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Push to Close Hate Crime Law Loophole

Push to Close Hate Crime Law Loophole

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A member of the State Assembly has introduced legislation that would allow judges to bar criminal defendants from claiming they belong to one of the protected classes in New York’s hate crime law when they are being prosecuted for a crime against a member of that protected class. The legislation is […]

Ruben Diaz, Sr., Aims to Return to the Council

Ruben Diaz, Sr., Aims to Return to the Council

BY ANDY HUMM | State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., 74, has a bad back and wants to take over the closer-to-home City Council seat opening up this fall in the South Bronx, including parts of Parkchester, Soundview, Unionport, and Castle Hill. His record of virulent anti-LGBTQ bigotry and opposition to women’s reproductive freedom has some political […]

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

Deadlines Loom on Sex Abuse Survivor Relief

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the deadline approaches for victims of sexual abuse by local priests to file claims under a special fund established by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, legislators in Albany looking to provide more broad-based relief to survivors are scrambling to move bills through the State Senate and Assembly in advance […]

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whose nomination to be the new secretary of the Army had sparked intense criticism by LGBTQ advocates and others, has withdrawn his name from consideration.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. […]

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 […]

Advocates Seek Beds for Homeless 21 to 24-Year-Olds

Advocates Seek Beds for Homeless 21 to 24-Year-Olds

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Under legislation signed this month by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the maximum age at which homeless young people can seek emergency housing separate from the adult shelter system has been raised from 20 to 24. Advocates for homeless youth are now turning their attention to the de Blasio administration and the city’s Department […]

State Senate Committee Nixes GENDA

State Senate Committee Nixes GENDA

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a move likely to end chances for enacting the long-stalled Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act during this session of the Legislature, the State Senate’s Investigations and Government Operations Committee has voted against sending the measure on to the full body for a vote. The 6-3 vote on April 25 on the […]

Manhattan Court Rebuffs Ex-Partner Custody Claim

Manhattan Court Rebuffs Ex-Partner Custody Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Frank P. Nervo ruled on April 11 that the former same-sex partner of a woman who adopted a child from Africa after the women’s relationship ended could not maintain a lawsuit seeking custody and visitation with the child based on the relationship she developed with […]

Sex Ed, AIDS, Anti-Bullying Mandates Dodged

Sex Ed, AIDS, Anti-Bullying Mandates Dodged

BY ANDY HUMM | Requirements from the city and state that the public schools address bullying, teach about AIDS and sex, and integrate LGBTQ issues into that curriculum have been passed with great fanfare over the years, but implementing these mandates has fallen well short, according to a recent survey of students by youth activists […]

GOP, Rogue Senate Dems Nix Pulse Memorial Funds

GOP, Rogue Senate Dems Nix Pulse Memorial Funds

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget allocated a million dollars for his proposed memorial to the victims of the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre and other hate crimes to be sited in Hudson River Park west of Greenwich Village. A design competition has already been conducted for the memorial, though no winner […]