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LGBTQ Crowd Rallies to Faso Challenger

LGBTQ Crowd Rallies to Faso Challenger

BY NATHAN RILEY | One member of New York’s Republican congressional delegation with a big target on his back is John Faso, who provided a key vote when the House of Representatives, in May, on a 217-213, passed its version of a “repeal and replace” alternative to President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. Faso, 65, […]

Leadership Awards at Brooklyn Pride Center

Leadership Awards at Brooklyn Pride Center

26 Bridge Street in DUMBO played host to the Brooklyn CommunityPride Center Awards on June 15, an event that included cocktails and dinner as well. This year’s honorees were Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, described in the event program as a Queer Health Warrior, and City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, who represents Brooklyn’s 38th Council District that includes […]

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 […]

Democratic Electeds Say They Are Anti-Trump Bulwark  

Democratic Electeds Say They Are Anti-Trump Bulwark  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As New York City’s LGBT community grapples with how to respond to Donald Trump winning the White House and Republicans maintaining control of Congress, Democrats have dominated the response at community meetings and argued that the community should rely on congressional members of their party to halt the worst Republican proposals. […]

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when New York Democrats hoped that with Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket they might finally achieve a goal that has largely eluded them in the past half-century — control of the State Senate — that effort appears to have fallen short. With clear results in […]

New LGBT Voices Emerge on Albany Scene

New LGBT Voices Emerge on Albany Scene

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Ten months after the Empire State Pride Agenda abruptly announced it was folding up its tent and with a presidential election looming that will also determine control of the State Assembly and Senate in Albany, two new political action committees have stepped into what would otherwise have been a political void for […]

New Report Quantifies Disparities for Transgender New Yorkers    

New Report Quantifies Disparities for Transgender New Yorkers    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A new survey-based assessment of the educational, employment, income, housing, and health status of transgender residents of New York State demonstrates startling disparities in their well-being, even when compared to other segments of the LGBT community. Among the findings was evidence that the transgender portion of the queer community is 50 percent […]

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moments before OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group, stepped onto Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Craig Robinson, NBCUniversal’s chief diversity officer, responded cautiously when asked to predict how the crowd would react. “I don’t know,” Robinson said. “Anytime you are the first anything, you have to wait and see.” Robinson […]

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBT rights advocates and elected officials gathered outside City Hall on March 12 to press the case for enactment of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in Albany this spring. The press conference, organized by the Empire State Pride Agenda, and featuring several out gay members of the City Council as well […]

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Charging that the agreement by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers to allow an LGBT employee group from NBCUniversal to march in next year’s parade is little more than a sham and a “backroom deal,” a coalition of community activists and advocates are demanding that the 2015 event be opened up […]

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