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The LGBTQ Community’s Betsy Ross

The LGBTQ Community’s Betsy Ross

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | June is the season of the rainbow, and now there’s a new book helpichildren better understand how this symbol became part of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. “Sewing the Rainbow,” written by Gayle Pitman, PhD, and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown, honors iconic Rainbow Flag creator Gilbert Baker who died early last […]

A Fist as Resistance

A Fist as Resistance

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | For Cassils, a “gender non-conforming trans masculine visual artist,” their submission to the LGBT Memorial Commission presented an exciting opportunity and a challenge. “When we have these monuments, there’s always the problem with representation,” the artist told Gay City News. “When we go to representation, it’s who do you represent and who […]

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

BY ANDY HUMM | What should have been a celebration dedicating the raising of the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on October 11 at noon turned into another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump administration in a week full of such attacks. When it saw the pre-publicity on the […]

Why Isn’t the Rainbow Flag Flying at the Stonewall National Monument?

Why Isn’t the Rainbow Flag Flying at the Stonewall National Monument?

BY MICHAEL PETRELIS | From the foot of historic Christopher Street to its head at the Stonewall National Monument, the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag should fly every day of the year. In the week leading up to this year’s Gay Pride Day, I submitted a request to the New York City parks department and the National Park […]

Cuomo LGBT Memorial Pick Draws Praise, Fire

Cuomo LGBT Memorial Pick Draws Praise, Fire

BY ANDY HUMM | Monuments to cataclysm — from the Vietnam War Memorial wall in Washington bearing the names of tens of thousands of American soldiers killed in that divisive US “police action” to the 9/11 Memorial waterfalls marking the site of the obliterated World Trade Center towers and the thousands who perished that day — […]

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

BY ANDY HUMM | Hundreds of New York comrades, family members, and admirers of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, bid him an emotional and spirited farewell on June 14 — Flag Day (his favorite day) —starting at the Stonewall Inn and marching with many of his banners protesting hate and affirming LGBT identity to […]

GOP, Rogue Senate Dems Nix Pulse Memorial Funds

GOP, Rogue Senate Dems Nix Pulse Memorial Funds

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget allocated a million dollars for his proposed memorial to the victims of the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre and other hate crimes to be sited in Hudson River Park west of Greenwich Village. A design competition has already been conducted for the memorial, though no winner […]

Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

BY ANDY HUMM | Gay pioneer and artist Gilbert Baker, who died in his sleep at age 65 on March 31 at his home in Manhattan, did not just create the iconic Rainbow Flag but he gave it away freely to the world where it was embraced in every corner — from its origins in San […]

BULLETIN –– Gilbert Baker, Rainbow Flag Creator, Has Died

BULLETIN –– Gilbert Baker, Rainbow Flag Creator, Has Died

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Gilbert Baker, the gay man who created the Rainbow Flag that became the international symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement, died in his sleep on March 31 in his Hamilton Heights home in Manhattan at the age of 65. Baker, born in Chanute, Kansas, on June 2, 1951, served in the […]

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, […]

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