Colorado judge: Federal housing laws protect LGBT people

Posted on 07 Apr 2017 at 8:00am

  From Staff Reports On Wednesday, April 5, just a day after Lambda Legal lawyers and their client Kimberly Hively won a 7th Circuit Court ruling declaring that federal law — Title VII — protects lesbians and gays from employment discrimination (see Page 18) — a district court judge in Colorado ruled that the federal […]

7th Circuit: Title VII prohibits anti-LGBT bias in employment

Posted on 05 Apr 2017 at 10:38am

  Ruling by full panel overturns 7th Circuit’s previous decisions Lisa Keen | Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com For the first time ever, a federal appeals court has ruled that a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in employment also prohibits sexual orientation discrimination. In an 8-to-3 decision handed down Tuesday, April 4, the 7th Circuit U.S. […]

Trump signs order creating loophole for anti-LGBT discrimination

Posted on 28 Mar 2017 at 2:53pm

Lisa Keen | Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com President Trump on Monday, March 27, signed what Lambda Legal calls a “very disturbing” order giving federal contractors a large loophole through which to discriminate against LGBT people. The White House released a copy of the executive order, signed by Trump, on Monday afternoon. The order revokes all […]

Court: Discrimination against gay workers not prohibited

Posted on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:50am

Kate Brumback  |  Associated Press editor@dallasvoice.com ATLANTA — In a setback for gay rights advocates hoping for an expansion of workplace discrimination protections, a federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled that employers aren’t prohibited from discriminating against employees because of sexual orientation. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on […]

SCOTUS sends trans student case back to 4th Circuit

Posted on 06 Mar 2017 at 3:20pm

Lisa Keen | Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 6, vacated a federal appeals court ruling in favor of a transgender high school student and directed the lower court to reconsider its earlier ruling. The Supreme Court order in Gloucester v. G.G. came in response to “the guidance document” issued […]

George Michael, pop superstar, dies at 53 in Oxfordshire home

Posted on 25 Dec 2016 at 10:10pm

The legendary pop star and gay icon, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and continued his success as a solo performer, passed away peacefully at his home in Goring, Oxfordshire on Christmas Day. Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman, says the cause of death was heart failure, as reported by AP. Having sold more […]

U.S. House races to watch

Posted on 21 Oct 2016 at 6:45am

Chances aren’t high that the House will flip parties, but Dems have a chance to make inroads   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com Republicans currently hold 247 of the U.S. House of Representatives’ 435 seats, with 188 seats in Democratic hands. To switch the majority party, Democrats must hang onto their current 188 […]

Up for grabs?

Posted on 14 Oct 2016 at 6:45am

Democrats have a chance to take control of the U.S. Senate, and here are some of the races that could make that happen   Lisa Keen | Keen News Service lisakeen@mac.com   The better candidate on LGBT issues is fairly apparent in most U.S. Senate races this year. But in one race, the community seems […]

Paxton, anti-trans forces win 1st round, but fight continues

Posted on 19 Aug 2016 at 7:15am

UPDATE: On Tuesday Ken Paxton announced he has filed yet another lawsuit against the federal government, this time challenging Health and Human Services regulations protecting transgender people from discrimination in their medical care. See our InstanTEA blog post here. FW judge’s ruling on trans students guidelines could send 4th Circuit case to SCOTUS   Lisa […]

Democrats ratify most pro-LGBT platform ever

Posted on 26 Jul 2016 at 10:20am

‘It says we’re welcome, we’re going to make life better’   CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade Courtesy of National Gay Media Association   PHILADELPHIA — Democrats ratified a party platform late Monday, July 25, that is being called the most LGBT-inclusive in history and a unifying document after a bitter primary. As convention chair Rep. […]