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LGBTQ Legal Issues

147 ABA Journal LGBTQ Legal Issues articles.

State officials cite Dobbs as reason to support anti-sodomy law, transgender-treatment ban

Some state officials see the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning the right to abortion as reason to support measures that would outlaw gay sex and ban medical transitioning treatments for transgender youths.

Weekly Briefs: Transgender students would be covered by Title IX; lawyer’s contempt conviction upheld

Title IX protections would be expanded

The Biden administration has proposed changes that would expand protections for sex discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal…

Supreme Court is more conservative than most Americans, surveys show

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions have recently become more conservative than the policy preferences of most Americans, according to a series of three surveys taken in 2010, 2020 and 2021.

Scott Schoettes has ‘personal stake’ in work for individuals living with HIV/AIDS

In a landmark ruling in April, the Department of Defense was ordered to stop discriminating against people with HIV and permit them to deploy and commission as military officers. Scott Schoettes represented the two plaintiffs who brought the suit, a case with personal meaning for him as an attorney living with HIV.

Weekly Briefs: McDonald’s, Wendy’s sued over burger ads; ICE is ‘a domestic surveillance agency,’ report says

Ads exaggerate size of McDonald’s, Wendy’s burgers, suit says

Food stylists for McDonald’s and Wendy’s undercook hamburger patties portrayed in advertising to make them appear 15% to 20% larger than…

Federal judge strikes down sign law requiring transgender bathroom warnings

A federal judge in Nashville, Tennessee, has struck down a state law requiring businesses to post warning signs if they allow transgender people to use restrooms that match their gender identity.

Judge cites challengers’ religious beliefs in blocking transgender health care requirements

A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked the federal government from requiring members of the Christian Employers Alliance to provide health coverage for gender transition services.

Federal judge blocks school from disciplining teacher if she outs transgender students to their parents

A federal judge in Kansas City, Kansas, has temporarily blocked a school district from disciplining a teacher who had religious objections to a policy that prevented her from outing transgender students to their parents.

Top Texas court blocks probe of transgender teen’s parents over medical treatment but won’t go further

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday blocked child welfare officials from investigating lawsuit plaintiffs who provided medical treatments for their transgender child. But the court refused to go further to protect other parents in similar situations while the case continues.

Alito sidesteps question about collegiality during remote appearance at law school

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, author of the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, managed to evade a question about Supreme Court collegiality during a remote law school appearance Thursday.

Legal experts fear loss of abortion right could usher in end of same-sex marriage, other rights

In the two days since Politico published a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that seems to strike down Roe v. Wade, several legal experts have expressed concerns that the same reasoning that eliminates the right to abortion could also put other constitutional rights at risk.

Infowars host’s lawyer says the N-word in a dropped-pants comedy routine; should he face discipline?

A Connecticut-based branch of Black Lives Matter is calling for the suspension of a criminal defense lawyer who dropped his pants and used the N-word in a comedy routine.

Judge orders man accused of defacing gay pride mural to write essay on Pulse nightclub shooting

A Florida judge has ordered a man who admitted defacing a gay pride street mural with skid marks to write an essay on the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people.

As states consider regulation targeting transgender youths, some minds have been changed

A lawyer at the National Center for Lesbian Rights says despite several legislative obstacles, many LGBTQ clients are finding support from churches, neighbors and schools.

Transgender lawyer wins suit for declaration that trans discrimination violates attorney ethics rules

A transgender lawyer has won her lawsuit seeking a declaration that attorney ethics rules in Illinois do not allow discrimination based on gender identity. “I am absolutely overjoyed at this result, because for the first time trans litigants and attorneys in Illinois can walk into court knowing that misgendering, deadnaming and genital inspections are prohibited and they have recourse for violations,” Sheryl Ring said.

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