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Carlos Menchaca Prevails in Brooklyn

Carlos Menchaca Prevails in Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a primary that saw four of the incumbent gay city councilmembers unopposed and two of the seven-member LGBTQ Caucus out of action due to terms limits, the one councilmember who faced a challenge, Brooklyn’s Carlos Menchaca, handily withstood an aggressive campaign by Assemblymember Félix Ortiz and the county Democratic organization to […]

LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Contested City Council Democratic primary races in three Bronx districts pose strongly pro-LGBTQ candidates against opponents who either have long anti-gay and anti-choice records or have aligned themselves with such politicians. The primary contests, in significant respects, reflect the ongoing battle between newer progressive forces and old school social conservative traditions in […]

SAGE’s Bronx Senior Housing Wins State Senate Support

SAGE’s Bronx Senior Housing Wins State Senate Support

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an event marking National Coming Out Day on October 11, SAGE, or Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, welcomed State Senator Jeffrey Klein and City Councilmember Ritchie Torres, to its Bronx Center on East 188th Street. Klein was on hand to present the group with a check for $150,000 in state […]

Stringer Sees City, State Anti-Bias Loopholes

Stringer Sees City, State Anti-Bias Loopholes

BY ANDY HUMM | New York City and State are known for some of the strongest human rights laws in the country — though transgender rights have only been protected statewide since late last year when Governor Andrew Cuomo employed executive action to overcome the State Senate’s long resistance on that score. But City Comptroller Scott […]

In Brooklyn and the Bronx, SAGE Moves on Senior Housing

In Brooklyn and the Bronx, SAGE Moves on Senior Housing

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Seventeen months after outlining a bold plan to remake the housing opportunities for queer seniors nationwide, SAGE or Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders announced it has the financing in place to put shovel to earth on two affordable housing developments — one in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and the other on […]

The Bronx Honors Orlando

The Bronx Honors Orlando

PHOTO ESSAY BY WILLIAM ALATRISTE | In a June 15 vigil outside the Bronx County Courthouse on the Grand Concourse overlooking Joyce Kilmer Park, members of the LGBT community and allies gathered to commemorate the murder four nights earlier of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub, who were gunned down by Omar Mateen, who also […]

Council Honors Six LGBT Leaders at Pride

Council Honors Six LGBT Leaders at Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At a June 8 celebration at City Hall, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the seven-member LGBT caucus honored six leaders in New York’s LGBT community. The honorees were Jennifer Flynn Walker, a co-founder and longtime leader at Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY), Charles Rice-Gonzalez, an author and the […]

Brooklyn & the Bronx Kick Off Pride, As Well

Brooklyn & the Bronx Kick Off Pride, As Well

  With the annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival on June 5 the major seasonal event of the week (see page 14), the Bronx and Brooklyn got into the act, as well. On June 1, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., hosted the borough’s six annual Borough President & Allies LGBTQ Pride Awards ceremony at […]

Newest Out Gay City Councilmember Hopes to “Contribute”

Newest Out Gay City Councilmember Hopes to “Contribute”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a full 26 characters to spare, veteran Bronx City Councilmember Jimmy Vacca took to Twitter with something of a major status update: “After talking w/ my friends & family I’ve decided to come out publicly as a gay man. Now back to the Golden Girls!,” read the January 22 mid-afternoon tweet […]

Via Twitter, City Council LGBT Caucus Grows to Seven

Via Twitter, City Council LGBT Caucus Grows to Seven

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a full 26 characters to spare, veteran Bronx City Councilmember Jimmy Vacca took to Twitter with something of a major status update: “After talking w/ my friends & family I’ve decided to come out publicly as a gay man. Now back to the Golden Girls!,” read the January 22 mid-afternoon tweet […]

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