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Perceptions that out gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has a problematic relationship with African-American voters were compounded by his campaign’s rollout of an open letter in which several South Carolinians listed as backers of his Douglass Plan for Black America said they did not in fact support the plan and felt the campaign misrepresented them. Comment
Untrammeled access to guns was at it again, tragically, in Santa Clarita, California, on November 14. But Parkland Dad and artist Manuel Oliver is also at it again. Oliver, on an artistic mission ever since, fighting for sensible gun laws, brings his performance piece “Guac: My Son, My Hero” to the 92nd Street Y November 22. Comment
Out gay Councilmember Ritchie Torres of the Bronx made it clear from the beginning of his congressional campaign that he would not join the growing herd of Democratic candidates who have disavowed campaign donations from real estate developers or other big-money corporate interests. That decision has morphed into a recurring theme — with the most recent chapter having an entirely new twist. Comment
Reached for comment about Michael Bloomberg seeking to become the Democratic nominee for president, Dan Tietz first let out an audible groan upon hearing the former New York City mayor’s name and then suggested that his more pointed response would be, “Oh for fuck’s sake.” Comment
Dozens of LGBTQ candidates running for positions ranging from mayor to state legislator to school board member won their races on November 5 during an off-year election night that notably featured victories for six out trans women, including Virginia Delegate Danica Roem. Comment
Out gay Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres remains confident that his bill authorizing the city to certify LGBTQ small business owners will get a hearing by next year, despite concerns raised about possible misinformation regarding the measure and separate questions raised by out gay Speaker Corey Johnson about what authority the city has, under state law, to do anything to help such businesses beyond simply certifying them. Comment

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