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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Brooklyn and the Bronx, SAGE Moves on Senior Housing

In Brooklyn and the Bronx, SAGE Moves on Senior Housing

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Seventeen months after outlining a bold plan to remake the housing opportunities for queer seniors nationwide, SAGE or Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders announced it has the financing in place to put shovel to earth on two affordable housing developments — one in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and the other on […]

City’s First Lady Urges Gays To Take on Guns

City’s First Lady Urges Gays To Take on Guns

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Just one day after a vigil at the Stonewall Inn commemorating those lost in the Orlando gay bar massacre was transformed into a rally calling for more stringent gun control measures nationwide, New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, led off with the same issue in an interview with Gay City News. […]

Advocates Fault Cuomo For Broken Promise on New Housing

Advocates Fault Cuomo For Broken Promise on New Housing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With the New York State legislative session ending without an agreement on how to spend billions that Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed be used to fight homelessness, advocates and their allies are pummeling the governor for breaking a promise. “The governor is on the hook for promising 20,000 units of supportive housing, but […]

Gun Debate Largely Omits Talk of Suicides

Gun Debate Largely Omits Talk of Suicides

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In the days following the June 12 killings of 49 people in an Orlando, Florida, gay club, LGBT gun control groups popped up around the country, including two named Gays Against Guns that formed independently in New York City. Dozens of established LGBT groups joined AIDS, progressive, and faith groups in endorsing […]

Cali Drug Price Initiative Sparked Sanders-Staley Spat

Cali Drug Price Initiative Sparked Sanders-Staley Spat

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In his interview with the ACT UP Oral History Project, Peter Staley recalled that the high price of an AIDS drug motivated him and six other members of the AIDS activist group to briefly stall the opening of the New York Stock Exchange with a protest in 1989. After sneaking into the […]

Advocates Call for AIDS Supportive Units in $2B Housing Plan

Advocates Call for AIDS Supportive Units in $2B Housing Plan

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Proponents of New York’s Plan to End AIDS are pressing Albany to include millions for supportive housing for people with AIDS in a memorandum of understanding that will detail how $2 billion in spending for housing proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo will be spent. “We’re optimistic that there will be money in […]

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