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Cops Seek Three in Park Slope Attack on Trans Woman

Cops Seek Three in Park Slope Attack on Trans Woman

BY RUTH BROWN | Police are searching for three men suspected of bashing a transgender woman in the late morning on May 13 in Park Slope. The 32-year-old victim was on Seventh Avenue at Eighth Street at around 11:10 am when three men passed by the woman yelling bigoted slurs, according the NYPD. The men then […]

Retroactivity of Supreme Court Marriage Ruling Weighed, Ducked

Retroactivity of Supreme Court Marriage Ruling Weighed, Ducked

    BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In two recent cases involving the rights of the surviving partners of deceased gay men, courts have confronted the question of whether marriage rights for same-sex couples, recognized last June by the US Supreme Court, should be read back into the past. In a case out of Alabama, the […]

Guilty Verdict on Four of Five Dallas BBQ Assault Charges

Guilty Verdict on Four of Five Dallas BBQ Assault Charges

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After deliberating for roughly two days, a Manhattan jury convicted Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin on four of five felony charges resulting from a 2015 fight he had with two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant. “There was no justification for this brutal attack,” Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, said in a May 25 […]

Judge May Limit Dallas BBQ Defendant’s Ability to Argue Self-Defense

Judge May Limit Dallas BBQ Defendant’s Ability to Argue Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin may be allowed to claim self-defense for only a portion of his actions during a 2015 fight with two gay men for which he is on trial on felony assault charges. “Her position is there could be no defense to being hit over the head with a chair from behind,” […]

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Jonathan Snipes believed that he and his boyfriend had been the victims of an anti-gay hate crime in a Chelsea restaurant last year. He told dnainfo.com that he was attacked after confronting two men who called him a “faggot.” But when Snipes testified in the trial of Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin, his sole accused […]

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The trial of a man accused of assault on two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant last year opened with the defense arguing that the man acted in self-defense after he was set upon by one of the two, who had been drinking excessively. “We all agree here that everyone has a […]

Clinton Broadly Embraces Agenda for Fighting AIDS in Meeting With Activists

Clinton Broadly Embraces Agenda for Fighting AIDS in Meeting With Activists

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Hillary Clinton made a number of promises to advance the fight against HIV and offered critiques of some of the current responses in that fight during a May 12 meeting with leading AIDS groups. “I won’t make promises that I can’t keep,” Clinton told roughly 20 representatives from AIDS and LGBT groups near […]

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | May has brought a flood of litigation over LGBT rights in the federal courts. With the month not even at its mid-point, half a dozen lawsuits have been filed in US district courts related to either the transgender bathroom issue or continuing state-level resistance to marriage equality. First out of the […]

Attorney General “Stands With” Transgender Americans

Attorney General “Stands With” Transgender Americans

The following are excerpts from Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s May 9 public statement regarding the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the State of North Carolina:  The North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 in special session on March 23 of this year. The bill sought to strike down an anti-discrimination provision in a recently-passed Charlotte, […]

Conviction Nixed, But No Wrongful Imprisonment Suit for Poz Man

Conviction Nixed, But No Wrongful Imprisonment Suit for Poz Man

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an unfortunate turnabout, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled on April 15 that Nick Rhoades, whose guilty-plea conviction to one count of criminal transmission of HIV was reversed by that court two years ago, could not bring an action for damages against the state under its Wrongful Imprisonment Statute. That […]

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