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Faced With Cancellations, Threatened Protest, One of Ted Cruz’s NYC Gay Hotelier Hosts Apologizes

Faced With Cancellations, Threatened Protest, One of Ted Cruz’s NYC Gay Hotelier Hosts Apologizes

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the face of a protest planned for April 27, one of two gay Manhattan developers who last week hosted a highly publicized dinner and “fireside chat” with Texas Senator Ted Cruz –– a Republican presidential candidate long outspoken in his opposition to LGBT equality –– has issued an abject apology […]

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the States of Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky head to the US Supreme Court on April 28 to defend their policies barring marriage by same-sex couples and the legal recognition of such unions from other jurisdictions, one of their key arguments is that the question should not be settled by […]

No Time for Covering Our Ass    

No Time for Covering Our Ass    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the course of a 179-page overview of still-daunting challenges confronting America’s LGBT community — compelling in both its breadth and its frequent forays into granular detail — Michelangelo Signorile provides two passages that, for me, were telling first and foremost about the author himself. “Being vocal, organizing at the grass roots, […]

Government Sitting Out AIDS Agency Fraud Suit Suggests Tough Slog for Plaintiffs

Government Sitting Out AIDS Agency Fraud Suit Suggests Tough Slog for Plaintiffs

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Data from the US Department of Justice on whistleblower lawsuits suggest that a recent fraud case brought against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation by three former employees is unlikely to succeed. The lawsuit, filed last year under the federal False Claims Act and a similar Florida statute by Shawn Loftis, Mauricio Ferrer, and […]

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

PrEP Prompts Shift in Federal Funding Priorities    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As government funders increasingly pay for biomedical interventions that prevent HIV infections, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and provide less support for behavioral interventions that increase condom use and alter sexual behavior, the funding landscape for AIDS groups may shift and they will have to change how they interact with their HIV-negative […]

NYC Judge Upholds Teacher Demerit Over Trans Student’s Bathroom Use

NYC Judge Upholds Teacher Demerit Over Trans Student’s Bathroom Use

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Manhattan trial judge has ruled that the city’s Department of Education did not act arbitrarily in assigning an “Unsatisfactory” rating to a now-retired teacher for confronting a transgender student over her use of a women’s room. New York County Supreme Court Justice Peter Moulton’s April 2 ruling, in a case […]

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

US Court Orders Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery “As Promptly As Possible”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | For only the second time, a federal district judge has ordered state prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate. On April 2, Judge Jon S. Tigar in San Francisco, relying on the recommendations of expert witnesses, ruled state officials must provide the procedure for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy “as promptly […]

Transgender University of Pittsburgh Student Loses Fight Over Expulsion

Transgender University of Pittsburgh Student Loses Fight Over Expulsion

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just one day before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that the Army unlawfully discriminated against a transgender woman by denying her the right to use women’s facilities, a federal district court in Pennsylvania rejected a discrimination lawsuit by a transgender man expelled from the University of Pittsburgh at […]

Sex Offender Registry Status Lifted for Gay Man Snared by Sodomy Law

Sex Offender Registry Status Lifted for Gay Man Snared by Sodomy Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Caught up in a typical sting operation in Missouri in 1988, Jerome Keeney, Jr. was arrested by a St. Louis County vice cop, Robert Bayes, and the following year pled guilty to the charge of attempted “sexual misconduct.” His crime? Groping an undercover police officer who sat with him in his […]

EEOC Finds Trans Civilian Army Employee Owed Public Restroom Access

EEOC Finds Trans Civilian Army Employee Owed Public Restroom Access

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency charged with enforcement of the federal ban on sex discrimination in employment, ruled on April 1 that a transgender woman employed in a civilian position by the US Department of the Army is entitled to use restroom facilities consistent with her gender identity. The […]

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