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Protesters Target Big Guns at Banking Confab

Protesters Target Big Guns at Banking Confab

BY DONNA ACETO | In the latest in a series of high-profile demonstrations against major producers and financers of firearms, Gays Against Guns, an advocacy group that emerged in the wake of the June mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, appeared outside the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel, where an investment conference was playing […]

No Posing as Others on Manhunt!

No Posing as Others on Manhunt!

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Who knew? It is potentially a crime in Texas —and apparently several other states —to pose as somebody else on social media sites like Manhunt.net. And, according to a panel of the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, this prohibition does not violate anybody’s First Amendment rights. Michael Dwain Bradshaw was […]

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Immigrant’s Claim He’s Bisexual

Appeals Court Declines to Consider Immigrant’s Claim He’s Bisexual

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A divided federal appeals panel has denied the effort by a Jamaican immigrant to avoid deportation, deciding that it would accept an immigration judge’s conclusion the man had failed to prove he is bisexual. The 2-1 vote by the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on August 17 affirmed an earlier […]

Dharun Ravi Convictions Thrown Out in Tyler Clementi Case

Dharun Ravi Convictions Thrown Out in Tyler Clementi Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Dharun Ravi, found guilty on 15 different criminal counts for his video surveillance and webcasting of intimate encounters that Tyler Clementi, his Rutgers University roommate, had with another man in their dorm room, had his convictions overturned by an intermediate appeals court. On September 9, the New Jersey Appellate Division found […]

Transgender Funeral Director’s Firing Upheld

Transgender Funeral Director’s Firing Upheld

  BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that a funeral home that discharged a transgender funeral director because of her intention to dress according to the employer’s dress code for women was not liable for sex discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The August 18 ruling […]

Religious Freedom Challenge to Conversion Therapy Ban Fails

Religious Freedom Challenge to Conversion Therapy Ban Fails

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A California law that prohibits state-licensed mental health providers from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” — so-called “conversion therapy” — with minors has withstood another First Amendment challenge. A unanimous August 23 decision by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by […]

In North Carolina, US Judge Bans H.B. 2 Enforcement at UNC

In North Carolina, US Judge Bans H.B. 2 Enforcement at UNC

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction brought by attorneys for three transgender plaintiffs who are challenging North Carolina’s notorious “bathroom” law, H.B. 2, based on their claim that it violates their rights under Title IX of the 1972 federal Education Amendments Act. The Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of […]

Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge in Wichita Falls, Texas, has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s requirement that schools allow transgender students to use restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity – in a ruling that straightjackets current government efforts to advance that policy. Judge Reed O’Connor’s August 22 […]

Thumping Trump, Larry Kramer A Lion Once More

Thumping Trump, Larry Kramer A Lion Once More

BY ANDY HUMM | Most people opposing Donald Trump figure his supporters are beyond conversion therapy and are focusing on getting out the vote for their side. But Larry Kramer, not usually known for his diplomacy, made a heartfelt and passionate appeal in an open letter to billionaire developer Steve Roth, whom he calls a […]

Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Trans Boy’s Bathroom Access

Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Trans Boy’s Bathroom Access

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court, in granting a Virginia school district a stay of a federal district court’s June 23 preliminary injunction, has blocked, for now, a transgender boy’s access to appropriate restroom facilities at the high school he attends. The August 3 decision by the high court freezes Judge Robert […]

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