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He’s Been Our President

He’s Been Our President

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Too cerebral. Unwilling to engage in bare-knuckles political war with his Republican enemies. Naïve, in fact, about his ability to find common ground with a GOP determined to undermine, even delegitimize him from Day 1. Those are the typical knocks – especially from progressives – aimed at Barack Obama, the first […]

EEOC Win Shows What Trump Era Might Undo  

EEOC Win Shows What Trump Era Might Undo  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A November 4 ruling in a sexual orientation discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows how progress on LGBT rights may be lost in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. US District Judge Cathy Bissoon, nominated to the federal district court […]

The Presidential Election and LGBT Law    

The Presidential Election and LGBT Law    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Trump/ Pence ticket’s victory will have profound effects for LGBT law, and not just on the federal level. Some short-term effects should become apparent soon after the inauguration in January, while others may unfold for a generation or more. Perhaps the most visible will be the impact on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

EEOC Says Gays Protected Against Employment Discrimination    

EEOC Says Gays Protected Against Employment Discrimination    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a complete turnaround, the federal agency that enforces Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act has, for the first time, ruled the federal ban on employment discrimination because of sex includes discrimination against somebody because they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. The July 15 holding by Equal Employment Opportunity […]

EEOC Steps Up Consideration of Sexual Orientation Claims    

EEOC Steps Up Consideration of Sexual Orientation Claims    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While no federal law bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has accepted roughly 2,500 cases alleging such discrimination over the past 18 months based on the legal theory that this is discrimination based on sex. “About two years ago, the […]