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LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | LGBTQ legal groups last week went on the offensive, filing important new lawsuits seeking injunctions against government discrimination. GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) sued Donald Trump and Defense Department officials on August 9, attempting to put a halt to the president’s attempt […]

Court Must Decide If Gavin Grimm’s Case Is Moot

Court Must Decide If Gavin Grimm’s Case Is Moot

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what could signal a disappointing end to a remarkable battle for transgender equality, the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has announced that instead of holding oral argument in Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit challenging the Gloucester County, Virginia, School Board’s bathroom access policy, it is sending the case back to the […]

Anonymity Accorded for Legal Name, Gender Changes

Anonymity Accorded for Legal Name, Gender Changes

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD |  Concluding that enforcing a statute requiring that transgender name changes be published would result in a dangerous “outing” of the applicants, a three-judge panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously reversed two rulings by the Tippecanoe Circuit Court. The panel, on August 10, ruled that the publication requirement should […]

HRC Chided For Being MIA on Mississippi Black Auto Workers

HRC Chided For Being MIA on Mississippi Black Auto Workers

BY ANDY HUMM | Labor leaders and progressive activists are taking the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to task for being one of two major civil rights organizations to refuse to support African-American workers in Mississippi trying to organize at a Nissan plant. Seventeen members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights were asked to […]

Ex-Detective Charges Long Island LGBT Network Defamed Him

Ex-Detective Charges Long Island LGBT Network Defamed Him

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A former NYPD detective who was a frequent and reassuring presence at demonstrations and LGBTQ events when he was with the police department has sued a Long Island organization charging that it defamed him on a website and Twitter account. “On or about July 8, 2016, certain websites and blogs were created which […]

Trump’s Justice Department Weighs in Against Gay Rights Claims

Trump’s Justice Department Weighs in Against Gay Rights Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On the same day that Donald Trump tweeted that the US military would bar open service by transgender Americans, his Department of Justice let another shoe drop. In a brief filed July 26 with the New York-based Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the DOJ weighed in on a critical question […]

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a rapid-fire series of three tweets this morning, President Donald Trump announced his intention to bar transgender Americans from serving openly in the military. At about 9 a.m., tweeting on his personal account @realDonaldTrump, the president wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the […]

The GOP’s Mayoral Candidate. Seriously.

The GOP’s Mayoral Candidate. Seriously.

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE| As she was discussing crime and the extent to which New York City residents feel safe in the city, Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican candidate for mayor and a member of the State Assembly since 2011, was asked about her continuing opposition to the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would add gender […]

Under de Blasio, Bulk of Pot Arrestees Black or Latino

Under de Blasio, Bulk of Pot Arrestees Black or Latino

BY NATHAN RILEY | Despite the fact that Democrats continue to become more dependent on reliable voting support from communities of color, groups fighting the criminalization of marginalized New Yorkers report that under Mayor Bill de Blasio virtually everyone arrested for marijuana is black or Latino. Appearing at a July 11 City Hall press conference, drug […]

Five-Year Sentence for Not Disclosing HIV Status Upheld

Five-Year Sentence for Not Disclosing HIV Status Upheld

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | An Ohio state appeals court has affirmed a felonious assault conviction and five-year prison sentence for Jeffrey A. Boatright, a gay Akron man convicted by a jury of violating a law criminalizing an HIV-positive individual’s failure to disclose their serostatus prior to engaging in sex. In a July 12 ruling, Ohio’s […]

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