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New Year’s Eve, 11th Hour Assault on Transgender Health

New Year’s Eve, 11th Hour Assault on Transgender Health

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an 11th-hour action, US District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a December 31 nationwide preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing part of a new regulation scheduled to go into effect on New Year’s Day that would have interpreted the prohibition on discrimination because of sex under the Affordable […]

College Wrestler’s HIV Conviction Thrown Out

College Wrestler’s HIV Conviction Thrown Out

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals has reversed the jury conviction of Michael L. Johnson, an HIV-positive African-American man, on felony charges of recklessly infecting another man with HIV and exposing others to HIV, for which he was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The appeals court found in a […]

When Activists Made a Difference

When Activists Made a Difference

BY NATHAN RILEY | David France’s masterly new history of the battle against AIDS does double duty: chronicling the exciting but desperate mobilization against the fatal epidemic while also offering inspiration to activists – many from that earlier fight, but many more who are younger – who must today confront the reality of Donald Trump as […]

Using Tax-Exempt Financing, SAGE to Own Its Home

Using Tax-Exempt Financing, SAGE to Own Its Home

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Demonstrating the extent to which the community has broadly integrated itself into the civic life of New York City, the leading organization serving LGBTQ seniors in New York City will purchase its Manhattan headquarters using financing made possible by the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC). “Were it not for the bond financing, […]

Gina Quattrochi, Indefatigable Fighter for HIV Housing, Dies

Gina Quattrochi, Indefatigable Fighter for HIV Housing, Dies

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After fighting a two-year battle with cancer, longtime AIDS housing activist Gina Quattrochi succumbed to the disease on December 13. “Gina’s commitment and dedication to her work and her tireless advocacy leave an indelible and permanent legacy,” the board of directors at Bailey House said in a statement. “Her life touched […]

Obamacare Demise’s Impact on LGBTQ Health Access

Obamacare Demise’s Impact on LGBTQ Health Access

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With Donald Trump’s announcement he intends to nominate Georgia Republican Congressmember Tom Price, one of the fiercest critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as secretary of Health and Human Services, it’s clear the president-elect is determined to push his repeated campaign pledge to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Still, with nearly […]

Housing Works’ King See Ways to Foil Trump Health Cuts

Housing Works’ King See Ways to Foil Trump Health Cuts

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While not minimizing the threat that a Trump presidency and continued Republican control of Congress pose to progressive causes, including AIDS funding, a leading HIV activist is arguing that Republicans will face serious obstacles if they attempt to enact their most extreme proposals. “The less rabid Republicans are saying, ‘Baby steps, baby steps, […]

City Steps Up Drive to Increase PrEP Use

City Steps Up Drive to Increase PrEP Use

BY NATHAN RILEY | If a phrase could capture New York City and State’s approach to bringing down levels of new HIV infection, it would be “drugs into bodies.” Pills in the form of pre-exposure prophylaxis are the closest thing to a vaccine that science has discovered. Instead of a single injection that last years, […]

New HIV Infections Hit Record NYC Low

New HIV Infections Hit Record NYC Low

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The city health department reported that new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men fell 10.5 percent in 2015 over 2014, and new HIV diagnoses among women declined by eight percent in 2015 over 2014. For the first time in the history of the AIDS epidemic, the total number of new […]

With Sorrow, Anger, But Also Upbeat Determination, AIDS Memorial Dedicated

With Sorrow, Anger, But Also Upbeat Determination, AIDS Memorial Dedicated

BY NATHAN RILEY | Sunny skies at the December 1 opening of the NYC AIDS Memorial Park in the West Village put the 18-foot steel canopy design on display like a bride or groom shown off at their best. Located in the new St. Vincent’s Triangle Park that once housed utility equipment for the adjacent […]

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