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The Gayest City Council Ever Honors LGBT Icons    

The Gayest City Council Ever Honors LGBT Icons    

BY ANDY HUMM | The gay and lesbian caucus of the New York Council jumped from three to six members this year — half of them people of color — and their more progressive politics were on full display June 18 at their LGBT Pride Celebration. The Cooper Union Great Hall event emphasized the connections […]

On Pride, Queens Is Always First

On Pride, Queens Is Always First

  BY PAUL SCHINDLER/ PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | On Sunday June 1, Jackson Heights played host to the 22nd annual Queens LGBT Pride celebration with a parade down 37th Avenue and an afternoon cultural festival right in the heart of the neighborhood. As in past years, Queens got a jump on the other boroughs, […]

Irish Internet Drag Sensation Joins Record Inclusive St. Pat’s

Irish Internet Drag Sensation Joins Record Inclusive St. Pat’s

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | For the first time since its founding in 2000, the St. Patrick’s for All Parade this year played host to a New York mayor who traveled to Sunnyside, Queens to march, but will not be on hand March 17 when the big Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade — which excludes openly […]

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing before a cheering crowd, Democrat Bill de Blasio sounded the themes of progressive values that won him the earlier Democratic primary and that clearly appealed to a wide swath of New York City voters in the general election. “The people of this city have chosen a progressive path and tonight we […]

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 […]

The Torch Has Been Passed

The Torch Has Been Passed

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what many — though certainly not all — in the LGBT community will judge a bittersweet political moment, the first viable out gay candidate for mayor fell well short on September 10, even as three gay newcomers were elected to the City Council. Two came from boroughs never before represented by […]

From Three Boroughs, New Gay Councilmen

From Three Boroughs, New Gay Councilmen

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as the September 10 Democratic primary spelled defeat for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York’s leading LGBT elected official, the results catapulted three gay men into roles as rising political stars. In the race to succeed Quinn in Council District 3, which encompasses Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and the West […]

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On Saturday, July 20, as most of New York crumpled under the seventh day of the worst heat wave in memory, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso, first-time City Council candidates from different Brooklyn districts, pedaled 15 miles on bicycle from East Williamsburg to Sunset Park, greeting voters and drawing attention to where […]

John Liu Leans Left

John Liu Leans Left

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a number of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor were invited to a panel discussion on police department stop and frisk practices hosted by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a gay political club, only John Liu, New York City’s comptroller, showed up. “You would think you are reading […]

Pride Celebrated by the City Council

Pride Celebrated by the City Council

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | If it’s June, there’s a good chance you’ve received a Pride celebration invitation or email notice from one or more elected officials. On June 10 at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and her out lesbian and gay colleagues — Rosie Mendez, Daniel Dromm, and […]

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