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Connie Kurtz, Lesbian Activist, Artist, Dies at 81

Connie Kurtz, Lesbian Activist, Artist, Dies at 81

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Connie (Constance) Kurtz, a lesbian activist and an artist who works included paintings, collage, and quilts, died in the home she shared with her beloved spouse, Ruth Berman, in West Palm Beach on May 27 after a long illness. Kurtz would have turned 82 in July. Kurtz was born on July […]

Albany LGBTQI Advocacy Day Draws 250

Albany LGBTQI Advocacy Day Draws 250

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Armed with a new, detailed, seven-page State Legislative Platform — which out gay Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman admiringly termed the “new LGBTQI agenda for New York State” — roughly 250 activists from across the state traveled to Albany on May 8 for an Advocacy Day aimed at winning legislative support for […]

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, […]

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 […]

PFLAG Founders Honored on Suburban Queens Corner

PFLAG Founders Honored on Suburban Queens Corner

BY ANDY HUMM | The news from North Flushing, Queens is that the dedication of a street corner there in memory of the founders of the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 1972 — Jeanne and Jules Manford and their son, Morty — was not controversial in the least. Thirty-fifth Avenue at […]

Passionate Advocate for LGBT Families Emerges

Passionate Advocate for LGBT Families Emerges

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For those who worry that the institutionalization of the LGBT rights movement, the community’s drive for equal marriage rights, and the desire by couples to raise children and protect their families inevitably diminish the exuberance and passion of gay life in earlier eras, the example of Gabriel Blau provides compelling evidence to […]

Former NFL Chief Honors Kluwe, Ayanbadejo at PFLAG

Former NFL Chief Honors Kluwe, Ayanbadejo at PFLAG

BY JOSEPH EHRMAN-DUPRE | Paul Tagliabue, the former commissioner of the National Football League, presented Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo with the evening’s honors at the fifth annual Straight for Equality Gala, hosted by PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) National, in Manhattan on April 4. Tagliabue was commissioner […]

Jeanne Manford, Late PFLAG Co-Founder, Honored by Obama

Jeanne Manford, Late PFLAG Co-Founder, Honored by Obama

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  Jeanne Manford, the Queens mother of two gay sons who co-founded PFLAG –– Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays –– has been named one of 13 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second highest civilian honor. When Manford died last month at the age of 92, Jody […]