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Passage to Philadelphia     

What more fitting location to celebrate the LGBT civil rights movement than the birthplace of US independence? Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — site of the First and Second Continental Congresses, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and home to annual LGBT rights marches that began in 1965. On th Comment

Stonewall Democrats Fête Four at Pride

PHOTOS BY GRACE CHU | In a June 4 event at the Union Square Ballroom, the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City kicked off its month of Pride celebration by honoring four leaders from inside the community and among allies. Honorees were Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., seen above with board member Marty Algaze and president Eunic Ortiz; Octavia Lewis (below), an educational specialist for transgender programming at the Hetrick-Martin Institute; Stuart Appelbaum (at the bottom of the article), the out gay president of the Retail W Comment

City of Brotherly Love Marks Half-Century Of Activism     

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Though the modern LGBT rights movement is typically dated back to the Stonewall Rebellion of June 1969, in fact there were a small number of occasions prior to that throughout the ‘60s when LGBT people affirmatively made their presence known. Both in organized protest and in spontaneous reaction to police action, demonstrators risked visibility — something little known in that era  Comment

Ceeping Up with Caitlyn

I also didn’t care much about Caitlyn Jenner — formerly Bruce — until it was impossible to buy a six-pack and a bag of chips without 12 different tabloid covers about her staring at me in the checkout line. I’m a transgender man, so I als Comments (7)

Staten Island Street Named for 1990 Gay-Bashing Victim

Jimmy Zappalorti, a 44-year old gay military veteran, was brutally murdered on Staten Island in 1990 for being gay in a case that shook the city and sparked gay activism in that borough. On May 29, Jimmy Zappalorti Lane was unveiled on a portion of Androvette Street in Charleston, the south shore street where he lived. On hand were Jimmy’s brother Robert, who spoke of the gay life Jimmy enjoyed in Manhattan and the more conservative Comment

Crowley Moves to Name Post Office for Jeanne, Jules Manford     

BY BILL PARRY | On the eve of LGBT Pride Month, US Representative Joe Cr Comments (2)

City Council Honors Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a June 2 ceremony at City Hall, the City Council celebrated LGBT Pride Month by honoring six New Yorkers for their contributions to the community and to New York overall. Comment

Warm Voices for Cold Spring Nights   

MARTY SOHL" width="440" height="293" /> Stephanie Blythe in the Met’s production of “The Rake’s Progress.” | Comment

A Splendid Day For Pride in Queens

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO & MICHAEL SHIREY | On what might have been the very nicest day so far this year, tens of thousands Comment

Power Plays

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” was certainly inspired by the memoir of Anna Leonowens, who was tutor to the children of the king of Siam (contemporary Thailand), but it also seems to draw insights from “Pride and Prejud Comment

Character Actress Assoluta   

BY DAVID NOH | That absolute goddess of a character actress Julie Halston is having quite the year. After demolishing both audiences and admiring critics with the most hilarious cameo appearance ever in “You Can’t Take It with You,” she immediately went into &# Comments (3)

Going Beyond HIV to Engage Young Gay Men in Health Care

BY RICHARD E. GREENE, MD & PERRY N. HALKITIS, PhD, MS, MPH | Over the past 30-plus years, conversations between primary health care providers and their gay patients have focused largely on HIV prevention or treatment, along with other sexually transmitted infections. And while these are significant issues, they cannot be the only elements that define health care. Comments (2)

Confronting the Great White HRC

BY KELLY COGSWELL | When Buzzfeed broke the news last week that the Human Rights Campaign had a diversity problem, the response among many activists was a great big, “Duh.” The only surprise was that the HRC folks had commissioned the report themselves, and having decided to look in the mirror, actually admitted that staring back was the face of a privileged white gay male. Comment

Not-So-Merry Pranksters

Among other things, Laura Nix and the Yes Men’s documentary “The Yes Men Are Revolting” is an unusual bromance. Not only is it free of the homophobia that mars so much contemporary American comedy, but one of the Yes Men, an activist duo, co Comment

Caitlyn, Hastert, the Pope, Yadda, Yadda… I’m All About Mouthfeel

So many items on the homosexual agenda this fortnight! LGBT Command Central, hidden in a secure underground chamber deep below a bar in Hell’s Kitchen — if I named it, they’d have to poison me — has been working overtime to keep us in the spotlight. Comments (8)

In a Place as Backward as New York

How are Utah, Ireland, the US Army, and the US Air Force alike? Comments (1)

Divine Intervention

The Bible has been woefully misconstrued for centuries. Not to mention it’s a tad out of date. Lucky for us sinners, God, in the form of Jim Parsons, has Comment

Estimates of Medicaid PrEP Users in New York State Revised Down      

The state health department has significantly reduced its estimate of the number of Medicaid beneficiaries in New York who are using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from 3,149 to 832. Comments (2)

Noho’s Nordic Offering Left Me Cold     

BY DONNA MINKOWITZ | Karen’s orange fish roe tacos were delicious, but they were each the size of my pinky (which is smaller than most women’s). The two miniscule tacos came, strangely, on an enormous branch of pine, looking as though a Christmas tree had been torn from the woods and hacked up to add a festive touch to our mid-May tabl Comment

Council Push for $50 MM Diversion to Religious Schools Intensifies  

BY ANDY HUMM | A $100,000 ad campaign has been launched in the Catholic and Jewish press to pressure Mayor Bill de Blasio into supporting a City Council bill, Intro 65, to let private and religious schools obtain free security officers for their schools. The bill is an unprecedented transfer of $50 million of public funds to private school Comments (6)

Cuomo in Full Court Press for Giveaway to Anti-Gay Schools     

Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined forces with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, to enact a “tax credit” bill that would transfer millions of state dollars to private and religious schools, many of them run by anti-gay religions that discriminate against LGBT employees. The measure has now been renamed the “Parental C Comments (3)

Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt: Stonewall Was "Romantic," "Revolutionary"

Artist Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt was a street kid who arrived in New York in May 1966 and participated in the Stonewall Rebellion. But he was also someone who frequented the bar itself, which opened in 1967. And while he concedes it was a dive bar, he loved it because it was unique among gay bars of the time in allowing “slow dancing where you could have a nice, full embrace — the unity of one person with another person.” Comments (4)

Comprehensive Anti-Bias Bill Close to Being Introduced in Congress      

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Comprehensive equal rights legislation — guaranteeing the nation’s LGBT community of nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodation, and access to credit — is likely to be introduced before the end of June, according to congressional staffers working on the bill. Comment

Pride in the Bronx

On June 3, Billy’s Sports Bar on River Avenue near Yankee Stadium played host to the fifth annual Pride Awards hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Honorees included Dr. Douglas Reich […] Comment

Williamson Henderson’s Persistent Luck in Selling a Stonewall Tale  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a June 7 profile of Williamson Henderson, a man who claims he was arrested during the 1969 Stonewall riots, the New York Times at least acknowledged that “Some have called his claims into question.” The Times has profiled or quoted Henderson in four stories since 1994 and once, in a fift Comments (5)

You Almost Got Me There, B*tch!

On Monday June 1, gay bars across the country were packed with fans awaiting the finale of the seventh season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” where the final three contestants — Violet Chachki, Ginger Minj, and Pearl — turnt up one last time in attempt to impress the judges. After what many considered a lackluster season, opinions were pretty divided as to which queen should walk awa Comments (1)

Polished But Still Raunchy

PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Boots & Saddle, the West Village's premier bar for drag queens, kicked off Pride month with a move to its new location at 100A Seventh Avenue South. Playing host to more than 30 queens seven days a week, Boots & Saddle now serves bar fare, including brunch on weekends. Seen here are Ari Kiki and Brenda Darling, who headline Tuesday night Comment

Queer Nation's Aerial Assault on Ian Reisner's Fire Island Fortress

In a splashy new development in the two-month-old brouhaha over two gay Manhattan hoteliers’ meeting with –– and financial contribution to –– stridently anti-gay Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz, the activist group Queer Nation launched a beachfront fly-over of a banner ur Comments (12)

Playing Cops and Queers

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Five years after winning the FringeNYC Overall Excellence in Production o Comment

Chelsea Clinic Protests Shift Focus to de Blasio

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | During a protest outside City Hall, some 30 members of ACT UP New York called on the de Blasio administration to replace the HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing services that were lost when the city clos Comment

When Wartime Homophobia Proved Lethal

BY KELSY CHAUVIN | Coinciding with LGBT Pride Month, the Museum o Comments (2)

The Women of Tennessee

BY DAVID NOH | God knows how many books have been written about Tennessee Williams, most of them not very good. However, James Grissom’s “Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog” honors the playwright beautifully. A great work, it is undoubtedly my favorite Williams tome yet. Comments (4)

Lambda Literary Fêtes Rita Mae Brown, John Waters

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | America’s LGBT literati descended on New York for the 27th annual Lambda Literary Awards held June 1 in the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union in Lower Manhattan. Comments (6)

Despicable Me

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Film actor Jesse Eisenberg is becoming a formidable force on the New York stage. In recent seasons “The Social Network” Oscar Comment

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