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Supreme Court Punts on Trans Bathroom Access For Now

Supreme Court Punts on Trans Bathroom Access For Now

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In sending transgender high school senior Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit seeking the right to access the boys’ bathroom in his Virginia public school back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the US Supreme Court has chosen not to decide – in this court term – whether Title IX of the Education […]

Trump’s Budget Outline Alarms LGBTQ Health Experts

Trump’s Budget Outline Alarms LGBTQ Health Experts

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While only the broadest outlines of Donald Trump’s first federal budget are known, some AIDS groups are reacting with alarm at the possibility that his proposals could lead to large cuts in federal programs that fund care for people with HIV and services that prevent new HIV infections. “Last night President Trump […]

Court Finds Equal Protection Grounds for Bathroom Access

Court Finds Equal Protection Grounds for Bathroom Access

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In granting a preliminary injunction to three transgender high school students represented by Lambda Legal who are challenging a school board policy barring them from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identities, a federal judge, on February 27, broke new ground in relying on the US Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Nixes Fayetteville LGBTQ Rights  

Arkansas Supreme Court Nixes Fayetteville LGBTQ Rights  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Fayetteville has been a welcome hotbed of LGBT rights advocacy in recent years, but on February 23 the Arkansas Supreme Court, reversing a ruling by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Doug Martin, found that the city and its voters violated state law by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to their […]

Trump Attack on Trans Youth Sparks Huge Protest at Stonewall

Trump Attack on Trans Youth Sparks Huge Protest at Stonewall

BY ANDY HUMM | The Trump administration’s bashing of transgender students—rescinding President Barack Obama’s federal guidance that allowed them access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity — sparked a massive militant protest on the evening of February 23 at the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ movement, Stonewall Place. More than 1,500 […]

Denouncing Trump’s Transgender Reversal, Advocates Point to Progress on Other Fronts

Denouncing Trump’s Transgender Reversal, Advocates Point to Progress on Other Fronts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBTQ rights advocates responded with outrage to the Trump administration’s reversal of an Obama era guidance that guaranteed transgender school students access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity – but they also emphasized that the shift does not necessarily impact a pending Supreme Court case on that issue nor does it […]

AIDS Advocates Press Cuomo on City Health Clinic Cuts

AIDS Advocates Press Cuomo on City Health Clinic Cuts

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly a dozen AIDS services and advocacy groups protested outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office demanding that he reverse a change in the state’s proposed budget that would reduce funding for the New York City health clinics that are a core part of the city’s effort to substantially cut new […]

Trump Action on Transgender Students Carries Contradictions

Trump Action on Transgender Students Carries Contradictions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Trump administration, in line with statements that candidate Donald Trump made opining that the issue of restroom and locker room access by transgender students should be left up to state and local officials, issued a letter to all the nation’s school districts on February 22 withdrawing two letters issued […]

Washington Florist Loses Her Bid to Discriminate at State High Court

Washington Florist Loses Her Bid to Discriminate at State High Court

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | Continuing an unbroken string of appellate rulings finding that businesses cannot refuse to supply goods or services for same-sex marriages in jurisdictions that ban sexual orientation discrimination, the nine members of the Washington State Supreme Court have unanimously ruled that a flower shop acted illegally in denying a gay couple floral […]

City, Advocates Battle Albany Health Reimbursement Cuts

City, Advocates Battle Albany Health Reimbursement Cuts

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The city health department and leading AIDS advocacy groups are scrambling to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse a proposal in his new executive budget that would reduce reimbursements for local government public health spending in six core areas from 36 percent of the total to 29 percent. According to notes […]