New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Matt Tracy

Gay City News Seeking Unionization, Housing Works Employees Rally by Matt Tracy

Seeking Unionization, Housing Works Employees Rally

With chants like “Union busting is disgusting” and “Fix Housing Works now,” more than 100 fed up employees of Housing Works packed together on the steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall October 29 to speak out about poor working conditions and demand that management respect their efforts to unionize.

The rally represented a dramatic turn of events for the nonprofit, which has long been dedicated to eradicating the dual crises of HIV/ AIDS and homelessness and has often led demonstrations on behalf of marginalized people. This time around, however, the organization found itself on the other side of the protests: Workers stormed out of their offices on a Tuesday morning to flock to the rally, where they spoke of flimsy healthcare plans with high deductibles, railed against inadequate paid time-off policies, and told stories of colleagues suddenly getting terminated without notice and escorted out of the office.

Gay City News City Council Floats Localized Healthcare Program by Matt Tracy

City Council Floats Localized Healthcare Program

A new City Council proposal would connect New Yorkers to culturally competent, community-based healthcare services through an LGBTQ-inclusive program geared towards uninsured and underinsured folks, though fully insured residents are welcome to participate.

Gay City News NYC Veterans Protest Trans Ban, Budget Cuts by Matt Tracy

NYC Veterans Protest Trans Ban, Budget Cuts

Veterans advocates and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall March 25 to protest looming budget cuts and remind the general public that President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members is not some federal issue in a faraway land — it’s a very real problem in our own backyard.

NYC Veterans Alliance president and founding director Kristen Rouse, who was joined by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America president John Rowan, and several other members of the veterans community, sent a strong message to elected officials that their causes are as important as any other ones — and they deserve attention now.