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Horrors Persist for Trans Inmates at Rikers 

Horrors Persist for Trans Inmates at Rikers 

BY ANDY HUMM | The transgender housing unit on New York City’s Rikers Island, announced as opening imminently in mid-November as one of a raft of reforms to reduce violence at the troubled jail, has only just accepted inmates now. And Gay City News has spoken to two transgender prisoners who say that in the interim, […]

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Manhattan judge postponed a decision on allowing the accused killer of Mark Carson to represent himself at hearings and at his trial and instead assigned Elliot Morales a fourth attorney, saying he would decide Morales’ motion to go pro se later. Morales, 35, is charged with second-degree murder as a hate […]

NYPD Conducted Stop and Frisk Inside Home of Man Alleging Earlier Abuse    

NYPD Conducted Stop and Frisk Inside Home of Man Alleging Earlier Abuse    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly six weeks after a 2013 police raid on a Brooklyn private party sparked headlines, police returned to that location and questioned eight people who had gathered there. “Mr. Campbell eventually had to move out of that place,” said Eric Subin, the attorney who is representing Jabbar Campbell, the party promoter, in […]

Appeals Panel Reverses Order that Prison Provide Sex-Reassignment Surgery    

Appeals Panel Reverses Order that Prison Provide Sex-Reassignment Surgery    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a startling about-face, the five active judges of the US First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed both a district court ruling and a three-judge appellate panel in finding that the Massachusetts Department of Correction (Mass DOC) did not violate the Eighth Amendment ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” when […]

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a December 4 statement, more than a dozen major groups from New York’s LGBT advocacy community came together to voice their “outrage over the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case.” A day before, a Staten Island grand jury declined to issue an indictment in a wide array of potential […]

NYS High Court Sets Aside Hate Crime Conviction But Allows Retrial    

NYS High Court Sets Aside Hate Crime Conviction But Allows Retrial    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, ruled unanimously on November 24 that the Appellate Division had correctly reversed the hate crime manslaughter conviction of Dwight R. DeLee in the 2008 killing of Lateisha Green, a transgender woman, in Syracuse. Unlike the intermediate appeals court, however, the high […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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