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HIV-Positive Gay Mexican’s Asylum Bid Revived

HIV-Positive Gay Mexican’s Asylum Bid Revived

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Reviving an HIV-positive gay Mexican man’s claim for refugee status to remain in the US, an 11-judge panel of the San Francisco-based federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on March 8, reversed rulings by a three-judge panel of that court as well as from the Board of Immigration Appeals and […]

Sex Work Decriminalization Town Hall Set for November 11

Sex Work Decriminalization Town Hall Set for November 11

BY NATHAN RILEY | A new organization dedicated to the decriminalization of sex work is holding its first public meeting at the LGBT Community Center on November 11. According to the new group’s website, it is the brainchild of “a loose working group of people who have advertised –– and people in community with advertisers –– […]

Why the Rentboy.com Raid Hit Such a Nerve    

Why the Rentboy.com Raid Hit Such a Nerve    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The outraged reaction to the federal government’s raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of seven staffers there, including the escort website’s chief executive, reflects the positive status that escorts and for-hire sex have in the gay community. “It’s much more socially acceptable,” said Christian Grov, an associate professor at the CUNY School […]

As LGBT Groups Call For Decriminalizing Sex Work, Government Moves on Rentboy.com

As LGBT Groups Call For Decriminalizing Sex Work, Government Moves on Rentboy.com

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Leading LGBT rights legal organizations in the US, on August 20, issued a joint statement supporting Amnesty International’s recent resolution advocating for the human rights of sex workers, including the repeal of laws against prostitution. Just days later, on August 25, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raided the Manhattan […]

Homeland Security’s Rentboy Raid All Too Predictable

Homeland Security’s Rentboy Raid All Too Predictable

BY NATHAN RILEY | The raid on rentboy.com by the US Department of Homeland Security is no fluke. It follows the April passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act by lopsided majorities in Washington. Major enforcement responsibility was assigned to the agency created to protect us from terrorism and control immigrants. Congress declared the […]

Raid on Rentboy.com Leaves Many Wondering How this Became a Priority

Raid on Rentboy.com Leaves Many Wondering How this Became a Priority

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The arrests of rentboy.com’s chief executive and six employees of the leading gay escort website are drawing fire from some corners of the LGBT community that see the raid as a waste of federal dollars in pursuit of a victimless crime. “Rentboy has been an institution in the gay community since 1997,” […]

IRS Will Recognize All Married Couples

IRS Will Recognize All Married Couples

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have announced that legally married same-sex couples, regardless of the state where they reside, will treated as married for federal tax purposes. The August 29 announcement is one of the most significant rulings out of the Obama administration since the Supreme Court on June […]

Immigration Court Settles Remaining DOMA Issue for Binational Couples

Immigration Court Settles Remaining DOMA Issue for Binational Couples

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Shortly after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) ban on federal recognition of same-sex marriages on June 26 in Edie Windsor’s constitutional challenge to the 1996 law, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the immigration service under her department would recognize same-sex marriages […]

In Grid We Trust

BY SUSIE DAY | Dear Peace Blog — Fuck you to hell. I thought I was giving peace a chance when I spent all those years writing in you. About the dreams and schemes of a brave little peace activist standing up against state repression! I wrote with a sense of hope — hope that society […]