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City Shelters to Guarantee Overdose Prevention Staffing

City Shelters to Guarantee Overdose Prevention Staffing

BY NATHAN RILEY | A measure approved by the City Council on October 31 guarantees that homeless shelters across New York will be staffed by people trained to prevent fatal overdoses. Three years ago, drug overdose became the leading cause of death among the homeless. The new legislation expands the city’s public health commitment to reduce […]

Community Center Fêtes Women Leaders

Community Center Fêtes Women Leaders

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On November 4, the LGBT Community Center hosted its 20th annual Women’s Event at Capitale on the Bowery with a splashy evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a celebration of leaders in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

Polish Divorce, New York Style

Polish Divorce, New York Style

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York’s Domestic Relations Law sets residency requirements for married couples seeking to divorce in the state, which vary in length — one or two years, depending upon whether they were married in New York and have lived in the state continuously. This creates a problem for a same-sex couple […]

In Tragedy’s Wake, Halloween Parade Carries On

In Tragedy’s Wake, Halloween Parade Carries On

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a beautifully crisp autumn day, the whimsical and faux-spooky spirit of Halloween was smashed by a horrifying terror attack on a Lower Manhattan bike bath that left eight people dead and at least 11 injured. In a city capable of almost unimaginable resilience, New York straightened its shoulders and […]

US Judge Smacks Down Trump Transgender Military Ban

US Judge Smacks Down Trump Transgender Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a blunt rebuke to President Donald Trump, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, finding no factual basis for Trump’s July 26 tweet decreeing a ban on military service by transgender people or his August 25 memorandum fleshing out that policy, has issued a preliminary injunction against its implementation. Kollar-Kotelly’s action […]

Kevin Spacey’s Career-Ending Abuse Started 30 Years Ago

Kevin Spacey’s Career-Ending Abuse Started 30 Years Ago

BY ANDY HUMM | Kevin Spacey is finished. No one will be able to look at him again without thinking about the fact that when he was 26, he cornered a 14-year-old boy on his bed and tried to force himself on the boy sexually. While Spacey said that he had no recollection of the attack […]

No New Money, No New Ideas in Trump’s Opioid Response

No New Money, No New Ideas in Trump’s Opioid Response

BY NATHAN RILEY | Donald Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency to end the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths wraps itself in virtue, but avoids the burning question about the nation’s drug policy: What works? During the 1990s, Switzerland and Portugal were among the nations that experienced the growth in opioid use seen here in […]

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I support marriage equality. I will fight to protect marriage equality,” Brooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams told Gay City News at the start of a 30-minute sit-down on October 19 that his office requested. Williams, a 41-year-old son of immigrants from Grenada, represents a broad swath of the city’s Caribbean community in […]

Once Ex-Gay, Now Advocating for Christian Inclusivity

Once Ex-Gay, Now Advocating for Christian Inclusivity

BY NATHAN DiCAMILLO | If you tell Alex Haiken that he can’t be gay and Christian, you had better have done your homework. “Because I’ve done mine,” he said. “And I say, ‘Come, let’s talk.’” Haiken likes to talk. He was on the gay student union in college and spoke to classes about what it meant […]

Weinstein, Trump Scandals Earn Vance a Write-In Foe

Weinstein, Trump Scandals Earn Vance a Write-In Foe

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Gay City New sat down with District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., in early September for an interview currently airing on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHgiKX7lsl0 0r bottom of this story), the two-term incumbent seemed headed toward an unopposed and decidedly non-controversial reelection. Vance discussed a variety of issues, some of which highlighted […]