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After a Hosing, Hoosier Leaders Declare a "Fix"

When Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican social conservative, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on March 26, he seemed to understand instinctively that it didn’t pay to make a big show of it but apparently he was confident he could duck any major blowback. The private, invitation-only ceremony was attended almost exclusively by religious leaders, including some o Comments (6)

State Budget Disappoints Advocates on Plan to End AIDS    

While advocates were looking for tens of millions of dollars or more in the final state budget to pay for the plan to reduce new HIV infections in New York to 750 annually by 2020, Comment
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Chelsea, With Highest HIV, Syphilis Rates, Loses City Clinic    

The well-known Chelsea STD clinic on Ninth Avenue at 28th Street, run by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) in the neighborhood with New York’s highest HIV and syphilis infection rates, was shuttered for two to three years for renovations on March 21. Patients are being directed more than 70 blocks nort Comments (8)

FBI Takes the Wrong Side in Same-Sex Marriage Debate

“They woke me up, they were pounding on the door,” the man told Gay City News. “I was in a pretty deep sleep.” Comments (1)
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Now, de Blasio Creating His Own “Religious Liberty” Problem

Many of the more than 60 evangelical churches that were once holding regular worship services in New York City’s public schools share views that make them unacceptable to a lot of New Yorkers. […] Comments (1)

Young and Healthy, But Not Virally Suppressed    

New Yorkers living with HIV who are younger and healthier have the lowest rates of both linkage to care and undetectable viral loads in the first year after diagnosis, according to a presentation at the recent 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle. Comments (21)

Corey Johnson Runs Afoul of “Broken Windows” Policing  

Out gay City Councilmember Corey Johnson, a Chelsea Democrat, was given a ticket March 25 for walking between moving subway cars — an infraction whether the train is in motion or not. Johnson paid his $75 ticket and had nothing but praise for the police after the incident, but the story ended up in the tabloids when police sources leaked it, characterizing the encounter as an important person trying to g Comments (2)

Still Looking

When I first moved to New York, I would watch HBO’s “Girls” with my friend Kerry, laughing as she squirmed at the seemingly endless string of bad decisions Hannah made. For like Lena Dunham’s character, Kerry was also a writer — and Hannah often hit a little too close to home. And while I love “Girls,” I never had Comment

Gay City News Honored With 11 Awards By New York Press Association    

Gay City News returned this week from the annual Better Newspaper Contest held by the New York Press Association with a total of 11 awards for editorial, design, and advertising excellence. The March 27-28 event, held in Saratoga Springs, was the culmination of competition among 177 newspapers statewide whose nominations were judged by juries of journalists from Texas, in an annual rite in which states are matched for the evaluatio Comment
Media Circus

Aaron Schock’s Seat is Up for Grabs

Hey, Gays: Leave Aaron Schock Alone,” James Kirchick’s article on the Daily Beast about how mean we’re being to the disgraced Republican now ex-congressmember from Illinois, makes me want to puke: “According to his gay antagonists, Schock deserves to be outed because of his anti-gay voting record. That consists of opposition to gay marriage, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’ Comments (12)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Killing Queers for Jesus

You can almost see it coming, the train wreck of queers and religion, especially if a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is framed in a way that encourages religious exemptions. Already, nonprofit religious institutions have a lot of leeway to discriminate. But the new Indiana law has implications far beyond church services, or even the selling of wedding cakes and floral arrangements. Comments (5)
Susie Day

Another Lunatic Leftist Comes in From the Cold

You want to know why I’m nuts, Doctor? I’m part of the lunatic left, that’s why. Comments (1)

Comedy Tonight

Watching the smashing revival of “On the Twentieth Century” now at Roundabout, one is struck by two things. First, the joys that the inherently implausible form of the classic book musical can deliver and, second, the thrill Comment

Nellie’s ‘60s

Hallelujah! The ever-surprising and original Nellie McKay has a new CD out of songs from the 1960s, “My Weekly Reader.” In addition to a melting version of the Beatles’ “If I Fell,” she sings works by Country Joe, Moby Grape, Frank Zappa, Richard Fariña, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Kinks, what she refers to as “weapons of mass distracti Comments (1)

Uptown Funk

PHOTO ESSAY BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Ask someone you know about Suite Bar NYC, located at 992 Amsterdam Avenue on the corner of West 109th Street, and they are likely to snicker. Comments (1)

Capital Thrill

On February 27, a good-sized crowd heard Washington National Opera “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” the company’s first attempt at Poulenc’s riveting dramatic study. Francesca Zambello’s Comment
News Briefs

Cherry Grove Fire Levels Hotel, Guesthouse

A fire that broke out in Cherry Grove during the early morning hours on March 27 destroyed the two-story, 64-room Grove Hotel and the Holly House guesthouse, as well as the famed Kokomo home that offered unprecedented 360-degree views of Fire Island, the ocean, and the bay, and another private residence. A portion of the adjoining boardwalk also suffered damage. Comments (1)

Two Is Better Than One

Lesléa Newman recently stopped by the Powerhouse Arena Bookstore in DUMBO, Brooklyn to celebrate the re-release of her children's book "Heather Has Two Mommies." Comment
News Briefs

De Blasio, Cuomo Bar Non-Essential Government Travel to Indiana

Responding to Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo separately announced bans on non-essential Comments (5)
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Indiana Adopts Sweeping Religious Opt-Out Law

In a private ceremony closed to the press but including numerous religious leaders, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican social conservative, signed what is widely described as the nation Comments (8)

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

Out filmmaker Eytan Fox’s joyful musical comedy “Cupcakes” may well give viewers a sugar buzz. Six friends — Anat (Anat Waxman), Keren (Keren Berger), Yael (Yael Bar-Zohar), Dana (Dana Ivgy), Efrat (Efrat Dor), and Ofer (Ofer Shechter) — enter the UniverSong contest, as the Israeli delegation to the competition, with a tune they wr Comments (4)

The Wretched of the Pound

Take the opening scene of Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s “White God”: a 13-year-old white girl rides her bicycle through deserted Budapest streets, followed by a pack of feral dogs. The very title of this film signals its allegorical intentions, through an allusion to Sam Comments (1)

Puerto Rico Urges Reversal of Anti-Marriage Equality Ruling

Lambda Legal sued on behalf of several same-sex couples seeking either to marry in Puerto Rico or to have their marriages from other jurisdictions recognized. On October 21, US District Judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez granted the government’s motion to dismiss the case, finding that a Supre Comment

NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

A unanimous ruling by New Jersey’s Supreme Court striking down part of the state’s Bias Intimidation Law has implications for some of the charges on which Dharun Ravi was convicted in the wake of the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University freshman who was Ravi’s dormitory roommate. Comments (1)

Gender Identity Bias Claim Can Go Forward Under Obamacare

Deciding an important issue under the federal Affordable Care Act for the first time, Minnesota US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied a motion by a Minneapolis area hospital and its emergency physicians to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a transgender man claiming the defendants violated the ACA because “he received worse care because of his status as a transgender man.” Comments (2)


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