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No Time for Covering Our Ass    

No Time for Covering Our Ass    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the course of a 179-page overview of still-daunting challenges confronting America’s LGBT community — compelling in both its breadth and its frequent forays into granular detail — Michelangelo Signorile provides two passages that, for me, were telling first and foremost about the author himself. “Being vocal, organizing at the grass roots, […]

Government Sitting Out AIDS Agency Fraud Suit Suggests Tough Slog for Plaintiffs

Government Sitting Out AIDS Agency Fraud Suit Suggests Tough Slog for Plaintiffs

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Data from the US Department of Justice on whistleblower lawsuits suggest that a recent fraud case brought against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation by three former employees is unlikely to succeed. The lawsuit, filed last year under the federal False Claims Act and a similar Florida statute by Shawn Loftis, Mauricio Ferrer, and […]

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As government funders increasingly pay for biomedical interventions that prevent HIV infections, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and provide less support for behavioral interventions that increase condom use and alter sexual behavior, the funding landscape for AIDS groups may shift and they will have to change how they interact with their HIV-negative […]

Hope for the Future    

Hope for the Future    

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Point Honors, the annual benefit gala presented by the Point Foundation, took place April 13 at the New York Public Library. This year’s gala honored Jonathan Groff, the star of HBO’s “Looking” who is now on Broadway in “Hamilton,” along with Jeffrey Tambor, for his groundbreaking turn in the Amazon series “Transparent.” […]

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | For only the second time, a federal district judge has ordered state prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate. On April 2, Judge Jon S. Tigar in San Francisco, relying on the recommendations of expert witnesses, ruled state officials must provide the procedure for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy “as promptly […]

Transgender University of Pittsburgh Student Loses Fight Over Expulsion

Transgender University of Pittsburgh Student Loses Fight Over Expulsion

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just one day before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that the Army unlawfully discriminated against a transgender woman by denying her the right to use women’s facilities, a federal district court in Pennsylvania rejected a discrimination lawsuit by a transgender man expelled from the University of Pittsburgh at […]

Sex Offender Registry Status Lifted for Gay Man Snared by Sodomy Law

Sex Offender Registry Status Lifted for Gay Man Snared by Sodomy Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Caught up in a typical sting operation in Missouri in 1988, Jerome Keeney, Jr. was arrested by a St. Louis County vice cop, Robert Bayes, and the following year pled guilty to the charge of attempted “sexual misconduct.” His crime? Groping an undercover police officer who sat with him in his […]

After a Hosing, Hoosier Leaders Declare a “Fix”

After a Hosing, Hoosier Leaders Declare a “Fix”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican social conservative, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on March 26, he seemed to understand instinctively that it didn’t pay to make a big show of it but apparently he was confident he could duck any major blowback. The private, invitation-only ceremony was attended […]

FBI Takes the Wrong Side in Same-Sex Marriage Debate

FBI Takes the Wrong Side in Same-Sex Marriage Debate

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Has the Federal Bureau of Investigation taken sides in America’s same-sex marriage debate? A 2014 visit that two agents paid to a 61-year-old gay man suggests that at least some in the bureau may have come down on the con side. “They woke me up, they were pounding on the door,” the […]

De Blasio, Cuomo Bar Non-Essential Government Travel to Indiana

De Blasio, Cuomo Bar Non-Essential Government Travel to Indiana

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Responding to Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo separately announced bans on non-essential travel to Indiana by government employees. “It’s a deeply disturbing reality right now in Indiana and I hope, before it’s too late, that they turn back,” de Blasio said at […]

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