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NYC Judge Upholds Teacher Demerit Over Trans Student’s Bathroom Use

NYC Judge Upholds Teacher Demerit Over Trans Student’s Bathroom Use

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Manhattan trial judge has ruled that the city’s Department of Education did not act arbitrarily in assigning an “Unsatisfactory” rating to a now-retired teacher for confronting a transgender student over her use of a women’s room. New York County Supreme Court Justice Peter Moulton’s April 2 ruling, in a case […]

Hope for the Future    

Hope for the Future    

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Point Honors, the annual benefit gala presented by the Point Foundation, took place April 13 at the New York Public Library. This year’s gala honored Jonathan Groff, the star of HBO’s “Looking” who is now on Broadway in “Hamilton,” along with Jeffrey Tambor, for his groundbreaking turn in the Amazon series “Transparent.” […]

State Budget Disappoints Advocates on Plan to End AIDS    

State Budget Disappoints Advocates on Plan to End AIDS    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While advocates were looking for tens of millions of dollars or more in the final state budget to pay for the plan to reduce new HIV infections in New York to 750 annually by 2020, the final state budget contains little new money to fund the plan. “We’re definitely well short of […]

Chelsea, With Highest HIV, Syphilis Rates, Loses City Clinic    

Chelsea, With Highest HIV, Syphilis Rates, Loses City Clinic    

BY ANDY HUMM | The well-known Chelsea STD clinic on Ninth Avenue at 28th Street, run by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) in the neighborhood with New York’s highest HIV and syphilis infection rates, was shuttered for two to three years for renovations on March 21. Patients are being directed more than […]

FBI Takes the Wrong Side in Same-Sex Marriage Debate

FBI Takes the Wrong Side in Same-Sex Marriage Debate

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Has the Federal Bureau of Investigation taken sides in America’s same-sex marriage debate? A 2014 visit that two agents paid to a 61-year-old gay man suggests that at least some in the bureau may have come down on the con side. “They woke me up, they were pounding on the door,” the […]

Young and Healthy, But Not Virally Suppressed    

Young and Healthy, But Not Virally Suppressed    

BY JULIE “JD” DAVIDS | New Yorkers living with HIV who are younger and healthier have the lowest rates of both linkage to care and undetectable viral loads in the first year after diagnosis, according to a presentation at the recent 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle. The figures from 2006-2013 […]

Corey Johnson Runs Afoul of “Broken Windows” Policing  

Corey Johnson Runs Afoul of “Broken Windows” Policing  

BY ANDY HUMM | Out gay City Councilmember Corey Johnson, a Chelsea Democrat, was given a ticket March 25 for walking between moving subway cars — an infraction whether the train is in motion or not. Johnson paid his $75 ticket and had nothing but praise for the police after the incident, but the story ended […]

De Blasio, Cuomo Bar Non-Essential Government Travel to Indiana

De Blasio, Cuomo Bar Non-Essential Government Travel to Indiana

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Responding to Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo separately announced bans on non-essential travel to Indiana by government employees. “It’s a deeply disturbing reality right now in Indiana and I hope, before it’s too late, that they turn back,” de Blasio said at […]

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moments before OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group, stepped onto Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Craig Robinson, NBCUniversal’s chief diversity officer, responded cautiously when asked to predict how the crowd would react. “I don’t know,” Robinson said. “Anytime you are the first anything, you have to wait and see.” Robinson […]

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBT rights advocates and elected officials gathered outside City Hall on March 12 to press the case for enactment of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in Albany this spring. The press conference, organized by the Empire State Pride Agenda, and featuring several out gay members of the City Council as well […]

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