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The Temptations of Direct Action

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Right before it happened, I’d turn on the news and watch a black or brown woman interviewing the likes of Al Sharpton, or Margarita Lopez, who was the first out Latina dyke on the New York City Council. It didn’t seem remarkable then, seeing so many women, so many people of […]

In Impassioned Tones –– and A Cappella, Too –– Streep Rebuts Trump

In Impassioned Tones –– and A Cappella, Too –– Streep Rebuts Trump

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the middle of a passionate and powerful rejoinder to President Donald Trump – with whom she’s been at war since her Golden Globes speech in early January – Meryl Streep did something remarkable even for a much-decorated actor who has repeatedly proven her musical chops. Before a packed Waldorf Astoria […]

Tens of Thousands Gather in Resistance on Inauguration Eve

Tens of Thousands Gather in Resistance on Inauguration Eve

BY JACKSON CHEN | A star-studded rally outside Trump International Hotel aimed to ignite a 100-day resistance movement against the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump. “We are here united in protecting our family, friends, neighbors, fellow New Yorkers, and people across this great nation during his time in office,” actor Rosie Perez, […]

To Bounce Back, Democrats Must Take on Income Inequality

BY NATHAN RILEY | Democrats should choose between the voters and its donors. A party that represents the cosmopolitan and successful will fail unless it listens to the grievances of those on wrong side of income inequality. Roosevelt made the Democratic Party the party of working people. Obama managed to sustain that link in his […]

Face Forward and Forgetting

Face Forward and Forgetting

BY GEORGE DE STEFANO | Before he became an acclaimed novelist, Rabih Alameddine studied engineering at the University of California, got a master’s degree in business, went back to school to study clinical psychology, and then had a successful career as a painter, with solo exhibitions in New York and London. He became a fulltime writer […]

An Elector Showing Up for the Losing Team

An Elector Showing Up for the Losing Team

BY MELISSA SKLARZ | December 19 was the day the Electoral College voted for the next president of the United States. Chosen as an elector in New York State, I spent the day in Albany as part of the Hillary Clinton team. It was in October when I was having dinner with a friend in the […]

Bringing Back Those Loyalty Oaths

BY BRUCE KOGAN | The biggest reason I supported Hillary Clinton in the election was her commitment to LGBT rights across the globe. President Barack Obama and his first secretary of state created the first administration to support our rights to simply be in the world. Obama and Clinton never wavered on that. I think we […]

Bogus Talk About Boutiques and Biology

BY ED SIKOV | A boutique is where you buy “artisan pantyhose,” we are – thankfully – reminded. “On TV, a commentator speculated that Mrs. Clinton had lost because of her party’s focus on things like trans rights —‘boutique issues,’ they were called. A boutique — a place where you’d shop for, say, artisan pantyhose […]

De Blasio Has Chosen His 2017 Opponent: Trump  

De Blasio Has Chosen His 2017 Opponent: Trump  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Addressing a crowd of several hundred people who had gathered at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center to wrestle with how to respond to Donald Trump winning the White House and continued Republican control of Congress, Mayor Bill de Blasio had a simple message — unity. “Those of us […]

Poorly Educated Columbia Prof Throws Us Under the Bus

Poorly Educated Columbia Prof Throws Us Under the Bus

BY ED SIKOV | Don’t worry — this column is not about Donald Trump. Not exactly. Yes, he is the worst thing to happen to the world since anthrax. But all of the material I’d been carefully collecting about him for use in this column has been scooped up by other writers: the Mencken quote […]

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