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Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Headed to Supreme Court?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In one of two significant legal developments regarding challenges to Mississippi’s notorious HB 1523, which enshrines in state law a special privilege for people claiming religious and moral objections to LGBTQ people to discriminate against them, Lambda Legal has announced it will petition the Supreme Court on whether the Fifth Circuit […]

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 […]

May You Live in Predictable Times

BY ED SIKOV | “During his election campaign, Donald Trump claimed he was ‘better for the gay community’ than Hillary Clinton. He even stated in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in August that he would protect ‘our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.’ This is the opening […]

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Hate crimes have surged in New York City during this divisive election year – and show no signs of letting up – but authorities at the state and local levels are mobilizing to address the problem. The NYPD has logged 35 percent more bias crimes so far this year over the […]

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A New Jersey judge issued two pretrial rulings in February that increased the likelihood that an organization providing so-called conversion therapy to “assist individuals to purge unwanted same-sex attractions” will be found liable for consumer fraud. The suit, brought on behalf of six individuals against JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for […]

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As it has done consistently since early October, the United States Supreme Court this morning denied the State of Alabama’s petition to extend the stay on two federal court marriage equality rulings while the state prepares to appeal them. [Editor’s update: On February 12, US District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade ordered […]

11th Circuit Denies Alabama’s Bid to Extend Stay on Marriage Rulings

11th Circuit Denies Alabama’s Bid to Extend Stay on Marriage Rulings

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the State of Alabama’s request that it stay two recent marriage equality rulings to give the state time to appeal them. The February 3 order, which provided no explanation, came in regard to two cases decided by […]

What’s Next for Tish James and the LGBT Community?    

What’s Next for Tish James and the LGBT Community?    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two weeks after her candidate in a Bronx State Senate Democratic primary fight went down to defeat, Public Advocate Letitia James met with members of the Stonewall Democratic Club, presumably to begin mending fences over the fact that her man in the race is a fiercely anti-gay pastor who recently traveled to […]

The White Supremacist’s Guide to Social Inclusion

BY SUSIE DAY | Are you anti-Semitic? Hate black people? Detest queers? Do you feel there are too many “mongrels” in today’s society? Dread the time when your race will no longer be in the majority? When inferior, sub-human hordes desecrate the genteel values of Western Civilization and force you into the swamp to dig […]