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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 […]

Trump Goes With Scalia Acolyte for High Court

Trump Goes With Scalia Acolyte for High Court

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a brief White House event that was nationally televised, Donald Trump nominated a conservative federal circuit court judge often compared to Justice Antonin Scalia to fill the US Supreme Court seat that was left vacant by Scalia’s death in early 2016. “You’ve entrusted me with a most solemn assignment,” Neil […]

At ’95 Confirmation, Merrick Garland Disclosed Democratic Ties

At ’95 Confirmation, Merrick Garland Disclosed Democratic Ties

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Records from Merrick Garland’s nomination hearing for the federal circuit court in the District of Columbia show that he volunteered for a string of Democratic candidates beginning in the late 1970s, though his most significant federal government job began during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. “I provided volunteer assistance […]

The Standards Jonathan Capehart Sets For Himself

BY ED SIKOV | Jonathan Capehart is one of the smartest, most conscience-driven journalists in the country. Currently a columnist and member of the editorial board at the Washington Post, Capehart was part of the winning team for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Best Editorial Writing for a series of New York Daily News pieces he […]

Protest Against Rentboy.com Raid Targets Brooklyn Courthouse

Protest Against Rentboy.com Raid Targets Brooklyn Courthouse

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Some 70 people turned out to the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn to protest the raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of the gay escorting website’s chief executive and six of its employees, and to demand that the charges against all seven be dropped. “This is a waste of taxpayer money,” said […]

Why the Rentboy.com Raid Hit Such a Nerve    

Why the Rentboy.com Raid Hit Such a Nerve    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The outraged reaction to the federal government’s raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of seven staffers there, including the escort website’s chief executive, reflects the positive status that escorts and for-hire sex have in the gay community. “It’s much more socially acceptable,” said Christian Grov, an associate professor at the CUNY School […]

When the Feds Punish Tougher for the Same Crime   

When the Feds Punish Tougher for the Same Crime   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Depending on the charges they eventually face, the seven defendants in the rentboy.com case could face significantly increased prison sentences under federal law as compared to the sentences for the state laws that form the basis for the prosecution of the popular escort website. “The same basic crime can have a higher […]

Cy Vance: Don’t Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid

Cy Vance: Don’t Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Manhattan district attorney’s office had its name removed from the press release issued by the Brooklyn-based Office of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York that announced the raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of the gay escort site’s chief executive and six of its employees. “Cy Vance is understandably […]