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Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

Once Again Wielding Executive Authority, Cuomo Curbs Anti-Gay Therapy

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo moved to severely limit “conversion therapy” for minors in New York State using his executive authority in the absence of action in the Republican-controlled State Senate on legislation –– already passed in the Democrat-led Assembly –– to completely ban it. “Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice […]

Meth Kills — And Evidence Points to Its Upswing in NYC

Meth Kills — And Evidence Points to Its Upswing in NYC

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Deaths from methamphetamine overdoses increased 160 percent from 2013 to 2014 in New York City, according to data from the city health department. The department reports that “methamphetamine-involved overdose deaths” went from 13 in 2013 to 34 in 2014. The department does not have final data on 2015 deaths. Ninety percent of […]

How Meth Kills — And How Often

How Meth Kills — And How Often

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Asked if a 160 percent increase in “methamphetamine-involved overdose deaths” reported by the city health department in 2014 over 2013 and a substantial increase in methamphetamine seizures by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) supported any particular conclusion, Travis Wendel had a terse response. “Other than the OD death numbers, which surprise […]

Clinton Gains Early Lead on LGBT Endorsements    

Clinton Gains Early Lead on LGBT Endorsements    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Before even a single vote was cast in the 2016 presidential race, leading LGBT organizations and political clubs were making their bets — with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton well out ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, despite the fact that both broadly embrace the community’s agenda. The biggest announcement, to […]

Fighting AIDS on the Cheap

Fighting AIDS on the Cheap

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Plan to End AIDS continues to confront money problems as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for the state’s 2017 fiscal year will spend only $40 million on the plan, an amount that is well below the more than $100 million that advocates had hoped the state would spend in the current […]

Appeals Court: Wedding Venue Illegally Excluded Lesbian Couple

Appeals Court: Wedding Venue Illegally Excluded Lesbian Couple

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous five-judge appeals panel has upheld a decision by the State Division of Human Rights (SDHR) that Liberty Ridge Farm LLC, an upstate business that rents facilities for wedding ceremonies, violated the state’s Human Rights Law in 2012 when it turned away a lesbian couple looking for a place to hold […]

Judge Judith Kaye, Champion of Lesbian & Gay Rights, Dies at 77

Judge Judith Kaye, Champion of Lesbian & Gay Rights, Dies at 77

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When retired Chief Judge Judith Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals died on January 7 at the age of 77, most accounts of her passing mentioned her dissenting opinion in Hernandez v. Robles, the 2006 case in which the state’s highest court voted against the claim that same-sex couples […]

Comptroller Audit Identifies AIDS Housing Oversight Failings

Comptroller Audit Identifies AIDS Housing Oversight Failings

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | An audit of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) found that the agency was not effectively monitoring and inspecting its housing contractors and, in the case of 32 vendors, had not even contracted for housing services, but simply signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with them. “[The Human Resources Administration] wasn’t […]

Despite New State, City Regs, Transgender Leaders Go After ESPA    

Despite New State, City Regs, Transgender Leaders Go After ESPA    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as New York State adopts new regulations interpreting the Human Rights Law to provide transgender nondiscrimination protections and the city issues a new, stronger guidance on its municipal transgender rights ordinance, 30 activists and advocacy groups from the trans community are taking aim at the Empire State Pride Agenda over its […]

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Reaction to the Empire State Pride Agenda’s stunning December 12 announcement that it was folding up its tent is comparable to the way people talk about the weather. Everybody complained about it, but the big question is what can be done about it. A number of people who have spoken to Gay […]

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