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Labor Department Directive Co-Signs Discrimination

Labor Department Directive Co-Signs Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A new directive from the US Department of Labor is construing three recent Supreme Court rulings as well as two executive orders from President Donald Trump to allow contractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. The August 10 directive, which came from Craig E. Leen, […]

Trump Trans Military Ban Keeps Catching Flak

Trump Trans Military Ban Keeps Catching Flak

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Two federal district judges and a US magistrate judge have issued new rulings — largely adverse to the government — in lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s policy to ban military service by transgender individuals. After the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift Seattle District Judge Marsha Pechman’s […]

Restaurant Chain Slammed for Trans Discrimination

Restaurant Chain Slammed for Trans Discrimination

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Five transgender and gender non-conforming people have sued Texas Chicken & Burgers charging they were effectively refused service at one of the chain’s Manhattan locations this past spring because, they believe, they are transgender and gender non-conforming. “These folks are demanding to be heard,” said Gennaro Savastano, an associate in the appellate […]

Corruption, Before & After Stonewall

Corruption, Before & After Stonewall

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Steve Wolf, the editor of a quarterly publication produced by the Homophile Union of Boston, and his partner came to New York City in June 1971 and made two visits to The Firehouse, the headquarters of the Gay Activist Alliance (GAA) that opened the month before. In a July 1971 letter that […]

Jeff Sessions Steps Up Culture War

Jeff Sessions Steps Up Culture War

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a further escalation of the Trump administration’s drive to privilege purported religious views over nondiscrimination and other laws and regulations applicable to the general public, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. Speaking Monday at a Department of Justice Religious Liberty Summit, the attorney […]

Three More Wins for Trans Students

Three More Wins for Trans Students

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | During the week of July 23, three federal courts issued welcome rulings about restroom access by transgender students at public schools — in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Florida. In each case, the court agreed that schools are or may be obligated to allow transgender students to use restrooms consistent with their gender […]

City Archives Show Early Surveillance of Gays

City Archives Show Early Surveillance of Gays

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the NYPD certainly spent more time and effort spying on groups outside of the queer community, its surveillance of LGBTQ organizations began early and lasted for years. “Mr. Wicker confined his talk primarily to the homosexual’s position and the many disadvantages imposed upon him by society,” Detective Raymond Clarke wrote in […]

Gordon Francis Gets 25-to-Life for Gay Man’s Murder

Gordon Francis Gets 25-to-Life for Gay Man’s Murder

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE |  The convicted killer of James Hawkins was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in the 1993 murder, with the judge in the case telling him that the extreme violence used in the killing warranted a maximum sentence. “I find that the extensive brutality… leaves me no other option than to sentence you to the maximum, […]

State Health Commish Gives Pot a Go

State Health Commish Gives Pot a Go

BY NATHAN RILEY | In a report that will be read by public health officials across the country, the New York State Health Department has declared that legalizing marijuana would bring positive benefits; the “pros outweigh the cons,” opined Dr. Howard Zucker, the state health   commissioner. The report, which went public last week, makes it […]

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

De Blasio Dithers on Marijuana

BY NATHAN RILEY | Public officials in the city and state should suspend marijuana enforcement until Albany resolves the pressing question of legalization. A new consensus is gaining momentum that the risks of marijuana can be controlled by public health measures. At its recent State Convention, New York State Democrats supported legal adult sales of recreational […]

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