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An upstate New York town has been ordered to pay $25,000 to a same-sex couple as part of a settlement after the town clerk refused to grant them a marriage license last July. Comment
Anti-LGBTQ journalist Elizabeth Harrington has been hired by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to serve as the party’s national spokesperson. Comment
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) are taking legal action against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for continuing to detain a transgender woman from Honduras six months after she successfully won asylum in the United States. Comments (1)
Politics

Buttigieg Raises Money in Williamsburg

Politics

Buttigieg Raises Money in Williamsburg

One day after officially announcing his candidacy for president and just hours before he appeared with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, where the two swapped coming out stories, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a fundraiser at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Comment
An international lesbian conference in Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev April 12-14 was met with a barrage of religious and far-right protestors who held up homophobic signs, tried blocking the venue’s entrance, and even launched tear gas canisters. Comment
A minor car accident at a Dallas apartment complex on April 12 escalated into a vicious group beating of a transgender woman by men who hurled anti-LGBTQ slurs as they pummeled her on the ground in broad daylight, according to video footage from Facebook and information provided by police. Comment
Rejecting two petitions for review that were both considered long shots at best, the US Supreme Court, on April 15, announced it will not hear an appeal by gay death row inmate Charles Rhines, who contends the jury that sentenced him to death rather than life in prison without parole in his 1993 murder trial was tainted by homophobic statements some of the jurors made during deliberations. Comment
The ban on transgender service members initially announced by President Donald Trump in 2017 and later fleshed out further by the Pentagon went into effect on April 12, officially signaling the beginning of a new era of government-sanctioned discrimination by the nation’s largest employer. Comment
Former Pope Benedict XVI broke his years-long silence on April 10 with a 6,000-word letter in which he blamed child sex abuse in the Catholic Church on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and said “homosexual cliques” were responsible for changing the climate in seminaries, prompting strong criticism from LGBTQ Catholic groups, leaders, and abuse victims. Comment
Data emerging from the US and Europe shows that more HIV-negative gay and bisexual men are contracting hepatitis C than in the past, and New York-based health experts say PrEP’s role in preventing the spread of HIV could be altering what had been a longstanding link between the two infections. Comments (3)
The office of the New Mexico Medical Examiner (NM OMI) has released a third autopsy on a migrant Honduran transgender woman whose death in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody sparked controversy over allegations of abuse, but the new report is being met with skepticism among advocates who are still demanding more answers. Comment
Pride

A Pride March Three Times Bigger

Pride

A Pride March Three Times Bigger

The group that produces New York City’s annual Pride Parade and related events is predicting that there will be 150,000 marchers and 150 floats in this year’s event, but organizers are making no predictions as to when this year’s march will end. Comment
International

Saying No to Brunei

International

Saying No to Brunei

Roughly 250 activists and other LGBTQ community members and allies turned up in Washington Square Park on April 7 to protest the Sultanate of Brunei’s imposition of a stoning death penalty for sodomy between men, along with 40 lashes imposed for lesbian sex and a variety of other draconian sentences announced as part of its Sharia law doctrine. Comments (1)
National

Tom Duane Visits West Point

National

Tom Duane Visits West Point

In an April 2 visit to Spectrum, the LGBTQ organization at the United States Military Academy at West Point, former State Senator Tom Duane recounted tales from his early days as an out gay elected official, while hearing coming out stories from both cadets and officers who had served during the days of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Comment
A lawsuit brought against a Harlem outlet of the Texas Chicken & Burgers chain by five gender non-conforming or transgender people who charged they were denied service there — only to have that allegation refuted by the company in court filings — has been ended by all parties. Comment
The Yankees have rolled out more details of their LGBTQ-related initiatives for 2019, but the announcement did not change the glaring reality that the team is the only remaining one in Major League Baseball to have never scheduled a Pride night. Comment
Bans on so-called gay conversion therapy for minors are continuing to sweep through the United States, with Massachusetts, Colorado, and Puerto Rico being the latest to take action against the practice. Comment
Claiming his First Amendment rights are under attack, Bronx City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., is calling on the Council’s Committee on Standards and Ethics to immediately disclose any existing findings of its apparent investigation into his comments that “everybody” in the City Council “is controlled by the homosexual community.” Comments (1)
Days after LGBTQ employees at the US Department of Justice called out a hostile work environment, Attorney General William Barr responded by signing an Equal Employment Opportunity statement and directing the FBI and the federal Bureau of Prisons to investigate allegations of anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Comment

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