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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 […]

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Jonathan Snipes believed that he and his boyfriend had been the victims of an anti-gay hate crime in a Chelsea restaurant last year. He told dnainfo.com that he was attacked after confronting two men who called him a “faggot.” But when Snipes testified in the trial of Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin, his sole accused […]

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The trial of a man accused of assault on two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant last year opened with the defense arguing that the man acted in self-defense after he was set upon by one of the two, who had been drinking excessively. “We all agree here that everyone has a […]

Stonewall National Park Now In Obama’s Hands

Stonewall National Park Now In Obama’s Hands

BY ANDY HUMM | The momentum for declaring the area outside the Stonewall Inn a national monument overseen by the National Park Service seems headed for an inevitable conclusion, with all the political, LGBT rights movement, and community forces aligned in its favor at a May 9 public hearing at PS 41 in Greenwich Village. The […]

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s Big Day

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s Big Day

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a show of extraordinary exuberance, celebration, and reverence, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah marched from its longtime, crowded home at Westbeth in the West Village to its stunning new sanctuary and community space in the Cass Gilbert Building on West 30th Street (above). The April 3 event drew CBST members, […]

GMHC Fêtes Dustin Lance Black, Mary Fisher, Louis Bradbury

GMHC Fêtes Dustin Lance Black, Mary Fisher, Louis Bradbury

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | The annual Spring Gala of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, held March 21 at Cipriani 42nd Street, honored screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black and advocate Mary Fisher, along with the group’s former board chair Louis Bradbury. Black won the Academy Award in screenwriting for the 2008 “Milk,” and was […]

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 […]

Clinton Gains Early Lead on LGBT Endorsements    

Clinton Gains Early Lead on LGBT Endorsements    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Before even a single vote was cast in the 2016 presidential race, leading LGBT organizations and political clubs were making their bets — with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton well out ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, despite the fact that both broadly embrace the community’s agenda. The biggest announcement, to […]

City Council Gives $20 Million to Private Schools, Most Anti-Gay    

City Council Gives $20 Million to Private Schools, Most Anti-Gay    

BY ANDY HUMM | City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and her colleagues pushed through an “unprecedented” bill December 7 to have city government pick up yet another function of private and religious schools — security — allocating almost $20 million in taxpayer funds outside the normal budget process for “safety officers” in any school with more […]

Transgender Day of Remembrance on City Hall Steps

Transgender Day of Remembrance on City Hall Steps

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the twilight hour on November 20, a group of about 75 people gathered with candles on the steps of City Hall to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance. The annual worldwide event comes as advocates here in the US note that at least 23 transgender people across the nation, most of them […]

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