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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.

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.