Best (and worst) of gay 2009

And what we're looking forward to in 2010.

Brooklyn pride
The hippest borough was, oddly enough, the only one without an LGBT community center. But that all changed in 2009, when the Brooklyn Community Pride Center opened its doors within the Brooklyn Borough Hall building. Though it's just a temporary location and organizers are still in the process of finding a permanent home, the center has already hosted events focused on everything from transgender rights to queer-family socializing.

Help for youth
Mayor Mike finally got serious about preventing homelessness for LGBT youth by creating the New York City Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth in October. His announcement came just a few days after Speaker Christine Quinn rolled out the newly expanded "Safety for All" anti-bullying program, which will add training for elementary-school teachers and counselors—a must for preventing school bullying of queer or perceived-to-be-queer kids.

Capitol gays
NYC had an impressive showing in Washington, D.C., for October's Equality March, for which Gotham City contingents, including Marriage Equality New York, S.W.I.S.H, the LGBT Center and Josh Wood--party fans, boarded buses to the afternoon protest; fellow NYCers Christine Quinn, Staceyann Chin and Cynthia Nixon were among the rousing speakers. See photos

Midtown party
Gay parties come and go constantly, but not many show up with a bang quite as loud as that of Club 57—the joint venture of Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio that had the kids lining up around the block on its first night out of the gate. Held in the old Le Bar Bat space (now Providence), the multilevel bash draws top-shelf DJs weekly, plus A-list visitors that have already included Fergie, Kylie Minogue, Marc Jacobs, Livvie Franc and Lance Bass. See photos

 

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