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Woodside Rallies for Trans Woman Attacked in Hate Crime

Woodside Rallies for Trans Woman Attacked in Hate Crime

BY ANDY HUMM | A petite 28-year-old Latina transgender woman, who identified herself as Gaby, was walking at 68th Street and 41st Avenue in Woodside, Queens at 6 a.m. on August 17 when a tall man came up to speak with her and then grabbed her purse. As he fled on 41st Avenue, Gaby pursued him […]

Transgender Latinas Assert Visibility in Jackson Heights

Transgender Latinas Assert Visibility in Jackson Heights

BY ANDY HUMM | “Trans Power!” “Keep Your Hands Off My Sisters!” “Don’t Fuck with Us!” Those chants rang out one day after the atrocity in Orlando as scores of transgender Latinas and their allies brought their mourning and defiance to the sidewalks of Jackson Heights, Queens. On the evening of June 13, they marched 40 […]

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In an emotional statement in Manhattan Supreme Court, a sister of Islan Nettles said the 12 years that James Dixon will spend in prison for the 2013 assault that led to Nettles’ death was too short a sentence. “Twelve years is not enough because he can go home,” said Skye Nettles through […]

James Dixon Pleads Guilty on Top Count in Islan Nettles Slaying

James Dixon Pleads Guilty on Top Count in Islan Nettles Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a surprise move, James Dixon pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree in the 2013 killing of Islan Nettles, a homicide that prompted protests over the police and district attorney’s handling of the investigation. “With this conviction, James Dixon has finally been brought to justice for this brutal and lethal […]

Police Display Skepticism in Videotaped Confession by Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer

Police Display Skepticism in Videotaped Confession by Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In what may be a further complication in the effort to prosecute James Dixon for striking the blows that led to Islan Nettles’ death, Dixon’s videotaped statement shows that police and prosecutors doubted that he was the man who struck the 21-year-old transgender woman on a Harlem street in 2013. “What you’re […]

Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer Faces Burdens of Admitting He Attacked Her

Islan Nettles’ Accused Killer Faces Burdens of Admitting He Attacked Her

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The accused killer of Islan Nettles may have to contend with as many as a half-dozen statements in which he admitted to striking the blows that led to the death of the 21-year-old transgender woman on a Harlem street in 2013. “James introduced himself to me and told me that he was […]

Sending a Message to the Hate Pastor of Harlem

Sending a Message to the Hate Pastor of Harlem

BY DAN HECHING | Sometimes, justice can be poetic on many levels. An LGBT-affirmative organization has expressed interest in acquiring a notoriously homophobic Harlem church that is currently over $1 million in debt, and the community is all for it. The “Hate Pastor of Harlem” — one James David Manning of the Blood of Jesus Atlah […]

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal beating of a transgender Latina, Kathy Perez, 35, outside her Jackson Heights home in the early morning hours of November 29 sparked an impassioned rally by transgender women and their allies led by Make the Road, a social justice organization, on the evening of December 3. The crowd swelled to […]

Transgender Day of Remembrance on City Hall Steps

Transgender Day of Remembrance on City Hall Steps

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the twilight hour on November 20, a group of about 75 people gathered with candles on the steps of City Hall to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance. The annual worldwide event comes as advocates here in the US note that at least 23 transgender people across the nation, most of them […]

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly 18 months after Islan Nettles died from injuries she suffered during an assault in Harlem, the Manhattan district attorney announced an indictment on manslaughter and assault charges in the killing. “Over the past 18 months, my office has exhaustively investigated this case with the objective of making sure that justice is […]

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