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Queens Man Charged in Williamsburg Anti-Gay Attacks

A 25-year-old man faces up to 15 years behind bars for assaulting a gay couple in Williamsburg, according to the borough’s top prosecutor, who charged the defendant with a hate crime he said has no place in Brooklyn. Comment
Politics

Transgender Day of Remembrance Marked in New York November 19 & 20

As the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week, transgender and non-binary New Yorkers and their allies will mark Transgender Day of Remembrance in events across the city on November 19 and 20. Comment
The coalition that has been pressing Heritage of Pride (HOP) to fundamentally alter the character of New York City’s annual Pride Parade has shifted goals and is seeking city permits to stage its own march on the last Sunday in June next year and to produce a rally in Central Park following that march. Comment
Breaking News

Chad Griffin to Depart HRC

Breaking News

Chad Griffin to Depart HRC

Chad Griffin, who has helmed the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBTQ community’s leading Washington lobby group, since mid-2012, announced he plans to leave the organization in 2019. As the group’s board undertakes a search effort for his successor, Griffin said he will stay in place. Comment
Remembrance

Janet Weinberg’s Life Celebrated

The life of lesbian leader Janet Weinberg, who died at 63 on September 1, was celebrated Sunday by her longtime partner and wife, State Appellate Division Justice Roz Richter, along with hundreds of her friends, co-workers, and comrades at the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side. Weinberg served at the social services agency as executive vice president — her last post in a long life of leadership positions at non-profits including Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the LGBT Community Center. Comment
A Blue Wave hit New York last week, giving Democrats firm control of the State Senate for the first time in modern memory and offering criminal justice reform advocates — who believe current laws have undermined “the presumption of innocence, fueled mass incarceration, allowed intolerable court delays, and caused countless wrongful convictions” — hope that the new Legislature convening in January will “pass key criminal justice reforms.” Comment
New York State

Love Says Love Is Not Love

New York State

Love Says Love Is Not Love

The Episcopal bishop in Albany has come out as the only one fighting a church policy adopted in July that allows for same-sex marriage in every diocese. Individual priests are not required to perform them, but if one refuses then another has to be found who will. Comment
News Briefs

Top International News, In Brief

The crackdown on LGBTQ people in Tanzania has led the World Bank to suspend all staff travel there. Men recently arrested for being part of a “gay marriage” there are facing anal exams. Comment
Politics

Out Bisexual Kyrsten Sinema Victor in Arizona

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, an out bisexual, has been declared the winner in a hard-fought US Senate race in Arizona to replace retiring Republican Jeff Flake. Comment
Legal

SCOTUS Conferences Title VII Cases Next Week

LGBTQ rights will be on the agenda when the Supreme Court conferences on November 30 to consider granting some of the pending petitions for review. The high court had originally been scheduled to consider petitions in two cases raising the question whether anti-gay employment discrimination violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at its September conference, but those were yanked from the agenda after Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) wrote to the court suggesting consideration be delayed until briefing was complete on its petition seeking review of a lower court ruling against a Michigan funeral home that discharged a transgender employee. Comment
Politics

Protesters Denounce Trump’s Seizure of Justice Department

Politics

Protesters Denounce Trump’s Seizure of Justice Department

One day after President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demonstrators massed in cities across the nation — each gathering beginning at 5 p.m. local time — to protest what is widely understood to be an effort to undermine and perhaps end Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comment

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