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A Day of Pride, Defiance, and Pageantry on Friday

A Day of Pride, Defiance, and Pageantry on Friday

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Friday, June 22 saw three major events on the eve of Pride Weekend in Manhattan. In the afternoon, transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers and their allies gathered at the Hudson River piers for Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice. Later, the annual Pride Rally took place […]

Remembering How Gay Lawyers Became Legal

Remembering How Gay Lawyers Became Legal

BY ANDY HUMM | The panelists in the ornate rotunda of the New York County Supreme Court were out gay and lesbian legal scholars, advocates, and judges at the highest echelons of the courts. But at the June 19 forum sponsored by the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York State Courts — named […]

Another DOJ Loss on Transgender Military Ban

Another DOJ Loss on Transgender Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US Senior District Judge Marsha J. Pechman in Seattle, on June 15, rejected another attempt by the Trump administration to get her to lift her preliminary injunction against its proposed ban on military service by transgender individuals while officials appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Pechman’s opinion emphatically rejects […]

Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling Not As Limited As Some Think

BY RACHEL B. TIVEN | The United States Supreme Court offered dangerous encouragement this month to those scheming to undermine marriage equality and otherwise deny civil rights to LGBTQ people. The court issued what many are calling a “limited ruling” in the much-anticipated case of the Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for […]

Lambda Legal Honors Evan Wolfson

Lambda Legal Honors Evan Wolfson

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Evan Wolfson, the nation’s key strategic thinker in the battle to win marriage equality as founder of Freedom to Marry, went home on April 30 to the legal advocacy group, Lambda Legal, where he worked on staff for 12 years and headed up its Marriage Project. In its annual national dinner at […]

Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court has rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the four existing preliminary injunctions issued last year against President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban are moot because they were based on his memorandum from last August 25 and the earlier July 26 tweets announcing the ban, which the president’s […]

David Buckel, Passionate LGBTQ Rights Litigator, Dead at 60

David Buckel, Passionate LGBTQ Rights Litigator, Dead at 60

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | David Buckel, a former longtime attorney at Lambda Legal who had led the group’s Marriage Project and advanced LGBTQ rights on a broad range of fronts, was found dead in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park early in the morning on April 14, the victim of a suicide. According to the New York Daily […]

Birth Mother Can’t Challenge Ex-Wife’s Parental Rights

Birth Mother Can’t Challenge Ex-Wife’s Parental Rights

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Ruling on a custody contest between a birth mother, Kimberly Jayroe Strickland, and her former same-sex spouse, Christina Strickland, on April 5, the Mississippi Supreme Court blocked Kimberly’s effort to contest Christina’s parental status. Most states employ what is known as parental presumption in automatically recognizing the spouse of a woman […]

Trump’s Latest Trans Ban Aims to Sidetrack Lawsuits

Trump’s Latest Trans Ban Aims to Sidetrack Lawsuits

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a move intended to evade existing preliminary injunctions while reaffirming in its essential elements President Donald Trump’s Twitter announcement from last July categorically prohibiting military service by transgender individuals, the administration issued three new documents on March 23, the date the president had designated in an August 2017 memorandum as […]

Will New Trans Military Ban Sidestep Court Injunctions?

Will New Trans Military Ban Sidestep Court Injunctions?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a policy roll-out that may successfully sidestep existing court injunctions against President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military service, the White House on March 23 announced a policy, based on the recommendations of Defense Secretary James Mattis, that would bar service by almost any trans individual, with only very limited […]

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