Archive for July, 2012

Gay Marriage A $259M Shot In Arm For NYC
By July 25, 2012 Read More →

Gay Marriage A $259M Shot In Arm For NYC

7,000+ Same-Sex Couples Married In Year Since Law Was Passed, Windfall Boosts Trans- portation, Development, Tax Revs By Nathan James In the year since legalized gay marriage went into effect in New York State, 7,184 same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in New York City–10 of the total for the period–and the city has enjoyed […]

Report: Gay Black Men Have 1-In-4 Chance Of Getting HIV By Age 25
By July 20, 2012 Read More →

Report: Gay Black Men Have 1-In-4 Chance Of Getting HIV By Age 25

Black AIDS Institute Says Gay Men Of Color In US At Greater Risk Than Whole World By Nathan James A frightening report released today by the Black AIDS Institute says gay American men of color have a far greater risk of contracting the HIV virus than people living anywhere else on Earth.  The bulletin, entitled […]

R&B star Frank Ocean comes out
By July 12, 2012 Read More →

R&B star Frank Ocean comes out

And exemplifies the community’s rejection of  a “gay identity” R&B and Hip-Hop songwriter Frank Ocean has come out. Although it will [be] hotly contested in African American circles, some say Ocean is the first major artist to come out in both industries. For some time there has been rumors about Ocean’s down low trysts. But […]

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US Episcopal Church Approves Blessing of Same-Sex Couples
By July 11, 2012 Read More →

US Episcopal Church Approves Blessing of Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Episcopal Church has approved a new worship service to bless same-sex couples, becoming the largest religious denomination in the United States to accept the union of homosexual couples. The church’s House of Deputies, which is split equally between clergy and lay leaders, approved the blessing Tuesday by a vote of 171-50 at the […]

NYC Council, Borough President Award $3M To LGBT Shelter
By July 9, 2012 Read More →

NYC Council, Borough President Award $3M To LGBT Shelter

Ali Forney Center Will Build Additional Facility With New Funding By Nathan James Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the City Council today announced an award of $3 million to the Ali Forney LGBT Homeless Shelter, for the construction of a new 18-bed facility in a renovated building owned by the city. The new residence, […]

CERN Scientists Confirm Boson Discovery
By July 8, 2012 Read More →

CERN Scientists Confirm Boson Discovery

GENEVA — Scientists at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, report they have discovered a new subatomic particle that might be the elusive Higgs boson. Further research will be needed to confirm whether this is the so-called “God particle” which scientists believe can explain some of the most basic questions about our universe. By […]

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How Brooklyn became a writers’ mecca
By July 8, 2012 Read More →

How Brooklyn became a writers’ mecca

The guy at the checkout at a Brooklyn branch of Trader Joe’s, a wildly popular speciality grocery chain, had a spray of blond hair, a masters in literature and a California drawl on the words: “Hey, man.” He was packing the soy chorizo into a brown bag when he glanced at the book I was […]

Posted in: Culture
US approves first over-the-counter HIV home-use test
By July 8, 2012 Read More →

US approves first over-the-counter HIV home-use test

A home HIV test is expected to go on sale in the US within months, after winning regulator approval. The OraQuick test checks saliva from a mouth swab for HIV and can produce results in 20 to 40 minutes. Government estimates suggest 1.2 million people in the US are HIV-positive, but 20% do not know […]

Posted in: HIV
How mobile puts business at the tip of Africa’s fingers
By July 8, 2012 Read More →

How mobile puts business at the tip of Africa’s fingers

Across the African continent, internet penetration is low, computers are often too expensive to purchase, and online business transactions can be logistically complicated to execute. By Meredith Baker But the surge in mobile phone use – there are currently 695 million mobile phone subscribers in Africa – has given Africans a simple and pervasive means […]

Posted in: Business
California high-speed rail wins approval
By July 8, 2012 Read More →

California high-speed rail wins approval

California lawmakers have approved financing for a bullet train that would eventually become part of the first dedicated high-speed line in the US. In a 21-16 vote, the Senate approved a 130 mile (209km) stretch, part of a larger line proposed to run from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Critics say the train is an […]

Posted in: Technology