Appeals Court Finds LGBTQ Senior Housing Protections
See this story at GayCityNews.com.BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNECommunity News GroupIf you’re looking for pure, undemanding fun on Broadway this summer, well, there’s no shortage of shows. “School of Rock” is going str... Show more
ck” is going strong. “Head Over Heels” is pure fun, and “SpongeBob SquarePants” is inspired silliness, but you’ll want to see that soon — it closes next month. Now comes “Gettin’ the Band Back Together.” It’s formulaic. It’s predictable. And it’s a total blast. With a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz and music and lyrics by Mark Allen, it’s overflowing with goofy charm, jokes you can see coming from a mile away, and just enough meta musical theater commentary to let the audience know this show knows exactly what it’s up to — delivering a no-holds barred good time. Add to that a wonderfully talented cast, an original score that has ‘80s and ‘90s-informed harmonic jokes, and a joyful, infectious energy. Only the most adamant curmudgeon wouldn’t give in to the fun. The plot is the stuff of the fluffiest romantic comedy. Mitch Papadapoulus has been laid off from his Wall Street job and has to move back in with his mom in New Jersey. Soul searching ensues, though not too deep b
Feds Tracked Mob Control of Gay Bars into the 1980s
See this story at GayCityNews.com.BY ARTHUR S. LEONARDCommunity News GroupA federal appeals court has ruled that a lesbian resident of a senior rental facility in suburban Chicago may sue to hold the facility...
e facility’s management accountable for severe harassment against her by other residents due to her sexual orientation. The August stand up guys photo 27 ruling from a unanimous three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, an appointee of President George W. Bush, to dismiss her case. The decision marks an important appellate precedent for the protection of LGBTQ people living in senior housing facilities. Marsha Wetzel moved into Glen Saint Andrew Living Community in Niles, Illinois, after her partner of 30 years died. There she has a private apartment and access to meals in a common area, and the tenant agreement requires residents to refrain from “activity that [Saint Andrew] determines unreasonably interferes with the peaceful use and enjoyment of the community by other tenants” or that is “a direct threat to the health and safety of other individuals.” Tenants who violate the agreement can be evicted by Saint Andrew. Wet
The Iron Law of Prohibition
See this story at GayCityNews.com.DUNCAN OSBORNECommunity News GroupDocuments obtained from the FBI as well as state and federal court documents show that organized crime control of bars and clubs serving the...
erving the LGBTQ community was pervasive in the 1960s and was found as late as 1980 in New York City. “[T]he informant advised that Matty The Horse Ianniello operates numerous bars in the area of 48th Street and 6th and 7th Avenues, NYC,” an unidentified FBI agent wrote in a December 1, 1965 memo. “He stated this individual is a ‘made guy’ in the Vito Genovese ‘family.’ He further advised that in the operation of these bars, he has a partner who is a Jewish fellow and a real big guy physically.” In response to a Freedom of Information request, the FBI released 1,600 pages of documents that detailed organized crime ownership of nightclubs and bars in Manhattan. Published reports from the ‘70s identify Ianniello as the leading mob owner of bars in the city, and Gay City News originally sought records only on Ianniello’s businesses. On June 22, 1966, Harold Baer, an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, launched a grand jury investigation into “hoodlum infiltrati
Rashawn Brazell’s Accused Killer Convicted in Separate Murder
See this story at GayCityNews.com.BY NATHAN RILEYCommunity News GroupSeventy-two thousand overdose deaths in the US is the latest Centers for Disease Control Prevention estimate for 2017. It’s a huge number:...
uge number: more deaths than AIDS took in any single year. Beyond referring vaguely to increasing support for a “public health” response, a recent New York Times story largely blamed substances more than policies for this painful failure. But drug war opponents do blame policies — those of the criminal justice system. It’s called the iron law of prohibition: the greater the intensity of law enforcement, the higher the potency of the drug targeted. A former director of NORML, Richard Cowan, summed it up this way: “the harder the enforcement, the harder the drugs.” When alcohol was prohibited, beer and wine disappeared and the bootleggers made booze often described with gallows humor as “bathtub gin” — industrial alcohol mixed with flavoring in a tub that on occasion poisoned the drinkers. Today the poison is fentanyl ordered on the Internet from China and delivered in packages like the thousands of other items. The kick this drug adds to heroin and, most recently, to stimulants lik
P-FLAG Leader Audrey Gallagher Honored
See this story at GayCityNews.com.BY DUNCAN OSBORNECommunity News GroupA Brooklyn man who is charged in the gruesome 2005 murder of Rashawn Brazell was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2004 killing...
04 killing of Sharabia Thomas, a 17-year-old Brooklyn resident. “Sharabia’s bravery when she fought for her life helped bring her killer to justice and he has now been held responsible for this brutal years-old murder,” Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, said in an August 21 written statement. “Today’s verdict is a testament to the importance of my Cold Case Unit that’s working tirelessly with the NYPD to solve old crimes using the latest technology.” Kwauhuru Govan, 40, who lived in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, was arrested after the DNA in cells found under Thomas’ fingernails was matched to Govan’s DNA. Thomas’ dismembered body was discovered in two laundry bags in an alley in Bushwick. She had been strangled and beaten. Govan faces a maximum sentence of 25 years-to-life at his scheduled sentencing on September 7. Prosecutors can use a conviction in one case to press a defendant to plead in a second case. Defendants will agree for a number of reasons, including
Stonewall Rioted, FBI Yawned
See this story at GayCityNews.com.BY ANDY HUMMCommunity News GroupShe was one of the co-founders, in 1993, of the Queens chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and also one of the most beloved mo...
beloved mothers in the borough — especially by the LGBTQ community and the Queens political establishment. Now the street where she lived in Jackson Heights has been named in her honor. On a bright, sunny Sunday August 25, they all turned out on 91st Street south of Northern Boulevard to dedicate it as Mary Audrey Gallagher Way and pay homage to a pioneering activist for civil rights, labor, and education, as bagpipes keened in the morning air in a ceremony presided over by veteran Irish gay activist Brendan Fay. The most visible advocacy by Gallagher, who died at 85 on January 4, grew out of her love for her gay activist son Daniel Dromm, now the Finance Committee chair of the New York City Council — defending him in his campaigns for justice and public office and involving herself in the larger LGBTQ movement. But she also worked as a New York City teacher and union organizer, was active in Irish culture and causes, and was a devout Catholic. Congressmember Joseph Crowley said,
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