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In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing in the US Senate room named for the president who signed the nation’s most significant civil rights legislation into law, a group of legislators, LGBT advocates, and taxpayers announced the release of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of […]

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Equality Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island on July 23, is the first truly comprehensive federal measure attempting to provide legal equality for LGBT people in the United States. It goes far beyond all prior bills on this topic, because no […]

Appeals Court Tosses Out City’s Adult Business Zoning    

Appeals Court Tosses Out City’s Adult Business Zoning    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Introducing a significant new chapter into a two-decade legal saga dating back to the Giuliani administration, the Manhattan-based First Department of the New York State Appellate Division has ruled that the city’s controversial 1995 adult uses zoning ordinance, as amended in 2001, violates the US Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. […]

EEOC Says Gays Protected Against Employment Discrimination    

EEOC Says Gays Protected Against Employment Discrimination    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a complete turnaround, the federal agency that enforces Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act has, for the first time, ruled the federal ban on employment discrimination because of sex includes discrimination against somebody because they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. The July 15 holding by Equal Employment Opportunity […]

Ali Forney Begins Renovation of First Youth Residence It Owns    

Ali Forney Begins Renovation of First Youth Residence It Owns    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Using a $3.3 million grant from the City Council, the Ali Forney Center (AFC) will renovate an East Village brownstone and open a residence for homeless queer youth there in late summer of 2016. “The last 13 years have been extraordinary,” Carl Siciliano, AFC’s founder and executive director, said at a July […]

Federal Court Applies Labor Relations Statute to Trans Job Claim    

Federal Court Applies Labor Relations Statute to Trans Job Claim    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Manhattan-based US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a transgender man’s federal employment discrimination lawsuit, which was earlier dismissed by Southern District of New York Chief Judge Loretta Preska. The June 19 ruling in a suit brought by Cole Fowlkes is particularly significant in […]

Borough President, Council Support New Bronx LGBT Initiatives    

Borough President, Council Support New Bronx LGBT Initiatives    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Capital budget allocations that Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., is due to announce in coming weeks demonstrate the increased attention that the needs of the LGBT community there are receiving from his administration as well as from out gay City Councilmember Ritchie Torres, a freshman legislator who represents a central Bronx […]

European Court Orders Italy to Create Same-Sex Partnerships    

European Court Orders Italy to Create Same-Sex Partnerships    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A seven-judge chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that Italy’s failure to adopt a legal structure for same-sex relationships, such as a civil union or registered partnership similar to those in Austria and Germany, violates Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection […]

Scouts to End Blanket Ban on Gay Leaders

Scouts to End Blanket Ban on Gay Leaders

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Less than two months after Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates, the former Pentagon chief who oversaw the dismantling of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy, warned the organization that its blanket policy of excluding gay adults from leadership positions “cannot be sustained,” the BSA’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to […]

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a statement laying the groundwork for what seems certain to lead to open service by transgender members of the US military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, on July 13, announced that a high-level working group would spend six months to study “the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to […]

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