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Judge May Limit Dallas BBQ Defendant’s Ability to Argue Self-Defense

Judge May Limit Dallas BBQ Defendant’s Ability to Argue Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin may be allowed to claim self-defense for only a portion of his actions during a 2015 fight with two gay men for which he is on trial on felony assault charges. “Her position is there could be no defense to being hit over the head with a chair from behind,” […]

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Jonathan Snipes believed that he and his boyfriend had been the victims of an anti-gay hate crime in a Chelsea restaurant last year. He told dnainfo.com that he was attacked after confronting two men who called him a “faggot.” But when Snipes testified in the trial of Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin, his sole accused […]

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The trial of a man accused of assault on two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant last year opened with the defense arguing that the man acted in self-defense after he was set upon by one of the two, who had been drinking excessively. “We all agree here that everyone has a […]

Clinton Broadly Embraces Agenda for Fighting AIDS in Meeting With Activists

Clinton Broadly Embraces Agenda for Fighting AIDS in Meeting With Activists

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Hillary Clinton made a number of promises to advance the fight against HIV and offered critiques of some of the current responses in that fight during a May 12 meeting with leading AIDS groups. “I won’t make promises that I can’t keep,” Clinton told roughly 20 representatives from AIDS and LGBT groups near […]

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote, ruled on April 19 that District Judge Robert G. Doumar erred by not deferring to the federal Department of Education’s requirement that schools let transgender students use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Doumar dismissed […]

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In an emotional statement in Manhattan Supreme Court, a sister of Islan Nettles said the 12 years that James Dixon will spend in prison for the 2013 assault that led to Nettles’ death was too short a sentence. “Twelve years is not enough because he can go home,” said Skye Nettles through […]

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Some leading companies that are currently blasting state governments in Mississippi and North Carolina for enacting laws that promote discrimination against LGBT people made substantial campaign contributions to the two Republican governors and Republican state legislators who enacted those laws. The Wells Fargo North Carolina political action committee gave Governor Pat McCrory […]

NYPD Releases Suspect Photos, Video in Stonewall Rape

NYPD Releases Suspect Photos, Video in Stonewall Rape

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police have released photos and surveillance video of the suspect wanted in the March 26 rape of a 25-year-old transgender woman at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. The NYPD described the suspect as an Hispanic man 35 to 45 years old, standing 5’9’’ to 5’11” and weighing about 250 pounds, […]

Six AIDS Activists Arrested in State Capitol Occupation

Six AIDS Activists Arrested in State Capitol Occupation

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Late in the day on March 28, six activists who were part of a protest in a suite near Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Albany were arrested, VOCAL-NY said in a statement. Activists vowed to return to the suite on March 29 and continue their action. The protest buttressed demands by supporters […]

AIDS Advocates Seize Suite Near Cuomo’s Capitol Office

AIDS Advocates Seize Suite Near Cuomo’s Capitol Office

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Continuing their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo to add $70 million in AIDS spending to the budget for the state fiscal year that begins on April 1, roughly 30 AIDS activists took control of a suite near Cuomo’s office in Albany and began reading the names of the New Yorkers who […]

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