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Tim Sweeney, in Return NYC Visit, Fêted by GMHC

In marking its 30th anniversary with a Gotham Hall gala, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s oldest AIDS services and advocacy group, reached back 19 years to honor a former executive director, Tim Sweeney, who for two decades held pivotal leadership posts in AIDS and LGBT civil rights work in New York before assuming his current role as head of the Colorado-based Comment

Senate Reauthorizes Women’s Violence Act, But House Resists LGBT Protections

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A day after the Senate completed work on reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a 68-31 bipartisan vote, the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives offered its own version of the bill containing critical differences. Comment

AIDS Memorial Planning Kicks Off April 25

The first formal step in that process takes place on Wednesday, April 25, when two different designs will be compared at a meeting called by Community Board 2, which serves the West Village. At that meeting, the public is invited to comment on the process of merging the designs, which were independently created. One is the design developed by the Rudin Manageme Comment

Trans Leader Urges Restraint in Executive Order Response

When news broke last week that White House staffers told a gathering of LGBT advocates President Barack Obama was not moving forward with an executive order barring sexual orientation and gender identity and expression discrimination by federal government contractors, Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, was forceful in her public comment. Comment

Vargas Llosa: Against Hunting Gays In Latin America

In March, 24-year-old store clerk and gay activist Daniel Zamudio was attacked in a public park in Santiago, Chile, beaten intermittently for hours, carved with swastikas, and left for dead. He finally got to a hospital, struggled for three weeks, and then died. Comment

Trans Leader Urges Restraint in Executive Order Response

When news broke last week that White House staffers told a gathering of LGBT advocates President Barack Obama was not moving forward with an executive order barring sexual orientation and gender identity and expression discrimination by federal government contractors, Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, was forceful in he Comments (1)

Hilary Rosen Talks Families -- Ours

CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen took what no doubt was a welcome step out of the media firestorm on April 16 to participate in a panel discussion at Manhattan’s LGBT Community Center. Comment

As Obama Ducks Jobs Anti-Bias Order, White House Scrambles

Even as LGBT advocates are uniform in faulting the Obama administration for its unwillingness to move forward with an executive order barring sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by contractors doing business with the federal government, the White House press secretary, on April 12, insisted the decision ought not be faulted because “the president’s record on LGBT issues speaks volumes about his commitment.” Comment

A Promising Report Card

BY YOAV SIVAN | What is surprising in “The Declining Significance of Homophobia,” sociologist Mark McCormack’s new book from Oxford University Press, is not that homophobia among 16- to 18-year-old boys in secondary education in the UK has declined, but that it has fallen out of fashion. Comment

New Legal Fronts in Marriage Fight

With a federal lawsuit filed April 10 by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight gay and lesbian couples seeking marriage rights in Nevada, the push for equality has expanded to yet another front. Comment

Blackwashing Israel

This spring, the Jewish Museum is preoccupied with Israeli men. On the second floor of the Museum Mile institution, 14 large-scale canvases offer Kehinde Wiley’s insightful take on the subject, which manages to say something refreshingly meaningful about Israel. This might be in part because Wiley i Comment

Nuisance Abatement Law Challenged in Court

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In what may be the first such challenge, a restaurant temporarily shuttered under New York City’s nuisance abatement law has asked a state court to strike down the law and has filed a federal lawsuit that also seeks to have the law declared unconstitutional. Comment

Uncertain Glories

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | In March, City Opera improved its buzz — at a low ebb after its BAM productions — when the company mounted “Cosi fan tutte” at John Jay College’s relatively intimate Lynch Theater. Comment

Religion Doubles Down against Gay Rights

In May of 1925, Ossian Sweet, an African-American doctor, and his wife, Gladys, purchased a home in a predominantly white neighborhood in Detroit. They moved in three months later and began receiving threats. One evening, the home was besieged by an angry white mob. Comment

Ritz Kraka, Witti Repartee, and So Much More

Nearly a thousand guests gathered at the Marriot Marquis on the evening of March 31 for the 26th annual Night of a Thousand Gowns, a charity ball that raised an estimated $350,000 for PFLAG NYC, the flagship chapter of the national organization, and New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth, volunteers and professionals working to increase self-sufficiency among that population. Comment

Community Media Honored With 27 Awards

Community Media, the newspaper group that includes Gay City News, racked up 27 awards at the New York State Press Association’s 2011 Better Newspaper Contest, held in Saratoga Springs March 30-31. That showing put the company in fourth place among all newspaper groups in the state. Comment

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