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Republicans Win Outright Majority of New York State Senate

Republicans Win Outright Majority of New York State Senate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a popular governor headed for reelection, 2014 was supposed to be the year when Democrats could make gains in the State Senate sufficient to ensure they would be the governing party come January. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, Republicans on November 4 increased their share of seats from […]

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 […]

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Public Advocate Letitia James, who has assiduously cultivated a progressive profile in her years in government, is digging in her heels against calls that she break her ties to Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who –– in a YouTube video that surfaced this week –– is seen in Uganda lavishly praising […]

St. Pat’s Parade Announcement Met With Caution 

St. Pat’s Parade Announcement Met With Caution 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a surprising development that apparently caught activists and elected officials off guard, the organizers of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue announced that a gay-identified group will be allowed to participate next March 17. Out@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group at the media company, has been invited to march […]

At Pride Event, Mayor Touts Progress, First Lady Celebrates Lesbian Roots

At Pride Event, Mayor Touts Progress, First Lady Celebrates Lesbian Roots

BY ANDY HUMM | Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, haven’t yet moved into Gracie Mansion, but they used the official mayoral home to play hosts to a diverse crowd of hundreds of LGBT New Yorkers and allies celebrating Pride the evening of June 26. “This is what I call a rainbow,” […]

De Blasio Budget Commits to Add 100 Beds for Homeless Youth

De Blasio Budget Commits to Add 100 Beds for Homeless Youth

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the May 8 release of his final executive budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio is making good on his commitment from last year’s campaign to step up city support for homeless youth shelter space by 100 beds each year. In a budget totaling $73.9 billion, the mayor […]

Kelsey Louie, a Top Harlem United Official, Set to Helm GMHC

Kelsey Louie, a Top Harlem United Official, Set to Helm GMHC

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | At Harlem United, Kelsey Louie is the boss in every way except his title. He was made the chief operating officer last year, and every function at the AIDS services agency reports to him, but he reports to Steven Bussey, the chief executive officer. With a background in management consulting and […]

The City Council’s One Lesbian Speaks Up

The City Council’s One Lesbian Speaks Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Rosie Mendez, the Lower East Side City Council veteran first elected in 2005, has been passionate about tenants’ rights her entire career. An attorney by training, she worked at Brooklyn Legal Services and then for the People’s Economic Opportunities Project on the Lower East Side before becoming chief of staff to former […]

A New Mayor and Great Expectations

A New Mayor and Great Expectations

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Bill de Blasio stood on the steps of City Hall January 1 to be sworn in as New York’s 109th mayor, nothing in the inaugural ceremony suggested a hint of retreat from the progressive themes his campaign raised. That’s encouraging, but the proving ground will likely be the next six months […]

2013: Year in Photos

2013: Year in Photos

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO, MICHAEL LUONGO & SAM SPOKONY/ DESIGN BY MICHAEL SHIREY/ TEXT BY PAUL SCHINDLER

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