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VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

BY KELLY COGSWELL AND HARRIET HIRSHORN | Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On March 7, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested outside the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved. Nigeria Demo from Woman at the […]

New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws

New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Nine AIDS activists were arrested after they blockaded the entrance to the Consulate General of Nigeria while protesting that country’s recently enacted law with harsh criminal penalties for LGBT people and for advocacy of LGBT causes. “We have gathered today to demonstrate our solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community […]

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 […]

Doug Ireland to Be Remembered March 27

Doug Ireland to Be Remembered March 27

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Doug Ireland, a journalist whose political instincts and engagement were honed during the cultural upheaval of the 1960s, will be remembered at a memorial service planned for Thursday, March 27, 6 p.m., at the CUNY Grad Center’s Proshansky Auditorium at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. [Editor's note: The memorial was originally […]

Signing Anti-Gay Law, Ugandan President Tells West: Butt Out

Signing Anti-Gay Law, Ugandan President Tells West: Butt Out

BY ANDY HUMM | Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni defied Western pressure February 24 and signed into law a measure –– with broad popularity in that nation –– criminalizing all forms of homosexual expression, aid to gay people, and even failure to report knowledge of those in violation. The existing penalty for homosexual relations was life in […]

The Pussy Riot Olympics

The Pussy Riot Olympics

BY KELLY COGSWELL | If activism were an Olympic sport, Pussy Riot would have taken the gold for their 2012 punk prayer performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Central Moscow, asking, “Virgin Mary, Mother of God, chase Putin out, / Chase Putin out, chase Putin out…” They picked the perfect target, sent a […]

With Russian Olympics Winding Down, Activists Look Forward

With Russian Olympics Winding Down, Activists Look Forward

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as arrests in Sochi, Moscow, and St. Petersburg demonstrated the Putin regime’s determination to squelch protest — particularly regarding Russia’s harshly anti-gay law enacted last year — through the remainder of the Sochi Winter Olympics, activists around the world are focusing their sights on addressing the homophobia there and at future […]

Ignoring Global Pressure, Ugandan President to Sign Draconian Anti-Gay Bill

Ignoring Global Pressure, Ugandan President to Sign Draconian Anti-Gay Bill

BY ANDY HUMM | Defying Western critics and worldwide demonstrations, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign a harshly anti-gay measure into law. The bill, passed in December, dropped death penalties from what had been dubbed the “kill-the-gays-bill” and substituted long prison sentences, including life in prison for contracting a same-sex marriage. In a speech before […]

As the Games Begin in Sochi, the Pressure Steps Up in Manhattan

As the Games Begin in Sochi, the Pressure Steps Up in Manhattan

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the 2014 Winter Olympics were opening in Sochi, Russia, critics of that nation’s crackdown on its LGBT citizens held at least three protests in Manhattan. Meanwhile, Internet giant Google offered its own perspective. On February 6, the activist group Queer Nation, which has been leading street protests against Russia since last […]

Queens Man, 24, Arrested in Randy Gener Attack

Queens Man, 24, Arrested in Randy Gener Attack

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police have arrested a 24-year-old Queens man in connection with the January 17 assault on Randy Gener, a gay arts journalist badly beaten a block from his Midtown apartment at 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue. Leighton Jennings, 24, who lives at 114-16 166 Street in Jamaica, Queens, was arrested on January 29 […]

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