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Exclusive: Rikers Ready With Housing Unit for Some Trans Inmates

Exclusive: Rikers Ready With Housing Unit for Some Trans Inmates

BY ANDY HUMM | On Rikers Island, man-to-woman transgender inmates who have not undergone genital surgery will now have the option of not being housed with the general population of men, but to be detained in a new transgender unit opening this week in the New York City jail’s oldest building. Gay City News was given […]

After Four Appeals Court Marriage Wins, Sixth Circuit Upholds Same-Sex Bans

After Four Appeals Court Marriage Wins, Sixth Circuit Upholds Same-Sex Bans

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | In a 2-1 ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out decisions from district court judges in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee that found bans on same-sex marriage and recognition of out-of-state marriages there unconstitutional. In a November 6 decision written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, the majority found that […]

Republicans Win Outright Majority of New York State Senate

Republicans Win Outright Majority of New York State Senate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a popular governor headed for reelection, 2014 was supposed to be the year when Democrats could make gains in the State Senate sufficient to ensure they would be the governing party come January. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, Republicans on November 4 increased their share of seats from […]

On GOP’s Night, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney Prevails in Tough Reelection Contest

On GOP’s Night, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney Prevails in Tough Reelection Contest

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, elected two years ago as New York State’s first openly gay member of Congress, won his reelection bid,  in a hard-fought and tight race against the one-term Republican he ousted in 2012. With 100 percent of the ballots counted in New York’s 18th Congressional District, Maloney had a 1.6 percent lead over former […]

Transgender Victim of Brutal Assault Goes Home, With Long Recovery Ahead

Transgender Victim of Brutal Assault Goes Home, With Long Recovery Ahead

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The 28-year-old victim of an October anti-LGBT hate crime in Bushwick has been released from the hospital but requires round-the-clock care at home while recovering from a traumatic brain injury. Kimball “Kimy” Hartman, a transgender woman, was attacked at about 11:20 p.m. on October 12 by a group of four men who […]

US Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Puerto Rico

US Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Puerto Rico

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge has rejected a marriage equality lawsuit Lambda Legal brought on behalf of same-sex couples in Puerto Rico. In an October 21 ruling, Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez ruled he was bound by a 2012 precedent from the First Circuit Court of Appeals –– under whose jurisdiction federal […]

Police Release Video in Crown Heights Anti-Gay Assault

Police Release Video in Crown Heights Anti-Gay Assault

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an assault on a 33-year-old man in the lobby on his apartment building on Washington Avenue, near Empire Boulevard, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The NYPD has released surveillance video of a man leaving […]

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a climactic end to an historic week, the US Supreme Court on October 10 declined Idaho’s petition for a stay pending that state’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage. Governor Butch Otter, a Republican, sought the stay in order […]

HRC, Pride Agenda, LGBT Law Group Urge Cuomo to Reject Graffeo’s Renomination to NYS High Court

HRC, Pride Agenda, LGBT Law Group Urge Cuomo to Reject Graffeo’s Renomination to NYS High Court

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As Governor Andrew Cuomo approaches a decision on whether or not to reappoint Judge Victoria Graffeo to another term on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy group, is weighing in. “We urge you not to reappoint Judge Graffeo and instead […]

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The day after the US Supreme Court refused to review pro-marriage equality rulings from three federal courts of appeals in cases from five states, another circuit was heard from. A unanimous three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on October 7, ruled in favor of marriage […]

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