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On Chechnya: Why England (and America) Sleeps

On Chechnya: Why England (and America) Sleeps

BY ED SIKOV | You may be wondering what the problem is with assisting Chechen gay men at risk of being killed. It seems as though saving the lives of people who are in imminent danger of being murdered would be a universal obligation of every civilized country. But no. As Amy Mackinnon writes on […]

Thousands Rally at Stonewall Against Trump Immigration Ban

Thousands Rally at Stonewall Against Trump Immigration Ban

BY ANDY HUMM | LGBTQ people have protested and celebrated outside the Stonewall since the Rebellion in 1969. But on Saturday, February 4, in sub-freezing temperatures, thousands filled the streets of Stonewall Place to condemn President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations — standing up for Muslims within and outside the community […]

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a December 4 statement, more than a dozen major groups from New York’s LGBT advocacy community came together to voice their “outrage over the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case.” A day before, a Staten Island grand jury declined to issue an indictment in a wide array of potential […]

Schumer, LGBT Critics Agree Senate Floor Immigration Amendment Possible

Schumer, LGBT Critics Agree Senate Floor Immigration Amendment Possible

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A week after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the floor without approving an amendment to provide relief to same-sex binational couples, both LGBT rights advocates and a top Democrat who disappointed them vowed to continue the fight during the full Senate’s debate. “We are […]

LGBT Advocates Wary as Senate Immigration Mark-Up Begins

LGBT Advocates Wary as Senate Immigration Mark-Up Begins

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As debate over immigration reform moves center stage in the US Senate — with the Judiciary Committee beginning mark-up this week of a comprehensive bill developed by a bipartisan group dubbed the Gang of Eight — advocates for couples in which one member is not an American citizen remain concerned they could […]

Advocates Agree Schumer Not Getting Job Done on Same-Sex Partner Immigration

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the wake of New York Democrat Chuck Schumer’s April 7 statement that a draft immigration reform bill agreeable to him and the other members of the Senate Gang of Eight will be ready this week, advocates for ending restrictions on Americans in binational same-sex couples having their partners or spouses treated […]

Immigration Reformers Keep Up Pressure on Senate

Immigration Reformers Keep Up Pressure on Senate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight struggles to put together a legislative package for comprehensive immigration reform, the most important message LGBT advocates and members of Congress hoped to convey in a March 18 press conference came right at the top. “To Senator Schumer and the other senators who are writing […]

Immigration Advocates Warn Against ‘Watering Down’ Reform

Immigration Advocates Warn Against ‘Watering Down’ Reform

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In response to a January 28 memorandum from eight US senators of both parties who are taking the lead on immigration reform, a number of local and national advocacy groups held a Manhattan press conference to voice fears about the risk of “watering down” what they described as the push for “real […]

Immigration Equality Praises House Hispanic Caucus

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When the Hispanic Congressional Caucus announced on November 28 the principles that will guide it as it seeks a major reform of immigration law next year, Immigration Equality, which works to ensure equality for LGBT couples in which one partner is not an American citizen, was quick to offer praise. The Caucus […]