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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In St. Pat’s Dispute, Free Speech is Not the Issue

In St. Pat’s Dispute, Free Speech is Not the Issue

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | If you work for a major bank or retailer or airline, it’s more likely than not that you have to get corporate approval before identifying yourself as an employee while participating in a public event. That sort of approval would typically be required, for example, if you and a group of fellow […]

Discrimination and a Tale of Two Cities

Discrimination and a Tale of Two Cities

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With his progressive agenda for governing New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is aiming for big things. His plan for providing permanent funding for pre-K education asks that the wealthiest New Yorkers step up to pay a modestly higher share of the overall tax burden. He is also trying to win […]

Long Past Time for Obama Action on Jobs Protections

Long Past Time for Obama Action on Jobs Protections

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Faced with nearly unremitting opposition from congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama has, in the past couple of years and even more so in recent days, spoken about moving his agenda forward through the issuance of executive orders and other administrative actions. In perhaps the most dramatic example of that approach, the […]

LGBTQ Leaders, Allies Call on Mayor to Ban Uniformed City Personnel in Discriminatory St. Pat’s Parade

LGBTQ Leaders, Allies Call on Mayor to Ban Uniformed City Personnel in Discriminatory St. Pat’s Parade

AN OPEN LETTER | Dear Mayor de Blasio: More than twenty years ago, the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization sought to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue and was excluded. In 1993, parade organizers used a court case to declare it a private, religious procession whose anti-gay message would be controverted […]

Blind Item: Insider’s Quiz about the “Seinfeld” of Outings

Blind Item: Insider’s Quiz about the “Seinfeld” of Outings

BY PAUL SCHINDLER/ GRAPHICS BY MICHAEL SHIREY        

A New Mayor and Great Expectations

A New Mayor and Great Expectations

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Bill de Blasio stood on the steps of City Hall January 1 to be sworn in as New York’s 109th mayor, nothing in the inaugural ceremony suggested a hint of retreat from the progressive themes his campaign raised. That’s encouraging, but the proving ground will likely be the next six months […]

The State of Our Movement, The Size of Its Wallet

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | This is the season for celebrating the holidays and also giving (hopefully at least some) thought to end-of-the-year charitable giving. So it’s appropriate for Gay City News to once again take a look — for the third year in a row — at the National LGBT Movement Report produced by the Movement […]

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