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Posts tagged ‘LGBT Rights’

 

North Dakota Senate Votes Against Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Bill

The North Dakota Senate voted against a bill created to decrease discrimination against LGBTQ individuals occurs in employment and housing settings.

February 15th, 2019

At the end of January, 2019, the North Dakota senate defeated legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The senator, who was the primary sponsor of the bill, also known as Senate Bill 2303, has said that the measure was created to decrease the rate at which discrimination against LGBTQ individuals occurs in Read More


Man Sues Social Security Administration Over Denial of Benefits

The North Dakota Senate voted against a bill created to decrease discrimination against LGBTQ individuals occurs in employment and housing settings.

December 18th, 2018

A man in Tucson recently announced legal action against the Social Security Administration for failure to pay spousal survivor benefits after the death of his same sex partner. The man claimed that he would have married his deceased partner in the early 1970s if it had been legal to do so. Instead, the two men Read More


California Supports Law Protecting LGBTQ Senior Citizens

California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new bill into law that supports the inclusion of LGBTQ senior citizens in state-provided programs.

November 16th, 2018

California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new bill into law that supports the inclusion of LGBTQ seniors in state-provided programs. This measure marks a significant advancement in the rights of LGBTQ senior citizens in the state. The Number of California Senior Citizens Affected Equality California reports that 10.9 million Californians will be over the Read More


New Jersey Passes Transgender Protection Laws

New Jersey Department of Education sends guidelines to schools explaining how to follow 2017 protection laws for transgender students.

October 16th, 2018

Schools in New Jersey are about to become subject to a variety of protection laws designed to protect the rights of transgender students after the New Jersey Department of Education sent guidelines to schools explaining how to best follow a 2017 law that reinforces protections for its students. The state’s Department of Education is currently Read More


Appeals Court Decision Made in LGBTQ Locker Room Case

A woman who sued Planet Fitness after the company revoked her membership due to a complaint about a transgender woman in the locker room won an appeal.

September 20th, 2018

A Michigan appeals court recently issued a decision involving LGBTQ rights and Planet Fitness, and sent the case back to trial court. The case involves a woman who initiated legal action against Planet Fitness after the company revoked the woman’s membership because the woman issued a complaint that she saw a transgender woman in the Read More


Texas Teacher Initiates Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

The Montana Supreme Court recently struck down a tax credit for donations that fund scholarships for students at private schools.

July 24th, 2018

  An LGBTQ teacher recently initiated a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Mansfield Independent School District on the basis that the school discriminated against her based on her sexual orientation. The teacher was placed on leave after she showed students a photo of her wife. While the teacher’s contract with the district has been renewed, Read More


Michigan Adds LGBTQ Protections to Civil Rights Department

With at least four cases concerning LGBTQ rights headed to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will likely have a substantial influence.

July 11th, 2018

A Michigan state commission recently determined that protections against discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation are included in Michigan’s current ban on sex discrimination. This recent decision came after a 5-0 vote by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission approving this interpretation of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. As a result of this decision, Read More


Washington Passes Law Prohibiting Conversion Therapy

With at least four cases concerning LGBTQ rights headed to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will likely have a substantial influence.

June 6th, 2018

  Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee recently signed into law SB 7522, which protects LGBTQ individuals from conversion therapy. The bill is the result of efforts by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equal Rights Washington. These groups have long advocated for the prohibition of conversion therapy throughout the country. In response to this decision, Read More


Second Circuit Rules on Title VII in Zarda Case

A second federal circuit court has ruled the Title VII prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses sexual orientation discrimination.

March 9th, 2018

  Recently, in the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Title VII prohibition on sex discrimination includes sexual orientation discrimination. The case arose when Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor who identifies as gay, claimed that his position was terminated after a customer complained that the worker Read More


Anti-LGBT Group Sues Tampa for Banning Conversion Therapy

While Mississippi is one of 30 states that do not have LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination laws, several changes have recently occurred on the local level.

February 8th, 2018

An anti-LGBT group called Liberty Counsel recently initiated a legal action against the city of Tampa, Florida for banning conversion therapy. This legal action comes after the Tampa City Council unanimously passed Ordinance 2017-47 which prohibits any type of counseling procedure or process that has the goal of changing a person’s gender expression, gender identity, Read More