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Cisgender Students Lose Round in Bathroom Dispute

Cisgender Students Lose Round in Bathroom Dispute

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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 of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Gorsuch Pushes Court Balance to the Right

Gorsuch Pushes Court Balance to the Right

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When Justice Antonin Scalia died last February, then-candidate Donald Trump said that if he were elected he would appoint somebody in the mold of Scalia to take his place. That statement came in the context of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement that his Republican majority would not consider, much […]

New Year’s Eve, 11th Hour Assault on Transgender Health

New Year’s Eve, 11th Hour Assault on Transgender Health

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an 11th-hour action, US District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a December 31 nationwide preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing part of a new regulation scheduled to go into effect on New Year’s Day that would have interpreted the prohibition on discrimination because of sex under the Affordable […]

Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

Texas AG Wins Temporary Halt to Obama Order Giving Trans Students Access to Bathrooms Nationwide

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge in Wichita Falls, Texas, has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s requirement that schools allow transgender students to use restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity – in a ruling that straightjackets current government efforts to advance that policy. Judge Reed O’Connor’s August 22 […]

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

Resistance on Bathrooms, Marriage Sparks Flood of Litigation

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | May has brought a flood of litigation over LGBT rights in the federal courts. With the month not even at its mid-point, half a dozen lawsuits have been filed in US district courts related to either the transgender bathroom issue or continuing state-level resistance to marriage equality. First out of the […]

Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

Amidst Raleigh Protest, Bathroom Barrier Breached

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the North Carolina Legislature convened on April 25 for the first time since enacting that state’s anti-LGBT HB 2 last month, hundreds of activists descended on the Capitol in Raleigh and one prominent transgender leader leader took a profoundly personal step to challenge the new law. Mara Keisling, the executive director […]