Gay Rights

Everything we know about the gay conversion film 'Boy Erased'

Focus Features’ upcoming drama Boy Erased, based on Garrad Conley’s 2016 memoir about his experience in gay conversion camp, comes to theaters this fall. "The film satisfies the dramatic and salacious stuff that interested me, but it also had an emotional resonance to it that I...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 2:48pm

GMHC moving to brand-new headquarters in Midtown

Thirty-six years after becoming the world’s first — and leading — provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) is slated to open a brand-new headquarters in Midtown on July 10. The new, 110,000-square-foot facility at 307 W....

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:29pm

Mount Sinai celebrates 50 years of supporting LGBTQ and other city youth

While Pride March 2018 takes place Sunday, next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which sparked the modern gay rights movement. In conjunction with that historic milestone, New York will host WorldPride 2019, the first U.S. city to do so. But that’s a year away, and...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:59am

Mike Pence 'wants to hang' gay people, Trump said

President Trump once joked that Vice President Mike Pence wants to hang gay people, according to a new profile of Pence published Monday in the New Yorker. Pence has been criticized for his far-right and homophobic views in the past. In the early '90s, he joined the Indiana Family Institute, a...

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:15pm

Designer babies are a very real thing. When should we start freaking out?

We might not be using jet packs to get everywhere or watching our robot Rosie pick up after our dog Astro, but the future is now and the future means designer babies. For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited human embryo DNA to correct a genetic mutation for hypertrophic...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 5:02am

Summer jobs for vulnerable youth tripled: Mayor's office

While one study shows that those in New York City’s LGBTQ community still face employment discrimination despite “big strides,” Mayor Bill de Blasio is celebrating the number of summer jobs for the city’s “most vulnerable children.” The Center for Youth...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 3:57pm

New York celebrates Pride: Photos

Rainbows, tutus and colorful flags took over Fifth Avenue on Sunday for New York City’s annual Pride March; this year, the LGBT march carried a distinct air of protest in addition to celebration. New York City is home to one of the oldest and largest LGBT pride demonstrations in the world....

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 6:51pm

Discrimination still alive and well for many LGBTQ New Yorkers: Survey

New York City may be the epicenter of the Gay Pride movement, but that doesn’t exactly mean that discrimination against those in the LGBTQ community is nonexistent. In fact, it's more common than many might think, according to a new survey from City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 4:15pm

Los Angeles replaces its gay pride parade with 'resist' march

Members of the Los Angeles-area gay community were expected to walk en masse through the city on Sunday in a so-called Resist March against President Donald Trump, an event taking the place of the annual pride parade. Organizers of the Resist March say the 3-mile (4.8km) walk will begin in...

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 5:12pm

Donald Trump Jr. triggers LGBT backlash after Duquesne students oppose on-campus Chick-fil-A

Donald Trump Jr. trigged Twitter and the LGBTQ community on Thursday when he mocked Duquesne University students who opposed the upcoming addition of a Chick-fil-A in their food court. Retweeting an article by conservative news site The Daily Caller about the upset students at the Pittsburgh-based...

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 2:24pm

Gay rights rainbow flag inventor, Gilbert Baker, dies at 65

Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco-based activist and artist best known for creating the rainbow flag representing gay rights, has died at the age of 65, his longtime friend announced on social media on Friday."My dearest friend in the world is gone. Clive Baker gave the world the rainbow flag, he gave...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:35pm

Trans man uses before and after pictures of transition to inspire, encourage

These transgender celebrities have done a lot by bravely sharing their stories with the public. But we can’t forget about people who aren't in the spotlight. Peope like transman Jaimie Wilson, who courageously share their journeys as well.Wilson, a musician, DJ and trans advocate, has chronicled...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:31am

State lawmakers weigh bills to outlaw gay conversion therapy

Gay conversion therapy did not end after New York City’s Stonewall Riots of 1969 nor after the national legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.On the contrary, advocates of the long-discredited practice applauded the election of Donald Trump and hope his administration and the Republican...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 5:00am

Taking charge of LGBT affairs

When the Mayor’s Office announced that Amber Hikes, a black queer woman, would take the reins as the new executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, a collective sigh could be heard throughout gay Philadelphia. The office’s first director, Nellie Fitzpatrick, resigned in the wake of...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:00am

SEE IT: Massive crowd turns out for LGBT solidarity rally at historic Stonewall Inn

A large LGBT solidarity rally is underway at the historic Stonewall Inn Saturday afternoon.The event is "to show our community’s solidarity with immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees and all those impacted by Donald Trump's recent executive orders," according to organizers.This week the White House...

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 1:13am

'March Against Discrimination' in Philly Thursday takes aim at Trump

Hundreds of people are expected to take to the streets of Philadelphia on Thursday to protest against several of President Donald Trump's executive orders they call discriminatory.The March Against Discrimination starts at 6 p.m. outside the Fox 29 station in Old City, and will move down Market...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:30pm

George Takei calls for 'American terrorist' and 'chaos President' Donald Trump to resign

Actor and activist George Takei has some strong words for President Donald Trump.“Trump can profess a principle and then go blatantly against it. He is ignorant, and because of his ignorance, he is fearful. Actually, the real terrorist is Donald Trump. He's the American terrorist,” Takei said in...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 6:28pm

Trump promises workplace protections for LGBTQ, but community remains wary

The White House on Monday said that President Donald Trump would not reverse a 2014 order from his predecessor that created workplace protections for the LGBTQ community.“President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGTBQ rights, just as he was throughout the election,” the White...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:00am

Women's march against Trump swamps Washington streets, subway (live stream)

Large crowds of women, many wearing bright pink knit hats, poured into downtown Washington by bus, train and car on Saturday for a march in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump only a day after the Republican took office.The Washington event was expected to be the largest of a series of...

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 12:16pm

Activists demand action on 'Tuesdays with Toomey'

Struggling to project her voice over persistent taxi horns and far-off sirens blaring through Center City, Sarah Roberts kept the megaphone close to her mouth.Perhaps it was her nerves — this was Roberts' first time addressing a crowd through a bullhorn — or maybe the biting cold weather that left...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 5:00am