Mayor de Blasio Attends ‘St. Pat’s for All’ Parade After Skipping Rockaways Event

Bill de Blasio marching today in the St. Pat's for All Parade.
Bill de Blasio marching today in the St. Pat’s for All Parade.

In an apparent slip of the tongue, Mayor Bill de Blasio today said he had skipped yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Rockaways because it excluded some groups–even though he had marched in the same event last year.

“My approach has been to embrace parades that are inclusive. And that’s the standard we’re going to hold,” he said today during the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens, when asked why he’d skipped the event Saturday, drawing criticism from some in the Sandy-ravaged neighborhood. Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio Attends ‘St. Pat’s for All’ Parade After Skipping Rockaways Event”

De Blasio Won’t Stop Uniformed Workers from Marching in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mayor Bill de Blasio at today's City Hall press conference.
Mayor Bill de Blasio at today’s City Hall press conference.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will not stop uniformed city workers from marching in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, despite calls from a flurry of lawmakers who want a boycott of the event, which bars the participation of openly gay groups.

“I believe that uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to. And I respect that right,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters today when asked about the issue at his latest appointment press conference at City Hall. Continue reading “De Blasio Won’t Stop Uniformed Workers from Marching in St. Patrick’s Day Parade”

Lance Bass Endorses Melissa Mark-Viverito for Speaker

Lance Bass, in 2001. (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty)
Lance Bass, in 2001. (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty)

It might be time for Dan Garodnick to say, “Bye, bye, bye.”

In the race for City Council speaker, rival Melissa Mark-Viverito has accumulated so many supporters that even 1990s heartthrob Lance Bass is on her team. Continue reading “Lance Bass Endorses Melissa Mark-Viverito for Speaker”

Christine Quinn Rallies LGBT Supporters Outside Stonewall Inn

Christine Quinn, her wife, Kim Catullo, and actor Cheyenne Jackson.
Christine Quinn, her wife, Kim Catullo, and actor Cheyenne Jackson.

Hundreds of supporters of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gathered outside the historic Stonewall Inn this evening for a get-out-the-vote rally in support of the woman who is vying to be the city’s first female and openly gay mayor.

As Ms. Quinn struggles to regain her footing just four days before the primary, the former front-runner is increasingly pointing to the historic nature of her candidacy. And the rally, with local LGBT officials, minor celebrities and gay rights activists, was intended to do just that.

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John Liu Snags an LGBT Club in Queens

John Liu. (Photo: Getty)
John Liu. (Photo: Getty)

Although Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is vying to be the city’s first openly gay mayor, has scored many LGBT-oriented Democratic club endorsements in her bid, that hasn’t always been the case.

A couple weeks ago, an LGBT club led by a loud Quinn critic, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, threw its support behind former Comptroller Bill Thompson. And last night, a club headed by a Quinn supporter, the Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens, voted to endorse Comptroller John Liu for City Hall.

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Christine Quinn Touts ‘Hometown Pride’ in DOMA Ruling

First Day Of Legal Same-Sex Marriage In New York State
Christine Quinn on the first day of legal same-sex marriage in New York State, 2011.

Christine Quinn, who is vying to become New York City’s first openly gay mayor, quickly summed up her feelings this morning in an MSNBC interview. She was reacting, of course, to the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. She quickly pivoted to the New York roots of the case that overturned DOMA, United States v. Windsor.

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LGBT Conversation Causes Mayoral Heckling at Flatbush Forum

New York City Mayoral Candidates Attend Political Forum
Bill de Blasio. (Getty Images)

Two mayoral candidates, Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn, responded aggressively after a heckler berated Mr. de Blasio last night for defending gay rights.

“Shame! Shame!” yelled an Orthodox Jewish man at the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition forum as Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, attempted to explain why a Democratic rival, Erick Salgado, was wrong for criticizing gay pride parades. Continue reading “LGBT Conversation Causes Mayoral Heckling at Flatbush Forum”