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Sessions Hits LGBTQ Community on Three Fronts

Sessions Hits LGBTQ Community on Three Fronts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Trump administration, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions leading the charge, moved on three fronts last week to curtail the rights of LGBTQ Americans, relying in part on contested claims of religious liberty and also bucking an emerging trend in how courts are interpreting sex discrimination provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights […]

Some Moderate Their Hate in Response to Trump

Some Moderate Their Hate in Response to Trump

BY ANDY HUMM | No, a lesbian can’t be pope, it’s still tough to be gay and out in the military (and now well-nigh impossible to be transgender), and the GOP-led Congress isn’t passing the federal LGBTQ rights bill. But while Donald Trump’s election and right-wing victories from Britain to Brazil unleashed a wave of open […]

Caring About Queers During the Trumpocalypse

BY KELLY COGSWELL | After gracing the front pages for what seems like years with major gains in trans rights and marriage equality, queers are nearly invisible again in the face of neo-Nazis in the White House and board rooms, nuclear war with North Korea, deadly earthquakes in Mexico, fires across the globe, and their evil […]

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Under the cover of a Category 4 hurricane bearing down on Texas — or as Donald Trump would characterize it, taking advantage of all the eyes glued to TV because of it — the president on August 25 issued a formal “memorandum” to the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security spelling […]

Malliotakis’ Dog Whistle to Anti-LGBTQ Voters

Malliotakis’ Dog Whistle to Anti-LGBTQ Voters

BY RITCHIE TORRES | Since last November, we’ve seen Trump-emboldened Republicans try to roll back many of the hard-fought rights of our city’s LGBTQ communities. And since November, I’ve never been more proud to be from New York — a city of resistance where thousands of people have stood up for justice and tolerance. And where […]

LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | LGBTQ legal groups last week went on the offensive, filing important new lawsuits seeking injunctions against government discrimination. GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) sued Donald Trump and Defense Department officials on August 9, attempting to put a halt to the president’s attempt […]

Trump’s Justice Department Weighs in Against Gay Rights Claims

Trump’s Justice Department Weighs in Against Gay Rights Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On the same day that Donald Trump tweeted that the US military would bar open service by transgender Americans, his Department of Justice let another shoe drop. In a brief filed July 26 with the New York-based Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the DOJ weighed in on a critical question […]

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

Stepping Up War on Transgender Americans, Trump Opposes Military Service

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a rapid-fire series of three tweets this morning, President Donald Trump announced his intention to bar transgender Americans from serving openly in the military. At about 9 a.m., tweeting on his personal account @realDonaldTrump, the president wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the […]

SCOTUS Aftershocks

SCOTUS Aftershocks

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A lot has happened on the LGBT rights front in the short period since the US Supreme Court recognized that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces workplace nondiscrimination protections under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, ruled that “an […]

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a statement laying the groundwork for what seems certain to lead to open service by transgender members of the US military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, on July 13, announced that a high-level working group would spend six months to study “the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to […]