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#Rentboy Raid Town Hall Concludes Real Problem Is Street Worker Harassment

#Rentboy Raid Town Hall Concludes Real Problem Is Street Worker Harassment

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Toward the end of a more than hour-long panel discussion at the #Rentboy Raid town hall, Mitchyll Mora, the moderator, asked the three panelists to comment on the August 25 raid that shut down the male escort website and resulted in the arrests of its seven employees for violating the federal Travel […]

What Research Tells Us About Young LGBTQ Sex Workers

BY NATHAN RILEY | Resilience, the ability to stick your head above the muck and keep on trucking, is an often-underestimated strength of the young people who trade sex for money or shelter. It keeps them from defeat and being victims, and it is a quality that allows for the marked bonds of friendship they forge. […]

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a December 4 statement, more than a dozen major groups from New York’s LGBT advocacy community came together to voice their “outrage over the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case.” A day before, a Staten Island grand jury declined to issue an indictment in a wide array of potential […]

Pockets, Purses, and Pants: LGBTQ New Yorkers Have the Right to Know

BY ANDREA RITCHIE | What do marijuana arrests, illegal gender searches, and the use of condoms as evidence all have in common? All are the product of discriminatory policing practices affecting LGBTQ communities, and particularly LGBTQ youth and transgender people of color. They also often take place during searches supposedly based on “consent.” The scene, described […]

NYPD to Curb Seizing Sex Workers’ Condoms

NYPD to Curb Seizing Sex Workers’ Condoms

BY RYAN HOWE | New York City police will significantly limit the seizure of condoms as evidence during prostitution arrests, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced in a May 12 release. The former policy was criticized by advocacy groups and health officials for undermining the efforts to protect prostitutes and their clients from HIV and other STD […]

Out of the Darkness –– World AIDS Day, 2012

Out of the Darkness –– World AIDS Day, 2012

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO/ REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Activists marked December 1, World AIDS Day, in Manhattan with a vigil and march that began at Trinity Lutheran Church on West 100th Street and proceeded by candlelight to Advent Lutheran Church and Broadway United Church of Christ, which share space at 93rd and Broadway. Brent Nicholson […]

Unfinished Business: Community Safety Act Needed to End Discriminatory Policing of LGBT New Yorkers

Unfinished Business: Community Safety Act Needed to End Discriminatory Policing of LGBT New Yorkers

BY ANDREA RITCHIE | Just in time for Pride celebrations, the New York City Police Department issued a sweeping set of changes to its Patrol Guide this past June, giving officers much needed guidance in interactions with transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers. As reported in the June 20 edition of Gay City News, the revisions […]