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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). […]

With New Mayor on Board, Time For Governor to Lead on AIDS Housing

BY JAMES W. LISTER | After his 12 years in office, I feel I almost don’t remember any mayor other than Michael Bloomberg. And in my memory, he will always be the billionaire mayor whose polices almost left me homeless. I moved into my apartment 34 years ago and was diagnosed with HIV in 1989. In […]

For Investment Planning, Year-End Is a Deadline

BY LEONARD BOCCIA | As the year-end approaches, LGBT people, whether single, in domestic partnerships, or married, will want to focus on their investment planning and on the implications for their tax filings next April. Important issues merit your attention before 2013 draws to a close. Relationship status matters, and the follow checklists for November and […]

It is Time to End Anti-Transgender Violence

It is Time to End Anti-Transgender Violence

BY MICHAEL SILVERMAN | The 15th Transgender Day of Remembrance provides an opportunity to reflect on the many transgender people whose lives have been cut short by brutal violence simply for living as their true selves, including Harlem resident Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old African-American transgender woman who was viciously attacked in August by an assailant who shouted anti-LGBT […]

Recalling My Mother’s Return from a Party

BY SAM OGLESBY | A vivid memory from 1948, when I was eight years old, keeps coming back to me at bedtime when I  am about to doze off. My mother is bending over me as I lie in bed looking up at her. We are living in Japan, in Tokyo, and she is about to go […]

The P Word: A Meditation Without an Emergency

The P Word: A Meditation Without an Emergency

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | “Mythical speech,” a wise old queen named Roland Barthes once wrote, “is made up of a material that has already been worked on so as to make it suitable for communication.” That’s most certainly the case with “Partner,” a noun that a moment’s Googling discloses a primary definition of:  “A person […]

Why the Transgender Community Needs Immigration Reform

Why the Transgender Community Needs Immigration Reform

BY JOHANNA VASQUEZ | Growing up transgender in El Salvador, I lived in fear for my safety and, at times, my life. Neighbors and classmates taunted me relentlessly and beat me up because of my gender identity. When I was 16 years old, I was assaulted and brutally gang-raped by seven men. During the attack, they […]

Planning for New York City’s Cultural Future

BY KAREN ZORNOW LEIDING | Last month, Council Members Stephen Levin and Jimmy Van Bramer introduced legislation to the New York City Council that would require the city to have a cultural plan. Cities nationwide routinely make plans that guide their cultural assets and their connection to economic growth. Levin and Van Bramer’s proposal is a […]

Christine Quinn: Sexism, Homophobia, and a Campaign’s Collapse

BY PAULINE PARK | Christine Quinn would have been the first woman and the first member of the LGBT community elected mayor of New York City had she won this year’s mayoral race. The fact that Quinn started the campaign as the clear frontrunner, with polls showing her at somewhere near 40 percent, but finished a […]

Is the Brooklyn Bridge Longer, or is My Memory Shorter ?

Is the Brooklyn Bridge Longer, or is My Memory Shorter ?

BY SAM OGLESBY | I sit in a small plaza to the right of New York City’s delicately facaded 18th century City Hall, gazing through newly verdant tree boughs at the old building’s elegant, almost fragile columns. Its cream-colored entrance has the look of a sleepy mansion on a plantation in the Old South. One half-expects […]

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