these virtual worlds instead of riding their bikes outside. Or we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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