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We’re With Hillary — Let’s Make Sure Swing States Are, Too

We’re With Hillary — Let’s Make  Sure Swing States Are, Too

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At the risk of belaboring the obvious, it is essential that we elect Hillary Clinton as president on November 8. For all the opportunities that 35 years in public life provide to critics – some who are sincere and justified – Clinton’s candidacy in 2016 offers one of the most progressive visions […]

Stringer Sees City, State Anti-Bias Loopholes

Stringer Sees City, State Anti-Bias Loopholes

BY ANDY HUMM | New York City and State are known for some of the strongest human rights laws in the country — though transgender rights have only been protected statewide since late last year when Governor Andrew Cuomo employed executive action to overcome the State Senate’s long resistance on that score. But City Comptroller Scott […]

Two Fed Judges Okay Trans Students’ Bathroom Claims

Two Fed Judges Okay Trans Students’ Bathroom Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Within days of each other, two federal district judges issued preliminary injunctions requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the Southern District of Ohio, based in Cincinnati, issued his order on September 26 against the Highland Local School […]

Hero Judge Doris Ling-Cohan Renominated After Ordeal

Hero Judge Doris Ling-Cohan Renominated After Ordeal

BY ANDY HUMM | Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a distinguished jurist and champion of the rights of tenants, immigrants, and LGBT people, was re-nominated by acclamation for a 14-year term to the New York State Supreme Court by delegates to Manhattan’s County Democratic Judicial Convention on September 22. Ling-Cohan’s nomination came as a welcome vindication after […]

LGBT Assemblymembers Win Big

LGBT Assemblymembers Win Big

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Three of the four out LGBT members of the State Assembly faced challengers in this week’s Democratic primary, but all prevailed easily, two of them by massive landslides. In the West Village’s Assembly District 66, veteran lawmaker Deborah Glick beat back a bid by longtime gay, anti-war, and environmental activist Jim […]

Protesters Target Big Guns at Banking Confab

Protesters Target Big Guns at Banking Confab

BY DONNA ACETO | In the latest in a series of high-profile demonstrations against major producers and financers of firearms, Gays Against Guns, an advocacy group that emerged in the wake of the June mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, appeared outside the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel, where an investment conference was playing […]

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Immigrant’s Claim He’s Bisexual

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Immigrant’s Claim He’s Bisexual

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A divided federal appeals panel has denied the effort by a Jamaican immigrant to avoid deportation, deciding that it would accept an immigration judge’s conclusion the man had failed to prove he is bisexual. The 2-1 vote by the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on August 17 affirmed an earlier […]

Top Manhattan Dems Signal Snubbed Justice Will Win Renomination

Top Manhattan Dems Signal Snubbed Justice Will Win Renomination

BY ANDY HUMM | Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, a distinguished 20-year veteran of the State Supreme Court bench and a hero to the LGBT community for her historic 2005 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, was put through the ringer in recent weeks by a deeply flawed process of the New York County Democratic Party for nominating […]

Anti-Gay Bronx Pol Accused of Campaign Finance Violations Using Right-Wing Donations

Anti-Gay Bronx Pol Accused of Campaign Finance Violations Using Right-Wing Donations

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The State Senate campaign of Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, well-known for his longstanding anti-LGBT views, is drawing fire from the incumbent he is challenging in next week’s primary for “flagrant campaign finance violations” in using funds raised for the general election campaign in his primary campaign. In a September 7 […]

Manhattan Dems Punt on Ling-Cohan Snub

Manhattan Dems Punt on Ling-Cohan Snub

BY ANDY HUMM | In response to an explosive controversy over a Manhattan Democratic Party judicial screening panel’s decision not to recommend the re-nomination of New York County Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, the party’s executive committee held a hastily called emergency session on September 7 to explore whether there is now any legal way to […]

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