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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 […]

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 […]

With Pence Pick, Trump Bets on Hard Right

With Pence Pick, Trump Bets on Hard Right

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following news that the Republican Party may have produced its most socially conservative platform ever, Donald Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee for president, selected the far right governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, as his running mate. “Today, Donald Trump doubled down on his hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda,” said Chad Griffin, president of the […]

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

As American as the Stonewall Rebellion

BY ANDY HUMM | While not quite as deep as the Grand Canyon or as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the 7.7 acres in and around the Stonewall Inn, scene of the monumental 1969 multi-night rebellion in the streets that sparked the modern LGBT movement, were declared, like those iconic parks, an official national monument […]

The Answer to Gun Violence is Feminism

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | To me, being anything doesn’t mean already being it, it means embracing a conscious journey of becoming it. For me, this applies, in the words of the late writer Paul Monette, to “becoming a man,” but certainly in my reckoning also to becoming an ally, and, for my purposes here, becoming a […]

No Conspiracy Theory Too Wack for the Donald

No Conspiracy Theory Too Wack for the Donald

BY ED SIKOV | Bet you didn’t know that President Barack Obama is “a sexual deviant and Michelle Obama is a transvestite.” According to Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch, Dr. Jerry Johnson of the National Religious Broadcasters recently “guest-hosted the Family Research Council’s radio program ‘Washington Watch’ and spent and spent the entire time […]

Oh, Lighten Up Already!

Oh, Lighten Up Already!

  BY ED SIKOV | There’s a new Infiniti ad — um — out. From LGBTQ Nation: “A young man sheepishly talks to his visibly displeased father. ‘Look, this isn’t easy for me, either,’ the young man says, with knitted brow. ‘I’m sorry if you don’t like it, but it just feels right.’ ‘We didn’t raise […]

Andrew Sullivan, Ever the Tory

Andrew Sullivan, Ever the Tory

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Gay writer and erstwhile blogger Andrew Sullivan, in a roughly 7,000-word cover story in New York magazine, offers an analysis of the Trump phenomenon he perhaps believes is suitably apocalyptic for his return to long-form journalism. And its title, “Our Democracy Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny,” is smartly calculated […]

At ’95 Confirmation, Merrick Garland Disclosed Democratic Ties

At ’95 Confirmation, Merrick Garland Disclosed Democratic Ties

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Records from Merrick Garland’s nomination hearing for the federal circuit court in the District of Columbia show that he volunteered for a string of Democratic candidates beginning in the late 1970s, though his most significant federal government job began during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. “I provided volunteer assistance […]

Punching Down

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Though much of the news media has rightly taken note of Donald Trump’s ability to surge to the top of the Republican presidential field without filling in more than a bumper sticker’s worth of detail about his many far-flung policy pronouncements, there is a grudging — though, to me, disturbing — respect […]

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