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Ali Forney Begins Renovation of First Youth Residence It Owns    

Ali Forney Begins Renovation of First Youth Residence It Owns    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Using a $3.3 million grant from the City Council, the Ali Forney Center (AFC) will renovate an East Village brownstone and open a residence for homeless queer youth there in late summer of 2016. “The last 13 years have been extraordinary,” Carl Siciliano, AFC’s founder and executive director, said at a July […]

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

BY ANDY HUMM | The LGBT Pride Parade in New York has largely become one long –– and I mean really long, at seven hours-plus –– infomercial for businesses, from banks to Broadway shows, that want the patronage of LGBT folks and those sympathetic to us. But LGBT and AIDS activist and service groups continue […]

Even With 30 Percent AIDS Rent Cap, Eligibility Limited to People Earning Less than $12.50/ Day

Even With 30 Percent AIDS Rent Cap, Eligibility Limited to People Earning Less than $12.50/ Day

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A long-sought cap on rent paid by people with AIDS living in city- and state-subsidized housing is benefiting roughly 8,500 of the estimated 15,000 people that AIDS groups had hoped would be protected by the cap because of the method the Cuomo administration is using to determine eligibility. “Our initial estimate was […]

Sunny Festivities & A Parade Under the Stars

Sunny Festivities & A Parade Under the Stars

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | The annual Brooklyn LGBT Pride Festival and Parade enjoyed extraordinary early summer weather in Park Slope on Saturday June 13. After a morning 5k run in Prospect Park, attention shifted to Fifth Avenue, where thousands streamed between Third and Ninth Streets enjoying the afternoon street festival. One of the truly […]

De Blasio Faces Advocates’ Demand for $10 Million for Plan to End AIDS

De Blasio Faces Advocates’ Demand for $10 Million for Plan to End AIDS

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | AIDS groups gathered on the steps of City Hall to demand that the de Blasio administration contribute $10 million towards the Plan to End AIDS in the city budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. “Ten million dollars is a nice first step,” said Corey Johnson, the gay […]

Dallas BBQ Suspect’s Attorney Says Client’s Sexuality “Not an Issue”

Dallas BBQ Suspect’s Attorney Says Client’s Sexuality “Not an Issue”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The attorney for the man arrested June 16 for the assaults on two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant told Gay City News, “His sexuality is not an issue in this case.” Bronx resident Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, 41, turned himself in at the 7th precinct in Lower Manhattan and was charged with two felony assaults […]

City, Activists Reach Agreement on Replacing Services Lost at Shuttered Chelsea STD Clinic

City, Activists Reach Agreement on Replacing Services Lost at Shuttered Chelsea STD Clinic

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly three months after the closing of the city’s Chelsea sexually transmitted disease clinic for a two-year renovation touched off protests, the city health department and community activists reached an agreement that will replace the services lost when the clinic was shuttered on March 21. “This plan will help make sure that […]

Suspect Surrenders to Police in Dallas BBQ Assault

Suspect Surrenders to Police in Dallas BBQ Assault

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The NYPD has announced the arrest of a suspect sought in assaults on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea on May 5. Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, 41, who lives at 598 East 139th Street in the Bronx, turned himself in at the 7th precinct on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on the morning of […]

Cuomo in Full Court Press for Giveaway to Anti-Gay Schools     

Cuomo in Full Court Press for Giveaway to Anti-Gay Schools     

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined forces with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, to enact a “tax credit” bill that would transfer millions of state dollars to private and religious schools, many of them run by anti-gay religions that discriminate against LGBT employees. The measure has now been […]

Council Push for $50 MM Diversion to Religious Schools Intensifies  

Council Push for $50 MM Diversion to Religious Schools Intensifies  

BY ANDY HUMM | A $100,000 ad campaign has been launched in the Catholic and Jewish press to pressure Mayor Bill de Blasio into supporting a City Council bill, Intro 65, to let private and religious schools obtain free security officers for their schools. The bill is an unprecedented transfer of $50 million of public funds […]

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