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Ruben Diaz, Sr., Aims to Return to the Council

Ruben Diaz, Sr., Aims to Return to the Council

BY ANDY HUMM | State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., 74, has a bad back and wants to take over the closer-to-home City Council seat opening up this fall in the South Bronx, including parts of Parkchester, Soundview, Unionport, and Castle Hill. His record of virulent anti-LGBTQ bigotry and opposition to women’s reproductive freedom has some political […]

Democratic Electeds Say They Are Anti-Trump Bulwark  

Democratic Electeds Say They Are Anti-Trump Bulwark  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As New York City’s LGBT community grapples with how to respond to Donald Trump winning the White House and Republicans maintaining control of Congress, Democrats have dominated the response at community meetings and argued that the community should rely on congressional members of their party to halt the worst Republican proposals. […]

New LGBT Voices Emerge on Albany Scene

New LGBT Voices Emerge on Albany Scene

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Ten months after the Empire State Pride Agenda abruptly announced it was folding up its tent and with a presidential election looming that will also determine control of the State Assembly and Senate in Albany, two new political action committees have stepped into what would otherwise have been a political void for […]

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 […]

Stonewall Democrats Fête Four at Pride

Stonewall Democrats Fête Four at Pride

PHOTOS BY GRACE CHU | In a June 4 event at the Union Square Ballroom, the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City kicked off its month of Pride celebration by honoring four leaders from inside the community and among allies. Honorees were Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., seen above with board member Marty Algaze […]

NYPD Identifies Suspect in Dallas BBQ Assault in Chelsea

NYPD Identifies Suspect in Dallas BBQ Assault in Chelsea

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York Police Department has identified the suspect sought in connection with an assault on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea on May 5. According to multiple media reports, the man named by the NYPD is Bayna El-Amin, 41, who was previously arrested a total of 18 […]

OUT of Their Minds

OUT of Their Minds

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Abject apologies, posted on Facebook on April 26, from the two gay Manhattan developers who last week hosted a highly publicized dinner and “fireside chat” with Texas Senator Ted Cruz did little to calm an explosion of online fury. Nor did they prevent a crowd of more than 100 protesters from […]

Syphilis “Surge” in Chelsea Dates Back to 2007    

Syphilis “Surge” in Chelsea Dates Back to 2007    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While some recent press reports claimed syphilis is surging among gay and bisexual men in Chelsea, the higher case rate in that neighborhood has existed for roughly eight years and shows no signs of declining. “From 2012 to 2014, there’s been an increase,” said Dr. Sue Blank, who heads the sexually transmitted […]

Faced With Cancellations, Threatened Protest, One of Ted Cruz’s NYC Gay Hotelier Hosts Apologizes

Faced With Cancellations, Threatened Protest, One of Ted Cruz’s NYC Gay Hotelier Hosts Apologizes

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the face of a protest planned for April 27, one of two gay Manhattan developers who last week hosted a highly publicized dinner and “fireside chat” with Texas Senator Ted Cruz –– a Republican presidential candidate long outspoken in his opposition to LGBT equality –– has issued an abject apology […]

Forum Confronts Myriad Problems Facing Homeless Youth    

Forum Confronts Myriad Problems Facing Homeless Youth    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A January 28 panel on LGBT youth homelessness highlighted familiar concerns about the right model for delivering services to that population, but also focused on the dramatic link between poverty in a youth’s family of origin and their risk for homelessness and on the urgency of better addressing the needs of youth […]

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