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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 […]

The Trouble With Kansas’ Governor

The Trouble With Kansas’ Governor

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court, at the close of business on November 12, denied a request for giving the State of Kansas a stay of a district court marriage equality ruling while it seeks review by an appeals court. The high court’s action is in line with how it has responded to […]

At Last, An Inside Story  

At Last, An Inside Story  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE |  Marc Solomon tells it in “Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits — and Won,” New York’s state legislature was days from voting on marriage in 2011 when Brooklyn’s John Sampson, then the leader of the State Senate Democrats, nearly killed the legislation […]

PrEP and the Media: November 20 Forum

PrEP and the Media: November 20 Forum

The question of whether to use pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP — regular drug treatment aimed at preventing transmission of the HIV virus — faces all HIV-negative, sexually active people, but especially gay and bisexual men who are outside of a monogamous relationship. The National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association, in partnership with Gay Men’s Health […]

Facing Murder Rap, Defendant Blames Rough Sex    

Facing Murder Rap, Defendant Blames Rough Sex    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Using a defense that appears to be growing more common in the killings of gay and transgender people, the two men who are accused of killing John Laubach may argue that the 57-year-old was accidentally choked to death during rough sex. “He payed for sex,” Edwin Faulkner, 32, wrote in a […]

Marriage Rulings in West Virginia, Missouri Rebuke Sixth Circuit    

Marriage Rulings in West Virginia, Missouri Rebuke Sixth Circuit    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On November 7, one day after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected marriage equality claims from Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky, federal district courts in Missouri and West Virginia issued new gay marriage rulings. Chief US District Judge Robert C. Chambers of the Southern District of West Virginia granted […]

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 […]

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