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Ron Gold, Pioneer in Challenging Sickness Label, Dies

Ron Gold, Pioneer in Challenging Sickness Label, Dies

BY ANDY HUMM | Ron Gold, who told a committee of shrinks, “Stop it, you’re making me sick!,” in a 1973 speech as part of the successful campaign to get the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from their Index of Mental Disorders, died at his East Village home May 1 at the age […]

St. Pat’s Parade Announcement Met With Caution 

St. Pat’s Parade Announcement Met With Caution 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a surprising development that apparently caught activists and elected officials off guard, the organizers of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue announced that a gay-identified group will be allowed to participate next March 17. Out@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group at the media company, has been invited to march […]

With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

BY ANDY HUMM | By legend, St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. The question in 2014 is whether beer companies pulling their sponsorship can drive the homophobia out of the New York and Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parades. On the eve of these parades, Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship from the Boston event and […]

Out of Prison, CeCe McDonald Experiences Empowerment

Out of Prison, CeCe McDonald Experiences Empowerment

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | CeCe McDonald, a 25-year-old African-American transgender woman from Minneapolis, speaks with considerable and informed passion about the ignorance too many people in society have about the transgender community. How that leads to dehumanizing stereotypes. How harassment and violence threaten transgender women, particularly those from communities of color. How the media sensationalizes transgender […]