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Gay City News at 15: No Turning Back

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For the past decade and a half, Gay City News has strived, with every issue, to provide thoughtful, incisive, and comprehensive news and arts coverage for the nation’s largest and most diverse LGBT community. Thankfully, that has turned out to be a huge but also very exciting job. When we launched in […]

On LGBT Rights, HIV/ AIDS, the Battles Aren’t Over

On LGBT Rights, HIV/ AIDS, the Battles Aren’t Over

BY HILLARY CLINTON | More than half a century ago, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, participants at the first Annual Reminder march picketed, chanted, and sang. They did this to show their fellow Americans that the LGBT community lacked fundamental civil rights. Four years later, the Stonewall Rebellion took place in Greenwich Village in response to […]

With Pence Pick, Trump Bets on Hard Right

With Pence Pick, Trump Bets on Hard Right

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following news that the Republican Party may have produced its most socially conservative platform ever, Donald Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee for president, selected the far right governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, as his running mate. “Today, Donald Trump doubled down on his hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda,” said Chad Griffin, president of the […]

Hillary’s Revisionism Does Nobody Any Good

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | If the biggest LGBT rights wins have been ending the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy, overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and winning marriage equality nationwide, an uncomfortable truth for candidate Hillary Clinton is that the first two were reversals of policies signed into law by her husband. Vermont Senator […]

A Prophet for the Age    

A Prophet for the Age    

BY MICK MEENAN | The Judean prophet Jeremiah from –– yes –– the Old Testament is a fitting exemplar for the late Doug Ireland, one of the modern gay movement’s greatest seers. Jeremiah warns his people in Lamentations –– as fitting a title for speaking to today’s LGBT community as it was in addressing the misbegotten […]

Before Manhattan LGBT Crowd, Obama Offers Triumphal Case for His Presidency

Before Manhattan LGBT Crowd, Obama Offers Triumphal Case for His Presidency

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an address before an exuberant, largely LGBT crowd in New York City, President Barack Obama made a spirited case for the progress during his seven years in office not only on issues of concern to the queer community, but more generally on questions of economic prosperity and social justice. In his […]

Democrats Support Marriage Equality… Big Deal!

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In its late August Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution “in support of” the June 26 marriage equality ruling by the Supreme Court. LGBT Democratic partisans are touting the resolution as a strong rejoinder to the Republican National Committee’s recent endorsement of federal legislation to protect businesses […]

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a statement laying the groundwork for what seems certain to lead to open service by transgender members of the US military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, on July 13, announced that a high-level working group would spend six months to study “the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to […]

Boy Scout President Warns Blanket Gay Exclusion Cannot Last

Boy Scout President Warns Blanket Gay Exclusion Cannot Last

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Robert Gates, the former Pentagon chief who now serves as president of the Boy Scouts of America, used his address to the organization’s annual meeting on May 21 to assert that its current policy barring the participation of gay adults in leadership positions “cannot be sustained.” Referring to his tenure at the […]

A Soldier’s Own Story

A Soldier’s Own Story

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On September 20, 2011, Rob Smith, then 29, was among the crowd at the Stonewall Inn that joined the advocacy group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in celebrating the official end date for the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. “It feels amazing,” the former infantryman told Gay City News that day. “I […]

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