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Nearly four decades before Loree Sutton decided to run for mayor of the nation’s biggest city and well before she became an Army psychiatrist and decorated brigadier general, she filled out a form to join the military. “I was asked, ‘Have you ever engaged in homosexual conduct?’ ‘No’ was an easy answer,” Sutton recalled during a recent interview. Comment
Perceptions that out gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has a problematic relationship with African-American voters were compounded by his campaign’s rollout of an open letter in which several South Carolinians listed as backers of his Douglass Plan for Black America said they did not in fact support the plan and felt the campaign misrepresented them. Comment
The City Council has approved a series of bills to make it easier for loved ones to visit burial sites on Hart Island, a public cemetery where New York has buried unknown, unclaimed, or indigent people — including many lost to AIDS — since the 19th century. Comment
Untrammeled access to guns was at it again, tragically, in Santa Clarita, California, on November 14. But Parkland Dad and artist Manuel Oliver is also at it again. Oliver, on an artistic mission ever since, fighting for sensible gun laws, brings his performance piece “Guac: My Son, My Hero” to the 92nd Street Y November 22. Comment
New York City

Brooklyn’s LGBTQ Senior Housing Set to Open

New York City

Brooklyn’s LGBTQ Senior Housing Set to Open

When the Ingersoll Senior Residences adjacent to Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn open for occupancy next month, the 16-story, 145-unit apartment building will not be the nation’s first affordable, LGBTQ-friendly elder housing development. But it will be the largest to date. Comment
Out gay Councilmember Ritchie Torres of the Bronx made it clear from the beginning of his congressional campaign that he would not join the growing herd of Democratic candidates who have disavowed campaign donations from real estate developers or other big-money corporate interests. That decision has morphed into a recurring theme — with the most recent chapter having an entirely new twist. Comment
Out gay State Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan will introduce a bill requiring informed consent by an intersex minor before doctors can perform non-medically necessary treatment or intervention on that individual, he announced on November 8, Intersex Day of Solidarity. Comment
Reached for comment about Michael Bloomberg seeking to become the Democratic nominee for president, Dan Tietz first let out an audible groan upon hearing the former New York City mayor’s name and then suggested that his more pointed response would be, “Oh for fuck’s sake.” Comment
The Tyler Clementi Foundation, founded in memory of the New Jersey college freshman who died from suicide in 2010 after suffering a humiliating episode of cyber-bullying by his roommate and which works to end bullying, harassment, and humiliation in schools, the workplace, and other settings, held its annual Upstander Legacy Celebration on October 23. Comment
The US government is suing Gilead for patent infringement just months after AIDS activists cried foul over the pharmaceutical company’s collection of taxpayer dollars to fund research of drugs that cost consumers up to $2,000 per month. Comment

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