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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 […]

What’s Next for Tish James and the LGBT Community?    

What’s Next for Tish James and the LGBT Community?    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two weeks after her candidate in a Bronx State Senate Democratic primary fight went down to defeat, Public Advocate Letitia James met with members of the Stonewall Democratic Club, presumably to begin mending fences over the fact that her man in the race is a fiercely anti-gay pastor who recently traveled to […]

Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A meningitis outbreak among New York City gay and bisexual men that was ostensibly ended in February of 2013 appears to have returned with the September 5 announcement by the city’s health department of related meningitis cases out of Brooklyn and Queens among three HIV-positive men who have sex with men. […]

Homophobia Takes It on the Chin in Bronx Senate Race

Homophobia Takes It on the Chin in Bronx Senate Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When State Senator Gustavo Rivera arrived at the Escape Restaurant & Lounge on Jerome Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx to greet happy supporters at about 11 on Primary Night, one of the first hugs he shared was with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The warmth between the two elected […]

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Charging that the agreement by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers to allow an LGBT employee group from NBCUniversal to march in next year’s parade is little more than a sham and a “backroom deal,” a coalition of community activists and advocates are demanding that the 2015 event be opened up […]

On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

BY NATHAN RILEY | A candlelight protest outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pastoral Westchester County home delivered a demand that he grant clemency to elderly prisoners with extensive records of good behavior. The coalition of prisoners’ rights activists, feminists, and gays, in a September 6 early evening vigil, charged the governor has granted no petitions for […]

Primary & Raucous: Sharp Advocate Divide in Bronx, Queens

Primary & Raucous: Sharp Advocate Divide in Bronx, Queens

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Incumbency means a lot in the New York State Legislature, so it’s not often that voters encounter a serious primary election challenge to a sitting member of the Senate or the Assembly. There are exceptions, though — two years ago, three of the four Republican senators who supported the 2011 marriage […]

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