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Bringing Fabulous Back to Nightlife

When party promoters Tony Fornabaio and Brandon Voss began working together several years ago, the two figured their new venture would be little more than a fun sideline from their regular careers. Comment

'No Excuses,' But No Timetable Either

Alphonso David, the deputy secretary for civil rights to Governor Andrew Cuomo, reminded the crowd at the February 5 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Manhattan gala of his boss’ commitment to sign a marriage equality law in 2011, as well as to pursue other LGBT community goals including the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). Comment

SLDN Urges Military Anti-Bias Order from Obama

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the lead lobby group in Washington that has worked on repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to issue an executive order prohibiting discrimination in the Armed Forces based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment

Schumer Recommends Alison Nathan to the Federal Bench

Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama nominated attorney J. Paul Oetken, an out gay attorney recommended by Senator Charles Schumer, to a seat on the Southern District of New York federal bench, the state’s senior senator announced his recommendation of an out lesbian, Alison J. Nathan, to another Southern District vacancy. Comment

Anti-Gay Imam Breaks With Downtown Islamic Cultural Center

Imam Shaykh Abdallah Adhami, a leader at the proposed Islamic cultural center planned for a site several blocks from the World Trade Center whose controversial statements about homosexuality were reported January 26 by NY1 News, has ended his involvement with the project. Comment

Hundreds Rally for Slain Ugandan Gay Leader

David Kato, the leader of the Ugandan LGBT movement brutally murdered in his home in Bukusa on January 26, was mourned on February 3 by hundreds who gathered in New York’s Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza near the United Nations and then marched on the nearby Ugandan Mission to demand a thorough investigation into the killing. Comment

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Witch-Hunt Yields Ghastly Murder

Although Ugandan activist David Kato was only 46 when he was bludgeoned to death on January 26 after a homophobic tabloid newspaper called for his lynching, the former schoolteacher was known as the “grandfather” of the small gay movement in Uganda, one of the most homophobic countries in the world. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Gay Enough?

A Dyke Abroad:  | Last Wednesday, gay activist David Kato was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in his home in Uganda. Comment

Ribbon Cutting for Callen-Lorde's New Pharmacy

At a January 28 ribbon-cutting, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a Chelsea-based clinic that serves the LGBT and HIV/ AIDS communities, opened an in-house pharmacy that, in the words of Wendy Stark, its executive director, will enhance “our primary care facility as well as offer a more convenient and less expensive option for our patients.” Comment

Homophobia from New Imam at Downtown Islamic Center

A Muslim leader who recently came to the fore in the controversial effort to build an Islamic cultural center just blocks from the site of the World Trade Center made incendiary statements about homosexuality in a series of video lectures he produced in 2007, according to a report by NY1 News. Comment

Gerry Faier, Labor Agitator Out Since 1938, Dies

Gerry Faier, Labor Agitator Out Since 1938, Dies Comment

White House Announces Three LGBT Appointments

The White House, on January 26, announced two openly gay or lesbian appointees to administration posts and the nomination of an out gay attorney to the federal judiciary. Comment

City Settles Four Porn Suits

New York City has settled lawsuits with four men who sued in federal court after they were arrested for prostitution by vice cops in a Manhattan porn shop and a spa. Comment

Julius’ Arrestee Claims Innocence

A 45-year-old man charged with attempted robbery and third-degree assault as a hate crime in 2010 incidents in two West Village gay bars said that while he was involved in a bar fight, he never used anti-gay or racial slurs. Comment

Assembly Says It’s Set, Can the Senate Count to 32?

Andrew Cuomo, New York’s new Democratic governor, has repeatedly emphasized that he “want[s] to be the governor who signs the law that makes marriage equality a reality,” saying in his January 5 inaugural speech, “We believe in justice for all, then let’s pass marriage equality this year once and for all.” Comment
Susie Day

Queerer My God, to Thee: The Ex-Straight Ministries

Snide Lines: | Believe it or not, heterosexuals, God loves you. And because of His love, God told us to launch a pricey advertising blitz, gently rebuking you on billboards and in newspapers across the country. Unfortunately, we could only afford to rebuke you in this crummy tabloid-type publication. But we know God will understand. The important thing is for us to shame you into seeking reparative therapy. Comment


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