Developments in LGBTQ Law: Good News From the Courts

Things have not been looking particularly rosy for the LGBTQ community and their allies and friends.  Vice President-Elect Mike Pence’s support of damaging conversion therapy and of laws discriminating against gay people are in keeping with the overall hostility to gay and transgendered Americans exhibited by Trump’s Administration writ large.  Every single cabinet member Trump has […]

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Will the State Senate Protect all New Yorkers from Discrimination?

Early last month, amid the ongoing controversy sparked by North Carolina’s anti-transgender legislation, the New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA). The Act aims to protect New Yorkers from discrimination in housing, education, and employment based on their gender identity or expression. Presently, both New York and Federal law lack such […]

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Religious Groups Support Same-Sex Marriage As a Lesbian Rabbi Shatters a Glass Ceiling

As the Supreme Court prepares to address the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, the acceptance of gay marriage continues to blossom across the religious spectrum. Most notably, earlier this month the Presbyterian Church USA — the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S., with some 1.8 million members —adopted a definition of marriage that is more […]

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Would You Rather Work or Marry?

The issue of same-sex marriage is once again before the United States Supreme Court. Last time the Court addressed this topic, the Court rightly invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which restricted the federal definition of marriage to a marriage between a man and a woman. This time around, the Court will […]

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After a decade of lobbying, recognition

This week, the New York Times had a fascinating story on the University of Vermont, which has decided to recognize students who do not identify as males or females by a third gender: “Neutral.” The change is the result of a decade of lobbying and internal discussions about how best to include different members of […]

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“America’s Highest-Paid Female CEO Used to be a Man:” Martine Rothblatt and Gender Nonconformity in the Workplace

The current New York Magazine cover story – “The Trans-Everything CEO” – profiles Martine Rothblatt, the highest paid female CEO in America. It paints a fascinating picture worthy of its “futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher” subject. There are a million interesting things about the 59-year-old Rothblatt: the three companies she founded (Geostar, Sirius Satellite […]

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Executive Assistance for LGBT Employees Is Not Without Its Drawbacks

Last month, President Obama signed an Executive Order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Order simply adds sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of characteristics—race, color, religion, sex, and national origin—already protected under an Executive Order signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, […]

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50 Years of LGBT Rights Under Title VII

“Gay people are the new barometer for social change.” ~ Bayard Rustin On June 20, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hosted Pride at 50: The Civil Rights Act of 1964. Almost 100 people from all walks of life attended the program.  It was truly an inspiring event to participate in. Malihe Kigasari, a […]

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