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AIDS Hospice Flip to Market-Rate Housing Stirs Outrage  

AIDS Hospice Flip to Market-Rate Housing Stirs Outrage  

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Incensed local politicians and the chairperson of Community Board 3 gathered across the street from the former Rivington House on Forsyth Street on the morning of April 6 to decry a stealth deal that saw a longtime nonprofit AIDS hospice on the Lower East Side sold to a private developer for market-rate […]

Despite New State, City Regs, Transgender Leaders Go After ESPA    

Despite New State, City Regs, Transgender Leaders Go After ESPA    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as New York State adopts new regulations interpreting the Human Rights Law to provide transgender nondiscrimination protections and the city issues a new, stronger guidance on its municipal transgender rights ordinance, 30 activists and advocacy groups from the trans community are taking aim at the Empire State Pride Agenda over its […]

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Reaction to the Empire State Pride Agenda’s stunning December 12 announcement that it was folding up its tent is comparable to the way people talk about the weather. Everybody complained about it, but the big question is what can be done about it. A number of people who have spoken to Gay […]

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Citing its success in winning new state regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination, the Empire State Pride Agenda has announced it will close down major operations in early 2016. In a press release issued on the evening of December 12, the organization indicated that it hoped to maintain a political […]

New Report Quantifies Disparities for Transgender New Yorkers    

New Report Quantifies Disparities for Transgender New Yorkers    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A new survey-based assessment of the educational, employment, income, housing, and health status of transgender residents of New York State demonstrates startling disparities in their well-being, even when compared to other segments of the LGBT community. Among the findings was evidence that the transgender portion of the queer community is 50 percent […]

Today Is Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today Is Transgender Day of Remembrance

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | November 20 is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor and mourn those lost to violence based on hatred of their gender identity, expression, or nonconformity. According to statistics from Gay Men’s Health Crisis, in the past year there have been 271 documented murders of transgender people worldwide, the majority […]

Democrats, Advocates Strike Back at Senate GOP Leader’s Criticism of Cuomo Trans Rights Directive

Democrats, Advocates Strike Back at Senate GOP Leader’s Criticism of Cuomo Trans Rights Directive

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Advocates for transgender rights hit back hard on Friday after the State Senate’s Republican leader raised questions about the propriety of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement that New York will treat discrimination based on gender identity and expression as discrimination based on sex and disability, areas already covered by the State Human […]

Cuomo Employs State Regs to Provide Anti-Bias Protections to Transgender New Yorkers

Cuomo Employs State Regs to Provide Anti-Bias Protections to Transgender New Yorkers

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Governor Andrew Cuomo used the occasion of the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual Manhattan fall dinner to announce new regulations that will provide anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodations, and access to credit for transgender New Yorkers. The regulations will come from the New York State Division of Human Rights, which […]

In a Place as Backward as New York

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | How are Utah, Ireland, the US Army, and the US Air Force alike? Hint: The similarity is based on a criterion that distinguishes them all from the New York State Legislature. Utah, Ireland, the US Army, and the US Air Force have each recently made strides on transgender equality. The New York […]

State Senate Honors LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis as “Woman of Distinction”

State Senate Honors LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis as “Woman of Distinction”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I don’t often like to be in the spotlight,” explained Carrie Davis, who has worked at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan since 1998, first joining the organization as a transgender peer focusing much of her time on nighttime street outreach to sex workers. Throughout her tenure at the Center, Davis, who […]

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