HHNY COAT DRIVE FOR THE DOOR YOUTH CENTER- TONIGHT
Help out those in need this winter season and bring your warm clothing to HHNY for donation to The Door. Please bring new or gently worn clean items of winter clothing for donation and help change lives! Complimentary wine and cheese for those who donate
24 Jan 2017 in Blog, by
HHNY COAT DRIVE FOR THE DOOR YOUTH CENTER- THIS TUESDAY
Help out those in need this winter season and bring your warm clothing to HHNY for donation to The Door. Please bring new or gently worn clean items of winter clothing for donation and help change lives! Complimentary wine and cheese for those who donate
21 Jan 2017 in Blog, by
With Trump As President, Outlets And Parties For Queer Women Are Critical
President-elect Donald Trump spent the weekend deriding the Broadway show Hamilton on Twitter after the audience booed the arrival of Vice President-elect Mike Pence and the cast asked him to “work on behalf of all of us.” Trump tweeted that the “theater must always be a safe and special place,” though he ridiculed the notion of political correctness throughout his campaign. As a member of Congress, Pence supported conversion therapy, and as governor of Indiana, he passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and tried to make it a felony for same-sex couples to marry. That he deserves a “safe” space when addressed by a cast of LGBTQ actors and people of color is a fundamental misunderstanding of such spaces for and by certain communities. The past few years have seen the demise of publications and bars for and by lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer women. Historically, these media outlets and brick-and-mortar businesses were both figurative and literal spaces to find community, physical safety and fight for queer rights when we couldn’t find solace elsewhere. Earlier this year, the website AfterEllen effectively shutdown at the behest of straight men at the site’s parent company, while San Francisco’s beloved Lexington Club shut its doors in 2014. These are […]
07 Dec 2016 in Blog, by
Can Cis Lesbians and Trans Women Learn to Get Along?
Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock, Shutterstock In theory, our multifaceted, multilettered queer community is all about alliance, solidarity, and mutual support. Though we’ve seen advances in areas like marriage equality and nondiscrimination ordinances, systematic oppression of LGBTQ individuals continues in the form of disparate treatment in health care, employment, criminal justice, and public accommodations such as bathrooms and similar sex-segregated spaces. With so much to fight against outside our coalition, divisions within it have largely gone unchecked, with destructive rifts continuing to grow. One of the widest of these rifts exists between the L’s and T’s, particularly between cisgender lesbians and trans women. Even among queers, trans women are particularly vulnerable and subject to harassment and violence. According to the Anti-Violence Project’s 2013 report, 72 percent of all anti-LGBTQ homicide victims were transgender women (with more than 90 percent of those being transgender women of color).  So, standing in solidarity with those women ought to be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, not all lesbians got that memo: In particular, one group of radical lesbian feminists has made a habit of loudly and insistently espousing extreme transphobic ideas of the type that are more usually found among religious conservatives and those […]
20 Feb 2015 in Blog, by
LGBT Community Center relaunches in West Village
An LGBT community center in the West Village celebrated its $9.2 million renovation. Photo: Travis Mark ______ The West Village’s LGBT Community Center celebrated its $9.2 million renovation earlier this month with an art exhibit and ribbon-cutting with city and state officials. “Countless lives were saved by the LGBT center,” said Corey Johnson, an openly HIV-positive City Council member, “and countless lives continue to be saved.” The center’s auditorium, assembly halls, library and archives, which contain approximately 5,000 volumes and 190 manuscripts, were updated. Work began in 2013. Executive Director Glennda Testone touched upon the center’s many new initiatives, including a program targeting substance abuse among LGBT youth; a network of public and private service providers to help the trans community get health insurance, jobs and housing; and an economic empowerment program for women. The center dedicated its café to Edie Windsor, the former IBM executive whose Supreme Court case overturned a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. Ms. Windsor closed the evening with reflections on her connection to the center. “It began as the only place for us to meet people,” she said, “and it flourished into a center for us to be who we are.” […]
19 Feb 2015 in Blog, by