It was broad daylight, Kerri says, when she and a gay friend were stopped by a cop while walking down the street in Jackson Heights. "An officer walks out of the corner store and says [he] heard a report up the street that we were harassing somebody," Kerri said. When Kerri asked who made the report ... More >>
More than 1,500 people marched through the West Village yesterday evening in response to the death of Mark Carson, who was killed Friday night by a man who, according to the police, said "look at these faggots" before shooting Carson in the face on the corner of 8th Street and Sixth Avenue. Florine ... More >>
Last night at an Out Professionals event at the LGBT Center, I was on a panel of experts being tossed etiquette questions by Philip Galanes, who's the Times' answer to Dear Abby and who has a book out called Social Q's, about what to do in awkward situations. And one of the premises we were asked t ... More >>
David France's stirring history of ACT UP
Video courtesy of James Schmitz/Inner City Media. On Friday, August 3, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association named me NLGJA Journalist of the Year 2012. The above video shows CNN's Miguel Marquez presenting the award to me in Las Vegas before I addressed NLGJA's annual gala with my acc ... More >>
As we began to delve into the depressing implosion of the Bronx Pride Center, which closed after former head Lisa Winters was charged with embezzling $338,000, we remembered how easy it is for non-profits lacking proper oversight (gay and straight) to do grave harm to their communities. So, we dec ... More >>
Something very strange is happening on 13th Street at the LGBT Center. As a scourge is affecting LGBT organizations -- the Bronx Pride Center shut down yesterday, amid charges its director, Lisa Winters embezzled $338,000 -- the city's main LGBT Center refuses to speak to the press. As we wrote in ... More >>
Here's an anguished email I got from someone who's enjoyed the services of SAGE, the organization for gay elders. (I'll follow it with SAGE's response.) "Picture this: About a month and a half ago, we gay seniors that belong to the gay senior group SAGE at the Gay Community Center on 13th street w ... More >>
Those who can't, teach. And so, on Wednesday, February 15, at the LGBT Center, I will be moderating an OutProfessionals panel on the Oscars, with a gay-for-no-pay twist to the proceedings.
A 'power list' for the rest of us
Cuddle up for Poly Pride
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 >>
Last night at an Out Professionals event at the LGBT Center, I interviewed etiquette expert and author Steven Petrow, who told me the ins and outs of gay marriage. Petrow said that since it's a relative new phenomenon, gays are basically forging the traditions as they go along.
As Gay Pride Week starts, the LGBT Center is hosting its annual Garden Party tonight, a fundraiser that many old-time LGBT activists have viewed with increasing skepticism — most of the people who use the center can't afford the $100 admission. And this year, the Israel/Palestine situation, ... More >>
Reversing field once again, the LGBT Center has now banned all discussion of the explosive issue of Israel and Palestine on its premises. The most recent flip-flop (a reversal of its previous reversal) came a week after a new group called Queers Against Israeli Apartheid was allowed to meet at the ... More >>
It looks like free political debate at the LGBT Center has won the day — for now. A new group, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, had applied to rent space for a planning meeting in the Center. The group is made up of many of the same people who were in Siege Busters Working Group, who were ... More >>
I covered a boat cruise around Manhattan last summer that raised money for the Audacity Of Hope — not Barack Obama's book, but the blockade-breaking aid ship for Gaza's Palestinians determined to actually land without the deadly violence surrounding the May 31, 2010, attempt by the "Gaza Free ... More >>
Veteran transgender activist Pauline Park — responsible for adding the "T" to Manhattan's LGBT Center — blasts the center's controversial decision in March to cave to pressure from pro-Zionist gay-porn impresario Michael Lucas and ban an "Israeli Apartheid Week" event sponsored by Sie ... More >>
The simmering feud at the LGBT Center over Middle Eastern politics — and who gets to use the landmark gay center to argue about it — flared up again last night with yet another cancellation of an event. This time, it was the Orthodox Jewish gay group GLYDSA (Gay and Lesbian Yeshiva D ... More >>
The LGBT CenterMichael Lucas, the pro-Zionist pornographer who led the successful effort to get the LGBT Center to cancel an anti-Zionist "Israeli Apartheid Week" event, once again dominated discussion at what was billed a "community forum" last weekend on who gets to use the Center. The spirite ... More >>
The fuss over Israeli Apartheid Week won't end. Still steaming about the LGBT Center's cancellation late last month of tomorrow night's "Party to End Apartheid!," organizers still plan to descend on the center en masse tomorrow night in protest. Meanwhile, another Israeli Apartheid Week event at ... More >>
At the beginning of the week, porn impresario Michael Lucas was somewhat known as a controversial gay conservative writer, someone you could expect to see playfully debating Ann Coulter at a GOProud event. But he was far more famous for his day job as a top porn star. He seemed more likely to go ... More >>
Sherry WolfSherry Wolf is a member of the Siege Busters Working Group, which was planning a "Party to End Apartheid!" for Israeli Apartheid Week at the LGBT Center, where they'd met regularly since last summer. Then, pornographer and ardent pro-Israel Jew Michael Lucas complained on Tuesday abou ... More >>
Last year's Israeli Apartheid Week event at Columbia's Low Plaza.Well, that was quick. We were looking forward to covering "Party to End Apartheid!," an Israeli Apartheid Week event on March 5 at the LGBT Center, where those two worlds would collide. Our excitement was short-lived. Pornograp ... More >>
The big LGBT movie at the Oscars this year isn't Winter's Bone, though that sounds mildly provocative. It's The Kids Are All Right, about lesbian partners who develop a rift when one of them sleeps with their old sperm donor.You know, a man. And lesbian comic Judy Gold thinks it's bullshit!
Scene of the Bronx goonies' attackAfter last week's brutal gay news from up north, we caught up with Dirk McCall, executive director of the Bronx Community Pride Center (BCPC). It's also been a tough month in other ways for McCall, only the fourth of his tenure. New York State owes the BCPC more th ... More >>
Talking with all-around Broadway fanatic Seth Rudetsky! Plus Charles Busch.
It's time I face the world again, especially since most accidents happen at home. So this Wednesday, I'm actually going outside and prancing over to the LGBT Center to address the gays and answer some burning questions from them in between autographing their body parts. Entrance to this mo ... More >>
LGBT foodies converge on the Hudson
You KNOW you're going to watch the gay Super Bowl--aka the Oscars--on the 22nd, so why not get a gay jumpstart on who's going to wear what (and whom) by coming to see me host an awards-worthy panel discussion at the LGBT Center on the 18th. I guarantee that if you show up and listen good, you will e ... More >>
The United Nations General Assembly in New York is poised to take a historic step for LGBT rights today with its first-ever statement affirming that sexual orientation and gender identity are included in human rights protections. It was signed by representatives of 60 countries from all geographic ... More >>
Thousands rallied at City Hall on Saturday in support of marriage rights for gay folks. California's passage of Proposition 8 spurred the demo, but the tone as portrayed in this video from New York's LGBT Center was more forward-looking, with speakers (including council speaker Christine Quinn, coun ... More >>
photos by Julie Bolcer Thousands demonstrated in front of the Manhattan Mormon Temple Wednesday evening to denounce the church's anti-gay stances, then marched toward Columbus Circle to spotlight efforts to legalize gay marriage in New York. NYPD officers on the scene placed Wednesday's crowd betw ... More >>
Why isn't anyone fucking anymore?
Fleet Week for fags
Writer's cramp? No, a nonstop stream of diary during the Oscars telecast.
The best way to send off Bob Kohler, say friends of the gay rights pioneer who died on Wednesday at 81, is with some good old-fashioned activism. Many of those who loved Bob will gather at 4 pm on Sunday at the LGBT Center at 208 W. 13th Street for a "political funeral." At 5 pm, Bob's friends wi ... More >>
Friends sent the gay activist out the way he'd want: with a protest
This "Best of New York" includes the best place at which to get both sciatica and a nervous breakdown.