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Christine Quinn & the NYC Council Slush Fund Scandal

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Christine Quinn, Speaker of the NYC Council Christine Quinn & the NYC Council Slush Fund Scandal When her fellow New York City Council Members elected her Speaker in January 2005, Christine Quinn became the first openly lesbian or gay person elevated to that position. For many in the LGBT community in New York, the symbolism […]

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Israeli/Palestinian conflict breaks out at the NYC LGBT Community Center

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On 5 March 2011, LGBT supporters of Palestinian human rights protested the LGBT Community Center’s cancellation of an Israeli Apartheid Week event scheduled for that evening. The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Breaks Out at the NYC  LGBT Community Center Among the issues that Americans lump under the rubric of ‘foreign affairs,’ perhaps the most divisive and the […]

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Pride & Division in Queens (GCN, 6.28.02)

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Pride and Division in Queens Two gay candidates look strong but a flap dogs one By Paul Schindler Gay City News, 6.28.02 Even as two longtime gay leaders in Queens look to become the borough’s first out elected officials, a divisive flap over one of the candidates threatens to undermine the unity that might otherwise […]

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Council to Vote on Harassment Bill (GCN, 4.29.04)

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Council to Vote on Harassment Bill Legislation mandates staff training, reporting on bullying, gender identity, queer issues By Nicholas Boston Gay City News 29 April 2004 David Mensah, executive director of the Hetrick Martin Institute, was among those who testified for a city student dignity bill on April 26. (Pictured at September 2003 rally for […]

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The Working Families Party: Gay for Pay…?

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Jimmy Van Bramer, Tom Duane, Christine Quinn & Danny Dromm When the Working Families Party burst on the scene a decade ago, I was excited to see a new political party in New York that was explicitly committed to pursuing a progressive political agenda. The WFP seemed like a refreshing alternative to politics as usual, […]

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Christine Quinn’s record on LGBT issues

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Christine Quinn’s record on LGBT issues as Speaker of the New York City Council25 June 2009–– As Speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn declined to take the administration to court over the New York City Department of Education’s refusal to fully implement the Dignity in All Schools Act (DASA), enacted over Mayor […]

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Trans Feminism: Speaking My Truth to the Powers That Be

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TransfeminismSpeaking My Truth to Powerby Pauline Park Is there a ‘trans feminism’? And if so, what is it? Given that feminism itself is such a charged subject and transgender identity is a contested domain, that question is a productive one even if one not easy to answer. It was in graduate school (1988-94) that I […]