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Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

BY ANDY HUMM | Gay pioneer and artist Gilbert Baker, who died in his sleep at age 65 on March 31 at his home in Manhattan, did not just create the iconic Rainbow Flag but he gave it away freely to the world where it was embraced in every corner — from its origins in San […]

In Two West Village Vigils, Message Is “We Shall Overcome”

In Two West Village Vigils, Message Is “We Shall Overcome”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In two vigils in the West Village on Sunday evening, one crowd numbering in the thousands, another in the hundreds voiced shock, grief, and anger over the murder of 50 patrons of a Orlando, Florida, gay bar in the early morning hours of the same day. Speaker after speaker emphasized that […]

Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt: Stonewall Was “Romantic,” “Revolutionary”

Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt: Stonewall Was “Romantic,” “Revolutionary”

BY ANDY HUMM | Artist Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt was a street kid who arrived in New York in May 1966 and participated in the Stonewall Rebellion. But he was also someone who frequented the bar itself, which opened in 1967. And while he concedes it was a dive bar, he loved it because it was unique among […]

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Charging that the agreement by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers to allow an LGBT employee group from NBCUniversal to march in next year’s parade is little more than a sham and a “backroom deal,” a coalition of community activists and advocates are demanding that the 2015 event be opened up […]

Pride March Highlighted ENDA Concerns HRC Could Not Duck    

Pride March Highlighted ENDA Concerns HRC Could Not Duck    

BY ANDY HUMM | Ten days before the Human Rights Campaign shifted course and spoke out against the broad religious exemption in the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — the federal LGBT job rights bill — it was clear the provision was in trouble. The city’s June 29 LGBT Pride March evidenced clear […]

From Debutante to Defendant

From Debutante to Defendant

BY DONNA ACETO | Veteran LGBT rights and AIDS activist Ann Northrop, a Vassar graduate whose work as a journalist included reporting on the Washington scene for the National Journal and producing responsibilities on “The CBS Morning News,” delivered the 2014 Irving H. Jurow Lecture at NYU’s College of Arts and Science. The April 10 address, […]

With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

BY ANDY HUMM | By legend, St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. The question in 2014 is whether beer companies pulling their sponsorship can drive the homophobia out of the New York and Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parades. On the eve of these parades, Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship from the Boston event and […]

Herb Cohen, Physician and Activist, Dies at 89

Herb Cohen, Physician and Activist, Dies at 89

BY ANDY HUMM | Dr. Herbert I. Cohen, who got active in the LGBT movement in the early days of the AIDS crisis when he was in his 50s and became a stalwart in building New York LGBT institutions from the Community Center to SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), died January 6. He was […]

Johnny Weir Says Gay Protestors Are “Idiots”

Johnny Weir Says Gay Protestors Are “Idiots”

BY ANDY HUMM | Former Olympic skater Johnny Weir was picketed by Queer Nation outside his talk at Barnard College December 2 for his position that “the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement” about Russia’s anti-gay laws and “you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting.” During his […]

New York Promoters of Russian Investment on the Run

New York Promoters of Russian Investment on the Run

BY ANDY HUMM | In the face of protests on November 18 by Queer Nation and others opposed to investment in Russia due to that nation’s new anti-gay laws, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) scaled back its annual marking of Russia Day. A separately planned morning conference on investing in Russia had to move, was […]

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