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Playing Politics on Immigration Rights Hurts LGBT Lives

Playing Politics on Immigration Rights Hurts LGBT Lives

BY GLENN MAGPANTAY | To say I am deeply disappointed would be an understatement. We at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) are aggrieved as a badly divided US Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in the case US v Texas on June 23. The decision upholds a lower court’s ruling to block President […]

2015 Picture of the Year

2015 Picture of the Year

On the evening of June 26, just hours after the US Supreme Court, in an historic 5-4 vote, declared that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, President Barack Obama ordered the White House to be bathed in rainbow colors to honor a decision and a day that he said embodied “justice that arrives […]

Push for Stonewall National Park Inspires Rare Unity

Push for Stonewall National Park Inspires Rare Unity

BY ANDY HUMM | The political, community, and activist stars are aligned to make the area outside the Stonewall bar, scene of the ‘69 rebellion that sparked the modern LGBT movement, a national park run by the National Park Service. In a rare display of unity, New York leaders from Congress, Albany, and City Hall stood […]

With Much Work Remaining, First Transgender White House Official Signals Great Progress

With Much Work Remaining, First Transgender White House Official Signals Great Progress

BY JILLIAN T. WEISS | The White House has appointed the first openly transgender person to serve as a staff member there, as director of Outreach and Recruitment for the White House Personnel Office. As an attorney and a transgender woman who fights employment discrimination against our community, I am elated for Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. This is a […]

Gay Cuban-American’s Take on New Obama Policy

Gay Cuban-American’s Take on New Obama Policy

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | President Barack Obama’s recent re-opening of formal diplomatic relations with Cuba has spawned praise and scorn –– and renewed interest by LGBT advocates in the island nation’s human rights record. Over the past decade, this reporter has written extensively about Cuba for Gay City News, beginning with a report on my […]

Activists, National Parks Advocates Suss Out LGBT History Sites  

Activists, National Parks Advocates Suss Out LGBT History Sites  

BY ANDY HUMM | About 20 activists who have made some of their own LGBT history in New York took a walking tour through Greenwich Village on a chilly November 15 as part of a process of deciding what ought to be included in a federally designated site or area administered by the National Park Service. […]

On GOP’s Night, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney Prevails in Tough Reelection Contest

On GOP’s Night, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney Prevails in Tough Reelection Contest

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, elected two years ago as New York State’s first openly gay member of Congress, won his reelection bid,  in a hard-fought and tight race against the one-term Republican he ousted in 2012. With 100 percent of the ballots counted in New York’s 18th Congressional District, Maloney had a 1.6 percent lead over former […]

Obama Stand-Up Guy on Religious Exemptions, But Questions Remain

Obama Stand-Up Guy on Religious Exemptions, But Questions Remain

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When White House officials went public on July 18 with news that President Barack Obama would, three days later, issue his executive order barring sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by the federal government, advocates were cheered by word that no religious exemptions would be added to the terms of a […]

Fine Print, Enforcement Key to Obama Job Bias Order’s Effectiveness

Fine Print, Enforcement Key to Obama Job Bias Order’s Effectiveness

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With the White House preparing to add sexual orientation and gender identity to a 1965 executive order that bars discrimination by federal contractors, the question becomes how effective the US Department of Labor –– which will investigate complaints brought under the amended order –– is at handling discrimination complaints. “Generally speaking, […]

Scholars Say Obama Has Authority to Issue Executive Order on Jobs    

Scholars Say Obama Has Authority to Issue Executive Order on Jobs    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A number of constitutional law professors say that President Barack Obama has the authority under federal law to issue an executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by companies contracting with the federal government. “I think he can,” said Richard Ugelow, a law professor at American University […]

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