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Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

BY ANDY HUMM | Dick Leitsch, who as president of the Mattachine Society, a pre-Stonewall gay group, participated in the first act of gay civil disobedience in 1966, worked to end entrapment of gay men by the police, and wrote the first eyewitness report on the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, died June 22 in Manhattan after a […]

Young Friends Offered “Late-Life Renaissance”

Young Friends Offered “Late-Life Renaissance”

BY ANDY HUMM | For the past several years, Dick Leitsch was befriended by a group of gay men in their 20s who socialized with him at his West 72nd Street home and at Julius’ in the West Village. They were with him as he died in hospice care at the Mary Manning Walsh Home […]

Dick Leitsch, Pre-Stonewall Gay Activist, Has Died

Dick Leitsch, Pre-Stonewall Gay Activist, Has Died

BY ANDY HUMM | Dick Leitsch, who was president of the gay rights Mattachine Society of New York at the time of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 and provided an essential on-the-scene report for Mattachine’s newsletter, died on June 22. His death followed a year-long battle with multiple melanoma that was first diagnosed in his […]

Fifty Years After Gays Demanded a Drink, Landmark Status Sought

Fifty Years After Gays Demanded a Drink, Landmark Status Sought

BY ANDY HUMM | The push is on to make Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village the second New York City building landmarked because of its unique role in LGBT history — as the scene of a pre-Stonewall civil disobedience action that won gay people the right to be served in public establishments. The Stonewall Inn, […]

After Hearing and Quick Vote, Stonewall Now Has City Landmark Status, Protection

After Hearing and Quick Vote, Stonewall Now Has City Landmark Status, Protection

BY ANDY HUMM | The Landmarks Preservation Commission heard testimony June 23 on whether to designate the adjoining sites of the original Stonewall Inn, which launched the Rebellion sparking the modern LGBT rights movement, as an official city landmark. It then took the unprecedented step of immediately moving to a vote. The Commission’s affirmative tally […]

Danny Garvin, a Critical Witness to History, Is Dead

Danny Garvin, a Critical Witness to History, Is Dead

BY DAVID CARTER | Danny Garvin, who was a 20-year-old gay hippie when he arrived at the Stonewall Inn on the night of the famous June 1969 raid — just as the first club patrons who had been detained inside were being released by the police — died on December 9 at age 65. In […]

Preservationists, Backed by Pols, Press LGBT Historic Site Push

Preservationists, Backed by Pols, Press LGBT Historic Site Push

BY SAM SPOKONY | Support is growing for an effort by preservationists to secure stronger and more specific landmark protections for three local sites that played key roles in the city’s LGBT history. All three sites — the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street, and the Gay Activists Alliance […]