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A Starbucks Tutorial

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Please pay attention. There will be a quiz. Starbucks recently took out a two-page, fold-out, super-slick ad in the New Yorker to educate us benighted, Folgers-swilling plebes on “The Art of Espresso and Milk.” Using a chart only slightly less complex than the Periodic Table of the Elements (for instance, it did […]

Are We All Sex Offenders?

BY LENORE SKENAZY | That’s the question posed to the audience of mostly college students by Galen Baughman, a Soros Justice Fellow and the final speaker at the City University of New York TEDx talks at the Borough of Manhattan Community College a few weeks back. TEDx talks are known for introducing new speakers with new […]

Governor Cuomo’s Life Or Death Decision On Supportive Housing

Governor Cuomo’s Life Or Death Decision On Supportive Housing

BY WAYNE STARKS | Two weeks ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio took a major step in combating our city’s homelessness crisis, committing city resources to create 15,000 units of supportive housing. For me, this was more than just a welcome announcement by a mayor I have been waiting to hear more from on our homelessness crisis. […]

A Chelsea Clinic for the 21st Century

BY WILLIAM A. SMITH | Numbers released last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that we are experiencing a major explosion in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) across the country. At the same time, STD clinics in too many communities have been permanently shuttered due to budget cuts while incorrect assumptions are being […]

PrEP Can Help Bring an End to AIDS

BY LETITIA JAMES  & BENJAMIN BASHEIN |  Thirty years ago, the world was still trying to figure out what HIV was –– let alone how to prevent it. We remember New York City during those dark years –– when countless men in communities across the city were getting sick and dying before our very eyes. But […]

Providing a Better Life for Our Veterans

Providing a Better Life for Our Veterans

BY BRUCE W. BOTH | Veterans Day is a time to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of all US military veterans. But acknowledging what these amazing men and women have done for our country is not enough. We must do more. To truly honor our veterans, Veterans Day must be a time to strengthen […]

Rent Freeze a Win For Affordability

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The new rent regulation adjustments went into effect in New York City on October 1, reflecting the historic June Rent Guidelines Board vote, held at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, which mandated no increase for one-year lease renewals and a two percent increase for two-year renewals. What had never been achieved […]

The Homophobia that Never Disappears

The Homophobia that Never Disappears

BY SAM OGLESBY | This past June 5-7 promised to be a special weekend. In particular the sixth of June would be a red-letter day for me and my partner. On that day he would celebrate his 59th birthday and we, as a couple, would observe the 33rd anniversary of our relationship, having met more than […]

Locker Room Kiss

BY BEN KRULL | It was a lazy weeknight in the men’s locker room at the Prospect Park Y. “Have a good workout,” a lanky man changing next to me said, as the squat, gym-attired guy he was talking to kissed him on the lips. The kiss was an innocuous act of affection — more a […]

With Much Work Remaining, First Transgender White House Official Signals Great Progress

With Much Work Remaining, First Transgender White House Official Signals Great Progress

BY JILLIAN T. WEISS | The White House has appointed the first openly transgender person to serve as a staff member there, as director of Outreach and Recruitment for the White House Personnel Office. As an attorney and a transgender woman who fights employment discrimination against our community, I am elated for Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. This is a […]

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