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NYPD Identifies Suspect in Dallas BBQ Assault in Chelsea

NYPD Identifies Suspect in Dallas BBQ Assault in Chelsea

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York Police Department has identified the suspect sought in connection with an assault on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea on May 5. According to multiple media reports, the man named by the NYPD is Bayna El-Amin, 41, who was previously arrested a total of 18 […]

Miranda Problems May Nix Statements Mark Carson’s Accused Killer Made  

Miranda Problems May Nix Statements Mark Carson’s Accused Killer Made  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A number of statements made to police and a prosecutor by the accused killer of Mark Carson may be thrown out because police failed to give Elliot Morales his Miranda warnings and the assistant district attorney who took Morales’ videotaped statement ignored both his request to remain silent and his refusal to […]

Police Release Photo, New Video of Man Sought in Chelsea Attack

Police Release Photo, New Video of Man Sought in Chelsea Attack

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Late in the afternoon on May 7, the New York Police Department released a photo and new video footage of a man sought in connection with an assault on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea two days earlier. The NYPD release described the man sought as a light-skinned black […]

Suspect in Brutal Chelsea Restaurant Beating of Two Gay Men at Large

Suspect in Brutal Chelsea Restaurant Beating of Two Gay Men at Large

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A brutal May 5 attack on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ on Eighth Avenue just above 23rd Street –– which included one of them being kicked in the face while he lay prone on the ground and moments later both having a chair bashed over their heads –– was captured […]

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | For only the second time, a federal district judge has ordered state prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate. On April 2, Judge Jon S. Tigar in San Francisco, relying on the recommendations of expert witnesses, ruled state officials must provide the procedure for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy “as promptly […]

Transgender University of Pittsburgh Student Loses Fight Over Expulsion

Transgender University of Pittsburgh Student Loses Fight Over Expulsion

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just one day before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that the Army unlawfully discriminated against a transgender woman by denying her the right to use women’s facilities, a federal district court in Pennsylvania rejected a discrimination lawsuit by a transgender man expelled from the University of Pittsburgh at […]

Sex Offender Registry Status Lifted for Gay Man Snared by Sodomy Law

Sex Offender Registry Status Lifted for Gay Man Snared by Sodomy Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Caught up in a typical sting operation in Missouri in 1988, Jerome Keeney, Jr. was arrested by a St. Louis County vice cop, Robert Bayes, and the following year pled guilty to the charge of attempted “sexual misconduct.” His crime? Groping an undercover police officer who sat with him in his […]

NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous ruling by New Jersey’s Supreme Court striking down part of the state’s Bias Intimidation Law has implications for some of the charges on which Dharun Ravi was convicted in the wake of the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University freshman who was Ravi’s dormitory roommate. The […]

Grindr Not Liable for Hook-Up With Underage User  

Grindr Not Liable for Hook-Up With Underage User  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A gay man’s attempt to hold Grindr responsible for his arrest and prosecution for sex with a minor was cut short on March 13 when a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that an “interactive computer service” provider enjoys statutory immunity from liability for harm resulting from content third parties post […]

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly 18 months after Islan Nettles died from injuries she suffered during an assault in Harlem, the Manhattan district attorney announced an indictment on manslaughter and assault charges in the killing. “Over the past 18 months, my office has exhaustively investigated this case with the objective of making sure that justice is […]

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