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Homophobia Takes It on the Chin in Bronx Senate Race

Homophobia Takes It on the Chin in Bronx Senate Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When State Senator Gustavo Rivera arrived at the Escape Restaurant & Lounge on Jerome Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx to greet happy supporters at about 11 on Primary Night, one of the first hugs he shared was with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The warmth between the two elected […]

Primary & Raucous: Sharp Advocate Divide in Bronx, Queens

Primary & Raucous: Sharp Advocate Divide in Bronx, Queens

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Incumbency means a lot in the New York State Legislature, so it’s not often that voters encounter a serious primary election challenge to a sitting member of the Senate or the Assembly. There are exceptions, though — two years ago, three of the four Republican senators who supported the 2011 marriage […]

Gay Calls to Divest in Russia

Gay Calls to Divest in Russia

BY ANDY HUMM | Members of Queer Nation, which has led the charge among New Yorkers pressuring Russia to repeal its notorious anti-gay laws, are calling on city and state officials to pull their investments in Russia as bad both morally and financially. While they are turning up the heat, along with Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell and […]

De Blasio Scores Big Win in Primary, Potentially Avoiding Runoff

De Blasio Scores Big Win in Primary, Potentially Avoiding Runoff

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Having achieved a big plurality in the Democratic primary, with a good shot at avoiding a runoff when all the paper ballots have been counted early next week, a triumphant Bill de Blasio vowed to win City Hall on November 5. “What we achieved here tonight won’t just change the views […]

Lesbophobia and the NYC Mayoral Election

BY KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | I hate to watch sitcoms with gay male characters, like the defunct “New Normal” or the popular “Modern Family.” Almost inevitably they make stereotypical digs at how ugly and badly dressed dykes are. How humorless, because we don’t laugh at jokes making us the butt. Nobody hates dykes as much as […]

Anthony Weiner Pledges Feisty Posture for the Duration

Anthony Weiner Pledges Feisty Posture for the Duration

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Politically powerful voices in New York, Anthony Weiner insisted, are not happy that he’s running for mayor –– and that’s a good thing. “It’s fairly clear I make the big institutional forces of the city batty,” he told Gay City News and its sister publications at NYC Community Media in an interview […]

Mayoral Face Off

Mayoral Face Off

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Less than five weeks out from the September 10 Democratic mayoral primary, no candidate appears poised to reach the 40 percent threshold allowing them to avoid an October 1 runoff — an inconvenience that could divert valuable energy and money from the general election contest against the Republican nominee. With the exception […]

AIDS Rent Cap Key in Forum Hijacked by Weinergate

AIDS Rent Cap Key in Forum Hijacked by Weinergate

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A mayoral forum on AIDS issues was lent a circus-like atmosphere as revelations that Anthony Weiner, one of six candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor, continued sending sexy text messages and nude selfies after that practice forced him to resign from Congress in 2011. “If you want someone who’s going […]

John Liu Leans Left

John Liu Leans Left

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a number of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor were invited to a panel discussion on police department stop and frisk practices hosted by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a gay political club, only John Liu, New York City’s comptroller, showed up. “You would think you are reading […]

New York LGBT Pride Day: A Photographic Retrospective

New York LGBT Pride Day: A Photographic Retrospective

BY DONNA ACETO, MICHAEL LUONGO & DUNCAN OSBORNE | With many hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators, the June 30 LGBT Pride March was not only an exuberant show of community strength and personal courage but also a celebration of the previous week’s victories over the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 at […]

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