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“Not Guilty” Plea in Bronx Bully Slay Case

“Not Guilty” Plea in Bronx Bully Slay Case

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, 18, the bullied Bronx gay teen who says he was acting in self-defense against an assault in class on September 27 when he killed Matthew McCree, 15, and wounded Ariane Laboy, 16, with a knife that he had recently bought for protection, appeared in Bronx Criminal Court on November 15 […]

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

BY ANDY HUMM | Out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, on October 30, presided over a hearing of the Committee on Education he chairs that heard more than six hours of testimony on bullying in the city public schools, with representatives from the Department of Education (DOE) on the defensive and students and advocates […]

BREAKING: Charges Against Abel Cedeno Reduced to Manslaughter

BREAKING: Charges Against Abel Cedeno Reduced to Manslaughter

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, 18, the bullied gay Bronx student who said he defended himself with a knife against an attack from classmate Matthew McCree September 27 in front of their fellow students and two teachers, testified in his own defense on Tuesday morning before a Bronx grand jury, and the second-degree murder charge […]

EXCLUSIVE: Gay Bronx Youth Arrested in Fatal Stabbing Tells His Side

EXCLUSIVE: Gay Bronx Youth Arrested in Fatal Stabbing Tells His Side

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, 18, the bullied gay teen charged with killing one classmate, Matthew McCree, 15, and wounding another, Ariane Laboy, 16, with a knife spoke to Gay City News from Rikers Island on Sunday, recounting the incident, the anti-gay bullying that preceded it for years, and the way it intensified on September […]

DOE Must Do Better Job of Keeping LGBTQ Students Safe

DOE Must Do Better Job of Keeping LGBTQ Students Safe

BY DANIEL DROMM | The real tragedy of the terrible bullying-related killing that occurred two weeks ago at the Urban Assembly for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx is that it seems to have been completely preventable. In the wake of this sad incident, there are numerous questions about the details of what happened. This much […]

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 […]

LGBT New Yorkers Will Now Be Counted by City

LGBT New Yorkers Will Now Be Counted by City

BY ANDY HUMM | Under three new laws, New York City is now obligating its agencies and contractors to collect much more specific data on those who use their services, including whether they are LGBT. “Now we count,” said out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, author of Intro 552-A that requires a range […]

City Schools Finally Get Coordinator on LGBT Issues  

City Schools Finally Get Coordinator on LGBT Issues  

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has just appointed Jared Fox, an out gay educator, as LGBT community liaison, a position for which LGBT education activists have been agitating for more than three decades. “I have a huge sense of urgency,” Fox told Gay City News. “We’re trying to make […]

De Blasio Won’t Back His Chancellor on Dangers of Worship in Schools

De Blasio Won’t Back His Chancellor on Dangers of Worship in Schools

BY ANDY HUMM | In comments on April 8, Mayor Bill de Blasio continued on a path toward keeping regular Sunday worship services in public schools, despite a federal appeals court ruling last week that upheld a longstanding Department of Education (DOE) ban on such services. The mayor’s opposition to the policy that the court said the […]

Firing Too Steep a Penalty for Lesbian Classroom Sex

Firing Too Steep a Penalty for Lesbian Classroom Sex

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A state appeals panel has ruled that the city’s Department of Education should not have fired two female teachers alleged to have engaged in sexual activity in a darkened, otherwise empty classroom one evening while a musical program was taking place elsewhere in the school. In a pair of decisions issued […]

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