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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 […]

Sending a Message to the Hate Pastor of Harlem

Sending a Message to the Hate Pastor of Harlem

BY DAN HECHING | Sometimes, justice can be poetic on many levels. An LGBT-affirmative organization has expressed interest in acquiring a notoriously homophobic Harlem church that is currently over $1 million in debt, and the community is all for it. The “Hate Pastor of Harlem” — one James David Manning of the Blood of Jesus Atlah […]

Meth Kills — And Evidence Points to Its Upswing in NYC

Meth Kills — And Evidence Points to Its Upswing in NYC

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Deaths from methamphetamine overdoses increased 160 percent from 2013 to 2014 in New York City, according to data from the city health department. The department reports that “methamphetamine-involved overdose deaths” went from 13 in 2013 to 34 in 2014. The department does not have final data on 2015 deaths. Ninety percent of […]

How Meth Kills — And How Often

How Meth Kills — And How Often

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Asked if a 160 percent increase in “methamphetamine-involved overdose deaths” reported by the city health department in 2014 over 2013 and a substantial increase in methamphetamine seizures by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) supported any particular conclusion, Travis Wendel had a terse response. “Other than the OD death numbers, which surprise […]

City Schools Finally Get Coordinator on LGBT Issues  

City Schools Finally Get Coordinator on LGBT Issues  

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has just appointed Jared Fox, an out gay educator, as LGBT community liaison, a position for which LGBT education activists have been agitating for more than three decades. “I have a huge sense of urgency,” Fox told Gay City News. “We’re trying to make […]

Clinton Gains Early Lead on LGBT Endorsements    

Clinton Gains Early Lead on LGBT Endorsements    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Before even a single vote was cast in the 2016 presidential race, leading LGBT organizations and political clubs were making their bets — with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton well out ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, despite the fact that both broadly embrace the community’s agenda. The biggest announcement, to […]

Newest Out Gay City Councilmember Hopes to “Contribute”

Newest Out Gay City Councilmember Hopes to “Contribute”

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 […]

Medical Marijuana Users Do Not Enjoy Employment Discharge Protections  

Medical Marijuana Users Do Not Enjoy Employment Discharge Protections  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A New Mexico federal court has found that legal use of medical marijuana does not protect a patient from discharge under their employer’s drug use policy. US District Court Judge William P. Johnson, on January 7, ruled that Tractor Supply Company, a national employer doing business in 49 states, is not […]

A Foot Doctor Who Learned at a Renaissance Man’s Knee

A Foot Doctor Who Learned at a Renaissance Man’s Knee

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Successful professionals, when asked what inspired their interest and passion for their field of endeavor, will often recall a favorite professor or an older practitioner whose work they admire. Dr. Rock G. Positano, the director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service at the Upper East Side’s Hospital for Special Surgery, looks […]

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 […]

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