The New York City Council is repealing its ban on so-called conversion therapy in response to LGBTQ advocates who voiced their satisfaction with the state’s version of the measure and acknowledged that legal challenges could derail the city law anyway. Comment
Abel Cedeno, the bullied gay teen convicted in the stabbing death of one classmate and the slashing of another in a wild Bronx classroom fight two years ago, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the manslaughter of Matthew McCree. Comment
A bigot was caught on video lashing out at a gay Jewish man in a Manhattan subway station on September 9, but that scary moment suddenly turned into a positive opportunity when the victim used the incident to raise awareness about the plight of transgender and gender nonconforming people of color. Comment

Abel Cedeno Sentenced to 14 Years


Abel Cedeno Sentenced to 14 Years

Abel Cedeno, a bullied gay youth convicted of manslaughter in the 2017 stabbling death of his high school classmate Matthew McCree, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in a Bronx courthouse today. Cedeno […] Comments (8)
New York City’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes officially opened its doors late last month under the stewardship of a veteran advocate on the issue, marking a new beginning in the city’s fight to reverse the spike in bias-related crimes over the past several years. Comment

Pride Arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Pride Arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thousands of people participated in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first-ever Pride March on September 8, including the out gay US ambassador to that nation, Eric George Nelson. Comment
Three months after the city announced plans to erect a monument dedicated to LGBTQ icons Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the search is on for artists to turn the project into a reality — and queer applicants are encouraged to apply. Comment
Asked at age 21 what most concerned him about coming out, Josue “Josh” Pierre recalls saying, “Because of this, I will never be a partner at this firm and I will never be a US senator.” Now 37 and proudly out for well over a decade, Pierre isn’t yet vying for the US Senate, but he is running for State Senate. Comment
Manhattan drag artist and LGBTQ advocate Marti Gould Cummings is running for City Council from Upper Manhattan in 2021, they announced September 5. Cummings, 32, aims to make their biggest foray yet into the political world after having founded Hell’s Kitchen Democrats and landing positions on the mayor’s Nightlife Advisory Board and Manhattan Community Board 9. Comment
While overdose deaths from meth use continue to be a small part of all drug overdose deaths in New York City, a significant increase in meth overdose deaths in the city first seen in 2015 and 2016 continued into 2017 and 2018. Comment
A wedding venue in Mississippi has exposed itself as a hotbed of homophobia and racism after an employee told an inquiring customer that same-sex or interracial couples couldn’t get married there. Their excuse? Religion. Comment
With messages like “Trump, build the wall” and flags emblazoned with “Trump 2020,” the apparent celebration of straight people in Boston on August 31 seemed to be less about sexual orientation and more about championing the causes of the far right. Comment
A wave of legal action spurred by the passage of the Child Victims Act has emerged in New York State, where attorneys representing victims of child sex abuse on August 28 announced lawsuits against the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Boy Scouts of America. Comment
A Bedford-Stuyvesant man faces up to 25 years in prison for allegedly stabbing the partner of an individual the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office alternately described as transgender and gender non-conforming in a fit of anti-LGBTQ rage on June 22, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor. Comment


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