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Puerto Rico Shows How Resistance Is Done

Politics

Puerto Rico Shows How Resistance Is Done

A week after Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló finally caved in to days of protests, announcing he would resign on August 2, the citizens of Puerto Rico who turned out in unprecedented numbers to protest revelations of both corruption and shocking misogyny and homophobia among his inner circle are not yet resting on their laurels. Comments (1)
Legal

The Case of the Missing Secret Tape

Legal

The Case of the Missing Secret Tape

A lawsuit brought by a retired NYPD detective that charged Long Island’s LGBT Network and its chief executive with defaming him has been stayed while attorneys in the suit spar over a recording of the chief executive that was made by a witness in the case. Comment
Human rights laws in New York State have been expanded to protect public school students from bullying, discrimination, and harassment, effectively closing loopholes that prevented victims from taking action to address those problems. Comment
The city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announced on July 30 that Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco, a transgender woman who was found dead at Rikers Island on June 6, died of seizures caused by epilepsy. Comment
Music

Lil Nas X Breaks Billboard Record

“Old Town Road” is going to ride the charts ‘til it can’t no more. Comment
Out gay congressional candidate Ritchie Torres is making it clear he needs the support of the wider LGBTQ community in order to defeat homophobic City Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr. — and so far, he’s showing he can meet that hurdle. Comment
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló finally caved in to days of protests on July 24 when he announced he would resign on August 2, but people on the island are remaining steadfast in their calls for wider change in the US territory. Comment
In the midst of controversy engulfing the city’s Department of Correction following the death of a transgender woman in its custody, an out lesbian has assumed the new post of director of LGBTQ+ initiatives. Comment
Under a package of initiatives rolled out by the Cuomo administration on July 23, out-of-pocket PrEP costs are being eliminated in health insurance plans that cover millions of New Yorkers and a new guide outlines the gender-affirming care insurers must cover. Comments (1)
Last December, legalizing adult use of pot seemed like a sure thing in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who had earlier damned pot as a “gateway” drug and severely restricted the state’s medical marijuana program, changed course and backed legal adult use. Comment
A man who allegedly pepper-sprayed a transgender woman during an anti-LGBTQ attack in Queens earlier this summer has been arrested and hit with three charges, including two hate crimes. Comment
A married lesbian couple in Waco, Texas, is expressing outrage after their daughter was rejected admission to a local Christian school simply because her parents are gay. Comment
Two years after they discussed gay men in showers, veteran filmmaker Oliver Stone and Russian President Vladimir Putin have reunited — this time to talk about how “sensible” the anti-LGBTQ laws are in Russia. Comment
The deadly targeting of black transgender women across the United States continued on July 20 in North Charleston, South Carolina, where Denali Berries Stuckey was found dead with gunshot wounds. Comments (1)
Building an imposing war chest a year ahead of the June 2020 Democratic primary, out gay congressional candidate Ritchie Torres blew his opponents out of the water with a whopping $522,000 fundraising haul from April 1 to June 30 of this year. Comment
Contentious protests have emerged in San Juan, New York, and other cities in response to explosive revelations that the embattled governor of Puerto Rico and his top aides made disparaging comments about women, LGBTQ people, journalists, and others in private chats. Comment

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