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At Stonewall Site, Thousands Remember Pulse Victims

At Stonewall Site, Thousands Remember Pulse Victims

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Thousands gathered near the Stonewall National Monument in the West Village on June 12 to remember the 49 LGBTQ people who were shot and killed by a gunman in a Florida nightclub one year earlier. “It’s been a mission this year to get some independence back,” said Keinon Carter, who was […]

Healing Hearts, Helping Hands

Healing Hearts, Helping Hands

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The American Red Cross in Greater New York, at its annual Heroes Among Us gala last week, honored three employees of Orlando’s LGBT Pulse Nightclub who “demonstrated extraordinary courage and selflessness” in helping patrons escape harm as a gunman killed 49 and wounded more than 50 others in an early morning rampage […]

Crossfit Games Glock Give-Aways Spark Anti-Gun Anger

Crossfit Games Glock Give-Aways Spark Anti-Gun Anger

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The decision by the founder of the annual Crossfit Games, held last month in California, that winners would be awarded a Glock handgun stirred outrage among advocates for gun control, leading to both a change.org petition that the decision be reversed and a July 23 demonstration outside the Midtown crossfit gym […]

Anti-Queer Terrorism, What a Joke

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Listen to this. It’s hilarious. So a guy walks into a bar. A gay bar in Orlando on Latino night. He has an MCX and a 9mm — No, you haven’t heard this one before. That was a pipe bomb and New York. No, not that either. That was New Orleans and […]

Brooklyn Borough Hall Wrapped in Love for Orlando

Brooklyn Borough Hall Wrapped in Love for Orlando

JACKSON CHEN | A rainbow banner with messages of love, support, and condolences embraces Brooklyn Borough Hall as local residents, community groups, and elected officials came together in a call for action after the tragic shooting in Orlando. “We needed a real and significant way of saying we feel the pain of the people of Orlando, […]

Love Must Prevail

Love Must Prevail

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In December 1950, when William Faulkner accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature in a speech in Stockholm, he confronted the agonizing existential fear that weighed heavily on the minds and spirits of people everywhere. Just five years after Hitler’s terror had been halted, it was impossible to forget that the World […]

Love is Love is Love

Love is Love is Love

BY OLIVIA ROSE LANZIERO AZZOLINA | After Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Awards sonnet: The hand that trembles uncontrollably, That grips the gun that fires at an open sea of smiling Faces. A mouth that shoots the Words that stop the heartbeat quick; grasp the breathing In a fist. A fist that punches the eyes of the pure and […]

Orlando, Memories of the Ramrod, and Faith-Based Terrorism

BY TIM GAY | We could have died in a spray of Uzi bullets. I was running late, but Glen Martin was already there, drinking a beer. Glen called from a pay phone as I was leaving my apartment. He was yelling with sirens in the background. “Thank God you’re still home… Don’t come down here… […]

Gun Control Key Focus of Second Stonewall Vigil for Orlando Victims

Gun Control Key Focus of Second Stonewall Vigil for Orlando Victims

BY DUNCAN OSBRNE |  What was billed as a vigil for the people murdered by a gunman in an Orlando nightclub quickly became a rally in support of gun control legislation as elected officials, the head of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), and even a trauma surgeon called for tougher federal laws to control […]

Mourners Gather in Jackson Heights to Commemorate Orlando Victims

Mourners Gather in Jackson Heights to Commemorate Orlando Victims

BY NATHAN RILEY | Queens, the borough of immigrants, held a vigil to commemorate those killed in the Orlando gay bar massacre, demonstrating the solidarity that has developed there between the LGBT community and members of the many religions that call the borough home. In a matter of hours of the news emerging out of Orlando, […]