Following a five-year battle with cancer, Alan Fleishman, a political organizer and Democrat who was central to building the LGBTQ community’s political power in New York City, passed away on August 27. He was 62. Comments (2)
Abel Cedeno, set to be sentenced on September 10 after being convicted of manslaughter in the death of classmate Matthew McCree and of assault on another student, Ariane Laboy, is seeking “youthful offender” status since he was 18 at the time of the 2017 crime and had no previous criminal record. Comments (5)

Log Cabin Leader Quits After Trump Endorsement

The executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans became the latest member of the group to step down following the organization’s controversial decision to endorse Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election campaign. Comment

Jersey City Celebrates Pride


Jersey City Celebrates Pride

LGBTQ folks and allies waved Rainbow Flags, marched together, and recognized the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots during the 19th annual Jersey City Pride festival on August 25. Comment

Homophobia Dampens NY State Fair Pride

Pride Day at the New York State Fair on August 23 was overshadowed by anti-LGBTQ social media outrage and a violent homophobic attack on two men the following day. Comment
One week after the Trump administration filed a Supreme Court brief arguing that people should be able to get fired based on their gender identity, the president’s team returned to file yet another brief — this time arguing that gay workers should be able to get fired simply because of their sexual orientation. Comments (1)

LGBT Center Aims to Dismiss #WalkAway Lawsuit

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and other defendants have moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them that charged they discriminated against the conservative founder of the #WalkAway movement and two of his colleagues when The Center first agreed to rent a room to the group for the meeting and then withdrew that agreement after a community outcry. Comments (7)
Barely three months after Taiwan solidified same-sex marriage rights, political leaders in Beijing are shutting down any discussion of extending those rights to the Chinese mainland. Comment
A new City Council proposal would connect New Yorkers to culturally competent, community-based healthcare services through an LGBTQ-inclusive program geared towards uninsured and underinsured folks, though fully insured residents are welcome to participate. Comment
President Donald Trump on August 20 ignored questions about his administration’s transphobic actions and instead claimed he has “done really very well” with the LGBTQ community, drawing immediate criticism from advocates and out gay members of Congress who have watched him chip away at queer rights throughout his presidency. Comment

SI Yankees Ditch Chick-fil-A, Introduce Pride Jerseys

Out with Chick-fil-A and in with the rainbow jerseys. Comment

When Fathers Falter


When Fathers Falter

Two achingly brilliant monologues, “Sea Wall” and “A Life,” have been paired to deliver a potent evening of drama at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway. The one-acts, directed by Carrie Cracknell, could have been collectively titled “Fatherhood,” as both pieces explore, with acuity and grace, the happiness and heartache that come from being a dad. Comment
A whopping 13.5 percent of transgender Americans spanning every US state have been subjected to so-called conversion therapy in their lifetime, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Public Health. Comment

Slain Black Trans Woman Identified in Houston

Yet another black transgender woman has been murdered — this time in Houston — but it took more than two weeks and an entire community of activists to identify her. Comment
GOP Staten Island City Councilmember Steven Matteo has climbed the ranks of city politics with help from his colleagues — and he may still be on the way up — despite demonstrating a transphobic bias not often seen in the local political arena. Comment
More states are joining the effort to require LGBTQ education in public schools. Comment
NYC Black Pride is back — and it’s only just beginning. Comment
More than 100 people gathered near City Hall on August 15 to convey emotional calls for criminal justice reform and seek justice for Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco and Kawaski Trawick. Comment
In a move that advocacy groups say will breed discrimination against the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, and women, the Trump administration on August 14 proposed a new rule giving federal contractors wide berth to use religion to justify discrimination in employment. Comment
The organizers of the Dominican Day Parade paid special tribute to the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and six LGBTQ Dominican-Americans at the 37th annual march on August 11. Comment


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