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In an apparent slip of the tongue, Mayor Bill de Blasio today said he had skipped yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Rockaways because it excluded some groups–even though he had marched in the same event last year.
“My approach has been to embrace parades that are inclusive. And that’s the standard we’re going to hold,” he said today during the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens, when asked why he’d skipped Saturday’s event, which drew criticism from some in the Sandy-ravaged neighborhood.
After consulting with LGBT advocacy groups, Facebook is finally adding a slew of gender options for users beyond the typical male-female binary.
The social network announced the switch in a blog post yesterday. Now, users can choose male, female or custom under the gender category. To select a custom gender, start typing and a list of options will come up.
Hundreds of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s supporters gathered outside the Stonewall Inn this evening to rally in support of the woman who is vying to be the first female and openly gay mayor.
Just four days before the primary, Ms. Quinn is increasingly pointing to the historic nature of her candidacy. The local LGBT officials, minor celebrities and gay rights activists assembled to tout that very point, trying to boost Ms. Quinn’s once front-running campaign as it sags the polls.
If you haven’t been downing vodka in a local gay bar over the last few days, or constantly looking at the Internet, you might not be aware of the new Russian Vodka Boycott trend sweeping the nation.
Basically, concerned activists sick of Russia’s current stance on LGBT rights have decided to Read More
Mayor Bloomberg was warmly received last night at his annual lettuce, gay, bacon and tomato (LGBT) barbecue at Gracie Mansion.
Well, technically it’s called the Mayor’s Pride Reception.
As clouds roiled overhead, an announcer chirped “it’s not raining, but it is raining mayors!” The crowd roared as His Honor took the stage under a marquee in the garden.
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Last night, New Yorkers came together to mourn the death of 32-year-old Mark Carson, a gay man who was shot in the head this weekend in Greenwich Village; the victim of an alleged hate crime. Crowds gathered at the LGBT Center on West 13th and marched to 8th Street and Sixth Avenue, the location of the shooting, where a rally/vigil was held to memorialize Mr. Carson and express the outrage of the city’s denizens.
The horrific, cold-blooded murder of 32-year-old Mark Carson in Greenwich Village Friday night has shocked New Yorkers into action. In what is believed to have been a hate crime, Mr. Carson, a homosexual man, was stalked and gunned down for what he was wearing, mere blocks away from the site of the historic Stonewall riots. The suspect, Elliot Morales, allegedly laughed when cornered by the police, boasting, “I shot him in the face.”
An outpouring of sentiment followed as hundreds left vigils at the site of the crime over the weekend. This evening, you can find organizers from GLAAD, along with city officials and New Yorkers–gay and straight–in a solidarity march starting at the LGBT Community Center of New York at 5:30PM and ending with a rally at the murder site, where friends, family, community leaders and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will read from prepared statements.
However, not everyone wants the mayoral candidate using this tragic incident as a stumping ground, and have organized their own event in solidarity with Mr. Carson.
Up until now, the threats of the federal sequester have seemed ominous but vague. We knew there would be cuts to, like, public goods and stuff, in a way that would, uh, somehow affect us, but it’s not until now that we are seeing the true ramifications of our government’s ineptitude.
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“We’ve met before,” purred Kim Stolz, an impish grin on her face. The Transom was standing in a dark corner with the most famous lesbian to come out, as it were, of America’s Next Top Model. We were at the launch party for The Dalloway, a bar/restaurant Ms. Stolz co-owns with fellow reality heroine Amanda Leigh Dunn, of The Real L-Word fame..
The Transom couldn’t recall previously meeting Ms. Stolz , though we remembered her infamous kiss with a curious competitor during Cycle 5 of ANTM, as well as her time as a VJ and correspondent on MTV News. Even in her new role as Citigroup vice president and part owner of the hottest lesbian spot to hit New York in decades, she was unmistakable.
“I feel like the New York lesbian scene was kind of different, more diverse when I was growing up,” said the Manhattan native. “But recently it’s been confined to dive bars and clubby atmospheres.”
Chick-Fil-A is an Atlanta-based fast-food chain you may have heard of, whose chicken sandwiches have a cult following, but whose cult-like devotion to anti-gay causes have increasingly put them in the media spotlight. Except on Sundays. They are closed on Sundays.
All of this recently culminated in that telltale culture-news saturation point indicator, a withering segment about them on The Daily Show. And on Friday, The Jim Henson Company—which makes Muppet toys for Chick-Fil-As kids’ meals—cut ties with the company as well. So, how’s Chick-Fil-A fighting back?