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Even With No Appellate Ruling, Supreme Court Won’t Block Florida Marriages

Even With No Appellate Ruling, Supreme Court Won’t Block Florida Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The United States Supreme Court has denied a motion from Florida’s Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi, that it stay a district court marriage equality ruling while the state pursues an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a two-sentence order, from which only Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented, […]

Can the Plan to End AIDS End AIDS?

Can the Plan to End AIDS End AIDS?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | At a World AIDS day event held at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the assistant commissioner in the city’s health department who oversees HIV programs, made a bold promise. “I am tired of hearing that that New York City is the epicenter of HIV,” Daskalakis told the crowd at the […]

How Much Will It Cost?    

How Much Will It Cost?    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Plan to End AIDS could cost tens of millions of dollars initially, with those costs first increasing then declining if the plan meets its target of reducing new HIV infections in New York State from its current roughly 3,000 a year to 750 by 2020. “Fifty million dollars would get you […]

Optimism on End to AIDS in 2020 in New York, 2030 Worldwide   

Optimism on End to AIDS in 2020 in New York, 2030 Worldwide   

BY ANDY HUMM | The Apollo Theater in Harlem was packed to the rafters on the morning of December 1, but coming from the stage was not entertainment but almost three hours of passionate speeches from elected officials and advocates marking World AIDS Day. The key message was a call for an end to AIDS in […]

Gays, History & A New Bishop of Rome    

Gays, History & A New Bishop of Rome    

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Imma Battaglia leaned in to tell me a story of intrigue — about secret closed door agreements between the Catholic Church and political figures. It all seemed farfetched in the modern era, more akin to the Borgias’ rise to power or something from Machiavelli’s “The Prince.” “You know, it is a part […]

Married Lesbian Denied Usual Parental Presumption

Married Lesbian Denied Usual Parental Presumption

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The standard rule in family law is that the legal spouse of a woman who gives birth to a child is presumed to be the child’s legal parent. Traditionally, that meant that when a married woman gave birth, her husband was accepted as the father. The doctrine was developed to ensure […]

In Florida Case, 11th Circuit Throws New Wrinkle into Marriage Equality Momentum

In Florida Case, 11th Circuit Throws New Wrinkle into Marriage Equality Momentum

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a surprising move that in effect tosses the hot potato into the hands of the Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, issuing a terse order on December 3, denied the State of Florida’s motion to extend a stay on an August district court marriage equality ruling while it considers […]

HIV Diagnoses in NYC Hit Record Low, But Progress With Gay, Bi Men Stalled

HIV Diagnoses in NYC Hit Record Low, But Progress With Gay, Bi Men Stalled

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While New York City’s health department is reporting that new HIV diagnoses in 2013 were at the lowest level seen since the city began tracking such diagnoses in 2001, the diagnoses among gay and bisexual men remain stubbornly high. “What we’re seeing among men who have sex with men, we see year […]

A Bed… & A Safe Haven

A Bed… & A Safe Haven

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Ben is a confident and well-spoken 19-year-old who has worked the past couple of years as an executive receptionist in New York City. With a gently wry sense of humor, he recently discussed his love of doing drag, especially when going out for late-night screenings of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” He also […]

CEO “Fraud” Charged in HIV Advocacy Group’s Bankruptcy    

CEO “Fraud” Charged in HIV Advocacy Group’s Bankruptcy    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Records obtained by a leading advocate for accountability and transparency among gay and AIDS groups show that the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) was struggling to stay afloat for nearly four years before its 2013 bankruptcy. And in a memo filed in NAPWA’s bankruptcy earlier this year, Tyler TerMeer, the […]

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