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Melissa Sklarz Dives into Queens Race

Melissa Sklarz Dives into Queens Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For the past several decades, Melissa Sklarz has amassed a wide-ranging portfolio in local LGBTQ and Democratic activism. An out transgender woman, Sklarz served on the Police Commissioner’s LGBT Advisory Committee that established standards for police interactions with the trans community; she’s been a co-president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New […]

How Texas Governor Hopes to Undo Marriage Equality

How Texas Governor Hopes to Undo Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Conservatives eager to bring the marriage equality issue back to the US Supreme Court after President Donald Trump has the opportunity to appoint some right-leaning justices may have found a vehicle in an employee benefits dispute from Houston. On January 20, Inauguration Day, the Texas Supreme Court announced it had “withdrawn” its […]

Thousands More Turn Out Sunday in Columbus Circle

Thousands More Turn Out Sunday in Columbus Circle

BY ANDY HUMM | A day after a massive march up Fifth Avenue from Union Square, more than 15,000 people marched from the Trump International Hotel in Columbus Circle to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and back on Sunday in a multicultural display of support for vulnerable immigrants scapegoated by President-elect Donald Trump during his […]

In Glick Versus Fouratt, Clash Over A Legislator’s Role

In Glick Versus Fouratt, Clash Over A Legislator’s Role

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Asked to describe the significance of her nearly 26-year tenure in the State Assembly, out lesbian Democrat Deborah Glick talks about the legacy issues that would define a legislator’s career. “I am clearly one of the foremost spokespeople for women’s reproductive rights,” she said in an interview this week. The chair […]

A Marriage Loss & the Ongoing Debate Over Puerto Rico’s Political Status

A Marriage Loss & the Ongoing Debate Over Puerto Rico’s Political Status

BY ÁNGEL LUIS CASIANO | Ada Conde and Ivonne Álvarez are household names within Puerto Rico’s LGBT community. As a civil rights attorney for many years, it was no surprise when Conde married her partner in Massachusetts, in the wake of same-sex marriage legalization there 10 years ago. The couple, however, live in Puerto Rico, […]

HIV-Positive Gay Man Cannot Sue for Discrimination Anonymously    

HIV-Positive Gay Man Cannot Sue for Discrimination Anonymously    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A US magistrate judge has denied a request by a gay HIV-positive man to have his identity shielded from public exposure in a discrimination lawsuit he has filed against his former employer in the New Orleans federal district court. “The only specific concern expressed in plaintiff’s motion papers,” Magistrate Judge […]

Same-Sex Marriage Cases Are No Roe V. Wade

BY KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | In an op-ed piece masquerading as fact, the New York Times on Sunday declared that the “Shadow of Roe v. Wade Looms Over Ruling on Gay Marriage.” According to Times legal correspondent Adam Liptak, any positive marriage equality decision handed down by the US Supreme Court will face the same endless […]