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Call It Out. Every Time.

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | I found myself in an awkward position with the de Blasio campaign last Friday evening. That day, while reporting on Bronx City Council primary races, I contacted the campaign to confirm something surprising on incumbent Councilmember Fernando Cabrera’s website — that the mayor had endorsed his reelection. Surprising because Cabrera is well-known for […]

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 […]

Pleasure Chest Workers Win Union Representation

Pleasure Chest Workers Win Union Representation

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a unanimous vote, workers at the two Manhattan locations of the Pleasure Chest chose to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Pleasure Chest, which sells sex toys and related paraphernalia as well as offering workshops, has locations on Seventh Avenue in the West Village and on Second […]

2016 Gay City News Impact Award Honorees

2016 Gay City News Impact Award Honorees

Stuart Appelbaum: A Gay Voice in American Labor’s Top Ranks The president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a post he has held since 1998, Stuart Appelbaum is one of the most influential out gay people in the American labor movement. Chartered in 1937 as an affiliate of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, […]

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Reaction to the Empire State Pride Agenda’s stunning December 12 announcement that it was folding up its tent is comparable to the way people talk about the weather. Everybody complained about it, but the big question is what can be done about it. A number of people who have spoken to Gay […]

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Citing its success in winning new state regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination, the Empire State Pride Agenda has announced it will close down major operations in early 2016. In a press release issued on the evening of December 12, the organization indicated that it hoped to maintain a political […]

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 […]

At Pride Event, Mayor Touts Progress, First Lady Celebrates Lesbian Roots

At Pride Event, Mayor Touts Progress, First Lady Celebrates Lesbian Roots

BY ANDY HUMM | Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, haven’t yet moved into Gracie Mansion, but they used the official mayoral home to play hosts to a diverse crowd of hundreds of LGBT New Yorkers and allies celebrating Pride the evening of June 26. “This is what I call a rainbow,” […]

Cuomo Budget Doesn’t Solve AIDS Rent Cap Challenge

Cuomo Budget Doesn’t Solve AIDS Rent Cap Challenge

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite a concerted drive in recent weeks by advocates and elected officials, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1 does not include appropriation of funds to ensure that New Yorkers living with AIDS and receiving government rental assistance will have the effective rent they pay capped at […]

Frontrunner Status Evaporated, Quinn Runs Well Behind de Blasio, Thompson

Frontrunner Status Evaporated, Quinn Runs Well Behind de Blasio, Thompson

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a sharp rebuke to her eight years as City Council speaker, Christine Quinn finished a distant third in the September 10 Democratic mayoral primary. Fueled by anger over her close ties to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, her role in giving him the chance to run for a third term, and –– in […]

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