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Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the North Carolina Legislature convened on April 25 for the first time since enacting that state’s anti-LGBT HB 2 last month, hundreds of activists descended on the Capitol in Raleigh and one prominent transgender leader leader took a profoundly personal step to challenge the new law. Mara Keisling, the executive director […]

Fifteen Years for “Crime” That Didn’t Happen

Fifteen Years for “Crime” That Didn’t Happen

BY ANDY HUMM | It is one thing to be falsely accused of a crime that you did not commit. But in 1998, four young lesbian Latinas in San Antonio, Texas, were convicted and imprisoned for a crime that never occurred — the ritual sex abuse of two young girls. The prosecution and accuser (a […]

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote, ruled on April 19 that District Judge Robert G. Doumar erred by not deferring to the federal Department of Education’s requirement that schools let transgender students use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Doumar dismissed […]

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

As James Dixon Given 12 Years, Islan Nettles’ Family Cries Foul

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In an emotional statement in Manhattan Supreme Court, a sister of Islan Nettles said the 12 years that James Dixon will spend in prison for the 2013 assault that led to Nettles’ death was too short a sentence. “Twelve years is not enough because he can go home,” said Skye Nettles through […]

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Philip Gunn knows how to protect his conservative friends. When he thought they might have to solemnize marriages for same-sex couples, provide services for such unions, or aid transgender people, the speaker of the Mississippi House wrote a bill that barred the state from taking any “discriminatory action” against religious groups, people, […]

Anti-Mississippi Backlash Forces Central Park Picnic Cancellation  

Anti-Mississippi Backlash Forces Central Park Picnic Cancellation  

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York Mississippi Society has canceled the 37th edition of an annual picnic in the heart of Central Park that promotes Mississippi culture and tourism due to the backlash against the passage of a virulently anti-LGBT law back home. The picnic was to have taken place on June 11 on Dead […]

Gay Gladiator Can Pursue Public Nudity Lawsuit

Gay Gladiator Can Pursue Public Nudity Lawsuit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals court has revived Will X. Walters’ constitutional claims against the San Diego Police Department in connection with his arrest on “public nudity” charges while wearing what the trial court described as a “gladiator-type black leather loincloth” at the 2011 Pride events in that city. In an unsigned opinion, […]

AIDS Hospice Flip to Market-Rate Housing Stirs Outrage  

AIDS Hospice Flip to Market-Rate Housing Stirs Outrage  

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Incensed local politicians and the chairperson of Community Board 3 gathered across the street from the former Rivington House on Forsyth Street on the morning of April 6 to decry a stealth deal that saw a longtime nonprofit AIDS hospice on the Lower East Side sold to a private developer for market-rate […]

Brooklyn Appeals Court Affirms Lesbian Co-Parent’s Claim

Brooklyn Appeals Court Affirms Lesbian Co-Parent’s Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Brooklyn-based Second Department of the New York Appellate Division has affirmed a family court ruling recognizing the parental status of a lesbian co-parent seeking visitation with two children conceived through donor insemination while she was legally partnered with their birth mother, first as a California domestic partner and then as […]

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Some leading companies that are currently blasting state governments in Mississippi and North Carolina for enacting laws that promote discrimination against LGBT people made substantial campaign contributions to the two Republican governors and Republican state legislators who enacted those laws. The Wells Fargo North Carolina political action committee gave Governor Pat McCrory […]

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