Two federal appeals court panels have ruled that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people at work also applies to discrimination in schools. In Bostock v. Clayton, the U.S. Supreme Court [...]
As the second night of the Republican National Convention got underway Tuesday night, the voiceover on a video showing the U.S. Constitution said, “Without equality, there is no opportunity.” The video also showed historic photos [...]
The first night of the Republican national convention spent considerable time reassuring Black and Latinx people that it is the party of “diversity,” “values” and “morality.” An openly gay speaker is planned for Wednesday, but [...]
Tuesday night’s Democratic National Convention launched with a video “keynote” in which 17 people — including three gay men — shared the time to explain why they are voting for the party’s presidential nominee Joe [...]
Long gone are the days when the Democratic National Convention slated only a token openly gay person on its pre-primetime schedule. Monday night, the first day of the DNC’s four-day 2020 convention, openly LGBTQ people [...]
There will be a lot of history made at this week’s Democratic National Convention. Some of it will be highly visible – like prime-time closing night speeches by two high-profile LGBTQ leaders. Some will be [...]
It was not a big surprise, but it was a much-anticipated revelation: Democratic presidential nominee-apparent Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has chosen U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate. Political [...]
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., indicated Monday he is not likely to grant an injunction to stop a Trump administration change in rules that will eliminate nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. In an hour-long [...]
Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg’s being gay made him stand out in the first few months of his campaign last year, earning him a surge of media attention that his relatively obscure reputation as the mayor [...]
In a move that LGBTQ legal activists see as “deeply worrisome,” the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it will review two appeals in which the Trump administration is seeking to make it much easier [...]
A federal appeals panel of Republican appointees ruled Friday that the state of Indiana must treat same-sex married couples the same as male-female married couples when determining who to list on a child’s birth certificate. [...]
A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 10 unanimously upheld a national injunction to stop the U.S. Air Force from discharging service members just because they have HIV infection. [...]
The Department of Health and Human Services’ press release announcing a change in the administration of its grants had an innocuous-sounding title, one that said its purpose was to ensure that HHS regulations do not "impose specific public policy requirements beyond U.S. statutory requirements."
A confirmation hearing for two Trump nominees to the nation’s largest federal appeals court snared considerable media attention Wednesday after one of those nominees dissolved into tears while trying to defend himself against claims that [...]
Openly Bisexual US Rep. Katie Hill Publicly Acknowledges ‘Inappropriate’ Relationship With Staff Member
U.S. Rep. Katie Hill publicly acknowledged Wednesday that she engaged in an “inappropriate” relationship with a member of her staff. But she contends the allegations, supplemented by at least one photograph in which Hill is [...]
U.S. Supreme Court observers are more reluctant than usual to try and predict how the court might come down on the always hot-button issue of rights for LGBTQ people. There is a newly minted conservative [...]
WASHINGTON — It was the second day of the court’s 2019-20 session, and the two hours of arguments Tuesday, Oct. 8, were split between cases involving discrimination based on sexual orientation and discrimination based on [...]
Here’s the blunt reality: On Oct. 8 the U.S. Supreme Court’s will hear arguments on three cases impacting LGBTQ people. Its rulings could have the most profound consequences yet on LGBTQ people. Why? The three [...]
In a decision that LGBTQ legal activists call “dangerous” and “troubling,” the Arizona Supreme Court on Sept. 16 ruled that a business can — under certain circumstances — cite the business owner’s religious beliefs to [...]
LGBTQ voters: Mark your calendars. Over the next month, there will be four Democratic presidential candidate forums — two of them devoted exclusively to LGBTQ issues. And one of those LGBTQ forums will be the first-ever to be broadcast by a major network.
LGBTQ voters: Mark your calendars. Over the next month, there will be four Democratic presidential candidate forums — two of them devoted exclusively to LGBTQ issues. And one of those LGBTQ forums will be the [...]
The national gay Republican group, Log Cabin Republicans, made a big splash Aug. 15 when it published a commentary in the Washington Post announcing its decision to endorse President Trump for reelection. The public's reaction [...]
It was a discernible ray of light flashing across an otherwise dark and stormy sea: The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, May 28, declined to accept an appeal from a group of students challenging a public [...]
A new Trump administration regulation permitting religious bias came carefully wrapped up in the language of civil rights; Its text promises to “remove barriers” for people who want to work in health care, support a [...]
For the first time, a federal appeals court has ruled that a local government can exclude a child foster care agency from city-funded programs if the agency refuses to abide by a local ordinance that [...]
In an action one civil rights lawyer called “a deeply disturbing message about the value placed on LGBTQ lives,” the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from a man on death [...]
Openly gay Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has leapt into a surprisingly strong position in the latest poll of Iowa Democratic caucus-goers: Third place. Right behind former Vice President Joe Biden, in first with 25 [...]
A Russian social media operation aimed at helping Republican nominee Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election included efforts to polarize voters around LGBTQ issues and, in some cases, pushed LGBTQ voters to support Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. The operation also posted a message aimed at lonely LGBTQ teenagers, an effort that is believed was intended to blackmail vulnerable youth.
A Russian social media operation aimed at helping Republican nominee Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election included efforts to polarize voters around LGBT issues and, in some cases, pushed LGBT voters to support Democratic [...]
Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court seem almost like an afterthought after last week’s political slugfest over the confirmation process for President Trump’s second nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But there are several cases before the high court that are of great importance to the LGBTQ community as the high court began its 2018-2019 session this week. In fact, this session could be one of the busiest in history for LGBTQ-related concerns.
It was the third day of a four-day confirmation hearing for federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to join the U.S. Supreme Court before a senator really pressed hard for him to account for his commitment to equal rights for LGBTQ people. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) started off, trying to get Kavanaugh to agree that he wouldn’t fire somebody because of the color of that person’s skin or their gender. “Of course,” Kavanaugh agreed.
For the third time in less than a year, a federal appeals court has ruled that an LGBT person can seek protection from job discrimination under Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964.