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When the City Truly Never Slept

It was a time of sex, drugs, and disco. Comments (2)

Chinese Food Can’t Hold a Candle to Jewbilee

BY MICHAEL LUONGO What’s a gay Jew to do on Christmas Eve in New York? Comments (3)

The New Age: Sex After 50, 60 & 70

Although this article’s title focuses on sex after 50, the truth is many men start to think of aging earlier, in their 40s or younger, and by 50 realize it’s going to happen, although this period of middle age has recently come out as a remarkably sexual period itself. In other words, the old gay saw R Comments (4)

The Pool Man’s Joy

; Acrylic on canvas. | © DAVID HOCKNEY/ ©TATE, LONDON 2017 (PURCHASED, 1981) Comments (5)
New York City

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Fêted for 25 Years of Leadership

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a benefit evening of speeches, musical performances, and a reception, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the city’s LGBTQ synagogue that is also the world’s largest, celebrated 25 years of spiritual leadership under Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum. The highlight of the evening, which raised funds to complete the capital campaign that allowed CBST t Comment
New York City

The Ringleader

Andy Hill was a pastor’s son who spent his childhood running away from being gay. He quit gymnastics because he was attracted to his teammates and coaches. He buried himself in playing piano instead. Comment

Matthew Shepard Foundation Enters 20th Year

Nineteen years after the brutal, anti-gay murder of her 21-year-old son Matthew in Laramie, Wyoming, Judy Shepard is committed and passionate about the cause of combatting bullying and bias of the type that ripped her family apart. Comments (2)

A Tribute to Mark Merlis

On December 12, as part of the LGBT Community Center’s Second Tuesday Lecture Series, an esteemed group of gay writers will pay tribute to Mark Merlis, an award-winning novelist (“American Studies,” “An Arrow’s Flight,” “Man About Town,” “JD”) who was recognized as a modern gay master. Comments (1)

December 1 Is World AIDS Day

Worldwide, an estimated 38 million people are living HIV, with more than 17 million still receiving no treatment to halt the progression of AIDS-related illnesses, according to data from UNAIDS. In 2016, approximately 1.8 million people became newly infected, with 160,000 of those under the age of 18, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research reports. Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 7 Comment

All About Andy

“I liked Andy immediately because I felt he was very accessible,” Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni recently said as she was promoting her new book “After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land,” according to a profile in Vanity Fair. “Andy had an extraordinary magnetism. He was kind of an amoeba or Zelig-like. When people say he was negative, I totally disagree, it’s what you brought.” Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

On World AIDS Day, Legendary R.E.D. Ball is a Celebration of Life

“Tens across the board!,” the emcee screams into the microphone as three young, queer New Yorkers of color walk the runway of the R.E.D. Ball with giant angel wings that they designed and assembled just for this night. Comments (2)

LGBTQ Life and Detroit’s Changed Face

Tim Retzloff teaches history and LGBTQ studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He earned his Ph.D. in history in 2014 from Yale, where he studied under George Chauncey, Comment

Anime NYC Revives a Lost Niche

New York has a major Comic Con but, in years past there was also a con just for Japanese comics and cartoons. The old New York Anime Festival was absorbed into the New York Comic Con (NYCC) five years ago, leaving the city’s nerdy Japanophiles without a major con they could claim as their own. Comments (2)

For this Southern Evangelical Gay Man, the “Fix” Failed

Every summer at church camp, Sheldon Rogers asked God to fix him. Comments (2)

Accepting Your Age and the Youth Among You

Several years ago, a gay man, at that time a neighbor of mine, walked into my living room and stopped in front of the coffee table. Comments (2)

Michelangelo’s Process Revealed

; drawing, red chalk; 10 11/16 in. x 16 5/8 in. | ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST / © HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2017, WWW.ROYALCOLLECTION.ORG.UK Comment
Media Circus

Long Live the King! Celebrating Diane Torr

Sunday afternoon, I gussied myself up and was at the door putting on my red shoes when I realized I was still wearing puffy white athletic socks. I was going to a memorial at Dixon Place for Diane Torr, a remarkable artist, extraordinary human, and king of all drag kings everywhere, who died in May. So of course I stopped and changed. Comment

Kauai’s Mix of Nature and Adventure

If you think about it, Hawaiian culture is one of the most easily identified, even for those who’ve never set foot on its lush lands. How quickly we conjure up hula skirts, floral prints, tiki torches, and the soft strum of ukuleles at just the thought of the Aloha State. They’re so pervasive that visitors here might have oversimplified expectations. Comments (2)

In This “Laramie Project,” Matthew Shepard Speaks

It was 19 autumns ago when the nation was shaken by news of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay Laramie, Wyoming, college student who was held captive by two local men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, who beat him savagely and hung his body on a ranch fence, leaving him to die. Found the morning after the attack, Sh Comments (1)

LGBTQ in Intersectionality Mix at Women’s Convention

Intersectionality. Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

One Gay Man’s Experience with Sexual Humiliation

Forty years ago I stood in the center of a crowded room with a nervous smile on my face. It was lunch time, and the office canteen was packed with noisy colleagues in a festive mood. Comments (7)
New York City

Community Center Fêtes Women Leaders

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On November 4, the LGBT Community Center hosted its 20th annual Women’s Event at Capitale on the Bowery with a splashy evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a celebration of leaders in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Comments (6)
New York City

In Tragedy's Wake, Halloween Parade Carries On

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a beautifully crisp autumn day, the whimsical and faux-spooky spirit of Halloween was smashed by a horrifying terror attack on a Lower Manhattan bike bath that left eight people dead and at least 11 injured. In a city capable of almost unimaginable resilience, New York straightened its shoulders and let the show go on at the 44th annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade up Sixth Avenue from Houston Street, barely a mile from the real-world carnage. Comments (2)
Breaking News

Kevin Spacey’s Career-Ending Abuse Started 30 Years Ago

Kevin Spacey is finished. No one will be able to look at him again without thinking about the fact that when he was 26, he cornered a 14-year-old boy on his bed and tried to force himself on the boy sexually. While Spacey said that he had no recollection of the attack on actor Anthony Rapp in 1986 and said that he must have been drunk if it happened and he was sorry, neither that excuse nor Comments (17)
Guest Perspective

Why Tenants Should Vote No on a Constitutional Convention

Every 20 years, the New York State Constitution mandates a statewide vote on whether to convene a convention to consider amending it. On November 7, New Yorkers will vote yes or no. This measure, on the back of the ballot, is more important than anything on the front. Comments (3)

La Dulcet Musto

There may have been more powerful columnists in the history of American journalism than Michael Musto, but none was ever more adored, for he radiates a personality and humor as great as — and often greater than — the celebrities he covers. For nearly 30 year Comments (1)

Once Ex-Gay, Now Advocating for Christian Inclusivity

If you tell Alex Haiken that he can’t be gay and Christian, you had better have done your homework. Comments (16)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

#UsToo: Reclaiming “Lesbian” in Vienna

I recently went to a march in New York organized by Voices 4 Chechnya and RUSA LGBT demanding that the US welcome queer Chechen refugees who are being tortured and murdered by the brutal regime of Putin faithful Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov. Comments (3)
Guest Perspective

Constitutional Convention Will Expand Voter Participation

When looking at the extremely low voter turnout for New York City’s recent primary election, one wouldn’t know that city residents were deciding who would run for mayor this year. It is clear that New York needs to do more to encourage voter participation and competitive elections. Comments (1)

A Second Rainbow Flag at Stonewall Monument — This One Clearly Over Federal Land

On the eve of a National Coming Out Day ceremony dedicating the Rainbow Flag at the site of the Stonewall National Monument, the National Park Service abruptly pulled its sponsorship, citing a technical reading of the boundaries of Christopher Park — ceded to the federal government as a condition of establishing the monumen Comment
Guest Perspective

Embracing Our New Age

My father died at the age of 42, when I was 11 years old. I was told he died of “kidney problems.” I was not allowed to visit him in the hospital the last several weeks of his life or to ask questions about him. Questions were completely sidelined by the answer, “You’re too young to understand this.” Comments (6)
Susie Day

Herman Bell’s Beat-Down

“Why don’t you Americans drop the bullshit about the land of the free and the home of the brave? Admit you’re now basically a tinpot dictatorship.” Comments (5)
Nathan Riley

Not the Time for a Constitutional Convention

Vote against the constitutional convention this November. Comments (2)

Andrew Evans, The Digital Nomad

Andrew Evans is an author, travel writer, and TV host, working in a variety of media. One of his nicknames is the Digital Nomad, especially for his work for National Geographic, reporting live from all seven continents and more than 100 countries. He has broadcast from kayak, camelback, and helicopter, from atop arctic glaciers, from the jungle, from the middle of the ocean, and from inside King Tut’s tomb. He was the first person ever to live-tweet his Comment

Wedding & NewFest Centerpiece All in One Month!

The wedding of photographer and filmmaker Jordan Geiger and actor and writer Anthony Johnston was celebrated October 9 at the Topaz, a cocktail bar in Bushwick, with Geiger’s family in from Denver, Johnston’s in from Canada, and friends traveling from as far away as London and Manhattan. Comments (10)
Guest Perspective

DOE Must Do Better Job of Keeping LGBTQ Students Safe

The real tragedy of the terrible bullying-related killing that occurred two weeks ago at the Urban Assembly for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx is that it seems to have been completely preventable. In the wake of this sad incident, there are numerous questions about the details of what happened. This much is clear, however: the New York City Department of Education (DOE) n Comments (3)

“Johnny and Barry” Radio at September’s Original LGBT Expo

Batting first in their lineup of guests is Ross Levi, the state’s executive director of tourism and the coordinator of I LOVE NEW YORK LGBT. Ross, who is a regular travel contributor at Gay City News, talks about the many sweet places to visit in New York State as well as the LGBT initiative he has overseen for the past three years. See what New Comments (1)

Performance Provocateur and Rooted Married Man

With stops along the way at the Department of Homeland Security, amidst the queer history of hurting hearts, and at the DNA roots that lead him to Central New York and an ‘80s power rock epiphany on a farm road in Yates County, “Rooted” Comments (2)

NEA Honors Teacher’s LGBTQ Advocacy

Robt Seda-Schreiber, an art teacher in the Kreps Middle School in East Windsor, New Jersey, runs that school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. Named in June as the National Education Association’s Social Justice Activist of the Year, he is the first recipient of that honor recognized for his work in LGBTQ advocacy. A straight married father and Brooklyn native, Se Comments (2)
Breaking News

A Frontline Activist and a Singularly Joyful Human Being

Outside the Upper East Side’s Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, Edie Windsor’s comrades from the grassroots marriage equality movement lined up more than an hour and a half early to make sure they would get a seat inside for her September 15 memorial service. These were the people from Marriage Equality New York whom Edie sought out in order Comments (1)

NYPD Surveillance on Early LGBTQ Activism Bared

As activists were gathering in the West Village in 1970 for the first march to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots that mark the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, they were not alone. The NYPD was nearby surreptitiously taking pictures and film of New York City’s first Pride March. Comments (1)

Thousands Find Fabulousness at Javits

Approaching the large gray behemoth that is the Javits Center this past weekend, one would have no idea that inside there would be a scene of overwhelming fabulousness. Over two days, 35,000 people traveled there to be part of the celebration that is RuPaul’s DragCon. Comments (2)

Cosplay and Drag Blend at Flame Con

The stereotypes of nerds and gays often appear at odds with each other, but, for the third year in a row, geek culture and the LGBTQ community have enthusiastically teamed up at Flame Con. The weekend convention, held this year August 19-20 at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott, gathers the artists and writers who create queer comic books, movies, games, and TV shows t Comments (3)

Overnight Love and a DIY Wedding Just Like Home

For Chris Vasquez and Lawrence Neuhauser, a late night OkCupid date produced love at first sight. Comments (4)

Autumn in New York

BY ROSS D. LEVI| It’s hard not to feel a bit of a letdown over the end of summer, the season traditionally associated with vacationing and relaxation. In New York State, we are fortunate to have one of the most beautiful seasons of the year as a kind of coda to summer. Painters, poets, and songwriters have all tried to capture the magic of autumn in New York, and the cooling temperatures beckon travelers to experience the wo Comments (2)
Guest Perspective

Malliotakis’ Dog Whistle to Anti-LGBTQ Voters

Since last November, we’ve seen Trump-emboldened Republicans try to roll back many of the hard-fought rights of our city’s LGBTQ communities. Comments (3)

For Honeymoons, Wedding Celebrations, Think Costa Rica

ANdAZ’s action won the praise of the Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo (Business Association for Develop Comments (4)

Drawing Fire

Among the draws at this year’s queer comics festival Flame Con, happening at the Bro Comments (16)
New York City

Changing Times, But the Pier Remains

During discussions over the past several years about the possibility that the West Village Church of St. Luke in the Fields might build a new “mission center” for an LGBTQ youth drop-in center at Hudson and Christopher Streets, one prominent critic of the idea — David Poster, head of the Christopher Street Patrol volunteer anti-crime group — said the facility really wasn’t ne Comments (1)

At 35th, GMHC Marches to West Village AIDS Memorial

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On August 11, 1981, Nathan Fain, Larry Kramer, Larry Mass, Paul Popham, Paul Rapoport, and Edmund White gathered in Kramer’s apartment for an urgent discussion of how […] Comments (27)

Latex Ball Draws Thousands

Several thousand party enthusiasts gathered on the evening of July 29 at Terminal Five on West 56th Street for the 27th annual Latex Ball, the world’s largest celebration of the House and Ball community. Comments (6)

Magic Michael

I’ll start with a confession, and some of you may relate: I was hesitant to interview Michael Urie. He’s so very talented, smart, funny, and handsome that I thought — in a very special and gay insecure way — “He’s got to be a bitch.” Comment

Back to the Joys of Deep Disco

One of the great pleasures of this life we know as gay — indeed, a veritable coming out rite of passage for many — is dancing in a club to some truly fabulous music. I was lucky to come of age in the immediate post-Stonewall era, when disco was being born, shaking my butt to the earliest examples of the genre, “Rock the Boat,” the Philly sounds of Harold Mel Comments (25)
New York City

NGLCC Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting LGBTQ Enterprises

The historically unparalleled accelerated advancement in LGBTQ cultural acceptance and civil equality has been successful and strengthened in large part due to the engagement of the business community, which has often served as an effective advocate for fair treatment and evenhanded opportunity. Comments (1)
New York City

Honoring Marsha P. Johnson

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Twenty-five years ago this summer, Marsha P. Johnson, a trans icon whose central role in the Stonewall Rebellion was chronicled in historian David Carter’s definitive 2004 book about the 1969 uprising, was remembered in a July 27 memorial on the Christopher Street Pier. Johnson, who with friend and fellow activist Sylvia Rivera, founded STAR, Comments (3)
Guest Perspective

Why Isn’t the Rainbow Flag Flying at the Stonewall National Monument?

From the foot of historic Christopher Street to its head at the Stonewall National Monument, the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag should fly every day of the year. Comments (3)

The Mash-Up of Appetite and Desire

It was the last day of the Fancy Food Show, and every attendee was frantically scooping up free Italian sodas, chips, organic diced tomatoes, caramels, ginger tea premixed with kilos of sugar, and little French éclairs. I was one; my life had turned into an episode of “Supermarket Sweep,” and like the thousands of others who attended, I was now enacting the sweetest fever-dream of capitalism: getting every purchasable pleasure — in e Comments (29)

Fran Drescher Says "Cancer Schmancer"

On June 19, Fran Drescher, of “The Nanny” and “Happily Divorced” TV fame, played host to a Hornblower Cruise dinner gala in support of her Cancer Schmancer Foundation. Comment
Guest Perspective

Why I Chose To Be Gay

Yes, you read that right. Comments (4)

In Washington Square, Underlining Trans Visibility

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO/ REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On a humid Friday afternoon just two days before the LGBTQ Pride March, a crowd of several hundred spent an hour in Washington Square Park listening to speeches as part of Trans Day of Action, before devoting several more hours to marching around the Village. Comment

Gracie Mansion Celebrates Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a spectacular early summer evening June 22, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray played host to several hundred LGBTQ New Yorkers in a salute to Pride and, specifically, to Laverne Cox, the first out transgender television star (“Orange Is the New Black”). Comments (2)
New York City

Woke-ness Colors Pride March, Dyke March, and Drag March, Too

While the Pride March and Dyke March were full of woke p Comments (3)

Invader in the Pleasure Dome: One Year Later

This month marks a year since Dr. Ash Tewari performed a robotic-assisted, laparoscopic, radical prostatectomy — known as a RALP — on me at Mt. Sinai Hospital uptown. For the first several months after having my prostate removed, I was living in this almost euphoric fool’s paradise believing that I had re Comments (5)
Guest Perspective

Kevin Spacy Has No Place Mocking Closets

Kevin Spacey tried to make no fewer than four “jokes” about being in the closet while hosting the Tony Awards, but was shown up by multiple out gay and lesbian winners and presenters — calling attention to his immature and offensive insistence on not owning up to his gay identity. Comments (7)
Susie Day

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

his year, Ramadan — the ninth month of the Islamic year, in which observant Muslims fast to commemorate the revelation of the Quran — happens to coincide with most of Gay Pride Month. Quiet as it’s kept, there are uncounted numbers of queer Muslims in the gay community. One of them is Izzadine Mustafa. Comments (14)

The San Francisco I Missed in Person

BY DONNA ACETO As a New Yorker of a certain age, I have longed for a visual portal into San Francisco in the 1970s. Armistead Maupin’s series of “Tales of the City” novels and my own imagination aside, Daniel Nicoletta’s “LGBT San Francisco” is the most fun historical romp I have found. On either paper or film. Comment

Diversity, Indie Retailers Lauded in Publishing

BY MICHAEL LUONGO| Book Expo America, an annual publishing industry event held in tandem with the public conference BookCon, took place May 31 to June 4 in New York. North America’s largest book event, Book Expo, held at the Javits Center, offered plenty of interest for the queer reader, from out gay celebrities headlining splashy talks and quiet signings by authors to conversa Comments (2)

Transgender Legal Defense Honors Freedom

The Manhattan Penthouse on Lower Fifth Avenue was the venue June 8 for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s 12th annual Freedom Awards. The evening honored Governor Andrew Cuomo, in recognition of his work on behalf of transgender rights — with the nation’s first executive directive interpreting sex discrimination protections to protect trans people — marriage equality, gun safety, and a living wage. Comments (4)

Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Community Health, on June 14, officially opened its expanded facilities at 400 Broadway in Chinatown, more than doubling the number of exam and counseling rooms. The agency provides comprehensive primary care, preventive health services, mental health, and support services, with its core constituencies being A Comments (56)

A Wow Crowd at Jim Owles!

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club held a splashy Pride Awards ceremony at the Flatiron home of former Public Advocate Mark Green on June 5. Comments (8)

At Macy's, Comptroller Honors Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a June 20 bash at Macy’s in Herald Square, City Comptroller marked LGBTQ Pride Month by honoring Sue Wicks, a former New York Liberty player who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013; the Hetrick-Martin Institute (see related story on HMI); Luis Mancheno, a board member of Equal Comments (3)

Pride Rally Returns to the Streets

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | After a number of years of holding the annual Pride Rally on a Hudson River pier, Heritage of Pride, in a bow to the dire political straits America finds itself in, took the event back to the streets this year, holding it in Foley Square downtown on June 16. Comments (1)

Celebrating Queer Literature and Mentorship

The Tony Awards were only the second-gayest ceremony in town last week, as luminaries from the LGBTQ community gathered Monday, June 12 to celebrate the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards. Comments (21)

Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

Hundreds of proud activists crowded into the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow Corona Park for the June 9 opening of an exhibit on the unique history of the LGBTQ movement in New York’s most diverse borough. Comments (2)
New York City

Tears, Love, Anger, and Rainbows

Hundreds of New York comrades, family members, and admirers of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, bid him an emotional and spirited farewell on June 14 — Flag Day (his favorite day) —starting at the Stonewall Inn and marching with many of his banners protesting hate and affirming LGBT identity to Hudson River Park. There, his flag was raised high Comment

Leadership Awards at Brooklyn Pride Center

26 Bridge Street in DUMBO played host to the Brooklyn CommunityPride Center Awards on June 15, an event that included cocktails and dinner as well. Comments (1)

Show Your Pride

If you’re planning on making a trip to the theater part of your Pride celebration, read this (skimming is okay — if it's absolutely necessary): Gay City News’ annual round-up of what you should see, what you can see, and how. Comments (1)

"In the Life" In the Flesh

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | “In the Life,” an LGBTQ news and cultural affairs television program, made history when it premiered on PBS 25 years ago. The show was like nothing before, yet it stayed ahead of its time, exploring teen suicide, a Muslim lesbian, gender diversity, and the first Pride celebration in Montana — all in its first half-dozen years. Comment

Hail, Caesar!

Despite the dazzling, thoughtful, and often moving production of “Julius Caesar” now in Central Park, it is virtually impossible to discuss the Public Theater’s staging of the Shakespeare classic without acknowledging the predictably cartoonish controversy it has spawned. In setting the play in the present time an Comments (4)

Luscious Sights, Smells Now Joined By Tastes

There is nothing like rifling someone’s hair under white cherry blossoms. Or gazing at tall black-purple tulips while someone puts their arm around you and pulls you close enough to smell their spicy traditional cologne. That is why there is no single better spot for a date in all of New York City than the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Comments (13)
New York City

Pride Month Kicks Off in Jackson Heights

As is its tradition, Queens Pride kicked off the city’s month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community in Jackson Heights on June 4 with a turnout far exceeding last year’s and a special focus on those who lost their lives to hate crimes over the decades. Comments (2)

Gay Greetings from Asbury Park

The sky looked menacing, but there was no rain on this parade. The New Jersey LGBT Pride Celebration was held June 4 for the 26th time in Asbury Park on the fabled Jersey Shore. Comments (4)

Still Searching for the “Angels”

ELI JACOBSON | Tony Kushner completed his two part opus “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” in the early 1990s as a visceral response to critical issues that dominated the previous decade — the rise of Ronald Reagan, the emergence of AIDS, New Yorkers’ response to the crisis, and the culture wars th Comment

March for Truth and Against Guns

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Saturday, June 3 saw two gatherings of protesters in the immediate vicinity of the Brooklyn Bridge — one a grassroots coalition of groups demanding an independent investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to Donald Trump and his campaign. Comments (2)
Nathan Riley

Time for Resistance to Jeff Sessions’ Drug War

It’s a question of will; you want to solve the drug problem, give them the max, says Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the man Donald Trump chose to be his attorney general. In line with that thinking, Sessions is torpedoing a three-year experiment that encourages leniency before its impact could be examined. Comments (6)

An Equal Rights Vacation

Most LGBTQ New Yorkers know that our state was the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement at Stonewall. Some know that the women’s rights movement was born here as well. Still others are aware of the state’s prominent role in bringing an end to slav Comments (2)
Guest Perspective

D’entre Les Morts

I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. Hardly surprising as I turned 70 this past February. But my health is good and my spirits high, so I’ve probably got a reasonable amount of time ahead of me before the End Credits roll. Comments (2)

Pride Speaks Russian in Brighton Beach

They’re making history in Brighton Beach — and they’re proud! Comments (3)

Ron Gold, Pioneer in Challenging Sickness Label, Dies

Ron Gold, who told a committee of shrinks, “Stop it, you’re making me sick!,” in a 1973 speech as part of the successful campaign to get the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from their Index of Mental Disorders, died at his East Village home May 1 at the age of 87. Comments (8)
New York City

Bill Hoffman’s Mark on Artistic, Gay, and Jewish life

William M. Hoffman, who died at age 78 on April 29, was an important and beloved figure in at least three communities: artistic, gay, and Jewish. In each, he left an indelible mark. Comments (7)
Media Circus

Denying Chechen Gay Torture — In Grozny, Moscow, and DC

Chechnya wants to eliminate gay community by end of May,” the British-based’s headline states. Now how exactly does one deal with threats of imminent extermination? Stay away from Chechnya, for starters. Not that the wretched place has much to offer, although according to Trivago, you can get a hot Comments (8)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

France at the Authoritarian Crossroads

It’s almost a miracle how, in just one year, centrist Emmanuel Macron and his supporters launched the grassroots movement En Marche! (On the move!) that not only got him into the second round of the presidential vote, but helped him win. Comments (1)

Arthur S. Leonard Honored by New York Law School

Arthur S. Leonard, award-winning legal reporter for Gay City News and the editor and principal author of LGBT Law Notes online (, has been on the faculty of New York Law School since 1982. On April 26, he was honored Comments (27)
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The 2017 Gay City News Impact Awards

Gay City News hosted its second annual Impact Awards on March 30, 2017 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comments (7)
New York City

Amy Ashworth, P-FLAG Co-Founder, Dies

When Amy Ashworth died April 6 at age 92 in Ojai, California, her surviving son Everard Ashworth was asked, for purposes of her death certificate, what her profession was. Comments (2)

Queer Left Academics Take on LGBT Mainstream

Roughly two hours into a conference titled “Beyond Marriage, Beyond Equal Comments (6)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Voting for Hope in France

The first round of France’s presidential election is over, and it’s down to the centrist Emmanuel Macron and the candidate of the extreme right, Marine Le Pen. I think Macron will win. God, I hope so. Comment
Media Circus

When the Times Tried Gay Men’s Souls

From the New York Times, we learned that the cop who was shot to death in the most recent Paris terrorist attack was not only gay but also an LGBTQ activist. Xavier Jugelé, 37, wasn’t just out and proud; he was especially public about it. Comment

Innovation Award for New Alternatives

New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth in Manhattan was one of five organizations out of 500 applicants selected for a national “Renewal Award” for social innovation from The Atlantic magazine and Allstate — an effort to highlight people and organizations making a difference. Kate Barnhart, New Alternatives’ executive director, said, “We’re really grateful for the recognition for our small but dedicated organization. Twenty-thousand dollars makes a tremendous difference to us as we operate on a m Comments (5)

No Wrong Way In New Orleans

Whether you’re a New Orleans first-timer or a deep fan who can’t get enough, this city seems ever ready to charm you anew. Yes, it’s a historic place — one of America’s oldest cities, in fact — and its heritage is a huge point of pride for locals. But part of its legacy is welcoming travelers and inducting them into the Comments (6)

Dreaming of Summer

It’s hard to believe, with snow a not so distant memory, but it’s only a matter of weeks until the unofficial start of summer. A great way to get there quicker — in your mind, at least Comments (8)
Guest Perspective

Obamacare Works — Just Ask Mike Pence

As governor of Indiana, Mike Pence slashed state health spending, eliminating Scott County Planned Parenthood — the only place for residents of that rural area to get tested for HIV. Comments (3)

Judges Hail Gavin Grimm as Civil Rights Hero

Even as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Gloucester County (Virginia) School District’s motion to vacate a district court’s 2016 preliminary injunction ordering it to allow Gavin Grimm to use the boys’ Comments (1)

Peter Shaffer’s Coming Out Celebration

Playwright Peter Shaffer (“Equus,” “Amadeus”), who died at 90 last June, got a star-studded memorial service at the American Airlines Theatre on April 3 hosted by Alec Baldwin, […] Comment

Raising Funds for Scholars, Point Honors Champions

The Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship group supporting LGBTQ highe Comments (4)

Martin Duberman Asks What History Is

Early in her discussion with Martin Duberman, the author of “Jews Queers Germans,” a “novel/ history, Alisa Solomon, a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, asked Duberman, “You’ve written in every genre there is… You chose to write it as fiction. Why?” Comments (1)

Psychotherapist Who Coined “Homophobia” Fought It All His Life

Psychotherapist George Weinberg, who coined the word “homophobia” in 1966 — turning the tables on anti-gay people by branding them as the sick ones — died in New York on March 21 at age 87. He had just completed an article for Gay City News on the origins of his famous word. Comments (1)

Jimmy Breslin, New York’s Greatest Columnist, Dies  

Jimmy Breslin, who died March 19 at 88, was the greatest newspaper columnist in New York at a time when as top columnist for the Daily News, he could command half a million dollars a year and the tabloids he wrote for had immense power. Comments (3)

Daydreaming On Riviera Maya

Kicked back in a lounge chair on the shore of the Yucatán Peninsula, cocktail in hand as a Caribbean breeze fills the shade beneath my beach umbrella, I’m reminded that daydreams can come true. Comment

GMHC Honors Bill Clinton, Staley Brothers

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At its 35th anniversary Spring Gala, Gay Men’s Health Crisis honored longtime activist Peter Staley, his brother Jes Staley, CEO of Barclays Bank, and President Bill Clinton for his global AIDS work at the Clinton Foundation. The former president was unable to attend, but was represented by his daughter, Chelsea. Comment

Jim Eigo Honored by ACT UP at 30

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Marking 30 years of AIDS activism, ACT UP held a March 22 event to recognize the work of Jim Eigo, a founding member of the group’s Treatment and Data Committee, upon his retirement. Longtime ACT UP members Eric Sawyer, Andy Velez, Peter Staley, Jay Blot Comment

How Homophobia Became a Word

May of 1965. A small group of daring revolutionaries rented the auditorium of the Barbizon Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for a meeting of the East Coast Homophile Organization — a name that does not resonate today – b Comments (4)
Nathan Riley

Gavin Grimm, In His Own Words

The spitefulness of Republicans — and it’s a problem that goes much deeper Comment

St. Pat’s For All Bigger, Stronger than Ever

The St. Pat's for All banner carried by Irish Consul General Barbara Jones, Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Sister Mary Lanning, one of the parade organizers, former State Senator Tom Duane, parade co-chair […] Comments (6)

This Year International Women's Day Has Flavor of Resistance

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In Manhattan on Wednesday, March 8, several gatherings of women, with the support of allied men, marked International Women's Day by calling for gender equality and an end to violence against women worldwide. With Donald Trump in the White House, the events also carried a strong message of resistan Comment

Irish Heritage Celebrated in Music and Words

While the St. Pat’s for All Parade is held on the first Sunday in March every year, the celebration begins the Friday evening before, with the Concert for St. Pat’s for All, which serves as a fundraiser as well Comments (2)
From the Editor

The Cynicism in Trump Picking on Trans Kids

With the Trump administration’s reversal last week on the federal government posture toward schools allowing transgender youth to access bathrooms appropriate for their gender identity, the new president has taken aim at the most vulnerable portion of the LGBTQ community — in fact, one of the most marginalized s Comments (80)
Susie Day

Time On The Clock Of The World: How We Handle Trump

Donald Trump: Rounding up immigrants, pissing on transgender bathroom rights, barring press from press briefings… The only good thing he’s done is to galvanize millions of people into political outrage. For months now we’ve gone to dozens of marches and rallies. Of course, this isn’t enough, but what more to do? Comments (30)

Brad Gooch’s Search for Rumi

New York Times best-selling author Brad Gooch has written many literary biopics, including on Frank O’Hara and Flannery O’Connor. A professional model decades ago, he transformed himself into a literary darling, earning a Ph.D. at Columbia University, and who now teaches at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Comments (2)
Breaking News

In Impassioned Tones –– and A Cappella, Too –– Streep Rebuts Trump

In the middle of a passionate and powerful rejoinder to President Donald Trump – with whom she’s been at war since her Golden Globes speech in early January – Meryl Streep did something remarkable even for a much-decorated actor who has repeatedly proven her musical chops. Comments (3)
New York City

New York Gay, AIDS Pioneer Bernárd Lynch Weds

Billy M. Desmond and Dr. Bernárd J. Lynch were married before more than 180 guests on January 27 at the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point — the first gay male wedding to be registered in County Clare, Ireland. Comments (2)
Guest Perspective

Strengthening the City’s Sexual Health Clinics

Sexual health clinics in New York City hold a puzzling place in the public imagination. Are they places to get free condoms? Pregnancy exams? Blood tests? Comments (9)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Women Rising?

I’m back in France, and about the time Donald Trump was taking the oath of office in the rain, I was trapped on a bus in the dark going around in circles. That’s what it felt like anyway, going round and round traffic roundabouts in the dark countryside after being bottlenecked for hours. Comments (1)

Huddled Mass of Humanity Jams DC at Women’s March

Women with their babies cradled in wraps, women with toddlers, pregnant women, mothers with their teen and adult daughters, women of color and of sexual diversity, females from a few months old to over 80, concerned gay and straight men — Comments (6)
From the Editor



Nationwide, Obamacare Supporters Rally

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Just days after Republicans in Congress approved a parliamentary measure that would allow them to move forward with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without the Democrats in the Senate having the ability to mount a filibuster that would require repeal advocates to secure 60 votes, Americans gathered in more than 70 cities nationwide on January15 to show their support for President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achiev Comments (2)

Grabbing Trump’s Attention With Pink Pussyhats  

Uptown to Downtown, East Side to West, from art openings to religious services, in store windows and atop heads, “pussyhats” are popping up everywhere. Mostly women are wearing them, but some men, too. Comments (2)

Cooking Up Rebellion

In times of trouble, cooking makes me whole. I may be tired, irritable, I may have gotten home late, I may even be sick, but I stand at my fry pan tossing in onions, that base of almost every culture’s cooki Comments (15)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Trump Redux in France?

In France, we’re gearing up for a presidential election where the likely victor, François Fillon, is as friendly with Putin as Trump is and has policies as disastrously conservative as Pence. Comments (1)

Wielding Words So as Not to Yield    

On November 9, 2016, I woke up numb. Then I wrote a poem. Social media exploded with rage and argument. My Texas poet buddy Justin Booth and I made a pact to post poems, lyrics, and quotes. Diane di Prima. Amiri Baraka. Bad Brains. I sought to c Comments (2)
Media Circus

A Gay Walks into a Bar –– Ow!

A spate of articles has appeared lately on the subject of gay bars shutting down, and strangely, they all conclude that it’s A Good Thing. In the last two weeks, the Chicago Tribune, The Economist, and the website The Good Men Project have all published articles that examine the trend, whi Comments (1)

On London Stage, Love Trumps Hate –– Mostly

Chris Hedges, the reporter who is trying to restore Western civilization’s conscience, just wrote that in the wake of the election debacle, “We will endure by holding Comments (1)


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