The Village Voice is the first U.S. company to offer domestic-partner benefits to its employees (for same or opposite sex partners).
Voice columnist Guy Trebay wins the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Mike Berger Award.
Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom was named best album and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s “The Message” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
Kevin Bacon wins the Obie Award for best performance for his roles in Forty Deuce and Poor Little Lambs.
The Gay Men’s Health Crisis is created in New York City to deal with issues surrounding the AIDS epidemic. The center develops the world’s first AIDS hotline.
Willie Turks, a black transit maintenance worker, is killed in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn by white youths yelling racial epithets. Turks had just gotten off work at the Coney Island yards and driven with two black co-workers to buy bagels at a shop on Avenue X. He is kicked and beaten in the head and left lying in the gutter.
One million people protest nuclear arms race in Central Park.
The Village Voice mourns the passing of rock critic Lester Bangs.