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Why the Marriage Equality Ruling Is Likely Secure 

Why the Marriage Equality Ruling Is Likely Secure 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Some gay and lesbian Americans, panicked by the election of Donald Trump, have been calling LGBT advocacy groups asking whether they should accelerate their wedding plans to marry before he takes office in January, many expressing concern that the marriage equality victory, won in the Supreme Court in June 2015 […]

EEOC Win Shows What Trump Era Might Undo  

EEOC Win Shows What Trump Era Might Undo  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A November 4 ruling in a sexual orientation discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows how progress on LGBT rights may be lost in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. US District Judge Cathy Bissoon, nominated to the federal district court […]

Jeff Sessions’ Disturbing Record on Civil Rights, LGBT Equality

Jeff Sessions’ Disturbing Record on Civil Rights, LGBT Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Jeff Sessions, the four-term Republican US senator from Alabama who has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump as the nation’s next attorney general, has a stridently anti-LGBT record, along with a troubling history on racial issues. Much of the recent attention on Sessions, who this week had been discussed as a […]

Opposing Trump, Van Bramer Receives Death Threats

Opposing Trump, Van Bramer Receives Death Threats

BY BILL PARRY | The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a homophobic death threat from an unknown source received by out gay City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, a Sunnyside, Queens Democrat, on Thursday afternoon. A letter arrived on Thursday via email after Van Bramer’s office sent a mass email to constituents urging them to […]

The Presidential Election and LGBT Law    

The Presidential Election and LGBT Law    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Trump/ Pence ticket’s victory will have profound effects for LGBT law, and not just on the federal level. Some short-term effects should become apparent soon after the inauguration in January, while others may unfold for a generation or more. Perhaps the most visible will be the impact on the […]

West Village Anti-Gay Attack on Halloween Weekend

West Village Anti-Gay Attack on Halloween Weekend

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police are seeking seven individuals in connection with an anti-gay attack at the Jane Hotel in the West Village in the early morning hours on Sunday. According to an NYPD release, a 36-year-old man was inside an elevator at the hotel, located at 113 Jane Street, along with numerous other individuals, […]

Tom Doyle Wins Halt to Sale of Home He, Husband of 56 Years Shared

Tom Doyle Wins Halt to Sale of Home He, Husband of 56 Years Shared

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a promising first step for a gay man fighting to hold onto the West Village home he shared with his late partner for 53 years, a Manhattan Surrogate Court judge has blocked sale of the property by the dead man’s nieces and nephews and ordered them to show cause why Tom […]

Supreme Court Takes Up School Bathroom Issue

Supreme Court Takes Up School Bathroom Issue

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a case that could have significant implications for how the courts view gender identity discrimination – and perhaps sexual orientation, as well – the Supreme Court, on October 28, announced it will review the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., which upheld […]

New LGBT Voices Emerge on Albany Scene

New LGBT Voices Emerge on Albany Scene

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Ten months after the Empire State Pride Agenda abruptly announced it was folding up its tent and with a presidential election looming that will also determine control of the State Assembly and Senate in Albany, two new political action committees have stepped into what would otherwise have been a political void for […]

Potential Retreat on Comprehensive Civil Rights Push Draws Fire

Potential Retreat on Comprehensive Civil Rights Push Draws Fire

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While not walking back comments she made in a Buzzfeed article about controversial LGBT rights legislation in Pennsylvania, the head of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is revising and extending her remarks after the article sparked criticism and heated comments on social media. The story concerned a measure that […]

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