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Having Graduated, Gavin Grimm Amends Complaint

Having Graduated, Gavin Grimm Amends Complaint

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the latest turn in the lengthy litigation waged by Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager who recently graduated from his Virginia high school — to establish the right of students to access bathroom facilities consistent with their gender identity — the American Civil Liberties Union which represents him, has filed […]

New Supreme Court Term Could Be Blockbuster

New Supreme Court Term Could Be Blockbuster

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court’s term beginning on October 2 and extending through the end of June may become a blockbuster term for LGBTQ legal issues. The court has already agreed to review the Colorado Court of Appeals’ decision that the First Amendment’s free speech and religious freedom protections do not shield a […]

Court Must Decide If Gavin Grimm’s Case Is Moot

Court Must Decide If Gavin Grimm’s Case Is Moot

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what could signal a disappointing end to a remarkable battle for transgender equality, the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has announced that instead of holding oral argument in Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit challenging the Gloucester County, Virginia, School Board’s bathroom access policy, it is sending the case back to the […]

Lambda Seeks Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Lambda Seeks Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what could prove a pivotal step in the long road toward full equality under the law, Lambda Legal has announced it will petition the Supreme Court to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans employment discrimination because of sex, also bans discrimination that is […]

Jersey Trans Teen Wins Name Change Case

Jersey Trans Teen Wins Name Change Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In what the court characterized as a matter of “first impression in this state,” New Jersey Superior Court Judge Marcia Silva has granted a transgender teenager a change of name from Veronica to Trevor. “At the parties’ request,” Silva wrote, “this court has used the parties’ real names. It was also […]

Seventh Circuit Says US Law Protects Trans Students

Seventh Circuit Says US Law Protects Trans Students

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge federal appeals panel has upheld a trial court’s preliminary injunction requiring a Wisconsin high school to allow a transgender boy to use the boys’ bathroom facilities during his senior year there. The landmark May 30 ruling from the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals represents the first […]

Judges Hail Gavin Grimm as Civil Rights Hero

Judges Hail Gavin Grimm as Civil Rights Hero

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Even as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Gloucester County (Virginia) School District’s motion to vacate a district court’s 2016 preliminary injunction ordering it to allow Gavin Grimm to use the boys’ restrooms at his high school, two judges on the circuit panel saluted the 17-year-old transgender boy […]

Gavin Grimm, In His Own Words

Gavin Grimm, In His Own Words

BY NATHAN RILEY | The spitefulness of Republicans — and it’s a problem that goes much deeper than just Trump — toward the vulnerable is breathtaking. Whether it’s cutting medical care for millions at the low end of the economic scale or food assistance for the hungry — the GOP majority seems determined to make […]

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 […]

The Cynicism in Trump Picking on Trans Kids

The Cynicism in Trump Picking on Trans Kids

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Trump administration’s reversal last week on the federal government posture toward schools allowing transgender youth to access bathrooms appropriate for their gender identity, the new president has taken aim at the most vulnerable portion of the LGBTQ community — in fact, one of the most marginalized segments of American […]

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