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Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge in Wichita Falls, Texas, has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s requirement that schools allow transgender students to use restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity – in a ruling that straightjackets current government efforts to advance that policy. Judge Reed O’Connor’s August 22 […]

Thumping Trump, Larry Kramer A Lion Once More

Thumping Trump, Larry Kramer A Lion Once More

BY ANDY HUMM | Most people opposing Donald Trump figure his supporters are beyond conversion therapy and are focusing on getting out the vote for their side. But Larry Kramer, not usually known for his diplomacy, made a heartfelt and passionate appeal in an open letter to billionaire developer Steve Roth, whom he calls a […]

In Wake of Student Suicide, Dromm Demands Long’s Ouster

In Wake of Student Suicide, Dromm Demands Long’s Ouster

BY ANDY HUMM | Out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, who chairs the Education Committee, is calling for Michael Long, who heads the state’s Conservative Party, to step down as board chair of Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Brooklyn after a 13-year-old student there, Daniel Fitzpatrick, hanged himself on August 11. The suicide came, the Daily […]

Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Trans Boy’s Bathroom Access

Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Trans Boy’s Bathroom Access

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court, in granting a Virginia school district a stay of a federal district court’s June 23 preliminary injunction, has blocked, for now, a transgender boy’s access to appropriate restroom facilities at the high school he attends. The August 3 decision by the high court freezes Judge Robert […]

LGBT Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

LGBT Anti-Gun Activists Target Asset Manager BlackRock

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBT activists affiliated with Gays Against Guns (GAG) took their message to the headquarters of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, to protest its holdings in two gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger. The August 15 protest, that drew dozens to the BlackRock offices on East 52nd Street, focused […]

Gay Jamaican Immigrant Gets Deportation Reprieve

Gay Jamaican Immigrant Gets Deportation Reprieve

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A gay immigrant from Jamaica, who was subject to deportation based on state law convictions in Connecticut, now has a second chance to win a reprieve based on an August 9 federal appeals court decision. A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that included Judges Pierre N. Leval, […]

Texas Denies Trans Man’s Request for Legal Gender Change

Texas Denies Trans Man’s Request for Legal Gender Change

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Texas appeals court, finding no specific state law or regulation authorizing the “gender designation change” requested by a transgender man, has upheld the trial judge’s original denial of his petition. Justice Martha Hill Jamison’s August 2 opinion for a three-judge panel of the Texas 14th District Court of Appeals […]

Above All, Donald Trump Is a Coward: Et Tu, GOP?

Above All, Donald Trump Is a Coward: Et Tu, GOP?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Donald Trump is the kind of candidate who is always serving up yet another last straw. For many, it came right at his campaign’s get-go, when he stood in Trump Tower warning that Mexico was not “sending their best,” but instead “rapists.” A year later, he would call into question an […]

A DNC Scrapbook

A DNC Scrapbook

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A Record Number of Transgender Delegates: The 2016 Democratic National Convention included a record number of out transgender delegates at 28, demonstrating dramatic advances in trans visibility within the party. That number represents just under six-tenths of one percent of the 4,765 delegates. For the first time ever, the convention included an out […]

Seventh Circuit Reluctantly Rejects Lesbian Bias Claim

Seventh Circuit Reluctantly Rejects Lesbian Bias Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Deferring to precedents it described as “illogical,” a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 28 that a lesbian professor could not sue a South Bend, Indiana, community college for sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In doing […]

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