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A Push for Resistance at June Pride Parade

A Push for Resistance at June Pride Parade

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organization that produces New York City’s annual pride parade, rally, and related events is under pressure to put groups that are taking a lead in pushing back against Republican Party control of the White House and Congress at the front of this year’s march. “One way or another, these resistance […]

Nationwide, Obamacare Supporters Rally

Nationwide, Obamacare Supporters Rally

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Just days after Republicans in Congress approved a parliamentary measure that would allow them to move forward with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without the Democrats in the Senate having the ability to mount a filibuster that would require repeal advocates to secure 60 votes, Americans gathered […]

Jay Kallio, Model Activist to the End, Dead at 61

Jay Kallio, Model Activist to the End, Dead at 61

BY ANDY HUMM | Jay Kallio, who died September 30 at age 61 in New York, was an activist’s activist on the front lines of the grassroots LGBT movement and other social justice causes for more than 40 years. Kallio came to New York as a homeless lesbian — Joy Kallio — who quickly found herself […]

Protesters Target Big Guns at Banking Confab

Protesters Target Big Guns at Banking Confab

BY DONNA ACETO | In the latest in a series of high-profile demonstrations against major producers and financers of firearms, Gays Against Guns, an advocacy group that emerged in the wake of the June mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, appeared outside the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel, where an investment conference was playing […]

LGBT Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

LGBT Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBT activists affiliated with Gays Against Guns (GAG) took their message to the headquarters of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, to protest its holdings in two gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger. The August 15 protest, that drew dozens to the BlackRock offices on East 52nd Street, focused […]

Crossfit Games Glock Give-Aways Spark Anti-Gun Anger

Crossfit Games Glock Give-Aways Spark Anti-Gun Anger

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The decision by the founder of the annual Crossfit Games, held last month in California, that winners would be awarded a Glock handgun stirred outrage among advocates for gun control, leading to both a change.org petition that the decision be reversed and a July 23 demonstration outside the Midtown crossfit gym […]

As Cleveland Conclave Opens, Protesters Target Trump Tower

As Cleveland Conclave Opens, Protesters Target Trump Tower

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “They woke a sleeping giant with the LGBT community,” said Glenn Zuraw about the National Rifle Association, as he stood outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue on July 18. “We should have been here on this issue long before now. I cried for three days after Orlando. I didn’t cry after Newtown, […]

Gun Violence A Key Issue in Sunday’s Pride March

Gun Violence A Key Issue in Sunday’s Pride March

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The killings of 49 LGBT people in an Orlando, Florida nightclub were a pronounced presence in New York City’s Pride Parade as a newly formed group of nearly 1,000 marched down Fifth Avenue to chants of “Trans, straight, bi, gay, gagging on the NRA” and “Fuck the NRA.” “The energy was terrific, […]

Gun Debate Largely Omits Talk of Suicides

Gun Debate Largely Omits Talk of Suicides

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In the days following the June 12 killings of 49 people in an Orlando, Florida, gay club, LGBT gun control groups popped up around the country, including two named Gays Against Guns that formed independently in New York City. Dozens of established LGBT groups joined AIDS, progressive, and faith groups in endorsing […]