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If Selma Taught Us Anything, It’s That Our Work Is Never Done

If Selma Taught Us Anything, It’s That Our Work Is Never Done

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S SPEECH AT  SELMA’S EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE |  In a remarkable 32-minute speech in Selma, Alabama, the scene of bloody conflicts 50 years ago on the road to establishing the right of African Americans to vote, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Civil Rights heroes of that era while tying their efforts […]

Kerry Kennedy Lauds “Celebration” Over “Tolerance”  

Kerry Kennedy Lauds “Celebration” Over “Tolerance”  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Kerry Kennedy minced no words in characterizing the longstanding policy of Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in excluding openly LGBT participants. The president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, named for her slain father, Kennedy recalled a meeting a year or so ago with LGBT leaders in […]

Danny Garvin, a Critical Witness to History, Is Dead

Danny Garvin, a Critical Witness to History, Is Dead

BY DAVID CARTER | Danny Garvin, who was a 20-year-old gay hippie when he arrived at the Stonewall Inn on the night of the famous June 1969 raid — just as the first club patrons who had been detained inside were being released by the police — died on December 9 at age 65. In […]

Hope For Queers Now in Cuba? Maybe

BY KELLY COGSWELL | President Obama made history this week by dumping a policy toward Cuba that hasn’t helped a bit to usher in democracy or protect human rights. In fact, the 50-year effort of both Democrats and Republicans to isolate the island and twist its little Caribbean arm has only allowed Cuba’s dictatorship to […]

Democratic Armageddon and Post-Everything America

BY KELLY COGSWELL  | The Democrats really got clobbered this mid-term. And all the progressives are wailing and gnashing their teeth. Still, we at least have a Democratic president for another two years, so it could be worse. And maybe it will be next election. The Republicans will probably keep the House and Senate and […]

For Sean Maloney, Will Centrist Posture, Distance from Obama, Pay Off?

For Sean Maloney, Will Centrist Posture, Distance from Obama, Pay Off?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney was elected New York State’s first openly gay member of Congress two years ago after challenging a Republican incumbent in one of the few competitive US House districts in the nation. With President Barack Obama expected to handily carry New York State in 2012, Maloney nevertheless ran […]

Eric Holder: The Evolution of an Advocate

Eric Holder: The Evolution of an Advocate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER: It’s rare for there to be much public discussion of any kind about the details of a government filing in a civil lawsuit, so the outrage that erupted over a 2009 Department of Justice brief submitted in litigation over the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was something quite extraordinary. “Holy cow,” John […]

How All the Presidents’ Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

How All the Presidents’ Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Each of the last eight presidents has appointed at least one judge who has ruled on questions of marriage equality. The chart below shows how judges appointed by each of them have decided issues including the right to marry, state recognition of out-of-state marriages, federal recognition of legally valid marriages (in […]

Kudos to the President and Next Steps for All of Us

Kudos to the President and Next Steps for All of Us

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | First things first. President Barack Obama did his job this week, and the LGBT community is the better for it. For the past several years — especially as continued Republican control of the US House made it clear LGBT job protections nationwide in the form of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act […]

Obama Executive Order on Jobs to Contain No New Religious Exemptions

Obama Executive Order on Jobs to Contain No New Religious Exemptions

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | President Barack Obama will issue his long-awaited executive order barring discrimination against LGBT employees by contractors doing business with the federal government on July 21, a White House official told Gay City News this afternoon. Significantly, the president’s action will include no exemptions beyond what already exist in standing executive orders governing […]

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