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Manhattan Dems Rejecting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan Sparks Outrage

Manhattan Dems Rejecting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan Sparks Outrage

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York County Democratic Party and its vaunted independent screening panel for approving judges for the ballot has come under scorching and widespread outrage for the panel’s refusal to recommend that Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a 20-year veteran of the bench without a blemish on her record, be approved for nomination for […]

Caught Short by Cuomo HIV Mandate, Absent Money

Caught Short by Cuomo HIV Mandate, Absent Money

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a Cuomo administration order requiring New York City’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to enroll people with HIV in its benefits program won praise from LGBT and AIDS groups, Mayor Bill de Blasio was surprised by the announcement and non-committal when asked if the city would support extending HASA services to […]

In Orlando’s Wake, Outpouring on Pride Sunday

In Orlando’s Wake, Outpouring on Pride Sunday

BY ANDY HUMM | The Orlando massacre of June 12 could well have cast a pall over LGBT pride celebrations across the country, giving us pause about parading down the street when there are those out there who wish us harm. Instead, the community and our allies were defiant, coming out in palpably greater numbers […]

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

BY ANDY HUMM | While not quite as deep as the Grand Canyon or as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the 7.7 acres in and around the Stonewall Inn, scene of the monumental 1969 multi-night rebellion in the streets that sparked the modern LGBT movement, were declared, like those iconic parks, an official national monument […]

Gun Violence A Key Issue in Sunday’s Pride March

Gun Violence A Key Issue in Sunday’s Pride March

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The killings of 49 LGBT people in an Orlando, Florida nightclub were a pronounced presence in New York City’s Pride Parade as a newly formed group of nearly 1,000 marched down Fifth Avenue to chants of “Trans, straight, bi, gay, gagging on the NRA” and “Fuck the NRA.” “The energy was terrific, […]

A Cop Who Really Was New York’s Finest

A Cop Who Really Was New York’s Finest

BY ANDY HUMM | A stone’s throw from the Stonewall Inn where cops battled LGBT rebels in 1969, the corner of Sixth Avenue and Waverly Place was named for the first police officer with the guts to come out publicly, the late Sergeant Charlie Cochrane, co-founder of the Gay Officers Action League, or GOAL. It was a […]

Council Honors Six LGBT Leaders at Pride

Council Honors Six LGBT Leaders at Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At a June 8 celebration at City Hall, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the seven-member LGBT caucus honored six leaders in New York’s LGBT community. The honorees were Jennifer Flynn Walker, a co-founder and longtime leader at Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY), Charles Rice-Gonzalez, an author and the […]

Sympathy For Who Was The Devil

Sympathy For Who Was The Devil

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin faces up to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of four felonies for a fight he was involved in, a groundswell of support for the 42-year-old is appearing on social media and there is little evidence of sympathy for the two gay men who accused him of […]

Rain Can’t Drown Pride In Jackson Heights

Rain Can’t Drown Pride In Jackson Heights

  PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Despite a heavy cloud cover and periodic downpours, the LGBT community and its allies turned out in force on Sunday, June 5 for the 24th annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival. The parade kicked off at noon from 89th Street and 37th Avenue, proceeding to the site of the […]

Guilty Verdict on Four of Five Dallas BBQ Assault Charges

Guilty Verdict on Four of Five Dallas BBQ Assault Charges

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After deliberating for roughly two days, a Manhattan jury convicted Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin on four of five felony charges resulting from a 2015 fight he had with two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant. “There was no justification for this brutal attack,” Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, said in a May 25 […]

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