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The GOP Frontrunner’s Revolving Door Views on LGBT Rights

The GOP Frontrunner’s Revolving Door Views on LGBT Rights

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an April 21 appearance on NBC’s “Today Show,” Donald Trump, the Republican presidential primary frontrunner, weighed in on the simmering controversy over transgender access to public bathrooms in a way that gave his leading rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, hope he’d been handed a perfect wedge to fire up the party’s […]

Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the North Carolina Legislature convened on April 25 for the first time since enacting that state’s anti-LGBT HB 2 last month, hundreds of activists descended on the Capitol in Raleigh and one prominent transgender leader leader took a profoundly personal step to challenge the new law. Mara Keisling, the executive director […]

Fifteen Years for “Crime” That Didn’t Happen

Fifteen Years for “Crime” That Didn’t Happen

BY ANDY HUMM | It is one thing to be falsely accused of a crime that you did not commit. But in 1998, four young lesbian Latinas in San Antonio, Texas, were convicted and imprisoned for a crime that never occurred — the ritual sex abuse of two young girls. The prosecution and accuser (a […]

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote, ruled on April 19 that District Judge Robert G. Doumar erred by not deferring to the federal Department of Education’s requirement that schools let transgender students use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Doumar dismissed […]

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Philip Gunn knows how to protect his conservative friends. When he thought they might have to solemnize marriages for same-sex couples, provide services for such unions, or aid transgender people, the speaker of the Mississippi House wrote a bill that barred the state from taking any “discriminatory action” against religious groups, people, […]

Anti-Mississippi Backlash Forces Central Park Picnic Cancellation  

Anti-Mississippi Backlash Forces Central Park Picnic Cancellation  

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York Mississippi Society has canceled the 37th edition of an annual picnic in the heart of Central Park that promotes Mississippi culture and tourism due to the backlash against the passage of a virulently anti-LGBT law back home. The picnic was to have taken place on June 11 on Dead […]

Gay Gladiator Can Pursue Public Nudity Lawsuit

Gay Gladiator Can Pursue Public Nudity Lawsuit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals court has revived Will X. Walters’ constitutional claims against the San Diego Police Department in connection with his arrest on “public nudity” charges while wearing what the trial court described as a “gladiator-type black leather loincloth” at the 2011 Pride events in that city. In an unsigned opinion, […]

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Some leading companies that are currently blasting state governments in Mississippi and North Carolina for enacting laws that promote discrimination against LGBT people made substantial campaign contributions to the two Republican governors and Republican state legislators who enacted those laws. The Wells Fargo North Carolina political action committee gave Governor Pat McCrory […]

Defying the First Amendment, Mississippi Enacts “Freedom of Conscience” Law

Defying the First Amendment, Mississippi Enacts “Freedom of Conscience” Law

  BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Mississippi Republican Governor Phil Bryant, on April 5, signed into law the Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act, a measure that received overwhelming approval in both houses of the state legislature. The law is clearly intended to encourage businesses and individuals in the state to discriminate against same-sex […]

District Court Finally Resolves Puerto Rico Marriage Equality Challenge

District Court Finally Resolves Puerto Rico Marriage Equality Challenge

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In something of a judicial anti-climax, US District Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi, on April 7, declared the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Puerto Rico’s government has been complying with the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling since last summer while awaiting action in the local lawsuit pending […]

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