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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 […]

How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

How Is the North Carolina HB2 Repeal a Compromise?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The state of North Carolina today, March 30, repealed HB2, the law enacted a little over a year ago that aroused heated protests and boycotts, generated several lawsuits, and sparked a national conversation about gender identity and sex-specific public bathrooms and locker rooms. Legislative leaders and the new Democratic governor, Roy […]

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 […]

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

In Virginia Case, Fourth Circuit Deals Blow to North Carolina “Bathroom” Provisions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote, ruled on April 19 that District Judge Robert G. Doumar erred by not deferring to the federal Department of Education’s requirement that schools let transgender students use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Doumar dismissed […]

De Blasio, Cuomo Ban Public Employee Travel to North Carolina

De Blasio, Cuomo Ban Public Employee Travel to North Carolina

BY ANDY HUMM | North Carolina –– in a hurriedly-called special session March 23 –– passed an omnibus law attacking transgender rights, taking away, for the most part, the right of municipalities to legislate on employment and public accommodations discrimination while existing state law provides no protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and banning anyone from […]

Emissions Control

BY ED SIKOV | “Do not watch. I cannot go when you watch.” Fans of David Fincher’s brilliant “Fight Club” (1999, from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk) will recognize these paruretic lines delivered by Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) to the unnamed narrator (Edward Norton) as Tyler attempts to piss in the soup — a huge […]

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 […]

Appeals Court Finds Transgender Mexican Refugees Entitled to US Protection

Appeals Court Finds Transgender Mexican Refugees Entitled to US Protection

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals court has found that conditions for transgender women are so dire in Mexico that they may qualify for protection in the US under the international Convention Against Torture (CAT) based on the likelihood they would face torture if deported. On September 3, a three-judge panel of the Ninth […]

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 […]

A President’s Pride Month

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the announcement this month that President Barack Obama intends to sign an executive order barring federal government contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers, it’s clear the administration is taking the opportunity of Gay Pride Month to underscore its support for the community. At a June 17 LGBT fundraiser at Manhattan’s Gotham […]

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