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Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge in Wichita Falls, Texas, has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s requirement that schools allow transgender students to use restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity – in a ruling that straightjackets current government efforts to advance that policy. Judge Reed O’Connor’s August 22 […]

Broadway Dancer, Charged in Boyfriend’s Murder, Asked Forgiveness on Facebook

Broadway Dancer, Charged in Boyfriend’s Murder, Asked Forgiveness on Facebook

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A man charged in the August 19 strangulation murder of his boyfriend in the Bronx took to Facebook in the immediate aftermath of the violence with a series of posts that amounted to a cryptic confession of sorts. “Forgive me father,” Marcus Bellamy, a 32-year-old Broadway dancer, wrote at 3:57 p.m. that […]

Navy to Name Ship in Harvey Milk’s Honor

Navy to Name Ship in Harvey Milk’s Honor

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has notified Congress of the Navy’s intention to name a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler the USNS Harvey Milk, in honor of the LGBT rights leader and San Francisco city supervisor who was assassinated in 1978. In a July 28 story, USNI News reported that Mabus […]

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when the Human Rights Campaign argues, “The Trump-Pence ticket is the gravest threat the LGBTQ community has ever faced in a presidential election,” even the Log Cabin Republicans, who for decades have struggled to make lemonade out of the lemons in front of them, declared the platform adopted at […]

As Cleveland Conclave Opens, Protesters Target Trump Tower

As Cleveland Conclave Opens, Protesters Target Trump Tower

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “They woke a sleeping giant with the LGBT community,” said Glenn Zuraw about the National Rifle Association, as he stood outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue on July 18. “We should have been here on this issue long before now. I cried for three days after Orlando. I didn’t cry after Newtown, […]

With Pence Pick, Trump Bets on Hard Right

With Pence Pick, Trump Bets on Hard Right

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following news that the Republican Party may have produced its most socially conservative platform ever, Donald Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee for president, selected the far right governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, as his running mate. “Today, Donald Trump doubled down on his hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda,” said Chad Griffin, president of the […]

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

BY ANDY HUMM | While not quite as deep as the Grand Canyon or as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the 7.7 acres in and around the Stonewall Inn, scene of the monumental 1969 multi-night rebellion in the streets that sparked the modern LGBT movement, were declared, like those iconic parks, an official national monument […]

Gun Violence A Key Issue in Sunday’s Pride March

Gun Violence A Key Issue in Sunday’s Pride March

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The killings of 49 LGBT people in an Orlando, Florida nightclub were a pronounced presence in New York City’s Pride Parade as a newly formed group of nearly 1,000 marched down Fifth Avenue to chants of “Trans, straight, bi, gay, gagging on the NRA” and “Fuck the NRA.” “The energy was terrific, […]

Obama Declares Stonewall National Monument at Christopher Park

Obama Declares Stonewall National Monument at Christopher Park

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As was widely expected, President Barack Obama has named Christopher Park, a .12-acre park across the street from the Stonewall Inn, as a national monument in recognition of the rebellion that began outside the gay bar in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 after a police raid there. That […]

Protesters Target Trump Tower, Evangelicals Meeting With Him

Protesters Target Trump Tower, Evangelicals Meeting With Him

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Chanting “Silence equals death, fuck the NRA” and “Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Donald Trump go away,” some 200 people joined a protest held at Trump Tower to counter the rhetoric that the presumptive Republican nominee for president has used to attack Muslims, Mexicans, and other groups. “We’re tired of the bigotry and hatred […]

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