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Advocates Press de Blasio to Release Safe Drug Use Study

Advocates Press de Blasio to Release Safe Drug Use Study

BY NATHAN RILEY | Advocates are demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio release a city health department feasibility study on safer consumption spaces where users take their drugs in the presence of an overdose prevention worker. Nearly 100 such facilities are operating around the world, but New York City has delayed moving forward on this […]

White Man’s Burden: A Dialogue on Race & Resistance

White Man’s Burden:  A Dialogue on Race & Resistance

BY PAUL SCHINDLER AND CLARENCE PATTON | Last week, Gay City News reached out to Clarence Patton — a longtime African-American gay leader and former executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project who now heads up the Pipeline Project and Pipeline Consulting — asking him to write about President Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” comment […]

That Word — Over and Over and Over Again

BY ED SIKOV | I have never seen or heard the word “shithole” more in my life than I have since January 11. Not only was that the day I turned 61, but it was also the day that Rump — in a marvelous prelude to Martin Luther King Day — employed the word to describe […]

Lezzies at Large: The Innocence Project’s Karen Thompson

Lezzies at Large: The Innocence Project’s Karen Thompson

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Last week I spoke with Karen Thompson about her work as a lawyer and lesbian advocate. (The quotes used in this article have been edited for clarity and length; watch the interview below or at I first met her more than two decades ago when she was a street activist and […]

Kettling Free Speech, Or Unicorn Riot Routs the New York Times

BY SUSIE DAY | Does anybody have enough strength left to pop a cork in celebration that we’ve made it through Trump’s first year in office? I don’t. There is stuff to celebrate, such as the December 21 jury trial acquittal of six of the 194 defendants facing decades in prison for protesting at Trump’s inauguration […]

Starting the Year Back on Crackpot Alley

BY ED SIKOV | We haven’t taken a stroll down Crackpot Alley in quite a while. So let’s go for a walk! Guess who the first person we see is? Yes, that’s him, leaning against the decrepit wall of a clown-themed gay bar. It’s the three-time winner of the “World’s Greatest Asshole” contest, Milo Yiannopoulos. We’d […]

Legalizing Pot is Sound Policy and Social Justice

BY NATHAN RILEY | Legalizing recreational pot is a matter of justice and sound public policy. Starting January 11, the State Assembly begins laying the groundwork for legalizing such use in New York. If successful, that would mark a major step toward criminal justice reform. When I scheduled for State Senator Carol Bellamy’s 1977 race for […]

VIDEO SPECIAL: Lezzies at Large: The Innocence Project’s Karen Thompson

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Here is the video transcript of my conversation with lesbian lawyer and advocate Karen Thompson from the Innocence Project. For my overview of the conversation, visit

Words Matter

Words Matter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As with so many revelations about the Trump administration, the storm over seven words that staff members at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were warned last week not to include in budget proposals began with an unsettling news report, followed by a bewildering, nontransparent mix of official pushback, […]

Censored Communication

BY ED SIKOV | From the Washington Post: “Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden terms at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden terms are ‘vulnerable,’ […]