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Joan Rivers officiates gay couple’s wedding at NY book signing

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Comedian and author Joan Rivers on Monday officiated an impromptu wedding of a same-sex on at a book signing in New York City. Rivers, 81, was taking questions from her fans when Jed Ryan and Joe Aiello, a couple of three years, raised their hands and ask if the comic – who is an ordained minister capable of officiating weddings – would marry them ...

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In historic first, New York-area Boy Scouts to lead iconic NYC Pride March

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A group of active and former Boy Scouts will be among the groups leading the 44th Annual New York City Pride March on Sunday, June 29, the nation's oldest and largest LGBT pride event. New York-area Boy Scouts and members of the Brooklyn Chapter of Scouts for Equality, an organization of Boy Scouts alumni dedicated to ...

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Brooklyn gay man sues 5 Hasidic men, Shomrim patrol over beating

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.
NEW YORK — A gay man who was attacked and brutally beaten last December by a group of Hasidic men in Brooklyn filed a lawsuit Monday against the five men indicted in the attack and the Shomrim security patrol of which at least two of the assailants were members.

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The 35 most LGBT-friendly U.S. Cities, according to Vocativ’s ‘Queer Index’

VIA: Vocativ.com | Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Which U.S. city is most friendly toward LGBT residents? Which big cities don't even make the list? What's the gayest city in "red state" America? Which metro area has the highest percentage of out politicians? Where do same-sex Craigslist hookups happen most frequently?

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Transgender man sues NYC after being booted from male locker room

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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A transgender man who said he was harassed and then humiliated after he was booted from a male locker room at a public pool has sued New York City. Bryan Ellicott said that after he entered the Staten Island changing room last July, Parks Department workers got what he called a "complaint" about his presence and ordered him to leave...

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NYC cabbie wears swastika armband because gays carry ‘big rainbow flags’

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A New York City cab driver who wore a swastika armband while on the job has been suspended for 30 days. The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission suspended Gabriel Diaz's operator's license Friday after a Jewish group and others complained.

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LGBT Arab-Americans find a place of their own in New York City

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Bashar Makhay in his apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Makhay, who is Iraqi-American, Catholic and gay, said he created Tarab, a series of parties, beach gatherings and other events for LGBT Arabs and Middle Easterners in New York City. The Tarab program will celebrate its second anniversary with an event May 10.
NEW YORK -- With a loud hiccup and a hand over her mouth in coy embarrassment, Madame Tayoush mimics Lebanese diva Sabah in her performance of the sultry classic "Atshana" — or "I'm Thirsty" — as Arab-Americans hoot and cheer. The burst of a trumpet vibrato sends her into a dramatic swoon, basking under applause and the warmth of stage lights.

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Designers Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent marry at iconic NYC public library

| Sunday, May 4, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Designer and American Dream Builders host and author Nate Berkus, 42, married designer and TV personality Jeremiah Brent, 29, Saturday at the New York Public Library, reports People magazine.

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Gay Men’s Health Crisis names new CEO

| Friday, May 2, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), the long-running HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy group, has hired Kelsey Louie as its new chief executive officer.

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Advocates say NYC municipal ID card would help transgender residents

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Backers of a proposed New York City municipal ID card said Wednesday that transgender people, immigrants, non-drivers and others will benefit from the city-issued identification card.

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