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US Court Says Ohio Recognition Ban Unconstitutional on its Face

US Court Says Ohio Recognition Ban Unconstitutional on its Face

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Having ruled in December that Ohio’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states was unconstitutional in the narrow context of recording marital status and surviving spouses on death certificates, a federal district court judge has expanded his ruling in response to a second lawsuit brought by married same-sex couples seeking […]

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 […]

City Must Pay For Transgender Youth’s Transition Surgery

City Must Pay For Transgender Youth’s Transition Surgery

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A New York State Supreme Court justice in Manhattan has ordered the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to pay for gender reassignment procedures, including surgery, for a 20-year-old transgender woman still in the foster care system. Justice Peter H. Moulton’s March 21 order — first reported in the New York […]

Chair of Aging Committee Lays Out a Senior Agenda

Chair of Aging Committee Lays Out a Senior Agenda

BY SAM SPOKONY | Having served on the City Council’s Committee on Aging during her first term, Councilwoman Margaret Chin was more than happy to take over the committee when starting her second term in January. “And I think the senior advocates were happy, too,” she said, smiling, during a recent interview in her Council office […]

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 […]

Department of Education Issues New Transgender Guidelines

Department of Education Issues New Transgender Guidelines

BY ANDY HUMM | After decades of dragging its feet on LGBT inclusion, the New York City public schools –– the nation’s largest school district –– took two big public steps forward in recent weeks in tandem with a hearing in the City Council Education Committee led by its new chair, Daniel Dromm, a veteran out […]

Emergency Room at St. Vincent’s Site Will Open in June

Emergency Room at St. Vincent’s Site Will Open in June

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The North Shore-LIJ Health System has announced it will open its new comprehensive care center, under construction in Greenwich Village at the former site of St. Vincent’s Hospital, in late June. In a March 6 press release, North Shore-LIJ said the facility, to be housed in the historic National Maritime Union Building […]

City Council Bill Seeks Annual Health Department Report on Hepatitis B and C

City Council Bill Seeks Annual Health Department Report on Hepatitis B and C

BY SAM SPOKONY | Asserting it will help prevent new infections and ensure support and care for those living with the disease, three City Council members introduced legislation on February 26 that would require the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to issue an annual report to the Council and the mayor on its […]

De Blasio Budget Offers AIDS Rent Cap, Homeless Youth Funding

De Blasio Budget Offers AIDS Rent Cap, Homeless Youth Funding

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, AIDS groups believe they can win long-sought legislation that would cap rent at 30 percent of income for people with AIDS who receive housing assistance. “I’ve believed in this rent cap for a long time,” de Blasio said in a […]

A Half-Century of Love and Commitment

A Half-Century of Love and Commitment

BY SAM SPOKONY | F rom the moment they met at Chelsea’s old French Hospital, 46 years went by before Lee Zevy and Lucy Ianniciello finally got married this past October. For much of that time, the two women were making an indelible mark on the city by helping to found and sustain Identity House, its […]

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