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Out gay New York Congressmember Sean Patrick Maloney vigorously questioned Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire September 26 over his actions in response to an explosive whistleblower complaint accusing President Donald Trump of using American taxpayer dollars to seek political favors from a foreign power and then trying to cover it up. Comment
Legal

Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld

Legal

Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld

A federal district judge has dismissed a right-wing lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Maryland’s ban on conversion therapy when practiced on minors. Comment
Crime

Advocates Rally Around Beaten Gay Couple in Queens

Crime

Advocates Rally Around Beaten Gay Couple in Queens

Elected officials and LGBTQ advocates on September 24 rallied around a gay couple who said they were attacked by homophobes inside of a Jackson Heights restaurant this month while bystanders refused to help. Comment
While the conservative proponents of potential compromise legislation that would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity will likely face resistance from the LGBTQ community, it is possible that the fiercest opposition to such legislation will be among conservatives. Comment
A proposed City Council bill requiring the city’s Department of Social Services (DSS) to gather and report statistics on transgender and gender nonconforming people in domestic violence shelters was met with resistance from the de Blasio administration during a contentious hearing on September 24. Comment
Ten Democratic presidential candidates on September 20 defended their LGBTQ records and outlined visions for the future during the first forum dedicated to queer issues. Comment
Billy Porter made history all over again. Comment
Thousands of people are preparing to travel to the nation’s capital September 27-29 for a weekend full of events surrounding the first National Trans Visibility March on DC. Comment
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made disparaging comments about transgender folks during recent meetings with his staff, prompting some employees to vocally speak out against him and others to storm out of the room in protest. Comment
Dozens of advocacy groups, led by Housing Works, plan to bring civil disobedience to the Supreme Court next month when oral arguments are heard in a series of pivotal cases related to sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Comment
A man was slapped with hate crime charges after he allegedly sent a racist letter to a woman in Staten Island and numerous homophobic letters to the Staten Island Pride Center demanding that “you and your sicko pals… be put out to pasture once and for all for the sake of mankind.” Comment
An influential-turned-disgraced gay Democratic donor who has been linked to multiple overdose-related deaths of vulnerable black gay men in his Los Angeles home was arrested on September 17 after yet another man overdosed in his home last week, prosecutors in Los Angeles announced. Comment
Politics

Elizabeth Warren Storms Washington Square

Politics

Elizabeth Warren Storms Washington Square

Widely viewed as having run the strongest Democratic presidential primary race over recent months and with the endorsement of the national Working Families Party fresh in her grasp, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren greeted a throng of thousands in Washington Square Park in the early evening hours of September 16. Comment
An individual who was found dead, tied up and with multiple slash marks, in a Bronx apartment on September 13 may have been transgender, according to neighbors. Comment
Now that gay teen Abel Cedeno has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for manslaughter and assault for using a knife in a 2017 Bronx classroom fight that left Matthew McCree dead and injured Ariane Laboy, three lawsuits are heating up against the city to determine the schools’ liability for the harm to McCree and Laboy as well as to Cedeno himself. Comment
The Manhattan home of renowned author, poet, and civil rights activist James Baldwin, who drew the ire of publishers more than half a century ago by writing about gay relationships, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Comment
The people of south-central North Carolina narrowly voted to elect anti-LGBTQ State Senator Dan Bishop to the House of Representatives on September 10 in a special election that was triggered by fraud in the midterm race last year. Comment

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