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Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

BY ANDY HUMM | Dick Leitsch, who as president of the Mattachine Society, a pre-Stonewall gay group, participated in the first act of gay civil disobedience in 1966, worked to end entrapment of gay men by the police, and wrote the first eyewitness report on the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, died June 22 in Manhattan after a […]

Dick Leitsch, Pre-Stonewall Gay Activist, Has Died

Dick Leitsch, Pre-Stonewall Gay Activist, Has Died

BY ANDY HUMM | Dick Leitsch, who was president of the gay rights Mattachine Society of New York at the time of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 and provided an essential on-the-scene report for Mattachine’s newsletter, died on June 22. His death followed a year-long battle with multiple melanoma that was first diagnosed in his […]

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

Trump to Gays: Not My Rainbow Flag

BY ANDY HUMM | What should have been a celebration dedicating the raising of the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on October 11 at noon turned into another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump administration in a week full of such attacks. When it saw the pre-publicity on the […]

Honoring Marsha P. Johnson

Honoring Marsha P. Johnson

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Twenty-five years ago this summer, Marsha P. Johnson, a trans icon whose central role in the Stonewall Rebellion was chronicled in historian David Carter’s definitive 2004 book about the 1969 uprising, was remembered in a July 27 memorial on the Christopher Street Pier. Johnson, who with friend and fellow activist […]

Mark Segal’s Dance to Equality  

Mark Segal’s Dance to Equality  

BY JASON VICTOR SERINUS | Mark Segal’s memoir, “And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality,” has to be one of the most involving, can’t-put-it-down chronicles of the post-Stonewall LGBT movement yet penned. It also provides a remarkable object lesson in about how you can be irrepressibly outspoken and resolute about freedom, yet do […]

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

BY ANDY HUMM | The LGBT Pride Parade in New York has largely become one long –– and I mean really long, at seven hours-plus –– infomercial for businesses, from banks to Broadway shows, that want the patronage of LGBT folks and those sympathetic to us. But LGBT and AIDS activist and service groups continue […]

After Hearing and Quick Vote, Stonewall Now Has City Landmark Status, Protection

After Hearing and Quick Vote, Stonewall Now Has City Landmark Status, Protection

BY ANDY HUMM | The Landmarks Preservation Commission heard testimony June 23 on whether to designate the adjoining sites of the original Stonewall Inn, which launched the Rebellion sparking the modern LGBT rights movement, as an official city landmark. It then took the unprecedented step of immediately moving to a vote. The Commission’s affirmative tally […]

City of Brotherly Love Marks Half-Century Of Activism     

City of Brotherly Love Marks Half-Century Of Activism     

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Though the modern LGBT rights movement is typically dated back to the Stonewall Rebellion of June 1969, in fact there were a small number of occasions prior to that throughout the ‘60s when LGBT people affirmatively made their presence known. Both in organized protest and in spontaneous reaction to police action, demonstrators […]

Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt: Stonewall Was “Romantic,” “Revolutionary”

Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt: Stonewall Was “Romantic,” “Revolutionary”

BY ANDY HUMM | Artist Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt was a street kid who arrived in New York in May 1966 and participated in the Stonewall Rebellion. But he was also someone who frequented the bar itself, which opened in 1967. And while he concedes it was a dive bar, he loved it because it was unique among […]

EXCLUSIVE: Stonewall Inn Appears Headed for City Landmark Status –– A Gay First

EXCLUSIVE: Stonewall Inn Appears Headed for City Landmark Status –– A Gay First

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will, next week, begin consideration of landmark designation for the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, site of the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 that sparked the modern LGBT rights movement, Gay City News has learned. If approved, it would represent the first such designation […]

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