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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 […]

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe.

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe.

BY NATHAN RILEY | Donald Trump’s election provoked waves of revulsion all over New York City. In Hell’s Kitchen, a full-time drag performer, realizing his rights would be under attack, sought advice from a politically connected friend — City Councilmember Corey Johnson, who suggested he join a political club. Following up on that suggestion, Marti Allen-Cummings […]

Democratic Electeds Say They Are Anti-Trump Bulwark  

Democratic Electeds Say They Are Anti-Trump Bulwark  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As New York City’s LGBT community grapples with how to respond to Donald Trump winning the White House and Republicans maintaining control of Congress, Democrats have dominated the response at community meetings and argued that the community should rely on congressional members of their party to halt the worst Republican proposals. […]

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

BY ANDY HUMM | While not quite as deep as the Grand Canyon or as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the 7.7 acres in and around the Stonewall Inn, scene of the monumental 1969 multi-night rebellion in the streets that sparked the modern LGBT movement, were declared, like those iconic parks, an official national monument […]

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s Big Day

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s Big Day

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a show of extraordinary exuberance, celebration, and reverence, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah marched from its longtime, crowded home at Westbeth in the West Village to its stunning new sanctuary and community space in the Cass Gilbert Building on West 30th Street (above). The April 3 event drew CBST members, […]

Ali Forney Center Wins $1MM in Fed Grants    

Ali Forney Center Wins $1MM in Fed Grants    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest agency serving homeless LGBT youth, will receive more than $1 million in federal grants to address domestic and sexual violence, substance abuse, and mental health challenges affecting its client population. AFC serves an estimated 1,400 clients annually and operates 10 housing sites citywide as well […]

EXCLUSIVE: Stonewall Inn Appears Headed for City Landmark Status –– A Gay First

EXCLUSIVE: Stonewall Inn Appears Headed for City Landmark Status –– A Gay First

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will, next week, begin consideration of landmark designation for the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, site of the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 that sparked the modern LGBT rights movement, Gay City News has learned. If approved, it would represent the first such designation […]

VIDEO: Spirited Exchange, Some Sharp Contrasts in Johnson-Kurland Council Debate

VIDEO:  Spirited Exchange, Some Sharp Contrasts in Johnson-Kurland Council Debate

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a spirited debate frequently punctuated by cheers, boos, and catcalls from the audience, the candidates who are seeking the City Council seat held by Speaker Christine Quinn for the past 14 years faced off for roughly 90 minutes. “I think 14 years is a long time to be representing a district,” […]

Advocates Remain Wary About Same-Sex Couples’ Prospects in Immigration Reform

Advocates Remain Wary About Same-Sex Couples’ Prospects in Immigration Reform

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As debate over immigration reform moves center stage in the US Senate –– with the Judiciary Committee holding hearings and more than 50 binational same-sex families descending on Capitol Hill this week for visits with 150 members of Congress –– advocates for couples in which one member is not an American citizen […]

Don’t Put LGBTQ Immigrants Back in the Closet

Don’t Put LGBTQ Immigrants Back in the Closet

BY DANIEL DROMM AND ANA MARÍA ARCHILA | In recent weeks, two issues have dominated the news: same-sex marriage and immigration reform. Too often, the media and politicians present these topics as separate human rights struggles. In truth, they are intimately linked to one another, and the fight for comprehensive immigration reform offers a critical opportunity for […]

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