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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 […]

St. Pat’s For All Bigger, Stronger than Ever

St. Pat’s For All Bigger, Stronger than Ever

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Some asked Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, the co-chairs of the inclusive St. Pat’s for All Parade in Queens whether they’d stop marching in Sunnyside after last year’s decision to let an openly LGBT Irish group march in the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Their answer was a resounding […]

Irish Heritage Celebrated in Music and Words

Irish Heritage Celebrated in Music and Words

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | While the St. Pat’s for All Parade is held on the first Sunday in March every year, the celebration begins the Friday evening before, with the Concert for St. Pat’s for All, which serves as a fundraiser as well as a chance for supporters to get a taste of what’s coming […]

Thousands Rally at Stonewall Against Trump Immigration Ban

Thousands Rally at Stonewall Against Trump Immigration Ban

BY ANDY HUMM | LGBTQ people have protested and celebrated outside the Stonewall since the Rebellion in 1969. But on Saturday, February 4, in sub-freezing temperatures, thousands filled the streets of Stonewall Place to condemn President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations — standing up for Muslims within and outside the community […]

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Hate crimes have surged in New York City during this divisive election year – and show no signs of letting up – but authorities at the state and local levels are mobilizing to address the problem. The NYPD has logged 35 percent more bias crimes so far this year over the […]

Despite Death Threats, Van Bramer Leads Anti-Trump March

Despite Death Threats, Van Bramer Leads Anti-Trump March

BY BILL PARRY AND NAEISHA ROSE | Despite an anonymous death threat against out gay City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, the Sunnyside, Queens, Democrat, the Council’s majority leader, went ahead with a November 18 march across the Queensboro Bridge to Trump Tower to rally against the president-elect. Hundreds of protesters gathered at Dutch Kills Green […]

Opposing Trump, Van Bramer Receives Death Threats

Opposing Trump, Van Bramer Receives Death Threats

BY BILL PARRY | The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a homophobic death threat from an unknown source received by out gay City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, a Sunnyside, Queens Democrat, on Thursday afternoon. A letter arrived on Thursday via email after Van Bramer’s office sent a mass email to constituents urging them to […]

Manhattan Dems Rejecting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan Sparks Outrage

Manhattan Dems Rejecting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan Sparks Outrage

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York County Democratic Party and its vaunted independent screening panel for approving judges for the ballot has come under scorching and widespread outrage for the panel’s refusal to recommend that Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a 20-year veteran of the bench without a blemish on her record, be approved for nomination for […]

Woodside Rallies for Trans Woman Attacked in Hate Crime

Woodside Rallies for Trans Woman Attacked in Hate Crime

BY ANDY HUMM | A petite 28-year-old Latina transgender woman, who identified herself as Gaby, was walking at 68th Street and 41st Avenue in Woodside, Queens at 6 a.m. on August 17 when a tall man came up to speak with her and then grabbed her purse. As he fled on 41st Avenue, Gaby pursued him […]

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 […]

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