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Unfit King Questions Trans Troops’ Fitness

BY ED SIKOV | After initially issuing a major military policy shift by tweet, Mad King Rump made it official the other day, albeit in a modified form. Transgender people will no longer be permitted to join the armed services, but those already serving may or may not be allowed to continue their service, to be […]

Prez Tweets Spark Alarm, Outrage, Pushback

Prez Tweets Spark Alarm, Outrage, Pushback

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The very first reaction to President Donald Trump’s July 26 early morning announcement about transgender military service was alarm. In a three-part tweet, the president began with the phrase, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…….” It […]

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a rapid-fire series of three tweets this morning, President Donald Trump announced his intention to bar transgender Americans from serving openly in the military. At about 9 a.m., tweeting on his personal account @realDonaldTrump, the president wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the […]

BREAKING: Mark Green, Trump’s Anti-Gay Pick for Army Secretary, Withdraws

BREAKING: Mark Green, Trump’s Anti-Gay Pick for Army Secretary, Withdraws

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Mark Green, a Tennessee state senator and 20-year military veteran whose nomination to be the new secretary of the Army had sparked intense criticism by LGBTQ advocates and others, has withdrawn his name from consideration. In a May 5 written statement, Green, citing “false and misleading attacks against me,” announced his decision. […]

EXCLUSIVE: Schumer Opposes Trump Army Secretary Pick

EXCLUSIVE: Schumer Opposes Trump Army Secretary Pick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Characterizing President Donald Trump’s nomination of Tennessee State Senator Mark Green as a test of whether he is “serious about his pledge to be a president for all Americans,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, is calling on Trump to “abandon” the nomination while pledging to oppose it should […]

Above All, Donald Trump Is a Coward: Et Tu, GOP?

Above All, Donald Trump Is a Coward: Et Tu, GOP?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Donald Trump is the kind of candidate who is always serving up yet another last straw. For many, it came right at his campaign’s get-go, when he stood in Trump Tower warning that Mexico was not “sending their best,” but instead “rapists.” A year later, he would call into question an […]

BREAKING: Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Measure in Arizona

BREAKING: Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Measure in Arizona

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Capping a week of escalating controversy over legislation clearly aimed at the LGBT community, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, announced late in the day on February 26 that she was vetoing a bill to allow businesses to deny goods and services to individuals based on the “sincerely held” religious beliefs of […]

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 Remain Wary About Same-Sex Couples’ Prospects in Immigration Reform

Advocates Remain Wary About Same-Sex Couples’ Prospects in Immigration Reform

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As debate over immigration reform moves center stage in the US Senate –– with the Judiciary Committee holding hearings and more than 50 binational same-sex families descending on Capitol Hill this week for visits with 150 members of Congress –– advocates for couples in which one member is not an American citizen […]

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