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SCOTUS Aftershocks

SCOTUS Aftershocks

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A lot has happened on the LGBT rights front in the short period since the US Supreme Court recognized that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces workplace nondiscrimination protections under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, ruled that “an […]

The Lift of a Driving Dream

The Lift of a Driving Dream

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Comforted by the insight that even a broken clock is right twice a day, I’ve chosen a quote from Richard Nixon to frame my thoughts about the contributions one member of the LGBT community made to the successful fight for marriage equality. Our 37th president was not known for inspiring the better […]

Expectations Unbound

Expectations Unbound

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By the end of this month –– and quite possibly before we’ve had the chance to get this newspaper into your hands –– the US Supreme Court will have ruled on marriage equality. The court –– which since October has passively allowed lower court rulings to go into effect doubling the number […]

In a Place as Backward as New York

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | How are Utah, Ireland, the US Army, and the US Air Force alike? Hint: The similarity is based on a criterion that distinguishes them all from the New York State Legislature. Utah, Ireland, the US Army, and the US Air Force have each recently made strides on transgender equality. The New York […]

More Dollars Than Sense

More Dollars Than Sense

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As Out Hotel developers and owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass planned their April 20 dinner/ fireside chat with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a long-shot Republican presidential candidate, they clearly had convinced themselves they were players. A week before, a similar event — this one a reelection fundraiser — was held at […]

De Blasio Staying the Course

De Blasio Staying the Course

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Marching in the inclusive St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens this past Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked if the decision by the organizers of the annual March 17 parade on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to allow an LGBT-identified group from NBC, the event’s broadcast sponsor, to participate would get […]

We’ve Nearly Arrived in Dothan

We’ve Nearly Arrived in Dothan

BY TROY MASTERS | As a crimson tide of same-sex marriage rolls across Alabama, lives are being transformed right before our eyes. This week marks another huge stage in the paradigm shift that has remade that state in the past 50 years. And if racial progress upended a way of life in Alabama centuries old, gay […]

Salt Lake Cynicism

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Salt Lake Tribune headlined it this way: “In Major Move, Mormon Apostles Call for Statewide LGBT Protections.” Here was the frame from the New York Times: “Mormons Seek Golden Mean Between Gay Rights and Religious Beliefs.” Wrong. Both of them. In their headlines and in the stories that followed. According to […]

Why Elections Matter

Why Elections Matter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Except for an upcoming special race to fill a congressional vacancy in Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn, there will be no general election in New York City in 2015. But ever mindful of the presidential contest in 2016, we are already hearing about Ready for Hillary parties and early maneuverings […]

The Blood Stigma Continues

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | More than 30 years ago, when the nation was in the grips of hysteria about the dangers AIDS posed to Americans, the federal government imposed a ban on donating blood on any man who had engaged in sex with another man since 1977. The “deferral” was lifetime. Just before Christmas — […]

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