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Recognized for the Right Things

Recognized for the Right Things

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It was certainly gratifying that, at the recent New York Press Association (NYPA) Better Newspaper Contest Awards in Saratoga, Gay City News earned recognition in eight categories. What was even sweeter, though, was that the wins came in areas where the newspaper challenged conventional media narratives. One of our first-place awards was […]

Against Religion –– Again

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I noticed nobody in the queer community is rushing to chastise Brandeis University for caving in to pressure from religious groups and right-leaning academics in deciding not to give Ayaan Hirsi Ali the honorary degree it had promised. Apparently all our high-mindedness about free speech and academic independence doesn’t apply when […]

Why Is This Discrimination Allowed?

Why Is This Discrimination Allowed?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Sponsor a child. Help fight global poverty. The images are heart-rending. The cost of helping not great. Who isn’t moved by the opportunity to fight the tragedies that afflict youngsters in poverty-stricken and war-affected parts of the world? Yet, when World Vision — a non-profit charitable organization with revenues of just over […]

Regretting the Gay Future: Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me

BY KELLY COGSWELL | So I went to the Rainbow Book Fair this weekend, and cooed over all the new presses, the courage of self-publishers, writers of sci-fi, porn, roman noir, and the wan, smoldering poets. At the same time, I tried to quell a growing and uncomfortable awareness at how much has changed in our […]

ENDING AIDS

March 26, 2014 To the Editor: Let’s be clear: there is no “END OF AIDS” until there’s a CURE FOR AIDS (“Do We Already Have the Tools to End AIDS?,” by Duncan Osborne, Mar. 19). Your article begins, “Leading AIDS groups are pressing an ambitious plan…” Really?! Not if they’ve got anyone on their boards […]

HEPATITIS C IS A GAY ISSUE

March 4, 2014 To the Editor: I have been battling for 15 years to make testing for hepatitis C for sexually active gay men more accessible and more routine. (“City Council Bill Seeks Annual Health Department Report on Hepatitis B and C,” by Sam Spokony, posted online Feb. 28). Resistance to this remains strong. I […]

RESPONDING TO AFRICAN HATE LAWS

March 11, 2014 To the Editor: I am really disappointed I didn’t hear anything about this protest in advance (“New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws,” by Duncan Osborne, Mar. 5). This issue really concerns me. I would have joined and brought activist friends. I thought I was well connected via emails […]

I Won’t Hold the God Hates Fags Freak to His Promise

I Won’t Hold the God Hates Fags Freak to His Promise

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Many people first learned of the Reverend Fred Phelps in late 1998 in connection with the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student brutally slain in a Laramie, Wyoming hate crime –– though Phelps had been up to no good long before that. When Shepard’s family announced plans for his October […]

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 […]

LOST IN THE SWIM OF DETAILS

LOST IN THE SWIM OF DETAILS

March 13, 2014 To the Editor: Thanks for including me in the recent profiles of New Yorkers going to the Gay Games in Cleveland this August (“New York’s LGBT Athletes Rev Up for Gay Games 9,” by Paul Schindler, Mar. 5). Feedback from friends and teammates has been gratifying. During my interview, I fired off […]

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