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At its largest demonstration ever, End Overdose NY tried to shame Governor Andrew Cuomo into introducing comprehensive changes that will bring down the number of opioid-related deaths. Comment
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to marijuana enforcement in New York City’s suburbs. Comments (2)

New NYS Push Against Hepatitis C

Health advocates are making a concerted push to raise awareness of a disease about which many people are uniformed despite its growing prevalence: hepatitis C. Comment
New York City

State Health Commish Gives Pot a Go

In a report that will be read by public health officials across the country, the New York State Health Department has declared that legalizing marijuana would bring positive benefits; the “pros outweigh the cons,” opined Dr. Howard Zucker, the state health commissioner. Comment
Guest Perspective

Comprehensive Health Care Critical to Fight for Equality

Truly universal comprehensive health care is critical to the goal of equity for all and should be a primary objective today’s LGBTQ agenda. Comment

Decisive Win for Pennsylvania Trans Students

In a lengthy June 18 opinion, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit Court of Appeals explained its decision the previous month rejecting a key part of the legal challenge by some students and parents to the Boyertown Area School District’ Comment

Medicaid Must Fund Sex Reassignment Surgery in Iowa

An Iowa trial judge has ruled that a state regulation prohibiting Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery violates the state’s Civil Rights Act as well as the State Constitution’s equal protection requirement. Comment

The Face of Pride is the Future

Ja’asriel Bishop is a 22-year-old who came to New York from Guyana in 2016. Describing himself as “gender non-conforming or fluid,” he explained he saw no future for himself in his homeland. Comments (5)
Guest Perspective

Centering Trans Women in Our Fight for Health Equity

I’ve been medically transitioning over the past two and a half years and have been a patient at four different clinics in New York City that specifically offer transgender health care. Before finding Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), my experience navigating all of these clinics had been one of antagonism. Comments (1)
New York City

New Prevention Drive at the Village Apothecary

The Village Apothecary, a proudly independent pharmacy, has been a West Village fixture since opening 35 years ago. Which means it came of age just at the height of the city’s HIV crisis. Comment
Breaking News

In Final Budget, City Ups Its Youth Shelter Commitment

Advocates for homeless youth are praising a surprise breakthrough that came as Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council reached final agreement June 11 on an $89.2 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 — an increase in a new city commitment to fund she Comments (2)

New Homeless Youth Beds, But Concerns Too

In a highly choreographed event in City Hall’s Blue Room on May 30, First Lady Chirlane McCray and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced a three-year, $9.5 million investment in the de Blasio administration’s ongoing NYC Unity Project focused on the needs of LGBTQ youth. Comment

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

While Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio dance around harm reduction measures to reduce the record-high number of overdose deaths, Cynthia Nixon is embracing Safer Consumption Spaces at events in the city and upstate. Comment
Breaking News

Sheltering Homeless Youth 21-24 Gets $1MM in New City Budget

In the eight years since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg convened a special commission to study the hurdles facing runaway and homeless youth (RHY) in New York City, advocates organized as the Campaign for Youth Shelter have pushed the city to expand eligibility for New Yorkers without stable housing to Comments (3)
New York City

AIDS Walk Raises $4.4 Million

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a Sunday in Central Park where participants were given an option of a 10k walk or a 5k run, 20,000 people joined in the annual AIDS Walk New York and raised more than $4.4 million to benefit Gay Men’s Health Crisis and dozens of other HIV service organizations in the tri-state area. In the event’s more than three decades, more than $1 Comment

Irish Set to Vote on Abortion

Irish citizens will go to the polls on May 25 for a referendum on whether to “Repeal the 8th” Amendment to their Constitution, which bans abortion. Comments (3)
New York City

A Healthcare Oasis in North Brooklyn

Last summer, when NYC Health + Hospitals/ Woodhull opened its Pride Health Center focused on the needs and disparities facing the LGBTQ community, it became the first facility focused on the specific needs of queer New Yorkers living in North Bro Comments (1)
New York City

May 20 Means AIDS Walk New York

An event that Gay Men’s Health Crisis has produced for more than 30 years is due to hit Central Park again on Sunday, May 20. In this event’s many years, just under 900,000 people have walked, raising nearly $150 million to combat HIV and AIDS. Though GMHC is the primary beneficiary, dozens of other groups in the tri-state area that are members of the Community Partnership Program also receiv Comments (2)
Breaking News

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Comments (1)
Breaking News

As de Blasio Dawdles on Safer Consumption Spaces, Health Advocates Block Broadway Traffic

Outraged that Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to sit on a city health department study into the efficacy of establishing safe places for drug users to pursue their high — facilities t Comment
Gay City News Impact Awards

At Impact Awards, Diversity, Enduring Commitment Celebrated

At Gay City News’ third annual Impact Awards, 28 individuals plus the four comedians of Funny Gay Males were honored for their achievements and contributions to New York’s LGBTQ community. Comments (2)
Guest Perspective

When Did HIV Education Become Scary?

One of the first things I learned when I joined ACT UP in 1987 was that we could understand the science behind HIV without having PhDs or MDs. ACT UP remade the face of healthcare by proving that people dealing with a disease could understand the data behind it, and use it to make informed decisions. One of the ways I have survived with HIV for 37 years is by learning about this disease myself, rather than simply following the edicts of the experts. Comments (6)
New York City

Park Slope Hospital Scores 100 AT HRC

New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has joined only 417 others hospitals nationwide in winning designation as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Comments (3)
Breaking News

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

Chanting “no more overdoses,” 75 angry New Yorkers packed the steps of City Hall on April 5 and then a smaller group staged a sit-in at the gates leading to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, forcing police to eject them. The demonstrators were making an emotional plea to the mayor that he rele Comment

TAG’s Exhibit Honors Artists Fighting AIDS

Westbeth’s expansive gallery exhibited Limited Art Editions — 40 pieces in 14 editions, created from 1999-2017 — presented by the Treatment Action Group (TAG). Media ranged from photography to mixed media to printing. TAG owns the limite Comment

City Reopens Its Chelsea Health Clinic

Three years after its planned closing sparked outrage and protests among AIDS activists, the renovation of the city Comments (1)

“Pharma Bro” Played Up LGBTQ Donation at Sentencing

Seeking to counter allegations that he is anti-gay, a pharmaceutical executive who was convicted of securities fraud last year and earlier vilified for increasing the price of a drug used by people with compromised immune systems included, in his sentencing memorandum, a letter he received from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Comments (1)
Breaking News

Council Votes to Shelter Homeless Youth Up to 24

By unanimous votes on March 7, the City Council approved three measures aimed at strengthening shelter options for homeless youth in New York, including a long contested move to raise the age limit for eligibility in youth shelters to include those 21 to 24 years old. Comments (4)

Health Department Gives Peer Support to OD Survivors

Once she received the call, Cathy Kelleher dashed to the emergency room at Columbia Presbyterian and asked the man whose overdose had been reversed, “What can I do to help?” Hesitantly, he mentioned his need for a birth certificate, but the office in Puerto Rico closed after the hurricane. From this simple request, she knew a successful intervention might be possible. Comment
Breaking News

Meth Deaths Surging Again in New York

While still well below overdose deaths attributable to opioids, methamphetamine overdose deaths in New York City rose by more than 200 percent in 2015 and 2016 compared to the number of such deaths in 2013. Comments (1)

Rosenthal Takes On Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting

Upper West Side Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal has introduced legislation to bar insurance companies from discriminating against people who take the anti-HIV treatment intended to prevent infection known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Comment

Drug Reformers Fault Cuomo’s Approach to Fentanyl

The End Overdose NY Campaign blasted Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to add fentanyl, a powerful opioid, to the list of controlled substances. Comment

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

Upper West Side State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is emerging as a principal player among legislators aiming to unravel New York’s decades-old, counterproductive War on Drugs. From her influential post as chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, she is lead sponsor on a bill offering care for drug users while they are using. “They need help, not Comment
Breaking News

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

While Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to increase spending by roughly $2 billion in the city fiscal year that begins on July 1, cuts in federal and state support for the city may force the mayor to curtail those plans. Comments (4)

My Heart Health Story

February 2 is National Go Red Day, dedicated to raising awareness about the issue of women and heart disease. As the number one killer of women, heart disease is too often viewed as “an old man’s disease,” causing women to ignore symptoms and fail to seek treatment. Comments (1)

In American Heart Month, Two Survivors’ Stories

At 52, Michael Rizzo has endured a 13-year journey in combatting heart disease, one that began with shortness of breath and fatigue, a diagnosis of a heart murmur but nothing more serious, then a near-drowning incident that led to a more accurate diagnosis, followed, when he was 44, with open heart surgery. That proved to be just the start when he learned that the surgery had corrected only a portion of the problem facing him. Fourteen months ago, Rizzo received a heart Comments (5)

Heart Health and Women

Call it a “red alert” for women! Comments (4)
New York City

Mathilde Krim, AmfAR Founder, Dies at 91

Dr. Mathilde Krim, a geneticist and virologist who between 1983 and 1985 founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), which became the leading private funder of research, advocacy, and treatment to battle the epidemic, died on January 15 at the age of 91 at her home in Kings Point on Long Island. Comment

Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot

Demanding that New York State stop racist law enforcement patterns by legalizing adult use of marijuana, advocates told members of the State Assembly, including Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, a Chelsea Democrat, that police stops are traumatizing black and brown New Yorkers. Comment

LGBTQ Health Clinic Opens in Bedford-Stuyvesant

North Brooklyn and city leaders were on hand December 20 to snip a rainbow-colored ribbon celebrating the opening of the borough’s first NYC Health + Hospitals facility dedicated to Comments (4)


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