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LGBT Protections Help Fuel Women's Violence Debate

The reauthorization of a federal law that funds the work of some gay anti-violence programs across the country may be threatened by several Republican objections to provisions in the legislation, including one that establishes sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination requirements on organizations that receive those funds. Comment
New York City

New St. Pat’s Challenge Targets WNBC

The Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held for the 251st time on March 17 — and protested by Irish Queers for the 21st time. Officially dedicated to “veterans of our armed forces,” the parade drew demonstrators decrying the presence of uniformed city police who march in a “private, religious, anti-gay procession year after year.” Comment
Theater

My Week With Jesus 

Many forget that when “Jesus Christ Superstar” premiered on Broadway in 1971, certain religious groups cried “blasphemy!” Comments (2)
Travel

Gay Hotel Opens in Times Square West 

New York is now home to a new gay hotel, the self-styled “straight-friendly” Out NYC in Hell’s Kitchen, on 42nd between 10th and 11th Avenues. Comments (8)
Love & Marriage

New Hampshire House Rejects Marriage Equality Repeal

In a 211-116 vote on March 21, the Republican-dominated New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected an effort to repeal the state’s 2009 marriage equality law. Comment
Politics

Sean Maloney Running for Congress

Sean Patrick Maloney, an out gay Democrat who ran for state attorney general in 2006 and served Governors David Paterson and Eliot Spitzer as first deputy secretary from 2007 until early 2009, announced on March 14 that he is making a run for Congress in New York’s newly configured 18th congressional district. Comment
Politics

Top Cuomo Aide, Advocates Share Homeless LGBT Youth Stage

A crowd that filled the Housing Works Bookstore Café on Crosby Street in Soho on March 14 heard a top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the head of the Ali Forney Center (AFC) talk about how the administration and advocates for homeless LGBT youth are working together to identify resources ––from both government and other sources –– to address a crisis that finds roughly 3,800 youth without a bed every night in New York City. Comment
Crime

Ex-Rutgers Student Convicted in Tyler Clementi Web-Spying Case

Dharun Ravi, a 20-year-old former Rutgers University student, has been convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness and evidence tampering, and evasion of apprehension in connection with several incidents in September 2010 in which he used a webcam on his dormitory room computer to spy on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, who was entertaining another man in their room. Comments (1)
Crime

Ex-Rutgers Student Convicted in Tyler Clementi Web-Spying Case

Dharun Ravi, a 20-year-old former Rutgers University student, has been convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness and evidence tampering, and evasion of apprehension in connection with several incidents in September 2010 in which he used a webcam on his dormitory room computer to spy on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, who was entertaining another man in their room. Comment
Crime

Defense in NJ Public Sex Sting Killing Tops $400,000

New Jersey’s Essex County could spend nearly a half million dollars by the end of 2012 to defend against a lawsuit brought by the family of DeFarra Gaymon, a 48-year-old Atlanta bank executive who was unarmed when he was shot and killed in 2010 by an Essex County deputy sheriff who was running a public sex sting in a Newark park. Comment
Politics

Critics Rip Pride Agenda Over Levi Firing 

With neither Ross Levi nor the Empire State Pride Agenda board that fired him last week having much, if anything, to say publicly about the events leading to the former executive director’s March 5 dismissal, others are speaking up –– and some of them, including two former leaders of the group, a top Paterson administration official, and a major philanthropic donor active in LGBT issues, are harshly critical of ESPA’s handling of the matter. Comment

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