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It’s Time to Enroll in an Affordable Care Act Health Plan

BY LIZ KRUEGER | It would be an understatement to say that the 2018 Affordable Care Act open enrollment period began under a dark cloud of uncertainty. With the Trump administration regularly declaring that the ACA marketplace is imploding, gutting enrollment funding, and slashing cost-sharing subsidies, it is understandable that Americans have reservations about purchasing health […]

On World AIDS Day, Legendary R.E.D. Ball is a Celebration of Life

On World AIDS Day, Legendary R.E.D. Ball is a Celebration of Life

BY DR. OXIRIS BARBOT AND DR. DEMETRE DASKALAKIS | “Tens across the board!,” the emcee screams into the microphone as three young, queer New Yorkers of color walk the runway of the R.E.D. Ball with giant angel wings that they designed and assembled just for this night. On the runway at the R.E.D. Ball, everyone is […]

Addressing Trans Health Respectfully, Holistically

BY COREY JOHNSON & DOUG WIRTH | Imagine surviving childhood trauma, sexual assault, homelessness, an HIV-positive diagnosis, and multiple suicide attempts. That’s a snapshot of the life of one Amida Care member, a transgender woman of color living in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, her story is all too common for people of transgender experience and gender-nonconforming individuals. Transgender […]

One Gay Man’s Experience with Sexual Humiliation

One Gay Man’s Experience with Sexual Humiliation

BY SAM OGLESBY | Forty years ago I stood in the center of a crowded room with a nervous smile on my face. It was lunch time, and the office canteen was packed with noisy colleagues in a festive mood. Decorations and a sumptuous buffet table lent a festive air to the gathering, which was a […]

Why Tenants Should Vote No on a Constitutional Convention

BY MICHAEL MCKEE | Every 20 years, the New York State Constitution mandates a statewide vote on whether to convene a convention to consider amending it. On November 7, New Yorkers will vote yes or no. This measure, on the back of the ballot, is more important than anything on the front. Tenants Political Action […]

Constitutional Convention Will Expand Voter Participation

BY RACHEL BLOOM | When looking at the extremely low voter turnout for New York City’s recent primary election, one wouldn’t know that city residents were deciding who would run for mayor this year. It is clear that New York needs to do more to encourage voter participation and competitive elections. While the need is […]

Embracing Our New Age

Embracing Our New Age

BY PERRY BRASS | My father died at the age of 42, when I was 11 years old. I was told he died of “kidney problems.” I was not allowed to visit him in the hospital the last several weeks of his life or to ask questions about him. Questions were completely sidelined by the answer, […]

DOE Must Do Better Job of Keeping LGBTQ Students Safe

DOE Must Do Better Job of Keeping LGBTQ Students Safe

BY DANIEL DROMM | The real tragedy of the terrible bullying-related killing that occurred two weeks ago at the Urban Assembly for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx is that it seems to have been completely preventable. In the wake of this sad incident, there are numerous questions about the details of what happened. This much […]

Malliotakis’ Dog Whistle to Anti-LGBTQ Voters

Malliotakis’ Dog Whistle to Anti-LGBTQ Voters

BY RITCHIE TORRES | Since last November, we’ve seen Trump-emboldened Republicans try to roll back many of the hard-fought rights of our city’s LGBTQ communities. And since November, I’ve never been more proud to be from New York — a city of resistance where thousands of people have stood up for justice and tolerance. And where […]

Why Isn’t the Rainbow Flag Flying at the Stonewall National Monument?

Why Isn’t the Rainbow Flag Flying at the Stonewall National Monument?

BY MICHAEL PETRELIS | From the foot of historic Christopher Street to its head at the Stonewall National Monument, the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag should fly every day of the year. In the week leading up to this year’s Gay Pride Day, I submitted a request to the New York City parks department and the National Park […]

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