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Mathilde Krim, AmfAR Founder, Dies at 91

Mathilde Krim,  AmfAR Founder, Dies at 91

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Dr. Mathilde Krim, a geneticist and virologist who between 1983 and 1985 founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), which became the leading private funder of research, advocacy, and treatment to battle the epidemic, died on January 15 at the age of 91 at her home in Kings Point on Long […]

Meth-PrEP Crisis Claims Simply UnTrue

BY NATHAN RILEY | Amidst cries of yet another drug crisis, an inflammatory piece in a new California publication, the Pride LA, claims that the combination of meth, PrEP, and orgies is threatening to take away the hard won gains of the gay community and create a “catasTrophe.” The op-ed is by Charles Kaiser, a respected […]

My Kind of Town

My Kind of Town

BY DOUG IRELAND | Queers have sought the freedom and anonymity of cities as long as cities have existed, and unearthing our hidden urban homosexual history is critical to an understanding of our community’s culture. While New York’s s queer past has been amply and excellently chronicled in studies by George Chauncey and Charles Kaiser and […]

Koch’s Legacy

Koch’s Legacy

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even 23 years after Ed Koch’s departure from public office, journalists and commentators struggled over the past 10 days to neatly summarize and assess his 12 years at the helm of New York City government. Many written accounts chose to highlight, in either laudatory or nostalgic tones — or both — the […]

Ed Koch: 12 Years as Mayor, A Lifetime in the Closet

Ed Koch: 12 Years as Mayor, A Lifetime in the Closet

BY ANDY HUMM | Ed Koch, New York’s mayor from 1978 through 1989, a period of enormous change for the LGBT movement, including the beginning and some of the worst years of the AIDS crisis, died on February 1 of congestive heart failure. He was 88 years old and died without ever publicly acknowledging his homosexuality. […]

Koch Administration Memos Detail Foot-Dragging on AIDS

Koch Administration Memos Detail Foot-Dragging on AIDS

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | When Mayor Ed Koch was running in the 1989 Democratic primary, speaking to voters at what is now called the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, he talked about the AIDS epidemic. “When the history of this era is written, I believe it will show that the eventual victory over AIDS […]