Tag Archives: Brad Hoylman

PHOTOS: At New York City Pride March 2018

USA Today reports: Thousands of people clad in rainbow colors marched Sunday through Greenwich Village and up Fifth Avenue for the annual Gay Pride parade, a massive celebration of LGBTQ identity. One of this year’s grand marshals is tennis legend Billie Jean King, along with transgender advocate Tyler Ford and the civil rights organization Lambda Legal. Lady Gaga’s “Born This …

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Bill Donohue Accuses Gay Pol Of Anti-Catholic Bigotry For Opposing Use Of Public Funds To Pay Abuse Victims

Just in from Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue: Brad Hoylman, a New York State Senator, has posted an anti-Catholic tweet that cannot go unchallenged. His colleagues should condemn his bigotry without delay. In addition, he should recuse himself from voting on any measure dealing with the sexual abuse of minors. The subject of Hoylman’s tweet is a new bill that …

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New York Lawmaker’s Plan To Require Presidential Candidates To Release Taxes Spreads To Other States

NBC News reports: A New York lawmaker says his idea to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns is catching on in other states. State Sen. Brad Hoylman says lawmakers in more than a dozen other states are working on similar proposals. The Manhattan Democrat says it’s appropriate for state lawmakers to set the rules for ballot eligibility and …

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NEW YORK: Gay State Senator Readies Bill To Force Presidential Candidates To Disclose Their Tax Returns

The New York Times loves the idea. From their editorial board: President-elect Donald Trump refused to release his tax returns during the campaign and there is no sign that he will, ever. He broke longstanding tradition and set a terrible precedent for future presidential candidates. Good government groups have been wringing their hands about what to do. Now comes an …

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Brian Sims At The Party For LGBT Delegates [VIDEO]

Yesterday afternoon I collared Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims for a brief live-stream at the DNC welcoming party for LGBT delegates. Watch below. Also below is a bit from my live-stream with Sims and New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman. For more live-streams and photos during the convention, please “like” the JMG Facebook page.

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NEW YORK CITY: Child Abuse Survivors March Across Brooklyn Bridge In Support Of Reform Bill

Yesterday openly gay New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman (white shirt) led a march across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of his bill to reform the statute of limitations on child abuse. From the New York Daily News: More than 200 advocates for reform of the state’s statute of limitations on claims of child sexual abuse marched across the Brooklyn …

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NEW YORK: Gay Pols To Endorse Hillary Clinton

From the New York Daily News: Ten gay and lesbian state and city Democratic elected officials on Tuesday are set to formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president, the Daily News has learned. Among those backing Clinton are state Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat and the state’s only openly gay senator, as well as Assembly members Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), Daniel …

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Lawmakers: Make Stonewall Inn A National Park

CBS New York reports: Two New York legislators are leading a campaign to designate Stonewall Inn as the first national park honoring LGBT history. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler made their announcement Sunday in front of the Greenwich Village tavern that was the scene of a 1969 uprising at a key moment for the nascent gay rights …

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NEW YORK: Gay Pol Thanks Miley Cyrus For Help With Homeless Youth Funding Bill

Openly gay New York Sen. Brad Hoylman today thanked pop star Miley Cyrus for helping win millions of dollars in state funding for homeless youth shelters. Via DNA Info: The 2015 New York State Budget now has $4.5 million in funding for homeless youth shelters, the first significant increase in seven years — thanks to Miley Cyrus. State Sen. Brad …

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TODAY: Day Of Action To Pass Trans Rights In New York State Senate

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act has passed in the New York Assembly SEVEN times, but shamefully it has never been allowed to come to a vote in the state Senate. Today openly gay Sen. Brad Hoylman (above right) and Sen. Daniel Squadron will attend a rally at the state capitol building. Via press release from the Empire State Pride Agenda: …

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New York City LGBT Center Celebrates With Ribbon-Cutting After $9.2M Remodel

Last night I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the New York City LGBT Center, which is almost finished with a 14-month $9.2M remodeling that has dramatically reshaped the building, an 1844 structure that in 1938 became Food Trades Vocational High School. Leading the ceremony was Center executive director Glennda Testone and Edith Windsor, who announced that the Center will be …

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NEW YORK: State Senate Blocks Trans Rights And “Ex-Gay” Therapy Ban Bills

As expected, the GOP leadership of the New York state Senate has blocked the passage of both GENDA and a bill that would ban the “ex-gay” torture of minors. Openly gay state Sen. Brad Hoylman reacts via press release: “It’s bitterly disappointing that the State Senate bowed to partisan politics and failed to protect our kids in New York from …

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NEW YORK: State Assembly Passes Ban On “Ex-Gay” Torture For Minors

Via the Wall Street Journal: New York’s Assembly has passed a ban against health professionals trying to change a child’s sexual orientation through therapy. On Monday the Democratic-led Assembly passed the ban 86 to 28. It would prohibit licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health practitioners and physicians from using conversion therapy on anyone under 18. Clergy would not be …

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NEW YORK: Gay State Sen. Brad Hoylman Sponsors Bill To Legalize Surrogacy

In 1992 New York state outlawed paid surrogacy after the famed Baby M case in which a gestational mother refused to surrender her baby to the New Jersey couple who had paid her to carry the child. Three years ago openly gay New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman and his now-husband had a baby via surrogacy with a California woman. …

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Quote Of The Day – Rabbi Yair Hoffman

“It is said that Machiavelli was the first to recommend it, but the old adage of ‘the best defense is a good offense’ has been adapted wholesale by the LGBTPed community, and New York State is next. A bill first introduced last year by Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, was just reintroduced in the New York State legislature with …

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NEW YORK: Gay Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban “Ex-Gay” Torture Of Minors

Via press release from the Empire State Pride Agenda: This legislation would protect LGBT youth from so-called therapists who use dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. “Trying to change someone’s true identity through so-called therapy is a dangerous practice that can seriously harm our LGBT youth,” said Pride Agenda Executive Director …

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NEW YORK: Gay State Senator Wants To Ban Outside Gigs For Legislators

Openly gay New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman has introduced a bill that would bar state legislators from taking outside jobs while in office. Though the job of state legislator carries an annual base salary of $79,500 — highest in the country after California — it is considered part-time. Some lawmakers have outside employment that pays them far more than …

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NYS Comptroller To Sochi Sponsors: Denounce Russia’s Anti-Gay Crackdown

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has signed onto a letter which demands that sponsors of the Sochi Olympics issue a denouncement of Russia’s anti-gay pogrom. Andy Humm reports at Gay City News: Ten major Olympic sponsors from Coke to Dow Chemical –– none of which has acceded to calls that they speak out forcefully against Russia’s laws making it …

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NEW YORK CITY: Activists Demand “Robin Hood Tax” On Financial Institutions

Yesterday about a thousand activists marched on the United Nations, demanding the creation of a so-called “Robin Hood Tax” on Wall Street and financial institutions around the world. Forbes posted a press release: To commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the Robin Hood tax coalition that consists of two hundred million supporters around the world including Occupy Wall …

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NEW YORK: Legislators Renew Push For Ban On “Ex-Gay” Therapy For Minors

Perhaps emboldened by the success in New Jersey, a trio of  New York state legislators are renewing the push to ban “ex-gay” therapy for minors. State Sens. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick say New York pols should swiftly pass a similar bill they introduced earlier this year that stalled in Albany. “Conversion therapy is among …

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