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Lesbian’s Sexual Orientation Bias Claim Fails on Appeal in US Court

Lesbian’s Sexual Orientation Bias Claim Fails on Appeal in US Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Atlanta-based US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a divided ruling on March 10 holding that a lesbian plaintiff suing for discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 could file an amended complaint alleging she suffered discrimination because of sex stereotyping, but upholding a district […]

Court Finds Equal Protection Grounds for Bathroom Access

Court Finds Equal Protection Grounds for Bathroom Access

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In granting a preliminary injunction to three transgender high school students represented by Lambda Legal who are challenging a school board policy barring them from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identities, a federal judge, on February 27, broke new ground in relying on the US Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. […]

Thousands Rally at Stonewall Against Trump Immigration Ban

Thousands Rally at Stonewall Against Trump Immigration Ban

BY ANDY HUMM | LGBTQ people have protested and celebrated outside the Stonewall since the Rebellion in 1969. But on Saturday, February 4, in sub-freezing temperatures, thousands filled the streets of Stonewall Place to condemn President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations — standing up for Muslims within and outside the community […]

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals bench has heard oral argument on the question of whether sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is illegal as sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The November 30 hearing, in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, marked […]

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst an overheated war between North Carolina’s Republican Legislature and its new Democratic governor-elect, the Legislature has cratered a deal to which it had agreed under which it would repeal its notorious HB 2 – known nationally (and mockingly) as the “bathroom bill” – in return for the Charlotte City Council […]

Arbitrary Bureaucracy Foiled in Intersex Passport Case

Arbitrary Bureaucracy Foiled in Intersex Passport Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | “Just because” is not a good enough answer when the question is whether the State Department’s Passport Office was “arbitrary or capricious” in refusing to process a passport application from an intersex applicant who declined to check either M or F on the form. In a November 22 ruling, Colorado […]

Gay and Trans Plaintiffs Advance on Title VII Claims

Gay and Trans Plaintiffs Advance on Title VII Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Two federal trial courts have allowed Title VII employment discrimination claims by law enforcement officers, one gay and the other transgender, to proceed over the protests of the government agencies where they worked. On October 4, US District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey granted summary judgment to Bradley Roberts, a transgender […]

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest bench, the Court of Appeals, has overruled a quarter-century-old precedent, establishing a new rule for determining when somebody who is neither a biological nor an adoptive parent can seek custody of a child. The August 30 opinion for the court by Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam provides that […]

In North Carolina, US Judge Bans H.B. 2 Enforcement at UNC

In North Carolina, US Judge Bans H.B. 2 Enforcement at UNC

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction brought by attorneys for three transgender plaintiffs who are challenging North Carolina’s notorious “bathroom” law, H.B. 2, based on their claim that it violates their rights under Title IX of the 1972 federal Education Amendments Act. The Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of […]

GOP to Gays: Drop Dead

GOP to Gays: Drop Dead

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With Donald Trump a year into his presidential bid, this should come as no big surprise, but on LGBT rights, he is a fraud! On issue after issue, he has employed a dizzying combination of hyperbole, exaggerations, outright misstatements, even lies, changed and abandoned positions, and contradictory ideas – those last often […]

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