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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 […]

City Council Honors Pride

City Council Honors Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a June 2 ceremony at City Hall, the City Council celebrated LGBT Pride Month by honoring six New Yorkers for their contributions to the community and to New York overall. The honorees were: Anti-Violence Project executive director Sharon Stapel; Joselyn Mendoza, an undocumented transgender woman from Queens who led […]

Four Gay Council Members Push Subsidy for Anti-Gay Schools    

Four Gay Council Members Push Subsidy for Anti-Gay Schools    

BY ANDY HUMM | Four out gay members of the City Council are siding with anti-gay lobbyists in their quest to secure tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in city funds to pay for school safety officers in religious and other private schools, despite the fact that many of them teach that homosexuality is immoral […]

Snowy Streets, Silent Trains Don’t Dampen St. Pat’s For All  

Snowy Streets, Silent Trains Don’t Dampen St. Pat’s For All  

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | With both the MTA and the weather working against the 16th annual St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside, a stalwart contingent still made its way to Queens on Sunday to march through a snowstorm in an inclusive celebration of Ireland’s national saint. The first flakes of snow fell hours earlier than […]

City Council Trip to Israel Draws Fire From Critics of Jewish State

City Council Trip to Israel Draws Fire From Critics of Jewish State

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito due to lead 14 of her colleagues on a trip to Israel paid for by two New York Jewish organizations, critics of the Jewish State’s policies toward Palestinians are stepping up their criticism of the eight-day trip, scheduled for late February. “We stand here today […]

Transgender Day of Remembrance Marked

Transgender Day of Remembrance Marked

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO  | At twilight on November 20, members of the transgender community and their allies, advocates, and elected officials gathered at a City Hall vigil to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The annual event has been marked around the world since 1999 to draw attention to the disproportionate level of violent crime […]

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Public Advocate Letitia James, who has assiduously cultivated a progressive profile in her years in government, is digging in her heels against calls that she break her ties to Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who –– in a YouTube video that surfaced this week –– is seen in Uganda lavishly praising […]

Charlie Rangel Goes Ugly in Bronx Senate Race

Charlie Rangel Goes Ugly in Bronx Senate Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When veteran Harlem Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel faced stiff — but ultimately unsuccessful — primary opposition from State Senator Adriano Espaillat, in both 2012 and 2014, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who represents portions of Rangel’s district in the Bronx, endorsed the challenger. So when Rivera drew a challenger in the September […]

The Gayest City Council Ever Honors LGBT Icons    

The Gayest City Council Ever Honors LGBT Icons    

BY ANDY HUMM | The gay and lesbian caucus of the New York Council jumped from three to six members this year — half of them people of color — and their more progressive politics were on full display June 18 at their LGBT Pride Celebration. The Cooper Union Great Hall event emphasized the connections […]

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