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Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Community Health, on June 14, officially opened its expanded facilities at 400 Broadway in Chinatown, more than doubling the number of exam and counseling rooms. The agency provides comprehensive primary care, preventive health services, mental health, and support services, with its core constituencies being Asian and Pacific Islanders, the LGBTQ community, individuals living with […]

Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

BY ANDY HUMM | Hundreds of proud activists crowded into the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow Corona Park for the June 9 opening of an exhibit on the unique history of the LGBTQ movement in New York’s most diverse borough. “Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens” emptied the closet of out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, […]

Pride Month Kicks Off in Jackson Heights

Pride Month Kicks Off in Jackson Heights

BY MARK HALLUM | As is its tradition, Queens Pride kicked off the city’s month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community in Jackson Heights on June 4 with a turnout far exceeding last year’s and a special focus on those who lost their lives to hate crimes over the decades. Leaders in the fight for equal rights […]

Hundreds March to Create Hate Free Zone in Queens

Hundreds March to Create Hate Free Zone in Queens

BY MARK HALLUM | Neighborhood organizations and immigrant groups turned out with banners and signs on December 2 to declare a hate-free zone in Queens. The march began at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights and ended in Corona. Nearly 1,000 people were involved in the demonstration against the backlash immigrant, ethnic, and LGBTQ communities may […]

Bringing LGBT Healthcare to the Boroughs

Bringing LGBT Healthcare to the Boroughs

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Through a cooperative partnership as well as expansion and planned expansion beyond Manhattan, the city’s two non-profit LGBT-focused healthcare providers, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Apicha Community Health Center, are aiming to better meet the growing demand for culturally competent services for queer New Yorkers. Two important steps in that effort […]

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 […]

Anti-Gay Flyers Surface on Jackson Heights Cars

Anti-Gay Flyers Surface on Jackson Heights Cars

BY BILL PARRY | The NYPD’s 115th precinct in Queens is investigating the appearance of anti-gay flyers discovered on cars around Jackson Heights the weekend of August 29-30. The hate literature, written in English and Spanish, quotes Romans 1:18-32. “And the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one […]

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal 1990 murder of Julio Rivera, 29, by three skinheads “hunting homos” in Jackson Heights was marked by an emotional vigil near the site of the killing at 37th Avenue and 78th Street, since renamed Julio Rivera Corner. More than half of the 50 people who gathered the evening of July […]

Julio Rivera’s 1990 Murder to Be Remembered in Jackson Heights

Julio Rivera’s 1990 Murder to Be Remembered in Jackson Heights

BY BILL PARRY | Queens residents will join City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, a gay Jackson Heights Democrat, and LGBT activists for a candlelight vigil to mark the 25th anniversary of Julio Rivera’s anti-gay murder. The crowd will gather on July 1 at 6 p.m. at the southwest corner of 78th Street and 37th Avenue, the very spot […]

A Splendid Day For Pride in Queens

A Splendid Day For Pride in Queens

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO &  MICHAEL SHIREY | On what might have been the very nicest day so far this year, tens of thousands turned out on June 7 for the 23rd annual Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. The parade, which stepped off at noon, was led by Mayor Bill de Blasio and APICHA, […]

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