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4 days ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread and news r... · 0 replies · +9 points

Theresa May tells Commonwealth nations that she regrets the role of Great Britain in discriminatory anti-gay laws.

Speaking on the second day of a week-long meeting in London, May addressed a wide range of humanitarian and environmental issues, including laws which outlaw same-sex activity in 37 of its 53 member nations.

“I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now,” May said.

1 week ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread and news r... · 1 reply · +4 points

A federal judge in Seatle has continued the injunction against enforcement of Trump's ban on transgender troops, and has also designated transgender citizens as a protected class. The decision may be found here: http://www.washingtonblade.com/content/files/2018....

From Lambda Legal: "The court found that the implementation plan the Administration issued in late March was not a new policy but rather threatens the very same constitutional violations and that the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN can proceed to trial.

Furthermore, the court also found that the effort to ban transgender people from military service must meet the most demanding level of scrutiny because it so clearly targets transgender people. Meanwhile, the preliminary injunction the court previously granted remains in place, preventing the implementation of the ban pending trial.

“The court wants to expose this bigoted ban for all of its ugliness at trial, and we are happy to oblige. If it’s a full record the judge wants, then it’s a full record we will give her,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Natalie Nardecchia said.

“We look forward to putting the capriciousness and cruelty of this discriminatory ban against transgender people on trial, where it can be relegated for good to the trash heap of history, alongside other vile military policies that discriminated based on race, sex, and sexual orientation.”

2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread and news r... · 1 reply · +6 points

Transgender rights victory in Puerto Rico.

On April 3, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico struck down a policy that prevented transgender people born in Puerto Rico from correcting the gender marker on their birth certificates and ordered Commonwealth officials to allow such corrections.

Lambda Legal challenged Puerto Rico’s categorical ban on corrections to the gender marker in birth certificates last April in a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit.

“This is a tremendous victory for our clients and all transgender people born in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican government must now allow transgender Puerto Ricans to change the gender markers on their birth certificates so that they accurately reflect and affirm their identities,” said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal.

5 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread UPDATE 3/7 · 0 replies · +5 points

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which has a history of homophobic mayors, has just elected its first openly gay mayor, Dean Tantralis. I think he is now the mayor of the largest city in the South currently led by an openly gay official. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-la...

6 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread UPDATE 3/7 · 0 replies · +6 points

Damn. I am sorry that these bastards reversed the earlier vote on a tie vote. I was looking forward to Roberta Kaplan teaching them a lesson about the Constitution of the United States and picking up a boatload of cash from the citizens of Starkville for her trouble.

7 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Second Circuit rules t... · 1 reply · +4 points

Speaking of "cult classics," one of the gag gifts my husband and I received for our wedding (even though we specified "no gifts" on our invitations) was "The Anita Bryant Story." It too now reads as "unintentionally hilarious."

7 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Second Circuit rules t... · 0 replies · +2 points

What sort of record does Del. Charles Barkley have on lgbt rights?

7 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Second Circuit rules t... · 1 reply · +2 points

I have heard about it. What I cannot find out is an explanation of why this judge heard the case. He is listed as an adminstrative judge for the U.S. Coast Guard and for Homeland Security. He was appointed in 2007, which means he is probably a Republican appointed by George W. Bush. The decision is disappointing.

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8 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Open thread for news a... · 1 reply · +6 points

Glad that there is still a modicum of justice in this country. Hawaii's appellate court has upheld a decision against a bed-and-breakfast that discriminated against a lesbian couple. Hope the bed-and-breakfast owners will have to pay through the nose.

10 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - News round-up and open... · 1 reply · +4 points

Both candidates are named Alvarado?