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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 […]

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 […]

Stonewall at 45 –– Hold to to the Spirit

Stonewall at 45 –– Hold to to the Spirit

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Since the 1969 Greenwich Village rebellion that shook the world, the legal status of LGBT Americans has shifted dramatically. In the immediate aftermath, cities and counties across the nation began enacting basic nondiscrimination ordinances, though there were occasional waves of backlash. After Anita Bryant, a popular gospel singer and orange grower […]

City Schools Veteran Named de Blasio’s DOE Chancellor

City Schools Veteran Named de Blasio’s DOE Chancellor

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Continuing a pattern of appointing people who have long experience in government to prominent roles in his administration, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio selected Carmen Fariña to be schools chancellor, citing her 40-year career in the city schools. “I came to know someone who at the time was already legendary throughout the […]

Liu Charges Ed Dept Fails in Tracking Bullying

Liu Charges Ed Dept Fails in Tracking Bullying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The city’s Department of Education (DOE) is not adequately tracking and responding to bias incidents in New York City’s roughly 1,700 public schools, according to an audit released by John Liu, the city’s comptroller. “The DOE needs to show parents, students, and educators that it takes bullying seriously,” Liu said in a […]