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Entries from May 2018

Stacking the Courts: The Fight Against Trump’s Federal Judicial Nominees

May 31st, 2018 · Comments

We call this episode “Stacking the Courts: The Fight Against Trump’s Extremist Judicial Nominees.”

That’s because in nomination after nomination, Trump’s picks for federal courts are hostile to civil rights in general and specifically hostile to LGBT rights.

As the Senate tries to rubberstamp and rush these nominees through by confirming them at an alarming pace, Lambda Legal has spearheaded a broad effort elevate the importance of this issue. Lambda is working overtime to expose the records and inform both senators and the public of the dangers Trump’s nominees pose to our rights, to the rule of law, and to the nation itself.

We are speaking with Sasha Buchert, a staff attorney at Lamdda Legal who has been leading their amazing work in this area.


Tags: gay · Law · News & Politics · LGBT · Legal · News

IDAHOTB! “Queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere.”

May 16th, 2018 · Comments

Thursday, May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

It was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people internationally. May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where homosexuality is criminalized.

We have been trying to highlight how Trump’s immigration policies and rhetoric are dangerous and deadly for LGBTQ people.

I am thrilled to be joined by our special guest, Adam Eli. Adam is a community organizer and the founder of Voices4, a non-violent direct action activist group committed to advancing global queer liberation. We also have Azis Toktobaev, a 20 year old, from Kyrgyzstan who is an intern for Voices4.

We will be talking about the treatment of queer people in Russia, the realities that Russian refugees face in the US, their activism, and what our lawyer and activist listeners can do to effectuate change. 


Tags: gay · Law · News & Politics · LGBT · Legal · News

“Trump Benchslap” May 2018

May 11th, 2018 · Comments

We call this LGBT Law Notes episode of the LeGaL Podcast “Trump Benchslap.” That’s because a district court hearing one of the challenges Trump’s hateful transgender military ban saw right through the Administration’s attempt to dress up the same old ban with some fresh paint. The Administration also suffered a tatol defeat in an asylum case before the 9th Circuit. Trump’s favorite Circuit.

We will begin by chatting about these cases with Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School. Art is the chief editorand writer of LGBT Law Notes, the most comprehensive monthly publication covering the latest legal and legislative developments affecting the LGBT community here and abroad.

Then, we will chat with LeGaL's legal director, Brett Figlewski about a NY case involving a child who was conceived and raised by the three individuals in a tri-parent arrangement. 

And of course, Art will be surprising us with his choice for our "Of Note" segment.

Hosted by Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY (LeGaL)

Tags: gay · Law · News & Politics · LGBT · Legal · News

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