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Melissa Sklarz Dives into Queens Race

Melissa Sklarz Dives into Queens Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For the past several decades, Melissa Sklarz has amassed a wide-ranging portfolio in local LGBTQ and Democratic activism. An out transgender woman, Sklarz served on the Police Commissioner’s LGBT Advisory Committee that established standards for police interactions with the trans community; she’s been a co-president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New […]

AIDS Groups Pleased By First Sit-Down With New Health Commissioner

AIDS Groups Pleased By First Sit-Down With New Health Commissioner

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following their first meeting with New York City’s new health commissioner, AIDS groups say they are seeing a shift in the city’s willingness to talk to them and to invite their input. “In part, it was significant because it represented open doors between the [city health department] and the community,” said Sean […]

Do We Already Have the Tools to End AIDS?

Do We Already Have the Tools to End AIDS?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Leading AIDS group are pressing an ambitious plan on the city and state they say will end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020. “This isn’t pie in the sky,” said Daniel Tietz, executive director of ACRIA, an AIDS services group, at a March 12 meeting at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual […]

Conversant on AIDS, New Health Commissioner Not Known Among Advocates

Conversant on AIDS, New Health Commissioner Not Known Among Advocates

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With his selection of Dr. Mary Bassett to head the city’s health department, Mayor Bill de Blasio chose someone who is unknown to AIDS groups, but is praised by non-profits that have worked with her before. “I don’t know her,” said Daniel Tietz, the executive director of ACRIA, an AIDS services and […]

AIDS Activists Demand New Health Commissioner

AIDS Activists Demand New Health Commissioner

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Some AIDS groups are openly calling for Mayor Bill de Blasio to replace Thomas Farley, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), with someone who is willing to use current technologies and tools to respond to the AIDS epidemic. “I don’t think that Commissioner Farley has been […]

Talking Transition, Not Talking Money

Talking Transition, Not Talking Money

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | At the start of a town hall meeting held in the Talking Transition tent at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street, Glennda Testone told the roughly 50 people who turned out why they were gathered there. “Our goal tonight is to start a conversation about the serious issues that face the LGBT community,” […]

LGBT, AIDS Groups Look to Quinn-Less Future

LGBT, AIDS Groups Look to Quinn-Less Future

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Christine Quinn’s 14 years in the City Council come to a close, some community groups are expressing concern that they are losing a sympathetic leader who steered millions of city dollars into their coffers. “As far as HIV, we lose an ally,” said Lyndel Urbano, the manager of government affairs at […]