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“Hero” of Irish, Australian Marriage in New York

“Hero” of Irish, Australian Marriage in New York

BY ANDY HUMM | Irish gay activist Tiernan Brady has the distinction of leading the first two successful national referenda on marriage equality, helming Yes Equality in Ireland in 2015 and the Equality Campaign in Australia last year. He may be needed in Taiwan soon for yet another popular vote on same-sex marriage, but he […]

Reclaim Pride Defers Next Steps to May 12

Reclaim Pride Defers Next Steps to May 12

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A town hall meeting organized by the Reclaim Pride Coalition featured complaining about how Heritage of Pride (HOP) administers New York City’s annual Pride Parade and the commercialization and policing of that event, but the crowd of roughly 70 came to no conclusion as to the steps they will take to […]

Doug Jones and the Democratic Coalition

Doug Jones and the Democratic Coalition

BY NATHAN RILEY | Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama Senate race was a thrill — the biggest Democratic victory since Donald Trump’s election. Black votes surged, demoralized Republicans stayed home, independents supported him. A dream turned plausible: that in 11 months, the 2018 election will bring a wave of support for Democrats. But what kind […]

Trump Has No Respect for Our Flag

Trump Has No Respect for Our Flag

BY ANDY HUMM | Donald Trump cynically held up a Rainbow Flag with “LGBTs for Trump” scrawled on it during his campaign last year and has proceeded as president to roll back LGBTQ rights and appoint virulent bigots to cabinet posts and federal judgeships. So when the administration learned that the National Park Service was going […]

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

BY ANDY HUMM | What should have been a celebration dedicating the raising of the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on October 11 at noon turned into another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump administration in a week full of such attacks. When it saw the pre-publicity on the […]

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

BY ANDY HUMM | Hundreds of New York comrades, family members, and admirers of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, bid him an emotional and spirited farewell on June 14 — Flag Day (his favorite day) —starting at the Stonewall Inn and marching with many of his banners protesting hate and affirming LGBT identity to […]

LGBTQ Russians, Allies Liberate Brighton Beach

LGBTQ Russians, Allies Liberate Brighton Beach

BY ANDY HUMM | The first Brighton Beach Pride, led by RUSA LGBT, a group for Russian LGBTQ émigrés, drew 300 marchers to the uncharted territory — for gay demonstrators — of the boardwalk in a Brooklyn enclave of Russians and other Eastern Europeans on Saturday, May 20. The overcast skies greatly diminished the number of […]

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 […]

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