Jets general manager John Idzik must have felt the pressure of having a 1-6 team combined with the fact that he was doing business on the cheap by keeping the player personnel payroll a whopping $20 million below the NFL salary cap. Idzik used some of that payroll reserve to acquire talented wide receiver Percy Harvin from his old employer, the Seattle Seahawks, for what appears to be a bargain price: namely the mysterious conditional draft pick.
The defending Super Bowl champions have a surplus of talent, particularly at the wide receiver position. It would be nice to think that they were being altruistic by helping out Idzik and giving Harvin a chance to get more work instead of languishing on the Seahawks bench. The reality is that Harvin will never win an award from the NFL for congeniality as he has been known to get into altercations with teammates. In addition, he is injury-prone. However, Idzik obviously concurs with that old childhood axiom that beggars can’t be choosers.
A seemingly progressive document released last week by an assembly of bishops at the Vatican was rendered irrelevant Saturday by the final draft of the document.
The preliminary report contained softened language regarding same-sex marriage and divorce. It suggested that the Catholic Church would become more welcoming to those with alternative lifestyles. The official document contained none of that warm language.
Coming out of the closet has been described as one of the hardest things a person can do, especially someone who comes to the realization of his or her sexual orientation later in life.
In accordance with National Coming Out Day — a countrywide event to encourage people to come out to their friends and family and fight for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community — millions of people took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to talk about the first time they told someone of their gender or sexual preference.
Pope Francis may be changing the Catholic Church’s tune regarding gay marriage and divorce. A report released Monday by an assembly of bishops Pope Francis gathered at the Vatican says the Church needs to skew toward acceptance when it comes to alternative lifestyles.
“Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: Are we capable of welcoming these people?” the report reads.
Author Lara Erickson-Shcroth reads aloud as fellow writers Amanda Rosenblum and Cecilia Gentili at the first-ever Book Fest hosted by the Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights. The event featured members of the LGBT community who read from their works.
The Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights highlighted several authors’ books on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics at it’s first Book Fest on Tuesday evening.
Various writers were invited to read excerpts from their published works as well as discuss their experiences in the LGBT community.
It is no secret that Queens is one of the most diverse areas in the country and Jackson Heights is a testament to that.
“If you go down there, that’s called Little Bangladesh,” longtime resident and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said. “Then the next street, that’s little India.”
After at least 26 members of the City Council last week signed a letter telling retail giant Walmart and its owners’ family foundation that donations from them to organizations in the city are not welcome, several charitable groups that receive the contributions were quoted in the media as saying they have no intention of returning the funding.
“We will not give the money back, nor should we,” Joel Berg, executive director of the Coalition Against Hunger, told the New York Post. “Our determination of whether we ask for and take money is not how the company earned the money, it’s how they want us to spend it. In this case it’s on progressive values. Never has it been tied to any public-policy agenda.”
It’s no secret that bullying and violence in schools have been topics of conversation nationwide as of late. Stories of teenager suicides, triggered allegedly by hateful words, shootings in school buildings and violence between young children top headlines and leave people wondering what kind of world our children are living in.
One group is aiming to take on those problems, armed with paintbrushes, markers and glue.
The City Council LGBT caucus leads the way as the parade’s grand marshals with other Council members.
Councilman Danny Dromm, second from left, led a protest in Jamaica against a performance by Jamaican singer Queen Ifrica, who LGBT activists say promotes violence against the LGBT community with her lyrics.
Jackson Heights will be full of pride on June 1st when the 2014 Queens Pride Parade and Festival hits the streets.
The event, sponsored by the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, has drawn thousands of people to the 37th Avenue area to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for two decades.
City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) joined a rally outside the Amazura Concert Hall on May 23 to protest a planned performance last weekend by singer Queen Ifrica, whom Dromm and members of Jamaica Anti-Homophobic Stand accuse of inciting violence against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or LGBT, community.
Queen Ifrica comes from the island nation of Jamaica.
Joel Kim Booster, host of stand-up show “BRUCE.”
For Joel Kim Booster, finding a place for the queer and queer-friendly community to perform stand-up was important.
“There are plenty of gay-themed shows in New York City but most take place in gay bars,” Booster said. “These venues do play an important role, but I don’t want to just do comedy in the back of a gay bar.”
A five-alarm fire broke out in the Jackson Heights building that holds Plaza College, several stores and offices on Monday at 5:45 p.m.
The sun was just starting to set as gray smoke billowed out of the third- and fourth-floor windows, swallowing the surrounding area for hours.
A resolution wending its way though the City Council could send a seismic wave through community boards throughout the borough.
Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) wants borough presidents and Council members who make appointments to limit them to five consecutive terms; set term limits for board and committee chairmanships; and use things like meeting attendance and committee participation to end the practice of automatic reappointment.
Offended may be too soft a word to describe the reaction Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) had when a staffer showed him a poster he saw on Roosevelt Avenue promoting a comedy show last weekend featuring performers in black face and dressed in drag.
“It’s disgusting and offensive,” he said at a press conference outside the Boulevard restaurant “It’s racist, homophobic, transphobic and doesn’t belong in this community.”
Rocky Sanabria was seen as different for much of her life.
On the outside, she appeared to be a normal girl who was a bit boyish but otherwise nondescript.
A Jamaica resident was charged last week in connection with a Jan. 17 altercation that left a prominent Manhattan journalist hospitalized with head injuries.
Leighton Jennings, 25, of 166th Street was charged with second-degree assault on Jan. 28 for allegedly throwing a punch that caused Randy Gener, 46, to strike his head on the sidewalk on Seventh Avenue in midtown.
Mayor de Blasio’s decision to not march in Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade over organizers’ opposition to allowing LGBT groups to march is leading to a wide range of reactions in Queens.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) called the decision unfortunate and said he hoped the mayor would reconsider.
Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is urging the United States Department of Homeland Security to end the practice of placing immigrant detainees in solitary confinement — an act he says does not coincide with the charges these people face in most cases.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detention is supposed to be a civil, nonpunitive measure to ensure a detainee attends immigration court hearings and complies with court orders.
Costumed children and adults can get a head start on Halloween with events throughout Queens that begin this weekend and run through the actual holiday on Thursday, Oct. 31.
The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club will kick things off with its 27th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday.
A small bit of Forest Hills history is in the making as the neighborhood’s first gay bar in decades plans to open its doors next weekend.
Pride Restaurant Lounge and Bar, located at 70-15 Austin St. in Forest Hills, is primed to welcome patrons for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 26, thus making it Forest Hills’ first chic restaurant and nightspot geared toward the LGBT community.
Around lunchtime last Monday a 69-year-old man was stabbed to death on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, police said. The suspect told police he stabbed the victim because he thought the man was gay.
Ever Orozco was allegedly putting money in a parking meter on 90th Street when he was approached by Steven Torres of the Bronx.