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Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Fêted for 25 Years of Leadership

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Fêted for 25 Years of Leadership

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a benefit evening of speeches, musical performances, and a reception, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the city’s LGBTQ synagogue that is also the world’s largest, celebrated 25 years of spiritual leadership under Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum. The highlight of the evening, which raised funds to complete the capital campaign that allowed […]

The Fight for Marriage in Broad, Informed Context

The Fight for Marriage in Broad, Informed Context

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In 2009, attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies vowed to take a legal challenge to Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in that state, to the US Supreme Court and win marriage for gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states. What they won there in […]

Creating Change

Creating Change

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The fight for gay marriage was a long and hard-won battle (one, it’s hoped, won’t have to be engaged again under this new administration). Even though the outcome was almost taken for a given by the time it was achieved, how marriage equality came to be, step-by-step, is a story not […]

NYPA Honors Gay City News in 13 Categories

NYPA Honors Gay City News in 13 Categories

Gay City News came out of this year’s New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest with recognition in 13 categories. Several hundred community newspapers statewide participated in the annual competition, and at the Awards Ceremony in Saratoga Springs April 8-9, Gay City News, the only LGBT publication in the field, won First Place for Editorial […]

State of the Queer World

BY KELLY COGSWELL | This week, anyway, it seems that the world is lurching closer to acknowledging that we LGBT people deserve basic human rights and maybe even, the full rights of adult citizens. On April 7, the high court of Colombia ruled that same-sex couples could marry. About the same time, the United Nations released […]

CBST Is Coming Out and Coming Home 

CBST Is Coming Out and Coming Home 

BY ANDY HUMM | On Sunday, April 3, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the city’s LGBTQS (the S is for “straight”!) synagogue and the world’s largest such body, will march at noon from its longtime space in Westbeth in Greenwich Village to its rented Friday worship space at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church on Ninth Avenue in […]

Freedom to Marry: The Party

Freedom to Marry: The Party

BY ANDY HUMM | The US Supreme Court’s decision opening marriage to same-sex couples in all 50 states has mostly been celebrated two-by-two as long-denied rights were granted in clerks’ offices across the South and Midwest. But the campaign of Freedom to Marry, which worked to coordinate grassroots, political, and legal efforts on the issue for […]

The Lift of a Driving Dream

The Lift of a Driving Dream

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Comforted by the insight that even a broken clock is right twice a day, I’ve chosen a quote from Richard Nixon to frame my thoughts about the contributions one member of the LGBT community made to the successful fight for marriage equality. Our 37th president was not known for inspiring the better […]

Savoring the Capstone of More than Half a Life of Work

Savoring the Capstone of More than Half a Life of Work

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | For Evan Wolfson, the US Supreme Court decision that required every state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize the marriage licenses issued to such couples from other states capped decades of work. “This is the culmination of more than four decades of our movement’s work, more than […]

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court ruled today that “same-sex couples may exercise the right to marry” and that “there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.” Writing for the court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, […]

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