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LGBTQ Cases in the Lower Courts

December 10th, 2019

On the Law Notes Episode of the LeGaL LGBT Podcast, Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from November:

1. Illinois Federal Judge Remands Board of Immigration Appeals' Decision Involving the Denial of a Married Same-Sex Couple's I-130 Petition.

2. Christian School's Suit to Remain in Maryland's Scholarship Program Survives Motion to Dismiss

3. Art Teache's Lawsuit Against Texas Public School Survives Dismissal Motion

Transgender Day of Remembrance (“TDOR”)

November 20th, 2019

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (“TDOR”). It is a day to honor the memory of those members of our community whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

On this episode, LeGaL's Executive Director, Eric Lesh, and Board President, Kristen Browde discuss TDOR 2019.

At LeGaL, we remember the primarily trans women of color lost to transphobic bigotry and violence. This year’s TDOR comes in the wake of reports that at least 22 people were lost to deadly attacks in 2019.

Ending the crisis of violence against transgender people demands action across our entire community. Of the 1.4 million transgender people living in the U.S., 9% reported being physically attacked in the past year because of their identity. And this epidemic is on the rise. Between 2017 and 2018, reported incidents of anti-trans violence rose by 34%.

LeGaL has been fighting to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from discrimination for over four decades.

Today, we rededicate ourselves to continuing the fight for the safety, dignity, and equality of all transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Trans Lives Matter.

LGBT Law Notes: All Southern Rulings

November 14th, 2019

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from October:

1. Texas Federal Court Vacates Transgender Protection under Obamacare.

2. Mississippi Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms Award of Custody of a Child to His Gay Uncle’s Surviving Husband.

3. Kentucky Supreme Court Avoids Ruling on Clash between Free Speech and Anti-Discrimination Law in T-Shirt Case.

 

 

SCOTUS, Discriminatory Agencies, Trans Military Litgation, and More

October 16th, 2019

 

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from September:

  1. Last week the Justices heard oral argument in three cases that could completely alter the legal landscape for LGBT workers across the US. Before the justices is the question: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbid discrimination in employment because of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity?
  2. We have a two rulings to discuss dealing with access to information in the ongoing challenges to Trump’s hateful trans military ban. While courts are limiting the scope of discovery they are rejecting the government's broad assertion of privilege.
  3. Michigan's new democratic governor implemented a policy that required faith-based organizations that provided adoption services using state funding to serve same-sex couples. A federal judge just put blocked it for now.
  4. Finally, anti-LGBT hate groups are challenging conversion therapy laws across the country. We have an update on a case out of Maryland.

Oral Argument Day for LGBT Workers

October 8th, 2019

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of The LGBT Bar Association of New York, speaks with Lambda Legal Senior Attorney and LeGaL Board Member, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, about what happened at SCOTUS during oral argument in the LGBT workplace fairness cases.

Born Perfect: Banning Conversion Therapy Nationwide

October 3rd, 2019

On this episode of the LeGaL LGBT Podcast, Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of New York and Mathew Shurka, co-founder and chief strategist of the Born Perfect campaign discuss the fight to ban the harmful and discredited practice of anti-LGBT conversion therapy nationwide.

 

 

Victory for Trans Health, SCOTUS and More!

September 13th, 2019

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from August:

  1. The Ninth Circuit affirmed an injunction ordering gender confirmation surgery for an Idaho transgender inmate;
  2. The Supreme Court received a second round of filings in the blockbuster LGBT employment discrimination cases to be argued on October 8;
  3. A divided Eighth Circuit  revived a videographers claim that the company doesn’t need to provide equal wedding related services for same-sex couples.

Adoption Agency Seeks Right to Discriminate from SCOTUS

August 12th, 2019

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY and Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School, discuss three important LGBT rights cases from July:

  1. A Catholic Adoption Agency Asks Supreme Court for a “License to Discriminate” Against LGBTQ People;
  2. A Transgender Teenager’s Mother Asks Supreme Court to Recognize a Parent’s Due Process Rights to Control Her Child’s Life; and
  3. A Federal Appeals Court has Refused to Reopen Asylum Proceedings for Lesbian from Uganda

LGBTQ Immigration and Asylum in the Time of Trump

August 8th, 2019

There are nearly 1 million adult immigrants in the United States that self-identify as LGBTQ. The Trump administration has been relentless in its attacks against immigrants from apprehension, to detentions, to deportations. The approach has been aggressive, unspeakably cruel and even deadly. LeGaL's Executive Director, Eric Lesh sits down with Sharita Gruberg, Director of the Policy, LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress to talk about the immigration and asylum obstacles and issues that are the directly harming LGBTQ people.

Bigoted Bakers, Parentage Rights and “Conversion Therapy”

July 11th, 2019

On the LGBT Law Notes episode, LGBT Bar NY Executive Director Eric Lesh and New York Law School Professor Art Leonard discuss the latest wedding cake news from the Supreme Court and more, including a ruling from another state high court that is sticking to its pro-equality decision after searching the record for signs of bias in the proceeding. Next, we will chat about a New York case where a gay dad filled a cert petition that seeks to overturn protections for non-bio/non-adoptive parents. Finally, we discuss the latest on a conversion therapy case in New Jersey state court where the provider of this discredited, fraudulent practice just won’t go away.