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Lawsuits brought by the Russian government in multiple countries around the globe to recover the trademarks for Stolichnaya vodka were brought on direct orders from Vladimir Putin, the current Russian president, in 2000. Comments (1)
A black transgender woman was found dead in a Dallas lake on June 1 in a case that police there are describing as “homicidal violence.” The death represents the third time in less than a year that a trans woman has been killed in that city. Comment
Yet another HIV-positive transgender woman seeking asylum has died after a stint in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, infuriating advocates and raising more questions about the US government’s treatment of marginalized people in detention. Comment
Patrons at a gay bar in Harlem on May 31 were met with a terrifying scene outside the establishment when, suddenly, two Rainbow Flags were set ablaze. Comments (1)
New York City

Therapy Temporarily Closes

New York City

Therapy Temporarily Closes

Therapy, a popular gay watering hole in Hell’s Kitchen, has been forced by the city to shut down temporarily after a neighboring building was deemed structurally unstable. Comment
New York City

A Proud History Ending in Park Slope

New York City

A Proud History Ending in Park Slope

It had a good run. Two, actually! Comment
Just weeks before the end of the legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 31 put pressure on state lawmakers in the State Legislature to legalize gestational surrogacy and ban the use of so-called gay and trans panic defense. Comments (1)
New York City

City Monument to Honor Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera

New York City

City Monument to Honor Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera

A monument honoring LGBTQ icons Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be erected down the street from the Stonewall Inn, the city announced on May 30. Comments (3)
Queer Latina Tiffany Cabán this week won a significant LGBTQ boost in her run for Queens district attorney, with the endorsement of the Victory Fund, a Washington-based group that helps elect out candidates across every level of government nationwide. At the same time, the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, the city’s largest LGBTQ political group, has opted to back Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in the race. Comment
A federal district judge in Albany has rejected a lawsuit from a Christian adoption agency that sought to resist efforts by New York to bring it into compliance with the state regulation forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the adoption process. Comment
The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on May 24 moved forward with an anticipated proposal to gut Obamacare rules protecting people on the basis of gender identity in healthcare settings. Comment
The Supreme Court, on May 28, announced it will not review a lower court decision that rejected a challenge mounted by cisgender students upset that their school district decided to let transgender students use bathroom and locker room facilities consistent with their gender identity. Comment
Lottery applications for the city’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior residential building — Ingersoll Senior Residences in Fort Greene, Brooklyn — will open on May 29 at 11 a.m. Comments (4)
Crime

On Memorial Day Weekend, Trans Lives Remembered

Crime

On Memorial Day Weekend, Trans Lives Remembered

The shooting deaths of three transgender women in just five days’ time this month brought hundreds of trans activists, anti-gun advocates, and allies to Washington Square Park on the Friday evening of Memorial Day Weekend in a Keep Your Hands Off Our Trans Bodies rally called by the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG). Comment

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