Reverend State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. has represented the Bronx's 32nd District for some eleven years now, and on one point, he's always been consistent: the gays. Diaz, a Pentecostal minister as well as a Democrat, has remained implacable in his distaste for LGBT people, even when his lesbian gran ... More >>
At this juncture in history, it's baffling that heads of companies continue to ostracize huge swaths of their customer bases by revealing themselves as raging bigots. But yesterday, Barilla became the newest member of this suicidal club when chairman Guido Barilla outed himself on Italian radio as a ... More >>
Will Generation LGBTQIA redefine the workplace?
The Greater New York's HRC (Human Rights Campaign) gala at the Waldorf was a big old gay jamboree, with the theme "Make Equality Count" firing up everyone from the silent auction through the dinner speakers and beyond. One of the honorees was Whoopi Goldberg, who's been quite progressive on the air ... More >>
I could get used to that sort of thing. On Saturday night, publicist Ross Schwartz ushered me into a separate room at the Waldorf, where all the notables attending the Human Rights Campaign gala were asked to go onstage, one by one, and pose in front of the step-and-repeat, as photographers snapped ... More >>
Before meeting the director of The Skinny for lunch recently, I had seen Patrik-Ian Polk refer to himself on his Twitter profile as "The gay Tyler Perry. Shut up." But I'd also heard of him referred to as the gay Spike Lee. So which is it, I inquired when we met, especially since many people consi ... More >>
One year ago today, we had the chance to travel to Albany for our first and only day of reporting there. As days of political reporting go, it did not disappoint. On arrival, the halls were filled with passionate protesters: those demanding that gay and lesbian people not be allowed to "sully" the ... More >>
In this week's Pride Issue feature "Does 'Gay Inc.' Believe in Free Speech?" we report about how the mainstream gay organizations, even the AIDS groups, were largely absent from Zuccotti Park in 2011 and were not advocating a single-payer option during 2010's raging health care debates. Reader Eust ... More >>
In the battle over gay rights, dissent during wartime isn't always tolerated
This week in the Voice, out today, Steven Thrasher wants to know whether "Gay Inc." believes in free speech: "Today's movement is quite unlike ACT UP, the Gay Liberation Front, or the Mattachine Society. In their use of confrontation, those groups looked far more like Occupy Wall Street than the Hum ... More >>
An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- inc ... More >>
Last night, Candace Gingrich-Jones, the gay half-sister of Newt Gingrich, appeared on the Rachel Maddow show to talk about politics, gay rights, and Gingrich himself, whom she's (not surprisingly) clashed with over the years, though they've always been "mutually respectful," she says. "The catch is ... More >>
Chuck Holmes founded Falcon Studios, helping to bring porn out of the bookstores and into the living room, but he did so much more than that. He helped fund the gay movement with his profits, being one of the people who erected HRC (the Human Rights Campaign). And Holmes found that though his mone ... More >>
Did HRC steal the name or idea for their bus tour from the NOM defector, or is it a coincidence?Last week, we broke the story that Kitty Lambert, one of the very first lesbians legally married in New York State, would be joining NOM defector Louis Marinelli, once a staunch opponent of gay mar ... More >>
Kitty Lambert (left) with fiancé Cheryle RuddOn Monday, we reported that Kitty Lambert and her fiancé Cheryle Rudd will be the first same-sex couple to wed in New York State. The grandmothers of 12 will tie the knot before a crowd of thousands, in front of the specially rainbow lit Niagara ... More >>
President Barack Obama formally certified the end of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy today, the Human Rights Campaign is reporting. The repeal will take place on September 20th. The President signed legislation ending the policy in December of last year, but it had to occur aft ... More >>
Applications for marriage licenses in New York City have surged to nearly 2,600 since July 5, with 54% of those couples hoping to be married this Sunday, the first day same-sex marriages will be performed in New York. (1,728 of those 2,600 applications are from same-sex couples.) The city fe ... More >>
The Vogue editor and fashion world icon took 31 seconds out of her day to vouch on video for New Yorkers For Marriage Equality as part of the Human Rights Campaign. (If she took more than one take to nail it we'll eat our hat.) Wintour joins a host of other notable New Yorkers and Barbara Bush, thou ... 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 >>
Well, this is nice: Mario Batali, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio are showing their faces for a good cause.
Barbara Bush, the half of George W. Bush's twins not on the Today show, stars in a new Human Rights Campaign video in support of marriage equality, "publicly breaking ranks with a father who, as president, pushed for a constitutional amendment banning such unions," according to the New York Times. B ... More >>
Said he about our troops: "Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love. And with that change, I call on all our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and ROTC. It is time to leave behind the divisiv ... More >>
viaAs expected, the repeal of the Clinton-era "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy banning gays in the military has passed the Senate by a vote of 65-31. President Obama must now sign the bill into law, which he is expected to do. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to overturn the ban ... More >>
Furry, oversize guys are befriending the gays
It's finally happening: the White House is officially behind Congressional efforts to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this week.
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 >>
In December, it was reported that Malcolm Smith had scrapped a deal with dissident Democrats to make him majority leader rather than accept state senator Ruben Diaz' demand that gay marriage leave the senate's agenda. The Empire State Pride Agenda and other marrige equality advocates praised Smith. ... More >>
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