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Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe.

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe.

BY NATHAN RILEY | Donald Trump’s election provoked waves of revulsion all over New York City. In Hell’s Kitchen, a full-time drag performer, realizing his rights would be under attack, sought advice from a politically connected friend — City Councilmember Corey Johnson, who suggested he join a political club. Following up on that suggestion, Marti Allen-Cummings […]

Carlos Menchaca Prevails in Brooklyn

Carlos Menchaca Prevails in Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a primary that saw four of the incumbent gay city councilmembers unopposed and two of the seven-member LGBTQ Caucus out of action due to terms limits, the one councilmember who faced a challenge, Brooklyn’s Carlos Menchaca, handily withstood an aggressive campaign by Assemblymember Félix Ortiz and the county Democratic organization to […]

Call It Out. Every Time.

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | I found myself in an awkward position with the de Blasio campaign last Friday evening. That day, while reporting on Bronx City Council primary races, I contacted the campaign to confirm something surprising on incumbent Councilmember Fernando Cabrera’s website — that the mayor had endorsed his reelection. Surprising because Cabrera is well-known for […]

In Late Night Reversal, de Blasio Campaign Backs Off Confirmation Mayor Endorsed Fernando Cabrera

In Late Night Reversal, de Blasio Campaign Backs Off Confirmation Mayor Endorsed Fernando Cabrera

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an extraordinary turnabout, the de Blasio campaign, late in the evening on September 8, disavowed its confirmation made more than eight hours earlier that Mayor Bill de Blasio had endorsed Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, a divisively anti-gay Democrat, for reelection in his District 14 primary race. The disavowal came […]

LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Contested City Council Democratic primary races in three Bronx districts pose strongly pro-LGBTQ candidates against opponents who either have long anti-gay and anti-choice records or have aligned themselves with such politicians. The primary contests, in significant respects, reflect the ongoing battle between newer progressive forces and old school social conservative traditions in […]

LGBT For BdB Reconvenes at the Cutting Room

LGBT For BdB Reconvenes at the Cutting Room

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In August 2013, as Bill de Blasio was just starting what turned into a meteoric rise from the back of the pack to a smashing victory in that year’s Democratic mayoral primary, an energized crowd of LGBTQ supporters turned out for a fundraiser at the Cutting Room on East 32nd Street headlined […]

The GOP’s Mayoral Candidate. Seriously.

The GOP’s Mayoral Candidate. Seriously.

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE| As she was discussing crime and the extent to which New York City residents feel safe in the city, Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican candidate for mayor and a member of the State Assembly since 2011, was asked about her continuing opposition to the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would add gender […]

Under de Blasio, Bulk of Pot Arrestees Black or Latino

Under de Blasio, Bulk of Pot Arrestees Black or Latino

BY NATHAN RILEY | Despite the fact that Democrats continue to become more dependent on reliable voting support from communities of color, groups fighting the criminalization of marginalized New Yorkers report that under Mayor Bill de Blasio virtually everyone arrested for marijuana is black or Latino. Appearing at a July 11 City Hall press conference, drug […]

Gracie Mansion Celebrates Pride

Gracie Mansion Celebrates Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a spectacular early summer evening June 22, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray played host to several hundred LGBTQ New Yorkers in a salute to Pride and, specifically, to Laverne Cox, the first out transgender television star (“Orange Is the New Black”). Cox not only […]

Time For Radical Activism on Overdose Deaths

BY NATHAN RILEY AND PAUL SCHINDLER | A wave of revulsion and anger swept through the drug reform community with the news that the New York City health department’s final count for 2016 overdose deaths was 1,347. That’s a 46 percent increase from 2015. The sixth consecutive year of rising deaths from unintentional “poisonings.” Every seven […]

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