LeGaL LGBT Podcast

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SCOTUS News, Anti-LGBT Agencies, and Lesbian Police Officers

May 14th, 2019

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of New York and New York Law School Professor Art Leonard give the very latest updates and insights on everything SCOTUS, including the recent Title VII grants as well as some denials. Next they discuss a federal appellate ruling in a case seeking to block enforcement of Philadelphia’s law barring child welfare groups doing business with the city from discriminating against same-sex couples who seek certification to be foster parents. Finally, they discuss a discrimination and harassment case filed by a lesbian police officer against NYC.

Queer Sex Workers and the Fight to Decrim NY

May 9th, 2019

Today’s show is about sex workers' rights and the fight in New York to decriminalize sex work.

We are speaking with Jared Trujillo, who is a Steering Committee member of DecrimNY, a coalition of 30 groups to decriminalize, destigmatize, and decarcerate sex work in New York. He’s also the President of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys.

The Queer Agenda: Federal Policy Chat with the ACLU

April 24th, 2019

SCOTUS Grants LGBT Employment Discrimination Cases

April 22nd, 2019

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review three cases that could have a massive impact on the rights and lives of LGBT people in the workplace. Specifically, the Court will decide whether the ban on employment discrimination “because of sex” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 can be interpreted to apply to claims of discrimination because of sexual orientation.

Eric Lesh discusses this breaking news with NY Law School Professor Art Lenard.

 

 

One LGBT SCOTUS Caes Down, More Pile Up

April 4th, 2019

LeGaL Executive Director Eric Lesh speaks with New York Law School Professor Art Leonard about SCOTUS’s decision NOT to hear the Aloha Bed and Breakfast case involving a small B & B that received a public accommodations smackdown from Hawaii. Next, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled by a vote of 2-1 that the state of Texas did not violate the 8th Amendment right against cruel or unusual punishment by denying gender confirmation surgery to transgender inmate. Finally, religious objectors rushing to federal court to block the EECC’s ability to come after employers when the fire LGBT people.

 Prof Leonard is chief editor of LeGaL’s LGBT Law Notes the most comprehensive monthly publication covering the latest LGBT legal developments here and abroad.  

Sentenced to Death Because He’s Gay?

March 28th, 2019

On this episode LeGaL Executive Director Eric Lesh speaks with Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Ethan Rice. At issue is a brief that Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and ACLU South Dakota filed with the Supreme Court in the case of Rhines v. Young. The brief argues that anti-gay juror bias in-part motivated the South Dakota jury’s decision to sentence Charles Rhines to death. We also chat about the experiences of LGBT people in the court system.

Here Comes the Ban

March 14th, 2019

On the Law Notes episode of the LeGaL LGBT Podcast, we discuss:

  • The latest legal developments on Trump's hateful transgender military ban;
  • A federal court blocks discharges of healthy airmen living with HIV; and
  • A U.S. district court that finds a child born in Canada through gestational surrogacy to a same-sex couple is entitled to U.S. citizenship at birth.

LeGaL Executive Director Eric Lesh and New York Law School Professor Art Leonard discuss.

 

Conversion Therapy in the Courts & More

February 13th, 2019

On the Law Notes episode of the LeGaL LGBT Podcast we discuss the transgender military ban action after the SCOTUS decision to reverse the stays on the preliminary injunctions. Next, we talk about the desire by anti-LGBT litigation groups to permit the torture of queer people by attacking several recent laws banning conversion therapy—including one right here in NYC. Finally, we discuss the latest Title VII action—including a bad circuit court ruling, and two positive district court rulings on employment discrimination cases.

With us is NYLS Prof. Art Leonard, chief editor of LeGaL’s LGBT Law Notes, the most comprehensive monthly publication covering the latest LGBT legal developments here and abroad.  

Weaponizing the Web: Queer People in the Age of Grindr and Cyberharassment

February 7th, 2019

We call this episode of the LeGaL LGBT Podcast "Weaponizing the Web: Queer People in the Age of Grindr and the Cyberharassment."

LeGaL Executive Director Eric Lesh talks with Professor Ari Ezra Waldman talk about queer people and issues related to online privacy and security, including revenge porn and how the law can address the issue of non-consensual sharing of images over online dating apps. We also about LGBTQ youth and bullying and whether current laws to protect youth are effective.

Ari Ezra Waldman is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at NYLS. He is the Founder and Director of the Institute for CyberSafety, which includes the first-of-its-kind law school pro bono clinic representing victims of online harassment.

SCOTUS Rules on Trump’s Trans Military Ban

January 25th, 2019

On January 22nd, by a 5–4 vote, the Supreme Court lifted two injunctions blocking Trump’s hateful and discriminatory ban on transgender military service.

This is not the end. It’s only the beginning. Nevertheless this was devastating news.

The disgraceful actions of this president and his administration, aided by his two illegitimate appointments to the Supreme Court, dishonor the brave transgender troops who courageously serve, and wish to serve, their country.

We stand with you.

We have the latest with New York Law School Prof Art Leonard.