Pint-Size Guest for Big-Time Hotel

As the Hotel Syracuse prepares to open its doors again, the history of its first guest comes to light.

One of the hot topics in recent weeks has been the coming together of plans to launch the long-anticipated restoration and reuse of the Hotel Syracuse, slated to reopen in 2016 as the Marriott Downtown Syracuse.

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.

36th Annual Jamesville Balloonfest

Hot air balloons took flight over the weekend at the 36th annual Balloonfest in Jamesville

Over 20 hot air balloons took to the sky this weekend at the annual Balloonfest in Jamesville. Now in its 36th year, Balloonfest attracts thousands to Jamesville beach to gaze at these balloons, eat delicious fair style foods, play games, bop along to live entertainment, and if you’re willing, take a trip in one of the massive balloons. They begin their ascent just feet away from attendees on the lawn of the park.

Ready or Not, Here They Come!

Columnist Cheryl Costa examines the impending transgender tsunami of college-bound students

“Is your college or university ready for the transgender wave of students?” I asked this question to a group of about 40 college employees, support persons and students at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, held June 4 to 6. The answer I received was a resounding “No!”

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.

LGBT Community Personified at CNY Pride Festival and Parade

Thousands from the LGBT community and their supporters filled the Inner Harbor in Syracuse to celebrate CNY’s Pride Parade and Festival

Beautiful weather and the celebration of the LGBT community brought over 5,000 people to Syracuse’s Inner Harbor on Saturday, June 20. The annual CNY Pride Festival and Parade, with the theme “Celebrating the colors of our past, creating the pride of our future,” was recognized by vendors, performers and guests alike.

CNY Pride Festival

Central New York hosts its annual Pride parade and festival this Saturday, June 20 at the Inner Harbor

Central New York’s LGBTQ community and its allies will fill Syracuse’s inner harbor this Saturday, June 20 for the annual CNY Pride Festival. This year’s theme, “Celebrating the colors of our past, creating the pride of our future,” will show its true colors during the numerous events taking place throughout the week, as well as the multiple performances at the Festival.

Fundraiser for Jeremy Allen

A fundraiser for Jeremy Allen will be held at the Westcott Theatre Sunday June 14

A fundraiser will be held on Sunday June 14 from 2-8 p.m. at the Westcott Theatre to benefit Jeremy Allen, a Syracuse native that attended Syracuse University, plays in local bands and is an involved father.

In Memorium: Earl Colvin

Local activist, thespian and community member

Friends, neighbors, thespians, politicians and fellow activists gathered in front of Syracuse city hall, decorated with a purple stair runner and purple petunias, on Wednesday, June 3, to raise the rainbow flag in memory of Earl Colvin, who died on Sunday, May 24, at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was 82 years old.

Westcott Art Trail

The legacy of Westcott Art Trail lives on after the death of its co-founder Lauren Ritchie

Despite the death of Westcott Art Trail co-founder Lauren Ritchie, 69, who suffered a heart attack on Jan. 28, the annual event will go on as scheduled. The trail, which features 16 stops in the Westcott Nation neighborhood, takes place on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7.