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New York Transgender Advocacy Group co-founder Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker stood on a pedestal at the Christopher Street Pier on November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and read name after name of transgender people who have lost their lives this year. Comment
Nearly four decades before Loree Sutton decided to run for mayor of the nation’s biggest city and well before she became an Army psychiatrist and decorated brigadier general, she filled out a form to join the military. “I was asked, ‘Have you ever engaged in homosexual conduct?’ ‘No’ was an easy answer,” Sutton recalled during a recent interview. Comment
Perceptions that out gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has a problematic relationship with African-American voters were compounded by his campaign’s rollout of an open letter in which several South Carolinians listed as backers of his Douglass Plan for Black America said they did not in fact support the plan and felt the campaign misrepresented them. Comment
Untrammeled access to guns was at it again, tragically, in Santa Clarita, California, on November 14. But Parkland Dad and artist Manuel Oliver is also at it again. Oliver, on an artistic mission ever since, fighting for sensible gun laws, brings his performance piece “Guac: My Son, My Hero” to the 92nd Street Y November 22. Comment
Out gay Councilmember Ritchie Torres of the Bronx made it clear from the beginning of his congressional campaign that he would not join the growing herd of Democratic candidates who have disavowed campaign donations from real estate developers or other big-money corporate interests. That decision has morphed into a recurring theme — with the most recent chapter having an entirely new twist. Comment
Reached for comment about Michael Bloomberg seeking to become the Democratic nominee for president, Dan Tietz first let out an audible groan upon hearing the former New York City mayor’s name and then suggested that his more pointed response would be, “Oh for fuck’s sake.” Comment

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