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Progressive Hell’s Kitchen Club Sticks with Cuomo

Progressive Hell’s Kitchen Club Sticks with Cuomo

BY NATHAN RILEY | Right in Cynthia Nixon’s backyard, just weeks after the actor and activist announced her Democratic primary challenge to Andrew Cuomo, the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats — a progressive newcomer on the local political club scene — voted Thursday night to endorse the two-term governor for reelection. The club held its first endorsement meeting […]

Insurance Discrimination Against PrEP Is Ignorant

March 5, 2018 To the Editor: In regard to “Rosenthal Takes on Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting” (by Nathan Riley, Mar. 1, 2018), by preventing the transmission of HIV, PrEP is helping HIV-negative individuals stay negative and serving as a key prevention tool in the fight against AIDS. Unfortunately, some insurance companies are denying coverage to PrEP […]

Rosenthal Takes On Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting

Rosenthal Takes On Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal has introduced legislation to bar insurance companies from discriminating against people who take the anti-HIV treatment intended to prevent infection known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Its introduction was a major step forward in preventing the spread of the AIDS virus. Known by the brand name […]

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is emerging as a principal player among legislators aiming to unravel New York’s decades-old, counterproductive War on Drugs. From her influential post as chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, she is lead sponsor on a bill offering care for drug users while they […]

Legalizing Pot is Sound Policy and Social Justice

BY NATHAN RILEY | Legalizing recreational pot is a matter of justice and sound public policy. Starting January 11, the State Assembly begins laying the groundwork for legalizing such use in New York. If successful, that would mark a major step toward criminal justice reform. When I scheduled for State Senator Carol Bellamy’s 1977 race for […]

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe.

Democrats in Hell’s Kitchen? Believe.

BY NATHAN RILEY | Donald Trump’s election provoked waves of revulsion all over New York City. In Hell’s Kitchen, a full-time drag performer, realizing his rights would be under attack, sought advice from a politically connected friend — City Councilmember Corey Johnson, who suggested he join a political club. Following up on that suggestion, Marti Allen-Cummings […]

Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

Childhood Sex Abuse Survivor Justice Alive in Albany’s Waning Days

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Legislators aiming to relax New York’s unusually stringent statute of limitations on sexual abuse of minors remain hopeful that, with the State Assembly already having taken action, the State Senate could yet follow suit before the session ends next week. According to out gay West Side Senator Brad Hoylman, “The governor’s office […]

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the deadline approaches for victims of sexual abuse by local priests to file claims under a special fund established by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, legislators in Albany looking to provide more broad-based relief to survivors are scrambling to move bills through the State Senate and Assembly in advance […]

Trump Attack on Trans Youth Sparks Huge Protest at Stonewall

Trump Attack on Trans Youth Sparks Huge Protest at Stonewall

BY ANDY HUMM | The Trump administration’s bashing of transgender students—rescinding President Barack Obama’s federal guidance that allowed them access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity — sparked a massive militant protest on the evening of February 23 at the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ movement, Stonewall Place. More than 1,500 […]

In Glick Versus Fouratt, Clash Over A Legislator’s Role

In Glick Versus Fouratt, Clash Over A Legislator’s Role

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Asked to describe the significance of her nearly 26-year tenure in the State Assembly, out lesbian Democrat Deborah Glick talks about the legacy issues that would define a legislator’s career. “I am clearly one of the foremost spokespeople for women’s reproductive rights,” she said in an interview this week. The chair […]