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“Unique” Family Wins Federal Housing Bias Suit

“Unique” Family Wins Federal Housing Bias Suit

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge in Colorado granted summary judgment on April 5 under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) to a couple – two women, one of them transgender – turned down for renting either of two available rental residences by a landlord who cited their “unique relationship.” Judge Raymond P. […]

What the Seventh Circuit Said About Sexual Orientation Discrimination

What the Seventh Circuit Said About Sexual Orientation Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The full bench of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, substantially advanced the cause of gay rights on April 4, finding that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Title VII applies generally to private sector employers with […]

Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

BY ANDY HUMM | Gay pioneer and artist Gilbert Baker, who died in his sleep at age 65 on March 31 at his home in Manhattan, did not just create the iconic Rainbow Flag but he gave it away freely to the world where it was embraced in every corner — from its origins in San […]

BULLETIN –– Gilbert Baker, Rainbow Flag Creator, Has Died

BULLETIN –– Gilbert Baker, Rainbow Flag Creator, Has Died

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Gilbert Baker, the gay man who created the Rainbow Flag that became the international symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement, died in his sleep on March 31 in his Hamilton Heights home in Manhattan at the age of 65. Baker, born in Chanute, Kansas, on June 2, 1951, served in the […]

How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The state of North Carolina today, March 30, repealed HB2, the law enacted a little over a year ago that aroused heated protests and boycotts, generated several lawsuits, and sparked a national conversation about gender identity and sex-specific public bathrooms and locker rooms. Legislative leaders and the new Democratic governor, Roy […]

Psychotherapist Who Coined “Homophobia” Fought It All His Life

Psychotherapist Who Coined “Homophobia” Fought It All His Life

BY ANDY HUMM | Psychotherapist George Weinberg, who coined the word “homophobia” in 1966 — turning the tables on anti-gay people by branding them as the sick ones — died in New York on March 21 at age 87. He had just completed an article for Gay City News on the origins of his famous […]

Second Circuit Bounces Sexual Orientation Bias Claim

Second Circuit Bounces Sexual Orientation Bias Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Manhattan, has issued a mixed ruling concerning a gay man’s claim he was sexually harassed in his workplace in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In an unsigned March 27 opinion, the court ruled […]

Heritage of Pride Accedes to Resistance Groups’ Demand

Heritage of Pride Accedes to Resistance Groups’ Demand

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organization that produces New York City’s pride parade, rally, and related events has agreed to allow groups eager to confront the Republican Party’s control of the federal government near the front of the June 25 pride parade. “I’m extremely proud of the people who came out to raise their voices about […]

Heritage of Pride, Insisting It’s Listening, Pushes Back Against Resistance Groups’ Demand

Heritage of Pride, Insisting It’s Listening, Pushes Back Against Resistance Groups’ Demand

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A meeting of the Heritage of Pride (HOP) committee that organizes New York City’s annual pride parade grew heated at moments as activists pressed their case to have groups that are resisting Republican control of the federal government placed at the front of this year’s parade while HOP pushed back, even as […]

Reconciliation the New Spirit of St. Pat’s Parade

Reconciliation the New Spirit of St. Pat’s Parade

  BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | The group of about 100 who marched with the Lavender and Green Alliance in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 – the second year in which an openly LGBTQ Irish group was allowed to participate – were all about the business of turning an inaugural […]