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Trumpism Forced Back on Its Heels

Trumpism Forced Back on Its Heels

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On an off-year election night, a wave of revulsion at the radical and chaotic presidency of Donald Trump meant big wins for Democrats and the election of LGBTQ candidates  — including eight who are transgender — and their allies in local races nationwide. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who […]

No New Money, No New Ideas in Trump’s Opioid Response

No New Money, No New Ideas in Trump’s Opioid Response

BY NATHAN RILEY | Donald Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency to end the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths wraps itself in virtue, but avoids the burning question about the nation’s drug policy: What works? During the 1990s, Switzerland and Portugal were among the nations that experienced the growth in opioid use seen here in […]

Drug Reform A Rare Election Day Bright Spot

BY NATHAN RILEY | Drug prohibition took it on the chin as voters supported tax-and-regulate referendums in four states that would allow adults to shop for pot. While pot was liberated, Georgia passed a tax on adult establishments that creates a fund for sexually exploited children — encouraging a narrative where adult sexual activity is […]

What About LGBT New York Values?

What About LGBT New York Values?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Finally, the voting is about to start…

More Dollars Than Sense

More Dollars Than Sense

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As Out Hotel developers and owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass planned their April 20 dinner/ fireside chat with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a long-shot Republican presidential candidate, they clearly had convinced themselves they were players. A week before, a similar event — this one a reelection fundraiser — was held at […]

Why Elections Matter

Why Elections Matter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Except for an upcoming special race to fill a congressional vacancy in Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn, there will be no general election in New York City in 2015. But ever mindful of the presidential contest in 2016, we are already hearing about Ready for Hillary parties and early maneuverings […]

Ebola? What’s Ebola?

BY ED SIKOV | It’s been only two months — two months — since Thomas Eric Duncan died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital and this country went berserk. Every day that passed after Duncan’s death brought more and more politicians and news commentators and so-called reporters vying to outdo each other’s air of barely disguised […]

AIDS Activists Criticize Ebola Quarantine Orders    

AIDS Activists Criticize Ebola Quarantine Orders    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Leading AIDS activists are protesting Governor Andrew Cuomo for ordering quarantine for people returning to the US from West Africa after having close contact with someone who has Ebola there. “There is no science to support the idea that a person should be quarantined before they are symptomatic,” said Charles King, […]

Race to the Altar: Can We Keep Up the Pace?

Race to the Altar: Can We Keep Up the Pace?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Hawaii State Senate giving final approval to a marriage equality bill on November 12, gay and lesbian couples in a total of 16 states plus the District of Columbia have now won the right to marry. Those states account for 37 percent of the nation’s population. Advocates working to expand […]

Challenge to Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban Nixed

Challenge to Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban Nixed

BY ATHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district court judge has rejected a constitutional challenge to a recently enacted New Jersey statute that bars licensed counselors there from providing “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) –– popularly known as “gay conversion therapy” –– to minors. In a November 8 ruling, Judge Freda L. Wolfson granted the state’s […]

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