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No Hobby Lobby Out for Upstate “Wedding Barn”

No Hobby Lobby Out for Upstate “Wedding Barn”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) has found that a rural wedding venue that denied a lesbian couple use of its facility violated the state’s Human Rights Law. In the August 8 ruling –– first reported in the Albany Times Union –– Acting Commissioner Helen Diane Foster […]

Rikers Jail to Open Transgender Unit    

Rikers Jail to Open Transgender Unit    

BY ANDY HUMM | Rikers Island, the scandal-plagued New York City jail much in the news these days for reports of violence against inmates, is trying to make some progress in its treatment of transgender inmates with the opening this fall of a dedicated transgender unit that some are saying is the first of its […]

Lesbian Co-Parent’s Custody Denied, Child Left in Foster Care    

Lesbian Co-Parent’s Custody Denied, Child Left in Foster Care    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Nassau County Family Court judge has ruled that despite New York’s 2011 marriage equality law, a lesbian co-parent cannot claim parental rights for a child born prior to her marriage to the birth mother. Tragically, in the wake of this ruling, a neglect proceeding against the birth mother has […]

Archaic Rules Applied in Gay Man’s Estate Dispute    

Archaic Rules Applied in Gay Man’s Estate Dispute    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD |  An early 2014 ruling from a surrogate judge in Manhattan highlights the dangers of making a will without the assistance of somebody knowledgeable about estate law. And, it also illustrates one court’s surprising reliance on old cases rather than on the evolving precedents in same-sex partner law in the decades […]

Praying for Your Job

Praying for Your Job

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Three years ago, shortly after enactment of New York’s marriage equality law, I had the opportunity for a one-on-one interview with Governor Andrew Cuomo about the hands-on role he played in the fateful final days leading up to that measure’s approval by the Republican-controlled Senate. One critical factor in his negotiations […]

As Cuomo Endorses Plan to End AIDS, Evidence Shows Wider PrEP Use

As Cuomo Endorses Plan to End AIDS, Evidence Shows Wider PrEP Use

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | New York’s state health department is estimating that in the first five months of this year more than 3,000 people on Medicaid were taking an anti-HIV drug to avoid becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS. “For the period January 2014 through May 2014, the State Health Department estimates that 3,149 […]

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst the shocked reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling –– which opens up the possibility of religious exemptions being used as corporate get-out-of-jail free cards regarding employee nondiscrimination protections  –– there was a less-noticed bit of good news on the last day of the high court’s session. On June […]

NYS, NYC Comptrollers Put Pressure on Hate-Filled Russian Social Networking Platform

NYS, NYC Comptrollers Put Pressure on Hate-Filled Russian Social Networking Platform

BY PAUL SCHINDLER |  In a telling demonstration of how concern about the treatment of LGBT communities worldwide has risen to the fore in US domestic politics, the comptrollers of the City and the State of New York have injected themselves –– in their roles as major institutional investors –– into the issue on two […]

Stonewall at 45 –– Hold to to the Spirit

Stonewall at 45 –– Hold to to the Spirit

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Since the 1969 Greenwich Village rebellion that shook the world, the legal status of LGBT Americans has shifted dramatically. In the immediate aftermath, cities and counties across the nation began enacting basic nondiscrimination ordinances, though there were occasional waves of backlash. After Anita Bryant, a popular gospel singer and orange grower […]

Why ENDA is Not the Answer

Why ENDA is Not the Answer

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The argument for the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act is clear and catches the public’s attention because it is so stunning: in 29 states you can legally be fired for being gay and in 32 — including New York — you are at risk due to your gender identity and expression. That […]

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