The fight to eradicate HIV/ AIDS in New York has progressed in recent years, but health experts and elected officials are highlighting areas that must be addressed in order for the state to end the epidemic. Comment
A daily pill known to prevent HIV transmission does not necessarily need to be taken every day, at least in some demographic groups, according to guidelines published by health officials in New York City and elsewhere who have found that the pill is still effective when dosages are based on when a person is planning to have sex. Comment
Annual events commemorating World AIDS Day are slated across the city on December 1 — the day dedicated to commemorating the pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 Americans and more than 30 million worldwide— and on the subsequent days. Comment
As part of his office’s partnership with an opioid accountability group, Comptroller Scott Stringer is pushing Gilead to embrace a “clawback” policy under which the corporation’s board of directors would recoup compensation from top executives engaged in wrongdoing. Comment
A Black transgender woman was found dead in her East Harlem apartment on October 25 by police officers who said her body had been in the home for several days before anyone learned that she died. Comment
A man at the East Tremont Avenue subway station in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx was hit with homophobic slurs, beaten with a hammer, and thrown onto the train tracks in the early morning hours on November 15, according to the NYPD. Comment
US District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, on November 6, issued an extraordinarily lengthy opinion invalidating a regulation adopted by the Trump Department of Health and Human Services intended to protect employees in the healthcare industry who refuse to provide services based on asserting their religious beliefs. Comment
Judge Mary Rowland, an out lesbian recently appointed to the federal bench by President Donald Trump, has ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals erred in denying a petition by Thomas Valdivia, Jr., a US citizen, to award spousal residency rights to his husband, Radu Cheslerean, a Romanian citizen. Comment
New York Transgender Advocacy Group co-founder Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker stood on a pedestal at the Christopher Street Pier on November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and read name after name of transgender people who have lost their lives this year. Comment
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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