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When you see barefoot surfers carry their boards through downtown streets, you know you’re in a cool spot. They flock to the ocean waves every morning and evening. Meanwhile, all around them are the gleaming high rises, the international tourists snapping pictures, the open-air restaurants lining the avenues. Welcome to Waikiki, the bustling beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu. Comment
On our last day in Greece, we found the sweetest spot. I was there with my spouse, Denise, floating in the crescent bay of historic Monemvasia. The sky was pure blue, and the warm water so clear we could see the rounded stones lining the sea floor. Comment

Global Eats Fest Returns to Citi Field Next May

The World’s Fare returns to Citi Field next spring and figures to attract thousands of local foodies eager to try curated bites from across the globe. Comment
Around Town

Women’s Event Dances Night Away at Capitale

Around Town

Women’s Event Dances Night Away at Capitale

The LGBTQ Women’s Event, an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to honor those making a difference, was held November 3 at Capitale on the Bowery. This year’s honorees included artist Julie Mehretu, Rutina Wesley, a star of HBO’s “True Love” and OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” Abby Fiorella, the general auditor at Mastercard, and Jill Schlesinger, a business analyst at CBS News. Comment
Gay City News is broadening its online reach, bringing on a digital reporter and editor to stay ahead of the 24-hour news cycle. Comments (1)

Southern Decadence in the Vieux Carré


Southern Decadence in the Vieux Carré

Frank Perez, bewigged and dressed as King Louis XIV, gave a brief but pointed history lesson to the crowd gathered outside the Golden Lantern bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter: “Forty-six years ago, when we had the first Southern Decadence, the city was still arresting us. Now they’re fucking toasting us!” Comment
The Northeast’s famed fall foliage is reason enough for an autumnal getaway. But few regions compare to New York’s Finger Lakes, where the natural scenery is matched by cozy B&Bs, delightful restaurants, remarkable history, lovely hiking, and oh such wonderful wineries. Comments (1)

Dick Leitsch: Gay Before People Were Gay

Dick Leitsch, who as president of the Mattachine Society, a pre-Stonewall gay group, participated in the first act of gay civil disobedience in 1966, worked to end entrapment of gay men by the police, and wrote the first eyewitness report on the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, died June 22 in Manhattan after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 83. Comments (2)
New York City

Young Friends Offered “Late-Life Renaissance”

For the past several years, Dick Leitsch was befriended by a group of gay men in their 20s who socialized with him at his West 72nd Street home and at Julius’ in the West Village. They were with him as he died in hospice care at the Mary Manning Walsh Home on the East Side on June 22. They gave Leitsch “a late-life renaissance,” according Comments (5)

Dancing, Glitter, Kylie Minogue Close Out Pride at Pier 97

The Pride Weekend Sunday evening pier dance, which officially brings the city’s Pride Month to a close, was held this year for the first time on Pier 97 at West 57th Street on the Hudson River. The June 24 event — packaged by Heritage of Pride (HOP), as it was last year, with the Saturday evening pier dance as Pride Island — was headlined by singer/ songwriter Kylie Minogue and also featured world-renowned DJs. Comment

Dykes Say Resistance Not Enough

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | As thousands of lesbians and allied women gathered on Saturday afternoon, June 23, there message was clear: resistance is not sufficient to meet the demands of the perilous political climate. According to many of the participants at the 26th annual Dyke March, people should be revolting. Comments (1)

A Day of Pride, Defiance, and Pageantry on Friday

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Friday, June 22 saw three major events on the eve of Pride Weekend in Manhattan. In the afternoon, transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers and their allies gathered at the Hudson River piers for Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice. Later, the annual Pride Rally took place at Christopher Park, site of the Stonewall National Monument, and as dusk appeared the Drag March reached Sheridan Square from the East Village. Comment

Javier Muñoz's Proud Night at Gracie Mansion

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Even with Mayor Bill de Blasio a no-show at his annual Pride Celebration at Gracie Mansion — the crisis precipitated by President Donald Trump at the southern border took him to Texas — the June 21 event remained festive, with First Lady Chirlane McCray stepping up to host. Comment

The Face of Pride is the Future

Ja’asriel Bishop is a 22-year-old who came to New York from Guyana in 2016. Describing himself as “gender non-conforming or fluid,” he explained he saw no future for himself in his homeland. Comments (5)

HOP Hosts Its Debut Human Rights Conference

Heritage of Pride, the organization behind New York’s annual LGBTQ Pride Parade, hosted its first ever human rights conference on June 14. According to Eboni Munn, HOP’s communications manager, somew Comment

Remembering How Gay Lawyers Became Legal

The panelists in the ornate rotunda of the New York County Supreme Court were out gay and lesbian legal scholars, advocates, and judges at the highest echelons of the courts. But at the June 19 forum sponsored by th Comments (1)

Garden Party Opens Pride Week

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | If it’s the Monday prior to the last Sunday in June, that means the LGBT Community Center is hosting its annual Garden Party kick-off to Pride Week. Comment

City Council Celebrates Pride

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On June 12, the City Council’s five-member LGBT Caucus held its annual Pride Celebration, this year honoring Enny Pichardo, an Emmy-nominated correspondent and producer at Univision, painter Mickalene Thomas and her partner, art collector and consultant Racquel Chevremont, and Peppermint Moore, a trans activist who was a runner-up on the ninth season of Comment

Comptroller Recognizes "Queer Eye," GMHC, Macy's, Adelaide Connaughton

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At a June 19 Pride celebration at Macy’s in Herald Square, City Comptroller Scott Stringer honored the cast Comment

LGBTQ Democratic Clubs Celebrate Pride

In May and June, the city’s queer Democratic clubs held award galas to honor individuals who have made contributions to the LGBTQ community and to kick off the Pride Season. Comment

A Heritage of Disagreement

Moments before Charlie Cochrane, an NYPD sergeant, spoke at a 1981 City Council hearing in support of legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, he had to listen to a Comments (2)

Tish James Honors Pride

Tish James with RUSA LGBT's Yelena Goltsman, Nina Zaretsky, and Lyosha Gorshkov. | DONNA ACETO Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (right) with her wife, Randi Weingarten, who heads the America […] Comment

Book Expo America Storms NYC

There’s no book city like New York City as two major publishing industry events — Book Expo America and its sister gathering, BookCon, both at the Javits Convention Center — demonstrated again. Held May 30 to June 3, they represented the largest gathering of book industry experts and Comment

Pride in the Theater

One of the great things about the current theater market is that if you want to see a show, you probably can. The total sold-out doesn’t exist, if you have the time or, more likely, the money. If you’ Comments (2)
New York City

Pride Soars in Park Slope

Talk about a proud day for Brooklynites! Comment

Hate Attack Follows Queens Pride

Thousands of spectators flooded the vibrant streets of Jackson Heights Sunday as dancers, musicians, advocates, and elected officials marched down 37th Avenue from 89th Street to 75th Street as part of the 26th annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month. Comment

A Family Fierce, Passionate, and Talented

It was a fierce crowd — both in presentation and emotion — that gathered to celebrate the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards on the day the Supreme Court handed down a decision supporting a bigoted baker. Comment
Breaking News

Connie Kurtz, Lesbian Activist, Artist, Dies at 81

Connie (Constance) Kurtz, a lesbian activist and an artist who works included paintings, collage, and quilts, died in the home she shared with her beloved spouse, Ruth Berman, in West Palm Beach on May 27 after a long illness. Kurtz would have turned 82 in July. Comments (7)
New York City

Cubbyhole’s Tanya Saunders Dead at 82

Tanya Saunders, a child refugee from Nazi Germany who owned a West Village bar since 1987, the last 24 years under the name Cubbyhole, died on April 29 at the age of 82. The cause of death, said Lisa Menichino, Saunders’ close friend who worked with her for the past 18 years, was heart failure, after roughly a year of poor health. Comment
New York City

Highlighting Key Moments in City’s LGBTQ Past

While the 1969 riots that began as the result of a police raid at the Stonewall Inn are well known as marking the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, what is less well known is that the deputy inspector who led that raid had busted the Mafia-run bar just three days earlier and would lead another raid at a different gay bar nearly a year later that almost resulted in the death of a gay man who Comment

Irish Set to Vote on Abortion

Irish citizens will go to the polls on May 25 for a referendum on whether to “Repeal the 8th” Amendment to their Constitution, which bans abortion. Comments (3)

“Hero” of Irish, Australian Marriage in New York

Irish gay activist Tiernan Brady has the distinction of leading the first two successful national referenda on marriage equality, helming Yes Equality in Ireland in 2015 and the Equality Campaign in Australia last year. He may be needed in Taiwan soon for yet another popular vote on same-sex marriage, but he paused to share his insights at a forum in New York this month at the Irish Consul Comments (5)
New York City

Lambda Legal Honors Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson, the nation’s key strategic thinker in the battle to win marriage equality as founder of Freedom to Marry, went home on April 30 to the legal advocacy group, Lambda Legal, where he worked on staff for 12 years and headed up its Marriage Project. In its annual national dinner at Chelsea Piers, the group recognized Wolfson with its Liberty Award. Comment
New York City

Center Dinner Fêtes Emma González, Ricky Martin, Anna Wintour

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At its annual dinner gala, held on April 19 at Cipriani Wall Street, the LGBT Community Center honored a diverse group of honorees, including Emma González, the president of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay Straight Alliance in Parkland, Florida, and co-founder of the #NeverAgain movement, pop singer Ricky Martin, Dame Anna Wintour, the Comments (1)
New York City

Two Fifth Avenue Honors Edie Windsor

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a ceremony with great warmth despite chilly temperatures, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center installed a memorial plaque at Two Fifth Avenue to honor the late Edie Windsor, a longtime resident of the building whose 2013 victory at the US Supreme Court vanquished the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Comment
Gay City News Impact Awards

2018 Gay City News Impact Awards

As we come together tonight in celebration of achievement, commitment, and solidarity, we are all too aware of the dangers that face our community, many other communities, our country, and the world. But to put some perspective on the matter, we should remember that this month marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was gunned down in Memphis. As we talk tonight about diversity and intersectionality, it’s important to remember that Dr. King was in Memphis to lend his support to striking sanitation workers. Comments (6)

Radical Visions, Tangible Wins

Historian Martin Duberman asks a provocative question in his soon to be released book, “Has the Gay Movement Failed?” Comments (2)
New York City

Point Foundation Honors Ronan Farrow

At a splashy April 10 fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel, the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship fund for LGBTQ college students, honored journalist Ronan Farrow, who last October broke open the Harvey Weinstein scandal with investigative reporting he published in The New Yorker. Comment
New York City

Bella Abzug Remembered on Bank Street

Bella Savitzky Abzug, who with her election to the US House of Representatives in 1970 from a West Side district became the embodiment of the rising political voice of America’s women, was honored in March, the 20th anniversary of her 1998 death, with a street naming at the corner of Bank Street and Greenwich Avenue in the West Village. Abzug, who Comment

The Lessons of Loneliness

Abdellah Taïa, the gay Moroccan writer who lives in Paris, will be in Brooklyn on April 10 to do a reading at the main branch of the Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comments (14)

SAGE Celebrates She

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | For the second year in a row, SAGE, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, celebrated Women’s History Month with “She,” an evening of drinks, appetizers, and the beats to get feet moving, held on March 22 at the Mezzanine at 55 Broadway downtown. Comment

Now, Parade Is For All Who Choose to Be Irish

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has stepped off 257 times, its many marchers including New Yorkers great and small, groups from all over the US and the world, and pipers and drummers beyond counting. Comments (5)

The Man the Earth Fell For Hard

I somehow remember David Bowie’s 1979 appearance on “Saturday Night Live” as if it were yesterday, for it was a pretty defining moment in my life. I was getting ready to go out for my basic Saturday evening revels, which, back then, involved what to me now seems a bewildering and exhausting agenda of people Comments (2)

A Great Comic and a Good Man

A poster with a large color picture of Bob Smith stood on the landing as guests headed downstairs at Carolines. “Sorry for your loss” from the staffer was followed by the realization that, damn, Bob Smith was a good-looking guy. Comments (1)

A Fist as Resistance

For Cassils, a “gender non-conforming trans masculine visual artist,” their submission to the LGBT Memorial Commission presented an exciting opportunity and a challenge. Comment
Media Circus

Indonesia Regresses; Country Music Association Reverses

Fear and horror among Indonesia’s LGBT community as gay sex ban looms” is the disturbing headline of a piece by Ben Westcott on Westcott begins his reporting with the story of a young gay man whose life could be drastically upended if the bigots have their way. Comments (2)
New York City

Sunnyside Leads St. Pat’s Season with Inclusion

In its 19th year, St. Pat’s for All continued to roll along, surrounded by a city, state, and nation that have seen many changes since it began — some of them hastened by the event itself. Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

Historic Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic: Back, Renovated, and Ready for a New Fight

In New York City, we are close to winning a battle that for decades seemed unwinnable: the annual number of new HIV diagnoses has fallen to historic lows. The fear and stigma associated with sexual health is gradually being replaced with honesty and hope. Comments (3)

Edie Windsor’s Victory — and Much More — In Barely an Hour

Donna Zaccaro accomplishes a whole lot in just 62 minutes. Her new film, “To A More Perfect Union: United States v. Windsor” — which screens in the coming week as part of the Winter Film Awards 2018 International Film Festival — not only tells the personal story of the remarkable woman who triumphed over the Defense of M Comments (1)

Intimate Look at AIDS’ Toll on an LA Couple

The “Film Comment Selects” series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is having a 25th anniversary screening of “Silverlake Life: The View from Here” on February 25 at 4:30 pm. Comments (3)

A Moment at the Fence

For the past 10 months I’ve had the privilege and responsibility of representing Matthew Shepard in the Wandering Theatre Company’s production of “The Laramie Project.” As far as we know, this is the first time Matthew has been part of “The Laramie Project Cycle.” To add someone we lost almos Comments (1)
New York City

Queer, Asian, and an Evangelical Pastor’s Daughter

It started with a text: “How would you guys feel if I married a woman?” Comment

Agile Blokes Go For Broke

When best buds Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift, and Charlie Wheeller graduated from the National Centre for Circus Arts in London a few years back, they were faced with a thorny dilemma. The Barely Methodical Troupe, as they are now known, had the chance to craft a piece to showcase their distinct Comment
New York City

Burt Lazarin Takes the Reins at CB4

After more than 40 years living in Chelsea, including many serving as a member of Community Board 4, Burt Lazarin has moved to its top ranks. He was recently voted in as the new chair of CB4, taking over for exiting chair Delores Rubin. Comment

Tennessee at the Morgan

There it is in a glass case, Marlon Brando’s little black book, tiny and very worn from obvious usage, which he had and then lost during the run of his 1947 star-making “A Streetcar Named Desire,” with an accompanying caption stating that inside he wrote, “On bended knee I beg you to return this. I lost eight others already and if I lose this, I’ll just drop d Comments (2)
New York City

New LGBTQ Center Opens in Queens

Those on hand for the Q-Center’s ribbon-cutting included (l. to right) Councilmembers Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer, David Kilmnick of the Long Island LGBT Network that established the center, […] Comments (1)
Guest Perspective

Joy Is Essential to the Work of Resistance

“Don’t postpone joy,” Edie Windsor was well known to say. Comments (4)

My Heart Health Story

February 2 is National Go Red Day, dedicated to raising awareness about the issue of women and heart disease. As the number one killer of women, heart disease is too often viewed as “an old man’s disease,” causing women to ignore symptoms and fail to seek treatment. Comments (1)

In American Heart Month, Two Survivors’ Stories

At 52, Michael Rizzo has endured a 13-year journey in combatting heart disease, one that began with shortness of breath and fatigue, a diagnosis of a heart murmur but nothing more serious, then a near-drowning incident that led to a more accurate diagnosis, followed, when he was 44, with open heart surgery. That proved to be just the start when he learned that the surgery had corrected only a portion of the problem facing him. Fourteen months ago, Rizzo received a heart Comments (5)

Heart Health and Women

Call it a “red alert” for women! Comments (4)
Guest Perspective

What Does Black History Month Mean To Me?

My grandparents were poor and did not graduate high school. They only knew and staunchly believed in their Christian faith and used it each day to get through profound racism, low wages, dilapidated segregated housing, education inequality, and verbal abuse to their face and behind their backs.When I think of African American History Month, I think of the generations of Black People who have preceded me, some who stru Comments (2)
New York City

Into the Pale Mist

“Even though Mr. Smith don’t say nothing, you see in his eyes he’s a kind man,” said the nurse, after changing Bob’s diaper. Comments (3)

Mathilde Krim, AmfAR Founder, Dies at 91

Dr. Mathilde Krim, a geneticist and virologist who between 1983 and 1985 founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), which became the leading private funder of research, advocacy, and treatment to battle the epidemic, died on January 15 at the age of 91 at her home in Kings Point on Long Island. Comment

Danny Dromm’s Mother, PFLAG Stalwart, Dies at 85

When Audrey Gallagher died on January 4 at the age of 85, she left a hole in the heart of New York’s LGBTQ community, especially in her home borough of Queens. While she was perhaps best known as the mother and champion of out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Jackson Heights, she was also a co-founder in 1993 of the Queens chapter of PFLAG (then known as Parents and Fr Comments (1)

Women Go Red to Battle Heart Disease and Stroke

Every year, one out of every three deaths among American women is caused by heart disease or stroke. Battling those scourges is the mission of the American Heart Association, which relies on the support of millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. Comments (3)
New York State

NYS Trips to Beat the Winter Blues

With the holidays over and temperatures continuing to drop, winter in New York State provides terrific opportunities to fight off the cold weather doldrums. From outdoor winter fun to shopping for post-Christmas bargains and taking in art exhibits or one-of-a kind performances, the Empire State offers great destinations for a long weekend getaway o Comments (1)

Following in Fellow Travelers’ Footsteps

On January 12, the Prototype Festival presents the New York premiere of “Fellow Travelers,” an opera with music by Gregory Spears and a libretto by Greg Pierce that debuted at Cincinnati Opera in June 2016. Prototype is b Comments (2)


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