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The deadly targeting of black transgender women across the United States continued on July 20 in North Charleston, South Carolina, where Denali Berries Stuckey was found dead with gunshot wounds. Comment
Building an imposing war chest a year ahead of the June 2020 Democratic primary, out gay congressional candidate Ritchie Torres blew his opponents out of the water with a whopping $522,000 fundraising haul from April 1 to June 30 of this year. Comment
Contentious protests have emerged in San Juan, New York, and other cities in response to explosive revelations that the embattled governor of Puerto Rico and his top aides made disparaging comments about women, LGBTQ people, journalists, and others in private chats. Comment
World Pride & Stonewall 50

A WorldPride Focus on Human Rights

World Pride & Stonewall 50

A WorldPride Focus on Human Rights

Much of the focus during WorldPride last month may have been on the parties and parades, but among the many events produced was the Human Rights Conference. It was the second time New York has hosted the conference, with last year’s being essentially a trial run for Heritage of Pride, the organizer of Manhattan’s Pride events, in anticipation of it hosting WorldPride in 2019. InterPride, the group that licenses World Pride, requires host cities to sponsor the conference. Comment
Pride

Amida Care Ad POP Winner

Pride

Amida Care Ad POP Winner

Gay City News this week recognized Amida Care, a private nonprofit community health plan, with an Ad POP (Pride in Online and Print) Award for that organization’s partnership in supporting LGBTQ media here in New York. Comment
Crime

Dead Gay Man’s Strangler Now Free

Crime

Dead Gay Man’s Strangler Now Free

A New Jersey man found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the 2009 strangulation death of a 39-year-old gay man in the East Village was released from prison after a state appeals court found he judge in the case violated the defendant’s constitutional rights during jury selection. Comment
Politics

Mayor Normal

Politics

Mayor Normal

Being the only minority in any public space isn’t a pleasant position. As president, Barack Obama put forth a relaxed public persona probably grounded, in part, on a fear that white voters would otherwise take him for a stereotypical “angry black man.” Pete Buttigieg goes out of his way to be inoffensive. Comments (1)
Politics

Corey Ramps Up Mayoral Fundraising

Politics

Corey Ramps Up Mayoral Fundraising

Out gay City Council Speaker Corey Johnson faces an uphill battle in his quest to fundraise against his — to date — deeper pocketed rivals in the race for mayor in 2021, but his grassroots, people-powered approach appears to be paying off. Comment
Who said Pride was over? The LGBTQ community in the Rockaways made history on July 13 with the peninsula’s first-ever Pride celebration. Comment
Abel Cedeno, the gay teen who used a knife to defend himself from a Bronx classroom attack in September 2017— killing one classmate and slashing another — was pronounced guilty of manslaughter, assault, and weapons possession Monday by Judge Michael A. Gross in a bench trial, which the defendant chose over a jury trial. The case attracted a lot of press attention because it was the first killing in a New York City school in 40 years — and it involved a bullied gay student fighting back. Comments (7)
Crime BULLETIN

Abel Cedeno Convicted of Manslaughter

Crime BULLETIN

Abel Cedeno Convicted of Manslaughter

Abel Cedeno, a 19-year-old gay man charged in the 2017 fatal stabbing of classmate Matthew McCree and wounding of McCree’s friend, Ariane LaBoy, was convicted on July 15 of manslaughter in the first degree in McCree’s death, as well as first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Comments (1)
Out gay Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres officially kicked off his campaign for Congress on July 15, saying in a video posted on YouTube that he is “running for Congress because the Bronx needs a fighter in Washington, DC.” Comments (1)
Two top New York City officials are calling on the medical profession to reconsider its approach to surgeries for intersex infants amid concerns that such operations at birth can be traumatic and lead to problems for them later in life. Comments (1)
One year after the United States ditched the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, the body voted on June 12 to reappoint an expert tasked with protecting LGBTQ rights around the world. Comment
Closing statements from defense attorney Christopher R. Lynn and prosecutor Nancy Borko, a Bronx assistant district attorney, brought the manslaughter trial of Abel Cedeno, a bullied gay youth charged in the 2017 death of classmate Matthew McCree as well as an assault on McCree’s friend, Ariane LaBoy, to a close on Friday. Comments (3)
Two out gay staff members who work for Public Advocate Jumaane Williams were traveling to a rally at Alibi Lounge — where Rainbow Flags were burned twice in just over a month — when they were hit with homophobic slurs. Comments (1)
Many companies waving Rainbow Flags at Pride Marches around the United States are also funding the political campaigns of some of the most homophobic and transphobic politicians in America. Comment
The defense called one witness in the trial of Abel Cedeno, charged with manslaughter in the death of one fellow student and the assault of another in a fight with them on September 27, 2017, in their classroom at a now-defunct Bronx high school: Cedeno himself. Comments (1)
The State Department’s announcement of a new panel tasked with re-evaluating the role of human rights in American foreign policy and the choice of that body’s leader are fueling concern the Trump administration is further distancing itself from LGBTQ and women’s issues internationally. Comment

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