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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 […]

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 […]

Amy Ashworth, P-FLAG Co-Founder, Dies

Amy Ashworth, P-FLAG Co-Founder, Dies

BY ANDY HUMM | When Amy Ashworth died April 6 at age 92 in Ojai, California, her surviving son Everard Ashworth was asked, for purposes of her death certificate, what her profession was. “Put ‘Gay Rights Activist,’” he proudly said and that is what it reads, reflecting her commitment to the cause since 1972 when […]

SAGE Fights Against “Erasure” of LGBTQ Seniors

SAGE Fights Against “Erasure” of LGBTQ Seniors

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Advocates for LGBTQ seniors are scrambling to mobilize opposition to a Trump administration plan to drop questions about sexual orientation and gender identity from an annual government survey of older Americans. According to Michael Adams, the CEO of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE, the National Survey of Older Americans […]

Queer Left Academics Take on LGBT Mainstream

Queer Left Academics Take on LGBT Mainstream

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly two hours into a conference titled “Beyond Marriage, Beyond Equality,” Meredith Talusan, a transgender author and activist and a conference speaker, tweeted “Wow so much @HRC-bashing among queer academics has me thinking, ‘But they’re trying.’ Who have I become???” The conference, which was organized by historian Martin Duberman and held at […]

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 […]

Radio’s Anti-Gay Voice Edges into LGBTQ Giving

Radio’s Anti-Gay Voice Edges into LGBTQ Giving

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The company that distributes leading anti-LGBTQ voices to radio stations across the country is sponsoring fundraisers that will benefit GLAAD, the Harvey Milk Foundation, and the Pride Center at Equality Park in Florida. “They are the biggest, and they are nasty,” said Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, a left-leaning media […]

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 […]