Rainbow flag again set on fire at New York gay bar

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ABOVE: The entrance to Alibi Lounge in Harlem. (Photo courtesy Alibi’s Facebook)

NEW YORK (AP) | A rainbow flag was set on fire at the entrance to a New York City gay bar on July 8 — the second such incident at the same club in just over a month.

Alibi Lounge owner Alexi Minko said staff members, alerted by someone on the street, found the flag had been set aflame between 12:20 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. New York City police were already investigating a possible anti-gay bias crime after rainbow flags at the Harlem bar’s entrance were torched just after midnight May 31, a day before the start of the city’s Pride Month celebrations.

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PHOTOS: WorldPride 2019 commemorates 50th anniversary of Stonewall

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Millions lined the streets of Manhattan June 30 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and celebrate WorldPride.

Organizers said that 150,000 people marched during the parade, which kicked off at noon at 26th St. and Fifth Ave. in the Chelsea neighborhood. The Gay Liberation Front, the cast of FX’s hit series “Pose,” UK Black Pride co-founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, The Trevor Project and Monica Helms, the transgender activist who created the trans Pride flag, served as grand marshals.

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Madonna closes out WorldPride with nod to Stonewall anniversary

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Madonna capped off the massive WorldPride celebration in New York City with a concert on Pier 97 for the Pride Island concert on Sunday.

She acknowledged the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which ignited the gay liberation movement, in between her set.

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N.Y. becomes eighth state to ban ‘gay panic’ defense

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ABOVE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a ban on gay panic defense. Photo courtesy of the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Amid celebrations of WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure banning the use of trans and gay panic as a legal defense.

Cuomo penned his name to the legislation Sunday during a signing ceremony with LGBT advocacy leaders who supported passage of the ban on gay and trans panic defense in court.

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Millions attend WorldPride parade in New York

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ABOVE: Millions of people turned out for the WorldPride parade in New York on June 30, 2019. The parade took place amid commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers.

Upwards of four million people lined the streets of Manhattan on Sunday for the WorldPride parade.

The parade began at noon at 26th Street and Fifth Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood.

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Obama honors Stonewall’s 50th

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Former President Barack Obama, LGBTQ ally and the nation’s 44th commander in chief, marked the 50th anniversary of Stonewall June 28.

“50 years ago, history was written at the Stonewall Inn when New York City’s LGBT community stood up, spoke out, and started a movement,” Obama shared.

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LGBTQ pioneers Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera to be honored

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NEW YORK (AP) | Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, two LGBTQ rights activists who took part in the 1969 Stonewall rebellion and founded an organization that helped homeless gay youths, will be honored with a public monument in New York City, officials announced May 30.

The yet-to-be-commissioned monument is part of an initiative to increase the diversity of the statues and monuments in public places around New York City. It will be paid for out of $10 million allocated for new public artworks.

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Watch: Robyn fans have spontaneous dance party in NYC subway

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Robyn fans kept the party going after her concert in Madison Square Garden on March 8 with an impromptu sing-along dance party on the subway platform.

While waiting for the train at the A train platform at 34th St., the crowd began to sing Robyn’s song “Hang With Me” followed by her hit single “Dancing On My Own.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: William Taylor Bulloch and Rafael Torres

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William Taylor Bulloch and Rafael Torres went on their first date to Urban Wetlands at Greenwood Park.

“It was supposed to be just a lunch date and it turned into a whole afternoon thing,” Taylor says. 

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New York City Council speaker wants apology for homophobic remarks

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NEW YORK (AP) | The New York City Council speaker is demanding an apology from a council member who said the legislative body is “controlled by the homosexual community.”

A spokesman for Speaker Corey Johnson issued a statement Feb. 8 saying comments by Ruben Diaz Sr. “have no place in New York City” and the Bronx Democrat should apologize to his colleagues and the LGBTQ community.

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Rival group to hold competing Pride march in NYC

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A New York City-based group called the Reclaim Pride Coalition announced last week that more than 50 LGBT rights organizations in the U.S. and other countries have endorsed its plans for a “non-corporate, grassroots” civil rights march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Organizers say the “Reclaim Pride” march will take place on June 30 on the same day and at the same time but along a different route than the official New York City Pride March, which has been organized for more than 20 years by the group Heritage of Pride or HOP.

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Cuomo vows New York will lead nation with progressive agenda

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NEW YORK (AP) | Sounding like the presidential candidate he insists he is not, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unleashed an energetic attack against President Donald Trump’s policies Jan. 1, pledging New York will lead the nation forward with the most progressive agenda in state history.

The Democrat began 2019 and his third term with the inaugural address on Ellis Island, saying  “America’s only threat is from within.”

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