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Appeals Court Tosses Out City’s Adult Business Zoning    

Appeals Court Tosses Out City’s Adult Business Zoning    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Introducing a significant new chapter into a two-decade legal saga dating back to the Giuliani administration, the Manhattan-based First Department of the New York State Appellate Division has ruled that the city’s controversial 1995 adult uses zoning ordinance, as amended in 2001, violates the US Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. […]

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 […]

Freedom to Marry: The Party

Freedom to Marry: The Party

BY ANDY HUMM | The US Supreme Court’s decision opening marriage to same-sex couples in all 50 states has mostly been celebrated two-by-two as long-denied rights were granted in clerks’ offices across the South and Midwest. But the campaign of Freedom to Marry, which worked to coordinate grassroots, political, and legal efforts on the issue for […]

“Still Queer” Message Floods the Pride Parade    

“Still Queer” Message Floods the Pride Parade    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A manifesto reading “Still here. Still Queer.” on one side quickly became the must-have accessory during Manhattan’s June 28 Pride Parade. The distributors, a mix of volunteer and paid, were careful to display that side as they traveled the length of Fifth Avenue handing out 7,500 copies. The broadsheet was quickly hung […]

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 […]

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal 1990 murder of Julio Rivera, 29, by three skinheads “hunting homos” in Jackson Heights was marked by an emotional vigil near the site of the killing at 37th Avenue and 78th Street, since renamed Julio Rivera Corner. More than half of the 50 people who gathered the evening of July […]

Three New Yorkers Who Prevailed at the Supreme Court on June 26    

Three New Yorkers Who Prevailed at the Supreme Court on June 26    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Appearing on MSNBC shortly after the Supreme Court handed down its historic June 26 marriage equality ruling, Manhattanite Robert Talmas said, “It’s a whale of a decision and a day, and we’re overjoyed.” Then, referring to his husband, Joseph Vitale, and the son they adopted in Ohio two years ago, Talmas […]

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

BY ANDY HUMM | The LGBT Pride Parade in New York has largely become one long –– and I mean really long, at seven hours-plus –– infomercial for businesses, from banks to Broadway shows, that want the patronage of LGBT folks and those sympathetic to us. But LGBT and AIDS activist and service groups continue […]

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 […]

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