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As LGBT Groups Call For Decriminalizing Sex Work, Government Moves on Rentboy.com

As LGBT Groups Call For Decriminalizing Sex Work, Government Moves on Rentboy.com

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Leading LGBT rights legal organizations in the US, on August 20, issued a joint statement supporting Amnesty International’s recent resolution advocating for the human rights of sex workers, including the repeal of laws against prostitution. Just days later, on August 25, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raided the Manhattan […]

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what was a first in international diplomacy, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) appeared before the United Nations Security Council to discuss what it termed the “careful targeting” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people by ISIS in areas that group controls in Syria and Iraq. […]

Raid on Rentboy.com Leaves Many Wondering How this Became a Priority

Raid on Rentboy.com Leaves Many Wondering How this Became a Priority

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The arrests of rentboy.com’s chief executive and six employees of the leading gay escort website are drawing fire from some corners of the LGBT community that see the raid as a waste of federal dollars in pursuit of a victimless crime. “Rentboy has been an institution in the gay community since 1997,” […]

Charleston Pride’s Challenge: Bridging #LoveWins and #BlackLivesMatter

Charleston Pride’s Challenge: Bridging #LoveWins and #BlackLivesMatter

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | He was a lone wolf, delivering a message of hate to Charleston. Overhead, he held a giant banner proclaiming “God Hates Pride.” Still, that he was solo on King Street as dozens of floats and hundreds of marchers filed past him might be a sign of Bible Belt progress. Most marchers ignored […]

Troy Masters Departs Gay City News to Launch LA Pub    

Troy Masters Departs Gay City News to Launch LA Pub    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Troy Masters, a galvanizing force in New York City’s LGBT media world for more than quarter of a century, is leaving Gay City News, a publication he founded and where he serves as associate publisher, to launch a biweekly gay publication in Los Angeles. Masters, whose departure is effective August 21, will […]

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court has rejected the claim by a Kentucky county clerk that she can refuse to issue any marriage licenses to avoid compromising her religious belief that a marriage can be only between one man and one woman. Judge David L. Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky, on August […]

Two City LGBT Health Centers Win Obamacare Funding   

Two City LGBT Health Centers Win Obamacare Funding   

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two local health centers that focus their work on the LGBT community have each been selected for annual funding of $650,000 aimed at offsetting the unreimbursed cost of care that they provide to lower income clients. A new unit of the Chelsea-based Callen-Lorde Community Health Center being developed in the Bronx and […]

What’s the Future of Workplace Domestic Partner Benefits?    

What’s the Future of Workplace Domestic Partner Benefits?    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Over the past two decades, corporate America — in many ways, moving out ahead of the nation’s political and legal system in responding to the needs and aspirations of their gay employees — increasingly embraced domestic partner benefits, including most significantly healthcare coverage, as a way of offering them some measure of […]

Sixth Circuit: Marriage Ruling Irrelevant to Gay Equal Protection Claim 

Sixth Circuit: Marriage Ruling Irrelevant to Gay Equal Protection Claim 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has found that the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is irrelevant to an equal protection claim by two gay men regarding the way they were treated while being arrested in 2011. In an August 3 ruling in Ondo v. […]

Nebraska Judge Throws Out Anti-Gay Adoption, Foster Care Policy    

Nebraska Judge Throws Out Anti-Gay Adoption, Foster Care Policy    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A county judge in Nebraska has ruled that the state’s policy for approving adoptions of state wards and licensing eligible foster parents violates the rights of gay people and same-sex couples. Lancaster County District Judge John A. Colborn’s August 5 ruling invoked the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. […]

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