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As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

Officials and activists at the Stonewall National Monument dedication included US Representative Carolyn Maloney, successful DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor, New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, Mayor […] Comments (7)
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Gun Violence A Key Issue in Sunday's Pride March

The killings of 49 LGBT people in an Orlando, Florida nightclub were a pronounced presence in New York City’s Pride Parade as a newly formed group of nearly 1,000 marched down Fifth Avenue to chants of “Trans, straight, bi, gay, gagging on the NRA&# Comments (16)
New York City

Brooklyn Borough Hall Wrapped in Love for Orlando

JACKSON CHEN | A rainbow banner with messages of love, support, and condolences embraces Brooklyn Borough Hall as local residents, community groups, and elected officials came together in a call for act Comment
Guest Perspective

We Must Show the World We Are Unafraid

OutRight Action International is shocked and saddened by the deadly massacre at Latin Night at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, and extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 49 people whose lives were taken and the more than 50 people injured. Comments (1)

Remembering Latino Lives Lost in Orlando

The Puerto Rican Flag outside the Stonewall Inn commemorates the many Latino lives lost at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in the early morning hours of June 12. | MIKE DESANTO […] Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

The Answer to Gun Violence is Feminism

To me, being anything doesn’t mean already being it, it means embracing a conscious journey of becoming it. For me, this applies, in the words of the late writer Paul Monette, to “becoming a man,” but certainly in my reckoning also to becoming an ally, and, for my purposes here, becoming a feminist. Comments (21)
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Obama Declares Stonewall National Monument at Christopher Park

As was widely expected, President Barack Obama has named Christopher Park, a .12-acre park across the street from the Stonewall Inn, as a national monument in recognition of the rebellion that began outside the gay bar in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 after a police raid there. That rebellion, which lasted for days as protesters clashed with police, is widely seen as the birth o Comment
From the Editor

Love Must Prevail

In December 1950, when William Faulkner accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature in a speech in Stockholm, he confronted the agonizing existential fear that weighed heavily on the minds and spirits of people everywhere. Just five years after Hitler’s terror had been halted, it was impossible to forget that the World War was finally laid to rest only with atomic bombs over Hi Comments (9)

City’s First Lady Urges Gays To Take on Guns

Just one day after a vigil at the Stonewall Inn commemorating those lost in the Orlando gay bar massacre was transformed into a rally calling for more stringent gun control measures nationwide, New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, led off with the sa Comments (3)

Making Diversity Happen

Brooklyn Arts Exchange, familiarly known as BAX, was started 25 years ago by director Marya Warshaw with a dream that there could be a haven in Brooklyn fo Comments (3)

Advocates Fault Cuomo For Broken Promise on New Housing

With the New York State legislative session ending without an agreement on how to spend billions that Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed be used to fight homelessness, advocates and their allies are pummeling the governor for breaking a promise. Comments (2)

Gay Iraqi Couple’s Struggle Highlighted at UN

MICHAEL LUONGO | It was an event mixing glamour, tragedy, and power — that last word literally. Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, was keynote speaker at a UN event focused on Iraqi LGBT issues, held amidst the ongoing refugee crisis caused by ISIS terror. Comments (2)

A Cop Who Really Was New York’s Finest

Members of the late Sergeant Charlie Cochrane’s family with (at r.) City Councilmember Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and (at rear, in uniform) Detective Brian Downey, […] Comments (22)

Transgender Latinas Assert Visibility in Jackson Heights

“Trans Power!” “Keep Your Hands Off My Sisters!” “Don’t Fuck with Us!” Comment

Title VII Sexual Orientation Bias Claims Divide Trial Courts

Reversing a position it held dating back 50 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last July issued a ruling that a gay man could charge a federal agency where he worked with sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for denying a promotion because of his sexual orientation. The Baldwin v. Foxx decision is an administrat Comment

Gay Racecar Driver Aims for Indy 500

With LGBT athletes become more prominent with every passing sports season, gay racecar driver Freddy Niblack is poised to break out. This 44-year-old, who came out in racing last year, is not just proud, but driven — h Comments (4)
Guest Perspective

Scapegoating Muslims Hides Homegrown Oppression

In November of 2001, a month after the United States invaded Afghanistan, Laura Bush gave a radio address detailing the struggle of Afghani women at the hands of the Taliban. Her speech launched what would become a new tactic on the Right: the use of women’s oppression in Muslim societies to justify American intervention. Comments (2)

An Outsider Sees All

9.438 x 18 in.). | LA MAMA LA GALLERIA/ LOAN FROM LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM OF GAY AND LESBIAN ART/ GIFT OF THE INGO SWANN ESTATE " width="669" height="400" /> Ingo Swann’s “The Demonstration Showing How It’s Done: Social Comment Series” (collage, Comment
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A Taste For Danger Transformed

Growing up in Tyler, Texas, I never missed a service at the First Baptist Church. I especially liked Sunday School, which began at 9 a.m., with kids my age gathering to sing gospel songs from a small spiral-bound hymnal called “Youth Sings,” immediately followed by prayers of face-wrenching sincerity in Jesus’ name. I w Comment

Taking Risks, Following Dreams

Todd Verow’s latest erotic, experimental video, “Available Light” is now available on DVD and through Vimeo, along with “Age of Consent,” his affectionate documentary about the London leather club the Hoist. In both films Verow presents a penetrating investigation of sex, fetishism, and gay su Comment

Your Pride Shows

Welcome to Gay City News’ sixth annual round-up of what’s on, what you should see, and how you can get in if you hope to make a trip to the theater part of your Pride celebration — but you haven’t planned ahead. Comment

Contradictions Wrapped Into Right and Wrong

Judging from his 17-film oeuvre (made in only 20 years), here’s a list of things South Korean director Hong Sang-soo likes: filmmakers such as himself, young women who are attracted to them, zoom lenses, soju (an indigenous Korean wine, equivalent to sake), complicat Comments (1)

Gun Debate Largely Omits Talk of Suicides

In the days following the June 12 killings of 49 people in an Orlando, Florida, gay club, LGBT gun control groups popped up around the country, including two named Gays Against Guns that formed independently in New York City. Dozens of established LGBT groups joined AIDS, progressive, and faith groups in endorsing limited gun control measures. Comment

Love is Love is Love

The hand that trembles uncontrollably, Comments (12)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

When Religion Bolsters Violence

I was eating fennel salad a couple weeks ago in this Italian dyke’s house when she asked if I knew why fags there were called “finocchio,” or fennel. And in between bites she explained that in the old days when the Catholic Church burned inherently heretical fags at the stake, they’d throw fe Comments (2)

HRC’s New Posture On Guns Complicates GOP Alliances

When the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) made what it called a “significant policy announcement” of endorsing some limited gun control Comment
Media Circus

Flash from the Right: Homophobia Can Be Lethal

So far, the Orlando massacre has avoided the fate the detestable “news cycle” — the 24-hour period in which anything of public value is ground up into media sausage that will have spoiled by the next day — might have forced upon it. Comment
Susie Day

Hillary And My Vaginal Vote: Best Identity Politics Ever!

Dear Hillary Rodham Clinton, Comments (43)
Guest Perspective

A Crime Targeting the Latinx LGBTQI Community

Today more than ever, we have a responsibility to talk deeply about the reasons at the root of why situations like #PulseOrlando happened. All day that Sunday, I was at a conference where the majority of people in attendance were Latinxs, and I didn’t totally understand what was happening. I didn’t know how to handle the news, but at some point I started to understand that this attack was not just what the media was saying or implying as the “biggest terrorist attack.” The reality is that this was a targeted, explicit attack on “Latino night” organized at a gay club — an intentional space for people of color LGBTQI-identified folks. Comments (6)

Pleasures That Cannot Be Bought

One of the main things our movement is about is pleasure. The right to pleasure — the goodness and innocence of all pleasure that hurts no one — is what we, more than anyone else in our time (and perhaps any time), assert and defend. In honor of Pride, this is a column full of pleasures that cannot be bought, as we ourselves cannot be bought and sold. Screw the corporatization of Pride, here is a list of stark raving pleasures you don’t have to go into debt for, not make rent for, or even post about so that some advertiser will reward you. Comments (2)

The Big Chill

New York’s summer theater scene usually boasts lighter, feel-good fare, especially during Pride Month, when it throws on a rainbow-hued feather boa an Comment

The Broadway Season & Home for Dinner

Have you ever fantasized about seeing all the shows on Broadway, knowing full well you don’t have the time, never mind the money to realize that dream? Well, I was lucky enough to come close – all in one afternoon. Comment

That Voice

Stretching the boundaries of her already full and rich career, Kathleen Turner will enter the world of Terpsichore with her participation in a program from Rioult Dance NY. I caught this exciting company’s Edith Piaf homage last spring and was dazzled by its vibrant mélange of choreographic styles, storytelling, and sound, and snatched the chance to speak with arti Comments (6)

Puccini on the L Train

The New York Opera Fest ( has been sponsoring opera presentations all over the city in May and June made possible, in part, by public funds from the city Department of Comments (2)
Guest Perspective

Orlando, Memories of the Ramrod, and Faith-Based Terrorism

We could have died in a spray of Uzi bullets. I was running late, but Glen Martin was already there, drinking a beer. Glen called from a pay phone as I was leaving my apartment. He was yelling with sirens in the background. Comments (2)
New York City

Does the Garden Party Have A Perfect Sunny Records?

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | From the very best recollections here at Gay City News, the annual Garden Party hosted by the LGBT Community Center Comments (23)
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Protesters Target Trump Tower, Evangelicals Meeting With Him

Chanting “Silence equals death, fuck the NRA” and “Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Donald Trump go away,” some 200 people joined a protest held at Trump Tower to counter the rhetoric that the presumptive Republican nominee for president has used to attack Muslims, Mexicans, and other groups. Comments (6)
New York City

The Bronx Honors Orlando

PHOTO ESSAY BY WILLIAM ALATRISTE | In a June 15 vigil outside the Bronx County Courthouse on the Grand Concourse overlooking Joyce Kilmer Park, members of the LGBT community and allies gathered to commemorate the murder four nights earlier of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub, who were gunned down by Omar Mateen, who also injured at least 53 others. The vigil, called by out gay Bronx City Councilmembers Ritchie Torres and Jimmy Vacca, was also attended by Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Comment

Brooklyn Pride Lights Up A Park Slope Evening

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Following an afternoon Pride Festival along Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn’s LGBT community and its allies took over the avenue again for the traditional evening Pride Parade on June 12. Despite occasional threats of rain, both the festival and parade, celebrating their 20th anniversary, drew big crowds and enjoyed good old-fashioned summer wea Comments (1)

Orlando Victims Remembered at 9/ 11 Memorial

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On June 16, several hundred people gathered the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center for a somber commemoration of the victims of the previous weekend’s mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. There, they gathered around the Survivor Tree – a pear tree saved during the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and replanted where they stood, opposite the memorial’s waterfalls & Comment

UN Ambassadors Travel to Stonewall In Orldando's Wake

Ambassadors and other representatives from 16 nations, the European Union, and the United Nations joined Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, for a special roundtable at the Stonewall Inn on June 16. The visit’s purpose was to reflect on both the tragic events in Orlando four days before and also the impact of the 1969 Rebelli Comments (11)


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