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The Enemies of Progressive Change Within

BY ALLEN ROSKOFF | There he goes again. For those of us brave enough to challenge the status quo, one Richard Socarides keeps popping up to scare us, while promoting his own self-interest. As some of you know, Socarides worked in the Clinton White House as special assistant; in 1996 he wrote talking points that the […]

What Are Judicial Delegates, and Why Should I Care?

BY ALLEN ROSKOFF | On Primary Day, September 13, voters get the opportunity to choose judicial delegates — elected posts that precious few people know about. Despite this obscurity, these delegates play a pivotal role in electing State Supreme Court justices whose decisions affect all of us. Back in the old days, Manhattan reformers battled Bronx […]

LGBTQ Senior Advocates Join Elizabeth Street Debate

LGBTQ Senior Advocates Join Elizabeth Street Debate

BY SARAH FERGUSON | A new constituency has joined a long-running battle over the future of the Elizabeth Street Garden in Little Italy: gay seniors. The city targeted the garden for affordable housing five years ago, setting off a battle over a Lower Manhattan statuary that pits the needs of low-income seniors against the demand for green […]

Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Expands in Chinatown; In 2018, Jackson Heights

Apicha Community Health, on June 14, officially opened its expanded facilities at 400 Broadway in Chinatown, more than doubling the number of exam and counseling rooms. The agency provides comprehensive primary care, preventive health services, mental health, and support services, with its core constituencies being Asian and Pacific Islanders, the LGBTQ community, individuals living with […]

LGBT New Yorkers Will Now Be Counted by City

LGBT New Yorkers Will Now Be Counted by City

BY ANDY HUMM | Under three new laws, New York City is now obligating its agencies and contractors to collect much more specific data on those who use their services, including whether they are LGBT. “Now we count,” said out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, author of Intro 552-A that requires a range […]

Top Manhattan Dems Signal Snubbed Justice Will Win Renomination

Top Manhattan Dems Signal Snubbed Justice Will Win Renomination

BY ANDY HUMM | Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a distinguished 20-year veteran of the State Supreme Court bench and a hero to the LGBT community for her historic 2005 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, was put through the ringer in recent weeks by a deeply flawed process of the New York County Democratic Party for nominating […]

Manhattan Dems Rejecting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan Sparks Outrage

Manhattan Dems Rejecting Justice Doris Ling-Cohan Sparks Outrage

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York County Democratic Party and its vaunted independent screening panel for approving judges for the ballot has come under scorching and widespread outrage for the panel’s refusal to recommend that Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a 20-year veteran of the bench without a blemish on her record, be approved for nomination for […]

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 […]

HEPATITIS C IS A GAY ISSUE

March 4, 2014 To the Editor: I have been battling for 15 years to make testing for hepatitis C for sexually active gay men more accessible and more routine. (“City Council Bill Seeks Annual Health Department Report on Hepatitis B and C,” by Sam Spokony, posted online Feb. 28). Resistance to this remains strong. I […]

Preservationists, Backed by Pols, Press LGBT Historic Site Push

Preservationists, Backed by Pols, Press LGBT Historic Site Push

BY SAM SPOKONY | Support is growing for an effort by preservationists to secure stronger and more specific landmark protections for three local sites that played key roles in the city’s LGBT history. All three sites — the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street, and the Gay Activists Alliance […]

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