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LGBTQ Rights in the Bronx — Then and Now

BY ALLEN ROSKOFF | Having been the lead lobbyist for the Gay Rights bill in the early 1970s, I got to know city councilmembers from the Bronx very well — and we received a decidedly mixed reception from them. The fate of our bill was originally in the hands of the longtime chair of the Council’s […]

Mr. Speaker

Mr. Speaker

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | One thing was said over and over again about Corey Johnson as the City Council convened to elect its new speaker — the 35-year-old works hard. “Everybody in this body cannot deny that Corey Johnson worked harder to be the speaker of this body than anybody else in this body,” said Laurie […]

Carlos Menchaca Prevails in Brooklyn

Carlos Menchaca Prevails in Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a primary that saw four of the incumbent gay city councilmembers unopposed and two of the seven-member LGBTQ Caucus out of action due to terms limits, the one councilmember who faced a challenge, Brooklyn’s Carlos Menchaca, handily withstood an aggressive campaign by Assemblymember Félix Ortiz and the county Democratic organization to […]

Call It Out. Every Time.

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | I found myself in an awkward position with the de Blasio campaign last Friday evening. That day, while reporting on Bronx City Council primary races, I contacted the campaign to confirm something surprising on incumbent Councilmember Fernando Cabrera’s website — that the mayor had endorsed his reelection. Surprising because Cabrera is well-known for […]

In Late Night Reversal, de Blasio Campaign Backs Off Confirmation Mayor Endorsed Fernando Cabrera

In Late Night Reversal, de Blasio Campaign Backs Off Confirmation Mayor Endorsed Fernando Cabrera

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an extraordinary turnabout, the de Blasio campaign, late in the evening on September 8, disavowed its confirmation made more than eight hours earlier that Mayor Bill de Blasio had endorsed Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, a divisively anti-gay Democrat, for reelection in his District 14 primary race. The disavowal came […]

LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Contested City Council Democratic primary races in three Bronx districts pose strongly pro-LGBTQ candidates against opponents who either have long anti-gay and anti-choice records or have aligned themselves with such politicians. The primary contests, in significant respects, reflect the ongoing battle between newer progressive forces and old school social conservative traditions in […]

LGBT Assemblymembers Win Big

LGBT Assemblymembers Win Big

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Three of the four out LGBT members of the State Assembly faced challengers in this week’s Democratic primary, but all prevailed easily, two of them by massive landslides. In the West Village’s Assembly District 66, veteran lawmaker Deborah Glick beat back a bid by longtime gay, anti-war, and environmental activist Jim […]

Anti-Gay Bronx Pol Accused of Campaign Finance Violations Using Right-Wing Donations

Anti-Gay Bronx Pol Accused of Campaign Finance Violations Using Right-Wing Donations

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The State Senate campaign of Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, well-known for his longstanding anti-LGBT views, is drawing fire from the incumbent he is challenging in next week’s primary for “flagrant campaign finance violations” in using funds raised for the general election campaign in his primary campaign. In a September 7 […]

What’s Next for Tish James and the LGBT Community?    

What’s Next for Tish James and the LGBT Community?    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two weeks after her candidate in a Bronx State Senate Democratic primary fight went down to defeat, Public Advocate Letitia James met with members of the Stonewall Democratic Club, presumably to begin mending fences over the fact that her man in the race is a fiercely anti-gay pastor who recently traveled to […]

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Public Advocate Letitia James, who has assiduously cultivated a progressive profile in her years in government, is digging in her heels against calls that she break her ties to Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who –– in a YouTube video that surfaced this week –– is seen in Uganda lavishly praising […]

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