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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 […]

For Sean Maloney, Will Centrist Posture, Distance from Obama, Pay Off?

For Sean Maloney, Will Centrist Posture, Distance from Obama, Pay Off?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney was elected New York State’s first openly gay member of Congress two years ago after challenging a Republican incumbent in one of the few competitive US House districts in the nation. With President Barack Obama expected to handily carry New York State in 2012, Maloney nevertheless ran […]

Crackpot Alley

BY ED SIKOV | With this edition of Media Circus, we launch a periodic feature we’re calling “Crackpot Alley,” a roster of the most inane, dangerous, stupid, and appalling news items that cross our desk. We swear we are not making this stuff up. Unfortunately, we don’t have to. Night of the Fucking Dead: “Anti-gay […]

Senate Easily Approves Transgender-Inclusive Jobs Protection Bill

Senate Easily Approves Transgender-Inclusive Jobs Protection Bill

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a 64-32 vote on the afternoon of November 7, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which provides protections against bias in the workplace on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBT rights legislation has stalled in the US Congress since New York Representatives Ed […]

Sean Patrick Maloney Draws Fire For Budget, Obamacare Votes

Sean Patrick Maloney Draws Fire For Budget, Obamacare Votes

BY ANDREW MILLER | In the days leading up to the shutdown of the federal government, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, an upstate New York Democrat, twice voted to keep the government funded and against overturning Obamacare or delaying its implementation. But on September 30, in the decisive vote, Maloney, who is gay, was one of nine […]

After Religious Exemption Cloakroom Sidebar, ENDA Clears Key Senate Procedural Hurdle

After Religious Exemption Cloakroom Sidebar, ENDA Clears Key Senate Procedural Hurdle

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With 60 votes needed to allow the Senate to proceed to consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, seven Republicans joined 54 Democrats to adopt cloture early in the evening on November 4. The final tally was 61-30, with nine senators not voting. The 60 votes were needed to block any attempt […]

Redemption for a Recovering Politician

Redemption for a Recovering Politician

BY ANDY HUMM | While some disgraced politicians such as heterosexual adulterer Mark Sanford in South Carolina can’t stay out of the political game, “gay American” former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, who resigned in 2004 when an affair with a male aide came to light, seems done with all that. He is not pursuing an […]