Nine human-rights and LGBT advocates were arrested today after blocking the entrance to the Consulate General of Nigeria in Midtown Manhattan. This act of civil disobedience was to protest the draconian anti-LGBT law signed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on January 14, a law that makes gay marriage and same-sex relationships crimes punishable by up to 14 years in prison. The protestors’ demand was simple: to rescind the law and let LGBT Nigerians live their lives free of discrimination and violence.
The action was part of a larger rally attended by nearly 400 protestors, including many Housing Works staff, clients, and volunteeers. The demonstration, organized by the Nigerian Solidarity Alliance, brought together nearly a dozen prominent human rights, immigrant, and Read More
Posted on March 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm
Guest blog post by Charles King, President & CEO of Housing Works
A disturbing global trend has emerged in which certain governments have engaged in deliberate actions to restrict the rights of LGBT individuals and, in the worst cases, threaten imprisonment, violence, and other grave penalties. Most notably, the Nigerian and Ugandan governments have introduced bills that criminalize same-sex relationships and prescribe harsh prison sentences. In early 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria signed into law a bill that criminalizes gay marriage and same-sex relationships and can impose prison sentences on offenders of up to 14 years. An earlier draft of the bill promised the death sentence. In Uganda, a similar law targeting people in same-sex relationships and LGBT-affiliated organizations was signed …
Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm
We’re giving you the best that we’ve got, again, at our Best of Spring events beginning this Saturday, March 1 at our Soho Shop. We’ve re-stocked each of our shops with top-quality seasonal designer and vintage merchandise (here’s a sneak peek) all available for a fraction of the retail price. Each shop will be holding clearance sales leading up to their event and will be closed one day prior to set up for the big day.
Want to get in on the action before the rest of the crowd? Become a Housing Works Supporter member and get one hour early access. Advocate level and above get in 30 minutes early. Join today, or become a member at a Housing …
Posted on February 26, 2014 at 9:57 am
We finish up February strong at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe with the final days of Geek Week, and then March is upon us. First up, appropriately: Jo March might be the voice of her generation, or at least a voice of a generation, in the exciting new fast-paced comedic play WOMEN, which introduces HBO’s Girls to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. We’re proud to be hosting a staged reading on Tuesday; get your tickets now, they’re going fast! DISH is back with a great lineup (and a bonus course!) this month, plus we have fan fiction with Seth Fishman and Téa Obreht, a party for a zine about soup, book groups galore, and more.
Posted on February 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm
Effective activism and advocacy require tenacity, the willingness to agitate repeatedly for critical change, year after year, and to push our government and the powers-that-be to do right by their citizens, especially the most marginalized among them. Equally important is to acknowledge and praise when progress and steps toward real, positive change are being made, and to mark that moment with joy, gratitude, and a resounding call for more, for the further actions and leadership that will get us to where we need to be. Read more…
Posted on February 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm
Update: 7 PM ET, Monday, February 14: BCBS of LA released a statement saying they are reviewing the CMS FAQ released Friday, February 7. However, the statement reiterates their current policy that they will not take Ryan White premium payments.
Given the coverage gaps that still exist for people with HIV/AIDS, these individuals still need help paying for their share of premiums, even after federal subsidies. However, some insurers – most notably Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBS) – have refused premium payments from the Ryan White Program.
Ensuring that people living with …
Posted on February 21, 2014 at 12:25 pm
Effective activism and advocacy require tenacity, the willingness to agitate repeatedly for critical change, year after year, and to push our government and the powers-that-be to do right by their citizens, especially the most marginalized among them. Equally important is to acknowledge and praise when progress and steps toward real, positive change are being made, and to mark that moment with joy, gratitude, and a resounding call for more, for the further actions and leadership that will get us to where we need to be.
Two weeks ago, Housing Works offered a critique of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the fourth Executive Budget by New York State Governor Cuomo. One of the most glaring omissions was the long-awaited 30% rent …
Posted on February 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm
Like the generously donated items in our Thrift Shops; we think you’re one-of-a-kind. Have a rocking (and warm) Valentine’s!
Posted on February 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm