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He’s Been Our President

He’s Been Our President

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Too cerebral. Unwilling to engage in bare-knuckles political war with his Republican enemies. Naïve, in fact, about his ability to find common ground with a GOP determined to undermine, even delegitimize him from Day 1. Those are the typical knocks – especially from progressives – aimed at Barack Obama, the first […]

HRC’s New Posture On Guns Complicates GOP Alliances

HRC’s New Posture On Guns Complicates GOP Alliances

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | When the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) made what it called a “significant policy announcement” of endorsing some limited gun control measures, the nation’s largest LGBT rights group also opened itself up to possible conflicts with some donors and the politicians it supports. “If what they’re saying is gun control is a […]

Democrats Support Marriage Equality… Big Deal!

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In its late August Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution “in support of” the June 26 marriage equality ruling by the Supreme Court. LGBT Democratic partisans are touting the resolution as a strong rejoinder to the Republican National Committee’s recent endorsement of federal legislation to protect businesses […]

Haul of Nearly $11,000 for Ron Johnson, Anti-Gay Wisconsin Senator, at Reisner-Weiderpass Bash

Haul of Nearly $11,000 for Ron Johnson, Anti-Gay Wisconsin Senator, at Reisner-Weiderpass Bash

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A host and guests at a fundraiser held in a Central Park South penthouse owned by embattled real estate developers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass (see Editor’s note below regarding Weiderpass’ role in this event) donated at least $10,600 to Republican Ron Johnson, a right-wing US senator from Wisconsin who faces a […]

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing in the US Senate room named for the president who signed the nation’s most significant civil rights legislation into law, a group of legislators, LGBT advocates, and taxpayers announced the release of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of […]

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Equality Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island on July 23, is the first truly comprehensive federal measure attempting to provide legal equality for LGBT people in the United States. It goes far beyond all prior bills on this topic, because no […]

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 […]

Expectations Unbound

Expectations Unbound

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By the end of this month –– and quite possibly before we’ve had the chance to get this newspaper into your hands –– the US Supreme Court will have ruled on marriage equality. The court –– which since October has passively allowed lower court rulings to go into effect doubling the number […]

Comprehensive Anti-Bias Bill Close to Being Introduced in Congress      

Comprehensive Anti-Bias Bill Close to Being Introduced in Congress      

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Comprehensive equal rights legislation — guaranteeing the nation’s LGBT community of nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodation, and access to credit — is likely to be introduced before the end of June, according to congressional staffers working on the bill. “We very much hope and intend to have it introduced this […]

At NYC Gala, HRC Pledges Agenda “Beyond Marriage”    

At NYC Gala, HRC Pledges Agenda “Beyond Marriage”    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a carefully and tightly framed speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual New York City gala, Chad Griffin, the group’s president, laid out an agenda for the LGBT community “beyond marriage.” Griffin, in his January 31 address to a large crowd that filled the ballroom and balconies of Midtown’s Waldorf Astoria […]

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