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Trump Has No Respect for Our Flag

Trump Has No Respect for Our Flag

BY ANDY HUMM | Donald Trump cynically held up a Rainbow Flag with “LGBTs for Trump” scrawled on it during his campaign last year and has proceeded as president to roll back LGBTQ rights and appoint virulent bigots to cabinet posts and federal judgeships. So when the administration learned that the National Park Service was going […]

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

BY ANDY HUMM | What should have been a celebration dedicating the raising of the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on October 11 at noon turned into another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump administration in a week full of such attacks. When it saw the pre-publicity on the […]

Why Isn’t the Rainbow Flag Flying at the Stonewall National Monument?

Why Isn’t the Rainbow Flag Flying at the Stonewall National Monument?

BY MICHAEL PETRELIS | From the foot of historic Christopher Street to its head at the Stonewall National Monument, the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag should fly every day of the year. In the week leading up to this year’s Gay Pride Day, I submitted a request to the New York City parks department and the National Park […]

Google Supports Stonewall National Monument With $1MM

Google Supports Stonewall National Monument With $1MM

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an unmistakable sign of the role private philanthropy can — and may have to — play with federal funding threatened across a broad array of worthy social goals, Google has committed $1 million to support efforts at the LGBT Community Center to develop oral histories and other narratives related to […]

Stonewall National Monument Push Celebrated

Stonewall National Monument Push Celebrated

BY ANDY HUMM | The ability of government to actually get something done remarkably fast – the creation of the Stonewall National Monument within about two years – was celebrated at the Midtown offices the National Parks Conservation Association (NCPA) on October 25, bringing together people who made it happen from the LGBT community, neighborhood groups, […]

US Park Officials Rebut Riis Beach Gay Arrestee’s Claims

US Park Officials Rebut Riis Beach Gay Arrestee’s Claims

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The National Park Service and the US Park Police are telling a decidedly different version of a July 4 arrest for public nudity at Jacob Riis Park in Queens than the gay man they took into custody, photographer Krys Fox. “He was observed as being naked,” said Daphne Yun, a spokesperson […]

National Park Outside the Stonewall in the Works

National Park Outside the Stonewall in the Works

BY ANDY HUMM | Christopher Park across from the just-landmarked sites of the Stonewall Inn could become a national park if a campaign underway from the National Parks Conservation Association, a private advocacy group for parks, is successful. The NCPA, at a forum it hosted June 23 at the LGBT Community Center, announced that the idea […]

Activists, National Parks Advocates Suss Out LGBT History Sites  

Activists, National Parks Advocates Suss Out LGBT History Sites  

BY ANDY HUMM | About 20 activists who have made some of their own LGBT history in New York took a walking tour through Greenwich Village on a chilly November 15 as part of a process of deciding what ought to be included in a federally designated site or area administered by the National Park Service. […]

National Park Service Lifting the Lid on LGBT History

National Park Service Lifting the Lid on LGBT History

BY ANDY HUMM | While the windows at America’s marriage bureaus have been snapping open to gay people of late, the closet doors at the nation’s historic sites often remain shut to their LGBT significance –– and the places key to our history are rarely acknowledged by our government, even here in New York City. […]