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The Other Side Of Outrage: Mohammad Hamad And Hope

The Other Side Of Outrage: Mohammad Hamad And Hope

BY SUSIE DAY | I wanted to talk to Mohammad Hamad because, in the midst celebrating our Pride, it may be time to look at some of our prejudices. Mohammad, a 30-year-old Palestinian American, has been on the board of directors of Brooklyn Pride for the last three years. He founded Brooklyn Pride’s Diversity and […]

Trump, Lynch, And Who We Call Animals: A Safety Alert

Trump, Lynch, And Who We Call Animals: A Safety Alert

BY SUSIE DAY | Did you hear Trump call undocumented immigrants animals? It’s stirring up — rightly — a lot of concern. Among humans, “animal” is the essential, go-to word to deprive people of their humanity. It’s the permission some people give themselves to ridicule, enslave, and commit genocide against other people. “Animal” is a term […]

Herman Bell and the Future of NYS Parole

Herman Bell and the Future of NYS Parole

BY SUSIE DAY | Only a couple of years ago, the New York State Parole Board was a draconian gimmick to keep people in prison — regardless of how they had grown and changed over their years inside — until they died of systemic abuse or neglect or, if they lived long enough, old age. […]

Herman Bell Gains Parole, as Cuomo, de Blasio Lose Ethics

Herman Bell Gains Parole, as Cuomo, de Blasio Lose Ethics

BY SUSIE DAY | Dear Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, You, as governor and mayor — New York State’s most powerful liberals — have argued constantly. I, along with millions of New York civilians, have endured years of your snark-attacks and antler-locks. Recently, it got really bad, when you, Governor Cuomo, insinuated that you, Mayor […]

Disrupt J20 and the Real Cost of Violence

Disrupt J20 and the Real Cost of Violence

BY SUSIE DAY | Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on January 20 in Washington, DC, last year is something that most of us who read Gay City News try to forget. The arrest of more than 230 protesters at “Disrupt J20” that same day in DC, and the charging of 194 of them with felony rioting — […]

Kettling Free Speech, Or Unicorn Riot Routs the New York Times

BY SUSIE DAY | Does anybody have enough strength left to pop a cork in celebration that we’ve made it through Trump’s first year in office? I don’t. There is stuff to celebrate, such as the December 21 jury trial acquittal of six of the 194 defendants facing decades in prison for protesting at Trump’s inauguration […]

Trump’s Thug-Power, Or Does Anybody Still Like Woody Allen?

BY SUSIE DAY | Let’s go back to when we were all a little younger and less terrified. Obama is president. I am talking to a slightly older, white, heterosexual male, highly esteemed by the academic world and by me. I, a lesbian, admire and trust this guy. We’re catching up, talking about life, books, friends. […]

How To Make the Trump Era Seem Like Fake News

How To Make the Trump Era Seem Like Fake News

BY SUSIE DAY | Congratulations, smart American shopper! You have just overcome months of electorally induced PTSD by purchasing a Li’l Orange President®! These droll, five-inch-high orange neo-fascist dudes are living genetic replicas of our current US president! Yes, say goodbye to annoying computer viruses introduced by over-clicking on endless STOP-TRUMP petitions! Wave ta-ta to feelings […]

Herman Bell’s Beat-Down

Herman Bell’s Beat-Down

BY SUSIE DAY | “Why don’t you Americans drop the bullshit about the land of the free and the home of the brave? Admit you’re now basically a tinpot dictatorship.” This, from my playwright friend Diane in London, with whom I’m Skyping. I’ve just told her about what happened to Herman Bell, my friend in prison. […]

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

BY SUSIE DAY | his year, Ramadan — the ninth month of the Islamic year, in which observant Muslims fast to commemorate the revelation of the Quran — happens to coincide with most of Gay Pride Month. Quiet as it’s kept, there are uncounted numbers of queer Muslims in the gay community. One of them is […]

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