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Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

BY ANDY HUMM | Out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, on October 30, presided over a hearing of the Committee on Education he chairs that heard more than six hours of testimony on bullying in the city public schools, with representatives from the Department of Education (DOE) on the defensive and students and advocates […]

VIDEO: The 2017 Gay City News Impact Awards

VIDEO: The 2017 Gay City News Impact Awards

Gay City News hosted its second annual Impact Awards on March 30, 2017 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The honorees were Governor David Paterson, Ana María Archila, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Christopher Bram, Lisa Cannistraci, Staceyann Chin, JD Davids, Andrés Duque, Bryan John Ellicott, Ashley C. Ford, Suzanne Goldberg, Oriol R. Gutierrez, Jr., Senior Bishop Zachary Glenn Jones, Howie Katz, Terrance Knox, Donna […]

An Evening of Recognition and Community-Building

An Evening of Recognition and Community-Building

BY DONNA MINKOWITZ | “Silence really does equal death,” said Paul Schindler, Gay City News’ editor-in-chief, to several hundred people gathered to build community under the rosy pink, yellow, and blue lights and romantic cherub paintings of Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall on March 30. The occasion was Gay City News’ 2017 Impact Awards, where queer […]

2017 Gay City News Impact Awards

2017 Gay City News Impact Awards

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The 33 individuals profiled in this commemorative special section come from many walks of life — government, healthcare, business, labor, law, the arts, advocacy, and activism. What all of them, in their unique ways, have in common is their engagement in the project of building community. And building community is a vital […]

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 […]

Leaders in the Drive for Marriage Equality

Leaders in the Drive for Marriage Equality

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At a June 16 cocktail reception that featured two of the activists who have helped herald in the nation’s growing embrace of marriage equality, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union hosted both Edie Windsor, the […]

De Blasio’s Pot Reform Good Step in Long Catch-Up Game

BY NATHAN RILEY |  The city’s new marijuana policy is a good thing, but it is probably best thought of as just a chapter in a book not yet completed. Donna Lieberman cut to the nub. “New Yorkers need to know if the NYPD is finally ending its marijuana crusade” or simply “shifting tactics,” the […]

Praying for Your Job

Praying for Your Job

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Three years ago, shortly after enactment of New York’s marriage equality law, I had the opportunity for a one-on-one interview with Governor Andrew Cuomo about the hands-on role he played in the fateful final days leading up to that measure’s approval by the Republican-controlled Senate. One critical factor in his negotiations […]

De Blasio Won’t Back His Chancellor on Dangers of Worship in Schools

De Blasio Won’t Back His Chancellor on Dangers of Worship in Schools

BY ANDY HUMM | In comments on April 8, Mayor Bill de Blasio continued on a path toward keeping regular Sunday worship services in public schools, despite a federal appeals court ruling last week that upheld a longstanding Department of Education (DOE) ban on such services. The mayor’s opposition to the policy that the court said the […]

Earliest Veterans of Marriage Fight Revel in Victory

Earliest Veterans of Marriage Fight Revel in Victory

BY ANDY HUMM | On the day she vanquished the Defense of Marriage Act, Edie Windsor, 84, deservedly took international center stage with her attorneys Roberta Kaplan, James Esseks of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union — but in a tiny side room at the LGBT Community […]

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