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Discussion of: (1) the flurry of Title VII decisions from federal appellate courts in the last month, especially the en banc Seventh Circuit's historic ruling in the Hively case; (2) the remand of Gavin Grimm's case back down to the Fourth Circuit; (3) the disappointing replacement for H.B. 2 in North Carolina; and (4) how Neil Gorsuch may impact LGBT rights now that he has been confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

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Discussion of: (1) all the twists and turns in the Gavin Grimm case as we approach argument at the U.S. Supreme Court later this month; (2) a unanimous Washington Supreme Court decision rejecting a First Amendment defense from a florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding; (3) more bad news from the Arkansas Supreme Court; and (4) why a New York federal court found Grindr probably does not have liability, despite one man using it to severely harass his ex. 

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Discussion of: (1) President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court; (2) a concerning decision to hear a case by the Texas Supreme Court; (3) a federal court letting a transgender woman sue her employer under Title VII after a health plan denied coverage of her transition-related care; and (4) a case arising out of a gay man's tragic fall overboard from a cruise ship balcony. 

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Discussion of: (1) a familiar Texas federal district court judge issuing another nationwide injunction against the Obama administration; (2) a disappointing 4-3 decision on birth certificates from the Arkansas Supreme Court; (3) a Louisiana court declaring an executive order of Governor John Bel Edwards unconstitutional; and (4) the sad final chapter in the saga arising out of a public nudity arrest at San Diego Pride in 2011. 

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Discussion of: (1) what the incoming Trump Administration and Republican control of both houses of Congress might mean for the future of LGBT rights; (2) November developments in the continuing push to have Title VII's protections interpreted broadly to include LGBT employees, featuring analysis of an important en banc reargument in the 7th Circuit; (3) a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling that a family court judge made the wrong call in denying joint custody to two men who were never married, but agreed to co-parent a child after they split up; and (4) how four Texas lesbians wrongly convicted of sexually abusing young children nearly 20 years ago were finally exonerated. 

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Discussion of: (1) the U.S. Supreme Court granting cert in three cases of interest to the LGBT community, especially the Gavin Grimm case; (2) a constitutional challenge brought by a church to a state antidiscrimination law that covers public accommodations and gender identity; (3) a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision establishing that a lesbian partner without a biological connection to a child can satisfy both the "born to" and "holding out" provisions of a state parentage statute when that statute is read in a gender neutral fashion; and (4) a final update on the Dharun Ravi legal saga following the overturning of his criminal conviction on appeal. 

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Discussion of: (1) Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore getting suspended for the rest of his term; (2) the extension of the new parental standing test in New York to a gay dad; (3) a New Jersey appellate court throwing out the entire conviction of Tyler Clementi's Rutgers roommate; and (4) how a New York federal court judge's granting of a motion to dismiss highlights a larger problem with the NYPD and the transgender community. 

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Discussion of: (1) the New York Court of Appeals overruling Alison D.; (2) setbacks in the struggle to get LGBT employees covered under Title VII; (3) all the August developments in the similar battle over whether Title IX covers transgender students using restrooms consistent with their gender identity; and (4) a federal appellate court judge explaining bisexuality to his colleagues in a dissent. 

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Discussion of: (1) big wins in federal court challenges to Mississippi's H.B. 1523 that have left the entire law blocked; (2) continuing developments in various federal courts on the question of whether Title VII covers employment discrimination based on sexual orientation; (3) good and bad news for LGBT parents in Maryland, Michigan, and Indiana; and (4) a great ruling in a federal class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Health over a categorical Medicaid exclusion for cosmetic surgery in connection with gender transition. 

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After reading the names and ages of the victims of the Orlando attack, discussion of: (1) all of the competing legal moves over the last month in reaction to the terrible new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi; (2) some thorny issues involving the retroactivity of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision that we have seen several courts wrestling with as of late; and (3) legislative action in Italy that finally offers some relationship recognition to same-sex couples.

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