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In an historic day at the State Capitol in Albany, with many LGBTQ advocates on hand, both houses of the Legislature adopted two long-stalled civil rights bills — the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a transgender rights measure, and a ban on conversion therapy practiced on minors by licensed mental health professionals. Comment
When Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman gavels the Judiciary Committee into session on Monday morning, his colleagues will address him with a title he’s never before had in his six years in office: Mr. Chairman. Comments (1)
Kevin Hart is coming out — to tell you he won’t host the Oscars. Comments (3)
Kristen Prata Browde, a solo practitioner who specializes in family law and divorce, has been elected the board chair of LeGaL, the LGBT Bar of New York. Comments (1)
Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips is back in court, this time suing officials of Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission and its Civil Rights Division and the state’s attorney general and governor to try to block the Commission from continuing a case against him for refusing to make a custom-designed cake celebrating the anniversary of a transgender attorney’s transition. Comments (2)
A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge refused Kwauhuru Govan’s request for new attorneys as he heads to trial in the 2005 killing of Rashawn Brazell, an African-American gay man. Comment
The House of Representatives, which now has a record eight LGBTQ members, passed a rules package last week that protects staffers from employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment
Governors Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Tony Evers of Wisconsin have signed executive orders banning discrimination against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment
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Tibetan Buddhist Saint Who Broke Good

Music

Tibetan Buddhist Saint Who Broke Good

A cast of creatives will stage a multimedia opera about a Tibetan Buddhist saint who began life as a mass murderer before finding redemption in religion. “Mila, Great Sorcerer” — presented at John Jay College on January 12 and 13 as part of the Prototype Festival — combines the centuries-old story of Milarepa with 14th and 15th century animated Tibetan and Himalayan images, culled from the Rubin Museum of Art, to tell a classic story in a new way, according to the director. Comment
Newly released audio of gay civil rights icon Bayard Rustin reveals the extent to which he valued the intersection of his racial and his sexual identity — and how his life as an openly gay man nearly derailed his ability to fight for equality. Comments (3)
Don’t let a sea of blue seats fool you: There are members of the New York City Council actively working against gay rights — including one in southern Brooklyn, where Councilmember Chaim Deutsch has long shown hostility toward LGBTQ causes. Comments (8)
Two gay men have accused a Manhattan seafood restaurant of violently removing them from the establishment in an assault that was so brutal that they were left with bruises, reports Eater New York. Comments (1)
Stephens College, an all-women’s college that previously admitted only transgender people who were born female, has changed its admissions policy to accept transgender women and some non-binary students. Comment
Ten LGBTQ members of Congress were sworn in on Thursday, marking the largest class of out representatives and senators — and the most diverse overall — in American history. Comments (1)
Hate can’t wait. Comment
A unanimous three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on January 4 that District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly should not have denied a Justice Department […] Comment
Much of the LGBTQ community is still upset with Kevin Hart over his refusal to apologize for years-old homophobic comments, but Ellen DeGeneres has come to his defense — and now he’s reconsidering his decision to step down from hosting the Oscars. Comments (4)

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