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The GOP Frontrunner’s Revolving Door Views on LGBT Rights

The GOP Frontrunner’s Revolving Door Views on LGBT Rights

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an April 21 appearance on NBC’s “Today Show,” Donald Trump, the Republican presidential primary frontrunner, weighed in on the simmering controversy over transgender access to public bathrooms in a way that gave his leading rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, hope he’d been handed a perfect wedge to fire up the party’s […]

Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the North Carolina Legislature convened on April 25 for the first time since enacting that state’s anti-LGBT HB 2 last month, hundreds of activists descended on the Capitol in Raleigh and one prominent transgender leader leader took a profoundly personal step to challenge the new law. Mara Keisling, the executive director […]

State Funds Seven Agencies to Implement PrEP Plan

State Funds Seven Agencies to Implement PrEP Plan

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As the Cuomo administration embarked on an ambitious plan in 2014 to reduce the number of new HIV infections in New York from the current roughly 3,000 a year to 750 annually by 2020, it recruited nine health agencies from across the state to design a way to implement the use […]

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote, ruled on April 19 that District Judge Robert G. Doumar erred by not deferring to the federal Department of Education’s requirement that schools let transgender students use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Doumar dismissed […]

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Philip Gunn knows how to protect his conservative friends. When he thought they might have to solemnize marriages for same-sex couples, provide services for such unions, or aid transgender people, the speaker of the Mississippi House wrote a bill that barred the state from taking any “discriminatory action” against religious groups, people, […]

Anti-Mississippi Backlash Forces Central Park Picnic Cancellation  

Anti-Mississippi Backlash Forces Central Park Picnic Cancellation  

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York Mississippi Society has canceled the 37th edition of an annual picnic in the heart of Central Park that promotes Mississippi culture and tourism due to the backlash against the passage of a virulently anti-LGBT law back home. The picnic was to have taken place on June 11 on Dead […]

Talking Softly, Pope Holds Onto Big Sticks

Talking Softly, Pope Holds Onto Big Sticks

BY ANDY HUMM | While governors in North Carolina and Mississippi struggle to defend their anti-gay laws, Pope Francis has found a way to hold on to Catholic teachings that condemn LGBT people, exclude women from power, and forbid divorce by taking a softer tone that has won him plaudits from the mainstream media and kept […]

AIDS Hospice Flip to Market-Rate Housing Stirs Outrage  

AIDS Hospice Flip to Market-Rate Housing Stirs Outrage  

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Incensed local politicians and the chairperson of Community Board 3 gathered across the street from the former Rivington House on Forsyth Street on the morning of April 6 to decry a stealth deal that saw a longtime nonprofit AIDS hospice on the Lower East Side sold to a private developer for market-rate […]

Brooklyn Appeals Court Affirms Lesbian Co-Parent’s Claim

Brooklyn Appeals Court Affirms Lesbian Co-Parent’s Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Brooklyn-based Second Department of the New York Appellate Division has affirmed a family court ruling recognizing the parental status of a lesbian co-parent seeking visitation with two children conceived through donor insemination while she was legally partnered with their birth mother, first as a California domestic partner and then as […]

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Some leading companies that are currently blasting state governments in Mississippi and North Carolina for enacting laws that promote discrimination against LGBT people made substantial campaign contributions to the two Republican governors and Republican state legislators who enacted those laws. The Wells Fargo North Carolina political action committee gave Governor Pat McCrory […]

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