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How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The state of North Carolina today, March 30, repealed HB2, the law enacted a little over a year ago that aroused heated protests and boycotts, generated several lawsuits, and sparked a national conversation about gender identity and sex-specific public bathrooms and locker rooms. Legislative leaders and the new Democratic governor, Roy […]

In Impassioned Tones –– and A Cappella, Too –– Streep Rebuts Trump

In Impassioned Tones –– and A Cappella, Too –– Streep Rebuts Trump

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the middle of a passionate and powerful rejoinder to President Donald Trump – with whom she’s been at war since her Golden Globes speech in early January – Meryl Streep did something remarkable even for a much-decorated actor who has repeatedly proven her musical chops. Before a packed Waldorf Astoria […]

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst an overheated war between North Carolina’s Republican Legislature and its new Democratic governor-elect, the Legislature has cratered a deal to which it had agreed under which it would repeal its notorious HB 2 – known nationally (and mockingly) as the “bathroom bill” – in return for the Charlotte City Council […]

Poorly Educated Columbia Prof Throws Us Under the Bus

Poorly Educated Columbia Prof Throws Us Under the Bus

BY ED SIKOV | Don’t worry — this column is not about Donald Trump. Not exactly. Yes, he is the worst thing to happen to the world since anthrax. But all of the material I’d been carefully collecting about him for use in this column has been scooped up by other writers: the Mencken quote […]

Advocacy Groups Stunned By Huge New Obstacles    

Advocacy Groups Stunned By Huge New Obstacles    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Responding to celebrity Donald Trump winning the White House, leading LGBT groups reacted with dismay and calls to redouble efforts to advance the rights of queer people and others in America. “Millions of people here and around the world will be shocked, disappointed, and frankly frightened by the election of Donald […]

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | May has brought a flood of litigation over LGBT rights in the federal courts. With the month not even at its mid-point, half a dozen lawsuits have been filed in US district courts related to either the transgender bathroom issue or continuing state-level resistance to marriage equality. First out of the […]

Attorney General “Stands With” Transgender Americans

Attorney General “Stands With” Transgender Americans

The following are excerpts from Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s May 9 public statement regarding the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the State of North Carolina:  The North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 in special session on March 23 of this year. The bill sought to strike down an anti-discrimination provision in a recently-passed Charlotte, […]

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

Critics of North Carolina, Mississippi Anti-Gay Laws Funded Their Authors

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Some leading companies that are currently blasting state governments in Mississippi and North Carolina for enacting laws that promote discrimination against LGBT people made substantial campaign contributions to the two Republican governors and Republican state legislators who enacted those laws. The Wells Fargo North Carolina political action committee gave Governor Pat McCrory […]

North Carolina Law Draws Immediate ACLU/ Lambda Lawsuit    

North Carolina Law Draws Immediate ACLU/ Lambda Lawsuit    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Within days of North Carolina GOP Governor Pat McCrory signing into law H.B. 2, an “emergency measure” passed with the unanimous support of Republicans in the state legislature to restrict public restroom access for transgender people and preempt localities from legislating on LGBT rights, the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT Rights […]

Of Rats and Asses

BY ED SIKOV | Since the last Media Circus — the one where I lambasted Maureen Dowd and her nudnik pal Max Mutchnick — news coverage of the presidential primaries has reached either the nadir or the zenith, depending on your taste for sick amusement. Mine’s pretty damn high, so I’ve been in a very merry […]

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