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Putin Agrees with Stoli’s Gay Defenders

Putin Agrees with Stoli’s Gay Defenders

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Activists who defended Stolichnaya vodka during a 2013 boycott of Russian businesses and products called after that nation enacted its infamous anti-gay propaganda law may be dismayed to learn that Vladimir Putin agrees with them that the Stolichnaya vodka that is sold in the US is not a Russian vodka. In […]

Roy Moore Now Running For US Senate

Roy Moore Now Running For US Senate

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Alabama Supreme Court normally consists of seven justices elected by the state’s voters, but when Roy Moore, who was suspended as chief justice by order of the state’s Court of the Judiciary on September 30, 2016, sought to exercise his right to appeal to the state’s Supreme Court, all of […]

Transgender Man’s Case Against Abusive Jailers Revived

Transgender Man’s Case Against Abusive Jailers Revived

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New Jersey Appellate Division has rejected Jersey City’s contention that the relatively high standard for determining a hostile environment for employment discrimination purposes should be applied to hostile environment claims regarding public accommodations, particularly when that public accommodation is the county jail and the alleged harassers are police officers dealing […]

Second Circuit Rejects Gay Brazilian Refugee Bid

Second Circuit Rejects Gay Brazilian Refugee Bid

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Opening up a gulf in reasoning with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has insisted on a distinction between a government’s official policies and the facts on the ground when evaluating whether gay people would suffer persecution or worse in a particular country, a panel of the New York-based Second […]

BREAKING: Mark Green, Trump’s Anti-Gay Pick for Army Secretary, Withdraws

BREAKING: Mark Green, Trump’s Anti-Gay Pick for Army Secretary, Withdraws

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Mark Green, a Tennessee state senator and 20-year military veteran whose nomination to be the new secretary of the Army had sparked intense criticism by LGBTQ advocates and others, has withdrawn his name from consideration. In a May 5 written statement, Green, citing “false and misleading attacks against me,” announced his decision. […]

New Yorkers Vent Anger, Pledge Resistance at President’s Homecoming

New Yorkers Vent Anger, Pledge Resistance at President’s Homecoming

BY JACKSON CHEN | For President Donald Trump’s first homecoming visit to New York City, protestors welcomed him with vocal resistance that flanked him every which way. During his brief May 4 stop in the city, Trump met with Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid to honor the 75th anniversary of a […]

With “Religious Liberty” Executive Order, Trump Panders Bigly, But Moves Ball Little

With “Religious Liberty” Executive Order, Trump Panders Bigly, But Moves Ball Little

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For the second time in his young presidency, Donald Trump has pulled his administration back from an expected executive order explicitly providing sweeping religious exemptions for those wishing to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. “Today’s executive order signing was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome,” Anthony D. Romero, the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Schumer Opposes Trump Army Secretary Pick

EXCLUSIVE: Schumer Opposes Trump Army Secretary Pick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Characterizing President Donald Trump’s nomination of Tennessee State Senator Mark Green as a test of whether he is “serious about his pledge to be a president for all Americans,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, is calling on Trump to “abandon” the nomination while pledging to oppose it should […]

Alarms Raised About Anticipated Anti-LGBTQ Order from Trump

Alarms Raised About Anticipated Anti-LGBTQ Order from Trump

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBTQ rights advocates – joined by defenders of women’s health and reproductive freedom – are sounding the alarm about a widely anticipated May 4 executive order from President Donald Trump strengthening the ability of religious organizations and their affiliates as well as other institutions and individuals to claim religious beliefs as a […]

Rentboy.com Owner Argues For No Jail Time in May 5 Sentencing

Rentboy.com Owner Argues For No Jail Time in May 5 Sentencing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Lawyers for the founder and chief executive of rentboy.com, the gay escort site shuttered by the federal government in 2015, are arguing that their client should be given a “non-incarceratory sentence” when he goes before a judge in Brooklyn federal court on May 5. [Editor’s note: Upon request of prosecutors, sentencing was adjourned […]