2301 posts categorized "Legal"

May 26, 2016

US Congresswoman Tells Anti-Trans Witness 'I Think You’re a Bigot, Lady'

Good.

Texas joined by 10 other states in lawsuit over transgender bathroom use

The bigoted diehards keep pounding.

House Democrats Succeed in Reversing Anti-LGBT Attack On Rights for Federal Contractors

Andy Towle's take is here.

Update: The bill has now been killed. Here's an update from Andy Towle.

May 25, 2016

Vermont governor signs conversion therapy ban

Good news. GLAA's participation two years ago in the coalition that won passage of DC's ban on conversion therapy for minors is described here.

Time magazine's rainbow cover sparks outrage

This article quotes one objection to the Time cover:

“Dear @time this is a gay pride flag, not a trans pride flag. This is erasure and a failure of basic due diligence,” one person tweeted.

Erasure? Really? The cover of Time Magazine is the opposite of erasure, whether you like the illustration or not. According to Wikipedia, "Unlike within the wider LGBT communities worldwide which have adopted the Rainbow flag, the various transgender individuals, organizations and communities around the world have not coalesced around one single flag design. Instead there are several flags used and endorsed by the varying transgender individuals, organizations and communities." The cover design is a striking graphic inspired by the far better known rainbow flag, which our enemies certainly regard as including the T even if you don't. This is the sort of fake controversy that causes people whose support we need to roll their eyes and turn away.

San Francisco 49ers oppose North Carolina law, donate $75k to Equality NC

May 19, 2016

HRC taps Ted Olson in fight against NC anti-LGBT law

The Human Rights Campaign goes the celebrity route again. HRC President Chad Griffin, then leader of American Foundation for Equal Rights, previously brought Olson in, along with Democratic attorney David Boies, for the court fight against California Proposition 8, known as Hollingsworth v. Perry. Olson and Boies ran up more than $6 million in legal fees in that case, despite the fact that other attorneys working in marriage equality cases often worked pro bono. So how much is HRC going to pay Olson?

It should be noted, by the way, that the Perry case did NOT win the nation marriage equality. It was sent back to a lower court by SCOTUS in 2013 for lack of standing. The 2013 SCOTUS overturn of the discriminatory federal definition of marriage in DOMA was in another case, United States v. Windsor, where Edith Windsor's attorney Roberta Kaplan argued before the high court. The ruling that granted civil marriage equality throughout the country came with Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. The plaintiffs in that case were represented at oral argument by civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto and Washington, D.C. lawyer Douglas Hallward-Driemeier.

GOP congresswoman stands up for LGBT rights alongside her transgender son

The Lehtinens were at the Trans Equality fundraiser Wednesday evening at The Hamilton, where Rodrigo gave his mother an Ally Award. Another member of Congress honored was Rep. Mike Honda.

Lawmakers aim to curb anti-LGBTI 'religious freedom' bills in US

The Seychelles votes to decriminalize gay sex

May 18, 2016

Guard Charged with Assault After Confronting Transgender Woman Using Women's Restroom

This is getting increasingly scary. An epidemic of hatred is spreading in this country. People are going to be assaulted, and some of them killed, because of others' obstinate ignorance. Lord knows what chains of suffering will be set in motion as the summer heats up because of demagogues stoking intolerance. Mind you, this particular story occurred in DC, with as progressive a set of laws as anywhere. Social media are being used as a tool of hatred and provocation by people lacking all restraint and often hiding behind pseudonyms. We must stand together at every level and in every neighborhood and make it clear that violence will not be tolerated.

Mexican president proposes legalizing same-sex marriage

Billy Graham's daughter slams trans rights, claims God sends terror attacks "to show us that we need him"

I'm sorry, but why doesn't this noxious family get on a bus and drive off a cliff? In God's mercy.

Taking a leak is now a liberal "social experiment," Inhofe claims

We need to rid the Senate of this bilious ignoramus.

May 17, 2016

Council passes its own D.C. General closure plan, angers Mayor Bowser

Chairman Mendelson got the better of this exchange. For the Mayor to yell, "You're a f*cking liar!" at him in the hallway is not a refutation of the Council's plan, which passed unanimously. I got an informal briefing this evening from Councilmember Silverman. There were legitimate concerns that the Mayor's plan was too costly. And in any case, the Council has a role to play other than just rubber stamping the Mayor's proposal. If she doesn't learn from this, she is in big trouble.

Senate confirms Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army, first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service

The Crippled Supreme Court

The Times editorial board is right. But the Senate nihilists led by Elaine Chao's roommate do not care. It is past time for progressives and moderates to stop fighting one another and fight the Republicans who are determined by obstruction, gerrymandering and vote suppression to override the wishes of the majority and constitutional safeguards in service of the few.

Geidner interviews President Obama on SCOTUS

Congrats to our friend Chris Geidner on his interview yesterday with President Obama on Supreme Court matters, including the Senate's refusal to grant a hearing to Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland. It was streamed live via Facebook and YouTube.

Norton stands up to House Republicans on DC budget autonomy

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Congresswoman Norton responds to House Republicans' assault on D.C. budget autonomy here and here. I will attend the House OGR markup today at 2 pm in 2154 Rayburn HOB to show GLAA's support for our congresswoman.

May 13, 2016

HHS Issues Regulations Banning Trans Health Care Discrimination

Another breakthrough ruling in what has become Transgender Week in the Obama Administration. Bravo.

House Republicans warn D.C. not to assert budget independence

Rep. Mark Meadows threatens to prosecute District of Columbia officials essentially for doing their jobs as the people we elect to represent us. If they are prepared to do this, they should sooner abolish Home Rule and stop pretending to respect our self-determination as American citizens. The outrage here against self-respecting Washingtonians is profound. I stand with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Council Chairman Mendelson, and our other leaders who are fighting this congressional paternalism.

See Congresswoman Norton's press release here.

D.C. men charged with murder of transgender woman in Rockville

Italian civil unions bill receives final approval

Massachusetts Senate Passes Transgender Rights Bill

NC governor: It's 'an insult' to correlate trans rights w/ civil rights movement

Dear Governor: go ahead and be insulted. Yes, all struggles are different. No, that doesn't make it right to rank oppressions or exclude parts of our population from equal protection of the law. But keep groping for justifications as you dig yourself in deeper.

Obama Administration To Tell Schools Transgender Students Can Use Restroom Of Choice

May 09, 2016

NC sues federal government over HB 2 challenge

For my comment, see the separate post from today involving Jesus eating popcorn.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch To Unveil "Law Enforcement Action" Against North Carolina

May 08, 2016

Same-sex couples finally being given right to adopt in Ireland

Gay US diplomat found true love in Shanghai, marries Chinese boyfriend

May 04, 2016

Alabama City Council Rescinds Sweeping Anti-Trans Law After Legal Warnings

Kenya could ban 'anal probe' torture that 'tests' for gay sex

U.S. warns North Carolina that its transgender bathroom bill violates civil rights laws

Powder Rooms of the Patriarchy

My column for this week.

April 29, 2016

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

April 28, 2016

Paul Ryan wants to end Obamacare protections for people with pre-existing conditions

How anyone can vote for the GOP and its callous destructiveness I don't understand.

Male cops caught on video harassing lesbian inside womens' bathroom

So in the name of keeping men out of bathrooms, men with guns are sent into bathrooms. To whom does this make the slightest sense?

Tennessee governor signs "religious freedom" bill enabling counselors to decline to treat LGBT patients

April 27, 2016

Former GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert called ‘serial child molester’ by judge - gets 15 mos

North Carolina Republican urges people to "keep our state straight"

What do you mean, "keep"? Here is a legislator with an inflated view of his power.