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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 […]

Ending AIDS Advocates Ratchet Up Pressure on Cuomo

Ending AIDS Advocates Ratchet Up Pressure on Cuomo

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | AIDS activists are pressing the Cuomo administration to commit to spending $70 million for the Plan to End AIDS in the state fiscal year that begins on April 1. “This was the governor’s initiative and the governor needs to step up,” said Charles King, the chief executive of Housing Works, an […]

At ’95 Confirmation, Merrick Garland Disclosed Democratic Ties

At ’95 Confirmation, Merrick Garland Disclosed Democratic Ties

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Records from Merrick Garland’s nomination hearing for the federal circuit court in the District of Columbia show that he volunteered for a string of Democratic candidates beginning in the late 1970s, though his most significant federal government job began during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. “I provided volunteer assistance […]

Second-Degree Murder Verdict for Elliot Morales in Mark Carson Slaying

Second-Degree Murder Verdict for Elliot Morales in Mark Carson Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following just a day of deliberation, a Manhattan jury found Elliot Morales guilty of second-degree murder as a hate crime, weapons possession, and menacing in the 2013 shooting of Mark Carson, a 32-year-old gay man. “Motivated by irrational rage, the defendant targeted and executed a defenseless young man based on his sexual […]

SCOTUS Orders Alabama to Recognize Georgia Lesbian Co-Parent Adoption

SCOTUS Orders Alabama to Recognize Georgia Lesbian Co-Parent Adoption

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | The US Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court and ordered that Alabama courts accord “full faith and credit” to a lesbian co-parent adoption approved by a Georgia trial court. The March 7 decision in V.L. v. E.L. was reached without any oral argument before the high court, […]

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