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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 […]

Irish Internet Drag Sensation Joins Record Inclusive St. Pat’s

Irish Internet Drag Sensation Joins Record Inclusive St. Pat’s

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | For the first time since its founding in 2000, the St. Patrick’s for All Parade this year played host to a New York mayor who traveled to Sunnyside, Queens to march, but will not be on hand March 17 when the big Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade — which excludes openly […]

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 […]

Cuomo Budget Doesn’t Solve AIDS Rent Cap Challenge

Cuomo Budget Doesn’t Solve AIDS Rent Cap Challenge

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite a concerted drive in recent weeks by advocates and elected officials, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1 does not include appropriation of funds to ensure that New Yorkers living with AIDS and receiving government rental assistance will have the effective rent they pay capped at […]

In Johnson’s Council Office, Le Francois In, Jordan Out

In Johnson’s Council Office, Le Francois In, Jordan Out

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | In a surprising turn of events, two days after taking office as the new city councilman for the Third District, Corey Johnson named Jeffrey LeFrancois as his chief of staff. It had previously been widely thought that R.J. Jordan, his campaign manager, already had the job nailed down. LeFrancois was West […]

2013: Year in Photos

2013: Year in Photos

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO, MICHAEL LUONGO & SAM SPOKONY/ DESIGN BY MICHAEL SHIREY/ TEXT BY PAUL SCHINDLER

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite a mushrooming of candidate debates around town, the race for City Council speaker is limited to just 51 voters. But that’s not to say that this year’s seven announced candidates have suddenly decided to open up to a wider constituency an exclusive prerogative councilmembers previously guarded jealously. In fact, individual members […]

Would-Be Speakers Set to Meet Progressive Caucus, Johnson Sidesteps Question on Williams

Would-Be Speakers Set to Meet Progressive Caucus, Johnson Sidesteps Question on Williams

BY SAM SPOKONY | The City Council’s Progressive Caucus — nearly half of whom have not yet taken office — will convene on Sunday, November 24 to interview the candidates for speaker. Moments after the most recent speaker candidate debate took place on the evening of November 21, gay Councilman-elect Corey Johnson of Chelsea, one of […]

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing before a cheering crowd, Democrat Bill de Blasio sounded the themes of progressive values that won him the earlier Democratic primary and that clearly appealed to a wide swath of New York City voters in the general election. “The people of this city have chosen a progressive path and tonight we […]

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