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Pride Agenda, Vocal New York Hail Cuomo Debut

In his January 5 inaugural State of the State speech at the Capitol in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo renewed his commitment to push for equal marriage rights, saying, “We believe in justice for all, then let’s pass marriage equality this year once and for all.” Comment
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Nod to DADT Repeal in State of the Union

One year after he pledged to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in his 2010 State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress in his 2011 address, “Our troops come from every corner of this country — they are black, white, Latino, Asian, and Native American. They are Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. And, yes, we know that some of them are gay. Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love.” Comment
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Change Is Good

The start of a New Year brings out our idealistic side, the yearning to be our very best self –– happy, healthy, wealthy, and wise. Comment
Legal

California DOMA Challenge Advances

Having survived the US government’s motion to dismiss their claims, three California same-sex couples are poised to strike a heavy blow against the Defense of Marriage Act’s denial of federal recognition of their marriages when a federal district court takes up a motion for certifying a larger class of eligible plaintiffs on February 24. Comment
International

Sanctions Must Respond to Iran's Anti-Gay Genocide

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s lethal homophobia requires strong medicine. The international campaign to stop the stoning ofSakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman who was sentenced to death for alleged adultery, shows that the Islamic Republic of Iran is vulnerable to a human rights pressure-point campaign. Comment
Legal

Victory for NYC Gender Identity Protections

A New York State trial judge in Brooklyn rejected the New York City Transit Authority’s argument that city law banning gender identity discrimination in places of public accommodation is unconstitutional as applied to a claim that a transit worker directed transphobic language at a member of the public seeking assistance in using a Metrocard. Comment
From the Editor

Civility and Centrism

President Barack Obama, in his address at the memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting spree, got it just about exactly right when he said, “Let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy — it did not — but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud.” Comment
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Getting the Gay Out

It is standard practice among cops who conduct public sex stings to assert they are merely responding to complaints and not targeting gay and bisexual men. Some officers in the Essex County Sheriff’s Office in New Jersey appear to have missed the memo. Comment
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Anti-Bias Regs Added to Fed Housing Program

Continuing the process of cobbling together federal anti-discrimination protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it would issue a regulation barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in its rental assistance efforts and by private lenders that participate in its mortgage insurance program. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Towards An American Dream

A Dyke Abroad: A couple of months or a year from now, when another anti-government or bigoted nut climbs to the top of a tower with a sniper’s rifle, or puts a bomb in a bar, or buys a semi-automatic and kills a dozen or more, I’ll wonder aloud why you’re so surprised. Comment
Nathan Riley

Medical Marijuana Gains Traction in New York

With little fanfare, Albany almost passed a medical marijuana bill last year. The progress on moving the measure represents a significant development, but it’s impact on the larger drive for drug reform should not be overstated. Comment
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Are Guns a Gay Issue?

With the January 8 shooting in Tucson that killed six and wounded 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, many gay blogs, like much of the blogosphere that leans left, were initially enthralled with the notion that extreme rhetoric and images promulgated by the right drove 22-year-old Jared Loughner to make the attack. Comment
Legal

US Court OKs Retaliation Suit

A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on January 10 that a gay employee discharged two days after filing a sexual orientation discrimination complaint may sue for violation of the anti-retaliation provision of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. That statute does not prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Comment
Legal

Gestational Surrogacy Win in Connecticut

The Connecticut Supreme Court unanimously ruled on January 7 that state laws governing parental status authorize listing a same-sex co-parent on the birth certificate of a child conceived pursuant to a gestational surrogacy agreement, even though that parent has no genetic relationship to the infant. The court rejected the state’s argument that the co-parent would have to go through a second-parent adoption proceeding after the birth in order to be listed. Comments (2)

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