Police say man who attacked trans woman was paid to do it

Dallas – Dallas police investigators are now saying that Edward Thomas, the 29-year-old man arrested April 14th in connection with an assault on trans woman Muhlaysia Booker, was paid $200 by someone in the crowd to attack Booker, according to a report by CBS DFW, Channel 11. Police arrested Thomas in connection with the aggravated assault on Booker on April 12th, at an apartment complex in South Dallas. Police have also tagged the attack as a hate crime. CBS reports that Booker suffered a concussion, fractured wrists and other injuries. The report indicates that Booker, 23, accidentally backed into another […]

Fighting isolation in the London Cuddle Club

London, England – In a firsthand account Tom Capon raises the question in Gay Star News why so many gay men who live in cities feel lonely? It’s a clichéd concept, really: being surrounded by people and yet feeling distant. Huge tower blocks filled with other human beings and no one makes eye-contact, no one says hello. The only touch you feel is the angry weight of another person on the tube. In London, one of the biggest and loneliest cities on Earth, there’s one small club tackling this problem for gay and bisexual men. Miguel Chavez, 43, started the […]

Conservative Southern lawmakers target sexual minorities

Washington, DC – In a bipartisan move last month, both the House and Senate introduced the Equality Act, which would provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in areas including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. The bill was introduced with 287 original cosponsors, the most support ever. But some conservative southern lawmakers continue to introduce bills that would limit the rights of LGBTQ citizens and strip local governments from offering protection to them. “Right now, more than a third of LGBTQ people in the US call the South their home, but no […]

Texas lieutenant gov keeps pushing anti LGBTQ agenda

Austin – After losing the battle to get an anti-transgender bathroom bill passed through the Texas Legislature in 2017 Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick this year has turned his attention toward getting a “religious refusal” bill enacted. A total of 15 religious refusal bills have been introduced in this session of the Texas Legislature. “But the mac-daddy of them all, the No. 1 threat and the one that Dan Patrick is pushing is Senate Bill 17,” Equality Texas’s Samantha Smooth said this week. SB 17 has passed the Senate but the House and it has been sent to the House […]

Lesbian wins mayoral election in Chicago

Chicago – Chicago elected its first African-American woman and first out lesbian mayor on April 2nd. Lori Lightfoot campaigned against the machine politics that have dominated Chicago since the days of Richard Daley and won a resounding victory, trouncing her rival, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, by almost three-to-one. “Today, you did more than make history,” Lightfoot told hundreds of supporters at her victory party. “You created a movement for change.” Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor and first-time political candidate. The daughter of poor parents who worked multiple low-wage jobs in the segregated steel town of Massillon, Ohio, […]

US House condemns Trump’s Trans military ban

Washington, DC – The US House of Representatives on March 28th passed a resolution condemning Trump efforts to ban openly-transgender men and women from serving in the US military. The vote was 238 to 185, with every House Democrat and five House Republicans voting in favor of the resolution. Texan Will Hurd was one of the five Republicans. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Massachusetts), led the effort to pass the resolution. He chairs the Equality Caucus’s Transgender Equality Task Force. Transgender advocates praised the vote while acknowledging that it is not a binding vote and is unlikely to see any action […]

Intersex activist gives keynote at Louisiana queer confab

Baton Rouge – Chicago-based intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis will be keynote speaker for the ninth annual Louisiana Queer Conference during the weekend of March 30th at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The conference is a free, statewide, student-run event that aims to provide networking opportunities, education and social support to queer people and their allies. Pagonis works with the interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth, produces informational videos and writes for the blog Everyday Feminism. They [Pagonis’s preferred pronoun] appeared on the cover of National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution” special issue in January 2017. Pagonis received honors from the Obama […]

Department of Justice Pride group hears from the AG

Washington, DC – DOJ Pride, a group representing the Department of Justice’s LGBT employees and contractors, has delivered a letter to US Attorney General William Barr about the “declining morale” of, and outright discrimination against, LGBT workers. The group cited two main concerns: the lack of a DOJ-issued Equal Employment Opportunity statement, and the results of an October 2018 survey that showed only 31 percent of respondents felt the department valued its LGBT employees. The organization’s survey found that “morale is low among LGBTQ individuals currently employed in the Department, and that the Department is not recruiting and retaining top […]

Mormons rescind ban on children of LGBT parents

Salt Lake City – The First Presidency, the governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has announced that the church will reverse its controversial 2015 policy that deemed same-sex couples and marriage equality “apostasy” and effectively blocked children of LGBT parents from joining the church. However, a church leader reaffirmed the faith’s belief that marriage should be reserved for relationships between a man and a woman, while suggesting that gay members can still find a place in the religion. Responding to the policy change, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said, “In this reversal, the Church […]

‘Drag Race’ stars faced homophobic taunts in UK shop

Newcastle, England – RuPaul’s “Drag Race” stars were victims of homophobic attack in a UK kebab shop. Farrah Moan and Shea Coulee were the targets of the attack on April 4th. The season nine alumni were at a kebab shop in the northeast town of Newcastle when some unidentified girls started filming them on Snapchat. The girls began hurling homophobic abuse at the queens, who were out of drag, calling them “slut” and “faggot.” On Twitter, Farrah wrote, “I was drunk as hell and some lil girl came up to Shea and I with her phone calling us faggots, walking […]