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Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Facing two major reelection challengers in the September 12 Democratic primary, City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca explains that the spirited contest is a telling sign about “the nature of politics,” both in Brooklyn and in the Sunset Park neighborhood at the center of his district. “The reform movement is not only alive […]

You, Me, And Everyone We Know

You, Me, And Everyone We Know

BY CARLOS MENCHACA | Trump has thrown us all into chaos after his first full week of executive orders and the “shock and awe” campaign engineered by Steve Bannon, who was flagrantly appointed with powers never seen in previous administrations. However, they haven’t come out the victors in all of this. We all rushed to JFK […]

Cuomo Tacks Left, But Picks Dolan for Interfaith Panel

Cuomo Tacks Left, But Picks Dolan for Interfaith Panel

BY ANDY HUMM | New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, up for re-election next year and among those mentioned as a possible Democratic nominee for president in 2020 despite his protestations to the contrary, opened 2017 by tacking left on some issues. He stood with Bernie Sanders announcing free tuition at public colleges for students whose […]

Matt McMorrow Joins de Blasio Community Affairs Shop

Matt McMorrow Joins de Blasio Community Affairs Shop

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Matthew McMorrow, a Park Slope gay activist who served as director of government affairs at the Empire State Pride Agenda during the final several years of that group’s existence, has been named a senior advisor in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit. In a written statement due for release on […]

Cops Seek Three in Park Slope Attack on Trans Woman

Cops Seek Three in Park Slope Attack on Trans Woman

BY RUTH BROWN | Police are searching for three men suspected of bashing a transgender woman in the late morning on May 13 in Park Slope. The 32-year-old victim was on Seventh Avenue at Eighth Street at around 11:10 am when three men passed by the woman yelling bigoted slurs, according the NYPD. The men then […]

Sunny Festivities & A Parade Under the Stars

Sunny Festivities & A Parade Under the Stars

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | The annual Brooklyn LGBT Pride Festival and Parade enjoyed extraordinary early summer weather in Park Slope on Saturday June 13. After a morning 5k run in Prospect Park, attention shifted to Fifth Avenue, where thousands streamed between Third and Ninth Streets enjoying the afternoon street festival. One of the truly […]

OUT of Their Minds

OUT of Their Minds

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Abject apologies, posted on Facebook on April 26, from the two gay Manhattan developers who last week hosted a highly publicized dinner and “fireside chat” with Texas Senator Ted Cruz did little to calm an explosion of online fury. Nor did they prevent a crowd of more than 100 protesters from […]

Faced With Cancellations, Threatened Protest, One of Ted Cruz’s NYC Gay Hotelier Hosts Apologizes

Faced With Cancellations, Threatened Protest, One of Ted Cruz’s NYC Gay Hotelier Hosts Apologizes

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the face of a protest planned for April 27, one of two gay Manhattan developers who last week hosted a highly publicized dinner and “fireside chat” with Texas Senator Ted Cruz –– a Republican presidential candidate long outspoken in his opposition to LGBT equality –– has issued an abject apology […]

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 Enduring Community Excelsior Bar Forged in Brooklyn

The Enduring Community Excelsior Bar Forged in Brooklyn

BY MATTHEW McMORROW | What’s in our local gay bars besides boys and booze? Found all over the world, often on their own in any given locale, gay bars serve as our informal community centers — at times refuges from a hostile outside world — where LGBT folks, locals and visitors alike, can gather, be […]

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