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In West Village Assembly Race, Deborah Glick Deserves Reelection

In 1990 Deborah Glick made history when she became the first out LGBT elected official in New York State. For the better part of that decade, she and later Tom Duane were the only members of our community at the table when legislators made decisions about our lives. We know from the victories we’ve achieved in the years since that people knowing about our lives – including in the role o Comments (4)
Breaking News

Anti-Gay Bronx Pol Accused of Campaign Finance Violations Using Right-Wing Donations

The State Senate campaign of Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, well-known for his longstanding anti-LGBT views, is drawing fire from the incumbent he is challenging in next week’s primary for “flagrant campaign finance violations” in using funds raised for the general election campaign in his primary campaign. Comments (7)
Breaking News

Manhattan Dems Punt on Ling-Cohan Snub

In response to Comment
Breaking News

Manhattan Dems Rejecting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan Sparks Outrage

The New York County Democratic Party and its vaunted independent screening panel for approving judges for the ballot has come under scorching and widespread outrage for the panel’s refusal to recommend that Justice Doris Li Comments (9)
Film

Songs of Freedom

The excellent drama “As I Open My Eyes” chronicles the coming of age of Farah (Baya Madhaffar), a baby-faced 18-year-old who lives in Tunis with her mother Hayet (Ghalia Benali). Farah, who is as unruly as her kinky hair, sings political songs in a band called Joujma. She is also romantically &# Comment
Film

A Real Phony

It’s not necessarily exploitative for a writer to be a recluse or use a pseudonym. Elena Ferrante is one of Italy’s most celebrated contemporary writers, and no one knows who she Comments (4)
Guest Perspective

New York City Policing at the Crossroads

Police criminalization of poor, queer, and trans communities of color, in the form of state-sanctioned genocide, has become the standard approach in New York City and across the country. With the departure of Commissioner Bill Bratton, New York City is at a crossroads and needs real progressive leadership. We already know our communities are fed up with the status quo. Comments (1)
Music

Mostly Marvelous Mozart

This year’s Mostly Mozart Festival kicked off on July 25 with an all-star gala concert of Mozart’s operatic hit parade billed as “The Illuminated Heart.” The stunning video projections, costumes, illuminations, and visual effects were designed Comment
Nathan Riley

Hillary Clinton and the New Liberal Consensus

The emerging likelihood that Hillary Clinton will be our next president confirms the political paradox that has always surrounded that storied family. Comments (1)
Film

Star Treatment for Movies’ Greatest Costumer

When asked who was the greatest movie costume designer, some aficionados might pump for the multi-Oscared Edith Head, who used ambition and political maneuvering to drive an astonishingly long career — despite a talent that was mostly just okay. Comments (5)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

The Queer Kitchen

So, I’ve been trying to write a cookbook for the last couple of years, deluded into thinking it would be a nice, light-hearted distraction from the horrors of politics. And why not? I had a bunch of good Kentucky recipes and decent home cook creds. There was even that summer during college that I did a stint in a professional kitchen at Yellowstone National Park. Comments (2)
Legal

Religious Freedom Challenge to Conversion Therapy Ban Fails

A California law that prohibits state-licensed mental health providers from engaging in “sexual orientation Comments (4)
Guest Perspective

The Fierce Assault on Philanthropy

I don’t know much about the Clinton Foundation. My knowledge is limited to what I read online. I do not seem to be alone. Two weeks ago the Trump camp broke what Trump calls “the biggest political scandal of our time” referring to alleged illegal dealings by the foundation. As public memory of political scandals like Watergate recedes, the claim was his to make. No one objected. Comment
Features

At Flame Con 2, Geeks Show in Brooklyn

“As a queer trans girl with an asymmetrical haircut, I can’t help but stick out in the average convention hall, even among people cosplaying mutants with blue skin,” a blogger posted this week on the geek site themarysue.com. Bet she felt right at home at Brooklyn’s Flame Con 2, held August 20-21 at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott. Comments (2)
Health

The Small Agency With a Big Voice

While most AIDS groups have remained silent as Governor Andrew Cuomo has declined to fully fund the Plan to End AIDS, VOCAL-NY has emerged as the principal antagonist of the governor as it repeatedly presses Cuomo to pay for the ambitious p Comments (7)
Politics

LGBT Issues Animate Queens Senate Primary

One of the most hotly contested Democratic primaries on September 13 is in central Queens’ 16th State Senate district, pitting pro-LGBT 17-year incumbent Toby Ann Stavisky against a return challenger, immigrant advocate S.J. Jung, who the Da Comment
Health

Stepping Up to Prostate Cancer Surgery

I woke up at 1:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday, June 14, in a recovery ward in Mt. Sinai Upt Comments (28)
Media Circus

Milo Yiannopoulos Is a Bore

I’m embarrassed to devote column inches to Milo Yiannopoulos, the racist gay tech editor for Breitbart.com. But he’s been in the news lately and this is a media column and, well, I feel a certain obligation. Comment
Politics

In Glick Versus Fouratt, Clash Over A Legislator’s Role

Asked to describe the significance of her nearly 26-year tenure in the State Assembly, out lesbian Democrat Deborah Glick talks about the legacy issues that would define a legislator’s career. Comments (2)
Breaking News

Cop Admits Weak NYPD Effort in Black Gay Man’s Assault

Giving credence to allegations that police initially made little effort to investigate a brutal attack on a black gay man in Williamsburg, the detective in the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force who took over the case six days after the assault said he received a single report from the local pre Comments (2)
Breaking News

Taj Patterson Ties Mayer Herskovic to His Beating

The black gay man who was brutally beaten by a mob in 2013 in Williamsburg linked Mayer Herskovic, whose DNA was found on the victim’s sneaker, to the crime by testifying that the man who punched and kicked him in the fa Comments (7)
Legal

In North Carolina, US Judge Bans H.B. 2 Enforcement at UNC

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction brought by attorneys for three transgender plaintiffs who are challenging North Carolina’s notorious “bathroom” law, H.B. 2, based on their claim that it violates the Comment
Breaking News

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

New York State’s highest bench, the Court of Appeals, has overruled a quarter-century-old Comment

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