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Council Continues Push on Hepatitis Awareness, Testing, Treatment

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Three City Council members who have focused particular attention on the risks of hepatitis B and C joined city health officials and leading healthcare providers in marking the start of New York’s first Hepatitis B Awareness Week. The July 21 gathering on the steps of City Hall included Health Committee Chair […]

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst the shocked reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling –– which opens up the possibility of religious exemptions being used as corporate get-out-of-jail free cards regarding employee nondiscrimination protections  –– there was a less-noticed bit of good news on the last day of the high court’s session. On June […]

Comptroller Issues User-Friendlier LGBT Guide

Comptroller Issues User-Friendlier LGBT Guide

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Pride Month has traditionally been the time when the Office of the New York City Comptroller issues an updated directory of local LGBT resources. For years, this guide was issued in printed form, and over time was supplemented by an online version. This year, Comptroller Scott Stringer has introduced several new […]

Sentencing in Trans Woman’s 2011 Murder

BY PAUL SCHINDLER |  Equan Southall, 28, was sentenced to 23 years to life in the 2011 murder of his 38-year-old girlfriend, Camila Guzman, a transgender woman who had immigrated to New York from Chile. Southall was convicted on April 29 of second-degree murder in a gruesome case in which he was found to have […]

Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Dedicated

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At a White House ceremony on what would have been the 84th birthday of gay rights leader Harvey Milk, the US Postal Service held a First-Day-Issue dedication ceremony for a forever stamp in his honor. “Let this stamp remind us of the fundamental truth behind Mr. Milk’s message — that we all […]

At Key Crossroads, GMHC raises $5.1 million at AIDS Walk

At Key Crossroads, GMHC raises $5.1 million at AIDS Walk

BY MICHAEL SHIREY AND PAUL SCHINDLER | As many as 35,000 walkers helped raise more than $5.1 million dollars for the 29th annual AIDS Walk New York. The 10-kilometer event supports the work of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and other local AIDS service organizations. Janet Weinberg, the group’s interim chief executive officer, in remarks during […]

Maximizing Immediate Impact, Rapoport Foundation Spends Down Endowment

Maximizing Immediate Impact, Rapoport Foundation Spends Down Endowment

BY DONNA ACETO AND PAUL SCHINDLER | The Paul Rapoport Foundation, established in 1987 with a $7.5 million endowment, held a May 14 farewell reception at Chelsea’s Dream Hotel in recognition of its decision — made back in 2009 — to disburse the remaining grants it can support by the end of June and cease operations […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays Marriage Ruling

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays Marriage Ruling

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | After a week in which hundreds of same-sex couples married in Arkansas and legal action moved back and forth between a county circuit judge and the state’s high court, the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay on the county judge’s May 9 marriage equality order, allowing time for the legal issues […]

Be Like Mike

Be Like Mike

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Making history, Michael Sam, a 24-year-old defensive end, on May 10 became the first out gay man drafted into the National Football League, picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh and final round of the draft. Prior to the pick, Sam enjoyed a successful college career at the University […]

NYPD to Curb Seizing Sex Workers’ Condoms

NYPD to Curb Seizing Sex Workers’ Condoms

BY RYAN HOWE | New York City police will significantly limit the seizure of condoms as evidence during prostitution arrests, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced in a May 12 release. The former policy was criticized by advocacy groups and health officials for undermining the efforts to protect prostitutes and their clients from HIV and other STD […]

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