Transsexuals march for their rights in Jackson Heights. (Photo via El Diario)

Queens Transsexuals Learn Self-Defense

Crime, LGBTQ, Queens October 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Fearful of being the target of bias attacks, transgender women in Jackson Heights are taking self-defense classes at a local martial arts academy, El Diario La Prensa reported.

A Decade of Mostly Good News for Gays

A Decade of Mostly Good News for Gays

LGBTQ, Media, Politics October 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Under the headline “Bull & Bear Moments,” the weekly Gay City News marked its 10th year anniversary last week with a look back at the successes and challenges faced by the gay rights movement since 2002.

Seniors from the LGBT community celebrated the opening of a senior center designed to meet their needs, SAGE. (Photo by Channon Hodge)

Graying in Color: A Haven For LGBT Seniors

Demographics, LGBTQ, Social Services, Video September 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

A center for LGBT seniors and another for visually impaired seniors are among a handful of new, “innovative” centers that tailor their environment to seniors’ particular needs and interests. Other centers include community gardening programs, vegetarian cuisine, swimming and watercize classes and training on everything from using Skype to bird-watching.

Las Buenas Amigas (Photo via EDLP)

LGBT-Friendly Soccer Team Promotes Tolerance in Latino Community

LGBTQ, Sports August 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

El Diario La Prensa profiles a women’s soccer team that plays in Flushing Meadows Park, organized by an LGBT organization that works in the Latino community.

On July 13, Asian Americans for Equality held a press conference to protest a new hotel owned by William Su. (Sam Spokony via The Villager)

Voices in Focus: Tenant Advocates Protest New Chinatown Hotel

Housing, LGBTQ July 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Today we have mix of news, arts and lifestyle coverage from New York’s ethnic and community press, including a Chinatown advocacy group calling for a boycott of a soon-to-open hotel; a historic LGBT site set to be demolished; saris on sale during Ramadan; and the 35th Annual Asian-American International Film Festival.

(Photo from Gay City News)

Driven By Experience, Former Inmate Reaches Out To LGBT Offenders

Housing, LGBTQ July 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm

After his own ordeals as a queer prison inmate, Patrick A. Sands has dedicated himself to building a residence for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when they leave prison. Sands’ House is in the planning stages, reported Duncan Osborne for Gay City News.

Appolonia Cruz junto a la presidenta del Concejo Christine Quinn, (der.), quien asistió a El Bronx Pride en 2010. (Photo via El Diario/La Prensa)

Activist Drag Queen Fights for LGBT Pride in the Bronx

Bronx, LGBTQ July 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Meet Puerto Rican Appolonia Cruz, a drag queen and advocate. Active in LGBT groups and pride events, she helped to ensure that Bronx Pride 2012 went on despite the host center closing down in June amid an embezzlement scandal.

José Díaz and his daughter Elisa (Photo by Courtesy/El Diaro La Prensa)

Before Same-Sex Marriage, LGBT Singles Who Found Path to Parenthood

Latino, LGBTQ June 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Since New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage a year ago, the path to parenthood for LGBT couples has become easier. But even before the law’s passage, El Diario La Prensa reported, some single LGBT Latinos found ways to become parents.

A group of Latina transsexuals marched through the streets of Queens to protest their treatment by the NYPD. (Photo by Humberto Arellano / EDLP)

To Stop Harrassment of Transgender People, NYPD Changes Guidelines

Crime, Latino, LGBTQ June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

The NYPD’s Patrol Guide has been amended to improve treatment to transgender and other gender non-conforming New Yorkers, reported Gay City News. Meanwhile, El Diario/La Prensa covered a march by transgender Latinas condemning police hostility.

Chris Bilal, flanked by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Joo-Hyun Kang of Communities United for Police Reform, Lambda Legal’s Kevin Cathcart, the NAACP's Ben Jealous, HRC’s Marty Rouse, and the Reverend Al Sharpton. (Photo by William Alatriste / Gay City News)

In Silence, a Common Ground Against Stop-and-Frisk

African American, Crime, LGBTQ, Video June 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Bucking the tendency to assume that African-Americans are hostile to the LGBT community, community organizers from both groups, as well as others affected by police stop-and-frisk practices, plan to march silently together on Father’s Day.

(Photo by Zaira Cortes / EDLP)

Fund Seeks to Address Police Profiling of Transgender Women

Crime, LGBTQ May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

El Diario La Prensa has reported that transgender women often face harassment from police, who assume they’re prostitutes. Last week the publication profiled Lorena Borjas, who has started a fund to provide transgender people in Queens, especially immigrants, with financial and legal aid after being arrested.

President’s Same-Sex Marriage Stance Wins Accolades in Ethnic, Local Press

President’s Same-Sex Marriage Stance Wins Accolades in Ethnic, Local Press

LGBTQ, Media May 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

President Barack Obama’s revelation that he “personally” supports same-sex marriage — in a taped interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts — has sparked a range of reactions from the ethnic press and New York City’s community media. Many took the opportunity to debunk assumptions about their community’s stance on same-sex marriage.

A shot by a student at the Hetrick-Martin Institute's photography program, which will be shown off at the Time and Life Building. (Photo courtesy of the Hetrick-Martin Institute via DNAinfo)

Photo Finish: NYC Through the Lens of LGBT Teens

Culture, Featured Posts, LGBTQ May 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

The exhibit “Through My Eyes: Myself, My Family, My Community,” which will run until the end of June at the Time and Life Building at 1271 Sixth Ave., shows photographs taken by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens living in New York City. The show was created by students inRead More

Rainbow Bridges provides guidance on integrating LGBT refugees. (Photo: Claudia A. De La Garza/flickr via Feet in 2 Worlds)

A Guide to Helping LGBT Refugees Integrate

Immigration, LGBTQ May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

An increasing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from across the world are flocking to the United States. Though their reception here in America is far from ideal, they are often fleeing worse discrimination. Some organizations are trying to help these refugees, and to show others how to do the same.

Rafi Daugherty was raised as a girl in an Orthodox community in the Midwest, but transitioned to his male identity as an adult. (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

‘It Gets Better’ for LGBT Jews, Too

Culture, LGBTQ April 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

To accompany the release of the “It Gets Better” book, based on the web series that urged LGBT teens to look forward to a brighter future, The Jewish Daily Forward published three young Jews’ accounts of their journey to adulthood.