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Supreme Court Takes Up School Bathroom Issue

Supreme Court Takes Up School Bathroom Issue

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a case that could have significant implications for how the courts view gender identity discrimination – and perhaps sexual orientation, as well – the Supreme Court, on October 28, announced it will review the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., which upheld […]

We’re With Hillary — Let’s Make Sure Swing States Are, Too

We’re With Hillary — Let’s Make  Sure Swing States Are, Too

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At the risk of belaboring the obvious, it is essential that we elect Hillary Clinton as president on November 8. For all the opportunities that 35 years in public life provide to critics – some who are sincere and justified – Clinton’s candidacy in 2016 offers one of the most progressive visions […]

HRC’s New Posture On Guns Complicates GOP Alliances

HRC’s New Posture On Guns Complicates GOP Alliances

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | When the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) made what it called a “significant policy announcement” of endorsing some limited gun control measures, the nation’s largest LGBT rights group also opened itself up to possible conflicts with some donors and the politicians it supports. “If what they’re saying is gun control is a […]

On Pride’s Eve, the State of Transgender Equality

On Pride’s Eve, the State of Transgender Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | With the debate over transgender equality having recently moved to center stage across the US — raising the distinct possibility that the community’s opponents have overplayed their hand politically — it’s worth noting the anniversary of a major nationwide victory for transgender rights that has been widely overlooked. Celebrations last June […]

The GOP Frontrunner’s Revolving Door Views on LGBT Rights

The GOP Frontrunner’s Revolving Door Views on LGBT Rights

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In an April 21 appearance on NBC’s “Today Show,” Donald Trump, the Republican presidential primary frontrunner, weighed in on the simmering controversy over transgender access to public bathrooms in a way that gave his leading rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, hope he’d been handed a perfect wedge to fire up the party’s […]

US Judge Embraces EEOC Equating of Sexual Orientation, Sex Discrimination    

US Judge Embraces EEOC Equating of Sexual Orientation, Sex Discrimination    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | At last, a federal district judge has expressly relied on the July 15 ruling from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that sexual orientation discrimination claims can be brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. US District Judge Myron H. Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama, ruling […]

Civil Rights Through Administrative Action: Can It Get Us All the Way?    

Civil Rights Through Administrative Action: Can It Get Us All the Way?    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When legislatures refuse to act on proposals to protect LGBT people from discrimination, can civil rights agencies and executive officials just go ahead and extend the protections on their own? Some recent events put this question sharply into play. In July 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring private […]

With Much Work Remaining, First Transgender White House Official Signals Great Progress

With Much Work Remaining, First Transgender White House Official Signals Great Progress

BY JILLIAN T. WEISS | The White House has appointed the first openly transgender person to serve as a staff member there, as director of Outreach and Recruitment for the White House Personnel Office. As an attorney and a transgender woman who fights employment discrimination against our community, I am elated for Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. This is a […]

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing in the US Senate room named for the president who signed the nation’s most significant civil rights legislation into law, a group of legislators, LGBT advocates, and taxpayers announced the release of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of […]

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Equality Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island on July 23, is the first truly comprehensive federal measure attempting to provide legal equality for LGBT people in the United States. It goes far beyond all prior bills on this topic, because no […]

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