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Transgender Legal Defense Honors Freedom

Transgender Legal Defense Honors Freedom

The Manhattan Penthouse on Lower Fifth Avenue was the venue June 8 for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s 12th annual Freedom Awards. The evening honored Governor Andrew Cuomo, in recognition of his work on behalf of transgender rights — with the nation’s first executive directive interpreting sex discrimination protections to protect trans people […]

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

With Anger and Determination, Chelsea Vigil Remembers Mx Bostick

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Eight days after the May 4 death of Mx Bostick, a transgender Chelsea resident who suffered a blow to the head on April 25, more than 100 transgender New Yorkers and their allies gathered at the site of the crime to honor Bostick’s memory and demand action on issues from police responsiveness […]

RESIST!

RESIST!

  BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As we face what already seems an exhaustively daunting challenge wrought by Donald Trump’s presidency, the first thing we can agree on is that each of us should do something. A critical corollary to that is that we each need to try not to fritter away too much time –– […]

An Elector Showing Up for the Losing Team

An Elector Showing Up for the Losing Team

BY MELISSA SKLARZ | December 19 was the day the Electoral College voted for the next president of the United States. Chosen as an elector in New York State, I spent the day in Albany as part of the Hillary Clinton team. It was in October when I was having dinner with a friend in the […]

NYS High Court Sets Aside Hate Crime Conviction But Allows Retrial    

NYS High Court Sets Aside Hate Crime Conviction But Allows Retrial    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, ruled unanimously on November 24 that the Appellate Division had correctly reversed the hate crime manslaughter conviction of Dwight R. DeLee in the 2008 killing of Lateisha Green, a transgender woman, in Syracuse. Unlike the intermediate appeals court, however, the high […]

Department of Education Issues New Transgender Guidelines

Department of Education Issues New Transgender Guidelines

BY ANDY HUMM | After decades of dragging its feet on LGBT inclusion, the New York City public schools –– the nation’s largest school district –– took two big public steps forward in recent weeks in tandem with a hearing in the City Council Education Committee led by its new chair, Daniel Dromm, a veteran out […]

Overturned Hate Crime Conviction Faces Review

Overturned Hate Crime Conviction Faces Review

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Transgender rights advocates are hailing the request by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, for full briefing and oral arguments regarding an appeals court ruling that overturned a first-degree manslaughter hate crime conviction in the 2008 death of a transgender woman in Syracuse. Dwight R. DeLee, who was […]

It is Time to End Anti-Transgender Violence

It is Time to End Anti-Transgender Violence

BY MICHAEL SILVERMAN | The 15th Transgender Day of Remembrance provides an opportunity to reflect on the many transgender people whose lives have been cut short by brutal violence simply for living as their true selves, including Harlem resident Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old African-American transgender woman who was viciously attacked in August by an assailant who shouted anti-LGBT […]

Hate Crime Conviction in Trans Woman’s Slaying Thrown Out

Hate Crime Conviction in Trans Woman’s Slaying Thrown Out

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Jury confusion about how to deal with a defendant charged under New York’s hate crime statute has resulted in an appellate ruling setting aside as “inconsistent” the guilty verdict in the homicide of a transgender woman. Dwight R. DeLee, who was 20 at the time, was arrested for shooting and killing […]