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Joe Nicholson, Pioneering Gay Journalist, Remembered    

Joe Nicholson, Pioneering Gay Journalist, Remembered    

BY ANDY HUMM | Joe Nicholson, who came out as a reporter at the New York Post in 1980 –– a first for anyone at a big city daily –– died October 8 after a battle with cancer. He was 71 and is survived by his beloved Sherwin T. Nicholson, whom he married in January […]

Health Department Now Ready to Ease Transgender Birth Certificate Changes   

Health Department Now Ready to Ease Transgender Birth Certificate Changes   

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a decisive reversal of its position from eight years ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is prepared to reform its regulations regarding amendments to birth certificates so that transgender people born here can change the gender designation on that record without providing proof of transition […]

Study of Meningitis Vaccine Effectiveness for HIV-Positive People Urged    

Study of Meningitis Vaccine Effectiveness for HIV-Positive People Urged    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | At least one New York City man who was in a recent cluster of three men who had meningitis was previously vaccinated against the bacteria, but may have had a reduced immune response because he is HIV-positive. “We knew it was possible that some people, particularly those who are HIV-infected, could develop […]

City Council Funding for SAGE Guarantees Outer Borough Centers    

City Council Funding for SAGE Guarantees Outer Borough Centers    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A City Council appropriation in this year’s budget will allow for the most dramatic geographic expansion of services for LGBT seniors in New York’s history. For the fiscal year that began on July 1, the Council earmarked $1.5 million that will allow SAGE, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, to open […]

HIV-Positive Gay Man Cannot Sue for Discrimination Anonymously    

HIV-Positive Gay Man Cannot Sue for Discrimination Anonymously    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A US magistrate judge has denied a request by a gay HIV-positive man to have his identity shielded from public exposure in a discrimination lawsuit he has filed against his former employer in the New Orleans federal district court. “The only specific concern expressed in plaintiff’s motion papers,” Magistrate Judge […]

Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A meningitis outbreak among New York City gay and bisexual men that was ostensibly ended in February of 2013 appears to have returned with the September 5 announcement by the city’s health department of related meningitis cases out of Brooklyn and Queens among three HIV-positive men who have sex with men. […]

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban   

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban   

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals court has decisively rejected a constitutional challenge to a New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from performing “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) –– sometimes called “conversion therapy” — on persons under 18. In a September 11 opinion from Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith, appointed to the bench […]

State Moving on its PrEP Drive    

State Moving on its PrEP Drive    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While AIDS groups want a task force to write the plan that will reduce new HIV infections in New York from its current 3,400 a year to 730 annually by 2020, the Cuomo administration is moving ahead quickly with implementing major components of that effort. “The message here today is no one […]

Iowa Supreme Court Catches Up With HIV Science

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a triumph for science and common sense, the Iowa Supreme Court, in a June 13 ruling, reinterpreted that state’s HIV exposure statute to bring it into line with current scientific evidence about transmission. The court’s decision vacated the conviction of Nick Rhoades, who was originally sentenced to up to […]

As Cuomo Endorses Plan to End AIDS, Evidence Shows Wider PrEP Use

As Cuomo Endorses Plan to End AIDS, Evidence Shows Wider PrEP Use

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | New York’s state health department is estimating that in the first five months of this year more than 3,000 people on Medicaid were taking an anti-HIV drug to avoid becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS. “For the period January 2014 through May 2014, the State Health Department estimates that 3,149 […]

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