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Not Guilt Plea from Rentboy.com Owner

Not Guilt Plea from Rentboy.com Owner

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The chief executive of rentboy.com pleaded not guilty to one count of violating the federal Travel Act and two counts of violating a federal money laundering statute during a February 10 court appearance. “It makes no sense that he’s being prosecuted for a crime,” said Michael Tremonte, Jeffrey Hurant’s attorney and […]

Five Months After Rentboy.com Raid, Owner Indicted

Five Months After Rentboy.com Raid, Owner Indicted

  BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After what appeared to be months of plea negotiations, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has indicted the owner of rentboy.com for promoting prostitution, facilitating a crime by a person under 16, and on two counts of violating a federal money laundering statute. “It’s a crazy and […]

Via Twitter, City Council LGBT Caucus Grows to Seven

Via Twitter, City Council LGBT Caucus Grows to Seven

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a full 26 characters to spare, veteran Bronx City Councilmember Jimmy Vacca took to Twitter with something of a major status update: “After talking w/ my friends & family I’ve decided to come out publicly as a gay man. Now back to the Golden Girls!,” read the January 22 mid-afternoon tweet […]

Comptroller Audit Identifies AIDS Housing Oversight Failings

Comptroller Audit Identifies AIDS Housing Oversight Failings

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | An audit of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) found that the agency was not effectively monitoring and inspecting its housing contractors and, in the case of 32 vendors, had not even contracted for housing services, but simply signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with them. “[The Human Resources Administration] wasn’t […]

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Reaction to the Empire State Pride Agenda’s stunning December 12 announcement that it was folding up its tent is comparable to the way people talk about the weather. Everybody complained about it, but the big question is what can be done about it. A number of people who have spoken to Gay […]

Anti-Gay Billionaire Seeks City Deal to Stage Flushing Meadow Music Fest

Anti-Gay Billionaire Seeks City Deal to Stage Flushing Meadow Music Fest

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A company owned by Philip Anschutz, a leading funder of anti-LGBT organizations and candidates for public office, has applied to produce a major music festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in 2016. Anschutz, a billionaire who lives in Colorado, operates the Anschutz Company, which owns oil and gas companies, […]

ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the face of shock, chagrin, and some withering criticism both on social media and from past executive directors, top staff and board members at the Empire State Pride Agenda pushed back against the notion they had declared “Mission Accomplished” in their December 12 announcement that they were winding down major operations […]

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Citing its success in winning new state regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination, the Empire State Pride Agenda has announced it will close down major operations in early 2016. In a press release issued on the evening of December 12, the organization indicated that it hoped to maintain a political […]

For Plan to End AIDS, Cuomo Offers $200 Million, de Blasio Expands Services to All With HIV

For Plan to End AIDS, Cuomo Offers $200 Million, de Blasio Expands Services to All With HIV

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Speaking at a World AIDS Day event, Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed HASA For All, city legislation that would expand eligibility for rental assistance, food stamps, and other benefits for people with HIV. “We believe that no New Yorker with HIV should have to choose between medication and food or medication […]

Council Details $6.6 Million Funding for Plan to End AIDS

Council Details $6.6 Million Funding for Plan to End AIDS

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moving on the Plan to End AIDS, the City Council will spend $6.6 million to fund pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis programs and efforts to aid people with HIV in staying on anti-HIV drugs so they remain non-infectious. “This initiative will help continue to provide programs and education to raise awareness of […]

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