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Transgender Man’s Case Against Abusive Jailers Revived

Transgender Man’s Case Against Abusive Jailers Revived

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New Jersey Appellate Division has rejected Jersey City’s contention that the relatively high standard for determining a hostile environment for employment discrimination purposes should be applied to hostile environment claims regarding public accommodations, particularly when that public accommodation is the county jail and the alleged harassers are police officers dealing […]

Second Circuit Rejects Gay Brazilian Refugee Bid

Second Circuit Rejects Gay Brazilian Refugee Bid

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Opening up a gulf in reasoning with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has insisted on a distinction between a government’s official policies and the facts on the ground when evaluating whether gay people would suffer persecution or worse in a particular country, a panel of the New York-based Second […]

Arthur S. Leonard Honored by New York Law School

Arthur S. Leonard Honored by New York Law School

BY ANDY HUMM | Arthur S. Leonard, award-winning legal reporter for Gay City News and the editor and principal author of LGBT Law Notes online (le-gal.org/about-law-notes), has been on the faculty of New York Law School since 1982. On April 26, he was honored as the school’s first Robert F. Wagner Professor of Labor and Employment Law, […]

Suspect in Trans Woman’s Killing in Custody

Suspect in Trans Woman’s Killing in Custody

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office expect to charge a 26-year-old man, Joseph Griffin, in the April 25 killing of Brenda Bostick, a 59-year-old transgender woman who succumbed to injuries from a “blunt impact” blow to her head on May 4, Gay City News has learned. Bostick, a resident of the […]

Trans Woman’s Death Ruled a Homicide

Trans Woman’s Death Ruled a Homicide

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York City medical examiner has ruled that a transgender woman who died on May 4, nine days after being found unconscious and unresponsive in Chelsea, was the victim of a homicide. The woman, Brenda Bostick, a 59-year-old resident of West 25th Street, was found on the street at 343 Seventh […]

With “Religious Liberty” Executive Order, Trump Panders Bigly, But Moves Ball Little

With “Religious Liberty” Executive Order, Trump Panders Bigly, But Moves Ball Little

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For the second time in his young presidency, Donald Trump has pulled his administration back from an expected executive order explicitly providing sweeping religious exemptions for those wishing to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. “Today’s executive order signing was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome,” Anthony D. Romero, the […]

Alarms Raised About Anticipated Anti-LGBTQ Order from Trump

Alarms Raised About Anticipated Anti-LGBTQ Order from Trump

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBTQ rights advocates – joined by defenders of women’s health and reproductive freedom – are sounding the alarm about a widely anticipated May 4 executive order from President Donald Trump strengthening the ability of religious organizations and their affiliates as well as other institutions and individuals to claim religious beliefs as a […]

Rentboy.com Owner Argues For No Jail Time in May 5 Sentencing

Rentboy.com Owner Argues For No Jail Time in May 5 Sentencing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Lawyers for the founder and chief executive of rentboy.com, the gay escort site shuttered by the federal government in 2015, are arguing that their client should be given a “non-incarceratory sentence” when he goes before a judge in Brooklyn federal court on May 5. [Editor’s note: Upon request of prosecutors, sentencing was adjourned […]

SAGE Fights Against “Erasure” of LGBTQ Seniors

SAGE Fights Against “Erasure” of LGBTQ Seniors

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Advocates for LGBTQ seniors are scrambling to mobilize opposition to a Trump administration plan to drop questions about sexual orientation and gender identity from an annual government survey of older Americans. According to Michael Adams, the CEO of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE, the National Survey of Older Americans […]

Queer Left Academics Take on LGBT Mainstream

Queer Left Academics Take on LGBT Mainstream

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly two hours into a conference titled “Beyond Marriage, Beyond Equality,” Meredith Talusan, a transgender author and activist and a conference speaker, tweeted “Wow so much @HRC-bashing among queer academics has me thinking, ‘But they’re trying.’ Who have I become???” The conference, which was organized by historian Martin Duberman and held at […]