LeGaL LGBT Podcast

LeGaL LGBT Podcast header image 1

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.

LGBTQ Workplace Fairness from the Litigator’s POV

July 8th, 2019

LeGaL Executive Director Eric Lesh speaks with transgender rights litigator Jillian Weiss about her LGBT workplace fairness work at the Law Firm of Jillian T. Weiss and as Special Co-Counsel at Outten & Golden. Then, we chat with Larry Pearson and David Gottlieb of Wigdor LLP about their LGBT employment, harassment and retaliation cases against the novelist Nicholas Sparks and their case against Goldman Sachs.

 If you experience discrimination in the workplace contact:

Law Firm of Jillian T. Weiss

Outten & Golden

Wigdor LLP

or LeGaL at 212-459-4873

The All Good News LGBT Pride Pod

June 5th, 2019

On this LGBT Law Notes episode LeGaL Executive Director Eric Lesh and New York Law School Professor Art Leonard discuss a rare bit of good news from the Supreme Court in transgender rights case. Next they chat about a religiously affiliated children’s agency’s failed attempt to turn away same-sex couples seeking to adopt. Then they chat about a series of cases that deal with same-sex spouses and their equal access to benefits.

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.