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BiLawrriors: All about the B in lgBt.

September 20th, 2018 · Comments


Host, Eric Lesh, talks with Nancy Marcus, co-founder of BiLaw and writer for LegallyBi. 

Sept 19-26 is Bisexual Awareness Week, and Septender 23rd is Bi Visibility Day.

On this episode we talk about the nearly five million adults in the U.S. who identify as bisexual. In case you were wondering, bi people actually comprise more than half of the entire LGBT community, yet bi people are often erased from the LGBT movement, our political discourse and even litigation.
So today we are going to talk with THE expext in this area, Nancy Marcus. Nancy is an out bi lawyer and LGBT rights activist. She is a co-founder of BiLaw, the national organization for bi lawyers, law professors, law students, and their allies, and is the author of "Bridging Bisexual Erasure in LGBT-Rights Discourse and Litigation." Nancy is a former colleague of mine at Lambda Legal, and she is also a dear friend.
After our Podcast conversation, Nancy was so inspired by my nudging her that she should be doing even MORE to help bi-inclusion in LGBT-rights advocacy along (because that's what friends do, nudge each other), she asked me to spread the word to any lawyers out there who want help framing strategically effective bi-inclusive arguments (and, possibly, helping with amicus briefing) that she would love to hear from you at


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The Looming October SCOTUS Term

September 17th, 2018 · Comments

LGBT Law Notes Episode!

Host, Eric Lesh, talks with Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School. Art is the chief editor and writer of LGBT Law Notes, the most comprehensive monthly publication covering the latest legal and legislative developments affecting the LGBT community here and abroad.

Topics include:

  • Supreme Court Faces Petitions for Review of Rulings on LGBT-Related Issues as October Term 2018 Nears;
  • Repeated Victories for Transgender Student Bathroom Access During Summer 2018; and
  • 7th Circuit Ruling Creates Federal Precedent to Protect Older Gays in Residential Facilities.

Send Marsha a note of support.

Update: ADF sent a letter to the Court Clerk, suggesting postponing the consideration of Zarda and Bostock petitions until the Oct. 26 conference.

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An LGBTQ Legislative Agenda for a New New York!

September 13th, 2018 · Comments

It is long past time for our New York state legislators to take action on the the issues that impact LGBTQ New Yorkers and our families. New York should be a place that protects the liberty and equality of all individuals, particularly those whose existence and expression has been oppressed.

On this episode, we speak with some experts about several important legislative priorities for LeGaL. 

First, LeGaL Executive Director, Eric Lesh speaks with our Board Member Kristen Browde about the urgent need to pass GENDA to protect the civil rights of transgender people in New York.

Next, we talk with Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project, about the effort to ban conversion therapy. 

Finally, our executive director discusses the need to ban so-called “gay and trans panic defenses” in New York. 

Listen to the podcast.

Then stand with us to take action. 

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Stop Kavanaugh: What We Learned From The Hearing

September 10th, 2018 · Comments

On July 31st, the LGBT Bar Association of New York, LeGaL, joined Lambda Legal and 60 other LGBTQ organizations in submitting a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.

Before entering this week’s confirmation hearings, Judge Kavanaugh’s record showed no indication that would decide cases involving discrimination against LGBTQ people fairly, nor that he will uphold our constitutional right to equal dignity.

Unfortunately, nothing during the confirmation hearing did anything to alleviate our serious concerns.

LeGaL's Executive Director, Eric Lesh, sits down with Lambda Legal's Senior Attorney, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan to discuss what we learned, what's at stake and why we must stop Kavanaugh.

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