All articles by Renee K. Gadoua

Altared States for Same-Sex Duos

The LGBT community and its allies celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage outside of First English Lutheran Church

Tristan and Max Madden were among the first to arrive Friday, June 26, at CNY Pride’s rally at First English Lutheran Church. The couple, who married in Maryland in 2011, were thrilled at the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.



Teens in Transition

Writer Renée K. Gadoua highlights the local transgender community’s goal of social acceptance

The transgender community is having a pop culture moment. When former Olympic star Bruce Jenner shared his story of transitioning to female to 20.7 million TV viewers, barely anyone blinked. Perhaps that’s because of months of breathless media speculation about his gender identity. Or maybe it’s thanks to groundbreaking, award-winning TV shows like the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, starring Laverne Cox, a transgender actress who plays a transgender inmate in a women’s prison. Amazon’s streaming series Transparent also set the stage with its touching comedy about a divorced father of three who transitions from Mort to Maura.



Planned Parenthood Marks 90 Years of Service to Community

History favors change, abortion-rights advocate says

When Margaret Sanger, founder of the American Birth Control League, planned to meet in Syracuse in 1925, the city council banned her from speaking. Last week, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and two city councilors attended a cocktail party celebrating Planned Parenthood’s 90th anniversary serving in the city.



Author of memoir on rape questions closing of SU Advocacy Center

“I am troubled seeing SU’s center being disbanded”

Laura Gray-Rosendale, a Syracuse University graduate who wrote a memoir about her 1988 rape while she was a student, said she’s concerned that SU has closed its Advocacy Center.



Immigration on Film

New book by Syracusan focuses on migration from Central America

A Long Journey Michelle Frankfurter has spent much of her life advocating for Central Americans and recording their lives on film. Reporter Renée K. Gadoua spoke with her recently as attention sharpened on immigration issues sharpened and Frankfurter’s new book, Destino, neared publication.



Immigration on Film (Mobile Version)

New book by Syracusan focuses on migration from Central America

A Long Journey Michelle Frankfurter has spent much of her life advocating for Central Americans and recording their lives on film. Reporter Renée K. Gadoua spoke with her recently as attention sharpened on immigration issues sharpened and Frankfurter’s new book, Destino, neared publication



Face Time: Shai Maeweather

He is the creative director and designer.

Shai (pronounced "shy") Maeweather runs WI$E Clothing, a custom clothing line he describes as urban street wear. Maeweather, 20, is a 2013 graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, where he participated in the BOCES program. He is the creative director and designer. His girlfriend of two years, Sara Nestor, helps with the business by modeling the clothing, designing products and marketing. The couple lives in Liverpool.



Face Time: Susan Arbetter

Host of The Capitol Pressroom

Susan Arbetter has been the host of The Capitol Pressroom since 2009. The daily hour-long radio program is usually broadcast from Albany; occasionally it’s done at WCNY studios in Syracuse. The show streams live from 11 a.m. to noon daily at this LINK. It’s also broadcast on 8 p.m. on WRVO-FM in the Syracuse area.



Lost and Found

How 13 abused horses were saved and restored to health

When Marion Secor learned that a herd of abandoned and maltreated horses needed a place to recuperate, she didn’t hesitate. Yes, of course, she told CNY SPCA officials, bring them to Skanda. The Cazenovia horse farm’s mantra is “for the love of the horse,” and this mission offered a chance for the new business to put its slogan into action.



Face Time: Marty Nave

It has really kept me going, going to baseball games.

Marty Nave, 61, has lived on Syracuse’s North Side for most of his life. He is the 3rd Ward chair of the Syracuse Democratic Party, a longtime Neighborhood Watch leader and works at Rite Aid in the Nottingham Plaza. He attended his first Syracuse Chiefs game when he was 10, and has been a loyal fan ever since.