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Carlos Menchaca Prevails in Brooklyn

Carlos Menchaca Prevails in Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a primary that saw four of the incumbent gay city councilmembers unopposed and two of the seven-member LGBTQ Caucus out of action due to terms limits, the one councilmember who faced a challenge, Brooklyn’s Carlos Menchaca, handily withstood an aggressive campaign by Assemblymember Félix Ortiz and the county Democratic organization to […]

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 […]

Trump Attack on Trans Youth Sparks Huge Protest at Stonewall

Trump Attack on Trans Youth Sparks Huge Protest at Stonewall

BY ANDY HUMM | The Trump administration’s bashing of transgender students—rescinding President Barack Obama’s federal guidance that allowed them access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity — sparked a massive militant protest on the evening of February 23 at the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ movement, Stonewall Place. More than 1,500 […]

The Bronx Honors Orlando

The Bronx Honors Orlando

PHOTO ESSAY BY WILLIAM ALATRISTE | In a June 15 vigil outside the Bronx County Courthouse on the Grand Concourse overlooking Joyce Kilmer Park, members of the LGBT community and allies gathered to commemorate the murder four nights earlier of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub, who were gunned down by Omar Mateen, who also […]

Council Honors Six LGBT Leaders at Pride

Council Honors Six LGBT Leaders at Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At a June 8 celebration at City Hall, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the seven-member LGBT caucus honored six leaders in New York’s LGBT community. The honorees were Jennifer Flynn Walker, a co-founder and longtime leader at Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY), Charles Rice-Gonzalez, an author and the […]

Brooklyn & the Bronx Kick Off Pride, As Well

Brooklyn & the Bronx Kick Off Pride, As Well

  With the annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival on June 5 the major seasonal event of the week (see page 14), the Bronx and Brooklyn got into the act, as well. On June 1, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., hosted the borough’s six annual Borough President & Allies LGBTQ Pride Awards ceremony at […]

Newest Out Gay City Councilmember Hopes to “Contribute”

Newest Out Gay City Councilmember Hopes to “Contribute”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a full 26 characters to spare, veteran Bronx City Councilmember Jimmy Vacca took to Twitter with something of a major status update: “After talking w/ my friends & family I’ve decided to come out publicly as a gay man. Now back to the Golden Girls!,” read the January 22 mid-afternoon tweet […]

Via Twitter, City Council LGBT Caucus Grows to Seven

Via Twitter, City Council LGBT Caucus Grows to Seven

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a full 26 characters to spare, veteran Bronx City Councilmember Jimmy Vacca took to Twitter with something of a major status update: “After talking w/ my friends & family I’ve decided to come out publicly as a gay man. Now back to the Golden Girls!,” read the January 22 mid-afternoon tweet […]

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite a mushrooming of candidate debates around town, the race for City Council speaker is limited to just 51 voters. But that’s not to say that this year’s seven announced candidates have suddenly decided to open up to a wider constituency an exclusive prerogative councilmembers previously guarded jealously. In fact, individual members […]