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Enough Bad News: Three Big LGBT Victories

October 20th, 2020 · Comments

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 the October edition of LGBT Law Notes.

  • District Court Allows HIV-Positive Services Members to Maintain Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Pentagon
  • Lambda Legal Wins Ruling in Favor of Social Security Spousal Benefits for Some Surviving Same-Sex Partners
  • Lambda Legal Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Key Provisions of Trump Administration’s Gutting of Affordable Care Act Protections



Tags: gay · Law · LGBT · Legal

Born Perfect: Banning Conversion Therapy Nationwide

October 3rd, 2019 · Comments

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.



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Trump Continues Attack on Transgender Community

November 16th, 2018 · Comments

It’s the Law Notes edition of the LeGaL LGBT Podcast. On this show LeGaL’s Executive Director Eric Lesh talks with Prof. Art Leonard about the Trump Administration’s decision to ask the Supreme Court to delay deciding whether Title VII bars gender identity discrimination. 

Then we will discuss two bigoted baker cases: one that may be
coming back to SCOTUS and another that was decided in the UK. 

Finally, we talk about Trump’s continued attack on the humanity and safety of trans people and the massive protests that took place in response.

Tags: gay · Law · LGBT · Legal

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. 

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

A Religious Litmus Test for Serving LGBTQ Youth at Risk?

August 2nd, 2018 · Comments

This is a dangerous time for LGBTQ people, and children across the country are paying the price.

On this installment, we are going to be talking with Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel at Children’s Rights about anti-LGBTQ legislation that targets queer youth in out of home care by attempting to give service providers a license to discriminate against foster parents and others who don’t meet a religious litmus test.

These policies place the agencies ‘beliefs above the needs and best interests of children in care. They also discriminate against parents who are trying to provide a loving home. 

We also talk with LeGaL's Legal Director Brett Figlewski about our LGBTQ Youth Clinic and the free legal services we provide.


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Kennedy steps down: It’s all on the line!

July 3rd, 2018 · Comments

On this episode of the LeGaL LGBT Podcast, we discuss Justice Kennedy's retirement, his LGBT rights legacy, and what's at stake for the future of civil rights claims.

We are joined by Professor Art Leonard of NY Law School. Art literlally knows everything about LGBT litigation, so you are not going to want to miss this.

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What’s cake got to do with it?

June 26th, 2018 · Comments

We call this episode, “What’s Cake Got To Do With It?”. This is because we will discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Trump’s travel ban and its relation to Masterpiece Cake Shop, Arlene’s Flowers, and the restaurant, Red Hen’s refusal to serve White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders.

For many of us, the travel ban decision left us feeling heartbroken and helpless. The decision reminds us of Korematsu, the SCOTUS decision upholding Japanese-American imprisonment. It does not uphold this country’s most basic principles of freedom and equality.

 In a powerful dissent, Justice Sotomayor points out the disconnect between the majority’s ruling in this Hawaii v Trump, “where the majority completely sets aside the President’s charged state­ments about Muslims as irrelevant,” and the holding in Masterpiece Cakeshop, “where the majority consid­ered the state commissioners’ statements about religion to be persuasive evidence of unconstitutional government action.”

 Today, LeGaL was joined on our LGBT Podcast by Lambda Legal’s Omar Gonzalez-Pagan. Together, we discuss the decision in the travel ban case, as well as the Court’s decision yesterday in Arlene’s Flowers, a case involving a same-sex couple that was refused service by a flower shop because they were gay.


Tags: gay · Law · LGBT · Legal

Masterpiece Cakeshop: Not the Win We Hoped for, Not the Loss We Feared

June 5th, 2018 · Comments

The Supreme Court ruled narrowly against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in Masterpiece Cakeshop, based on concerns that the original case was not decided “with the religious neutrality that the Constitution requires.”

In doing so, the Court also reaffirmed the core American principle that businesses open to the public must be open to all.

The unfortunate result of this ruling is that cases like this will continue to be litigated in the courts. In the meantime, LGBT people will have to go about their day to day lives fearing they might be refused service because of who we are.

It is important to note that the Supreme Court did not change the long-standing rule that businesses open to the public must be open to all. This ruling was limited to facts specific to this case, and the court importantly did not give businesses the broad right to discriminate that the bakery and the Trump administration sought here.

Eric Lesh, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar of NY discusses this case with Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School.

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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.


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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. 


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