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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made disparaging comments about transgender folks during recent meetings with his staff, prompting some employees to vocally speak out against him and others to storm out of the room in protest. Comment
Dozens of advocacy groups, led by Housing Works, plan to bring civil disobedience to the Supreme Court next month when oral arguments are heard in a series of pivotal cases related to sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Comment
A man was slapped with hate crime charges after he allegedly sent a racist letter to a woman in Staten Island and numerous homophobic letters to the Staten Island Pride Center demanding that “you and your sicko pals… be put out to pasture once and for all for the sake of mankind.” Comment
An influential-turned-disgraced gay Democratic donor who has been linked to multiple overdose-related deaths of vulnerable black gay men in his Los Angeles home was arrested on September 17 after yet another man overdosed in his home last week, prosecutors in Los Angeles announced. Comment
Politics

Elizabeth Warren Storms Washington Square

Politics

Elizabeth Warren Storms Washington Square

Widely viewed as having run the strongest Democratic presidential primary race over recent months and with the endorsement of the national Working Families Party fresh in her grasp, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren greeted a throng of thousands in Washington Square Park in the early evening hours of September 16. Comment
An individual who was found dead, tied up and with multiple slash marks, in a Bronx apartment on September 13 may have been transgender, according to neighbors. Comment
Now that gay teen Abel Cedeno has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for manslaughter and assault for using a knife in a 2017 Bronx classroom fight that left Matthew McCree dead and injured Ariane Laboy, three lawsuits are heating up against the city to determine the schools’ liability for the harm to McCree and Laboy as well as to Cedeno himself. Comment
The Manhattan home of renowned author, poet, and civil rights activist James Baldwin, who drew the ire of publishers more than half a century ago by writing about gay relationships, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Comment
The people of south-central North Carolina narrowly voted to elect anti-LGBTQ State Senator Dan Bishop to the House of Representatives on September 10 in a special election that was triggered by fraud in the midterm race last year. Comment
The New York City Council is repealing its ban on so-called conversion therapy in response to LGBTQ advocates who voiced their satisfaction with the state’s version of the measure and acknowledged that legal challenges could derail the city law anyway. Comment
Abel Cedeno, the bullied gay teen convicted in the stabbing death of one classmate and the slashing of another in a wild Bronx classroom fight two years ago, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the manslaughter of Matthew McCree. Comment
A bigot was caught on video lashing out at a gay Jewish man in a Manhattan subway station on September 9, but that scary moment suddenly turned into a positive opportunity when the victim used the incident to raise awareness about the plight of transgender and gender nonconforming people of color. Comment
Crime BULLETIN

Abel Cedeno Sentenced to 14 Years

Crime BULLETIN

Abel Cedeno Sentenced to 14 Years

Abel Cedeno, a bullied gay youth convicted of manslaughter in the 2017 stabbling death of his high school classmate Matthew McCree, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in a Bronx courthouse today. Cedeno […] Comments (8)
New York City’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes officially opened its doors late last month under the stewardship of a veteran advocate on the issue, marking a new beginning in the city’s fight to reverse the spike in bias-related crimes over the past several years. Comment
International

Pride Arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina

International

Pride Arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thousands of people participated in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first-ever Pride March on September 8, including the out gay US ambassador to that nation, Eric George Nelson. Comment

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