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De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

As de Blasio Dawdles on Safer Consumption Spaces, Health Advocates Block Broadway Traffic

As de Blasio Dawdles on Safer Consumption Spaces, Health Advocates Block Broadway Traffic

BY NATHAN RILEY | Outraged that Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to sit on a city health department study into the efficacy of establishing safe places for drug users to pursue their high — facilities that are in place all over Europe with proven track records of reducing fatal overdoses — protestors sat down in […]

Statewide Agenda Advances on Two Fronts

Statewide Agenda Advances on Two Fronts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When the 25-year-old Empire State Pride Agenda, in late 2015, abruptly announced it was closing up shop — with only a vague pledge, that it never fulfilled, to keep its political action committee functioning — activists, advocates, and service providers in the LGBTQ community across New York were at a stunned loss […]

Herman Bell and the Future of NYS Parole

Herman Bell and the Future of NYS Parole

BY SUSIE DAY | Only a couple of years ago, the New York State Parole Board was a draconian gimmick to keep people in prison — regardless of how they had grown and changed over their years inside — until they died of systemic abuse or neglect or, if they lived long enough, old age. […]

Can Three Parents Make a Family in New York?

Can Three Parents Make a Family in New York?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an opinion issued on April 10, a New York Family Court judge confronted the question whether there can be a third parent — an adult with legal rights to seek custody and visitation of a child who already has two legal, biological parents. In a case involving a married gay […]

Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court has rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the four existing preliminary injunctions issued last year against President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban are moot because they were based on his memorandum from last August 25 and the earlier July 26 tweets announcing the ban, which the president’s […]

David Buckel, Passionate LGBTQ Rights Litigator, Dead at 60

David Buckel, Passionate LGBTQ Rights Litigator, Dead at 60

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | David Buckel, a former longtime attorney at Lambda Legal who had led the group’s Marriage Project and advanced LGBTQ rights on a broad range of fronts, was found dead in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park early in the morning on April 14, the victim of a suicide. According to the New York Daily […]

Nine Revolting Rebekah Mercers — In One Museum!

Nine Revolting Rebekah Mercers — In One Museum!

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | The Revolting Lesbians were back on the steps of the American Museum of Natural History on Friday, and they weren’t afraid to get kicked out or even have the cops called on them. In fact, that was partially their goal. The Friday the 13th “horror show” was a demonstration against Rebekah Mercer […]

Progressive Hell’s Kitchen Club Sticks with Cuomo

Progressive Hell’s Kitchen Club Sticks with Cuomo

BY NATHAN RILEY | Right in Cynthia Nixon’s backyard, just weeks after the actor and activist announced her Democratic primary challenge to Andrew Cuomo, the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats — a progressive newcomer on the local political club scene — voted Thursday night to endorse the two-term governor for reelection. The club held its first endorsement meeting […]

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

BY NATHAN RILEY | Chanting “no more overdoses,” 75 angry New Yorkers packed the steps of City Hall on April 5 and then a smaller group staged a sit-in at the gates leading to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, forcing police to eject them. The demonstrators were making an emotional plea to the mayor that he […]