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“Kaiser” Karl-Otto Lagerfeld, as he was known, the biggest name in fashion for half a century, died February 19 at the age of 85. Comment
New York City

Once Again, Staten Island Gays Need Not Apply

New York City

Once Again, Staten Island Gays Need Not Apply

Once again this year, the organizers of the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade are refusing to allow the Pride Center of Staten Island, the borough’s center for the LGBTQ community, to march with its banner. Comments (1)
In a mind-boggling reversal of what initially seemed like a horrendously hateful attack on a black gay TV star in Chicago, police there have arrested Jussie Smollett on a felony charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false report to law enforcement. Comments (1)
Entering to sustained applause at a recent event held at the Brooklyn Public Library, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, had left behind his suit jacket, but had not yet rolled up his sleeves. That came later when he left the stage in the library’s Dweck Center to sit at a small table in the lobby and autograph copies of “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future,” his autobiography, for a standing room only crowd that packed the center. Comments (3)
Candidates running for public advocate have strongly touted their records on LGBTQ issues in a last-minute push to court progressive votes ahead of the anticipated February 26 special election to replace Letitia James, the state’s new attorney general. Comment
Out gay Queens Councilmember Daniel Dromm celebrated Lunar New Year festivities over the weekend with a special edition of drag queen story hour. Comment
The New York Public Library has unveiled a new exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Comment
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and other elected officials joined advocates on Monday morning to call on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to terminate a patent on PrEP and allow for a generic version of the medication that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV. Comments (1)
On Valentine’s Day 2018, activists from Gays Against Guns were entering Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn’s Washington office to protest his sponsorship of a bill to give gun owners the right to carry concealed weapons across state lines when a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others. Comment
A federal district court in Virginia has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Air Force’s refusal to allow healthy airmen living with HIV to continue serving and deploying to combat zones. At the same time, the court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the plaintiffs’ discharges pending a final ruling on the merits in the case. Comment
New York State has aggressively embraced the Affordable Care Act, expanding Medicaid and offering health insurance plans for low-income residents, but inequality remains. Comment
Bronx City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., is targeting a pair of his LGBTQ colleagues and finding new ways to blame them for what he says is gay political power, marking yet another twist in the homophobe’s seemingly unending public meltdown. Comments (1)
Out gay Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres is mulling a potential run for Congress, he confirmed to Gay City News on Thursday. Comments (1)
Barbra Siperstein, a groundbreaking activist for transgender rights and trans visibility in Democratic politics — in New Jersey and nationwide — died on February 3. A native of Jersey City known as Babs, she was 76. Comment
Patricia Nell Warren, a journalist, poet, and author best known for her 1974 New York Times bestselling book “The Front Runner,” passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. Comment
The state of Arizona’s specialty license plate program, which donates proceeds to nonprofit organizations, is directly funneling money to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a far-right legal nonprofit that has spent years defending homophobes in court and rallying against LGBTQ rights advances. Comment
Legal

Palm Beach Conversion Therapy Bans Win Round One

On February 13, a federal district judge denied a motion by two Palm Beach County psychologists to block enforcement of the county’s ordinance forbidding licensed health care practitioners from providing “sexual orientation change efforts,” also commonly known as “conversion therapy,” to minors. Comment
Usually the US Supreme Court’s refusal to review a lower court decision puts an end to the case, but Liberty Counsel, a right-wing religious group that represents psychologists in New Jersey who want to provide conversion therapy to “change” minors from gay to straight, has seized on an opening created by a high court decision last June to revive their constitutional claims. On February 11, the organization petitioned the Supreme Court to effectively reopen the case. Comment
Roughly eight years after the passage of marriage equality in New York, the newly progressive State Senate finally overcame Republican obstruction to fix some lingering flaws in that law. Comment
Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., donning his signature cowboy hat, sat defiantly in his dimly-lit district office in the Bronx on Monday afternoon while he was bombarded by news reports and tweets over his recent homophobic comments. Comments (6)
As anticipated, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to dissolve the committee chaired by Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., in response to his recent homophobic comments about the LGBTQ community’s control over the city’s lawmaking body. Comment
Crime

Bullied Bronx Teen’s Case Resumes February 25

Almost a year and a half after a classroom fracas in the Bronx that left one boy dead, another slashed, and a third charged with manslaughter, the trial of Abel Cedeno, the gay teen who is claiming self-defense, is on the verge of getting underway after what should be final pre-trial motions that will be ruled on February 25. Comment
Local elected officials and advocates braved the snowy conditions outside City Hall on Tuesday morning to demand the resignation of Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., who remains defiant in his refusal to step down or even apologize for his recent homophobic remarks. Comments (1)
Jim Levin, who played a central role in passing New York City’s gay rights bill in 1986 as both a gay activist and a member of the City Human Rights Commission, died January 24 in Austin, Texas where he moved three years ago. He was 78 and is survived by his husband, Leath Nunn, who was a principal dancer in a Venezuelan ballet company when they met in 1997. Comments (4)
Disgraced Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., doubled down on his homophobic comments about LGBTQ members of the City Council and barreled forward with more insensitive tweets on Sunday, prompting many of his furious colleagues to call for his immediate resignation. Comments (2)

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