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Honoring Marsha P. Johnson

Honoring Marsha P. Johnson

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Twenty-five years ago this summer, Marsha P. Johnson, a trans icon whose central role in the Stonewall Rebellion was chronicled in historian David Carter’s definitive 2004 book about the 1969 uprising, was remembered in a July 27 memorial on the Christopher Street Pier. Johnson, who with friend and fellow activist […]

New Yorkers Rally to Gay Chechen Cause

New Yorkers Rally to Gay Chechen Cause

BY ANDY HUMM | Fifty demonstrators drawn from the ranks of Rise and Resist – a group largely focused on protesting right-wing assaults by the Trump administration on American democratic institutions and ideals – and their allies took to the sunny streets of Greenwich Village and Chelsea on June 11 to call attention to the plight […]

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 […]

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

BY ANDY HUMM | While not quite as deep as the Grand Canyon or as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the 7.7 acres in and around the Stonewall Inn, scene of the monumental 1969 multi-night rebellion in the streets that sparked the modern LGBT movement, were declared, like those iconic parks, an official national monument […]

“Desire,” “Seduction” Get Perry Brass Booted from Facebook 

“Desire,” “Seduction” Get Perry Brass Booted from Facebook 

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After first banning one of his books, Facebook has now banned a leading gay author and a longtime activist from the social media site. “They gave me no warning and I have received nothing from them to explain what they have done,” Perry Brass told Gay City News. Brass’ book, “The Manly […]

Mark Segal’s Dance to Equality  

Mark Segal’s Dance to Equality  

BY JASON VICTOR SERINUS | Mark Segal’s memoir, “And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality,” has to be one of the most involving, can’t-put-it-down chronicles of the post-Stonewall LGBT movement yet penned. It also provides a remarkable object lesson in about how you can be irrepressibly outspoken and resolute about freedom, yet do […]

Push for Stonewall National Park Inspires Rare Unity

Push for Stonewall National Park Inspires Rare Unity

BY ANDY HUMM | The political, community, and activist stars are aligned to make the area outside the Stonewall bar, scene of the ‘69 rebellion that sparked the modern LGBT movement, a national park run by the National Park Service. In a rare display of unity, New York leaders from Congress, Albany, and City Hall stood […]

A Radical Voice Rekindles the Spirit of June 1969

A Radical Voice Rekindles the Spirit of June 1969

Remarks from Martha Shelley, a participant in the Stonewall Rebellion and a founder of the Gay Liberation Front, at the September 20 press conference announcing plans to press for creation of a national park anchored on the vicinity of the Christopher Street bar at the heart of the action in June 1969: I’m Martha Shelley and […]

Nailing the Riots, But Not Their Meaning

Nailing the Riots, But Not Their Meaning

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Generally, trailers are intended to promote films and get people excited about them. The release of the trailer for Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall” had the exact opposite effect. It depicted the milieu around the Stonewall Inn in the late ‘60s as 90 percent white, with few visible drag queens. The release of a […]

Sidney Was a Right-on Woman      

Sidney Was a Right-on Woman      

BY ANDY HUMM | Sidney Abbott, author with her then-partner Barbara Love of the groundbreaking “Sappho Was a Right-on Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism” in 1971, died in a tragic fire in her Southold, Long Island home on April 15 at the age of 77. Her life and work — “the complex mosaic called Sidney […]

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