Gay Consultant from High Falls Shares Coming Out Story

Writing consultant Jay Blotcher came out 40 years ago to his adoptive mother. He then went on to be an activist and writer fighting for LGBTQ+ causes. While he now lives life as a happily married gay man in High Falls, NY, the Massachusetts native initially came out as bisexual to his mom. Blotcher wantedContinue reading “Gay Consultant from High Falls Shares Coming Out Story”

NYU Bioethics Expert Discusses Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy remains an issue among conservatives across the United States, according to the latest Morning Consult poll. With 45.1 percent of the country fully vaccinated against COVID-19, rates for some conservative-leaning states are lower than the national average. This comes as the Delta variant poses an ominous threat of case increases, especially in vulnerableContinue reading “NYU Bioethics Expert Discusses Vaccine Hesitancy”

Grief Stories: Theodore “Tree” Arrington

Theodore “Tree” Arrington was a leader. A giver. A friend. A mentor. A husband and father. As the founder of Poughkeepsie’s R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Arrington made a real difference in the time he lived. He died shockingly in April of last year at age 66. Yesterday, people gathered to watch the unveiling of a muralContinue reading “Grief Stories: Theodore “Tree” Arrington”

Anxiety Book Creates Movement

A book designed to eliminate anxiety stigma started a movement last year at a time of heightened anxiety. Lentini, 58, co-wrote the book Anxiety Insights with her daughter Nicole, a psychiatrist based in Chicago. They each documented their own human struggles with anxiety, alongside those of other family members and loved ones. “One of myContinue reading “Anxiety Book Creates Movement”

Trans and Queer March Hosted in Beacon

A march to address transgender and queer issues in the Beacon area and elsewhere took place yesterday. Reports of a right-wing activist sending threatening messages have left Beacon LGBTQ+ residents and their allies fearful. Nationwide, bills in state legislatures threaten to curb transgender rights. The march started at Memorial Park and went through the neighborhoodContinue reading “Trans and Queer March Hosted in Beacon”

Senator Skoufis Discusses Water Testing Bill

A water testing bill sponsored by Senator James Skoufis (D-39) passed this week. It promises to be a breakthrough in the ongoing statewide issue of water contamination. The bill expands testing for toxic chemicals in drinking water. Through this legislation, every municipality will be able to detect 40 different contaminants. “This bill requires virtually everyContinue reading “Senator Skoufis Discusses Water Testing Bill”

The Trauma of Racism: Being Adopted

As an adopted Asian American child in Connecticut, Tessa Woods felt lost in a mostly white community. Adopted from Vietnam at five months old, the 23-year-old photographer had “subconscious identity issues.” “I never felt fully ‘Asian’ enough because I didn’t grow up with a traditional Vietnamese background,” she said. In middle school, Woods was partContinue reading “The Trauma of Racism: Being Adopted”

Reflecting on HIV/AIDS 40 Years Later

Forty years ago, the Center for Disease Control released the first report of a disease that would later become known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. In light of this historical moment, the community relations director of the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization reflects. Krishna Stone, 62, volunteered for GMHC, or Gay Men’s HealthContinue reading “Reflecting on HIV/AIDS 40 Years Later”

Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law

Kyra Franchetti died in July 2016 at only 28 months old. Her death was the result of a court-sanctioned unsupervised visit with her biological father. This led her mom Jacqueline to start The Kyra Franchetti Foundation, which brings awareness to how New York’s family court system often fails in handling family violence claims. “I missContinue reading “Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law”

Left Behind: Laura and Sammy Colnes

This article is part of a series called “Left Behind,” where we highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted a generation of students. After more than a year of living in isolation, Laura Colnes sees the impact on her son Sammy. The Marlton, New Jersey resident saw how remote learning took its toll on her 21-year-oldContinue reading “Left Behind: Laura and Sammy Colnes”