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Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

BY ANDY HUMM | Dick Leitsch, who as president of the Mattachine Society, a pre-Stonewall gay group, participated in the first act of gay civil disobedience in 1966, worked to end entrapment of gay men by the police, and wrote the first eyewitness report on the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, died June 22 in Manhattan after a […]

Dick Leitsch, Pre-Stonewall Gay Activist, Has Died

Dick Leitsch, Pre-Stonewall Gay Activist, Has Died

BY ANDY HUMM | Dick Leitsch, who was president of the gay rights Mattachine Society of New York at the time of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 and provided an essential on-the-scene report for Mattachine’s newsletter, died on June 22. His death followed a year-long battle with multiple melanoma that was first diagnosed in his […]

NYPD Surveillance on Early LGBTQ Activism Bared

NYPD Surveillance on Early LGBTQ Activism Bared

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As activists were gathering in the West Village in 1970 for the first march to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots that mark the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, they were not alone. The NYPD was nearby surreptitiously taking pictures and film of New York City’s first Pride March. Some of […]

Where Laurie Metcalf Takes On John Wayne

Where Laurie Metcalf Takes On John Wayne

BY ED SIKOV | The toilet that once dared not speak its name now won’t shut its lid. Judging by the profusion of bathroom coverage, the backlash to the backlash to trans rights is in full flush, and the media is all but backed up with pro-trans stories and editorials. So let’s plunge right in. Support for […]

This Year We March

This Year We March

BY EMMAIA GELMAN | This Thursday, Irish Queers will break with 25 years of protest against the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and march up Fifth Avenue in the actual parade. Believe that we are overjoyed that we don’t have to protest anymore. As per the rules of the parade, we’ll be in […]

Blindness and Insight

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — America in the 1950’s — “homosexuality” was “the unspeakable.” Oh sure, everyone “gossiped” about “who was” and “who wasn’t,” but such talk wasn’t considered part of “polite conversation.” Only a decade or two before, Djuna Barnes’ Sapphic cri de coeur “Nightwood” […]

Fifty Years After Gays Demanded a Drink, Landmark Status Sought

Fifty Years After Gays Demanded a Drink, Landmark Status Sought

BY ANDY HUMM | The push is on to make Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village the second New York City building landmarked because of its unique role in LGBT history — as the scene of a pre-Stonewall civil disobedience action that won gay people the right to be served in public establishments. The Stonewall Inn, […]

Nailing the Riots, But Not Their Meaning

Nailing the Riots, But Not Their Meaning

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Generally, trailers are intended to promote films and get people excited about them. The release of the trailer for Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall” had the exact opposite effect. It depicted the milieu around the Stonewall Inn in the late ‘60s as 90 percent white, with few visible drag queens. The release of a […]

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

BY ANDY HUMM | The LGBT Pride Parade in New York has largely become one long –– and I mean really long, at seven hours-plus –– infomercial for businesses, from banks to Broadway shows, that want the patronage of LGBT folks and those sympathetic to us. But LGBT and AIDS activist and service groups continue […]

Next July 4th, the Gayborhood Heads to the Liberty Bell  

Next July 4th, the Gayborhood Heads to the Liberty Bell  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In New York City, we hold the Stonewall Riots dear as the definitive marker for the start of the modern LGBT rights movement. And it’s fair to say that most gay folks share that assessment — as does the world generally. But Stonewall wasn’t the first occasion in which LGBT Americans asserted […]

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