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The Road to Legalizing Medical Marijuana in New York

On April 25 I took part in a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall, hosted by New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and State Sen. Diane Savino, the sponsors of the medical marijuana bill. I was asked by Janet Weinberg, Chief of Operations at GMHC, to offer my opinion on medical […]

Pee-Shy Book Trailer

Trailer for my upcoming book entitled, Pee-Shy: A Memoir due on December 2013, published by Kensington Books. In his stunningly honest and poignant memoir, Frank Spinelli recounts a childhood marked by trauma and of finding the courage that ultimately transformed his life… Frank Spinelli grew up on Staten Island in the 1970s to Italian-born parents […]

Welcome to Hong Kong Fong!

Originally posted on WanderFong:
Welcome to WanderFong! My name is Deb Fong, and I am a Hong Kong-based expat relocated from NYC. Funny where life takes you – I never expected to actually live here, although I have always treasured trips throughout Asia. Here with my husband Mark now, I am incredibly excited as I discover the…

Tips for parents on how to deal with child molestation

                                                                                                                                                                                            Pee-Shy: A Memoir TATL (pronounced tattle) T – Talk to your child. Ask them about what happened. A – Authorities. Don’t go to the principal. Don’t go to the head coach. Go to the police. They are trained to deal with sexual predators and are very compassionate. T – Therapy. It will be the best investment you […]

Meningococcal Vaccine Update

New York State Department of Health Expands Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendation Statewide ALBANY, N.Y. (March 25, 2013) – The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is expanding a recommendation issued earlier this month by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) regarding meningococcal vaccinations for men who have sex with men […]

AIDS Walk New York

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Oscars 2013

Every year I look forward to the Oscars as though it were Christmas and yet, this year, I find myself not so excited. Usually, I would be creating ballots for all of us to fill in so that on Oscar night, when we’re all at my friends’ Eric and  Scott’s apartment, we can cheer for […]

Play with me

“I wish my partner were as playful with me as he is with our dog,” I thought to myself one evening as we both were lying in bed watching television. During a commercial, my husband, Chad, spontaneously lept up and maneuvered himself so that he could nuzzle his nose up against our dog’s snout, whispering, […]

GMHC | Gap Commemorates World AIDS Day with Special Edition T-shirt Benefitting GMHC

GMHC | Gap Commemorates World AIDS Day with Special Edition T-shirt Benefitting GMHC. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Krishna Stone | 212.367.1016 New York, NY—Starting on Tuesday, November 27, Gap will present a special edition t-shirt in honor of World AIDS Day.  For every shirt sold online at, $12.00 will be donated to GMHC, the […]

Pee Shy

Approximately 7% of the population, or 21 million people suffer from Paruresis, a condition in which a person can not  urinate in the presence of others, either in their own home or in a public facility. For more information go to Below is a cute video about a serious problem. <p><a href=”″>Pee Shy</a> from […]