HIV and Justice Organizations Stand with Michael Johnson and All Black Gay Men, and Condemn Laws Criminalizing HIV-Positive Status
As organizations committed to human rights, social justice, and dignity for people living with and vulnerable to HIV, we release this statement in solidarity with Black gay men who have been organizing a response to the criminalization of Michael L. Johnson.
After only two hours of deliberation by a jury in a trial that was fraught with misinformation about HIV transmission, misunderstanding about gay hookup culture, and inadequate legal counsel, a nearly all-white jury quickly convicted Michael Johnson, a 23-year-old Black gay man in St. Charles, MO, finding him guilty on five felony counts and sentencing him to 30 years in …
Posted on May 21, 2015 at 2:31 pm
Get your tickets now for our annual culinary benefit, next Thursday, June 4. Chaired by Ruth Reichl and hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, Sam Sifton (New York Times) and Brooks Headley (Del Posto, Superiority Burger), Taste of Home features New York’s best chefs offering tastings of their favorite dishes. All funds raised will go to support Housing Works’ fight to end AIDS and homelessness.
This week we’re excited to be a part of BookExpo America (BEA), the #1 book & author event in the US, as the official charity partner. We’re celebrating right with not one but two great parties: tonight, the 5th annual Bookrageous BEA bash, with hosts Megan Abbott, Jami Attenberg, Christine Heppermann, and Daniel José …
Posted on May 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm
At Housing Works, we’re okay with being basic, as long as we are talking about closet basics like chambray shirts, skinny jeans and the quintessential little black dress. Fill your closet with the basics this Saturday at our West Village shop. Next Saturday, May 30, it’s Stop. Hammock Time, at Broadway & 96’s Summer Reading sale.
May is National Bike Month! Saturday, May 23 through Sunday May 30, support BRAKING AIDS® Ride – our annual 3 day, 285 mile ride bringing together hundreds of endurance activists to end AIDS – by adding a dollar (or more) to your purchase. The following Saturday, May 30, cruise by our Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Broadway & 96, Upper East Side, Brooklyn Heights and …
Posted on May 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm
Your voices make a difference, and we need your help today in asking NY Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and NY Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to bring the Healthy Teens Act to a vote! Your calls, emails, and social media posts support the Ending the Epidemic Blueprint and show the way to an AIDS-Free NY by 2020!
Background info on the Healthy Teens Act:
The Healthy Teens Act would expand comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate health and sexuality education to schools for grades 1 to 12, increasing the number of young people receiving information about HIV and STI prevention tools, such as condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP). The bill would also create a foundation of support for …
Posted on May 20, 2015 at 11:57 am
Your voices make a difference, and we need your help in asking NY Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and NY Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to bring the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA) to a vote!
GENDA would provide basic civil rights to transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers. As transgender and gender-nonconforming people are among those most affected by HIV/AIDS, this piece of legislation is a crucial component of the plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State. GENDA would outlaw discrimination in New York State based on gender identity or expression, including access to housing, healthcare, and employment. GENDA also would expand the state’s hate crimes law to explicitly include crimes against transgender people. Trans-identified individuals …
Posted on May 15, 2015 at 1:32 pm
Tonight! Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm, we launch The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, the first poetry anthology by and for the hip-hop generation. Editors Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate Marshall host a live mixtape of readings by poets featured in the anthology. Next week, we launch another new exciting anthology, A Book of Uncommon Prayer, with Catherine Lacey, J. Robert Lennon, Courtney Maum, Rick Moody, Dawn Raffel, Joseph Salvatore, Benjamin Samuel, and J. Robert Lennon. And looking towards the end of the month, we’re hosting two fantastic BEA parties: the Fifth Annual Bookrageous BEA Bash, with Megan Abbott, Jami Attenberg, Christine Heppermann, and Daniel José Older; and Tumblr Writers BEA Party, with Katie Coyle, …
Posted on May 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm
Guest blogpost by Ricardo V.M. McKenzie, Housing Works Asylum Project Participant.
The Housing Work’s Asylum Project was well represented by it’s program coordinator and three of the program’s clients at the 2015 Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) Conference held at John Jay College April 16-18. Under the theme “Inequality, Equality and Difference,” the conference sought to highlight how some see a genuine opportunity to reduce and eliminate inequality while others see a cynical conservative defense of an unequal system in crisis.
Scott S. Davis, Alex Wilson Ogbeh, and Audu Kadiri from the Housing Works Asylum Project spoke about their experiences of inequality in relationship to advocating for LGBT rights and persons living with HIV/AIDS in response to …
Posted on May 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm
Hallelujah it’s May! We’ve got some amazing thrift shop events in store for you this month, starting tonight!
Here comes the bride(s)! Getting married on a budget? We understand. Our budget bridal bonanza is back this evening at Gramercy from 5 – 8 pm. Shop gowns, bridesmaid dresses, shoes, and other bridal accessories donated by generous brands at a discount. You can even enter our wedding-themed raffle with prizes like gown cleaning and preservation packages, bridal lingerie and manicure and pedicure gift certificates!
Mother’s Day is Sunday and we’ve got your back with Broadway and 96’s Mom’s the Word sale this Saturday. Get glittering gems and jewels that shine as bright at she does. Your thoughtful one-of-a-kind …
Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:13 am