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LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Contested City Council Democratic primary races in three Bronx districts pose strongly pro-LGBTQ candidates against opponents who either have long anti-gay and anti-choice records or have aligned themselves with such politicians. The primary contests, in significant respects, reflect the ongoing battle between newer progressive forces and old school social conservative traditions in […]

HRC Chided For Being MIA on Mississippi Black Auto Workers

HRC Chided For Being MIA on Mississippi Black Auto Workers

BY ANDY HUMM | Labor leaders and progressive activists are taking the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to task for being one of two major civil rights organizations to refuse to support African-American workers in Mississippi trying to organize at a Nissan plant. Seventeen members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights were asked to […]

With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A dozen queer activists were arrested during New York City’s Pride March as they protested the presence of police and corporate sponsors in the annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots that marked the modern LGBTQ rights movement’s start. “To the police — You cannot mass incarcerate us, brutalize us, murder us, […]

A Wow Crowd at Jim Owles!

A Wow Crowd at Jim Owles!

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club held a splashy Pride Awards ceremony at the Flatiron home of former Public Advocate Mark Green on June 5. Honorees included the renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer; actor Denis O’Hare, a Tony-winner for “Take Me Out”; Randy Florke, recognized for his work as a prison rights activist; […]

Ruben Diaz, Sr., Aims to Return to the Council

Ruben Diaz, Sr., Aims to Return to the Council

BY ANDY HUMM | State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., 74, has a bad back and wants to take over the closer-to-home City Council seat opening up this fall in the South Bronx, including parts of Parkchester, Soundview, Unionport, and Castle Hill. His record of virulent anti-LGBTQ bigotry and opposition to women’s reproductive freedom has some political […]

Pride Parade Insurance Reg Trips Up Small Groups

Pride Parade Insurance Reg Trips Up Small Groups

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The New York City chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) has marched in every Pride Parade since the chapter was founded in 2002, but it may not march this year after the group that produces the annual event required all contingents to get insurance coverage to participate. “Basically, we […]

Cuomo Tacks Left, But Picks Dolan for Interfaith Panel

Cuomo Tacks Left, But Picks Dolan for Interfaith Panel

BY ANDY HUMM | New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, up for re-election next year and among those mentioned as a possible Democratic nominee for president in 2020 despite his protestations to the contrary, opened 2017 by tacking left on some issues. He stood with Bernie Sanders announcing free tuition at public colleges for students whose […]

Activist Roskoff Lauds Cuomo Embrace of Clemency  

Activist Roskoff Lauds Cuomo Embrace of Clemency  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Sweeping clemency action by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 30 – in which he commuted the sentences of seven felons, pardoned five others, and conditionally pardoned 101 nonviolent youthful offenders – came as welcome news to a longtime gay leader who in recent years has made rehabilitated convicts a key mission […]

Anti-Gay Bronx Pol Accused of Campaign Finance Violations Using Right-Wing Donations

Anti-Gay Bronx Pol Accused of Campaign Finance Violations Using Right-Wing Donations

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The State Senate campaign of Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, well-known for his longstanding anti-LGBT views, is drawing fire from the incumbent he is challenging in next week’s primary for “flagrant campaign finance violations” in using funds raised for the general election campaign in his primary campaign. In a September 7 […]

Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo moved to severely limit “conversion therapy” for minors in New York State using his executive authority in the absence of action in the Republican-controlled State Senate on legislation –– already passed in the Democrat-led Assembly –– to completely ban it. “Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice […]

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