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Looking Back 40 Years

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | To mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the New York Public Library will exhibit photos, newspaper articles, and other materials documenting one year in the early gay rights movement. Comment

Gay Marriage the Law in Argentina

BY MICHAEL T. LUONGO & PAUL SCHINDLER | In an historic pre-dawn July 15 vote, the Argentine Senate, by a margin of 33-27, made that nation the first in Latin America to grant same-sex couples marriage equality. Comment

Dan Choi Says He’s Unaware of Discharge

The gay activist and former Army lieutenant who has been a vocal critic of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy told Gay City News that he has not received any notice that his discharge under that policy was finalized on June 29. Comment

Changing Their Tune on Gays

In a 2009 appearance on the cable channel MSNBC, Maggie Gallagher summed up the views of gay marriage proponents. Comment

Take Back Pride Shows Its Colors

That the members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the group that organized Manhattan’s first gay pride march 40 years ago, were sandwiched between floats from Kiehl’s, a cosmetics company, and Delta Airlines speaks volumes about how much the event has changed since 1970. Comment

Brian Ellner Tapped for HRC Marriage Push

Signaling clearly that it is “all-in” on the push for marriage equality in the Empire State, the Human Rights Campaign, the Washington-based LGBT lobby, has launched the Campaign for New York Marriage, promising to deliver what the group’s top spokesman, Fred Sainz, termed “an unparalleled commitment of resources.” Comment

Schneiderman, Maloney Out Front on Endorsements

In two races being contested in the September 14 Democratic primary, the organized LGBT community is coalescing decisively around common choices. Comment

Keeping His Own Counsel

With this year’s Albany legislative season winding down and just two-and-a-half months left until Primary Day and four until Election Day, the brand new executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York State’s LGBT lobby, is circumspect about his near-term expectations. Comment

Christian Student Group Suit Nixed

In a hotly argued 5-4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court on June 28 rejected the Christian Legal Society’s First Amendment challenge to a decision by the University of California’s Hastings College of Law to deny “registered student organization” status to a CLS chapter. Comments (1)

Now, CNN Tackles Gays in America

With an eclectic body of documentaries on the African-American and Latino communities completed over the past three years, journalist Soledad O’Brien has built “In America” into a respected, influential, and popular CNN franchise. Comment

Washington State Ruling Mostly a Win

In a case involving a 2009 referendum challenge to Washington State’s “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law, the US Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a state law authorizing public disclosure of the petitions submitted to put questions on the ballot. Comment

Weiner Faults Obama For Timidity

Anthony Weiner, a high profile Democratic congressman who represents portions of Brooklyn and Queens, believes the votes are there in the House for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), inclusive of protections based on gender identity as well as sexual orientation, sees some hope in this fall’s elections based on his view “that the only thing worse than the Democratic brand is the Republican brand,” and continues to admit that the only other job he would like is being mayor of New York. Comment

Stark Kagan Anti-Bias Views Emerge

Gay and civil liberties groups are asking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Elena Kagan, a nominee for the US Supreme Court, about her views on religious liberty after memos and emails from her time in the Clinton administration suggested she may believe that religious beliefs trump anti-discrimination laws. Comment

Socarides’ 1996 DOMA, Don’t Ask Talking Points

When he worked in the Clinton White House, Richard Socarides authored debate preparation materials and talking points that defended the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Comment

APICHA Broadens Its Primary Care

With the aid of a $500,000 grant in state healthcare funds, the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/ AIDS has launched an ambitious expansion of its primary care program, enabling the group to offer ongoing health services to a broader population than the HIV-positive clientele it had historically served. Comment

Bob Carter, Priest, Gay Pioneer, Remembered

The life of Father Robert Carter, SJ, who had the distinction of being the first openly gay Roman Catholic priest in the early 1970s, was celebrated at the LGBT Community Center on June 5 at a memorial organized by gay Catholic activist Brendan Fay. Comment

Pushing City on Homeless LGBT Youth

In the wake of a report from a mayoral commission on LGBTQ homeless youth that recommends the city increase the number of regulated shelter beds for that population by 200 over the next five years, advocates and the City Council’s Youth Services Committee chair are pressing the Bloomberg administration to restore $6 million in funding for homeless youth programs in the budget currently under negotiation. Comment

Bloomberg Backs Down on AIDS Cuts

Threatened with a court battle by Housing Works, a leading AIDS services organization, the Bloomberg administration abandoned plans to cut 248 of the current 850 case manager positions at New York City’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA). Comment

Forty-Five Day Sentence for Assaults on Three Gay Men

A 20-year-old man who participated in three 2009 assaults on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, including one attack on a gay man originally charged as a hate crime, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years on probation. Comment

Hate Crime Murder Conviction in Sucuzhanay Case

The Brooklyn jury hearing the second trial of Keith Phoenix, the killer of José Sucuzhanay, convicted him of second-degree murder as a hate crime as well as attempted assault as a hate crime in the attack on Romel Sucuzhanay, José’s brother. Comment

A Judge's Dissection of DOMA

US District Judge Joseph L. Tauro’s pair of rulings on July 8 found that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), enacted in 1996 in reaction to same-sex marriage litigation in Hawaii, violates the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection requirement and rights reserved to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the Tenth Amendment. Section 3, the judge found, imposes an unconstitutional condition on state eligibility for funding under certain federal programs, in violation of the Constitution’s Spending Clause in Article I, Section 8. Comment

Federal Judge Strikes Down Portions of DOMA

In a stunning double win in the battle to advance the marriage equality cause, a US district court judge in Boston on July 8 has struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of legal marriages by same-sex couples, in separate cases brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and married gay and lesbian couples. Comment

Dan Choi, Now Discharged, Sees DC Protest Charge Dismissed

When charges of failing to obey a lawful order against Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo were dismissed on July 14, GetEqual, a newly minted activist group, quickly issued a press release. Comment

Will Gays Unite Against Shirley Huntley?

At a December 3 rally in Union Square Park attended by roughly 1,000 LGBT New Yorkers angry about the State Senate’s defeat two days earlier of the marriage equality bill, one of the posters was headlined: “Primary Their Asses… Take Them Out: Sept. 2010.” Under the line “Remember These Names” was a list of the eight Democrats in the Senate who provided the margin of loss. Comment

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