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Long Past Time for Obama Action on Jobs Protections

Long Past Time for Obama Action on Jobs Protections

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Faced with nearly unremitting opposition from congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama has, in the past couple of years and even more so in recent days, spoken about moving his agenda forward through the issuance of executive orders and other administrative actions. In perhaps the most dramatic example of that approach, the […]

Robin Roberts, Obama’s Marriage Equality Interviewer, Comes Out

Robin Roberts, Obama’s Marriage Equality Interviewer, Comes Out

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | In a December 29 Facebook post, ABC “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts, who interviewed President Barack Obama in early 2012 when he decided to announce his support for marriage equality, came out as a lesbian. “I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we […]

Obama, Biden, Their Wives Will Skip Russian Olympics

Obama, Biden, Their Wives Will Skip Russian Olympics

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will not attend the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the White House indicated on December 17 in announcing the official US Presidential Delegation to the Games. With neither Vice President Joe Biden nor any former president on the list, 2014 will mark the first […]

Chai Feldblum, Lesbian Attorney, Wins Second Term at EEOC

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The nomination of Chai Feldblum, an out lesbian attorney and legal scholar, to a second term on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was approved in a 54-41 Senate vote on December 12. Feldblum, whose career has included civil rights legal advocacy on behalf of LGBT people and those with disabilities, is […]

Senate Easily Approves Transgender-Inclusive Jobs Protection Bill

Senate Easily Approves Transgender-Inclusive Jobs Protection Bill

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | 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 the workplace on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBT rights legislation has stalled in the US Congress since New York Representatives Ed […]

First Gay Man Confirmed for Federal Appellate Bench

First Gay Man Confirmed for Federal Appellate Bench

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The United States Senate on September 24 unanimously confirmed Todd Hughes to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, making him the first out LGBT federal appellate court judge in history. The White House blog wrote, “Hughes’ historic confirmation is yet another ‘first’ among President Obama’s federal judges. Many of […]

Stoli Guy Meets ACT UP, Queer Nation Again

Stoli Guy Meets ACT UP, Queer Nation Again

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For the second time in less than two months, a Stolichnaya Vodka promotional event at a Manhattan gay bar was disrupted by activists angered over Russia’s new anti-gay legislation. Five demonstrators affiliated with ACT UP New York and Queer Nation stormed the stage at Marquee New York in Chelsea at the […]

Christine Quinn: Sexism, Homophobia, and a Campaign’s Collapse

BY PAULINE PARK | Christine Quinn would have been the first woman and the first member of the LGBT community elected mayor of New York City had she won this year’s mayoral race. The fact that Quinn started the campaign as the clear frontrunner, with polls showing her at somewhere near 40 percent, but finished a […]

Obama Will No Longer Enforce Ban on Same-Sex Couple Military Benefits

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Obama administration will no longer enforce a federal law that bars the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration from providing spousal benefits to couples in same-sex marriages. In a September 3 letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that even though the June 26 Supreme […]

IRS Will Recognize All Married Couples

IRS Will Recognize All Married Couples

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | 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. The August 29 announcement is one of the most significant rulings out of the Obama administration since the Supreme Court on June […]

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