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Cisgender Students Lose Round in Bathroom Dispute

Cisgender Students Lose Round in Bathroom Dispute

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Pennsylvania federal judge has denied efforts by cisgender school students and their parents for a preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against the Boyertown Area School District for its unwritten policy of allowing transgender students to use bathroom and locker room facilities consistent with their gender identity. The decision, issued ahead […]

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. […]

Another Federal Judge: Gay Plaintiff Can Claim Sex Discrimination

Another Federal Judge: Gay Plaintiff Can Claim Sex Discrimination

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | One of the nation’s most senior federal trial judges, 92-year-old Warren W. Eginton of Connecticut, rejected an employer’s motion to dismiss a sex discrimination claim brought by an openly gay employee under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In a November 17 ruling, Eginton, appointed by Jimmy Carter […]

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 […]

Transgender University of Pittsburgh Student Loses Fight Over Expulsion

Transgender University of Pittsburgh Student Loses Fight Over Expulsion

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just one day before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that the Army unlawfully discriminated against a transgender woman by denying her the right to use women’s facilities, a federal district court in Pennsylvania rejected a discrimination lawsuit by a transgender man expelled from the University of Pittsburgh at […]

Just One Day After Oregon, Pennsylvania Ban Falls

Just One Day After Oregon, Pennsylvania Ban Falls

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Republican appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2002 has struck down Pennsylvania’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage and its recognition. US District Judge John E. Jones III, in a May 20 ruling, found that the ban violates both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses […]