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Fire and Fury Aimed at Trump Homecoming

Fire and Fury Aimed at Trump Homecoming

BY LEVAR ALONZO | President Donald Trump returned home late in the evening on Monday — his first visit since being inaugurated — to a not so warm welcome. Several thousand people waited to greet the president outside his Trump Tower residence on Fifth Avenue chanting, “Not my president” and “Shame,” shame,” shame.” The president’s motorcade […]

LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | LGBTQ legal groups last week went on the offensive, filing important new lawsuits seeking injunctions against government discrimination. GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) sued Donald Trump and Defense Department officials on August 9, attempting to put a halt to the president’s attempt […]

Court Must Decide If Gavin Grimm’s Case Is Moot

Court Must Decide If Gavin Grimm’s Case Is Moot

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what could signal a disappointing end to a remarkable battle for transgender equality, the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has announced that instead of holding oral argument in Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit challenging the Gloucester County, Virginia, School Board’s bathroom access policy, it is sending the case back to the […]

Anonymity Accorded for Legal Name, Gender Changes

Anonymity Accorded for Legal Name, Gender Changes

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD |  Concluding that enforcing a statute requiring that transgender name changes be published would result in a dangerous “outing” of the applicants, a three-judge panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously reversed two rulings by the Tippecanoe Circuit Court. The panel, on August 10, ruled that the publication requirement should […]

HRC Chided For Being MIA on Mississippi Black Auto Workers

HRC Chided For Being MIA on Mississippi Black Auto Workers

BY ANDY HUMM | Labor leaders and progressive activists are taking the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to task for being one of two major civil rights organizations to refuse to support African-American workers in Mississippi trying to organize at a Nissan plant. Seventeen members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights were asked to […]

Prez Tweets Spark Alarm, Outrage, Pushback

Prez Tweets Spark Alarm, Outrage, Pushback

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The very first reaction to President Donald Trump’s July 26 early morning announcement about transgender military service was alarm. In a three-part tweet, the president began with the phrase, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…….” It […]

Rentboy.com Owner Gets Six-Month Jail Sentence

Rentboy.com Owner Gets Six-Month Jail Sentence

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The chief executive of rentboy.com was sentenced to six months in federal prison during a hearing that demonstrated the tensions the federal government created when it raided the website’s Manhattan offices in August 2015 and shut the escort site down. “I am considering sentencing your client to six months incarceration,” Margo Brodie, […]

NGLCC Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting LGBTQ Enterprises

NGLCC Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting LGBTQ Enterprises

BY MARK LEE/ WASHINGTON BLADE | The historically unparalleled accelerated advancement in LGBTQ cultural acceptance and civil equality has been successful and strengthened in large part due to the engagement of the business community, which has often served as an effective advocate for fair treatment and evenhanded opportunity. Engagement in commerce by the LGBTQ community is […]

Trump’s Justice Department Weighs in Against Gay Rights Claims

Trump’s Justice Department Weighs in Against Gay Rights Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On the same day that Donald Trump tweeted that the US military would bar open service by transgender Americans, his Department of Justice let another shoe drop. In a brief filed July 26 with the New York-based Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the DOJ weighed in on a critical question […]

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a rapid-fire series of three tweets this morning, President Donald Trump announced his intention to bar transgender Americans from serving openly in the military. At about 9 a.m., tweeting on his personal account @realDonaldTrump, the president wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the […]