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New York names Queens street after pioneering gay rights family

Friday, May 2, 2014
PFLAG-Way
NEW YORK -- A street in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens has been named in honor of the founder of PFLAG and her family. Officials have formally designated 171st Street between 33rd and 35th Avenues as “Jeanne, Jules, Morty Manford PFLAG Way.” [...]

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NYC mayor marches in Queens’ gay friendly ‘St. Pat’s For All Parade’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
NYC Mayor's OfficeNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) joins the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade in Queens, N.Y., on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who plans to skip the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade because participants are banned from carrying signs or banners identifying themselves as gay, joined the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade Sunday, saying it honors the traditions of the [...]

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New York police announce arrests in murder of gay man

Thursday, March 21, 2013
David Rangel
NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department says it has arrested two men in connection with the murder of a gay man earlier this year in his Queens apartment. [...]

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Man charged in murder of New York gay man at Queens motel

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Crown Motor Inn, Elmhurst, N.Y.
NEW YORK -- A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Joseph Benzinger, a 54-year-old gay man who was found strangled on Saturday in a Queens, N.Y. motel. [...]

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N.Y. gay rights activist, community leader near death after savage beating

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Lou Rispoli
Lou Rispoli, a well-respected and beloved community leader in the Queens, N.Y., gay neighborhood of Sunnyside, has been removed from life support and remains in hospice care, the result of an early morning attack last week. He is not expected to survive. [...]

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Banned from contest, 5th grader OK’d to recite gay marriage essay at school assembly

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kameron Slade
QUEENS, N.Y. -- A fifth grade student in Queens, N.Y., who earlier this week was prohibited from reading an essay on marriage equality that he wrote for a school competition, will be allowed to recite his essay during a special assembly. [...]

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Lambda Legal files suit over homophobic attack at Sizzler restaurant in New York

Friday, July 29, 2011
Liza Friedlander
Lambda Legal on Thursday filed a discrimination lawsuit against a Sizzler Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, on behalf a woman who was targeted because "she did not conform to the stereotypes of how a woman should look," according to the complaint. [...]

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Lesbian teacher fired from Catholic school after launching ‘burn in hell’ website

Sunday, April 3, 2011
burnandrotinhell
A lesbian teacher has been fired from her job at St. Francis Prep School in Fresh Meadows, Queens, after launching her website, "Burn and Rot in Hell!". [...]

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Five New York teens arrested in brutal, anti-gay Queens murder

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Anthony Collao
Five New York area teens have been arrested in the fatal beating of Anthony Collao at a party hosted by two gay men last weekend. Collao, 18, was beaten to death by the teens who yelled anti-gay slurs during the attack. [...]

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Queens man sentenced to 12 years in prison for 2009 gay bashing

Sunday, January 23, 2011
Price, following the 2009 attack.
A Queens man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for viscous 2009 attack on an openly gay man outside a College Point deli. Daniel Rodriguez, 22, pleaded guilty last year to first-degree robbery as a hate crime in the attack on 49-year-old Jack Price. [...]

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