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Trumpism Forced Back on Its Heels

Trumpism Forced Back on Its Heels

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On an off-year election night, a wave of revulsion at the radical and chaotic presidency of Donald Trump meant big wins for Democrats and the election of LGBTQ candidates  — including eight who are transgender — and their allies in local races nationwide. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who […]

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I support marriage equality. I will fight to protect marriage equality,” Brooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams told Gay City News at the start of a 30-minute sit-down on October 19 that his office requested. Williams, a 41-year-old son of immigrants from Grenada, represents a broad swath of the city’s Caribbean community in […]

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 […]

A Dazzling Rainbow on a Brooklyn Labor Day

A Dazzling Rainbow on a Brooklyn Labor Day

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In an annual Labor Day event probably only rivaled in New York by the June LGBT Pride March, as many as two million people turn out on East Parkway in Crown Heights for the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. This year, the crowd included Governor Andrew Cuomo and City […]

Strong Action to Bar Condom Use as Evidence Gets Council Boost

Strong Action to Bar Condom Use as Evidence Gets Council Boost

BY NATHAN RILEY | The Access to Condoms Coalition received a friendly reception at a June 9 City Council hearing on a resolution supporting reform legislation in Albany. In the past, police seized condoms as evidence of prostitution, which inhibited both street workers and others, particularly young people of color, from carrying them. In a […]

No Bad Blood Between Williams and Mendez?

No Bad Blood Between Williams and Mendez?

BY SAM SPOKONY | There may be — at least publicly — no hard feelings after out lesbian City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez blasted her colleague Jumaane Williams for his stance against marriage equality and abortion rights during his recent unsuccessful bid to become the next Council speaker. The two briefly shared the stage on January 5 […]

Meet the New Boss: Same as the Old Boss?

Meet the New Boss: Same as the Old Boss?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Bill de Blasio’s choice of William Bratton to head the city’s police department likely reassured New Yorkers that the declines in crime seen over the last 20 years will be sustained, few are asking if the management techniques that Bratton first put in place in the early 1990s are responsible […]

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite a mushrooming of candidate debates around town, the race for City Council speaker is limited to just 51 voters. But that’s not to say that this year’s seven announced candidates have suddenly decided to open up to a wider constituency an exclusive prerogative councilmembers previously guarded jealously. In fact, individual members […]

Would-Be Speakers Set to Meet Progressive Caucus, Johnson Sidesteps Question on Williams

Would-Be Speakers Set to Meet Progressive Caucus, Johnson Sidesteps Question on Williams

BY SAM SPOKONY | The City Council’s Progressive Caucus — nearly half of whom have not yet taken office — will convene on Sunday, November 24 to interview the candidates for speaker. Moments after the most recent speaker candidate debate took place on the evening of November 21, gay Councilman-elect Corey Johnson of Chelsea, one of […]

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing before a cheering crowd, Democrat Bill de Blasio sounded the themes of progressive values that won him the earlier Democratic primary and that clearly appealed to a wide swath of New York City voters in the general election. “The people of this city have chosen a progressive path and tonight we […]

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