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Transgender Prof Wins $1.2 Million Bias Verdict

Transgender Prof Wins $1.2 Million Bias Verdict

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Less than a month after a federal district court judge refused to dismiss a transgender woman’s job discrimination case against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, a jury has found in favor of the plaintiff, Dr. Rachel Tudor, in the amount of $1.165 million. Tudor was a male-identified tenure track faculty member at […]

Trans Day of Remembrance Downtown

Trans Day of Remembrance Downtown

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | As Transgender Awareness Week came to a close on Monday, November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance was solemnly marked in several locations in Lower Manhattan. At Christopher Park, the site of the Stonewall National Monument, the Transgender Flag took its place alongside the Rainbow, American, and NYC Parks Flags — […]

Anti-Gay Wedding Venue’s First Amendment Claims Advance

Anti-Gay Wedding Venue’s First Amendment Claims Advance

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal judge in Michigan has refused to dismiss a farmer’s lawsuit claiming he was unconstitutionally excluded from participating in a farmer’s market because of his policy against allowing same-sex couples to marry on his farm, which also serves as a popular wedding venue. The case presents an unusual example of “extraterritorial” […]

Kate Millett, Feminist and Bi Pioneer, Celebrated

Kate Millett, Feminist and Bi Pioneer, Celebrated

BY ANDY HUMM | Kate Millett, author of the 1970 “Sexual Politics” that became the bible of Second Wave Feminism, was celebrated and sorely missed by hundreds at her New York memorial service on November 9. Millett died of a heart attack in her beloved Paris on September 6 at age 82 on a visit there […]

“Not Guilty” Plea in Bronx Bully Slay Case

“Not Guilty” Plea in Bronx Bully Slay Case

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, 18, the bullied Bronx gay teen who says he was acting in self-defense against an assault in class on September 27 when he killed Matthew McCree, 15, and wounded Ariane Laboy, 16, with a knife that he had recently bought for protection, appeared in Bronx Criminal Court on November 15 […]

Trumpism Forced Back on Its Heels

Trumpism Forced Back on Its Heels

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On an off-year election night, a wave of revulsion at the radical and chaotic presidency of Donald Trump meant big wins for Democrats and the election of LGBTQ candidates  — including eight who are transgender — and their allies in local races nationwide. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who […]

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

BY ANDY HUMM | Out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, on October 30, presided over a hearing of the Committee on Education he chairs that heard more than six hours of testimony on bullying in the city public schools, with representatives from the Department of Education (DOE) on the defensive and students and advocates […]

Behavior Americans Won’t Tolerate in a Fictional President

Behavior Americans Won’t Tolerate in a Fictional President

BY ANDY HUMM | Kevin Spacey is finished. No one will be able to look at him again without thinking about the fact that when he was 26, he cornered a 14-year-old boy on his bed and tried to force himself on the boy sexually. While Spacey said that he had no recollection of the attack […]

LGBTQ in Intersectionality Mix at Women’s Convention

LGBTQ in Intersectionality Mix at Women’s Convention

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Intersectionality. It was a phrase used throughout the Women’s Convention, held in Detroit October 27 to 29. The Convention was a natural progression from the January 21 Women’s March, the response by women and their allies to the inauguration of Donald Trump that was held in Washington and other cities across the […]

City Shelters to Guarantee Overdose Prevention Staffing

City Shelters to Guarantee Overdose Prevention Staffing

BY NATHAN RILEY | A measure approved by the City Council on October 31 guarantees that homeless shelters across New York will be staffed by people trained to prevent fatal overdoses. Three years ago, drug overdose became the leading cause of death among the homeless. The new legislation expands the city’s public health commitment to reduce […]