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Insurers must cover gender reassignment surgery, Cuomo says

Insurers must cover gender reassignment surgery,…

Michael Rizzo

In a letter from the Department of Financial Services, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo warned New York state insurance companies yesterday that they no longer can deny coverage of treatments that change a person’s gender if a doctor has deemed those treatments medically necessary. State law requires insurance coverage for the diagnosis...

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Fear death and garner glory

Fear death and garner glory

Michael Rizzo

Only two truths in this world are irrefutably held to be self-evident among all humankind: We all know we’re going to die, and we all know we don’t want to. How frighteningly at odds with each other these truths are. It’s scary. Terrifying, even. In animals, we’d describe the interaction of...

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Ear Worms: According to our manic friend, Deerhoof

Ear Worms: According to our manic…

Christopher Treacy

Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl) A- Listening to a Deerhoof album for the first time  is like getting together with a manic friend: you're never quite sure what you're going to get, but it's bound to be compelling. La Isla Bonita doesn't disappoint, oozing lo-fi charm and punk defiance with...

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The great reconciling of religion, belief, faith

The great reconciling of religion, belief,…

Michael Rizzo

Longtime local LGBT advocate Thomas Gleed was raised in the Catholic Church, and he went to parochial school. That meant that by age 9, he was learning Latin and working toward becoming an altar boy. He hadn’t yet been confirmed, but like his family, he was deeply religious, and he...

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Her religion is family: A return to faith

Her religion is family: A return…

Lyndsey D'Arcangelo

Kate Huber, 39, kneels in the first church pew at St. Joseph University Parish on Main Street, where majestic stained-glass windows adorn the church walls, and the high ceilings allow for the perfect acoustic as the chorus begins to sing.  The altar boys walk slowly to their posts beside the pastor,...

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