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Mr. Speaker

Mr. Speaker

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | One thing was said over and over again about Corey Johnson as the City Council convened to elect its new speaker — the 35-year-old works hard. “Everybody in this body cannot deny that Corey Johnson worked harder to be the speaker of this body than anybody else in this body,” said Laurie […]

Released on Bail, Abel Cedeno Speaks to Gay City News

Released on Bail, Abel Cedeno Speaks to Gay City News

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, the bullied Bronx gay teen charged with manslaughter in the death of classmate Matthew McCree, had his bail cut in half by Judge William Mogulescu on November 29 and that bail was made by an odd combination of gay men who stepped up along with State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Cuomo Employs State Regs to Provide Anti-Bias Protections to Transgender New Yorkers

Cuomo Employs State Regs to Provide Anti-Bias Protections to Transgender New Yorkers

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Governor Andrew Cuomo used the occasion of the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual Manhattan fall dinner to announce new regulations that will provide anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodations, and access to credit for transgender New Yorkers. The regulations will come from the New York State Division of Human Rights, which […]

Some Mayoral Candidates Mute After Right-Wing Anti-Gay Rant

Some Mayoral Candidates Mute After Right-Wing Anti-Gay Rant

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Speaking at a forum sponsored by Orthodox Jewish groups, two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor made no comment after a minor contender in the race said the gay community was trying to ban circumcision. “We have groups marching from San Francisco and California and they are even marching here […]

Ruben Diaz Now Supports Gay Marriage –– Jr., That Is

Ruben Diaz Now Supports Gay Marriage –– Jr., That Is

BY JOESPH EHRMAN DUPRE | Ruben Diaz, Jr., the Bronx borough president and son of State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., has voiced his support for marriage equality. “After considerable deliberation and introspection,” he said, “I support marriage equality.” The need for so much deliberation came, no doubt, from his own father’s staunchly anti-gay posture going […]