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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 […]

New York’s LGBT Athletes Rev Up for Gay Games 9

New York’s LGBT Athletes Rev Up for Gay Games 9

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When as many as 9,000 athletes gather in Cleveland August 9-16 for Gay Games 9 (GG9), at least one New Yorker will be able to say he’s seen it all. Charlie Carson, 59, attended the very first Gay Games in San Francisco in 1982. Since then, he’s returned to San Francisco and […]

Very Committed Clowning

Very Committed Clowning

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Sitting on the set of “Legends,” the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus that is performing in the New York area through March 23, DJ Weiss was carefully applying the clown make-up that he would wear through media appearances and two performances. “A lot of people think it’s a mask,” […]

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