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Archive for the ‘LGBTQ and Law’ Category.

 

California Becomes First State to Approve LGBTQ History Books

California recently became part of LGBTQ history when its board of education approved 10 history textbooks involving LGBTQ events for K-8 classrooms.

January 5th, 2018

  The state of California recently became part of LGBTQ history when its Board of Education approved 10 history textbooks that include LGBTQ events for K-8 classrooms. This decision made California the first state to approve of such textbooks. More interestingly, the California Department of Education rejected two textbooks that did not include details about Read More


Mississippi’s Religious Exemption Law May Head to Supreme Court

A bakery owner refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple due to his religious beliefs.

December 15th, 2017

Mississippi’s HB 1523 is a religious exemption law that passed in 2016 as a response to the US Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to allow same-sex couples to marry nationwide.  It is a virulently anti-LGBTQ law that allows both government workers and private companies to refuse to offer their services to LGBTQ individuals on the basis Read More


Michigan Civil Rights Commission Urged to Adopt Interpretive Statement

Washington recently became one of the latest states to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ people.

November 28th, 2017

In two letters from August, 41 House and Senate members urged the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to adopt an interpretive statement to expand a law’s application. Concurrently, the group Equality Michigan asked the commission to contemplate whether they should investigate sexual orientation and gender identity complaints under the definition of sex discrimination that is already Read More


New Jersey Passes Pro-Trans Law for the State’s Public Schools

Transgender public school students in New Jersey will be protected from discrimination thanks to a new law signed by Governor Christie.

November 10th, 2017

  A group of newly signed pro-trans bills includes a law that public schools in New Jersey will not be able to force transgender students to use bathrooms or locker rooms that conflict with their gender identities. Instead, public schools are required to offer reasonable alternative arrangements to make sure that students remain safe and Read More


Louisiana Court Debates Executive Order Concerning LGBTQ Rights

Washington recently became one of the latest states to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ people.

October 31st, 2017

Louisiana’s governor and attorney general are currently debating whether an executive order designed to protect LGBTQ rights in the state government violated constitutional issues. Louisiana’s Governor Edwards has requested an appeals court to reinstate a 2016 order by the governor banning discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A Read More


Case Filed in Second Circuit Regarding Gender Identity

The Justice Department is arguing that federal civil rights laws do not protect us from discrimination due to gender identity or sexual orientation.

October 26th, 2017

  In a recent action that has significant impact for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, the Justice Department filed a brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that federal civil rights laws do not protect individuals from discrimination due to their gender identity or sexual Read More


Anti-LGBTQ Laws in the United States

Washington recently became one of the latest states to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ people.

October 12th, 2017

There are a number of laws throughout the United States which currently endanger the lives of individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Sadly, an increasing number of states are in the process of developing additional laws that restrict the rights of LGBTQ individuals. The Washington Post reports that 348 bills since 2013 have been passed restricting Read More


Affordable Housing for Seniors in New York

LGBT seniors are particularly vulnerable to housing discrimination.

September 19th, 2017

Statistics reveal that there are close to 600,000 LGBT individuals living in New York City, of which 100,000 are senior citizens. About 48% of LGBT same sex couples who applied for affordable housing, however, have suffered discrimination in relationship to living conditions. An organization called SAGE has taken up efforts to create affordable housing for Read More


Supreme Court Scheduled to Hear Bakery Case

A bakery owner refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple due to his religious beliefs.

August 24th, 2017

  The United States Supreme Court announced at the end of June that the court will hear a case involving a bakery owner who refused to make a cake for a couple on the basis of the baker’s religious views concerning same-sex couples. The case is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in October. Read More


Texas Supreme Court Rules Spousal Benefits Don’t Extend to Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples in Texas are being denied spousal benefits.

August 3rd, 2017

The Texas Supreme Court recently declined to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples. In a unanimous decision, the Texas Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision to extend health and life insurance benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees. The Facts of the Case In 2013, the mayor of Houston ordered the city to extend Read More