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Protecting Trans People Without Saying So

Protecting Trans People Without Saying So

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Talk about hiding the ball! On June 6, a unanimous four-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division’s Second Department, based in Brooklyn, confirmed a State Division of Human Rights (SDHR) order that had adopted a decision by an administrative law judge ruling that a Port Jervis employer violated the law […]

In Final Budget, City Ups Its Youth Shelter Commitment

In Final Budget, City Ups Its Youth Shelter Commitment

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Advocates for homeless youth are praising a surprise breakthrough that came as Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council reached final agreement June 11 on an $89.2 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 — an increase in a new city commitment to fund shelter beds for homeless youth […]

New Homeless Youth Beds, But Concerns Too

New Homeless Youth Beds, But Concerns Too

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a highly choreographed event in City Hall’s Blue Room on May 30, First Lady Chirlane McCray and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced a three-year, $9.5 million investment in the de Blasio administration’s ongoing NYC Unity Project focused on the needs of LGBTQ youth. The initiatives to be funded include the […]

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

BY NATHAN RILEY | While Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio dance around harm reduction measures to reduce the record-high number of overdose deaths, Cynthia Nixon is embracing Safer Consumption Spaces at events in the city and upstate. Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger unequivocally supports allowing users to inject in health care facilities where overdose […]

Sheltering Homeless Youth 21-24 Gets $1MM in New City Budget

Sheltering Homeless Youth 21-24 Gets $1MM in New City Budget

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the eight years since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg convened a special commission to study the hurdles facing runaway and homeless youth (RHY) in New York City, advocates organized as the Campaign for Youth Shelter have pushed the city to expand eligibility for New Yorkers without stable housing to enter youth-specific […]

Albany LGBTQI Advocacy Day Draws 250

Albany LGBTQI Advocacy Day Draws 250

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Armed with a new, detailed, seven-page State Legislative Platform — which out gay Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman admiringly termed the “new LGBTQI agenda for New York State” — roughly 250 activists from across the state traveled to Albany on May 8 for an Advocacy Day aimed at winning legislative support for […]

A Seismic Shift on Legal Pot

A Seismic Shift on Legal Pot

BY NATHAN RILEY | Call it shop for pot, adult use, or tax and regulate, legalization makes a boast that Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio would never utter — use by youth 12 to 17 years will decli Reluctantly, the governor and the mayor are shifting their postures from anti to pro as the examples […]

Bronx LGBTQ-Friendly Senior Housing Breaks Ground

Bronx LGBTQ-Friendly Senior Housing Breaks Ground

BY DONNA ACETO & PAUL SCHINDLER | In a May 17 ceremony that brought together officials from the state, city, and the Bronx as well as from SAGE, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, and HELP USA, a housing developer that works in under-served communities, ground was broken on the Crotona Senior Residences, an 84-unit LGBTQ-friendly […]

Despite Acquittal, Man Assigned Sex Offender Registry Status

Despite Acquittal, Man Assigned Sex Offender Registry Status

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an April 26 ruling that received surprised comment from the media, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed by a 6-1 vote a decision by Kings County Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice to assign sufficient points under the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act to a man acquitted of all […]

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]