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Gus Archilla, Marriage Equality Fighter Into His 90s, Dies

Gus Archilla, Marriage Equality Fighter Into His 90s, Dies

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Gus Archilla, who was partnered with his husband Elmer Lokkins for 58 years before the couple was able to legally marry in Canada in 2003, died on November 26, ten days before his 97th birthday. Lokkins, who is 93, survives Archilla, after a relationship that lasted for 67 years. Meeting just […]

Gay Ugandans: Loud and Proud

Gay Ugandans: Loud and Proud

BY VAL KALENDE | About ten years ago, when I first came out to my guardian and, later, to my closest colleagues at the Daily Monitor newspaper in Uganda, I was nothing short of terrified of losing both family and friends. As I had anticipated, declaring my love for fellow women got me my own […]

When World Pride Becomes Just Another Gay Party

When World Pride Becomes Just Another Gay Party

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | It’s London’s special summer. The world’s attention is on Britain’s capital city in a way it hasn’t been since the Empire’s glory days. Beginning in April of last year, in fact, from a royal wedding to Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee to the Olympics, it’s just been one big party after another. […]

Dyke March Celebrates Two Decades of Lesbian Visibility, Defiance

Dyke March Celebrates Two Decades of Lesbian Visibility, Defiance

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | The traditionally unpermitted Dyke March from Bryant Park in Midtown to Washington Square Park marked its 20th anniversary on Saturday afternoon, June 23. The event was big, exuberant, loud, and festive.

Drag Begins at Tompkins Square

Drag Begins at Tompkins Square

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | On Friday evening, June 22, marchers in all manner of transgressive dress turned out at the 19th annual Drag March from Tompkins Square Park in the East Village to the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in the West Village. x

Pride 2012: New York’s Biggest LGBT Party

Pride 2012: New York’s Biggest LGBT Party

BY ANDY HUMM | Keep your A-list soirees and big-ticket benefits. The LGBT Pride Parade remains the biggest free party in New York, a truly democratic experience that attracts the most diverse participation of LGBT folk and our allies all year. It is a colorful mix of history, advocacy, sexuality, and commercialism — a chance […]

OWS Occupies Pride, Pre-Occupies One Determined Spectator

OWS Occupies Pride, Pre-Occupies One Determined Spectator

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Chanting, “We are unstoppable, another world is possible,” Occupy Wall Street (OWS) occupied Pride for several hours on June 24, as hundreds of thousands viewed or joined the 43rd annual march to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. Roughly 75 people were in the OWS contingent as it entered the march at […]

Donna Aceto’s LGBT Pride March Diary

Donna Aceto’s LGBT Pride March Diary

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | Once again this year, the LGBT Pride March provided a fascinating picture of the community. Commitment and love were themes seen everywhere: Protection of the community’s youth was the message from a good number of march contingents. Naturally, many other causes are promoted during the march –– from AIDS healthcare […]

A Pride March Gallery by Michael Luongo

A Pride March Gallery by Michael Luongo

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The LGBT Pride March down Fifth Avenue on June 24 drew hundreds of thousands of participants and viewers –– and for every one of them, the event meant something different. Memories from the parade always begin with the vibrant colors: Activists of all stripes were also on hand: The parade, […]

Celebrating Stonewall’s Spirit in ‘Street Theater’

Celebrating Stonewall’s Spirit in ‘Street Theater’

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | A generation (or two, or three) has grown up since the first bottle was thrown, the first billy club came down at the Stonewall, and it’s now an historic event, a symbol, the recognized start of an era. As the witnesses have inevitably departed the scene, they’ve left behind their stories […]

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