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The GOP’s Mayoral Candidate. Seriously.

The GOP’s Mayoral Candidate. Seriously.

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE| As she was discussing crime and the extent to which New York City residents feel safe in the city, Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican candidate for mayor and a member of the State Assembly since 2011, was asked about her continuing opposition to the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would add gender […]

The GOP Frontrunner’s Revolving Door Views on LGBT Rights

The GOP Frontrunner’s Revolving Door Views on LGBT Rights

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an April 21 appearance on NBC’s “Today Show,” Donald Trump, the Republican presidential primary frontrunner, weighed in on the simmering controversy over transgender access to public bathrooms in a way that gave his leading rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, hope he’d been handed a perfect wedge to fire up the party’s […]

Punching Down

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Though much of the news media has rightly taken note of Donald Trump’s ability to surge to the top of the Republican presidential field without filling in more than a bumper sticker’s worth of detail about his many far-flung policy pronouncements, there is a grudging — though, to me, disturbing — respect […]

Blindness and Insight

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — America in the 1950’s — “homosexuality” was “the unspeakable.” Oh sure, everyone “gossiped” about “who was” and “who wasn’t,” but such talk wasn’t considered part of “polite conversation.” Only a decade or two before, Djuna Barnes’ Sapphic cri de coeur “Nightwood” […]

What About LGBT New York Values?

What About LGBT New York Values?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Finally, the voting is about to start…

Hello, FADA

BY ED SIKOV | Here’s some holiday cheer — oh, excuse me, Christmas cheer (my liberal comrades are at war with Christianity, don’t you know, but I’m trying to promote peace and goodwill in what the right wing has turned into a season of bile and hate) — from Kira Lerner of ThinkProgress: “Six of the […]

Ebola? What’s Ebola?

BY ED SIKOV | It’s been only two months — two months — since Thomas Eric Duncan died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital and this country went berserk. Every day that passed after Duncan’s death brought more and more politicians and news commentators and so-called reporters vying to outdo each other’s air of barely disguised […]

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 […]

Leadership on Immigration Reform

Leadership on Immigration Reform

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | President Barack Obama, on January 29, did what a bipartisan group of US senators failed to do the day before. He included equality for same-sex couples in the immigration reform framework he released. In a 2,200-word-plus “fact sheet” released by the White House in tandem with a major address the president delivered […]