In this week’s Extra! Extra! Natalie weighs in on the significance of this moment and also gives us a grounded perspective on whether or not the 117th Congress will succeed in passing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people where the 116th failed. We also look at American extremism, the vaccine roll out, the climate crisis and a smattering of domestic and global news.
In one of the most major trans civil rights legal cases of our time and a huge milestone for legal precedent when it comes to LGBT employees generally, the Supreme Court has ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits sex discrimination in the workplace, does apply to sexual orientation and trans status.
Today the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply to trans, queer and gender nonconforming people, and their decision on it will impact us all.
“Should these nondiscrimination protections be struck down then LGBTQ people will no longer be protected by federal law against workplace discrimination.”
Today the Supreme Court announced it will be deciding on an interpretation of federal law Title VII, and specifically whether the law should be understood as supporting workplace protections for LGBT employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or trans status.
In a post “love-wins” America, we’ve circled back to the underlying legal thinking of the 1950s. In the late 2010s and especially under Trump, gender and gender conformity are back under the legal microscope in a move that targets the gender nonconformity fundamental to aspects of gay identity for many, and also increasingly and dangerously, trans people.
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Although the Trump administration is still insisting that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination in the workplace doesn’t apply to LGBT people, the Second Circuit just ruled that it should and does apply to sexual orientation.
“No matter how many memos he issues, the law is on our side.”
While Twitter and the media at large can’t get enough of Trump and Sessions throwing their little fits about how the other one is doing them dirty, remember they could never hate each other as much as they hate us.
An appeals court found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 backs Kimberley Hivey, who says she was discriminated against at work for being a lesbian. The case may make it to the Supreme Court — and be a game changer when it comes to anti-LGBTQ discrimination in Trump’s America.
In news that shocks no one except maybe a couple Log Cabin Republicans, Trump didn’t mean it when he said he’d leave all LGBT nondiscrimination protections in place.
From the Attorney General’s decision to stop appealing an anti-trans court ruling to the upcoming Supreme Court hearing of trans teen Gavin Grimm, issues of trans people’s safety and basic rights are already in question under Trump, and it will take a lot of work on all of our parts to oppose the administration’s agenda.
“The potential for such a regressive Federal government seems so disheartening because of the tremendous progress over the past few years, but the administration does not control and cannot contain the progress.”
Looking at SB92 and SB242, two bills introduced in Texas that would be a huge blow to the LGBT community there, and what we can expect in terms of legislation like this at the state and federal level going forward.
This is yet another case in a series of cases at different courts asking the same question if sexual orientation and gender identity are covered under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
From students suing for their rights and restroom access under Title IX to the rights of trans prisoners to be protected from sexual assault, these are cases worth following.
Lesbian elder Marsha Wetzel says the Glen Saint Andrew Living Community knew that she was receiving verbal and physical abuse from other residents because of her sexual orientation and did nothing about it.
Votes on gun control and a failure to vote on LGBT employment protections, more news in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, reading the Stanford rape victim’s letter in Congress, and more.
House Democrats were in an uproar yesterday when Republicans sneakily scrambled to keep their anti-LGBT bill intact.
Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau backs an important bill that would ban trans discrimination, immigration and LGBT activists are on a hunger strike to protest the detention of trans women, a UK court rejects an Indian lesbian couple’s request to stay in the country, LGBT activists in Lebanon stage a rare protest and more news.