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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02.07.2019 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Love is in the air and I’m a sap. In fact, I’m an Air Supply listening, rom-com loving, “This Is Us” crying sap. You have to be pretty close to me to see it, but it’s there. When 90 percent of your social life is work related, it’s easy to have work-mode walls up. What may seem like an all-business exterior is really just all mush inside.

I can’t say where this love of love stems from. My earliest memories are of growing up with little means in Houston, Texas. There were five kids, my parents and an uncle in the house. Making ends meet and raising a herd of kids didn’t leave a lot of room for romance. Although, my parents did go on a date to see Willie Nelson’s New Year’s Eve concert every year and I thought that was sweet.

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’90s gay comedy ‘Trick’ sequel in the works

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 1999 gay comedy film “Trick” is getting a sequel just in time for the film’s 20th anniversary.

Director Jim Fall announced the news on Facebook writing “So this is in the works for 2019……. just in time for the 20th (!!!) anniversary of TRICK next year.”

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Emma Watson, Forest Whitaker kick off HeForShe Art Week in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Watson said she wants people to understand the importance of gender equality not only on a rational level but also on a visceral one March 8, and books, movies and other art forms are important vehicles for accomplishing that.

“It’s also about making them feel it in their bones,” said Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.

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NYC enacts anti-discrimination rules for city facilities

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NEW YORK (AP) – A regulation that ensures people visiting New York City facilities can use restrooms or locker rooms aligned with their gender identity was enacted March 7.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, signed an executive order on Monday that guarantees people access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, pools and recreation centers, without the need to show identification or any other proof of gender. The move comes amid a continuing national debate over anti-discrimination laws.

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New York legislators want Stonewall Inn to be a national park

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NEW YORK — Two New York legislators are leading a campaign to designate Stonewall Inn as the first national park honoring LGBT history.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler made their announcement Sept. 20 in front of the Greenwich Village tavern that was the scene of a 1969 uprising at a key moment for the nascent gay rights movement.

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New York museum embraces gay pride in honor of Victorian-era photographer

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NEW YORK (AP) — A museum dedicated to a Victorian-era photographer who challenged gender roles is expanding its mission by championing tolerance and sending a contingent to New York’s gay pride parade.

The Alice Austen House on Staten Island has celebrated Austen’s work as a pioneering female photographer since the site opened to the public in 1985.

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NYC considers making Stonewall Inn a city landmark

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NEW YORK — Officials are considering whether to make the Stonewall Inn a city landmark, granting recognition to a powerful symbol of the gay rights movement.

The New York Times says the Landmarks Preservation Commission is set to vote June 2 on taking a first step: adding the property to its calendar. The Greenwich Village tavern would be the first landmark honored specifically for its role in the city’s gay history.

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NYC gay hotelier criticizes protesters over Ted Cruz dinner

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NEW YORK (AP) — An owner of a gay-oriented New York City hotel lashed out at “extremists” who have urged a boycott over a dinner invitation to Sen. Ted Cruz, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage.

But gay-rights advocates outraged by the invitation to the Republican presidential candidate say they will keep up the pressure by shunning all the properties owned by the men who hosted the dinner.

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Vaccines recommended as 3 HIV+ men develop meningitis

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s Health Department says it’s investigating three cases of meningitis that have developed in HIV-positive gay men over the last two weeks.

The department said Friday it’s recommending meningitis vaccinations for all men who regularly have intimate contact with other men.

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New York brings in thousands for Pride festivities

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NEW YORK (AP) – Fifth Avenue is rarely as quiet as it was on June 29 just before one of the world’s biggest, most boisterous gay pride parades stepped off under a burst of rainbow-hued balloons.

Awaiting the annual pride march, thousands of people suddenly hushed and the music stopped for a moment of silence to remember those who died of AIDS.

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Donations rolling in for flooded NYC gay youth center

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It took only hours for Superstorm Sandy’s surging waters to destroy an emergency drop-in center for homeless gay youths in New York City.

But almost as quickly, a social media outpouring helped raise money for a new, bigger Ali Forney Center to keep helping dozens of young people a day with medical care, counseling and a safe place to sleep.

A blogger posted the bad news about the Manhattan center and it went viral on Twitter. Donations of more than $250,000 — and counting — have come in to rebuild the center.

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