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Matt McMorrow Joins de Blasio Community Affairs Shop

Matt McMorrow Joins de Blasio Community Affairs Shop

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Matthew McMorrow, a Park Slope gay activist who served as director of government affairs at the Empire State Pride Agenda during the final several years of that group’s existence, has been named a senior advisor in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit. In a written statement due for release on […]

Forward Ever, Normal Never: Taking Down Trump

BY SUSIE DAY | This dream. Something is in the house, something’s breaking, the things I love are going away. I reach for Laura, she becomes translucent, evaporates. I wake up, telling myself this dream means I’m worried about how tired and worn Laura has grown from years of activist work trying to get people […]

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when New York Democrats hoped that with Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket they might finally achieve a goal that has largely eluded them in the past half-century — control of the State Senate — that effort appears to have fallen short. With clear results in […]

Religious Freedom Challenge to Conversion Therapy Ban Fails

Religious Freedom Challenge to Conversion Therapy Ban Fails

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A California law that prohibits state-licensed mental health providers from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” — so-called “conversion therapy” — with minors has withstood another First Amendment challenge. A unanimous August 23 decision by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by […]

Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo moved to severely limit “conversion therapy” for minors in New York State using his executive authority in the absence of action in the Republican-controlled State Senate on legislation –– already passed in the Democrat-led Assembly –– to completely ban it. “Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice […]

ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the face of shock, chagrin, and some withering criticism both on social media and from past executive directors, top staff and board members at the Empire State Pride Agenda pushed back against the notion they had declared “Mission Accomplished” in their December 12 announcement that they were winding down major operations […]

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Citing its success in winning new state regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination, the Empire State Pride Agenda has announced it will close down major operations in early 2016. In a press release issued on the evening of December 12, the organization indicated that it hoped to maintain a political […]

State Senate Honors LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis as “Woman of Distinction”

State Senate Honors LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis as “Woman of Distinction”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I don’t often like to be in the spotlight,” explained Carrie Davis, who has worked at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan since 1998, first joining the organization as a transgender peer focusing much of her time on nighttime street outreach to sex workers. Throughout her tenure at the Center, Davis, who […]

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A New Jersey judge issued two pretrial rulings in February that increased the likelihood that an organization providing so-called conversion therapy to “assist individuals to purge unwanted same-sex attractions” will be found liable for consumer fraud. The suit, brought on behalf of six individuals against JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for […]

Death by Gender: Leelah Alcorn

BY KELLY COGSWELL |  When I try to think about gender, I have to go lie down with smelling salts, my head swirling with all the complications that we pull on like clothes over our biological sex. Even if you stick to binary territory, gender expression is constantly shifting. A big-haired, white trash girl like […]

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