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Will New Trans Military Ban Sidestep Court Injunctions?

Will New Trans Military Ban Sidestep Court Injunctions?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a policy roll-out that may successfully sidestep existing court injunctions against President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military service, the White House on March 23 announced a policy, based on the recommendations of Defense Secretary James Mattis, that would bar service by almost any trans individual, with only very limited […]

On Due Date of Trans Military Service Policy, Trump Resists Court Order

On Due Date of Trans Military Service Policy, Trump Resists Court Order

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | With President Donald Trump’s new policy on transgender military service due to have taken effect today, the Department of Justice is essentially refusing to comply with a March 20 federal court order that the White House reveal the identity of the “generals” and other “military experts” the president purportedly consulted […]

Appeals Court Finds Sex Bias in Trans Funeral Director’s Firing

Appeals Court Finds Sex Bias in Trans Funeral Director’s Firing

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on March 7 that a Michigan funeral home violated federal anti-discrimination law by terminating a funeral director who announced she would be transitioning during her vacation and return to work as a woman. Rejecting a ruling […]

Idaho Ordered to Issue New Trans Birth Certificates

Idaho Ordered to Issue New Trans Birth Certificates

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the state of Idaho to allow transgender people born there to obtain birth certificates correctly identifying them according to their gender identity. Once Idaho has complied with Dale’s March 5 order, the only states where trans people will remain unable to […]

“Pharma Bro” Played Up LGBTQ Donation at Sentencing

“Pharma Bro” Played Up LGBTQ Donation at Sentencing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Seeking to counter allegations that he is anti-gay, a pharmaceutical executive who was convicted of securities fraud last year and earlier vilified for increasing the price of a drug used by people with compromised immune systems included, in his sentencing memorandum, a letter he received from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender […]

Abel Cedeno Allegedly Menaced by Dead Youth’s Brother

Abel Cedeno Allegedly Menaced by Dead Youth’s Brother

BY ANDY HUMM | As Abel Cedeno was leaving Bronx Criminal Court on March 6 with his family and a police escort, he was threatened by Kevon Dennis, 18, the brother of Matthew McCree, whom Cedeno fatally stabbed in their Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation classroom last September while, he has said, defending himself against […]

More Guns Not the Answer

More Guns Not the Answer

BY NATHAN RILEY | Facts contradict the National Rifle Association’s belief — shared over the past week aggressively by President Donald Trump — that arming more citizens will curb gun violence. Real-life episodes disprove this movie Western version of reality, and Gays Against Guns, a group that emerged after the Pulse nightclub tragedy two years […]

Big Gay Rights Win in US Second Circuit

Big Gay Rights Win in US Second Circuit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, with jurisdiction over federal cases from New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, ruled on February 26 that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of an individual’s sex, also makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against a person because of […]

Rosenthal Takes On Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting

Rosenthal Takes On Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal has introduced legislation to bar insurance companies from discriminating against people who take the anti-HIV treatment intended to prevent infection known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Its introduction was a major step forward in preventing the spread of the AIDS virus. Known by the brand name […]

Another Victory for Married Lesbian Parents

Another Victory for Married Lesbian Parents

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Following a precedent set on January 25 by the State Appellate Division’s Albany-based Third Department, the Second Department, in Brooklyn, has dismissed a sperm donor’s attempt to establish legal parentage and win visitation rights with a child born to a married lesbian couple. The February 21 ruling from a four-judge panel […]