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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 […]

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 […]

Cherry Grove Fire Levels Hotel, Guesthouse

Cherry Grove Fire Levels Hotel, Guesthouse

A fire that broke out in Cherry Grove during the early morning hours on March 27 destroyed the two-story, 64-room Grove Hotel and the Holly House guesthouse, as well as the famed Kokomo home that offered unprecedented 360-degree views of Fire Island, the ocean, and the bay, and another private residence. A portion of the […]

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 […]

San Francisco Study Suggests Scope of PrEP Need in New York

San Francisco Study Suggests Scope of PrEP Need in New York

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections suggests that New York City will have to get tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to achieve the 75 percent reduction in annual new HIV infections that the state’s Plan to End AIDS has set […]

Corey Johnson, Advocates Press to Broaden HIV Housing Eligibility

Corey Johnson, Advocates Press to Broaden HIV Housing Eligibility

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Legislation that would give the benefits currently provided to people with AIDS by the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) to people who are HIV-positive but asymptomatic was introduced in the City Council, but it likely faces an uphill battle to be enacted. “We recognize that HIV is an epidemic that thrives […]

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest court has ruled that a trial judge appropriately granted a defendant’s motion to reduce charges against him from felony to misdemeanor reckless endangerment in a case where the defendant apparently transmitted HIV to another man through unprotected anal sex without disclosing his HIV status, reassuring his partner […]

Out Hotel Developer Scores Fire Island Bargain    

Out Hotel Developer Scores Fire Island Bargain    

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Talk about bargains. Some of the most famous real estate in gay history recently sold at auction for only 40 percent of its original asking price, falling into the hands of real estate developer Ian Reisner, owner of the Out Hotel, the gay hotel complex on West 42nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen. […]

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