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Public News Service - NY: LGBTQIA Issues

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NEW YORK – Civil rights organizations have filed lawsuits to block President Trump's ban on military service by transgender people from going into effect. A presidential directive issued late Friday bars transgender individuals from enlisting, prohibits coverage for certain medical procedure

Under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department argues the Civil Rights Act doesn’t cover sexual orientation. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

NEW YORK – The U.S. Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn't protect lesbians and gay men from workplace discrimination. In 2010, Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor working on Long Island, was fired after revealing he was gay. He sued, charging a violation of Title VII of t

Eighteen other countries allow transgender people to serve openly in the military. (Dustin Perry)

NEW YORK – New Yorkers took to the streets Wednesday to protest President Trump's announcement that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Civil liberties organizations were quick to condemn the policy shift outlined in three early-morning posts to the presiden

There are 2.7 million LGBT Americans aged 50 and older. (U.S. Department of the Interior/Flickr)

NEW YORK – With LGBT Pride celebrations just around the corner, a new report shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are facing unique challenges as they grow older. From the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the recognition of same-sex marriage, recent years have brought tr

Thirty-one states have low or negative ratings for protection of transgender rights. (PROtorbakhopper/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Despite advances in recognizing and protecting the rights of LGBT Americans, a new report finds that transgender people face serious risks in most states. The report looks at laws and policies in every state and Washington, D.C., affecting LGBT people in five areas, including disc

More than 80 percent of LGBT people live in states with laws that criminalize HIV status. (Geralt/Pixabay)<br />

NEW YORK – Today is World AIDS Day and a new report shows that most Americans live in states where outdated laws still can criminalize HIV positive status. New York is one of 38 states with laws that could be used to criminally prosecute people who are HIV positive for potentially exposing a

LGBT rights have come a long way over the past 40 years. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

NEW YORK – There could be some trouble for LGBT rights during the Trump presidency. Donald Trump has said he would like to overturn national same-sex marriage rights, and as Indiana's governor, Mike Pence championed what some saw as extreme anti-LGBT measures. According to Lambda Legal's Dep

Ten transgender people were murdered in the U.S. in the first five months of 2016. (Quinn Dombrowski/<br />Flickr)

NEW YORK - In shock and defiance over the mass killing in a Florida gay nightclub, New York's LGBT community marched in solidarity with Orlando on Monday evening. Elected officials and LGBT advocates turned out for the 5th annual Translatina March, demanding an end to discrimination, violence and h

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