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A Heritage of Disagreement

A Heritage of Disagreement

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moments before Charlie Cochrane, an NYPD sergeant, spoke at a 1981 City Council hearing in support of legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, he had to listen to a vice president from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association oppose the bill and assert that there were no gay cops in […]

Statewide Agenda Advances on Two Fronts

Statewide Agenda Advances on Two Fronts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When the 25-year-old Empire State Pride Agenda, in late 2015, abruptly announced it was closing up shop — with only a vague pledge, that it never fulfilled, to keep its political action committee functioning — activists, advocates, and service providers in the LGBTQ community across New York were at a stunned loss […]

Prospect Park Rape Victim Allies Reject NYPD “Apology”

Prospect Park Rape Victim Allies Reject NYPD “Apology”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the NYPD has quietly apologized to a woman who was raped in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in 1994 but accused at that time of being a hoaxer and a liar by Daily News columnist Mike McAlary, the woman’s attorney and some LGBTQ activists who believed then and now that the police abetted […]

Cuomo LGBT Memorial Pick Draws Praise, Fire

Cuomo LGBT Memorial Pick Draws Praise, Fire

BY ANDY HUMM | Monuments to cataclysm — from the Vietnam War Memorial wall in Washington bearing the names of tens of thousands of American soldiers killed in that divisive US “police action” to the 9/11 Memorial waterfalls marking the site of the obliterated World Trade Center towers and the thousands who perished that day — […]

Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

BY ANDY HUMM | Gay pioneer and artist Gilbert Baker, who died in his sleep at age 65 on March 31 at his home in Manhattan, did not just create the iconic Rainbow Flag but he gave it away freely to the world where it was embraced in every corner — from its origins in San […]

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst an overheated war between North Carolina’s Republican Legislature and its new Democratic governor-elect, the Legislature has cratered a deal to which it had agreed under which it would repeal its notorious HB 2 – known nationally (and mockingly) as the “bathroom bill” – in return for the Charlotte City Council […]

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Reaction to the Empire State Pride Agenda’s stunning December 12 announcement that it was folding up its tent is comparable to the way people talk about the weather. Everybody complained about it, but the big question is what can be done about it. A number of people who have spoken to Gay […]

ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the face of shock, chagrin, and some withering criticism both on social media and from past executive directors, top staff and board members at the Empire State Pride Agenda pushed back against the notion they had declared “Mission Accomplished” in their December 12 announcement that they were winding down major operations […]

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Citing its success in winning new state regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination, the Empire State Pride Agenda has announced it will close down major operations in early 2016. In a press release issued on the evening of December 12, the organization indicated that it hoped to maintain a political […]

Cuomo Employs State Regs to Provide Anti-Bias Protections to Transgender New Yorkers

Cuomo Employs State Regs to Provide Anti-Bias Protections to Transgender New Yorkers

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Governor Andrew Cuomo used the occasion of the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual Manhattan fall dinner to announce new regulations that will provide anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodations, and access to credit for transgender New Yorkers. The regulations will come from the New York State Division of Human Rights, which […]

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