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Sessions’ New Asylum Posture & LGBTQ Refugees

Sessions’ New Asylum Posture & LGBTQ Refugees

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued an opinion toughening the standards for granting asylum to persons seeking to live in the US based on the claim they fled their home country because of persecution. The focus of Sessions’ June 11 opinion was cases where women seek asylum based on past […]

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal beating of a transgender Latina, Kathy Perez, 35, outside her Jackson Heights home in the early morning hours of November 29 sparked an impassioned rally by transgender women and their allies led by Make the Road, a social justice organization, on the evening of December 3. The crowd swelled to […]

Sentencing in Trans Woman’s 2011 Murder

BY PAUL SCHINDLER |  Equan Southall, 28, was sentenced to 23 years to life in the 2011 murder of his 38-year-old girlfriend, Camila Guzman, a transgender woman who had immigrated to New York from Chile. Southall was convicted on April 29 of second-degree murder in a gruesome case in which he was found to have […]

Puerto Rico Governor Signs LGBT Nondiscrimination, Domestic Violence Protections

Puerto Rico Governor Signs LGBT Nondiscrimination, Domestic Violence Protections

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla, on May 29, signed into law civil rights measures that give LGBT people on the Caribbean island nondiscrimination protections and also incorporate same-sex couples into its domestic violence law. The measure cleared the Puerto House of Representatives in a 29-22 vote, and the Senate by a […]