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Blind Eyes Toward Enemies Inside & Out

Nothing captures the imagination like two rich homos betraying their own community. Sarah Maslin Nir got the ball rolling in the New York Times: “They are throwing a $5 million fund-raiser for President […] Comments (1)
Insider Trading

Turncoats, Self-Proclaimed Converts & Shocking Bitterness

Scurrilous, disgraceful, despicable, and bigoted are how I would describe former Democratic fundraisers Bill White and Bryan Eure. The New York Times reported that these turncoats have proudly trumpeted […] Comments (1)
Media Circus

Rake America Great Again!

This week on Facebook, a friend asked whether there was a way to block any post that referred in any way to the ignoramus who currently occupies the White House. The poor guy just can’t take any more of the incessant insanity. Comment
Guest Perspective

In NYC, Trans, Non-Binary People Will Not Be Erased

Silence = death. The phrase rings true even decades after this call to action was coined by activists. Comment
Insider Trading

Big LGBTQ Wins Right Here at Home

Big congratulations to the LGBTQ community and everyone else victimized by the Republican Party for helping Democrat Andrew Gounardes defeat right-winger Martin Golden — the last GOP representative in Brooklyn. Comment
From the Editor

Reprieve!

It was not the Blue Wave of our fondest dreams. There will be no Senator Beto O’Rourke or Governor Andrew Gillum. And Governor Stacey Abrams seems like a long shot at this point. The Democrats did not produce an historic swing of seats in the House, and with three Senate races still undecided, the Republicans so far have a gain of two seats. Comment

Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet, Good Old Boys Are Hunting

In a recent New York Times column titled “White Male Victimization Anxiety,” Charles Blow described how President Trump publicly apologized to Justice Brett Kavanaugh for “the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure” at the hands of Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed that Kavanaugh had tried to rape her. Comment
Media Circus

Caravan Conjuring Amidst the Cacophony

My deadline for this column preceded the election by a day, limiting the number of snarky things I can say about it. But the fact that it isn’t over yet at the time I’m writing this is scarcely enough to stop me from being bilious. Comments (3)
Several early pioneers in the gay rights movements hail from the borough of Queens. Councilmember Danny Dromm led the fight in the 1990s to eradicate homophobia from the curriculum of the Board of Education as well as against the haters of our community in that borough. Comment
As a shell-shocked nation slides toward next week’s election, heart-felt cries for a return to “civility” represent wishful thinking in the face of a proto-fascist revival that grips the Republican Party. Comments (2)
A Dyke Abroad

Beauty and the Beast in Gay Paree

Paris’ Place de la République can be so beautiful, especially at night, when the street lamps shine and the central figure of Marianne towers benignly against the dark sky, representing the Nation. Seen from a distance, she makes it easy to imagine that liberty and equality and fraternity are all gloriously within reach. Comment
Media Circus

The Terrifying Stupidity of Erasing People

What must it be like to wake up one morning and find that you have been vaporized? It must be odd, to say the least. You’re there; you can’t help but be there. You’re still you, after all. But somehow you’re not there anymore. You’re not anywhere. You no longer exist. Comment
Guest Perspective

Immigration Benefits Available To Same-Sex Couples

Eight years ago,on November 9, 2010, Edith Windsor sued the US government in the Southern District of New York for discriminating against her in not allowing her to claim the federal estate tax exemption given to widows when inheriting from their deceased spouses. Although she had been lawfully married under New York Law to her late spouse, Thea Spyer, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) did not recognize her union at the federal level. Comment
Guest Perspective

Out for The Holidays

I yelled, I screamed, and after punching pillows to exhaustion, I slumped down into the empty chair next to me in tears. Comment
Insider Trading

A Second Look at Brooklyn Now

Two big victories shook Brooklyn on Primary Day last month: Julia Salazar’s win over longtime State Senator Erik Martin Dilan and Zellnor Myrie’s takedown of IDC Senator Jesse Hamilton. Comment
Media Circus

Randy Rainbow Rules

Media Circus

Randy Rainbow Rules

Only Randy Rainbow got me through the soul-crushing absurdity of last week. Mr. Rainbow’s hilarious reimagining of the title song from “Camelot” made more sense than anything Congress did — or did not do — regarding now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a title that makes about as much sense as Justice Clarence Thomas. I encourage you to see it at youtube.com/watch?v=6gG0-6Ntx7w. Comments (5)
A Dyke Abroad

Imagining Hannah Gadsby

Before she even opened her mouth, I knew she was something I’d never seen on stage before. An ordinary lesbian. With a sensible hairdo, sensible shoes, and a high-class blazer doing nothing to hide her wide hips. I felt a rare shock of recognition, followed by an incredible shame that I hadn’t imagined her at all, even if I know dozens of dykes in Real Life that look and move just like her. Comment
Media Circus

This Is Not News

A writer for “Sesame Street” created a buzz last week by voicing what anyone who ever watched the show already knew: Bert and Ernie are a gay couple. I know — stop the presses, right? […] Comment
Guest Perspective

Community Board Term Limits: Accidental Gift to Developers

There’s a reason lawmaking is compared — unflatteringly — to sausage factories. It’s not neat, it’s not quick, and if you do it out in public, it can kill a lot of people’s appetite for the final product. But rushing through new laws with short notice and inadequate public review, on an issue that isn’t a genuine emergency, isn’t the answer either. That’s not how we make good policy — it’s how government makes mistakes. Comment
Media Circus

This Is Not Your Joe Klein’s Anonymous

Like most of you, I’m sure, I greeted the recent unsigned Times op-ed piece by a senior member of the Rump administration with unadulterated glee. It painted a gratifyingly ugly portrait of dysfunction, […] Comment
Insider Trading

The Dos and Don’ts of LGBTQ Politics

A cardinal rule in politics is that you don’t claim endorsements that you don’t have since you are sure to get caught. But the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club has done just that. In its bid to elect a slate headed by former State Senator Tom Duane, CRDC sent out a mailer claiming the endorsements of Congressmember Jerry Nadler and State Senator Brad Hoylman — neither of whom endorsed its slate. Last year, the club made the same claim regarding Council Speaker Corey Johnson. If you can’t be honest about your endorsements, why should anyone trust you to elect Supreme Court judges? Comment
From the Editor

Mr. Cuomo’s Shame

By the time some of you read this, Andrew Cuomo — barring a colossal fail on the part of public opinion poll after public opinion poll — will have been nominated for a third term as New York’s governor. Comments (2)
Guest Perspective

Longtime Gay Democratic Activist’s Choice for AG

Progressive LGBTQ voters can have substantial influence in the wide-open race for the Democratic nomination for New York state attorney general. Polling shows 45 to 50 percent of Democratic voters are undecided on the race, and holding the election on a Thursday (September 13, to avoid the Jewish holiday on Tuesday) likely means turnout will be quite low. Comment
Insider Trading

LGBTQ Rights in Brooklyn, Back Then

Insider Trading

LGBTQ Rights in Brooklyn, Back Then

After ruffling some feathers with my take on the state of affairs for the LGBTQ community in the Bronx, let’s move over to Brooklyn with a “then and now” look. This column will reminisce on the “then.” Comment
From the Editor

Stand With America’s Free Press

The necessity of a trusted free press to the health of American democracy has been undisputed since the founding of our republic — until now. Comment

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