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LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

LGBTQ, Progressive Groups Take the Battle to Three Bronx Council Districts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Contested City Council Democratic primary races in three Bronx districts pose strongly pro-LGBTQ candidates against opponents who either have long anti-gay and anti-choice records or have aligned themselves with such politicians. The primary contests, in significant respects, reflect the ongoing battle between newer progressive forces and old school social conservative traditions in […]

Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Facing two major reelection challengers in the September 12 Democratic primary, City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca explains that the spirited contest is a telling sign about “the nature of politics,” both in Brooklyn and in the Sunset Park neighborhood at the center of his district. “The reform movement is not only alive […]

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Under the cover of a Category 4 hurricane bearing down on Texas — or as Donald Trump would characterize it, taking advantage of all the eyes glued to TV because of it — the president on August 25 issued a formal “memorandum” to the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security spelling […]

Pride Parade Sit-In Arrestees Offered Community Service

Pride Parade Sit-In Arrestees Offered Community Service

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE |  While five of the 12 activists who were arrested for blockading New York City’s Pride Parade on June 25 are facing misdemeanor counts of trespassing, obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct, they were offered community service sentences in exchange for guilty pleas to disorderly conduct, which is a violation, not a […]

New Supreme Court Term Could Be Blockbuster

New Supreme Court Term Could Be Blockbuster

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court’s term beginning on October 2 and extending through the end of June may become a blockbuster term for LGBTQ legal issues. The court has already agreed to review the Colorado Court of Appeals’ decision that the First Amendment’s free speech and religious freedom protections do not shield a […]

LGBT For BdB Reconvenes at the Cutting Room

LGBT For BdB Reconvenes at the Cutting Room

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In August 2013, as Bill de Blasio was just starting what turned into a meteoric rise from the back of the pack to a smashing victory in that year’s Democratic mayoral primary, an energized crowd of LGBTQ supporters turned out for a fundraiser at the Cutting Room on East 32nd Street headlined […]

Fire and Fury Aimed at Trump Homecoming

Fire and Fury Aimed at Trump Homecoming

BY LEVAR ALONZO | President Donald Trump returned home late in the evening on Monday — his first visit since being inaugurated — to a not so warm welcome. Several thousand people waited to greet the president outside his Trump Tower residence on Fifth Avenue chanting, “Not my president” and “Shame,” shame,” shame.” The president’s motorcade […]

LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | LGBTQ legal groups last week went on the offensive, filing important new lawsuits seeking injunctions against government discrimination. GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) sued Donald Trump and Defense Department officials on August 9, attempting to put a halt to the president’s attempt […]

Court Must Decide If Gavin Grimm’s Case Is Moot

Court Must Decide If Gavin Grimm’s Case Is Moot

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what could signal a disappointing end to a remarkable battle for transgender equality, the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has announced that instead of holding oral argument in Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit challenging the Gloucester County, Virginia, School Board’s bathroom access policy, it is sending the case back to the […]

HRC Chided For Being MIA on Mississippi Black Auto Workers

HRC Chided For Being MIA on Mississippi Black Auto Workers

BY ANDY HUMM | Labor leaders and progressive activists are taking the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to task for being one of two major civil rights organizations to refuse to support African-American workers in Mississippi trying to organize at a Nissan plant. Seventeen members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights were asked to […]