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Activists Charge City Never Had Plan to Replace Services Lost in Chelsea Clinic Closing

Activists Charge City Never Had Plan to Replace Services Lost in Chelsea Clinic Closing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following a meeting with senior staff at the city’s health department, some AIDS activists are saying the department never had a plan to replace the services that were lost when the agency closed its Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for a two-year renovation. “It’s public health malpractice,” said James Krellenstein, a […]

Uganda’s Frank Mugisha Finds Safety in Visibility  

Uganda’s Frank Mugisha Finds Safety in Visibility  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I do feel safe,” said Frank Mugisha, a gay rights activist in Uganda. “But sometimes I get paranoid.” With that, the East African nation’s most visible LGBT leader crystalized one of the paradoxes in his society’s posture toward homosexuality. For more than five years, Uganda has been swept by a contentious […]

In Uganda, Trust is the First Step  

In Uganda, Trust is the First Step  

BY DANIEL SZYMCZYK | A week before leaving for Uganda on a photojournalism expedition, I took to the streets of Manhattan with my trusted camera, going up to strangers and asking them what they knew and thought about the East African nation. Kevin Bright, an artistic-looking man smoking a cigarette outside Boxers in Hell’s Kitchen, got […]

AIDS Advocates, Activists Press City on Shuttered Chelsea Clinic

AIDS Advocates, Activists Press City on Shuttered Chelsea Clinic

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | New York City’s health department is facing growing demands to replace the services that were eliminated when it shuttered its Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for two years during a $17 million renovation of that facility. “This action poses an immediate and severe threat to the public health of the City, not […]

Two Key Agencies With AIDS Responsibilities See Cuts in Mayor’s Budget

Two Key Agencies With AIDS Responsibilities See Cuts in Mayor’s Budget

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Cuts in the city’s preliminary budget to the two city agencies most likely to contribute resources to a plan to substantially reduce new HIV infections in New York were only partially restored in the proposed executive budget. “We are officially in a recovery,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio during the presentation of […]

State Senate Honors LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis as “Woman of Distinction”

State Senate Honors LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis as “Woman of Distinction”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I don’t often like to be in the spotlight,” explained Carrie Davis, who has worked at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan since 1998, first joining the organization as a transgender peer focusing much of her time on nighttime street outreach to sex workers. Throughout her tenure at the Center, Davis, who […]

OUT of Their Minds

OUT of Their Minds

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Abject apologies, posted on Facebook on April 26, from the two gay Manhattan developers who last week hosted a highly publicized dinner and “fireside chat” with Texas Senator Ted Cruz did little to calm an explosion of online fury. Nor did they prevent a crowd of more than 100 protesters from […]

Advocates Rally With Cuomo as He Accepts Plan to End AIDS Blueprint   

Advocates Rally With Cuomo as He Accepts Plan to End AIDS Blueprint   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While some participants on the 63-member task force that wrote a plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020 were unhappy that Governor Andrew Cuomo did not fully fund the plan in the state’s current budget, there were only cheers for Cuomo at a rally where he accepted the […]

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Marriage equality’s day of reckoning finally arrived at the United States Supreme Court when, on April 28, it heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated appeals from plaintiffs in four states –– Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky –– whose victories in federal district court were reversed by the Sixth […]

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The routes two Manhattan gay men took to their seat in the Supreme Court chambers on April 28 listening to the historic marriage equality arguments could not have been more different. Evan Wolfson first embraced the fight for gay marriage back in the early 1980s, when he wrote a Harvard Law School […]

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