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New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest bench, the Court of Appeals, has overruled a quarter-century-old precedent, establishing a new rule for determining when somebody who is neither a biological nor an adoptive parent can seek custody of a child. The August 30 opinion for the court by Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam provides that […]

In Wake of Student Suicide, Dromm Demands Long’s Ouster

In Wake of Student Suicide, Dromm Demands Long’s Ouster

BY ANDY HUMM | Out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, who chairs the Education Committee, is calling for Michael Long, who heads the state’s Conservative Party, to step down as board chair of Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Brooklyn after a 13-year-old student there, Daniel Fitzpatrick, hanged himself on August 11. The suicide came, the Daily […]

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 […]

Maryland, Michigan Differ on Key Co-Parent Issue Pending In NYS

Maryland, Michigan Differ on Key Co-Parent Issue Pending In NYS

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Appellate courts in Maryland and Michigan reached opposing conclusions in decisions announced on July 7 about whether a biological mother’s lesbian partner can seek visitation with the child they were raising together before their relationship broke up. In Maryland, the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled in Conover v. […]

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 […]

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 Control Key Focus of Second Stonewall Vigil for Orlando Victims

Gun Control Key Focus of Second Stonewall Vigil for Orlando Victims

BY DUNCAN OSBRNE |  What was billed as a vigil for the people murdered by a gunman in an Orlando nightclub quickly became a rally in support of gun control legislation as elected officials, the head of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), and even a trauma surgeon called for tougher federal laws to control […]

Stringer Pushes Corporate America on LGBT Board Members

Stringer Pushes Corporate America on LGBT Board Members

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Establishing a major new front in the battle for LGBT workplace inclusion and fairness, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and California State Controller Betty Yee are calling on colleagues who, like them, manage major public pension funds to press corporate America to adopt policies to encourage LGBT membership on boards of […]

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 […]

30K Yields $4.5MM For AIDS

30K Yields $4.5MM For AIDS

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In its 31st annual AIDS Walk, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s first HIV services organization, drew a crowd of more than 30,000 to Central Park for a 10-kilometer hike to raise money to fight the epidemic. At the conclusion of the May 15 event, the group estimated it had […]

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