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On Point

On Point

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The Point Foundation, the largest scholarship organization working to support talented LGBT students, held its annual Point Honors Gala April 7 at the New York Public Library. Founded in 2001, the foundation provides financial support, comprehensive mentorship programs, leadership training, and community service opportunities. This year’s gala honored Dr. Neal Baer, executive […]

From Debutante to Defendant

From Debutante to Defendant

BY DONNA ACETO | Veteran LGBT rights and AIDS activist Ann Northrop, a Vassar graduate whose work as a journalist included reporting on the Washington scene for the National Journal and producing responsibilities on “The CBS Morning News,” delivered the 2014 Irving H. Jurow Lecture at NYU’s College of Arts and Science. The April 10 address, […]

A Soldier’s Own Story

A Soldier’s Own Story

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On September 20, 2011, Rob Smith, then 29, was among the crowd at the Stonewall Inn that joined the advocacy group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in celebrating the official end date for the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. “It feels amazing,” the former infantryman told Gay City News that day. “I […]

A Loving Farewell to Doug Ireland

A Loving Farewell to Doug Ireland

BY ANDY HUMM | Pioneering out journalist, radical, and self-described “recovering political hack” Doug Ireland, a stalwart contributor to Gay City News, died at age 67 on October 26. On March 27, his old and older friends got together to celebrate his rich and storied life. The public tribute to Doug was worth the wait. On the […]

Classical Music Exec Works to Put Instruments in School Kids’ Hands

Classical Music Exec Works to Put Instruments in School Kids’ Hands

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Graham Parker was 13, he was already juggling piano lessons, which he had started as a small boy, and instruction on the flute, which he had picked up two years earlier, when he also took on the daunting task of preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. Something had to give. To […]

The LGBT Writers Tribe Reconvenes

The LGBT Writers Tribe Reconvenes

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The sixth annual Rainbow Book Fair, billed as the country’s largest gay book event, was held this past Saturday, March 29, at the Holiday Inn Midtown near Columbus Circle. It’s the fair’s third home, according to Sarah Chinn, a Hunter College professor and the event’s co-organizer. Past locations included the CUNY Graduate […]

Voices of Protest at the St. Pat’s Parade

Voices of Protest at the St. Pat’s Parade

BY KELLY COGSWELL | “We’re here, we’re queer, we’ll be here every year.” When the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization first chanted that in 1991, no one imagined we’d actually have to do that if we wanted to march openly in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. More than two decades later, there are signs of […]

The City Council’s One Lesbian Speaks Up

The City Council’s One Lesbian Speaks Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Rosie Mendez, the Lower East Side City Council veteran first elected in 2005, has been passionate about tenants’ rights her entire career. An attorney by training, she worked at Brooklyn Legal Services and then for the People’s Economic Opportunities Project on the Lower East Side before becoming chief of staff to former […]

The Secret to Success in New York City

The Secret to Success in New York City

BY RABBI ROBERT TEIXEIRA | In the Big Apple, that is, the Big Rush, it was a cold, gray afternoon, but in the Big Easy, it was Mardi Gras! Laissez les bons temps rouler! I thought of my last carnival, my pouf and chenille ball gown replete with riband (sash), inspired by the tragic Madame Deficit (Marie Antoinette). […]

What to Make of Heroin Deaths

BY NATHAN RILEY | Philip Seymour Hoffman’s end was no anomaly. Overdose deaths have risen dramatically in New York City and the nation. He is one among thousands. The fact that he was the object of critical accolades was also not unusual. Hoffman was a high-performing heroin user — Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, John Belushi, and […]

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