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Why Did the East 20s Ignore Pride?

BY ERIC GINIGER | Imagine you lived in a city that decided to end a major parade route into your neighborhood: one would think that the owners of restaurants and bars would welcome thousands of hungry and thirsty celebrants to their establishments. Alas, that was not the case for my New York City neighborhood. I live […]

Gay Footballers Arrive at Air Force Academy

Gay Footballers Arrive at Air Force Academy

BY ED SIKOV | From the Colorado Springs Gazette comes this heartwarming story, and no, I’m not being snarky for a change: “Air Force football player Bradley Kim comes out as gay in a first for military academies.” Penned by Brent Briggeman, the story is fascinating for several reasons, not the least of which is that […]

LGBTQ Rights in the Bronx — Then and Now

BY ALLEN ROSKOFF | Having been the lead lobbyist for the Gay Rights bill in the early 1970s, I got to know city councilmembers from the Bronx very well — and we received a decidedly mixed reception from them. The fate of our bill was originally in the hands of the longtime chair of the Council’s […]

Time’s Up for Donald Trump

Time’s Up for Donald Trump

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | After President Donald Trump’s abysmal and shocking performance in a post-summit press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Helsinki, there is no doubt left but that he must be removed from office. Before going any further, I want to acknowledge three points obvious to anyone reading these words. First, […]

Comprehensive Health Care Critical to Fight for Equality

Comprehensive Health Care Critical to Fight for Equality

BY KIMBERLEIGH SMITH AND WINN PERIYASAMY | Truly universal comprehensive health care is critical to the goal of equity for all and should be a primary objective of today’s LGBTQ agenda. Like many marginalized communities, LGBTQ people still face major gaps in insurance access, with the Center on American Progress finding that at least 15 percent […]

Bad News in Indonesia; Potential Good News in India

BY ED SIKOV | Here’s a lovely story out of Aceh, Indonesia: “Fifteen people, including five women, were punished with public caning Friday for violating Sharia law in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province. Two men accused of being gay received 87 lashes each for gay sex, while nine others were sentenced up to 26 lashes for adultery. […]

The Enemies of Progressive Change Within

BY ALLEN ROSKOFF | There he goes again. For those of us brave enough to challenge the status quo, one Richard Socarides keeps popping up to scare us, while promoting his own self-interest. As some of you know, Socarides worked in the Clinton White House as special assistant; in 1996 he wrote talking points that the […]

Fewer Problems with Same-Sex Parents; Fewer Worries from Josh Barro

BY ED SIKOV | Children are not fussed if their parents are gay, lesbian, or straight according to a new study, and those with same-sex parents are actually more emotionally stable,” write Ben Geldblum and Laura Sharman of The London Economic. “Researchers found a child’s well-being to be linked to how well the family functions rather […]

This Coming Pride Sunday & Fourth of July

This Coming Pride Sunday & Fourth of July

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Infants and children detained indefinitely, whether in cages or not. On Pride Sunday & Fourth of July, remember: The world will demand to know what we were doing while this was going on.

Reclaim, Re-Read, Refresh & Regress

BY ED SIKOV | From Medium.com, a handy place for writers to reach readers without having to go through such pesky, interfering people as editors (pace, Mr. Schindler, sir): “ACTIVISTS FROM RECLAIM PRIDE COALITION DELIVER DEMANDS REGARDING THE NYC PRIDE MARCH TO CITY OFFICIALS, HERITAGE OF PRIDE.” You know you’re in for it when writers push […]

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