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At Least 250 Strong, Lavender and Green Takes Fifth Ave on St. Pat’s

At Least 250 Strong, Lavender and Green Takes Fifth Ave on St. Pat’s

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Twenty-five years after LGBT groups were banned from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes Fifth Avenue every year, the Lavender and Green Alliance marched behind its own banner in that parade. “It’s kind of hard to understand that it’s taken this many years,” said Paul O’Dwyer, an attorney who represented some […]

2016 Gay City News Impact Award Honorees

2016 Gay City News Impact Award Honorees

Stuart Appelbaum: A Gay Voice in American Labor’s Top Ranks The president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a post he has held since 1998, Stuart Appelbaum is one of the most influential out gay people in the American labor movement. Chartered in 1937 as an affiliate of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, […]

For Plan to End AIDS, Cuomo Offers $200 Million, de Blasio Expands Services to All With HIV

For Plan to End AIDS, Cuomo Offers $200 Million, de Blasio Expands Services to All With HIV

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Speaking at a World AIDS Day event, Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed HASA For All, city legislation that would expand eligibility for rental assistance, food stamps, and other benefits for people with HIV. “We believe that no New Yorker with HIV should have to choose between medication and food or medication […]

Broader City HIV Services Eligibility May Be on Deck  

Broader City HIV Services Eligibility May Be on Deck  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | City legislation that would expand the eligibility for rental assistance, food stamps, and other benefits for people with HIV may be getting a new life after being dormant for years during the Bloomberg administration, according to City Council records obtained by Gay City News under the state open records act. In an […]

A Vindication for Activism — and Rehabilitation, Too

A Vindication for Activism — and Rehabilitation, Too

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The past several days have witnessed two impressive examples of how activism — patient, persistent, uncompromising, and unwilling to settle — can pay off in the end. On Tuesday, the organizers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced they would, for the first time, open the Fifth Avenue event to an […]

Victory Announced in 25-Year St. Patrick’s Day Boycott

Victory Announced in 25-Year St. Patrick’s Day Boycott

BY ANDY HUMM | The 253-year old St. Patrick’s Day Parade has invited an Irish LGBT group, the Lavender & Green Alliance, to march for the first time, a move that will end a 25-year boycott of the parade that began in 1991 when the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization, a group made up largely of […]

Corey Johnson, Advocates Press to Broaden HIV Housing Eligibility

Corey Johnson, Advocates Press to Broaden HIV Housing Eligibility

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Legislation that would give the benefits currently provided to people with AIDS by the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to people who are HIV-positive but asymptomatic was introduced in the City Council, but it likely faces an uphill battle to be enacted. “We recognize that HIV is an epidemic that thrives […]

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 […]

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