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State Funds Seven Agencies to Implement PrEP Plan

State Funds Seven Agencies to Implement PrEP Plan

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As the Cuomo administration embarked on an ambitious plan in 2014 to reduce the number of new HIV infections in New York from the current roughly 3,000 a year to 750 annually by 2020, it recruited nine health agencies from across the state to design a way to implement the use […]

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In an emotional statement in Manhattan Supreme Court, a sister of Islan Nettles said the 12 years that James Dixon will spend in prison for the 2013 assault that led to Nettles’ death was too short a sentence. “Twelve years is not enough because he can go home,” said Skye Nettles through […]

Brooklyn Appeals Court Affirms Lesbian Co-Parent’s Claim

Brooklyn Appeals Court Affirms Lesbian Co-Parent’s Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Brooklyn-based Second Department of the New York Appellate Division has affirmed a family court ruling recognizing the parental status of a lesbian co-parent seeking visitation with two children conceived through donor insemination while she was legally partnered with their birth mother, first as a California domestic partner and then as […]

AIDS Activists’ Capitol Occupation Ends With Blast at Cuomo  

AIDS Activists’ Capitol Occupation Ends With Blast at Cuomo  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Ending a protest at the State Capitol in Albany that extended across two days, AIDS activists, in a written statement, blasted Governor Andrew Cuomo for not adequately funding the Plan to End AIDS, an ambitious scheme that aims to reduce new HIV infections in New York from the current roughly 3,000 a […]

De Blasio, Cuomo Ban Public Employee Travel to North Carolina

De Blasio, Cuomo Ban Public Employee Travel to North Carolina

BY ANDY HUMM | North Carolina –– in a hurriedly-called special session March 23 –– passed an omnibus law attacking transgender rights, taking away, for the most part, the right of municipalities to legislate on employment and public accommodations discrimination while existing state law provides no protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and banning anyone from […]

Six AIDS Activists Arrested in State Capitol Occupation

Six AIDS Activists Arrested in State Capitol Occupation

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Late in the day on March 28, six activists who were part of a protest in a suite near Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Albany were arrested, VOCAL-NY said in a statement. Activists vowed to return to the suite on March 29 and continue their action. The protest buttressed demands by supporters […]

AIDS Advocates Seize Suite Near Cuomo’s Capitol Office

AIDS Advocates Seize Suite Near Cuomo’s Capitol Office

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Continuing their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo to add $70 million in AIDS spending to the budget for the state fiscal year that begins on April 1, roughly 30 AIDS activists took control of a suite near Cuomo’s office in Albany and began reading the names of the New Yorkers who […]

Ending AIDS Advocates Ratchet Up Pressure on Cuomo

Ending AIDS Advocates Ratchet Up Pressure on Cuomo

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | AIDS activists are pressing the Cuomo administration to commit to spending $70 million for the Plan to End AIDS in the state fiscal year that begins on April 1. “This was the governor’s initiative and the governor needs to step up,” said Charles King, the chief executive of Housing Works, an […]

Only Straight Students Protected from Homophobic Harassment!

Only Straight Students Protected from Homophobic Harassment!

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A US district judge has ruled that the estate of a public school student who committed suicide after allegedly suffering severe harassment from fellow students can amend its complaint to add a federal Title IX cause of action for sex discrimination by an educational institution, based on the homophobic nature of slurs […]

Manhattan Federal Court Dismisses Anti-Gay Job Claim  

Manhattan Federal Court Dismisses Anti-Gay Job Claim  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In 2000, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over the federal trial courts in New York, rejected the argument that sexual orientation discrimination claims could be dealt with as sex discrimination claims under federal law. It was open, however, to the possibility that a gay litigant who […]

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