CITY COUNCIL MARKS GAY PRIDE

The New York City Council, led by Speaker Gifford Miller and by Margarita Lopez, Christine Quinn, and Philip Reed, the three out gay and lesbian councilmembers, honored Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month in a City Hall ceremony on June 14.

The ceremony honored out gay Nyack Mayor John Shields, who is a litigant in a civil lawsuit seeking same-sex marriage rights; Marriage Equality/USA, and Nicky Young, a young Queens lesbian athlete who fought against homophobia in city schools. Film actor Malcolm Gets was the master of ceremonies, with Carson Kressley, of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” was a special awards presenter. John Tartaglia, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s “Avenue Q” provided entertainment.

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