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The Right Answers in Helsinki

The Right Answers in Helsinki

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On July 15, the eve of the summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, the Human Rights Campaign projected giant images on the building’s façade demanding that the two leaders discuss the immediate end of the ongoing anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity occurring in the Russian […]

With Kavanaugh Pick, Progressives Fear Right’s Agenda

With Kavanaugh Pick, Progressives Fear Right’s Agenda

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Donald Trump nominated a conservative to fill the seat on the US Supreme Court left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement just 13 days ago that he would retire, he selected a federal appeals court judge who is less of a firebrand and more of a longtime functionary in official Washington. […]

Medicaid Must Fund Sex Reassignment Surgery in Iowa

Medicaid Must Fund Sex Reassignment Surgery in Iowa

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | An Iowa trial judge has ruled that a state regulation prohibiting Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery violates the state’s Civil Rights Act as well as the State Constitution’s equal protection requirement. Ruling on June 6 on appeals by two transgender women denied preclearance for the procedures, Polk County District Judge […]

Anthony Kennedy: The LGBTQ Community’s Accidental Gift

Anthony Kennedy: The LGBTQ Community’s Accidental Gift

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who has served on the Supreme Court longer than any of his colleagues and authored the majority opinion in all four major gay rights victories there, was a third-choice pick by President Ronald Reagan in late 1987. In that sense, he was something of an accidental gift […]

SCOTUS Sends Florist Case Back to Washington State Court

SCOTUS Sends Florist Case Back to Washington State Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On June 25, the Supreme Court finally acted on a petition by an anti-gay litigation group that sought review of a unanimous Washington State Supreme Court decision affirming a lower court ruling that found a florist had unlawfully discriminated in refusing to sell wedding flowers to a same-sex couple. The high […]

HOP Hosts Its Debut Human Rights Conference

HOP Hosts Its Debut Human Rights Conference

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Heritage of Pride, the organization behind New York’s annual LGBTQ Pride Parade, hosted its first ever human rights conference on June 14. According to Eboni Munn, HOP’s communications manager, somewhere between 250 and 300 people participated in the daylong conference. Munn and others with HOP said the event was in some respects […]

Remembering How Gay Lawyers Became Legal

Remembering How Gay Lawyers Became Legal

BY ANDY HUMM | The panelists in the ornate rotunda of the New York County Supreme Court were out gay and lesbian legal scholars, advocates, and judges at the highest echelons of the courts. But at the June 19 forum sponsored by the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York State Courts — named […]

Centering Trans Women in Our Fight for Health Equity

Centering Trans Women in Our Fight for Health Equity

BY RÍO SOFIA | I’ve been medically transitioning over the past two and a half years and have been a patient at four different clinics in New York City that specifically offer transgender health care. Before finding Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), my experience navigating all of these clinics had been one of […]

Protecting Trans People Without Saying So

Protecting Trans People Without Saying So

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Talk about hiding the ball! On June 6, a unanimous four-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division’s Second Department, based in Brooklyn, confirmed a State Division of Human Rights (SDHR) order that had adopted a decision by an administrative law judge ruling that a Port Jervis employer violated the law […]

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