Congratulations are in order! The Voice's Steven Thrasher has just been named the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association journalist of the year. Chris Geidner -- formerly of Metro Weekly, now of BuzzFeed, and frequent Voice video guest -- won NLGJA's other annual award, the Sarah Pettit Me ... More >>
In the battle over gay rights, dissent during wartime isn't always tolerated
Our colleagues at the Phoenix New Times had the story of the holiday weekend for anyone interested in Republicans, homopolitics, outing, immigration, and other sundry subjects we love to write about. Monica Alonzo's gripping tale of how Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu allegedly threatened his Mexica ... More >>
James WorrellLooking back, 2011 has been quite a year, especially on the gay rights front, one of our major beats. Like the cardiac organ caught in a bear trap accompanying Jen Doll's "Plight of the Single Lady," there were times when, objective reporter or not, the stories we were reporting ... More >>
It's had a long, zombie-like death, but Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the military's policy of barring homosexuals from serving openly, is finally over for real. If you're confused and thought that this happened already, you've got good reason to be. The judicial, legislative and executive branche ... More >>
Gays get the freedom to marry—and for some, the freedom not to
MENY president Cathy Marino-Thomas hugs Lt. Dan ChoiBetween the "Rainbow Chuppa," the Avenue Q puppets, the scores of happy brides and grooms, and even a glitter bomb, the scene in Foley Square yesterday outside of Manhattan's Marriage Bureau felt like a carnival. It was a little disconcertin ... More >>
MENY will use this to keep Westboro Church from raining on their paradeSame-sex marriage is now less than two days away! Both NOM (the National Organization for Marriage) and Westboro Baptist Church are coming to town on Sunday to protest the happy occasion. We've just gotten word how two ci ... More >>
Yesterday, we got an email from the Courage Campaign with the subject line, "We won! Here's what's next." We assumed it would be a belated fundraising appeal responding to New York's Marriage Equality Act, asking for donations to fight on the federal level. Instead, what we found when we op ... More >>
This morning, Lt. Dan Choi emailed us that a supporter of his had written to him, "Andrew Breitbart told me you made a joke about him -- and his dick size, I guess. Honestly, this seems out of character for you. And it hurt Andrew's feelings because he really admires you, as well. Am I missin ... More >>
Governor Cuomo formally introduced same-sex marriage legislation today, a key victory for activists pushing for a vote in the state Senate regardless of any assurance of passage. And another Republican senator, Roy McDonald, from the Capital Region, broke ranks and announced support, giving the Marr ... More >>
Marriage equality activists are stepping up their game this week, protesting increasingly high profile events to demonstrate for the right for gays to marry. Yesterday, members of Queer Rising and Connecting Rainbows, along with Lt. Dan Choi, marched down Fifth Avenue in the Easter Parade. T ... More >>
AFTER THE JUMP: An update on the growing coalition behind marriage equality. Just who do marriage equality activists have to blow to get gay marriage in New York State? In the fall of 2009, when we asked that question, the obvious answer was the state Senate Democrats. A marriage equality ... More >>
BittenByAZebraNicola Briggs, the Tai Chi instructor who fought back when a man flashed her on the subway and turned into an Internet sensation, was awarded one of the 5th Annual Women's Awards last night at the Stonewall Inn. Briggs spoke to the Voice about winning the award and why, sometim ... More >>
Today's announcement that President Barack Obama's Justice Department will stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) seemed to come out of nowhere — unless you think the administration was emboldened by the election of alum Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago. ... More >>
Lt. Dan Choi created a stir when he announced on Twitter that he was going to attend CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Turns out he wasn't the only gay activist named Dan at the annual conservapalooza. Here's great video of Choi meeting up with Dan Savage. The two take to C ... More >>
Do tell, do pay? Lt. Dan Choi, the feature of our October cover story, released an open letter to President Obama this morning. In it, he's rather upset about being charged money for being kicked out of the military under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." "Today I received a $2,500 bill from your De ... More >>
Ring ceremony: Reid and Choi2010 was one of the gayest political years ever. Here's our take on the 10 gayest stories we reported on — throughout the five boroughs, the nation, and the world.
Social and economic turmoil? Don't ask. At least we had Lady Gaga to tell us what to do.
We've been following Don't Ask, Don't Tell since Senator Barack Obama was campaigning on its repeal. After all these years, watching the ceremony in which he kicked it to the curb, in person, was a special kind of early Christmas gift. The event was not held at the White House, but in an aud ... More >>
Anyone who has followed the effort to repeal Don't Ask, Don't tell will have noticed someone prominent missing from the debate over the past couple weeks: Lt. Dan Choi. As the attempt to end the law before the Republicans take over congress has sputtered along, Choi has been missing in action ... More >>
New Yorker Justin Crockett Elzie was a U.S. Marine who served around the globe. In 1993, he came out on the ABC Evening News shortly before "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was enacted. He'd eventually become the first Marine discharged under that law. Runnin' Scared spoke to him a week after he lock ... More >>
She's 'empowered'; Dan Choi's having fun; Joan Collins is showing slides
Judging by a recent tweet, it would appear that Dan Choi is speaking to Harry Reid's office again, despite the fallout they may have had over certain comments he made about the Majority Leader in certain publications. As the 111th Congress convenes today for possibly the last time, Choi twee ... More >>
via Avi Gerver for The New York TimesRescued Chilean miner Edison Peña, noted New York hater, did not win the ING New York City Marathon. That honor went to Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia in his first time at the competition. On the women's side, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya finished victorious. Th ... More >>
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has given the Pentagon permission to continue discharging soldiers under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" the law's constitutionality is appealed, which could take months or even years to determine. In September, U.S. District Judge Virginia Philips had ruled that t ... More >>
Lt. Daniel Choi resembles so many other American soldiers in many, many ways: as a late 20s West Point grad who loves his country, a born-again Christian, as a soldier who's served two tours in Iraq, and as a soldier who's been kicked out of the military. But even that isn't the distinguishment t ... More >>
What the networks don't ask the poster boy of the movement against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," he's happy to tell.
Tyler ClementiThe death of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, who appears to have committed suicide after his roommate allegedly broadcast a video of him having a sexual encounter with a man, is a sad event that can't help but shine a light on Dan Savage's new YouTube project, "It Gets Better." ... More >>
It's finally happening: the White House is officially behind Congressional efforts to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this week.
Eighty years ago today, on May 22, 1930, Harvey Milk was born in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island. As the first openly gay elected official in California, Milk became an icon of San Francisco's 1970s Castro District and more generally, gay activism as a rising phenomenon. As Sean Penn showe ... More >>
Expect the city to be a little less gay this weekend. Thousands of gay and lesbian New Yorkers will be heading out of town to attend the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and presumptive incoming Queens City Councilman Danny Drom have organized ... More >>