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$1.6 Million Employment Bias Award Upheld by Manhattan Appeals Court

$1.6 Million Employment Bias Award Upheld by Manhattan Appeals Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A state appeals court in Manhattan has upheld a jury verdict of $1.6 million in damages in a discrimination case brought by a lesbian chef under the New York City Human Rights Law against a Tribeca Mexican restaurant. In a March 20 ruling, the New York Appellate Division found the award […]

Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Order Now Stayed Until March 20

Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Order Now Stayed Until March 20

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two weeks after a federal district court judge found that Kentucky’s refusal to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions lacked any constitutionally acceptable justification, he declined to stay his ruling. [Editor's note: The following day, however, the judge did in fact issue a stay, giving the state until March 20, […]

City Council Bill Seeks Annual Health Department Report on Hepatitis B and C

City Council Bill Seeks Annual Health Department Report on Hepatitis B and C

BY SAM SPOKONY | Asserting it will help prevent new infections and ensure support and care for those living with the disease, three City Council members introduced legislation on February 26 that would require the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to issue an annual report to the Council and the mayor on its […]

BREAKING: Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Measure in Arizona

BREAKING: Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Measure in Arizona

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Capping a week of escalating controversy over legislation clearly aimed at the LGBT community, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, announced late in the day on February 26 that she was vetoing a bill to allow businesses to deny goods and services to individuals based on the “sincerely held” religious beliefs of […]

BREAKING: US Judge Nixes Kentucky’s Ban on Out-of-State Recognition

BREAKING: US Judge Nixes Kentucky’s Ban on Out-of-State Recognition

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a February 12 ruling, US District Judge John G. Heyburn II struck down Kentucky’s 2004 constitutional ban on recognition of legal marriages by same-sex couples performed in other states. According to the Courier-Journal of Lexington, Heyburn, ruling in a case brought by four gay and lesbian couples, cited last year’s Supreme […]

As the Games Begin in Sochi, the Pressure Steps Up in Manhattan

As the Games Begin in Sochi, the Pressure Steps Up in Manhattan

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the 2014 Winter Olympics were opening in Sochi, Russia, critics of that nation’s crackdown on its LGBT citizens held at least three protests in Manhattan. Meanwhile, Internet giant Google offered its own perspective. On February 6, the activist group Queer Nation, which has been leading street protests against Russia since last […]

Barely Taking a Breath, de Blasio Says “Nyet”

Barely Taking a Breath, de Blasio Says “Nyet”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Less than 24 hours after LGBT activists and their allies called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to bar uniformed city personnel from marching in the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, they received a pretty firm no. Asked by reporters on February 4 for his response to the activists’ letter, the mayor […]

Queens Man, 24, Arrested in Randy Gener Attack

Queens Man, 24, Arrested in Randy Gener Attack

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police have arrested a 24-year-old Queens man in connection with the January 17 assault on Randy Gener, a gay arts journalist badly beaten a block from his Midtown apartment at 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue. Leighton Jennings, 24, who lives at 114-16 166 Street in Jamaica, Queens, was arrested on January 29 […]

Police Release Sketch, Description in Randy Gener Assault

Police Release Sketch, Description in Randy Gener Assault

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | An artist’s sketch and a description of the suspect in the January 17 brutal assault on Randy Gener, an out gay journalist, has been released by the NYPD. The description includes the make of the suspect’s car and its license plate number. The suspect, according to the description circulated on January 27, […]

Judge Ready to Rule in Virginia Marriage Equality Case

Judge Ready to Rule in Virginia Marriage Equality Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Responding to the January 23 announcement that the Commonwealth of Virginia will no longer defend that state’s constitutional and statutory ban on marriage equality, the federal district court judge presiding over one of two pending challenges there has indicated she is prepared to rule based on written briefs that have been […]

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