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Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

A Brooklyn judge swiftly convicted Mayer Herskovic of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and menacing in a 2013 attack in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye. Comments (3)
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Hero Judge Doris Ling-Cohan Renominated After Ordeal

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a distinguished jurist and champion of the rights of tenants, immigrants, and LGBT people, was re-nominated by acclamation for a 14-year term to the New York State Supreme Court by delegates to Manhattan’s County Democratic Comments (5)

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

In its closing statement in the trial of a man charged in a brutal gang assault in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye, the defense argued that no witness had identified Mayer Herskovic as the assailant and that the DNA evidence implicating him was based on bad science. Comments (4)
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DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

A defense expert testified that the DNA testing method used to link Mayer Herskovic to a brutal 2013 assault on a gay black man in Williamsburg was invalid and that his DNA may have ended up on the victim’s sneaker becau Comments (15)
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After Shoot-Out, Suspect in Explosions Captured

Just hours after issuing an extraordinary cell phone alert, law enforcement officials captured 2 Comment
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West 23rd Street Explosion Reports from Sister Papers Chelsea Now, The Villager

Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a press conference late Saturday night on West 23rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, joined by new Police Commissioner James O’Neill, to the right, and […] Comments (2)

NYFF Does Better By Women

Did someone at the New York Film Festival take a look at my article on last year’s festival, which complained about its lack of diversity? While female directo Comments (3)
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El-Amin Gets Nine Years for 2015 Dallas BBQ Assaults

Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison and three years post-release supervision for assaulting two men in the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea in 2015. Comments (6)
From the Editor

Phlegmgate, Or Why I’m So Often Embarrassed to Be a Journalist

The front page of Monday morning’s New York Post, under the headline “HILL HEALTH CRISIS,” offered up frame captures from video shot the day before showing Hillary Clinton stumbling as she was helped into a van during 9/11 memorial services. By the time the Post produced this cover, we all knew why Clinton appeared the way she did. She had pneumonia, diagnosed two days earlier. In the intervening 48 Comments (10)

LGBT Assemblymembers Win Big

Three of the four out LGBT members of the State Assembly faced challengers in this week’s Democratic primary, but all prevailed easily, two of them by massive landslides. Comment

Protesters Target Big Guns at Banking Confab

In the latest in a series of high-profile demonstrations against major producers and financers of firearms, Gays Against Guns, an advocacy group that emerged in the wake of the June mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Comments (4)

No Posing as Others on Manhunt!

Who knew? It is potentially a crime in Texas —and apparently several other states —to pose as somebody else on social media sites like And, according to a panel of the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, this prohibition does not violate anybody’s First Amendment rights. Comments (1)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Season of Grief

My uncle died a couple days ago in Kentucky. I can’t digest it. Maybe because I’d only seen him once since I left almost three decades ago. At first I’d make occasional pilgrimages back to visit my gay-hating mother, but there was too much suffering involved, it messed me up. So I finally quit going altogether, and lost them all —cousins, uncles, sisters. Even now, with small reconciliations, it’s too late to recover what’s gone or grieve what I already mourned. Comments (1)

A Dazzling Rainbow on a Brooklyn Labor Day

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In an annual Labor Day event probably only rivaled in New York by the June LGBT Pride March, as many as two million people turn out on East Parkway in Crown Heights for the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comments (1)

Museum Hours

“Everyone chooses to remember what they want to remember,” Mark Jacobson observes in his New York magazine piece “What Everyone Gets Wrong About ‘70s New York” late last year about one of the “few times in recent Comments (4)

Creating Images, and Dispelling Them

Closet Monster” is a fantastic and fantastical Canadian film about Oscar (Connor Jessup), a confused teenager who confides his troubles to his pet hamster, Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini). Comments (2)
Media Circus

Ding Dong, She’s Dead and All That

Usually our sense of propriety keeps us properly inhibited from expressing joy at the death of another. It’s better that way; the world would be an even less civilized place if we ran around singing “Ding, dong, the witch is dead” every time some hateful creature left the planet, never to return. Comment
Nathan Riley

From Ohio, New Evidence of Drug War’s Failure

Bad news for drug warriors continues to escalate, making defenders of the current policy approach look intellectually shabby. Comments (11)

Steuben Day Parade Welcomes First LGBT Contingent

Veteran gay activist Rick Landman and Chicagoan Stephen Fuchs are organizing the first LGBT contingent in the German-American Steuben Parade New York this coming weekend. Comment

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Immigrant’s Claim He’s Bisexual

A divided federal appeals panel has denied the effort by a Jamaican immigrant to avoid deportation, deciding that it would accept an immigration judge’s conclusion the man had failed to prove he is bisexual. Comment
Guest Perspective

Gay and Disabled in an Ableist, Heteronormative World

I always felt different as a child. It was not until adulthood that I realized why: I am gay and disabled. I talk often about being an LGBTQ person, but rarely will you hear me talk openly about my learning disability. I sat through many years of psychoeducational testing in New York City public schools for what school psychologists and social workers believe is a learning disability. Comments (2)

Bent Out of Shape

One cannot regularly go to Off-Broadway or even Off-Off-Broadway theater and fail to be impressed by the talented performers on these small, often obscure stages. Let’s face, it, New York is awash in talent. That observation s Comments (1)
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Top Manhattan Dems Signal Snubbed Justice Will Win Renomination

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a distinguished 20-year veteran of the State Supreme Court bench and a hero to the LGBT community for her historic 2005 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, was put through the ringer in recent weeks by a deeply flawed process of the New York County Democratic Party for nominating judges and anonymous leaks to the New York Post smearing her – either from inside Comments (1)

Dharun Ravi Convictions Thrown Out in Tyler Clementi Case

Dharun Ravi, found guilty on 15 different criminal counts for his video surveillance and webcasting of intimate encounters that Tyler Clementi, his Rutgers University roommate, had with another man in their dorm room, had his convictions overturned by an intermediate appeals court. Comments (1)

When Food Tastes Like Love

A man lies dying in a hospital-style bed center stage for the better part of “Aubergine,” a heartfelt, multicultural play by Julia Cho at Playwrights Ho Comment
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Defense DNA Expert Barred in Trial of Taj Patterson's Alleged Attacker

The defense in the trial of a man accused of participating in a 2013 gang assault on a black gay man in Williamsburg suffered a setback after the judge in the case refused to allow a witness to testify as a defense expert on DNA testing. Comment


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