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No Mention of Ending AIDS in Cuomo State of the State 

No Mention of Ending AIDS in Cuomo State of the State 

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Governor Andrew Cuomo made no mention of the Plan to End AIDS in his State of the State address and his description of his proposed state budget suggested his administration is not committing any new dollars to implement that plan. “I’m disappointed that the governor didn’t mention it,” said Charles King, chief […]

Horrors Persist for Trans Inmates at Rikers 

Horrors Persist for Trans Inmates at Rikers 

BY ANDY HUMM | The transgender housing unit on New York City’s Rikers Island, announced as opening imminently in mid-November as one of a raft of reforms to reduce violence at the troubled jail, has only just accepted inmates now. And Gay City News has spoken to two transgender prisoners who say that in the interim, […]

Dick Gottfried, Gustavo Rivera Push Clean Needle Legalization    

Dick Gottfried, Gustavo Rivera Push Clean Needle Legalization    

BY NATHAN RILEY | A legislative proposal in Albany to reduce stigma, curb police harassment of drug users, and improve access to clean needles demonstrated broad support at a January 15 press conference in Manhattan. State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who represents part of the Bronx, and Chelsea Assemblymember Dick Gottfried, both Democrats, discussed legislation they will […]

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Manhattan judge postponed a decision on allowing the accused killer of Mark Carson to represent himself at hearings and at his trial and instead assigned Elliot Morales a fourth attorney, saying he would decide Morales’ motion to go pro se later. Morales, 35, is charged with second-degree murder as a hate […]

SAGE Opens New Center in Central Bronx    

SAGE Opens New Center in Central Bronx    

BY JAIME WILLIAMS | LGBT Bronx seniors now have a place to go for both camaraderie and assistance. Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE, celebrated the opening of its first full-time senior center in the borough on January 14. The opening was part of a $1.5 million initiative last year to create full-time SAGE […]

Cuomo Names Alphonso David, Former Lambda Legal Attorney, Counsel to the Governor

Cuomo Names Alphonso David, Former Lambda Legal Attorney, Counsel to the Governor

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Alphonso David, who has been the top legal advisor on civil rights matters to Andrew Cuomo dating back to the governor’s tenure as state attorney general and who earlier served as a staff attorney at Lambda Legal, has been named to the post of counsel to the governor. David, who is […]

Cuomo End AIDS Task Force Forwards Recommendations to Governor

Cuomo End AIDS Task Force Forwards Recommendations to Governor

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The task force charged with creating the plan for ending the AIDS epidemic in New York delivered its recommendations to the Cuomo administration on January 13, even as initiatives that are part of that plan continue to be launched. “Things are being rolled out even before our recommendations are published,” said […]

City Council Trip to Israel Draws Fire From Critics of Jewish State

City Council Trip to Israel Draws Fire From Critics of Jewish State

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito due to lead 14 of her colleagues on a trip to Israel paid for by two New York Jewish organizations, critics of the Jewish State’s policies toward Palestinians are stepping up their criticism of the eight-day trip, scheduled for late February. “We stand here today […]

Danny Garvin, a Critical Witness to History, Is Dead

Danny Garvin, a Critical Witness to History, Is Dead

BY DAVID CARTER | Danny Garvin, who was a 20-year-old gay hippie when he arrived at the Stonewall Inn on the night of the famous June 1969 raid — just as the first club patrons who had been detained inside were being released by the police — died on December 9 at age 65. In […]

Playground Summit Led to Transgender Insurance Rules Change    

Playground Summit Led to Transgender Insurance Rules Change    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As State Senator Brad Hoylman was pressing the Cuomo administration to issue a rule requiring New York insurers to pay for medical procedures related to gender transition, he had several conversations with Benjamin Lawsky, who heads the state agency that issued the rule on December 11, when both men were at […]

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