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Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Federal district judges on opposite coasts dealt setbacks to President Donald Trump’s anti-transgender military policy on December 11. In the Washington, DC, District Court, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected a motion by the Justice Department in Doe v. Trump to stay her preliminary injunction that requires the Defense Department to allow transgender […]

Supreme Court Denies Review in Gay Rights Case

Supreme Court Denies Review in Gay Rights Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court announced on December 11 that it will not review a decision by a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled on March 10 that a lesbian formerly employed as a security guard at a Georgia hospital could not sue for sexual orientation […]

Justices Press Both Sides Hard in Wedding Cake Case

Justices Press Both Sides Hard in Wedding Cake Case

BY MATTHEW SKINNER | The courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States was the site on Tuesday of a high-stakes debate over the future of the right to refuse service or public accommodations based on religious grounds and the fate of American civil rights laws, as the justices questioned four attorneys at the oral […]

SCOTUS Won’t Step into Houston Benefits Case, For Now

SCOTUS Won’t Step into Houston Benefits Case, For Now

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On December 4, the US Supreme Court, without explanation, rejected a petition from the City of Houston seeking review of the Texas Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling in Pidgeon v. Turner, which had cast doubt on whether the city was obligated under Obergefell v. Hodges, the high court’s 2015 marriage equality […]

Matthew Shepard Foundation Enters 20th Year

Matthew Shepard Foundation Enters 20th Year

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Nineteen years after the brutal, anti-gay murder of her 21-year-old son Matthew in Laramie, Wyoming, Judy Shepard is committed and passionate about the cause of combatting bullying and bias of the type that ripped her family apart. “I look at this as my grieving process,” she said of the frequent appearances […]

December 1 Is World AIDS Day

December 1 Is World AIDS Day

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Worldwide, an estimated 38 million people are living HIV, with more than 17 million still receiving no treatment to halt the progression of AIDS-related illnesses, according to data from UNAIDS. In 2016, approximately 1.8 million people became newly infected, with 160,000 of those under the age of 18, amfAR, the Foundation for […]

ACT UP Reminds Us: It Ain’t Over

ACT UP Reminds Us: It Ain’t Over

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On the evening of November 29, two days ahead of World AIDS Day, a crowd of nearly 100 ACT UP members and their allies converged on the Duffy Square section of Times Square to remind New Yorkers that the battle against the epidemic continues. Michael Kerr held a sign that […]

HIV Disclosure Law Upheld By Ohio High Court

HIV Disclosure Law Upheld By Ohio High Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The seven-member Ohio Supreme Court unanimously rejected a free speech and equal protection challenge to the state’s law making it a felony assault for a person who knows he is HIV-positive to engage in “sexual conduct” with another person without disclosing their HIV-positive status. The court divided 4-3, however, on the […]

LGBTQ Life and Detroit’s Changed Face

LGBTQ Life and Detroit’s Changed Face

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Tim Retzloff teaches history and LGBTQ studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He earned his Ph.D. in history in 2014 from Yale, where he studied under George Chauncey, best known outside academic circles for his landmark 1994 book “Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay […]

Another Fed Court Win for Trans Students

Another Fed Court Win for Trans Students

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court judge in Pennsylvania has denied a school district’s motion to dismiss Title IX and equal protection claims by an elementary school transgender student denied the right to use the girls’ bathroom consistent with her gender identity. On November 22, District Judge Robert D. Mariani, ruling on a […]

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