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Ending the HIV/ AIDS Epidemic in the Transgender Community

BY DOUG WIRTH, DANIEL DROMM, AND JIMMY VAN BRAMER | In recent years, there have been great strides in treating and preventing HIV and in reducing the number of new HIV infections in New York. Yet HIV is an ongoing crisis in the transgender community, and it often goes unacknowledged. According to the most recent data […]

Mourners Gather in Jackson Heights to Commemorate Orlando Victims

Mourners Gather in Jackson Heights to Commemorate Orlando Victims

BY NATHAN RILEY | Queens, the borough of immigrants, held a vigil to commemorate those killed in the Orlando gay bar massacre, demonstrating the solidarity that has developed there between the LGBT community and members of the many religions that call the borough home. In a matter of hours of the news emerging out of Orlando, […]

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 […]

At Least 250 Strong, Lavender and Green Takes Fifth Ave on St. Pat’s

At Least 250 Strong, Lavender and Green Takes Fifth Ave on St. Pat’s

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Twenty-five years after LGBT groups were banned from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes Fifth Avenue every year, the Lavender and Green Alliance marched behind its own banner in that parade. “It’s kind of hard to understand that it’s taken this many years,” said Paul O’Dwyer, an attorney who represented some […]

St. Pat’s For All Parade Steps Off Into a New Era

St. Pat’s For All Parade Steps Off Into a New Era

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Each year, the festivities surrounding the annual St. Pat’s For All parade in Queens seem to expand a bit more. The parade steps off the first Sunday in March, and after wending its way from Sunnyside to Woodside and Jackson Heights its participants fan out to Irish music festival events spread around […]

Clinton Gains Early Lead on LGBT Endorsements    

Clinton Gains Early Lead on LGBT Endorsements    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Before even a single vote was cast in the 2016 presidential race, leading LGBT organizations and political clubs were making their bets — with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton well out ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, despite the fact that both broadly embrace the community’s agenda. The biggest announcement, to […]

Anti-Gay Billionaire Seeks City Deal to Stage Flushing Meadow Music Fest

Anti-Gay Billionaire Seeks City Deal to Stage Flushing Meadow Music Fest

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A company owned by Philip Anschutz, a leading funder of anti-LGBT organizations and candidates for public office, has applied to produce a major music festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in 2016. Anschutz, a billionaire who lives in Colorado, operates the Anschutz Company, which owns oil and gas companies, […]

City Council Gives $20 Million to Private Schools, Most Anti-Gay    

City Council Gives $20 Million to Private Schools, Most Anti-Gay    

BY ANDY HUMM | City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and her colleagues pushed through an “unprecedented” bill December 7 to have city government pick up yet another function of private and religious schools — security — allocating almost $20 million in taxpayer funds outside the normal budget process for “safety officers” in any school with more […]

A Radiant Day of Joy & Celebration

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO & MICHAEL LUONGO | Despite occasional drizzles, New York’s LGBT community, on June 28, staged the largest Pride March in memory, running roughly eight hours from the initial noon step-off at 36th Street until the final contingents arrived in the West Village.    

Council Push for $50 MM Diversion to Religious Schools Intensifies  

Council Push for $50 MM Diversion to Religious Schools Intensifies  

BY ANDY HUMM | A $100,000 ad campaign has been launched in the Catholic and Jewish press to pressure Mayor Bill de Blasio into supporting a City Council bill, Intro 65, to let private and religious schools obtain free security officers for their schools. The bill is an unprecedented transfer of $50 million of public funds […]

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