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Danny Dromm’s Mother, PFLAG Stalwart, Dies at 85

Danny Dromm’s Mother, PFLAG Stalwart, Dies at 85

BY ANDY HUMM | When Audrey Gallagher died on January 4 at the age of 85, she left a hole in the heart of New York’s LGBTQ community, especially in her home borough of Queens. While she was perhaps best known as the mother and champion of out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Jackson Heights, […]

On Volatile Day, Immigration Activists Descend on Varick Street ICE Office

On Volatile Day, Immigration Activists Descend on Varick Street ICE Office

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO, REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as congressional leaders scrambled Thursday to forge an agreement on the fate of roughly 800,000 Dreamers, federal agents in Manhattan from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained a leading immigration rights advocate, Ravi Ragbir, as he did a routine check-in with government officials. When […]

Mr. Speaker

Mr. Speaker

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | One thing was said over and over again about Corey Johnson as the City Council convened to elect its new speaker — the 35-year-old works hard. “Everybody in this body cannot deny that Corey Johnson worked harder to be the speaker of this body than anybody else in this body,” said Laurie […]

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I support marriage equality. I will fight to protect marriage equality,” Brooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams told Gay City News at the start of a 30-minute sit-down on October 19 that his office requested. Williams, a 41-year-old son of immigrants from Grenada, represents a broad swath of the city’s Caribbean community in […]

Sex Ed, AIDS, Anti-Bullying Mandates Dodged

Sex Ed, AIDS, Anti-Bullying Mandates Dodged

BY ANDY HUMM | Requirements from the city and state that the public schools address bullying, teach about AIDS and sex, and integrate LGBTQ issues into that curriculum have been passed with great fanfare over the years, but implementing these mandates has fallen well short, according to a recent survey of students by youth activists […]

Thousands Rally at Stonewall Against Trump Immigration Ban

Thousands Rally at Stonewall Against Trump Immigration Ban

BY ANDY HUMM | LGBTQ people have protested and celebrated outside the Stonewall since the Rebellion in 1969. But on Saturday, February 4, in sub-freezing temperatures, thousands filled the streets of Stonewall Place to condemn President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations — standing up for Muslims within and outside the community […]

With Sorrow, Anger, But Also Upbeat Determination, AIDS Memorial Dedicated

With Sorrow, Anger, But Also Upbeat Determination, AIDS Memorial Dedicated

BY NATHAN RILEY | Sunny skies at the December 1 opening of the NYC AIDS Memorial Park in the West Village put the 18-foot steel canopy design on display like a bride or groom shown off at their best. Located in the new St. Vincent’s Triangle Park that once housed utility equipment for the adjacent […]

Despite Death Threats, Van Bramer Leads Anti-Trump March

Despite Death Threats, Van Bramer Leads Anti-Trump March

BY BILL PARRY AND NAEISHA ROSE | Despite an anonymous death threat against out gay City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, the Sunnyside, Queens, Democrat, the Council’s majority leader, went ahead with a November 18 march across the Queensboro Bridge to Trump Tower to rally against the president-elect. Hundreds of protesters gathered at Dutch Kills Green […]

On World AIDS Day, Village Memorial Dedicated 

On World AIDS Day, Village Memorial Dedicated 

BY NATHAN RILEY | A solemn ceremony bringing together leading AIDS organizations and advocates as well as public officials will mark World AIDS Day 2016, with the dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial at the St. Vincent’s Triangle Park. The Memorial, a 1,600-square-foot corner of the park, commemorates the shattering struggle against the […]

City Council Ready to Move on Safe Injecting Facilities

City Council Ready to Move on Safe Injecting Facilities

BY NATHAN RILEY | New York City’s public health campaign against HIV infection and accidental heroin overdoses took a significant step forward last week. Safe Injection Facilities are now officially being explored as part of the city’s push to lower the rates of HIV transmission and reduce overdose deaths. A $100,000 study to examine the science […]

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