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“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when the Human Rights Campaign argues, “The Trump-Pence ticket is the gravest threat the LGBTQ community has ever faced in a presidential election,” even the Log Cabin Republicans, who for decades have struggled to make lemonade out of the lemons in front of them, declared the platform adopted at […]

GOP to Gays: Drop Dead

GOP to Gays: Drop Dead

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With Donald Trump a year into his presidential bid, this should come as no big surprise, but on LGBT rights, he is a fraud! On issue after issue, he has employed a dizzying combination of hyperbole, exaggerations, outright misstatements, even lies, changed and abandoned positions, and contradictory ideas – those last often […]

Citing 2011-2014 Data, Cuomo Says Post-14 End AIDS Plan Working

Citing 2011-2014 Data, Cuomo Says Post-14 End AIDS Plan Working

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Citing an increase in the number of HIV-positive people who have no detectable virus in their blood and an estimated decline in the number of new HIV infections in New York that occurred before the state spent any money on a plan to reduce new HIV infections in the state to 750 […]

Bringing LGBT Healthcare to the Boroughs

Bringing LGBT Healthcare to the Boroughs

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Through a cooperative partnership as well as expansion and planned expansion beyond Manhattan, the city’s two non-profit LGBT-focused healthcare providers, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Apicha Community Health Center, are aiming to better meet the growing demand for culturally competent services for queer New Yorkers. Two important steps in that effort […]

Maryland, Michigan Differ on Key Co-Parent Issue Pending In NYS

Maryland, Michigan Differ on Key Co-Parent Issue Pending In NYS

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Appellate courts in Maryland and Michigan reached opposing conclusions in decisions announced on July 7 about whether a biological mother’s lesbian partner can seek visitation with the child they were raising together before their relationship broke up. In Maryland, the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled in Conover v. […]

As Cleveland Conclave Opens, Protesters Target Trump Tower

As Cleveland Conclave Opens, Protesters Target Trump Tower

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “They woke a sleeping giant with the LGBT community,” said Glenn Zuraw about the National Rifle Association, as he stood outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue on July 18. “We should have been here on this issue long before now. I cried for three days after Orlando. I didn’t cry after Newtown, […]

With Pence Pick, Trump Bets on Hard Right

With Pence Pick, Trump Bets on Hard Right

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following news that the Republican Party may have produced its most socially conservative platform ever, Donald Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee for president, selected the far right governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, as his running mate. “Today, Donald Trump doubled down on his hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda,” said Chad Griffin, president of the […]

Win on NYS Medicaid Paying for Gender Transition “Cosmetic Surgery”

Win on NYS Medicaid Paying for Gender Transition “Cosmetic Surgery”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A US district judge has granted summary judgment to four transgender plaintiffs on a claim that the New York State Medicaid program’s categorical ban on “cosmetic surgery” related to gender transition violates the federal program’s requirement to fund medically necessary treatment. Judge Jed Rakoff’s July 5 ruling came on pre-trial motions […]

US Park Officials Rebut Riis Beach Gay Arrestee’s Claims

US Park Officials Rebut Riis Beach Gay Arrestee’s Claims

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The National Park Service and the US Park Police are telling a decidedly different version of a July 4 arrest for public nudity at Jacob Riis Park in Queens than the gay man they took into custody, photographer Krys Fox. “He was observed as being naked,” said Daphne Yun, a spokesperson […]

Caught Short by Cuomo HIV Mandate, Absent Money

Caught Short by Cuomo HIV Mandate, Absent Money

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a Cuomo administration order requiring New York City’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to enroll people with HIV in its benefits program won praise from LGBT and AIDS groups, Mayor Bill de Blasio was surprised by the announcement and non-committal when asked if the city would support extending HASA services to […]

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