Brandi Concepción talks about her gender-affirming surgery at the Metropolitan Hospital’s LGBTQ Health Center in Manhattan. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latina Transgender Talks About Her Transformation

Latino, LGBTQ, Manhattan February 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Brandi Concepción, from Puerto Rico, will be the first person to undergo a gender-affirming surgery at a public hospital in New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The Caribbean Equality Project was the first LGBTQ group to participate in the Phagwah Parade in Queens on March 26 (Photo courtesy of CEP)

The Caribbean Equality Project: Amplifying LGBTQ Voices

Caribbean, Featured Posts, LGBTQ, Queens, Voices' Picks April 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm

A new organization, the Caribbean Equality Project, aims to empower LGBTQ people of Caribbean descent and origin in the New York area.

‘Sanctuary  Restaurants’ Pledge to Be Safe Spaces

‘Sanctuary Restaurants’ Pledge to Be Safe Spaces

Food, Immigration, LGBTQ January 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Remezcla reports on 24 restaurants across the country, including some in NYC, which have pledged to offer themselves as safe spaces and sanctuaries against hate, racism and xenophobia.

Poonam Dass, 18, a member of Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM) and a DACA recipient, said, "A 'Hate-Free Zone' does not happen without the people in this crowd, in this neighborhood, in this city. The times we are living in now demand we work as communities to love and protect each other."

Jackson Heights March in Defense of Immigrants

Latino, LGBTQ, Muslim, Queens, South Asian December 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Roosevelt Avenue was the epicenter of an anti-Trump march attended by hundreds protesting racism, sexism, discrimination and attacks against people of color, Queens Latino reports.

A rendition of the New York City AIDS memorial from its westernmost corner, with a view of the buildings that replaced St. Vincent's hospital east of the memorial. (Image via

Memorializing Victims of AIDS

Culture, Health, History, LGBTQ, Manhattan November 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm

New York’s AIDS victims will be memorialized at a new site in Greenwich Village to be dedicated on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.

The transgender community has complained of an increase in attacks directed at its members. (Photo from LGBT Community Center via El Diario)

Transgender People Fear More Attacks after Trump’s Victory

Latino, LGBTQ, New York November 23, 2016 at 11:11 am

At a meeting for transgender people in Queens, the election of Trump raised concerns and fear of intolerance and discrimination, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

City Council member Daniel Dromm (just off-center) and others at the Feb. 23 rally (Photo by Bill Parry via Times Ledger)

Protesting Another Anti-Gay Attack in Queens

LGBTQ, Queens February 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm

A rally was held in Jackson Heights at the site of yet another attack targeted at a member of the LGBT community, Times Ledger reports.

A documentary on the murder of Julio Rivera will premiere at the Queens World Film Festival, taking place March 15-20. (Photo via Times Ledger)

Julio Rivera Documentary to Premiere in Jackson Heights

LGBTQ, Queens February 3, 2016 at 5:33 pm

The world premiere of “Julio of Jackson Heights” during the Queens World Film Festival will be held at the grade school where Julio Rivera was killed in an anti-gay attack in 1990, reports Times Ledger.

(Photo by slgckgc, Creative commons license)

A ‘Grindr Shabbat’ in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Jewish, LGBTQ, Religion January 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm

The Tablet reports on Grindr Shabbat services, which address questions about Judaism, Israel and “the intersectionality of being queer and being Jewish.”

(Photo by drp, Creative Commons license)

Latino Activists and LGBT Students Support Anti-Bullying Bill

Education, LGBTQ, New York October 26, 2016 at 11:27 am

The City Council is reviewing a bullying law arguing that hundreds of youths continue to be victims of harassment and intimidation due to their sexual orientation, race or appearance, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Photo via Margaret Chin's Twitter page

Changes in Demographic Data Collected by City Agencies

Demographics, Government, LGBTQ, New York October 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Legislation passed by the City Council will have city agencies gather more accurate demographic data to better service LGBT people and communities of color, reports Times Ledger.

Jennifer de la Cruz is preparing to achieve her goals. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Queens Transgender Women Fight Discrimination With Education

Education, Labor, LGBTQ, Queens, Women December 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

A group of Latina transgender women in Queens created a cooperative that provides them with training and education in cosmetology and styling, El Diario reports.

Strength in Numbers’ Somjen Frazer discusses the key findings of her consulting group’s study. (Photo by Donna Aceto via Gay City News)

Disparities for New York State’s Transgender Residents

LGBTQ, New York December 3, 2015 at 4:21 pm

A new report highlights disparities in the transgender population in New York even vis-a-vis other members of the LGBT community, reports Gay City News.

(Design by Michael Shirey via Gay City News)

Why is Uptake of an HIV Prevention Drug Slow?

Health, LGBTQ, New York December 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm

More resources will be devoted to fighting HIV/AIDS in New York state, officials said on World AIDS Day. But uptake of PrEP treatment, which prevents HIV infection in those who are exposed to HIV, has been slow. Two articles in Gay City News explore why.

Deborah Glick (Photo courtesy of via Gay City News)

LGBT Assembly Members Prevail in Primary

Elections 2016, LGBTQ, New York, Politics September 15, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Three LGBT Assembly members and one key LGBT ally fended off primary challengers, reports Gay City News.