Ethnicity and Gender

Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News


Gay bars are hard to come by in the Southern Tier. There are none in Oneonta or Cooperstown or Ithaca. And the main one in Binghamton – Merlin’s – just closed in October. There's only one left, Squiggy's.

In general, gay bars closing is a trend nationwide, but is it a problem? Some people say, society is more supportive of same-sex couples. Or that business at gay bars is down. But, some LGBTQ people say they still deal with gay bashing and still need a space to hang out with other people who are gay. In downtown Binghamton, one group of drag kings has become much more transient.

Mimosas, Prosciutto and Drag

A few dozen people sip mimosas and bite into slices of prosciutto on an unusually sunny Saturday morning at the restaurant Citrea along the Chenango riverfront.

And one by one, six drag kings take turns dancing between the two rows of tables, lip-synching flirtatiously with diners.

It’s their first time performing at Citrea. Typically, the group caravans through the Triple Cities and up to Syracuse, making stops at a handful of bars – both gay and mainstream - a few nights a month.

Women's History Month On WSKG/WSQX

Mar 3, 2016

Marking Women's History Month, a series of radio and video (see below) documentaries airing online and on WSQX Radio throughout March and into April explore the lives of women and girls. Produced by the same people who bring you programs like All Things Considered, The World and The Takeaway, these documentaries air Saturdays at noon on WSQX as part of our PortFolio series.




April 16, The Takeaway - Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer

Veronica Volk / WXXI

(WXXI) Aside from being a prolific writer, famed orator, outspoken abolitionist and civil rights leader, Frederick Douglass was the most photographed man in the 19th century.

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(WXXI) Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued executive orders to stop therapists from providing so-called "gay conversion therapy" for New York minors. Gay rights groups are applauding the move, but others say barring the treatment limits options and undermines individuals’ religious liberty. 

Women In Tech: Gaming Still A Mostly Male Industry

Feb 9, 2016

(WXXI) More women are adding terms like “coder” and “game developer” to their resumés, but the industry still has a long way to go to reach gender parity.

Eleanor Klibanoff / Keystone Crossroads

Angel Viera has lived in Reading, on and off, since 1991. It's his home. And yet, he doesn't feel entirely welcome in the city.  "I've been stopped by the cops like, in the last year, four times," said Viera, who is Latino. His girlfriend is white. "They thought I was her drug dealer. They stopped us for three hours one time because they didn't believe that was my girlfriend."

Whitesboro Mayor Patrick O’Connor said the village will begin the process of changing its controversial village seal depicting its founder Hugh White in a wrestling match with an Oneida native.

Veronica Volk / WXXI

Activists are calling on the new Monroe County Executive to remove racist images from the Ontario Beach Carousel. Late last year, county officials declined to remove the images depicting offensive caricatures of black children, instead opting to install interpretive plaques. The plaques are currently being commissioned and are expected to be installed in the Spring.

Lindsey Lazarski / WHYY

At Kutztown University, a lot of students live near campus. But not Shannon Peitzer. She's a senior. And every morning she spends at least half an hour driving to school from her apartment.  "If I were to live in Kutztown," Peitzer said, "I would be concerned that a landlord would look at me and say 'I don't want to deal with you anymore, you're trans, I don't want that in my house — get out.'"

Lindsey Lazarski / WHYY

Things have changed for the people who resettle refugees in the United States, and their clients. Even in states like Pennsylvania, where the governor supports resettlement.