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With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A dozen queer activists were arrested during New York City’s Pride March as they protested the presence of police and corporate sponsors in the annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots that marked the modern LGBTQ rights movement’s start. “To the police — You cannot mass incarcerate us, brutalize us, murder us, […]

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

BY ANDY HUMM | Hundreds of New York comrades, family members, and admirers of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, bid him an emotional and spirited farewell on June 14 — Flag Day (his favorite day) —starting at the Stonewall Inn and marching with many of his banners protesting hate and affirming LGBT identity to […]

New Yorkers Rally to Gay Chechen Cause

New Yorkers Rally to Gay Chechen Cause

BY ANDY HUMM | Fifty demonstrators drawn from the ranks of Rise and Resist – a group largely focused on protesting right-wing assaults by the Trump administration on American democratic institutions and ideals – and their allies took to the sunny streets of Greenwich Village and Chelsea on June 11 to call attention to the plight […]

Heritage of Pride Accedes to Resistance Groups’ Demand

Heritage of Pride Accedes to Resistance Groups’ Demand

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organization that produces New York City’s pride parade, rally, and related events has agreed to allow groups eager to confront the Republican Party’s control of the federal government near the front of the June 25 pride parade. “I’m extremely proud of the people who came out to raise their voices about […]

Heritage of Pride, Insisting It’s Listening, Pushes Back Against Resistance Groups’ Demand

Heritage of Pride, Insisting It’s Listening, Pushes Back Against Resistance Groups’ Demand

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A meeting of the Heritage of Pride (HOP) committee that organizes New York City’s annual pride parade grew heated at moments as activists pressed their case to have groups that are resisting Republican control of the federal government placed at the front of this year’s parade while HOP pushed back, even as […]

LGBT Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

LGBT Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBT activists affiliated with Gays Against Guns (GAG) took their message to the headquarters of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, to protest its holdings in two gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger. The August 15 protest, that drew dozens to the BlackRock offices on East 52nd Street, focused […]

In Two West Village Vigils, Message Is “We Shall Overcome”

In Two West Village Vigils, Message Is “We Shall Overcome”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In two vigils in the West Village on Sunday evening, one crowd numbering in the thousands, another in the hundreds voiced shock, grief, and anger over the murder of 50 patrons of a Orlando, Florida, gay bar in the early morning hours of the same day. Speaker after speaker emphasized that […]

“Still Queer” Message Floods the Pride Parade    

“Still Queer” Message Floods the Pride Parade    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A manifesto reading “Still here. Still Queer.” on one side quickly became the must-have accessory during Manhattan’s June 28 Pride Parade. The distributors, a mix of volunteer and paid, were careful to display that side as they traveled the length of Fifth Avenue handing out 7,500 copies. The broadsheet was quickly hung […]

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal 1990 murder of Julio Rivera, 29, by three skinheads “hunting homos” in Jackson Heights was marked by an emotional vigil near the site of the killing at 37th Avenue and 78th Street, since renamed Julio Rivera Corner. More than half of the 50 people who gathered the evening of July […]

Comprehensive Anti-Bias Bill Close to Being Introduced in Congress      

Comprehensive Anti-Bias Bill Close to Being Introduced in Congress      

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Comprehensive equal rights legislation — guaranteeing the nation’s LGBT community of nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodation, and access to credit — is likely to be introduced before the end of June, according to congressional staffers working on the bill. “We very much hope and intend to have it introduced this […]

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