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When Did HIV Education Become Scary?

When Did HIV Education Become Scary?

BY MARK MILANO | One of the first things I learned when I joined ACT UP in 1987 was that we could understand the science behind HIV without having PhDs or MDs. ACT UP remade the face of healthcare by proving that people dealing with a disease could understand the data behind it, and use it […]

Barbara Bush, AIDS Activist? Oh, Gimme a Break

BY ED SIKOV | “When the administration censored images of the flag-draped coffins of the young men and women being killed in Iraq — purportedly to respect ‘the privacy of the families’ and not to minimize and cover up the true nature and consequences of the war — the family matriarch expressed her support for what […]

Herman Bell and the Future of NYS Parole

Herman Bell and the Future of NYS Parole

BY SUSIE DAY | Only a couple of years ago, the New York State Parole Board was a draconian gimmick to keep people in prison — regardless of how they had grown and changed over their years inside — until they died of systemic abuse or neglect or, if they lived long enough, old age. […]

Baby Dykes in Danger: The School to Prison Pipeline

Baby Dykes in Danger: The School to Prison Pipeline

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I’m trying to remember what school was like. Having to beg permission to pee. Grades that seemed almost arbitrary. Hallways where boys regularly grabbed or pinched my ass. I didn’t know if they did that to all the girls, or just me, because I never told anyone or even thought about it. […]

Fake Gay News

Fake Gay News

BY ED SIKOV | “Mike Pence Being Accused of Having Sexual Relationship with Gay Pornstar Is Fake News” is the attention-grabbing headline of a piece in an online rag called “Business 2 Community.” It’s all pretty breathless in tone; writer Shawn Rice appears to think he’s informing readers of something terribly vital. “There is no truth to […]

Canadian Newsprint Is Not The Enemy — Tariffs Are

BY DAVID CHAVERN | Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end. The fact that newsprint […]

Dykes to the Front: In Brazil, Ukraine, US

BY KELLY COGSWELL |  Lesbians have always been part of every social change movement, and in 2018 we are finally out of the shadows. For better and for worse. People hate women so much. Add a touch of dykeness and our bodies/ our lives are red flags to the patriarchal bull that likes to leave us […]

Guess What? Rump Lied Again

Guess What? Rump Lied Again

BY ED SIKOV | Rump’s nonexistent relationship to the truth is no longer news and hasn’t been for a very long time. But I’m still compelled to point out proof of it simply because it’s what journalists do. During his lie-filled campaign for the presidency, Rump stated, among other things, that the LGBTQ community would […]

Cynthia Nixon’s Impressive Launch

BY NATHAN RILEY | Cynthia Nixon successfully opened her campaign denouncing Governor Andrew Cuomo as a man who cares more “about headlines and power” than about people. “New York is my home. I have never lived anywhere else,” she says in her first ad. While identifying healthcare, mass incarceration, and the subways as key issues, she […]

Herman Bell Gains Parole, as Cuomo, de Blasio Lose Ethics

Herman Bell Gains Parole, as Cuomo, de Blasio Lose Ethics

BY SUSIE DAY | Dear Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, You, as governor and mayor — New York State’s most powerful liberals — have argued constantly. I, along with millions of New York civilians, have endured years of your snark-attacks and antler-locks. Recently, it got really bad, when you, Governor Cuomo, insinuated that you, Mayor […]