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Ali Forney Begins Renovation of First Youth Residence It Owns    

Ali Forney Begins Renovation of First Youth Residence It Owns    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Using a $3.3 million grant from the City Council, the Ali Forney Center (AFC) will renovate an East Village brownstone and open a residence for homeless queer youth there in late summer of 2016. “The last 13 years have been extraordinary,” Carl Siciliano, AFC’s founder and executive director, said at a July […]

Borough President, Council Support New Bronx LGBT Initiatives    

Borough President, Council Support New Bronx LGBT Initiatives    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Capital budget allocations that Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., is due to announce in coming weeks demonstrate the increased attention that the needs of the LGBT community there are receiving from his administration as well as from out gay City Councilmember Ritchie Torres, a freshman legislator who represents a central Bronx […]

Transgender Challenge to NYS Medicaid Regs Survives Motion to Dismiss    

Transgender Challenge to NYS Medicaid Regs Survives Motion to Dismiss    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan has denied most of New York State’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a variety of limitations in the state’s Medicaid program handling of gender dysphoria treatment. Rakoff did not immediately issue a written opinion supporting his June 26 ruling, but indicated one would […]

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Case May Lack Needed Specifics, Judge Suggests

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Case May Lack Needed Specifics, Judge Suggests

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Comments made by a federal judge at a June 10 hearing suggest that a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by three former employees of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) against the AIDS agency is struggling. “I don’t know of any case that allows a qui tam action to be brought based on […]

A Morning-After Pill for HIV; But Seriously, the Morning After

A Morning-After Pill for HIV; But Seriously, the Morning After

BY RICHARD E. GREENE, MD & PERRY N. HALKITIS, PhD, MS, MPH | In the past few years, we have experienced a revolution in the prevention of HIV. Gone are the days when approaches based on changing behavior were the only options. Biomedical technologies have provided us another set of tools in the arsenal to fight AIDS. […]

Even With 30 Percent AIDS Rent Cap, Eligibility Limited to People Earning Less than $12.50/ Day

Even With 30 Percent AIDS Rent Cap, Eligibility Limited to People Earning Less than $12.50/ Day

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A long-sought cap on rent paid by people with AIDS living in city- and state-subsidized housing is benefiting roughly 8,500 of the estimated 15,000 people that AIDS groups had hoped would be protected by the cap because of the method the Cuomo administration is using to determine eligibility. “Our initial estimate was […]

Black Leaders Still Frustrated By Lack of Voice in Plan to End AIDS     

Black Leaders Still Frustrated By Lack of Voice in Plan to End AIDS     

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Activists who have led HIV prevention and community-building efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender African Americans continue to express frustration that this population is not getting sufficient attention or resources in New York State’s Plan to End AIDS. “What we’re saying now is that there is a lot of rhetoric going […]

Comptroller Scott Stringer Releases New Edition of LGBTQ Resource Guide

Comptroller Scott Stringer Releases New Edition of LGBTQ Resource Guide

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Timed to coincide with Pride Week in Manhattan, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer this week is releasing the 2015 edition of the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Guide of Services & Resources,” as well as the guide’s accompanying website. The updated directory now includes roughly 600 non-profits, city agencies, […]

De Blasio Faces Advocates’ Demand for $10 Million for Plan to End AIDS

De Blasio Faces Advocates’ Demand for $10 Million for Plan to End AIDS

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | AIDS groups gathered on the steps of City Hall to demand that the de Blasio administration contribute $10 million towards the Plan to End AIDS in the city budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. “Ten million dollars is a nice first step,” said Corey Johnson, the gay […]

City, Activists Reach Agreement on Replacing Services Lost at Shuttered Chelsea STD Clinic

City, Activists Reach Agreement on Replacing Services Lost at Shuttered Chelsea STD Clinic

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly three months after the closing of the city’s Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for a two-year renovation touched off protests, the city health department and community activists reached an agreement that will replace the services lost when the clinic was shuttered on March 21. “This plan will help make sure that […]

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