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“Please Keep Going,” Hillary Clinton Tells LGBT Center Crowd

“Please Keep Going,” Hillary Clinton Tells LGBT Center Crowd

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I know the election hit a lot of us hard,” Hillary Rodham Clinton told the crowd at this week’s Center Dinner in a drolly delivered bit of understatement. After the knowing laughter subsided, the former secretary of state, who won last year’s presidential popular vote by nearly three million votes yet […]

Alarm Raised Over Anti-LGBTQ Army Secretary Pick

Alarm Raised Over Anti-LGBTQ Army Secretary Pick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBTQ rights advocates are mobilizing in response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Tennessee State Senator Mark Green as the next secretary of the Army. Green, a West Point graduate who spent 20 years in active military service, has been an outspoken opponent of equality, introducing legislation this year to make it […]

Sex Ed, AIDS, Anti-Bullying Mandates Dodged

Sex Ed, AIDS, Anti-Bullying Mandates Dodged

BY ANDY HUMM | Requirements from the city and state that the public schools address bullying, teach about AIDS and sex, and integrate LGBTQ issues into that curriculum have been passed with great fanfare over the years, but implementing these mandates has fallen well short, according to a recent survey of students by youth activists […]

GOP, Rogue Senate Dems Nix Pulse Memorial Funds

GOP, Rogue Senate Dems Nix Pulse Memorial Funds

BY ANDY HUMM | Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget allocated a million dollars for his proposed memorial to the victims of the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre and other hate crimes to be sited in Hudson River Park west of Greenwich Village. A design competition has already been conducted for the memorial, though no winner […]

Judges Hail Gavin Grimm as Civil Rights Hero

Judges Hail Gavin Grimm as Civil Rights Hero

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Even as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Gloucester County (Virginia) School District’s motion to vacate a district court’s 2016 preliminary injunction ordering it to allow Gavin Grimm to use the boys’ restrooms at his high school, two judges on the circuit panel saluted the 17-year-old transgender boy […]

Nebraska High Court Ends Gay Adoption Ban

Nebraska High Court Ends Gay Adoption Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The seven-member Nebraska Supreme Court has unanimously affirmed a lower court decision that the state’s 1995 published policy banning adoptions and foster placements into any household with a “homosexual” in residence was unconstitutional. The ruling also nixed an informal policy adopted more recently by the state’s Department of Health and Human […]

What the Seventh Circuit Said About Sexual Orientation Discrimination

What the Seventh Circuit Said About Sexual Orientation Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The full bench of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, substantially advanced the cause of gay rights on April 4, finding that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Title VII applies generally to private sector employers with […]

Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

Gilbert Baker, Whose Rainbow Flag Sewed LGBTQ World Together, Dies Suddenly at 65

BY ANDY HUMM | Gay pioneer and artist Gilbert Baker, who died in his sleep at age 65 on March 31 at his home in Manhattan, did not just create the iconic Rainbow Flag but he gave it away freely to the world where it was embraced in every corner — from its origins in San […]

How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The state of North Carolina today, March 30, repealed HB2, the law enacted a little over a year ago that aroused heated protests and boycotts, generated several lawsuits, and sparked a national conversation about gender identity and sex-specific public bathrooms and locker rooms. Legislative leaders and the new Democratic governor, Roy […]

Ex-Prosecutor: Release “Merits Enhanced Scrutiny”

Ex-Prosecutor: Release “Merits Enhanced Scrutiny”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Even as they conceded that DNA evidence “is a very powerful, and very valuable, law enforcement tool,” the attorneys who won Mayer Herskovic’s release from custody less than three hours after his sentencing attacked the method used to analyze the DNA evidence that was key to his conviction. “Mayer Herskovic is […]