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Pride Agenda Board Fires Ross Levi 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Barely eight months after New York State’s gay rights movement won its biggest victory ever, with the enactment of marriage equality, the Empire State Pride Agenda, the state’s LGBT lobby, has fired its executive director, Ross Levi, Gay City News has learned. Comment

Ross Levi Responds to His Ouster

In a written statement released on March 6, Ross Levi, the former executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda ousted the evening before in a telephone meeting of the organization’s lobbying/ political action and educational foundation boards (first reported in Gay City News), sounded a determinedly upbeat tone, emphasizing his accomplishments in a dozen years with ESPA, just under two of them at the helm. Comment
EXCLUSIVE

Pride Agenda Board Fires Ross Levi

Barely eight months after New York State’s gay rights movement won its biggest victory ever, with the enactment of marriage equality, the Empire State Pride Agenda, the state’s LGBT lobby, has fired its executive director, Ross Levi, Gay City News has learned. Comment

Protest Hits Ongoing Ban on Israeli-Palestinian Debate at NYC LGBT Center

Marking one year since New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center barred Siege Busters, a group that opposes Israeli government policies toward Palestinians, from meeting there, roughly 100 people protested that eviction and a later Center policy that bans all groups that organize around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Comment

Tish James: Worship in Schools Yes, Klan No

On February 17, I reported that Brooklyn Democratic City Councilwoman Tish James, a longtime and fervent supporter of LGBT rights, and I got into a heated debate over the controversy about religious groups being allowed to hold regular worship services in public schools, which she supports. Comments (2)

Church Planting Blossoms into Homophobia

Paul Curtis gave a sermon in 2008 that had a promising title –– “Stuff That Was Never Supposed To Be A Part Of The Movement of Jesus –– Homophobia.” Comment

Chad Griffin, Leader in Prop 8 Challenge, to Head HRC

Chad Griffin, a public relations professional and the founding board president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) –– the group challenging California’s Proposition 8 in federal court –– has been named the new president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the LGBT community’s leading lobbying group in Washington and nationwide. Comment

Melissa Sklarz to Lead Stonewall Dems

According to the club, it is the city’s largest LGBT political group, and Sklarz, who has served as a vice president there for the past three years, is the first transgender individual to lead it. Comments (1)

Amidst Funding Cuts, High HIV Prevalence Found 

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A 2011 study of gay and bisexual men living in New York City found high rates of unsafe sex and high rates of drug and alcohol use. Comment

Why I Couldn’t Watch This Year’s Oscars

Damien Bona wrote about the movies. Loved them; loved all the vain absurdity that goes into making and appraising them; loved our need for dreams that keeps us watching them. Comment

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