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The Death of the Queer Community?

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Every now and then, I howl in grief at the demise of queer activism, the closing of queer bars and bookstores, the erasure of LGBT history, and the industrialization of our movement. Like others, I wonder if approaching legal equality and social acceptance spell the end of the LGBT community. Not […]

From Debutante to Defendant

From Debutante to Defendant

BY DONNA ACETO | Veteran LGBT rights and AIDS activist Ann Northrop, a Vassar graduate whose work as a journalist included reporting on the Washington scene for the National Journal and producing responsibilities on “The CBS Morning News,” delivered the 2014 Irving H. Jurow Lecture at NYU’s College of Arts and Science. The April 10 address, […]

New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws

New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Nine AIDS activists were arrested after they blockaded the entrance to the Consulate General of Nigeria while protesting that country’s recently enacted law with harsh criminal penalties for LGBT people and for advocacy of LGBT causes. “We have gathered today to demonstrate our solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community […]

Missing the Boat on LGBT Rights Abroad

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Putin’s right up there as an evil genius, planning the invasion of Ukraine while all the nations of the world were sitting in his living room blissed out on ice skating and tsarist pomp and ignoring human rights abuses, not to mention the outright targeting of queers. Now his former guests are […]

As Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law Approved, Dozens of Arrests Reported

As Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law Approved, Dozens of Arrests Reported

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At least three-dozen gay men have been arrested and tortured in Nigeria in recent weeks, even before a draconian new homophobic law took effect, human rights activists told the Associated Press. The AP, on January 14, quoted Dorothy Aken’Ova, executive director of Nigeria’s International Center for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights, saying […]

Public Advocate Candidates Acknowledge Office’s Limits, Mostly Agree on LGBT Issues

Public Advocate Candidates Acknowledge Office’s Limits, Mostly Agree on LGBT Issues

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Early in a debate among four candidates for the Democratic nomination for city public advocate, the contenders had to concede that the office has little power beyond its voice. “As a public advocate, you’re unlikely to pass legislation and you have no money,” said Reshma Saujani during the April 17 event that […]