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Turning the Other Cheek and Adjusting His Crown

BY ED SIKOV | Here’s your feel-good story of the week, which I first found in, of all places, the New York Post: “Transgender teen booted from Christian school is named homecoming king.” Written by Alexandra Klausner, this heartwarming item concerns a boy named Stiles Zuschlag, of Lebanon, Maine, who “took the crown Friday at Noble […]

Potential Retreat on Comprehensive Civil Rights Push Draws Fire

Potential Retreat on Comprehensive Civil Rights Push Draws Fire

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While not walking back comments she made in a Buzzfeed article about controversial LGBT rights legislation in Pennsylvania, the head of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is revising and extending her remarks after the article sparked criticism and heated comments on social media. The story concerned a measure that […]

Comprehensive Federal LGBT Civil Rights Measure To Be Introduced July 23

Comprehensive Federal LGBT Civil Rights Measure To Be Introduced July 23

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Comprehensive civil rights legislation providing federal nondiscrimination protection to the LGBT community, originally expected to be introduced in Congress in June, will be unveiled at a noon press conference on Thursday, July 23 in Washington, Gay City News has confirmed. Word that the bill was ready to go first surfaced earlier this […]

Confronting the Great White HRC

BY KELLY COGSWELL | When Buzzfeed broke the news last week that the Human Rights Campaign had a diversity problem, the response among many activists was a great big, “Duh.” The only surprise was that the HRC folks had commissioned the report themselves, and having decided to look in the mirror, actually admitted that staring […]

White House Press Secretary Says He Didn’t Call Executive Order “Wrong Approach”

White House Press Secretary Says He Didn’t Call Executive Order “Wrong Approach”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Responding to the characterization of an exchange between White House press secretary Jay Carney and Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson –– first reported in the Blade and details of which were picked up by other media, including Gay City News –– the White House said Carney did not intend to describe […]

Blind Item: Insider’s Quiz about the “Seinfeld” of Outings

Blind Item: Insider’s Quiz about the “Seinfeld” of Outings

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The Viral Infection Sapping Journalism’s Lifeblood

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “We assume a certain level of sophistication and skepticism of our readers,” said John Cook, editor in chief of Gawker, according to a December 10 article in the New York Times. In an increasingly dumbed-down media world, it’s refreshing to hear a leading industry figure speak up for the intelligence of his […]

US Panel Rules Domestic Partnerships Equal to Marriage

US Panel Rules Domestic Partnerships Equal to Marriage

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | An administrative panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a former federal court employee in Oregon is entitled to compensation for the cost of providing health insurance for her same-sex domestic partner. The federal government’s refusal to recognize Oregon domestic partnerships in providing health […]