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Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In one of two significant legal developments regarding challenges to Mississippi’s notorious HB 1523, which enshrines in state law a special privilege for people claiming religious and moral objections to LGBTQ people to discriminate against them, Lambda Legal has announced it will petition the Supreme Court on whether the Fifth Circuit […]

In Las Vegas’ Wake, Gun Violence Activists Mass in Manhattan

In Las Vegas’ Wake, Gun Violence Activists Mass in Manhattan

BY DONNA ACETO AND ANDY HUMM | Gays Against Guns was formed in June 2016 in the wake of what was then the most lethal mass shooting in modern American history — the murder that month of 49 people and wounding of another 58 in an Orlando gay nightclub holding its weekly Latinx night. On October […]

A Frontline Activist and a Singularly Joyful Human Being

A Frontline Activist and a Singularly Joyful Human Being

BY ANDY HUMM | Outside the Upper East Side’s Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, Edie Windsor’s comrades from the grassroots marriage equality movement lined up more than an hour and a half early to make sure they would get a seat inside for her September 15 memorial service. These were the people from Marriage Equality New […]

Edie Windsor, Equality’s Champion, Dies at 88

Edie Windsor, Equality’s Champion, Dies at 88

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Edie Windsor, a tireless advocate for LGBTQ rights who became a worldwide icon at age 84 when her lawsuit against the US government led the Supreme Court, in 2013, to strike down the key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, has died at the age of 88. “I lost my beloved […]

In Late Night Reversal, de Blasio Campaign Backs Off Confirmation Mayor Endorsed Fernando Cabrera

In Late Night Reversal, de Blasio Campaign Backs Off Confirmation Mayor Endorsed Fernando Cabrera

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an extraordinary turnabout, the de Blasio campaign, late in the evening on September 8, disavowed its confirmation made more than eight hours earlier that Mayor Bill de Blasio had endorsed Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, a divisively anti-gay Democrat, for reelection in his District 14 primary race. The disavowal came […]

Rentboy.com Owner Gets Six-Month Jail Sentence

Rentboy.com Owner Gets Six-Month Jail Sentence

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The chief executive of rentboy.com was sentenced to six months in federal prison during a hearing that demonstrated the tensions the federal government created when it raided the website’s Manhattan offices in August 2015 and shut the escort site down. “I am considering sentencing your client to six months incarceration,” Margo Brodie, […]

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a rapid-fire series of three tweets this morning, President Donald Trump announced his intention to bar transgender Americans from serving openly in the military. At about 9 a.m., tweeting on his personal account @realDonaldTrump, the president wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the […]

Just In Case, Health Advocates Return to Capitol Hill

Just In Case, Health Advocates Return to Capitol Hill

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | One day after efforts by the Trump administration and the US Senate’s GOP leadership to dismantle President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act collapsed, up to 500 activists descended on Senate offices demanding that Republicans work on “providing health care rather than taking it away.” That’s how Eric Sawyer, the vice president of […]

US Seeks Up to 21 Months Jail Time in Rentboy Case

US Seeks Up to 21 Months Jail Time in Rentboy Case

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The federal government has asked that Jeffrey Hurant, the chief executive of rentboy.com, be sent to prison for 15 to 21 months when he is sentenced on July 21 in federal court in downtown Brooklyn. [Editor’s note: Subsequent to the publication of this story, Hurant’s sentencing was adjourned until August 2. On […]

Lambda Seeks Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Lambda Seeks Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what could prove a pivotal step in the long road toward full equality under the law, Lambda Legal has announced it will petition the Supreme Court to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans employment discrimination because of sex, also bans discrimination that is […]