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LGBT Issues

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Protest Today's St. Patrick's Day Parade

    ​Today is the day when Irish people wear green, march with pride, and kick openly gay people to the curb. It's the disgracefully exclusive St. Patrick's Day Parade, where the green vomit all over the streets never has a hint of lavender in it because that would somehow be too crass.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Memorial Info and Obit For Trans/AIDS Activist Chloe Dzubilo

    ​ Trans activist Chloe Dzubilo--who was disoriented from medication and fell onto subway tracks two weeks ago--will not be forgotten. Her friends desperately want this message out: "We invite you to come together in the spirit by which Chloe lived her life--to invoke a world where artist/ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    This Week on the Gay Marriage Beat: Whoppers and Lies, Fence-sitting and Delays

    ​A gay couple can have a whopper of a hard time just trying to order a sandwich at Burger King, let alone trying to obtain a license to get hitched. Here are six more things you should know to keep it all straight.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    This Week in Gay Marriage: Six Things You Need to Know To Keep It All Straight

    ​There was a flurry of activity across the United States on gay marriage this week at both the state and federal levels, from the nation's capital all the way to Honolulu. It might be harder to keep it all straight than, say, Ted Haggard on crystal meth or George Rekers with a rent boy. Here's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Obama Decides Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional

    ​Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement today explaining that President Obama will no longer "defend the constitutionality" of the part of the Defense of Marriage Act that bans gay marriages. There are two suits currently filed in the Second Circuit court challenging the law, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Barack Obama's Shift on Gay Marriage, and What It Means

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Proposition 8 Decision: We Will Decide In a Year or So

    The California Supreme Court made a decision today, kind of, in the ongoing case of Proposition 8, the California ballot proposal that banned gay marriage in 2008. The California Supremes decided that they will decide something in about ten months to a year. There's nothing like justice delayed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Scientology and Proposition 8: Debunking the Church Myth That It Stays Out of Politics

    Kirstie Alley, ballot neutral.​One of the most interesting things about Lawrence Wright's recent article about Scientology in the New Yorker was the way he exposed the hypocrisies and outright lies of the wacky organization's top members and spokespeople. But there's a key assertion peddled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    David Kato, Slain Ugandan Gay Rights Activist, Memorialized in NYC Tomorrow

    David Kato, the slain Uganda gay rights activist found murdered on January 26, will be remembered tomorrow here in New York City. The memorial, sponsored by 35 organizations including ACT UP and the Human Rights Campaign, will begin with a candle light vigil at 4:00 PM at the United Nation's Dag H ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2011

    Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and the Great Gay-Pander-Off of 2010

    Nicki, P!nk, Gaga, and those two other ones taste the rainbow

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Dixie is So Gay: Surprising Census Info About Gay Parents in the South

    The Times has a great piece today that defies a lot of the common stereotypes of what it means to be gay in America. Since 1990, the Census has been a gold mine of information about LGBT couples for creative demographers. Despite the lack of any question about sexual orientation (hence, no info on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2011

    Lady Gaga Is Doing a Video With Transsexuals

    No, not Beyonce. REAL transsexuals.I hear Gaga's people were at Alannah Starr's transsexual party earlier this evening, rounding up girls to be in the lady's video, shooting in NYC next week. Top, that Britney.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Prop 8 Case Sent Back to California Supreme Court

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent the Proposition 8 case, Perry v. Schwarzeneger, back to the California Supreme Court. In something that could potentially aid the marriage-equality side, the federal court said the state high court needs to decide if those against gay marriage equality have st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    The 10 Gayest Political Stories of 2010

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Rightbloggers on DADT: A Slow March Toward Tolerance, With Side Trips to Insanity

    This weekend the Senate repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell -- the 17-year-old policy that allowed gays to serve in the U.S. military only if they could conceal their sexual orientation. The bill awaits Obama's signature. You might expect rightbloggers to be angry about it, and some of them are -- hila ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Don't Ask Don't Tell Opponents Pick Up Some Unlikely Support

    While John McCain gets crankier and crankier about repealing Don't Ask, Don't tell, opponents of the policy have picked up a couple of unlikely allies on the right. After much lobbying, Sen. Scott Brown has finally come around and said he will consider voting to end Don't Ask (along with the usua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Justin Crockett Elzie, Fresh Off Being Arrested at the White House

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Gay Takeaways From Election Night

    The first openly gay winner of yesterday's election won long before the polls even opened on the East Coast...in Guam! A former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam, openly gay Benjamin Cruz won re-election to the Guam Senate. Not nearly as far away but perhaps even more surprising, Jim Gray ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 3, 2010

    DO ASK

    Cianni did, and they told

  • News

    October 27, 2010

    Bad Lieutenant, Dan Choi

    What the networks don't ask the poster boy of the movement against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," he's happy to tell.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Carl Paladino Gives 'Permission . . . to Hurt Gay People' — Bronx Gay Leader

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Barack Obama: Twisting Words in the Wind on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    President Obama covered a lot of ground on gay and lesbian rights in the middle of the four o'clock hour on Thursday. In the end, he wound up saying one thing and doing another. In a cleverly worded statement, he vowed that "don't ask, don't tell" will end on his watch. He did not mean that he wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Carl Paladino And The Speedo Boys

    ​Dear Carl, Yesterday, I took apart your biblical hate against gay people, spewed in the wake of a horrifying batch of bullying, suicides, and torture that have millions of sensible adults breaking down doors to try and make the world safer for young gays. Your choice--supposedly ordained by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Ticked-Off Trannies Open In Theaters

    ​Israel Luna's Ticked-off Trannies with Knives is the grindhouse homage about a group of transsexual club performers who get hit with acts of psychotic rage and carefully seek their revenge. The film made a huge brouhaha when GLAAD tried to get it pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival even th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Study Shows a Growing Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    Pew Research Center​It was a disappointing start to National Coming Out Day in New York City when gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino continued to express his blatant misunderstanding of homosexual culture on the Today Show this morning, stating at one point: "They wear speedos and grind agains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2010

    Carl Paladino: Homosexuality is Not an 'Equal, Valid Option'

    ​Amid a flurry of nationwide anti-gay attacks and a sudden, subsequent media awareness, the Republican candidate for governor of New York, Carl Paladino, said on Sunday, "I don't want [kids] brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equal valid...option," according to local political repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Andrea Peyser's Crocodile Tears for Tyler Clementi

    ​We know that Andrea Peyser has little to no sense of humor, let alone irony. But we hope that even she can see the irony in this. This week Peyser opened a segment of her New York Post column with the thought "It's gone too far. My heart breaks for Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, victimized ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    If Not At The Stonewall Inn, Where Are New York Gays Safe?

    Ben Carver​After holding a vigil Sunday in Washington Square Park last night to commemorate the rash of (known) gay teen suicides caused by bullying, New York's gay community has been in for a harsh week. Two attacks have occurred against gays in a neighborhood thought to be "safe" by some for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    "Ho-Ho-Homosexual!" The First Gay Pride March, One Year After Stonewall

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 2, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 27 A Happy Birthday For Gay Liberation By Jonathan Black They stretched in a line, from Gimbels to Times Square, thousands and thousands and thousands, chanting, waving, screaming -- the outrageous and the ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    'Don't Ask Don't Tell, DREAM Act in the Senate

    It's a big day in the U.S. Senate for two issues we watch, but it's kind of a win-win for conservatives on both of them, regardless of how the pending votes on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and the 'Dream Act' go down. The bigger of the day is a cloture vote on the military spending bill, which has a kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Ruled Unconstitutional -- the Takeaway

    It's been quite a summer for the Federal Courts as they've stepped in yet again on behalf of equal rights for gay Americans. After a Federal District Court in San Francisco ruled Proposition 8 was unconstitutional last month, a Federal District Court in Riverside, CA ruled last night that the U.S. m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Ken Mehlman: GOP Biggie Moves From the Dark Side to Chelsea

    Ken Mehlman "is the most powerful Republican in history to identify as gay," Marc Ambinder boldly asserts in his lengthy outing of George W. Bush's campaign manager and the onetime head of the Republican National Committee. But will the new convert be welcomed with open arms in the streets of Chels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Gay Marriage in California Put on Hold by Appeals Court

    Well, that didn't last long. After his strongly worded decision rendering California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker lifted his stay last week, effective this Wednesday. Gay marriages were set to start again at 5 PM PDT tomorrow, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Where Can Gays Marry and Adopt?

    ​Watchdog reporter Rex Wockner knows, and he's put it all down in one handy list for future husbears and bear-ents: "Same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Mexico City, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Change-of-Sex Surgeries at Johns Hopkins: About 20 Done So Far

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 6, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 56 Life's Such a Drag, They'd Rather Switch by Charles W. Slack For the past five years or so, the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has been offering a change-of-sex service to certain carefully scree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Stay Lifted on Prop. 8 Decision: Gays in California Can Marry As of August 18

    Judge Vaughn Walker will lift his temporary stay on last week's decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional. However, as Joe My God notes, the stay won't expire until August 18. But after then, California will again become one of the few states where gay and lesbian couples can marry, at least ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Mexico Beating the US in...Gay Marriage?

    Imagine if, when Washington, D.C. started licensing gay marriages earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court had told the fifty states they had to recognize them. That's essentially what happened in Mexico yesterday. In December of last year, right around the time the D.C. city council voted to all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Prop 8, Michelle Obama, Ground Zero Mosque: Are Conservatives Basically The Honky Party?

    Last week Judge Vaughn Walker's decision setting aside Prop 8 in California unleashed plenty of grumbling from rightbloggers. As it involves gay people, this was to be expected. There was also rightblogger outrage, also expected, that Michelle Obama and her daughters had a swell, privately-funded v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    California's Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

    U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled today that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. The long awaited decision was just released from the U.S. District Courthouse for Northern California in San Francisco. The case, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, was a lawsuit in which two gay couples sued that Propo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    So Just How Homophobic Is Rap In 2010?

    ​The familiar conceit of this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine article "Sissy Bounce: New Orleans's Gender-Bending Rap," goes something like this: There are some gay rappers in New Orleans. Rap's usually really homophobic. That's crazy, huh? Contrasting the apparently enlightened attitude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Target Says "We Do Not Have a Political Agenda"

    ​Yesterday we mentioned that Target has found itself in a bit of a conundrum after donating $150,000 to MN Forward, which is running ads supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate (and friend of the Tea Party) Tom Emmer, who just so happens to be anti gay marriage as well as pro Arizona imm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Gay-Marriage Rights Are Dealt Setback by Jersey High Court

    Marriage-equality advocates have been dealt another blow, and this one came Monday in neighboring New Jersey, where the state's Supreme Court declined to hear an equal-protection case involving six gay couples.

  • Voice Choices

    July 27, 2010

    STILL PROUD

    Gay rights under discussion

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2010

    At Gay Pride, Rightbloggers Try to Keep It On The Down-Low, But Some Out Themselves

    Pride Week's a fun time to rightblogger-watch, because rightbloggers just don't know what to do about the gays. They must know straight America is losing its antipathy toward gay people -- Hell, even TGI Fridays is down with Pride. And some insist that the gay-hating stuff is behind them, too. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Anti-Gay Activists Outed by Supreme Court

    Just in time for Pride Weekend, the Supreme Court has booted thousands of anti-gay activists out of the closet yesterday, who were terrified of being outed as bigots. In an unusual, near unanimous 8 to 1 decision, the court ruled that people who signed a petition to repeal Washington State's "everyt ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 22, 2010

    Gay Pride's Here! And I'm So Ashamed!

    We're asking, so tell us: What about our civil rights?

  • News

    June 22, 2010

    A Gay Man Considers Joining the GOP

    Is it possible that Republicans could prove to be a closer ally?

  • Film

    June 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Gender-Expression Discrimination Bill Might Actually Pass in State Senate

    ​The Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (or the cute "GENDA" for short) is a bill that recently made its way through the state assembly, and is en route to being passed. The bill enhances protections against gender identity discrimination - say, for example, trans-gendered employees - wit ... More >>

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