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Corey Johnson, Advocates Press to Broaden HIV Housing Eligibility

Corey Johnson, Advocates Press to Broaden HIV Housing Eligibility

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Legislation that would give the benefits currently provided to people with AIDS by the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to people who are HIV-positive but asymptomatic was introduced in the City Council, but it likely faces an uphill battle to be enacted. “We recognize that HIV is an epidemic that thrives […]

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A New Jersey judge issued two pretrial rulings in February that increased the likelihood that an organization providing so-called conversion therapy to “assist individuals to purge unwanted same-sex attractions” will be found liable for consumer fraud. The suit, brought on behalf of six individuals against JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for […]

Highest Military Court Jettisons 22-Year HIV Transmission Precedent

Highest Military Court Jettisons 22-Year HIV Transmission Precedent

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Reversing the conviction of an HIV-positive serviceman on charges of aggravated assault for engaging in unprotected oral and vaginal sex with women during swingers’ parties, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled unanimously on February 23 that the statistical likelihood of transmitting HIV under such circumstances would […]

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest court has ruled that a trial judge appropriately granted a defendant’s motion to reduce charges against him from felony to misdemeanor reckless endangerment in a case where the defendant apparently transmitted HIV to another man through unprotected anal sex without disclosing his HIV status, reassuring his partner […]

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Supreme Court’s refusal, since last October, to block marriage equality rulings from federal appeals courts as well as some US district courts, 18 new states have been added to the roster of places same-sex couples can legally wed. Officials in several states were outspoken about their unhappiness and creative — […]

Activists Renew Call for St. Pat’s Boycott    

Activists Renew Call for St. Pat’s Boycott    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the organizers of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade have allowed an LGBT employee group from the television station that broadcasts the event to march this year, Irish gay and lesbian groups continue to call for a boycott of the parade, saying the inclusion of OUT@NBCUniversal is little more than […]

Still Hearing Jerry Hoose’s Voice    

Still Hearing Jerry Hoose’s Voice    

BY PERRY BRASS | Jerry Hoose, a Christopher Street resident and gay rights movement fixture for generations, died on February 11 in Beth Israel hospice care, after a battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Jerry was one of the first people I met in the Gay Liberation Front after joining in November 1969, shortly after Stonewall. […]

Third Strike Against Andrew Shirvell    

Third Strike Against Andrew Shirvell    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just weeks ago, Michigan’s Court of Appeals dealt two strikes against former Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, rejecting his challenge to his dismissal by the state’s former attorney general, Mike Cox, and denying his claim for unemployment benefits. On February 2, he suffered a third strike at the hands of the US […]

Out Hotel Developer Scores Fire Island Bargain    

Out Hotel Developer Scores Fire Island Bargain    

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Talk about bargains. Some of the most famous real estate in gay history recently sold at auction for only 40 percent of its original asking price, falling into the hands of real estate developer Ian Reisner, owner of the Out Hotel, the gay hotel complex on West 42nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen. […]

A New Generation Helms LGBT Expo

A New Generation Helms LGBT Expo

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Original LGBT Expo, a trade show aimed at both the consumer and business-to-business markets, has been a late winter mainstay at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center since 1993. On February 28 and March 1, however, it will take its first bow under new management. According to Jay Handy, a director at […]

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