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BREAKING: Charges Against Abel Cedeno Reduced to Manslaughter

BREAKING: Charges Against Abel Cedeno Reduced to Manslaughter

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, 18, the bullied gay Bronx student who said he defended himself with a knife against an attack from classmate Matthew McCree September 27 in front of their fellow students and two teachers, testified in his own defense on Tuesday morning before a Bronx grand jury, and the second-degree murder charge […]

Pride Month Kicks Off in Jackson Heights

Pride Month Kicks Off in Jackson Heights

BY MARK HALLUM | As is its tradition, Queens Pride kicked off the city’s month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community in Jackson Heights on June 4 with a turnout far exceeding last year’s and a special focus on those who lost their lives to hate crimes over the decades. Leaders in the fight for equal rights […]

Protesters Target Cuomo on Housing Promises 

Protesters Target Cuomo on Housing Promises 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A March 13 protest by AIDS and housing advocates outside the Midtown office of Governor Andrew Cuomo ended in 10 arrests, as demonstrators unfurled two banners across Third Avenue, blocking traffic. The demonstrators focused on what they say are inadequate efforts by both the state and city to curb a spiraling […]

New York City Policing at the Crossroads

New York City Policing at the Crossroads

BY FREDERIC GINYARD | Police criminalization of poor, queer, and trans communities of color, in the form of state-sanctioned genocide, has become the standard approach in New York City and across the country. With the departure of Commissioner Bill Bratton, New York City is at a crossroads and needs real progressive leadership. We already know our […]

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a December 4 statement, more than a dozen major groups from New York’s LGBT advocacy community came together to voice their “outrage over the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case.” A day before, a Staten Island grand jury declined to issue an indictment in a wide array of potential […]

“Systemic” Change Goal of Staten Island Protest    

“Systemic” Change Goal of Staten Island Protest    

BY GERARD FLYNN | Even before it began, the media was suggesting that the August 23 rally in Staten Island to protest the death of Eric Garner in a police chokehold on July 17 would bring trouble, presumably a repeat of the images witnessed earlier in the week in Ferguson, Missouri. A flier from the […]

Gay Men Claim Police Violence, Anti-Gay Slur, False Arrest in Brooklyn

Gay Men Claim Police Violence, Anti-Gay Slur, False Arrest in Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At a June 11 press conference outside One Police Plaza downtown, members of the City Council, LGBT advocates, and supporters of police reform joined three gay men as they recounted allegations that NYPD officers recently assaulted and falsely arrested one of them outside the 79th precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant. According to 24-year-old Ben […]