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Andrew Cuomo’s Second Term

Andrew Cuomo’s Second Term

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even LGBT New Yorkers who vociferously resist identity politics and being labeled one-issue voters must contend with the compelling case for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reelection made by his extraordinary leadership on marriage equality. It might be easy to shrug off that challenge given there is no doubt he will win a […]

For Sean Maloney, Will Centrist Posture, Distance from Obama, Pay Off?

For Sean Maloney, Will Centrist Posture, Distance from Obama, Pay Off?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney was elected New York State’s first openly gay member of Congress two years ago after challenging a Republican incumbent in one of the few competitive US House districts in the nation. With President Barack Obama expected to handily carry New York State in 2012, Maloney nevertheless ran […]

GMAD, Upstate Mocha Center Don’t Make Cuomo AIDS Task Force    

GMAD, Upstate Mocha Center Don’t Make Cuomo AIDS Task Force    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE  | While concerns over continuing new HIV infections among black gay men have been widely discussed since 2007, the task force that will write the plan to end AIDS in New York is proceeding with no input from any organization with a history of specifically serving black gay men. “I think the needs […]

AIDS Activists Criticize Ebola Quarantine Orders    

AIDS Activists Criticize Ebola Quarantine Orders    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Leading AIDS activists are protesting Governor Andrew Cuomo for ordering quarantine for people returning to the US from West Africa after having close contact with someone who has Ebola there. “There is no science to support the idea that a person should be quarantined before they are symptomatic,” said Charles King, […]

Ebola and AIDS

Ebola and AIDS

BY ED SIKOV | Courtesy of Peter Staley, writing in the Huffington Post, chronicling the mirth-filled reaction of the Reagan administration to AIDS: Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcement — the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases? SPEAKES: What’s AIDS? […]

When Gay Men Want to Be Biological Dads    

When Gay Men Want to Be Biological Dads    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | New York finished a more than respectable sixth place in terms of states giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but for gay men who wish to be the biological father to their child, the primary route to doing so — relying on a surrogate mother to carry their […]

In Campaign’s Final Stretch, Cuomo Touches Some LGBT Bases

In Campaign’s Final Stretch, Cuomo Touches Some LGBT Bases

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite the near certainty of his reelection on November 4 –– likely with a comfortable enough margin to keep him near the top of the heap nationwide among Democrats not named Clinton –– Governor Andrew Cuomo has not had an easy time this year with progressives, who are among the party’s […]

Health Department Now Ready to Ease Transgender Birth Certificate Changes   

Health Department Now Ready to Ease Transgender Birth Certificate Changes   

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a decisive reversal of its position from eight years ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is prepared to reform its regulations regarding amendments to birth certificates so that transgender people born here can change the gender designation on that record without providing proof of transition […]

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Slated for Long Island  

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Slated for Long Island  

BY ANDY HUMM | Fifty units of affordable housing for LGBT and LGBT-friendly people age 55 and over are set to open in Bay Shore, Long Island in the spring of 2016 through a collaboration among government, developers, and the Long Island GLBT Services Network, which operates community centers in Woodbury in Nassau County, Bay […]

HRC, Pride Agenda, LGBT Law Group Urge Cuomo to Reject Graffeo’s Renomination to NYS High Court

HRC, Pride Agenda, LGBT Law Group Urge Cuomo to Reject Graffeo’s Renomination to NYS High Court

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As Governor Andrew Cuomo approaches a decision on whether or not to reappoint Judge Victoria Graffeo to another term on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy group, is weighing in. “We urge you not to reappoint Judge Graffeo and instead […]

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