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Utah Applies for Stay of Marriage Equality Ruling

Late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve, the State of Utah petitioned the Supreme Court to stay the ruling by US District Jud Comments (4)
Politics

Ugandan President Voices Some Doubts About Anti-Gay Bill With Life Sentences

More than four years after Uganda first began discussing draconian anti-gay legislation — that in its earliest drafts included a death penalty — that nation’s Parliament, acting in unexpected and hurried fashion on December 19, gave final approval to a bill that would mandate life imprisonment for those repeatedly convicted of prohibited sam Comments (3)
Politics

2013: Year in Photos

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO, MICHAEL LUONGO & SAM SPOKONY/ DESIGN BY MICHAEL SHIREY/ TEXT BY PAUL SCHINDLER […] Comments (1)
Breaking News

Utah Not Quite Ready With Its Supreme Court Motion to Halt Weddings

After six days of desperately trying to stop the marriages by same-sex couples authorized on December 20 by US District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby, the Utah Attorney General's Office on December 26 signaled that it is not yet fully prepared to make its arguments for a stay before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Comment
Breaking News

Appeals Court Decision Not to Halt Marriages Means Gay Christmas in Utah

In a dramatic turn in the Utah marriage equality case, a two-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to grant the State of Utah a sta Comment
National

Ohio, Virginia Courts Weigh In on Marriage Questions  

Even as drama played out in Utah, with same-sex couples scrambling to marry ahead of the state’s desperate efforts to win a stay of a federal court ruling requiring it to issue them licenses, December 23 proved an active day elsewhere for marriage equality litigation — specifically in Virginia and Ohio. Comments (2)
Health

LeFrak Faces HIV-Positive Renter’s Discrimination Claim   

A federal court judge has ruled that a client of the city’s HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) has alleged facts, that if proven in a trial, would make the LeFrak Organization, a major New York City realtor, liable for discrimination against people with HIV who are dependent on government support in paying their rent. In a December 13 decision, Judge Denise Cote refused to dismiss the case brought by a plaintiff, identified as L.C., who attempted to rent a unit at the LeFrak City in Queens. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Federal Judge Nixes Utah Gay Marriage Ban, Weddings Begin

A federal district judge has ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex couples marrying violates a fundamental right guaranteed to them under the 1 Comments (2)
Breaking News

New Mexico Becomes 17th Marriage Equality State

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violates the State Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Comment
New York State

Trans Woman Can Pursue Bias Claim Against Residential Drug Program

Finding that a transgender woman sent to a residential drug treatment program under a plea agreement had stated sufficient grounds to make a claim of discrimination, a State Supreme Court judge in Brooklyn denied a motion to dismiss a housing bias lawsuit against the program under state and city law. Comment
Politics

Australian Capital’s Marriage Equality Law Nixed

Just days after same-sex couples began getting married in Canberra under a law passed by the Australian Capital Territory’s Assembly, the High Court of Australia, that nation’s highest bench, ruled that the territorial legislation was “inconsistent” with the federal Marriage Act of 1961 and was th Comment
Politics

Dismissing “So-Called Rights of LGBT People,” Indian Supreme Court Revives Sodomy Law

A two-judge panel from the Supreme Court of India has ruled that a 2009 decision from the Delhi High Court striking down that nation’s colonial-era sodomy law is “legally unsustainable.” Comments (11)
Elections 2013

Meet the New Boss: Same as the Old Boss?

While Bill de Blasio’s choice of William Bratton to head the city’s police department likely reassured New Yorkers that the declines in crime seen over the last 20 years will be sustained, few are asking if the management techniques that Bratton first put in place in the early 1990s are responsible for some of the policing ills that advocates complain about today. Comments (4)
Politics

African LGBT Activists Tell West to Follow Their Lead

"Education, empowerment, investment, investment, investment” is what LGBT communities in Africa need assistance on, said Juliet Mphande, a human rights activist from Zambia, at a De Comment
Politics

Overturned Hate Crime Conviction Faces Review

Transgender rights advocates are hailing the request by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, for full briefing and oral arguments regarding an appeals court ruling that overturned a first-degree manslaughter hate crime conviction in the 2008 death of a transgender woman in Syracuse. Comment
News Briefs

Two Olympic Sponsors Respond to NYS Comptroller Letter

Two of 10 corporate sponsors of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia have responded to an investor effort led by the New York State comptroller calling on them –– in the wake of Russia's recent enactment of anti-gay legislation –– to “stand up Comments (3)
Breaking News

NYS Comptroller to Olympic Sponsors: Condemn Russian Anti-Gay Laws

Ten major Olympic sponsors from Coke to Dow Chemical –– none of which has acceded to calls that they speak out forcefully against Russia’s laws making it a crime to be gay in public –– are now being pressured by the $161 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, led by Comptroller Thomas D Comments (7)
Politics

Trans Woman Can Proceed with Bias Claim Against NYC for Bureaucratic Hostility

A Manhattan State Supreme Court judge has ruled that a transgender Jane Doe plaintiff can proceed with her discrimination claim against New York City based on the treatment she received when requesting that the HIV/ AIDS Services Administration (HASA) issue her a new benefits ID card correctly identifying her name and gender. Comments (1)
Politics

US Ninth Circuit Revives Russian Gay Asylum Seeker’s Bid

A US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has granted a gay Russian asylum seeker’s petition for review, finding that there must be a determination of whether the government met its burden of showing that conditions for LGBT people in Russia have improved sufficiently to overcome the presumption that the applicant has a well-founded fear of persecution if required to return there. Comment
Politics

New York Promoters of Russian Investment on the Run  

In the face of protests on November 18 by Queer Nation and others opposed to investment in Russia due to that nation’s new anti-gay laws, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) scaled back its annual marking of Russia Day. A separa Comment
Politics

US Panel Rules Domestic Partnerships Equal to Marriage     

An administrative panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a former federal court employee in Oregon is entitled to compensation for the cost of providing health insurance for her same-sex domestic partner. The federal government’s refusal to recognize Oregon domestic partnerships in providing health benefits, the panel found, violates the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, as well as the Oregon district court’s non-discrimination policy. Comment
News Briefs

Gravely Ill Illinois Lesbian Allowed to Marry

Despite the fact that Illinois’ marriage equality law, signed last week by Governor Pat Quinn, does not go into effect until next June 1, a federal district judge on November 25 ordered Cook County Clerk David Orr in Chicago to issue a marriage license to Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert now. Comment
National

Arkansas Reverses Gay Dad’s Visitation Restrictions    

A sharply divided Arkansas Supreme Court voted 4-3 to reverse a circuit court’s requirement that a gay dad’s same-sex partner not be present when he has overnight visits from his youngest son. Comment
News Briefs

Queens Marks Transgender Day of Remembrace

The Queens Pride House, on November 21, held an event to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which provided members of the transgender community and allies with an opportunity to discuss the causes of violence against transgender people as well as possible ways to address such violence. The discussion was facilitated by Pauline Park, president of the Pride House board of Comment
Guest Perspective

It is Time to End Anti-Transgender Violence

The 15th Transgender Day of Remembrance provides an opportunity to reflect on the many transgender people whose lives have been cut short by brutal violence simply for living as their true selves, including Harlem resident Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old African-American transgender woman who was viciously attacked in August by an assailant who shouted anti-LGBT slurs at her and Comments (1)
Breaking News

Case Against Suspect in Islan Nettles Slaying Dismissed 

Three months after Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman, died as the result of a brutal beating in Harlem, the only person charged in the slaying saw his case dismissed. Comments (1)
Health

Felony Charge Nixed in HIV Exposure Case

A unanimous five-judge New York appeals court panel has rejected the argument that an HIV-positive man should face felony charges, carrying a mandatory minimum prison term, for exposing another person to the virus by failing to disclose his serostatus before having unprotected sex. Comments (3)
Politics

Race to the Altar: Can We Keep Up the Pace?

With the Hawaii State Senate giving final approval to a marriage equality bill on November 12, gay and lesbian couples in a total of 16 states plus the District of Columbia have now won the right to marry. Comments (1)
Politics

Challenge to Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban Nixed

A federal district court judge has rejected a constitutional challenge to a recently enacted New Jersey statute that bars licensed counselors there from providing “sexual orientation change efforts” Comment
Breaking News

Hawaii House Gay Marriage Approval Sets Stage for Final Victory November 12

The Hawaii House of Representatives, in a 30-19 vote on November 8, approved a marriage equality bill, similar to the one adopted earlier by the State Senate. Comment
Breaking News

ABA President Withdraws From NYC Russian Investment Forum

The president of the American Bar Association, who was set to be the keynote speaker at a daylong New York conference on November 18 about investing in Russia, has withdrawn from the event. After pressure and entreaties from gay leaders, an ABA spokesperson said that James Silkenat will not be speaking at the forum. Comments (2)
Breaking News

Senate Easily Approves Transgender-Inclusive Jobs Protection Bill

In a 64-32 vote on the afternoon of November 7, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which provides protections against bias in th Comments (1)
News Briefs

Illinois House Clears Away Marriage Equality's Last Hurdle

The Illinois House of Representatives gave approval to marriage equality late in the afternoon on November 5, with 61 yes votes, one more vote than the simple majority needed. Comment
Elections 2013

Coalition Lays Out Proposals for Post-Quinn Council Reforms

A coalition of City Council members and Democratic Council nominees likely to win on November 5 took to the steps of City Hall on October 30 to begin making their case for sweeping reforms to the Council’s rules. Comments (2)
Politics

Gay Calls to Divest in Russia    

Members of Queer Nation, which has led the charge among New Yorkers pressuring Russia to repeal its notorious anti-gay laws, are calling on city and state officials to pull their investments in Russia as bad both morally and financially. While they are turning up the heat, along with Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell and State Senator Brad Hoylman, both gay Manhattan Democrats, the city and state comptrollers a Comment
Politics

False Prostitutions More Widespread than Known   

Police arrested more men than previously known in controversial 2008 prostitution stings that involved young undercover vice cops first soliciting consensual sex from men in six Manhattan porn shops then offering to pay for the sex and arresting the men for prostitution. Comments (1)
Politics

Oregon Recognizes Gay Marriages from Other Jurisdictions

Relying on an opinion letter from Oregon Deputy Attorney General Mary H. Williams, the state issued a directive instructing state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. Comment
Politics

February Trial for Marriage Equality in Michigan  

A trial that will decide the constitutionality of Michigan’s 2004 voter amendment barring marriage by same-sex couples will begin in federal court on February 25 in the wake of a US district court judge’s decision in an adoption case. Judge Bernard Friedman, on October 16, heard oral arguments from a lesbian c Comments (1)
Breaking News

Christie Drops Appeal of Marriage Equality Ruling

Recognizing the inevitability of losing in his effort to overturn a state superior court marriage equality ruling, Governor Chris Christie has dropped the appeal he had filed with th Comment
Politics

New Jersey Same-Sex Marriages to Begin October 21

Refusing the Christie administration’s request to stay Judge Mary Jacobson’s September 27 ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in New Jersey, the State Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Jacobson’s order will go into effect on October 21. Comment
Politics

Judge Orders Robert Pinter's Claims Against City to Go to Trial

US District Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled that Robert Pinter, a gay man who claims to have been wrongly arrested in October 2008 and wrongly prosecuted in a scheme by New York City officials t Comments (2)
Politics

Sean Patrick Maloney Draws Fire For Budget, Obamacare Votes

In the days leading up to the shutdown of the federal government, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, an upstate New York Democrat, twice voted to keep the government funded and against overturning Obamacare or delaying its implementation. Comments (12)
Health

Unprotected Oral Sex Makes Positive Man a Sex Offender

Affirming the felony conviction of an HIV-positive gay man for the crime of “criminal transmission of HIV” even though the man did not transmit the virus to his complaining sexual partner, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled on October 2 that the attorney who represented Nick Rhoades did not fail to provide effective legal assistance when he told the man to plead guilty. Comment
Politics

Lesbian Co-Parent Claim Precluded By 22-Year-Old Case  

The evil that courts do lives on… Comment
Politics

Nevada Supreme Court Gallops Ahead of New York on Co-Parenting    

In a unanimous October 3 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court settled several questions previously unaddressed in state law — finding, first, that a child can have two mothers and, second, that a co-parenting agreement made by two women before the birth of their child conceived through anonymous donor insemination, with one woman providing the egg and the other being the gestational mother, can be enforceable. Comment
Breaking News

Judge Rejects Christie Bid to Delay Order to Begin Gay Marriages October 21

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson has denied a motion by the State of New Jersey to stay her decision ordering the state to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples on October 21. Comment
Politics

ENDA Advocates Battle One New Religious Exemption, Resigned to a Second

With the Senate set to consider two Republican amendments as it takes up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act this week, LGBT advocacy groups do not see either as “necessary,” but are more concerned about defeating one than the other. Comments (1)
Breaking News

After Religious Exemption Cloakroom Sidebar, ENDA Clears Key Senate Procedural Hurdle

With 60 votes needed to allow the Senate to proceed to consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, seven Republicans joined 54 Democrats to adopt cloture early in the evening on November 4. Comment
Politics

A Russian Gay Activist Speaks Out

Nikolai Baev, 38, is a veteran Russian gay activist born and raised in Moscow. He founded the first gay group in the city of Novosibirsk when he was a university student there, and is one of the original organizers of the efforts to stage the banned Moscow Gay Pride. Comments (4)
Politics

ENDA Religious Exemption Still a Big Worry

Even as the question of whether privately held business corporations can claim a religious exemption from complying with LGBT civil rights protections potenti Comment
Crime

ENDA, Title VII, and Transgender Rights

The long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which won approval by a US Senate committee this summer, may get a vote by the full Senate later this year, though few advocates are holding out hope that the House would follow suit –– at least as long as the Republicans retain control. As the push for ENDA continues, it is worth considering what protections may already exist under the 1964 Civil Rights Act –– particularly with respect to that law’s prohibition on discrimination based on sex. Comments (2)
Politics

Marriage Equality Advocate Marries!

Rob Ornstein and James Esseks met 21 years ago when both were volunteering at AIDS Walk New York. They made honest men of each other on September 7 when Judge Denny Chin, who sits on the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, presided over their wedding at City Winery in Soho. Comments (1)
Politics

High Court May Take Up Religious Exemptions

A September 17 federal appeals court ruling that a business corporation owned by Roman Catholics is not entitled to claim a religious exemption from complying with the Obamacare requirement that employee health insurance plans cover contraception adds to the likelihood that the US Supreme Court will take up the question of whether corporations have a First Amendment right of “free exercise of religion” based on the beliefs of their owners. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Marriage Movement Advances in New Jersey, Illinois Rulings

In a big day for the marriage equality movement, trial judges moved the ball forward significantly in New Jersey and Illinois on September 27. Comment
Health EXCLUSIVE

GMHC Ousts Marjorie Hill After Seven Years   

Gay Men's Health Crisis, the nation’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ending the HIV/ AIDS epidemic and supporting those affected by it, announced on September 13 that its CEO for the past seven years, Dr. Marjorie Hill, will step down at the end of this month. Comments (31)
Politics

$4.5 Million Defamation Award Against Anti-Gay Official Upheld   

A federal judge has a affirmed a $4.5 million jury verdict against a homophobic former Michigan assistant attorney general found to have committed wrongful acts against the gay student body president at the University of Michigan. Comment
Politics

IRS Will Recognize All Married Couples

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have announced that legally married same-sex couples, regardless of the state where they reside, will treated as married for federal tax purposes. Comments (1)
Health

Conviction of Man Who Transmitted HIV to Partner Nixed   

The Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously ruled on August 21 that the state’s court of appeals correctly reversed the conviction of an HIV-positive gay man who had transmitted HIV to his partner, finding that neither part of the state’s law penalizing “attempted first-degree assault by communicable disease” applied to his case. Comments (1)
Politics

Wedding Photographer Cannot Deny Service to Same-Sex Ceremony

The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled on August 22 that a wedding photography business violated the state’s Human Rights Act by refusing service to a lesbian couple for their commitment ceremony, finding that the owners’ religious and free speech rights were not unconstitutionally violated by this result. Comment
Breaking News

Transgender Woman Dies Five Days After Brutal Harlem Assault

Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman brutally attacked on August 17 in Harlem, died on August 22 after she was removed from life support at Harlem Hospital. Comments (4)
Politics

US Judge Allows Ugandan Gays’ Claims Against Minister to Proceed    

A federal district court judge in Massachusetts has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a gay rights group, against Scott Lively, described in the complaint as an attorney, author, and evangelical minister who allegedly worked to “foment” what the suit described as “an atmosphere of harsh and frightening repression against LGBTI people in Uganda.” Comment
Breaking News

Suspect Sketches Released in Attack on Gay Couple in Chelsea

Police have released sketches of two men suspected of assaulting a gay couple walking through Chelsea after midnight on August 14 as they headed home from a movie. The victims said they were attacked by six youths shouting anti-gay slurs as they rounded the corner from Ninth Avenue onto 24th Street walking west, arm in arm. Comments (1)
Elections 2013

Anthony Weiner Pledges Feisty Posture for the Duration

Politically powerful voices in New York, Anthony Weiner insisted, are not happy that he’s running for mayor –– and that’s a good thing. Comments (6)
Politics

Court Says Lesbian Spouse Eligible Under US-Regulated Benefit Plan

A US district court has ruled that a private sector employee benefit plan governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) should be construed to recognize a same-sex marriage Comments (1)
Politics

Victories for Two Gay Asylum Seekers    

Two federal appeals circuits handed victories in July to gay men seeking asylum in the US based on the danger of persecution they faced in their home countries — the Philippines in one case; Ukraine in the other. Comment
Breaking News

Owner, Bartenders from Boxers Bars Dump Stoli in the Gutter

As a crowd of more than 100 demonstrators massed across the street from the Russian Consulate on Manhattan’s East 91st Street to protest new anti-gay legislation in that country, Bob Fluet, one of the owners of Boxers NYC in Chelsea and Boxers HK in Hells Kitchen, and two of his bartenders poured bottle after bottle of Stolichnaya Vod Comments (6)
Breaking News

ACT UP Disrupts Stoli Splash Bash; July 31 Demo Planned at Russian Consulate

It certainly didn’t have the makings of a fair fight, as a group of less than a dozen members of ACT UP/ NY faced off against a crowd of roughly 150 who had been primed with free rounds of Stolichnaya Vodka. But when the activists disrupted the opening of Comments (23)
Politics

US Judge Orders Ohio to Recognize a Same-Sex Marriage    

US District Judge Timothy S. Black has ordered that a Cincinnati same-sex couple married in Maryland is entitled to a temporary restraining order requiring the local registrar of death certificates to record them as married when one, fatally ill, passes away. Comments (2)
Politics

Prop 8 Proponents Ask California Supreme Court to Halt Marriages    

Two weeks after same-sex marriages resumed in Ca Comment
Politics

Federal Appeals Court Nixes Sex Sting Arrest

Reversing decisions by a federal district court judge and a magistrate judge, a panel of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has acquited a gay man convicted of disorderly conduct for groping an undercover federal ranger in North Carolina in 2009. The 2-1 decision came in an appeal brought by Joe Lanning, who was targeted in a vice sting operation at the Sleepy Gap Overlook of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville. Comment
Breaking News

Elizabeth II Gives Royal Assent to Marriage Equality

Queen Elizabeth II on July 17 gave formal Royal Assent to the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013, which passed its third reading in the British House of Lords two days earlier. Comments (2)
Politics

Prop 8 Proponents Ask California Supreme Court to Halt Marriages

Two weeks after same-sex marriages resumed in California on June 28, Proposition 8’s proponents filed a petition with the California Supreme Court seeking a stay of Judge Vaughn Walker’s 2010 order, which the Supreme Court allowed to go into effect when it ruled the proponents did not have standin Comments (3)
Crime

Implementing DOMA Repeal Faces Some Hurdles   

With the federal Defense of Ma Comment
Politics

Taking Equality Nationwide

BY PAUL SCHINDLER […] Comment
Politics

Earliest Veterans of Marriage Fight Revel in Victory

On the day she vanquished the Defense of Marriage Act, Edie Windsor, 84, deservedly took international center stage with her attorneys Roberta Kaplan, James Esseks of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Donna Lieberman of the New York Comments (3)
Politics

Is Michigan Next?    

A senior federal district court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 has ruled that a Michigan lesbian couple is entitled to a trial on their claim that the state adoption law, forbidding same-sex couples to jointly adopt children, and the Michigan Marriage Amendment, forbidding same-sex marriages, violate their rights under the 14th A Comments (1)
Elections 2013

John Liu Leans Left

While a number of the candi Comment
Breaking News BREAKING

Same-Sex Marriages Resume in California

Two days after the US Supreme Court rule Comments (4)
Breaking News

Edie Windsor Claims Her Victory –– and Ours

“Internalized homophobia is a bitch,” Edie Windsor told a jam-packed news conference at Manhattan’s LGBT Community Center just two hours after the US Supreme Court struck down the federa Comments (3)
Breaking News

Rally Celebrates Supreme Court Wins, Hails Windsor

A June 26 Manhattan rally was as much a salute to Edie Windsor as it was a celebration of the two victories the US Supreme Court handed the gay and lesbian community that day. Comments (7)
Breaking News

Prop 8 Challengers Confident Ruling is the Last Word

With the US Supreme Court holding that the Official Proponents of California’s Proposition 8 cannot challenge a federal district court decision that the 2008 ballot initiative banning gay marriage is unconstitutional, ad Comments (3)
Breaking News

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA’s Key Provision, Dodges Prop 8's Substance

In a pair of 5-4 rulings released on June 26, the United States Supreme Court he Comments (2)
Health

Assembly Approves Bill Barring Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution   

New York City has the nation’s largest HIV/ AIDS population, and no responsible public health official would ever advise against carrying condoms. But that’s exac Comment
Health

Supreme Court Nixes Requirement for Anti-Prostitution Pledge

The Supreme Court, on June 20, ruled that a federal statute that conditions government funding to non-profits doing overseas HIV prevention work on their articulating an explicit policy opposing prostitution violates the First Amendment. Comment
Breaking News BREAKING

DOMA Struck Down; Supreme Court Ducks Prop 8, Clearing Way for Marriage in California

In two critical rulings on June 26, the United States Supreme Court struck down the US Defense of Marriage Act’s bar on federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages. Comments (2)
Politics

No State Senate Vote on Transgender Rights

More than a decade into the effort to approve a transgender civil rights law in New York State, the 2013 legislative session looked like it could be the charm. Comment
Crime

Elliot Morales Repeatedly Told NYPD He Killed Mark Carson

The accused killer of Mark Carson made multiple statements to police following the May 18 fatal shooting in which he admitted to killing the 32-year-old gay man. Comment
Breaking News

Citing GENDA “Momentum,” Pride Agenda Touts Ray Kelly Endorsement

It’s been more than a decade since New York State enacted a gay rights law –& Comment
Politics

Gay Men Claim Police Violence, Anti-Gay Slur, False Arrest in Brooklyn

At a June 11 press conference outside One Police Plaza downtown, members of the City Council, LGBT advocates, and Comments (14)
Breaking News

Council Members, Advocates Press Legislature on Condoms

New York City has the nation’s largest HIV/ AIDS population, and no responsible public health official would ever advise against carrying condoms. Comments (3)
Politics

The Weeks Wind Down for GENDA, AIDS Rent Relief  

With the State Legislature expected to end its 2013 session in less than three weeks, two long-stalled measures affecting the LGBT community face, at best, uncertain Comments (3)
Health

Florida Appeals Panels Disagree If Gay Sex is “Intercourse”  

Does “sexual intercourse” — as the term is used in provisions of Florida law that make it a crime for a person who knows he is infected with HIV to engage in it without disclosing this fact — include anal or oral intercourse between men? Two Florida District Courts of Appeal disagree on this question, and on May 31, the Fifth District certified the question to the State Supreme Court for resolution. Comments (1)
Politics

Confidentiality Ordered for Licensing of Transgender Professional  

One rarely discussed side effect of gender transition is the difficulty a transgender person may encounter while trying to continue their professional career after obtaining legal recognition of their new gender. Comment
Politics

Schumer, LGBT Critics Agree Senate Floor Immigration Amendment Possible

A week after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a comprehensive immigrat Comments (2)
Health

Liz Krueger Pressing for Pot Legalization  

Draft provisions of a “tax and regulate” marijuana bill is being circulated by State Senator Liz Krueger, an East Side Democrat. Comments (19)
Politics

Minnesota Enacts Marriage Equality

“Today we have the power, the awesome power to make dreams come true,” said out gay Senator Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, just moments before the Minnesota Legislature concluded its debate on a marriage equality bill on May 13. Later in his speech, he added, "Vote yes for love." Comments (4)
Crime

Two Arrests in Second of Recent Madison Square Garden Area Bashings

Port Authority police made two arrests in a May 10 assault on a gay couple outside a PATH station entrance at 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue. Comments (9)
Politics

LGBT Advocates Wary as Senate Immigration Mark-Up Begins  

As debate over immigration reform moves center stage in the US Senate — with the Judiciary Committee beginning mark-up this week of a comprehensive bill developed by a bipartisan group dubbed the Gang of Eight — advocates for couples in w Comments (5)
Health

Glick, Hoylman File Bill to Ban “Conversion Therapy”  

While California’s 2012 first-in-the-nation law to ban therapists from trying to turn gay minors into heterosexuals is being challenged in federal court, Comments (2)
Politics

Legal Advocates Voice Concerns About ENDA Religious Carve-Outs  

While the introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in Congress in late April was greeted with cheers by many, four legal groups said that the bill’s religious exemption was an invitation to some employers to discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Comments (1)
Health

Big Win for Lesbian Parents in Iowa   

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on May 3 that a state law providing that the husband of a married woman who gives birth to a child is the presumptive father is unconstitutional to the extent that it doesn’t provide the same presumption of parentage for married lesbian couples. Comment
Politics

Fed Employee Grievance Ruling Dings DOMA, Oregon Marriage Ban

A federal appeals court judge, hearing a grievance case brought by a US public defender, has ruled she is entitled to coverage for her same-sex spouse under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Comment
Breaking News

Advocates Remain Wary About Same-Sex Couples’ Prospects in Immigration Reform

As debate over immigration reform moves center stage in the US Senate –– with the Judiciary Committee holding hearings and more than 50 binational same-sex families descending on Capitol Hill this week for visits with 150 members of Congress –– advocates for couples in which one member is not an Comments (14)
Politics

City Law Department Says Mayor’s Office Ordered Video Store Busts 

Material unearthed in a federal lawsuit brought by a gay man who charges he was falsely arrested for prostitution in a Manhattan porn shop in 2008 suggests the Bloomberg admin Comments (30)
Politics

As Pride Agenda Heads to Albany, GENDA Push Accelerates

As the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) prepares to lead roughly 700 LGBT advocates to the State Capitol in Albany for the group’s annual Equality and Justice Day lobbying effort on April 30, supporters of a decade-old transgender civil rights measure are stepping up the push to secure Senate passage this year. Comments (1)
Politics

US Court Okays National Class Action Suit Against DOMA 

A federal district judge in Los Angeles has certified a nationwide class action lawsuit attacking the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act’s Section 3 in the context of the immigration rights of same-sex spouses. Comments (1)
National

Teacher, Accused of Webcasting Sex Tape, Can Sue 

A unanimous appeals panel of the New Jersey Superior Court has ruled that an out gay teacher forced to resign from a private boarding school is entitled to a trial on his claim that the school violated his rights under the New Jersey law barring anti-gay discrimination. Comments (1)
Crime

Officer Says Cruiser Extraordinarily Aggressive in 2010 Newark Park Killing

The Essex County sheriff’s officer who shot and killed an unarmed DeFarra Gaymon during a 2010 public sex sting in a Newark park described the 48-year-old Gaymon as aggressive and repeatedly threatening him in a statement that was written three days after the July 16 shooting. Comments (10)
Politics

Virginia AG Goes to Mat for Unconstitutional Sodomy Law 

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli, turned down on April 9 in his request that the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider and overrule a decision by a three-judge appellate panel that last month found Virginia’s sodomy law to be unconstitutional on its face, may yet seek Supreme Court revie Comments (2)
Health

Unprotected Sex Leads to Aggravated Assault Verdict 

The US Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed the conviction of an HIV-positive airman on charges stemming from group sex activities that he and his wife engaged in during which he did not disclose his sero-status and did not consistently use condoms. Comment
Politics

Supreme Court Arguments Suggest DOMA May Be Doomed

The Supreme Court, on March 27, heard oral arguments in Edith (“Edie”) Schlain Windsor’s suit challenging the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of marriages by same-sex couples. Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

No Clear Majority on Merits Evident During Prop 8 Arguments

On the tenth anniversary of oral arguments in Lawrence v. Texas, the historic 2003 ruling that struck down laws Comments (5)
Politics

Immigration Reformers Keep Up Pressure on Senate 

As the Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight struggles to put together a legislative Comment
Politics

Should We Forgive Bill Clinton?

So now, Bill Clinton told us this month in an opinion piece for the Washington Post, he’s against the Defense of Marriage Act he signed Comments (6)
Crime

Elmo Puppeteer Accusers Use Novel Legal Theory 

Three of the four men who have sued puppeteer Kevin Clash are using a legal theory that asserts their cases should proceed despite the statute of limitations having run out because they only recently realized they were harmed by the sexual encounters they allege they had with Clash when they were underage. Comment
Politics

Panel on Police Abuses Highlights Obstacles to Reform

A discussion among some leading critics of New York City’s police department showcased the extent to which reforming that agency may be very difficult to achieve. Comments (1)
Elections 2013

New City Council Lines Dilute LGBT Voting Power

Imagine if over time, that difference grew to 20 percent, or even 30 percent. Comments (1)
Politics

Inclusion the ‘Rage’ in Queens, But St. Pat’s Discriminates Elsewhere

The St. Pat’s for All Parade through Sunnyside and Woodside, Queens brought together Irish and non-Irish, gay and straight, young and old, Democrat and Republican, and Catholic and Muslim — not to mention a long line of Brownie troops — in the 14th edition of this “inc Comment
Elections 2013

Liu Charges Ed Dept Fails in Tracking Bullying

The city’s Department of Education (DOE) is not adequately tracking and responding to bias incidents in New York City’s roughly 1,700 public schools, according to an audit released by John Liu, the city’s comptroller. Comment
Love & Marriage

Obama Administration Steps Up on Prop 8

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a brief in support of the two same-sex couples seeking to overturn California’s Proposition 8. Their case will be heard by the Supreme Court on March 26. Comments (1)
Politics

Immigration Advocates Warn Against ‘Watering Down’ Reform

In response to a January 28 memorandum from eight US senators of both parties who are taking the lead on immigration reform, a number of local and national advocacy groups held a Manhattan press conference to voice fears about the risk of “ Comments (1)
Health

Dismissal of Celia Farber Libel Suit versus Richard Jefferys Upheld

An intermediate level state appeals court has upheld a 2011 trial court ruling dismissing Celia Farber’s lawsuit contending she was defamed by an email AIDS activist Richard Jefferys wrote saying that Farber and Dr. Peter Duesberg are “liars” for their assertions that HIV is not the cause of AIDS. Comment
Love & Marriage

Plaintiffs’, San Francisco’s Prop 8 Briefs Go to High Court

Attorneys representing the two same-sex couples challenging California’s Proposition 8 have now filed their response to the brief submitted to the Supreme Court in January by those defending the 2008 voter initiative. In addition, the City and County of San Francisco, which was allowed to intervene as a co-plaintiff in the case, has also filed its response. Comment
Love & Marriage

Obama Supreme Court Brief Attacks DOMA on the Merits

Arguing that all government policies that discriminate based on sexual orientation should be treated by the federal courts as presumptively unconstitutional, the Obama administration has filed its brief with the Supreme Court in the Defense of Marriage Act case in which oral arguments are scheduled for March 27. Comments (2)
Breaking News

Man Killed in Newark Sex Sting Helpless When Officer Shot, Lawsuit Says

New documents filed in a lawsuit suggest that a sheriff's deputy may have had DeFarra Gaymon under control just before he shot and killed the unarmed man during a 2010 public sex sting in a Newark park. Comments (22)
Crime

Three Gay Murders Highlight Online Hook-Up Risks

In the wake of three murders of middle-aged gay men in separate incidents just two weeks apart, elected officials and anti-violence advocates are warning the comm Comments (3)
Politics

Panetta Announces New Partnership Status, Benefits

In response to growing demands from advocates for gay and lesbian military service members, the Defense Department on February 11 announced Comment
Health

Appeals Court Finds Right to Inmate Sex Reassignment

A January 28 decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit may be the first by a federal appellate court to hold that an inmate may, under certain circumstances, have a right to gender reassignment surgery as a medically necessary procedure. Comments (2)
Politics

From Selma To Stonewall: Joining the Journey, the President Leads

President Barack Obama made gay history in his second inaugural address on January 21. Comments (2)
Politics

Will Supreme Court Rule on DOMA?

When the Supreme Court accepted the petition by the US solicitor general that it take up Edie Windsor’s lawsuit against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it posed two questions that could derail any quick resolution about the 1996 law’s constitutionality. Comments (1)
Politics

Prop 8, DOMA Defenders Rely on Federalism

On January 22, attorneys defending California’s Proposition 8 and those defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against constitutional challenges filed briefs on the merits with the United States Supreme Cour Comment
Politics

Gay Crown Heights Party Promoter Charges Police Brutality

Roughly 50 people marched on Brooklyn’s 77th Precinct to protest the arrest of Jabbar Campbell, a party promoter who says police assaulted him during an event at his Crown Heights home. The group characterized the January 13 police action against Campbell as an anti-gay attac Comments (3)
News Briefs

Evoking Stonewall, Obama Talks of Gay Equality in Inaugural Address

For the first time in a presidential inaugural address, Barack Obama, in beginning his second term in office, talked specifically about the LGBT community. Comment
Politics

A Future Beyond Formal LGBT Equality

If the LGBT movement is, at its core, a progressive struggle for justice and equality, then shouldn’t the gay rights agenda include issues of economics, race, class, and gender? In other words, is there more to gay rights and liberation than simply securing passage of non-discrimination laws and gaining the right to marry? Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

What If No Majorities Emerge on DOMA, Prop 8?

Both the Defense of Marriage Act and the Proposition 8 cases set for argument before the US Supreme Court in late March present questions of equal protection and — at the high court’s direction — of federal jurisdiction, as well. Most of the speculation I’ve seen assumes the court will produce a majority decision in the DOMA and Prop 8 litigation, but I’ Comments (1)
Politics

Cohabitant Benefits for Michigan State Workers Upheld

A 2-1 panel of the Court of Appeals of Michigan, an intermediate-level appellate bench, has ruled that a State Civil Service Commission policy extending health insurance benefits to non-marital cohabitants of state employees does not violate Michigan’s 2004 anti-gay marriage amendment. Comments (1)
Health

High Court to Consider Global AIDS Funding Restrictions

The Supreme Court has announced it will review a ruling striking down the US government’s policy of conditioning funding under the US Leadership Against HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003 on non-profit recipients stating an explicit policy opposing prostitution and sex trafficking and taking no actions inconsistent with that. Comment
Crime

Gay Couple’s Sex Sting Suit Revived

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit filed by a gay male couple caught up in a Michigan sex sting. Comment
Politics

Lucky 13: A Baker's Dozen Things to Watch For in the Year Ahead

1. New York Could Elect Its First Openly Lesbian or Gay Mayor Comments (28)
Politics

Lost Down the Memory Hole, Only the Echoes of Kafka Remain

In today's post, I received a l Comments (3)
Politics

A Challenge to Conservatives

In his 2003 dissent in Lawrence v. Texas, the US Supreme Court case that struck down sodomy statutes in the 13 states that still had such l Comments (1)
Health

Year-End Spate of LGBT Court Rulings

State and federal courts released a flood of new LGBT-related opinions in the last few weeks of 2012. The most significant among them are detailed below. Comment
Breaking News

Steven Goldstein Leaving Garden State Equality for Rutgers Post

Steven Goldstein, who has served as chair and chief executive officer of Garden State Equality (GSE) since founding the New Jersey LGBT advocacy group in 2004, is stepping down from his post to become associate chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark. Comment

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