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An Elector Showing Up for the Losing Team

An Elector Showing Up for the Losing Team

BY MELISSA SKLARZ | December 19 was the day the Electoral College voted for the next president of the United States. Chosen as an elector in New York State, I spent the day in Albany as part of the Hillary Clinton team. It was in October when I was having dinner with a friend in the […]

Gina Quattrochi, Indefatigable Fighter for HIV Housing, Dies

Gina Quattrochi, Indefatigable Fighter for HIV Housing, Dies

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After fighting a two-year battle with cancer, longtime AIDS housing activist Gina Quattrochi succumbed to the disease on December 13. “Gina’s commitment and dedication to her work and her tireless advocacy leave an indelible and permanent legacy,” the board of directors at Bailey House said in a statement. “Her life touched […]

Matt McMorrow Joins de Blasio Community Affairs Shop

Matt McMorrow Joins de Blasio Community Affairs Shop

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Matthew McMorrow, a Park Slope gay activist who served as director of government affairs at the Empire State Pride Agenda during the final several years of that group’s existence, has been named a senior advisor in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit. In a written statement due for release on […]

Obamacare Demise’s Impact on LGBTQ Health Access

Obamacare Demise’s Impact on LGBTQ Health Access

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With Donald Trump’s announcement he intends to nominate Georgia Republican Congressmember Tom Price, one of the fiercest critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as secretary of Health and Human Services, it’s clear the president-elect is determined to push his repeated campaign pledge to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Still, with nearly […]

Housing Works’ King See Ways to Foil Trump Health Cuts

Housing Works’ King See Ways to Foil Trump Health Cuts

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While not minimizing the threat that a Trump presidency and continued Republican control of Congress pose to progressive causes, including AIDS funding, a leading HIV activist is arguing that Republicans will face serious obstacles if they attempt to enact their most extreme proposals. “The less rabid Republicans are saying, ‘Baby steps, baby steps, […]

City Steps Up Drive to Increase PrEP Use

City Steps Up Drive to Increase PrEP Use

BY NATHAN RILEY | If a phrase could capture New York City and State’s approach to bringing down levels of new HIV infection, it would be “drugs into bodies.” Pills in the form of pre-exposure prophylaxis are the closest thing to a vaccine that science has discovered. Instead of a single injection that last years, […]

New HIV Infections Hit Record NYC Low

New HIV Infections Hit Record NYC Low

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The city health department reported that new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men fell 10.5 percent in 2015 over 2014, and new HIV diagnoses among women declined by eight percent in 2015 over 2014. For the first time in the history of the AIDS epidemic, the total number of new […]

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Hate crimes have surged in New York City during this divisive election year – and show no signs of letting up – but authorities at the state and local levels are mobilizing to address the problem. The NYPD has logged 35 percent more bias crimes so far this year over the […]

Democratic Electeds Say They Are Anti-Trump Bulwark  

Democratic Electeds Say They Are Anti-Trump Bulwark  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As New York City’s LGBT community grapples with how to respond to Donald Trump winning the White House and Republicans maintaining control of Congress, Democrats have dominated the response at community meetings and argued that the community should rely on congressional members of their party to halt the worst Republican proposals. […]

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when New York Democrats hoped that with Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket they might finally achieve a goal that has largely eluded them in the past half-century — control of the State Senate — that effort appears to have fallen short. With clear results in […]