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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Watch: Madonna gives surprise NYE performance at Stonewall Inn

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Madonna gave a surprise performance for partygoers at New York City’s historic Stonewall Inn on New Year’s Eve.

The 60-year-old pop star stopped by with her son David Banda, 13, to give a speech on the LGBT movement and to treat the crowd to two musical performances.

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Campaign urges ‘courageous conversations’ during holiday season

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The National Black Justice Coalition, a D.C.-based civil rights organization that advocates for black LGBT people, issued a statement last week calling for “courageous and life-saving conversations during the holiday season” to help curtail bias and stigma faced by LGBT people of color.

In its Dec. 12 statement NBJC pointed to two recent developments that highlight what it called the stigma and bigotry LGBT people, especially black LGBT people, continue to face that sometimes surface in the popular media.

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Gay Mexican couple marries in NYC, makes history

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A same-sex couple from Mexico made history on Nov. 26 when they married in New York.

Mexican Consul General Diego Gómez Pickering officiated the wedding of Daniel Berezowsky and Jaime Chávez Alor that took place at Gómez’s official residence on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Berezowsky and Chávez are the first same-sex couple from Mexico who were legally married outside the country to be recognized as married by the Mexican government.

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Garett Hawe shares the stage with Broadway legend Betty Buckley in the national tour of ‘Hello Dolly!’

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Openly gay actor Garett Hawe remembers the moment he wanted to become a Broadway performer.

“I was 12 years old when I went to New York City for the first time,” says Hawe, a New Hampshire native. “We saw ‘Miss Saigon’ and that was when I realized people made a living doing this. I fell in love with New York City and Broadway.”

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs historic same-sex kiss

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The 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was not only the coldest parade on record but also aired a groundbreaking LGBT moment on live television.

During the parade, the cast of the Broadway musical “The Prom” gave a performance which included a same-sex kiss between actresses Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnumen. The historic moment marks the first time a same-sex kiss has aired during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Billie Jean King, Abdul-Jabbar tackle homophobia in sports

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NEW YORK (AP) | Billie Jean King and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are being honored for lending their names to the fight against homophobia in sports.

They are working with Athlete Ally, a nonprofit founded by former college wrestler Hudson Taylor.

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Police: 2 men injured in anti-gay beating

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NEW YORK (AP) | New York City police are searching for a man they say injured two other men in an anti-gay attack in Brooklyn.

WABC-TV reports the attack happened early September 23 in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section. Authorities say the suspect made anti-gay comments as he approached the men. Police say the suspect punched one man in the face and threw the other victim into a tree.

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NYC to add nonbinary ‘X’ designation to birth certificates

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NEW YORK (AP) | People born in New York City who don’t identify as male or female will have the option of changing their birth certificates to “X” under legislation passed September 12 by the City Council.

The bill adopted by a 41-6 vote will also allow parents to choose the “X” designation for their newborns, and it will permit adults to change the gender on their birth certificates without an affidavit from a doctor or mental health professional.

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Rainbow flag makes cameo in PS4’s new ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ video game

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PlayStation 4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” video game was released worldwide Sept. 7 and gaymers’ “spidey sense” started to tingle when they saw a shout out to the LGBTQ community from the webslinger.

The game’s detailed layout of New York City lets our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swing up and down the streets of The Big Apple, passing many of the city’s most well-known landmarks. The city is also filled with dozens of Easter eggs hidden throughout the game, including a nod to one of the LGBTQ community’s most notable symbols.

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Judge declares Utah women, 1 dead, to be legally married

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | A 74-year-old woman cried tears of joy when a Utah state judge took the rare step of declaring her and her longtime lesbian partner legally married just months after her wife died.

Judge Patrick Corum last week declared Bonnie Foerster legally married to Beverly Grossaint, who died in May in Salt Lake City at age 82, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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Louisiana library plans ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ for children

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) | Residents are defending a Louisiana public library’s plan to host fraternity brothers who are going to read to young children while dressed as drag queens.

All but one of the 20-plus citizens who spoke at Tuesday’s Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting said they support the Oct. 6 “Drag Queen Story Time,” The Advertiser reported . The event is being planned by a provisional chapter of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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