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Out for The Holidays

I yelled, I screamed, and after punching pillows to exhaustion, I slumped down into the empty chair next to me in tears. Comment
Insider Trading

A Second Look at Brooklyn Now

Two big victories shook Brooklyn on Primary Day last month: Julia Salazar’s win over longtime State Senator Erik Martin Dilan and Zellnor Myrie’s takedown of IDC Senator Jesse Hamilton. Comment
Media Circus

Randy Rainbow Rules

Media Circus

Randy Rainbow Rules

Only Randy Rainbow got me through the soul-crushing absurdity of last week. Mr. Rainbow’s hilarious reimagining of the title song from “Camelot” made more sense than anything Congress did — or did not do — regarding now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a title that makes about as much sense as Justice Clarence Thomas. I encourage you to see it at youtube.com/watch?v=6gG0-6Ntx7w. Comments (1)
A Dyke Abroad

Imagining Hannah Gadsby

Before she even opened her mouth, I knew she was something I’d never seen on stage before. An ordinary lesbian. With a sensible hairdo, sensible shoes, and a high-class blazer doing nothing to hide her wide hips. I felt a rare shock of recognition, followed by an incredible shame that I hadn’t imagined her at all, even if I know dozens of dykes in Real Life that look and move just like her. Comment
Media Circus

This Is Not News

A writer for “Sesame Street” created a buzz last week by voicing what anyone who ever watched the show already knew: Bert and Ernie are a gay couple. I know — stop the presses, right? […] Comment
Guest Perspective

Community Board Term Limits: Accidental Gift to Developers

There’s a reason lawmaking is compared — unflatteringly — to sausage factories. It’s not neat, it’s not quick, and if you do it out in public, it can kill a lot of people’s appetite for the final product. But rushing through new laws with short notice and inadequate public review, on an issue that isn’t a genuine emergency, isn’t the answer either. That’s not how we make good policy — it’s how government makes mistakes. Comment
Media Circus

This Is Not Your Joe Klein’s Anonymous

Like most of you, I’m sure, I greeted the recent unsigned Times op-ed piece by a senior member of the Rump administration with unadulterated glee. It painted a gratifyingly ugly portrait of dysfunction, […] Comment
Insider Trading

The Dos and Don’ts of LGBTQ Politics

A cardinal rule in politics is that you don’t claim endorsements that you don’t have since you are sure to get caught. But the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club has done just that. In its bid to elect a slate headed by former State Senator Tom Duane, CRDC sent out a mailer claiming the endorsements of Congressmember Jerry Nadler and State Senator Brad Hoylman — neither of whom endorsed its slate. Last year, the club made the same claim regarding Council Speaker Corey Johnson. If you can’t be honest about your endorsements, why should anyone trust you to elect Supreme Court judges? Comment
From the Editor

Mr. Cuomo’s Shame

By the time some of you read this, Andrew Cuomo — barring a colossal fail on the part of public opinion poll after public opinion poll — will have been nominated for a third term as New York’s governor. Comments (2)
Guest Perspective

Longtime Gay Democratic Activist’s Choice for AG

Progressive LGBTQ voters can have substantial influence in the wide-open race for the Democratic nomination for New York state attorney general. Polling shows 45 to 50 percent of Democratic voters are undecided on the race, and holding the election on a Thursday (September 13, to avoid the Jewish holiday on Tuesday) likely means turnout will be quite low. Comment
Insider Trading

LGBTQ Rights in Brooklyn, Back Then

Insider Trading

LGBTQ Rights in Brooklyn, Back Then

After ruffling some feathers with my take on the state of affairs for the LGBTQ community in the Bronx, let’s move over to Brooklyn with a “then and now” look. This column will reminisce on the “then.” Comment
From the Editor

Stand With America’s Free Press

The necessity of a trusted free press to the health of American democracy has been undisputed since the founding of our republic — until now. Comment

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