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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 […]

Chris Quinn Formally Enters Race for Mayor

Chris Quinn Formally Enters Race for Mayor

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Standing across the street from the Catholic church in Inwood where her parents married and her immigrant grandfather’s funeral was held, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn formally announced her candidacy for mayor on the morning of March 10. Explaining that her four grandparents came to New York from Ireland a […]

Sarah Schulman Uncensored

Sarah Schulman Uncensored

BY DOUG IRELAND | Sarah Schulman’s new book, “Israel/ Palestine and the Queer International,” is a book that some Very Important People don’t want you to read. To their shame, that group ranges from the leadership of New York’s LGBT Community Center, which banned Schulman from reading from her book and answering questions about it, to […]

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