Category Archives: LGBT Rights

Ensuring Access to Justice for Transgender People

In October, 2013, the New York State Judicial Institute sponsored a 3-day training program for judges and court personnel on “Transgender Litigants in the Courtroom: Providing Equal Access and Impartial Justice.” Transcripts of the program are available here, as is … Continue reading

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CFP: Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies//Pat Parker and Judy Grahn: Where Would I Be Without You?

From the FLP mailbox: 2016 will mark the fortieth anniversary of the only spoken word album produced by Olivia Records,  Where Would I Be Without You? Featuring the poems of Judy Grahn and Pat Parker, Where Would I Be Without … Continue reading

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Gay polygamy in Utah?

By now you’ve heard the news. A federal judge in Utah just ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This follow on last week’s ruling, from a different judge, that portions of Utah’s polygamy statute were also … Continue reading

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CFP: Transnational Queer Activism

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Transnational Queer Activism Janice Irvine and Jill Irvine, eds. This call for papers seeks contributions to an edited volume on transnational queer and LGBT politics, movements, and activism. This volume will feature work that … Continue reading

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Family Status, Federalism, and the Windsor Decision

Courtney G. Joslin, University of California, Davis, School of Law, has published Windsor, Federalism, and Family Equality at 113 of Columbia Law Review Sidebar 156 2013). Here is the abstract. In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Court held … Continue reading

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Converge! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS – SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO converge@law.miami.edu DUE DATE: Friday, October 18, 2013 (may be extended) For more conference information see http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/converge/ CONVERGE! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, will bring together survivors, activists, and … Continue reading

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Windsor Same-Sex Marriage Aftermath: Everyone Just Sue the Bastards

Cross-posted at The Faculty Lounge. In 2004, after Massachusetts became the first state in the country to allow same-sex marriage, the ACLU distributed a memo warning people against bringing new same-sex marriage litigation.  It was titled “Don’t Just Sue the Bastards.” … Continue reading

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Where Are the Liberal Justices on Gay Rights?

Cross-posted on The Faculty Lounge In re-reading the marriage cases this afternoon, something struck me: where are the liberals? There are six opinions in the two cases.  Justices Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in Windsor, with Chief Justice Roberts and … Continue reading

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Sepper on “Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates”

Elizabeth Sepper (Washington University St. Louis) has posted to SSRN her working paper Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates,  Indiana L.J. (forthcoming 2014).  Here is the abstract: As an increasing number of state legislatures legalize same-sex marriage, some religious … Continue reading

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Update on Kaitlyn Hunt Case

Kaitlyn Hunt, the Florida high school senior accused of a sex offense for a lesbian relationship with a then-14 year old girl has rejected a deal that would have required her to plead guilty to third-degree felony child abuse. A … Continue reading

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Fla. Asst. State Attorney Prosecuting High School Senior for Same-Sex Relationship

There is a petition here at change.org urging the Indian River County (Florida) State Attorney and Assistant Attorney to stop the prosecution of 18-year old Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year old high school senior in a consensual relationship with a fellow … Continue reading

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Colorado Civil Unions: Marriage Minus

Did anyone notice that Colorado’s new civil union law purports to create a status that is the legal equivalent of marriage–except that parties to a civil union are prohibited from filing a joint state income tax return? (See § 14-15-117.) … Continue reading

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Joslin on “Marriage, Biology and Federal Benefits”

Courtney Joslin (Davis) has posted to SSRN her article Marriage, Biology, and Federal Benefits, Iowa Law Review (forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: This Article approaches the topic of same-sex marriage from a novel perspective by scrutinizing the historical accuracy of … Continue reading

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Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, “Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant”

From Palgrave, this new book by Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas (Religion, Goucher College): Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant.  Here’s is the publisher’s description: There is a problem in the black church. It is a problem with … Continue reading

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Suit Against Maine Public School Alleges Discrimination Against Transgender Student

From the Bangor (Maine) Daily News: A Superior Court judge will decide whether a lawsuit filed by an Orono couple over the local school district’s handling of their transgender child’s transition from male to female will go forward. A transgender … Continue reading

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Francine Banner on “Judicial Review of Intra-Military Sexual Assault Claims”

Francine Banner (Phoenix) has posted to SSRN her article, Immoral Waiver: Judicial Review of Intra-Military Sexual Assault Claims, Lewis & Clark L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013).  Here is the abstract: This essay critiques the application of the Feres doctrine and the … Continue reading

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CFP: Lavender Law 2012

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Lavender Law 2012, Washington, D.C., August 23-25 Invitation and Call for Papers Junior Scholars Forum This year the Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair (Lavender Law®) will be held August 23-25, 2012 at the … Continue reading

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Wicked Little Town: Transgendered Widow of Firefighter Fights the City of Wharton, Texas for Workers Compensation Benefits

When the Landmark Theater in Chicago announced that John Cameron Mitchell‘s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” would soon be playing as part of its Midnight Madness, I was not surprised at all. “Hedwig” is this generation’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” … Continue reading

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Yuvraj Joshi, “Respectable Queerness”

London-based writer Yuvraj Joshi has published Respectable Queerness, 43 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 415 (2012).  Here is the abstract: This Article proposes a new theoretical framework to understand public recognition of gay people and relationships. This framework — called … Continue reading

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Marc Spindelman, “Gay Men and Sex Equality”

Marc Spindelman (Ohio State) has published Gay Men and Sex Equality, 46 Tulsa L. Rev. 123 (2010).  Here is an excerpt from the introduction: As easy as it may be to apprehend why straight men have not endorsed sex equality … Continue reading

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Conference Announcement – Rainbow Rising: Community, Solidarity & Scholarship

From colleagues in Hawaii, this conference announcement: Rainbow Rising: Community, Solidarity & Scholarship, A Symposium on Sexuality and Gender Expression in Asian-Pacific Law & Policy will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, … Continue reading

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Assisted Reproduction and Cross Border Travel

Richard F. Storrow, City University of New York School of Law, has published Assisted Reproduction on Treacherous Terrain: The Legal Hazards of Cross-Border Reproductive Travel at 23 Reproductive Biomedicine Online 538-545 (2011). The growing phenomenon of cross-border reproductive travel has four significant … Continue reading

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CFP: “Transecting Society: Critical Dialogues on Transsexual/Transgender Identities”

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: TRANSECTING SOCIETY:Critical Dialogues on Transsexual/Transgender Identities in Politics, Media, Activism and Culture  Date: April 12 & 13, 2012 Location: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH Memorial Union Building (MUB) Transecting Society is a two-day … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Declines to Hear Same-Sex Adoption Case

Reuters reports on the United States Supreme Court’s denial of cert today in Oren Adar v. Darlene Smith, No. 11-46: In a case closely watched by gay rights advocates, the high court rejected without comment an appeal by Oren Adar and … Continue reading

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More Census Snapshots

Following up on my earlier posts (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), the Williams Institute has released snapshot reports from the 2010 census this week for Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, and Texas. According to the census, there are 7,004 same-sex couples in Arkansas (or 6.11 … Continue reading

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Nancy Polikoff receives LGBT Bar highest award

Nancy Polikoff, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and AY 2011-12 Visiting McDonald/Wright Chair of Law at UCLA, will receive the Dan Bradley award from the National LGBT Bar Association at its annual conference in September.  … Continue reading

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Spindelman on “Sexual Freedom’s Shadows”

Marc Spindelman (Ohio State) has published his essay Sexual Freedom’s Shadows, 23 Yale J.L. & Feminism 179 (2011).  It is both review of a book by Tim Dean called Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (UChicago Press, 2009), … Continue reading

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More Census Snapshots

Following up on my earlier posts (here, here, here, here, here, and here), the Williams Institute has released snapshot reports from the 2010 census this week for Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington. According to the census, there are 32,469 same-sex couples in Illinois (or 6.7 … Continue reading

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State College Settles DP Benefits Law Suit

Following up on my earlier post about how the school district in State College, PA (home of Penn State) provided benefits to the domestic partners of its heterosexual, but not its lesbian and gay employees, the school board there has … Continue reading

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More Census Snapshots

Following up on my earlier posts (here, here, here, here, and here), the Williams Institute has released snapshot reports from the 2010 census this week for Idaho, Missouri, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. According to the census, there are 3,245 same-sex couples in Idaho (or 5.6 … Continue reading

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Letting Military Recruiters Back on Campus

Now that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been certified, Vermont Law School has dropped its ban on military recruiters. William Mitchell is also set to drop its own ban on military recruiters. Hat tip: The Advocate. -Tony Infanti

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More Census Snapshots

Following up on my earlier posts (here, here, here, and here), the Williams Institute has released snapshot reports from the 2010 census this week for Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Kentucky, and Virginia. According to the census, there are 29,844 same-sex couples in Georgia (or … Continue reading

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Conference Announcement, “Gender, Sexuality and Poverty,” March 31, 2012, Gettysburg College

From Temma Berg (English, Gettysburg College), this “Save the Date” notice: Saturday, March 31, 2012 2012 Annual Women’s Studies Conference sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Consortium and the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Programs of Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, and … Continue reading

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More Census Snapshots

Following up on my earlier posts (here, here, and here), the Williams Institute has released snapshot reports from the 2010 census this week for New York, Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, and Vermont. According to the census, there are 65,303 same-sex couples in New … Continue reading

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Rise in Anti-LGBTQ Violence in 2010

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has released its 2010 National Report on Anti-LGBTQ Hate Violence. In 2010, NCAVP documented 27 anti-LGBTQ murders, which is the second highest yearly total ever recorded by the organization. For the highlights of the … Continue reading

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What does “coparent” mean?

Not so much, according to a 4-3 decision from the Ohio Supreme Court: “Coparenting” is not synonymous with an agreement by the biological parent to permanently relinquish sole custody in favor of shared legal parenting. “Coparenting” can have many different … Continue reading

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No Joint Tax Filing for Same-Sex Couples Who Marry in New York?

UPDATE: The word from Carl is that the Department of Taxation and Finance will permit joint filing by married same-sex couples, without a change in the Tax Law, based on the language in the Marriage Equality Act. Guidance to that effect … Continue reading

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“Marriage Liberationism”? Sure, why not.

It’s funny, when I was writing my dissertation many years ago, my adviser said to me: “Katherine, you’re really a libertarian when it comes to gender, aren’t you?”  At the time I resisted the moniker, but is “libertarian” worse than … Continue reading

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More Census Snapshots

The Williams Institute has issued another round of their census snapshots. This week: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Nebraska, and North Carolina. And they made my job a lot easier this week by including this table with the snapshots: The female/male ratio … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Appeals Bankruptcy Ruling Finding DOMA Unconstitutional

Two weeks ago, the Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.  The case involved two men who were legally married in California (in that small window of legality back in … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Legislature Passes Flawed Civil Unions Bill

The Rhode Island legislature has passed a civil unions bill and sent it to the state’s governor for his signature. Governor Chafee has indicated that he will sign the bill even though it is opposed by LGBT rights organizations. The opposition … Continue reading

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HHS to Begin Collecting LGBT-Related Data

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that HHS is going to begin collecting health data on LGBT populations: “Health disparities have persistent and costly affects for minority communities, and the whole country,” Secretary Sebelius said.  “Today we … Continue reading

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Arkansas Obit Update

I posted last week about an Arkansas newspaper that refused to publish the name of a deceased man’s surviving partner unless they were paid $85 (they print the names of surviving spouses for free). In the post, I criticized GLAAD … Continue reading

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Cost of Equality

I have written elsewhere about how the costs imposed on same-sex couples to have their relationships recognized can be reconceptualized as a tax on them. The Advocate has another example of such a cost–this one imposed privately but relying on … Continue reading

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More Census Snapshots

Following up on my post last week, the Williams Institute has released snapshot reports from the 2010 census this week for California, Delaware, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming. According to the census, there are 125,516 same-sex couples in California (or 9.98 … Continue reading

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List of Employers Who “Gross Up”

I’ve blogged before about employers who “gross up” their LGBT employees to cover the extra taxes that they pay on their domestic partner health insurance coverage. The New York Times has now put together a chart listing the growing number … Continue reading

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The More Things Change…

A disturbing piece on gender conformity and anti-LGBT attitudes in sports appeared in the forum section of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette yesterday. The title of the piece is “Ugly Pittsburghers, 1974: What would happen today if a top male athlete came out … Continue reading

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UN Human Rights Council Passes Resolution on Gay Rights

From The Advocate: The United Nation’s Human Rights Council has approved for the first time a resolution condemning discrimination and violence against LGBT individuals. In the resolution, passed Friday in Geneva, the council “[expresses] grave concern at acts of violence and … Continue reading

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Census and Same-Sex Couples

The Williams Institute has begun releasing snapshot reports from the 2010 census and will continue doing so each week throughout the summer. This week: Hawaii and Alabama. According to the census, there are 4,248 same-sex couples in Hawaii (or 9.33 … Continue reading

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Prop. 8 Motion to Vacate Denied

Chief Judge James Ware of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that Judge Vaughn Walker need not have recused himself from the Prop. 8 case because he was in a long-term same-sex relationship. Judge … Continue reading

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