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Appeals Court Finds Sex Bias in Trans Funeral Director’s Firing

Appeals Court Finds Sex Bias in Trans Funeral Director’s Firing

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on March 7 that a Michigan funeral home violated federal anti-discrimination law by terminating a funeral director who announced she would be transitioning during her vacation and return to work as a woman. Rejecting a ruling […]

Idaho Ordered to Issue New Trans Birth Certificates

Idaho Ordered to Issue New Trans Birth Certificates

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the state of Idaho to allow transgender people born there to obtain birth certificates correctly identifying them according to their gender identity. Once Idaho has complied with Dale’s March 5 order, the only states where trans people will remain unable to […]

“Pharma Bro” Played Up LGBTQ Donation at Sentencing

“Pharma Bro” Played Up LGBTQ Donation at Sentencing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Seeking to counter allegations that he is anti-gay, a pharmaceutical executive who was convicted of securities fraud last year and earlier vilified for increasing the price of a drug used by people with compromised immune systems included, in his sentencing memorandum, a letter he received from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender […]

School Walk Out Gun Protesters Gather in Prospect Park

School Walk Out Gun Protesters Gather in Prospect Park

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In the first of several nationwide actions initiated by high school students to protest the lack of meaningful legislative action on gun control, young people nationwide walked out of their classrooms on March 14 — some for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High […]

More Guns Not the Answer

More Guns Not the Answer

BY NATHAN RILEY | Facts contradict the National Rifle Association’s belief — shared over the past week aggressively by President Donald Trump — that arming more citizens will curb gun violence. Real-life episodes disprove this movie Western version of reality, and Gays Against Guns, a group that emerged after the Pulse nightclub tragedy two years […]

Big Gay Rights Win in US Second Circuit

Big Gay Rights Win in US Second Circuit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, with jurisdiction over federal cases from New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, ruled on February 26 that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of an individual’s sex, also makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against a person because of […]

Rosenthal Takes On Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting

Rosenthal Takes On Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal has introduced legislation to bar insurance companies from discriminating against people who take the anti-HIV treatment intended to prevent infection known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Its introduction was a major step forward in preventing the spread of the AIDS virus. Known by the brand name […]

Religious B&B Owner Loses Bid to Discriminate

Religious B&B Owner Loses Bid to Discriminate

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Intermediate Court of Appeals of Hawaii has affirmed a ruling by the state’s First Circuit Court that an owner-occupied bed & breakfast violated the state’s public accommodations law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple from California seeking vacation accommodations. The opinion for a three-judge panel of […]

At HRC Gala, Resistance and an Informal 2020 Audition

At HRC Gala, Resistance and an Informal 2020 Audition

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At its annual New York City Gala this month, the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign presented a program that focused just enough attention on the dangers created since Donald Trump became president to press the urgent need for the community to engage in productive resistance to the now one-year old administration. “We […]

Unprecedented Ruling Favors Anti-Gay Baker

Unprecedented Ruling Favors Anti-Gay Baker

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Breaking the consensus among courts developed over the past several years that people with religious or moral objections to same-sex weddings are not entitled to exempt their business from selling goods or services for such events, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that a baker has a First Amendment […]