GMHC's Upcoming Move Creates Rifts With New York's HIV/AIDS Community
May 12, 2010
An update to the story below was posted on May 17.
As thousands of New Yorkers gear up for the annual AIDS Walk in Manhattan on May 16, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) -- the main recipient of donations from the event -- has come under heavy criticism.
On April 21, New York Magazine's Tim Murphy reported that the venerable HIV/AIDS service organization will be moving out of its building on West 24th Street and will settle into a new building near Penn Station on West 33rd Street:
Gay Men's Health Crisis, in the neighborhood since 1981 and in the multistory Tisch Building on West 24th Street since 1997, will be leaving as well, pending final agreement on a new lease. It's not going very far: only about ten blocks to the north and a few west. With its current lease up at the end of the year, the agency, which serves about 15,000 people with HIV/AIDS from all over the city, simply couldn't afford the rent hike from $6.4 million to $9 million, according to author-activist Larry Kramer (the current head of GMHC, Dr. Marjorie Hill, would not confirm these numbers). ...View Full Article
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