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Labor Department Directive Co-Signs Discrimination

Labor Department Directive Co-Signs Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A new directive from the US Department of Labor is construing three recent Supreme Court rulings as well as two executive orders from President Donald Trump to allow contractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. The August 10 directive, which came from Craig E. Leen, […]

Will New Trans Military Ban Sidestep Court Injunctions?

Will New Trans Military Ban Sidestep Court Injunctions?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a policy roll-out that may successfully sidestep existing court injunctions against President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military service, the White House on March 23 announced a policy, based on the recommendations of Defense Secretary James Mattis, that would bar service by almost any trans individual, with only very limited […]

Words Matter

Words Matter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As with so many revelations about the Trump administration, the storm over seven words that staff members at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were warned last week not to include in budget proposals began with an unsettling news report, followed by a bewildering, nontransparent mix of official pushback, […]

Sessions Hits LGBTQ Community on Three Fronts

Sessions Hits LGBTQ Community on Three Fronts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Trump administration, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions leading the charge, moved on three fronts last week to curtail the rights of LGBTQ Americans, relying in part on contested claims of religious liberty and also bucking an emerging trend in how courts are interpreting sex discrimination provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights […]

Trump Texas Judicial Pick Sparks Outrage

Trump Texas Judicial Pick Sparks Outrage

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBTQ advocates and other progressive groups reacted with alarm last week to news that President Donald Trump has nominated a Texas assistant attorney general with a documented record of inflammatory statements about gay and transgender people to a US district court seat. If confirmed by the Senate, Jeff Mateer, who prior […]

LGBTQ Job, Housing, Safety Disparities in Stringer Survey

LGBTQ Job, Housing, Safety Disparities in Stringer Survey

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A survey of LGBTQ residents of New York recently completed by City Comptroller Scott Stringer points to clear disparities in employment and housing opportunities, food security, and public safety that respondents experience due to their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. And despite one score in which the LGBTQ community […]

Denouncing Trump’s Transgender Reversal, Advocates Point to Progress on Other Fronts

Denouncing Trump’s Transgender Reversal, Advocates Point to Progress on Other Fronts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBTQ rights advocates responded with outrage to the Trump administration’s reversal of an Obama era guidance that guaranteed transgender school students access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity – but they also emphasized that the shift does not necessarily impact a pending Supreme Court case on that issue nor does it […]

Sessions Quickly Begins Retreat on LGBTQ Rights

Sessions Quickly Begins Retreat on LGBTQ Rights

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a clear and disturbing sign that the Justice Department is in full retreat from the Obama administration’s advocacy for transgender students — and trans people, generally — Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Friday evening, just one day after being sworn in, notified the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals the department was […]

Obama LGBTQ Protections Safe, Or a Trump Head Fake?

Obama LGBTQ Protections Safe, Or a Trump Head Fake?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst all the confusion created by White House senior advisor Steve Bannon’s “shock and awe” campaign during the Trump administration’s opening days, the president’s team may just have faked out the LGBTQ media. On Monday, widespread reports by media outlets and online sites warned that Trump was about to issue an […]

RESIST!

RESIST!

  BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As we face what already seems an exhaustively daunting challenge wrought by Donald Trump’s presidency, the first thing we can agree on is that each of us should do something. A critical corollary to that is that we each need to try not to fritter away too much time –– […]

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