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Second Circuit rules that sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination in Title VII case

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Seal of the U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd CircuitIn a 10-3 decision, the en banc (full) Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is discrimination based on sex for purposes of Title VII.

The Second Circuit joins the Seventh in overturning its older precedent on the issue of sexual orientation discrimination. It also sets up a circuit split with the Eleventh Circuit and others that have reached the opposite conclusion.

There are four concurring opinions and three dissenting ones along with the en banc opinion for the court. We’ll add updates as e read through all the opinions.

Along with all of the opinions, the link also has the briefs and other filings related to the case.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings

82 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. guitaristbl  |  February 26, 2018 at 9:47 am

    The three dissenting opinions are essentially one and a half, Lynch did all the writing and Livingstone simply repeated some points and tried to convince us how much she wants to see sexual orientation discrimination banned by congress and she is such a nice not bigoted person. I don't even understand why Raggi wrote a dissent, she added nothing.

  • 2. guitaristbl  |  February 26, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Lohier is a very good and poignant jurist for sure, I really appreciated his short take on the dissent's argumentation, very well versed. If he was a bit younger he should definitely be considered by the next democratic president for a SCOTUS nomination.

  • 3. scream4ever  |  February 26, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Hopefully the SCOTUS will grant cert to these cases (along with a similar one regarding gender identity) next term.

  • 4. DevilWearsZrada  |  February 26, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Which are the other circuits "that have reached the opposite conclusion"?

  • 5. scream4ever  |  February 26, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    The 11th.

  • 6. davepCA  |  February 26, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    To be honest, I have been a bit concerned about the arguments that try to show that the wording in Title VII regarding "sex" must therefore also refer to "sexual orientation". But this ruling points out that, even if you don't follow such an argument, Title VII includes intentionally broad wording that has already given the courts a history of broad interpretation which has recognized similar or analogous discrimination to those types listed in Title VII. This is based on the understanding that it was not intended to be a comprehensive and detailed list of all types of discrimination that were disallowed and that any type not specifically mentioned in Title VII must therefore have been meant to be allowed. Similar to the way that not all rights are enumerated in the Bill of Rights, but the document isn't intended to serve as a tool to prove a right does NOT exist simply because it isn't listed in the document.

  • 7. VIRick  |  February 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Dave, with that precisely accurate argument and reasoned explanation, and one with which I fully concur, I hereby nominate you for the next vacancy on the US Supreme Court.

  • 8. Zack12  |  February 26, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Lynch's argument was basically the same as the Democratic judge he replaced, Chester Straub who wanted DOMA upheld in telling us that we're supposed to leave our rights up to a legislative body that had made it clear they won't do a damn thing to help us.
    That seat must have a bigotry clause attached to it.

  • 9. VIRick  |  February 26, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Appeal of Injunction Blocking Termination of DACA

    Per Equality Case Files:

    In the case, "Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California," the Federal defendants appealed a nationwide injunction issued in the California DACA cases to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court will not take up an appeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case at this time, leaving the injunction in place.

    The federal defendants had asked SCOTUS to immediately consider an appeal of the injunction, partially reinstating DACA, and thus bypassing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' consideration of the appeal (known as a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment).

    Today's order of 26 February 2018 denies that request and leaves the injunction in place for now. The appeal will continue in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and can be returned to SCOTUS after that appeals court decides the case.

    The Order is here (on p. 5):
    http://bit.ly/2ES9XZx

    In effect, as was just done today, by slow-walking the appeal in the DACA termination suit, this means that thousands of Dreamers could potentially keep renewing their status until the case again reaches the Supreme Court. That could take up to a year, if not longer.

  • 10. allan120102  |  February 26, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    https://www.elsoldesanluis.com.mx/municipios/sole
    Another amparo have granted in SLP this to two couples. They can marry in whiever municipality they want.

  • 11. allan120102  |  February 26, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Mississippi city who denied a gay pride permit has been finally sue..serves them right for being bigots. http://www.wboy.com/news/gay-pride-parade-organiz

  • 12. VIRick  |  February 26, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    SCOTUS: Another Victory for LGBT Parental Rights

    Today, 26 February 2018, in "McLaughlin v. McLaughlin," 17-878, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari to, and thus let stand, an Arizona Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman as the legal parent of a child she and her same-sex spouse conceived through assisted reproduction. The high court declined to review the Arizona Supreme Court’s September 2017 ruling in the case, reports the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which along with the firm of Ropes & Gray, represented the mother who sought to be recognized as a parent.

    The Arizona Supreme Court had ruled, “It would be inconsistent with 'Obergefell' to conclude that same-sex couples can legally marry but states can then deny them the same benefits of marriage afforded opposite-sex couples.”

    “The US Supreme Court has twice explained in 'Obergefell v. Hodges' and again in 'Pavan v. Smith' that the US Constitution requires states to provide the exact same rights to same-sex spouses and different-sex spouses,” said NCLR family law director Catherine Sakimura in a press release. “States across the country should take careful note of this decision. Discrimination against married same-sex couples will not be tolerated.”

    Suzan McLaughlin and Kimberly McLaughlin were a married lesbian couple who had a child in 2011 using an anonymous sperm donor. After separating in 2013, Kimberly stopped allowing Suzan to see their child, and Suzan filed suit to be recognized as a parent. The Arizona trial court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and the Arizona Supreme Court all held that Suzan should indeed be recognized as a legal parent to her child.
    https://www.advocate.com/marriage-equality/2018/2

    The Order, denying certiorari, without comment, but thus agreeing with the Arizona courts, is here (on p. 2):
    https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/0

  • 13. scream4ever  |  February 26, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Don't fuck with Roberta Kaplan. It will never end well for the other party LOL

  • 14. davepCA  |  February 26, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Gosh, thanks, but i dunno… about half of the people i would be working with there seem to be annoying jerks…

  • 15. VIRick  |  February 26, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Marriage Equality Discussion at University of El Salvador

    Per ElSalvadorG.com:

    Hoy día, 26 de febrero 2018, ha dado inicio el conversatorio sobre el matrimonio igualitario en la Universidad de El Salvador.
    https://twitter.com/elsalvadorg_sv

    Today, 26 February 2018, the discussion on marriage equality at the University of El Salvador has begun.

    Note:
    ElSalvadorG.com: Somos desde 2009 el Periódico Digital Oficial de la comunidad LGBTI de El Salvador.

    ElSalvadorG.com: Since 2009, we are the Official Digital Publication of the LGBTI community of El Salvador.

  • 16. VIRick  |  February 26, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Chile Will Have the First Trans Mausoleum in Latin America

    Chile Tendrá el Primer Mausoleo Trans de América Latina

    Con la muerte de Paloma, una travesti de 74 años que denuncian fue asesinada, quedó en evidencia, una vez más, el desamparo tanto en vida como después de la muerte de las personas trans en Chile. Paloma, que no tenía familia ni recursos, tuvo que ser enterrada en una fosa común. Pensando en todas las Palomas que hay en Santiago de Chile, se creó un proyecto que el 31 de marzo 2018 verá la luz: el primer mausoleo trans de América Latina.

    La iniciativa fue de TravesChile, una organización emblemática que trabaja desde los años ’90 con la comunidad trans, y obtuvo el apoyo del Fondo Internacional Trans.
    http://agenciapresentes.org/2018/02/26/chile-tend

    With the death of Paloma, a 74-year-old transvestite who was beaten and murdered, it became clear, once again, both in life and after death, as to the abandonment of trans people in Chile. Paloma, who had no family or resources, had to be buried in a common grave. Thinking about all the Palomas who are in Santiago de Chile, a project was created that on 31 March 2018 will see light: the first trans mausoleum in Latin America.

    The initiative came from TravesChile, an emblematic organization that has been working with the trans community since the 1990s, and which obtained the support of the International Trans Fund.

    Given her age and lack of monetary resources, it is unclear whether Paloma ever underwent hormone therapy. As a result, as per the article, I have stuck with the out-dated terminology: Travesti (Transvestite). Still, in death, Paloma has become an icon.

    One can read more details about her murder (in Spanish), including the name of the prime suspect, Pablo Andrés Plaza Barra, here:
    http://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2018/02/23/exigen-ju

  • 17. VIRick  |  February 26, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    2nd Circuit Court of Appeals: Title VII Bars Anti-Gay Workplace Discrimination

    On Monday, 26 February 2018, in "Zarda v. Altitude Express," a major ruling affirming protections for lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers, a federal appeals court in New York City ruled that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In a 69-page “en banc” decision from the full court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals finds Donald Zarda, a now deceased skydiver who alleges he was fired from Altitude Express for being gay, can sue under existing civil rights law because sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination.

    Writing for the court in the 10-3 decision, Chief Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann, a Clinton appointee, concludes Zarda’s estate is “entitled to bring a Title VII claim for discrimination based on sexual orientation. Zarda has alleged that, by ‘honestly referr[ing] to his sexual orientation,’ he failed to ‘conform to the straight male macho stereotype,'” Katzmann writes. “For this reason, he has alleged a claim of discrimination of the kind we now hold cognizable under Title VII.”

    The decision vacates a trial court ruling against Zarda’s claims based on sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII, remanding the case to the lower court for reconsideration. The “en banc” ruling also overturns Second Circuit precedent against protections for gay workers in the jurisdiction, both the 2000 decision in "Simonton v. Runyon: and the 2005 decision in "Dawson v. Bumble & Bumble."

    In the reasoning for the decision, Katzmann finds three separate ways in which sexual orientation discrimination is a subset of sex discrimination:

    First, Katzmann finds sexual orientation “is defined by one’s sex in relation to the sex of those to whom one is attracted,” which makes it impossible to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without taking sex into account. “In the context of sexual orientation, a woman who is subject to an adverse employment action because she is attracted to women would have been treated differently if she had been a man who was attracted to women,” Katzmann said. “We can therefore conclude that sexual orientation is a function of sex and, by extension, sexual orientation discrimination is a subset of sex discrimination.”

    This interpretation is also known as the “but for” argument that anti-gay discrimination is sex discrimination. In this case, Zarda would have been able to keep his job as a skydiver as a man but for his attraction to other men.

    Secondly, Katzmann finds anti-gay bias is based on assumptions and stereotypes about gender, which the US Supreme Court has made clear is an unlawful motive for employment discrimination under existing precedent. “Viewing the relationship between sexual orientation and sex through the lens of gender stereotyping provides yet another basis for concluding that sexual orientation discrimination is a subset of sex discrimination,” Katzmann writes. “Specifically, this framework demonstrates that sexual orientation discrimination is almost invariably rooted in stereotypes about men and women.”
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/02/26/2nd-cir
    (to continue)

  • 18. VIRick  |  February 26, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    (continued)

    Finally, Katzmann finds anti-gay workplace discrimination is associational discrimination based on sex because the employer is making a judgment about with whom an employee should have a relationship. “Consistent with the nature of sexual orientation, in most contexts where an employer discriminates based on sexual orientation, the employer’s decision is predicated on opposition to romantic association between particular sexes,” Katzmann writes. “For example, when an employer fires a gay man based on the belief that men should not be attracted to other men, the employer discriminates based on the employee’s own sex.”

    In 2017, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of "Hively v. Ivy Tech" became the first federal appeals court to find anti-gay discrimination is illegal under Title VII. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, reached the opposite the conclusion and found no protections for gay workers in the case of "Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital." Despite the circuit split, the US Supreme Court refused to grant a writ of certiorari in the "Evans" case to determine nationwide, once and for all, whether Title VII affords non-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers.

  • 19. VIRick  |  February 26, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Still, Judge Cabranes gives his concurrence in "Zarda" in three very brief paragraphs consisting of but 6 sentences, and goes straight to the point, without invoking a lot of theory:

    "I concur only in the judgment of the Court. It will take the courts years to sort out how each of the theories presented (above) by the majority applies to other Title VII protected classes: 'race, color, religion, . . . national origin.' 42 USC §2000e‐2(a)(1).

    "This is a straightforward case of statutory construction. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination 'because of . . . sex.' Id. Zarda’s sexual orientation is a function of his sex. Discrimination against Zarda because of his sexual orientation therefore is discrimination because of his sex, and is prohibited by Title VII.

    "That should be the end of the analysis."

  • 20. guitaristbl  |  February 27, 2018 at 3:10 am

    I dont think even some of the conservatives on the bench want to work with Gorsuch. He seems to have created a very tense atmosphere according to leaks, disrespecting his seniors in hearings etc

  • 21. Elihu_Bystander  |  February 27, 2018 at 4:33 am

    In the case Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, didn't the 11th Circuit Court decline a rehearing en banc? If that is true, can the plaintiff Evans submit a second request for a rehearing en banc? Or does the plaintiff have only one shot for an en banc rehearing? Or is it simply not worth the effort and we have to waite for another circuit split to progress?

  • 22. guitaristbl  |  February 27, 2018 at 6:56 am

    I just don't understand the denial of en banc in the 11th. Ok on panel our side was unlucky enough to get Pryor (sole G.W. Bush appointee on that court) on the panel and a random district court judge but I assumed the majority would want to re-hear the case, the court is stacked with Obama and Clinton appointees.

  • 23. guitaristbl  |  February 27, 2018 at 7:06 am

    I think we should start looking what has already been written as a comment as I made the exact same comment and cited the exact concurrence as well before that comment, on the previous thread. No reason to take space writing the same things.

  • 24. scream4ever  |  February 27, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I remember reading somewhere that it was somewhat of a murky case regarding the issue, whatever that means. That's likely also why the Supreme Court denied cert, despite the fact that the 11th Circuit ruling created a Circuit split on the issue.

  • 25. Elihu_Bystander  |  February 27, 2018 at 8:10 am

    No surprise here: Jeff Sessions on 2nd Circuit's LGBT Ruling: Judges Must Have 'Read the New York Times'

    27-Feb-2018 Sessions criticized the Second Circuit's decision Monday that employment discrimination against LGBT people is illegal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized federal judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after they ruled Monday that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2018/02/27

    Unfortunately, the article is behind a pay wall.

  • 26. guitaristbl  |  February 27, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Well it is better than making AG decisions based on what you read on Breitbart and National Review.

  • 27. allan120102  |  February 27, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Bermuda lawsuit to be heard on May. Hopefully a ruling is issue fast. http://www.royalgazette.com/same-sex-marriage/art

  • 28. VIRick  |  February 27, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Guitar: The first very short paragraph you noted is mine, even if we happen to be in agreement. The rest, all in quotation, is the concurrence to the judgment. The concurrence is the concurrence.

    I began by first quoting the main points of Katzmann's very extended judgment (which took me two posts to complete, given that I went into Katzmann's detailed analysis), and then as a contrast point, followed it with a third post containing Judge Cabranes' extremely brief concurrence, which of course, follows the judgment and can not stand alone without the judgment itself, as the one refers back to the other.

    You quoted the concurrence on the previous thread as a stand-alone. The two belong together. I put the two together (and found it most expedient to do a copy-and-paste from your post to do so).

    As Scottie has already cited, the judgment, the several concurrences, and the three useless dissents can all be found here, courtesy of Equality Case Files:
    http://files.eqcf.org/cases/15-3775-503/

  • 29. VIRick  |  February 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    He's also an idiot. There's a very deliberate, planned procedure that must be followed in order for any given circuit to overturn previous, binding precedent. Quite precisely, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals followed that established procedure.

    We watched the entire process unfold in slow-motion. In the several pending workplace discrimination cases within the 2nd Circuit, the several district cout judges noted that they were required to rule against the plaintiff in question because of previously-established, binding precedent. So did the 3-judge panels at the appeals level. Only an en banc review, with a positive judgment, can overturn that binding precedent. On Monday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals did just that in their ruling in "Zarda."

  • 30. VIRick  |  February 27, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Scream, also, if I remember correctly, the 11th Circuit's 3-judge panel recommended that the plaintiff's attorneys continue to challenge the matter from the point of view of "gender stereotyping." Apparently, the panel may have ruled differently if that angle had been pursued.

    Because the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the appeal for an en banc rehearing, following the 3-judge panel's recommendation to re-challenge the matter as a "gender stereotyping" case, I am not certain if this even qualifies as a negative ruling that would, in turn, qualify the workplace discrimination issue as a verified circuit split. In any case, SCOTUS, in denying certiorari to "Evans," seems not to have bought that line of reasoning as to a pre-existing circuit split, either.

  • 31. VIRick  |  February 27, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Costa Rica: The Fight to Retain Democracy and LGBT Rights Continues

    Per Embajada de Canadá:

    Larissa Arroyo es una de las mujeres que será reconocida por Canadá en Costa Rica, por su trabajo en la defensa de los derechos humanos de las mujeres, así como de las personas LGBTI, a través del litigio estratégico, el activismo, y la investigación académica.
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

    Per Embassy of Canada:

    Larissa Arroyo is one of the women who will be recognized by Canada in Costa Rica, for her work in defending the human rights of women, as well as LGBTI people, through strategic litigation, activism, and academic research.

    Per Larissa Arroyo:

    Sobre la campaña de miedo de Restauración Nacional: Nuestra audiencia ante la CIDH es a las 8am (hora de CR) y estoy lista para TODAS las audiencias, denuncias, y procesos legales que toquen para defender los DDHH de las mujeres y de las personas LBGTI.
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

    About the fear campaign of Restauración Nacional: Our hearing before the IACHR is at 8am (CR time) and I am ready for ALL the hearings, complaints, and legal processes that touch upon defending the human rights of women and LBGTI people.

    Per Cristian Cambronero:

    El candidato a vicepresidente de Restauración Nacional, Francisco Prendas, explica con total claridad cómo y por qué van a discriminar a funcionarios gays en sus eventuales nombramientos de gobierno.
    https://twitter.com/cambronero/status/96826361161

    The candidate for vice-president of Restauración Nacional, Francisco Prendas, explains with total clarity how and why they will discriminate against gay officials in their eventual government appointments.

  • 32. VIRick  |  February 27, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Virginia: Manassas Park Schools Ban Anti-LGBT Discrimination

    On Monday, 26 February 2018, members of the Manassas Park City School Board voted unanimously to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy.

    Manassas Park City now joins the City of Alexandria, as well as the Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William County School Districts to be among the Virginia school districts which have added sexual orientation and gender identity to their nondiscrimination policies.
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/02/26/manassa

  • 33. scream4ever  |  February 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    In Danica Roem's district no less!!!

  • 34. VIRick  |  February 27, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Virginia is strange, as it has independent cities within many of its various counties. Manassas Park is one such independent city within, and completely surrounded by, Prince William County.

    It is extraordinary to witness how rapidly that entire northern portion of the state continues to flip staunchly blue, one jurisdiction after the other after the next. Prince William County only added those non-discrimination protections last year. Then, along with Manassas Park, they turned around and elected Danica, dumping the long entrenched, self-proclaimed chief homophobe of Virginia, Bob Marshall. And now, Manassas Park itself follows through with the same LGBT protections.

  • 35. Randolph_Finder  |  February 28, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Welcome to the People's Republic of Northern Virginia. :)

    (Having said that, Arlington County (the one that is most of the diamond portion of DC given back to Virginia) considerably bluer than Fairfax, and Montgomery County (the Maryland county just north of DC) has some areas that make Arlington County look like Oklahoma. :)

  • 36. VIRick  |  February 28, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Bermuda Delays Implementing Domestic Partnership Law

    Per Rex Wockner:

    The Home Affirs minister revealed today, 28 February 2018, that same-sex couples will be able to marry until 31 May, inclusive. Walton Brown said the start of the Domestic Partnership Act had been delayed 3 months, from 1 March until 1 June, so as to allow already-planned marriages between same-sex couples to take place in Bermuda and on board island-registered ships. He added that same-sex couples could still apply for a Bermuda marriage licence until 12 May 2018, inclusive.

    But after that, they can only apply for a domestic partnership.
    http://www.royalgazette.com/politics/article/2018

    It is surreal that he waited until the absolute last day before the new law's scheduled implementation to announce the 3-month delay. Still, in the meantime, the latest legal challenge to the new marriage ban will be heard in the Bermuda Supreme Court, as Chief Justice Ian Kawaley will hear the civil case brought by gay Bermudian Rod Ferguson, 38, against Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons on the two dates of 21-22 May.

    At the moment, this "Royal Gazette" news article only has one comment posted, but it is a scathing one:

    "Why does this story read like a 'Going out of business' advert? 'Get your same sex marriage now before they are all gone in 3 months!'"

  • 37. scream4ever  |  February 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Does he expect a ruling from the bench or injunction perhaps?

  • 38. VIRick  |  February 28, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Scream, normally I try to refrain from speculating about future judicial decisions and outcomes, but suffice it to say that I am pleased to note that this latest legal challenge is in the hands of Chief Justice Ian Kawaley, who is both pro-LGBT and pro-marriage equality. However, given the current time-frame, outlined above, there are only 9 days (7 work-days) between the 21-22 May dates for the hearing on the case, and the last day of May, for him to issue something, whether it be an injunction blocking the Domestic Partnership Law from taking effect, or a bench ruling throwing out the new law as unconstitutional.

    However, since bench rulings are almost unheard of in the British legal system, I am suspecting that an injunction would be quite in order. Of course, if I were in Kawaley's position, I'd start a new British legal tradition and issue a bench ruling throwing out the new law as unconstitutional.

    Note: Ian Kawaley issued a number of groundbreaking rulings such as the decision that cleared the way for some Permanent Residents Certificate holders to gain Bermuda status, and then issued the judgment in the “Bermuda Bred” case in which the court supported the rights of people in same-sex partnerships with Bermudians to live in Bermuda and look for employment. He's also due to step down as Chief Justice some time later in 2018:
    http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20171219

  • 39. allan120102  |  February 28, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Even if we get an injunction hopelly he rules from the bench one same sex marriage will be technical illegal in Bermuda from May 12 onwards.

  • 40. VIRick  |  February 28, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Pakistan: Yet Another Advance for Transgender Rights

    A Muslim country is about the last place one would expect to be at the forefront of transgender rights, yet Pakistan has been taking steps to recognize its transgender citizens that would be considered far too radical for even a supposedly tolerant nation like the USA, still fighting over bathroom use.

    However, Pakistan’s latest move is especially bold: Sending transgender youth to Saudi Arabia to serve as volunteers for this year’s Hajj, the annual trek to Mecca, Islam’s holiest site. This decision is a de facto challenge to conservative Muslims in other countries, as well as to Saudi Arabia itself, who vociferously oppose any form of LGBT rights.

    In fact, said decision by Pakistan is just the latest in a line that undermines widely-held notions about Muslim attitudes toward transgender people. As an added sign of just how far Pakistan has advanced, the Hajj volunteers are being drawn from the Pakistani equivalent of the Boy Scouts. Some 40 transgender Scouts took their oath to the organization last week.

    Among other recognized rights, Pakistan allows transgender people to choose “X” as their gender on their passports. The Pakistani census also allows people to identify themselves as, and be counted as, transgender. Pakistani religious leaders have declared that transgender people can marry and be buried as Muslims when they die.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/02/muslim-countr

    I will also note that Pakistan has previously encountered a whole string of serious diplomatic rows with Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States over those states' hyper-negative treatment accorded transgender Pakistani citizens who have ventured to those intolerant countries seeking employment. Abroad, Pakistan defends its citizens (whether transgender or not) with extreme vigor.

    Within Pakistan, for ordinary citizens, on a day-to-day basis, the religious pronouncements favorable to both marriage and burial are undoubtedly the most important.

  • 41. VIRick  |  February 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    The earlier "Bermuda Bred" ruling by Kawaley, which recognized same-sex partnerships for purposes of Bermuda residency and employment, directly paved the way for Judge Charles-Etta Simmons to then issue her ruling in favor of same-sex marriage on 5 May 2017: "The applicants are entitled to an Order of Mandamus compelling the Registrar to act in accordance with the requirements of the Marriage Act 1944 and a declaration that same-sex couples are entitled to be married under the Marriage Act 1944."
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_i

    Note: The Bermuda Marriage Act 1944 is still the same Bermuda Marriage Act 1944, and has not been amended or up-dated since.

  • 42. VIRick  |  February 28, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Maryland: Gay Afro-Latino House Candidate

    A gay man of color who is a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates says he is running to “expand opportunity.” Gabriel Acevero is running in the Democratic primary to represent House District 39, which includes Montgomery Village, Washington Grove, and portions of Germantown, Clarksburg, and unincorporated Gaithersburg.

    He would succeed state Del. Charles Barkley (D-Montgomery County) if he were to win the general election in November. Acevero, 27, would also become the first openly gay man of Afro-Latino descent elected to the Maryland General Assembly.

    Acevero worked on the campaigns in support of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law as well as the Dream Act, which provides in-state college tuition to undocumented immigrants. Voters in 2012 upheld both laws in a referendum. He was also a member of the coalition of activists and organizations that supported Maryland’s transgender rights law that then-Gov. Martin O’Malley signed in 2014.

    Acevero is not the only openly LGBT candidate who is running for office in Maryland this year. State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) is among the Democrats who are challenging Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer is running for the Maryland Senate seat that Madaleno is vacating. State Del. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City) is also running for the state Senate.

    Madaleno could become the country’s first openly gay governor if he defeats Hogan in November. Beyer would become the first openly trans person elected to the Maryland General Assembly if she wins.
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/02/28/gay-afr

  • 43. allan120102  |  February 28, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    President of Costa Rica continues to affirm that Costa RIca will abide by the ICH ruling as it has done so with every previous opinion and consultation from the past.

    El presidente de Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís expresó este miércoles en Ciudad de Panamá que su país de ninguna manera va a evadir la Opinión Consultiva de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CorteIDH) que incluyó las consideraciones sobre el matrimonio igualitario.

    "Costa Rica es un país que acata la ley y habiéndose pronunciado la Corte, procede acatar en los tiempos que sea posible porque requiere transformación y orden legal y que de ninguna manera vamos a evadir como Estado que respeta la ley internacional", expresó a RPC Radio.

    Solís quien está por culminar su mandato en mayo de este año, ha sido invitado como orador de fondo de la versión 36 de Expocomer y ponderó la Opinión Consultiva que ha causado revuelo en su país y en la región.

    En Panamá, por ejemplo, la Opinión Consultiva será considerada en un fallo que está en proyecto en la Corte Suprema de Justicia sobre el matrimonio entre personas del mismo género.

  • 44. VIRick  |  February 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Costa Rica: Sala IV Issues Major Progressive Ruling Affecting LGBT Sex Education

    Sexual Education Programs Remain in Place: Mother Loses Case before Sala IV

    Programas de Educación Sexual Quedan en Firme: Madre Pierde Recurso ante Sala IV

    Los programas de sexualidad y afectividad del Ministerio de Educación Pública (MEP) recibieron luz verde para seguir siendo aplicados en centros educativos.

    El 23 de febrero 2018, la Sala Constitucional (Sala IV) resolvió declarar sin lugar un recurso de amparo que presentó la madre de un estudiante, quien alegaba que el "MEP fomenta ideologías que no comparte a través de las guías." La recurrente también argumentó que dicho programa de educación violentaba su derecho como madre de educar a sus hijos bajo sus creencias, principios, y moralidad.

    La decisión de los magistrados constitucionales fue confirmada por la oficina de prensa del Tribunal Constitucional, la cual indicó que aún están pendientes de resolver dos recursos de amparo más contra los programas del Ministerio.
    http://www.ameliarueda.com/nota/programas-de-educ

    The sexuality and safe-sex programs of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) received the green light to continue being applied in educational centers.

    On 23 February 2018, the Constitutional Chamber (Sala IV) ruled to declare that a writ of amparo be denied to the mother of a student who alleged that the "MEP promotes ideologies that she does not share through its guidelines." The appellant also argued that said education program violated her right as a mother to educate her children under her beliefs, principles, and morality.

    The decision of the constitutional justices was confirmed by the press office of the Constitutional Court, which indicated that two more amparo cases against the Ministry's programs are still pending.

    Note: The Spanish-language headline to this article caught my attention because in Mexican street-slang, the use of the word "Madre" (Mother), as was done here, carries a negative, vulgar double-meaning, one which is fully applicable in the given instance.

  • 45. Elihu_Bystander  |  March 1, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Myrick v Warren

    Have any of you heard about this case?

    "[A] substantial monetary settlement was made public in a North Carolina case. Gayle Myrick served as a state magistrate for a little more than three years, but when same-sex marriage was approved in North Carolina in 2014, she sought a religious exemption from the requirement that she perform same-sex marriages as part of her duties. Denied the concession that she proposed—that her schedule be adjusted so that she would not be on duty during the hours when marriages can be performed—Myrick resigned, in the process losing retirement benefits that were soon to be vested.

    "She filed a complaint with the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), charging her supervisors with discrimination on the basis of religion. In March of last year, EEOC administrative law judge Michael J. Devine ruled in Myrick’s favor. In a case entitled Myrick v. Warren, he found that Myrick’s supervisors had not fulfilled their constitutional obligation, under the Free Exercise Clause, “to at least explore the options and provide an accommodation unless granting the accommodation would cause an undue burden.” Devine ordered that the North Carolina courts provide Myrick with back pay, compensate her for her attorney’s fees, and determine whether a position exists to which she might be reinstated. As we recently learned, the parties ended up settling for nearly $225,000 in compensation and $115,000 in attorney’s fees."

    Per Bondings 2.0
    https://www.newwaysministry.org/2018/03/01/two-co

    Here is the EEOC decision:
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/becketnewsite/Myrick-v.-

    Here is the signed settlement:
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/becketnewsite/Signed-set

  • 46. JayJonson  |  March 1, 2018 at 5:51 am

    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.

    For context, see
    http://religiondispatches.org/lgbtq-equality-pend

  • 47. allan120102  |  March 1, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Northern Ireland could soon have marriage equality as soon as April as a vote is expect on March 28. Hopefully NI could finally be brought to equality as the rest of the UK.
    http://armaghi.com/news/northern-ireland-news/mp-

  • 48. Elihu_Bystander  |  March 1, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Is this what you are referring to?
    https://media.defense.gov/2017/Oct/11/2001825646/

    The case was probably assigned to him because he was an available Administrative Law Judge. EEOC complaints are indeed heard by an administrative law judge.

  • 49. allan120102  |  March 1, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Italy lgbt families are in big trouble if the far right wins and its looking like a big possibility many representatives say that they will repeal the lgbt civil union law and amend Italy constitution to prohibit lgbt adoption. The far right has been winning terrain thanks to high illegal immigration. This is worrisome for rainbow families in Italy. https://www.intensedebate.com/people/allan120102

  • 50. guitaristbl  |  March 1, 2018 at 8:44 am

    First of all you have to define what you mean "far right" when it comes to Italy. You have openly neo nazi CasaPound which is plodding along the 1 % for now (still very worrying but not entering parliament) and then you have elements of the center right coalition. I won't dispute the fact that it includes some very scary parties, beginning with Lega Nord which is the italian equivalent of Le Pen's party in France and they may have such an agenda and other smaller coalition partners such as the Fratelli d'Italia party which is similarly radical right wing populist BUT the major partner in this coalition which is Berlusconi's Forza Italia, while not in favour of LGBT rights, would definitely strive away from trying to rekindle this debate for civil union repeal, they have much bigger fish to catch.

    Even IF Forza Italia commited in such an agenda and the whole right wing coalition agressively pushes for it no poll shows that coalition winning a majority by any stretch, which means to pursue their agenda they would have to get votes from : The center left coalition (cornerstone of their current administration the passage of civil unions – not gonna happen), LeU (progressive left wing coalition) or, the trickiest one, M5S which has a very unclear political stigma but is equally unlikely to support such a move – if anything else, their anti-establishment thinking would not allow them to promote the right wing agenda in any field.

    So I don't see any viable way for what you say to happen, even with the certain gains of LN and FdI.

  • 51. scream4ever  |  March 1, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    It looks likely considering that the NI government has said they won't block it. I think many members of even the DUP just want it to be over with.

  • 52. guitaristbl  |  March 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    NI does not have a government currently though, one of the reasons being SF insisting on marriage equality introduced. The DUP can do little to stop it in Westminster anyway.

  • 53. VIRick  |  March 1, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Washington State: Next State to Ban Anti-LGBT Conversion Therapy

    On 1 March 2018, the Washington State House passed a bill that would outlaw conversion therapy for people under the age of 18. Said bill would classify attempts to change a minor’s sexual orientation as “unprofessional conduct” for health care providers.

    All the House Democrats voted in favor of the bill, along with twelve Republicans. The bill has already passed in the Washington State Senate, but now must be returned there for concurrence.

    The bill is expected to be signed by the governor, Jay Inslee, making Washington the tenth state to ban the practice.
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/03/washington-se

  • 54. JayJonson  |  March 1, 2018 at 12:58 pm

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

  • 55. VIRick  |  March 1, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    In District 39, Barkley is not running for re-election as a Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly. Instead, he's running for a seat on the Montgomery County Council. Acevero hopes to succeed him as one of 3 delegates from that district. The other two incumbents, Reznik and Robinson, are running for re-election.

    All incumbent state legislators from Montgomery County are Democrats. All legislative districts statewide have one senator and three delegates elected at-large from that district.
    http://marylandreporter.com/2018/02/27/montgomery

  • 56. VIRick  |  March 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Kim Davis Memoir Chronicles Fight against "Fist-Pounding Homosexuals"

    Per "Washington Blade" and sarcastically filed under "Arts and Entertainment," beneath the infamously glorious prison mug-shot photo of Rowan County KY Clerk, Kim Davis:

    Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015, has ghost-written a memoir that details her fight against “fist-pounding homosexuals.” If anyone can read through the following Liberty Counsel description of events without puking, please identify yourselves:

    “Kim chronicles her dramatic encounters with furious, fist-pounding, homosexual men and the hate mail that flooded her office. Kim takes you behind-the-scenes of the unlikely saga that took America by storm in 2015. She tells how God transformed her life in 2011, why she almost retired in 2014, and how she knew, six months before the US Supreme Court’s disastrous 2015 same-sex ‘marriage’ opinion, she was headed for jail,” Liberty Counsel, the book’s distributor, originally described “Under God’s Authority: The Kim Davis Story.”

    The description has since been altered to remove the words “fist-pounding, homosexual men.” Proceeds from the book will benefit Liberty Counsel. The book is co-authored by John Aman, director of creative services for Liberty Counsel, and Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, who represented Davis in her failed legal battle.
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/03/01/kim-dav

  • 57. allan120102  |  March 1, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    It will be up to congress to legislate for marriage equality in chile says the speaker of the new upcoming administration saying that Piñera will not do anything to discuss this topic as it was not a promise of his campaign. It looks like the new admin will not veto the same sex marriage bill if its pass. http://www.t13.cl/amp/noticia/politica/gobierno-p

  • 58. allan120102  |  March 1, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Tlaxcala Mexico
    The state is being neutral with a bill with marriage equality they will not approve saying that cohabitation is already legal in the state but they will not throw it away. If Tlaxcala modifies its civil code in terms of marriage and dont allow ssm they it could be subject to an act of unconstitutionality. Sadly lgbt groups in the state didnt act up when the state pass the civil partnership law. Hopefully if something similar happens this time they do something. https://www.lineadecontraste.com/diputados-preten

  • 59. scream4ever  |  March 1, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Well that's good news since the new Congress is much more friendly to the bill.

  • 60. davepCA  |  March 1, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Ya know, a book like this could end up being a sort of 'cult classic' for being unintentionally hilarious; the literary equivalent to films like "Showgirls" and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls". Picture a live reading of the book performed by someone like Leslie Jordan or David Sedaris. I'd certainly pay to see that. Proceeds could go to some pro-LGBT charity…..

  • 61. VIRick  |  March 1, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Costa Rica: Another Action of Unconstitutionality Case Accepted by Sala IV

    Per Daniel Valverde-Cano Mesén:

    Qué felicidad salir mencionado en noticias, donde yo, desde mi terruño legal, puedo generar un impacto positivo en nuestra sociedad. Esperemos que la Sala IV siga su jurisprudencia, y por fin, tengamos matrimonio igualitario en Costa Rica.
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/matrimonioigualitario

    What happiness to be mentioned in the news, where I, from my legal homeland, can generate a positive impact on our society. We hope that Sala IV follows its jurisprudence, and at last, we have marriage equality in Costa Rica.

    Here's one of today's news articles to which Valverde refers:

    Sala IV Gives Acceptance to Action (of Unconstitutionality) in Favor of Gay Marriage

    Sala IV Da Curso a Acción (de Inconstitucionalidad) a Favor de Matrimonio Gay

    Hoy día, 1 de marzo 2018, la Sala Constitucional dio curso a una Acción de Inconstitucionalidad contra la directriz del Consejo Superior Notarial, que puso freno al matrimonio igualitario en el país.

    Con la decisión de la Sala IV, los magistrados deberán analizar la opinión del órgano supraconstitucional y la decisión de los notarios costarricenses. La Acción de Inconstitucionalidad, que da cierta luz a la comunidad LGTBIQ en Costa Rica, fue interpuesta por un abogado de apellidos Valverde Mesén.

    Él asegura que la decisión del Consejo Superior Notarial "lesiona el principio de igualdad y de no discriminación y contradice diversos instrumentos internacionales en materia de derechos humanos aplicables en la República." Precisamente, Valverde hace énfasis en la opinión consultiva de la CIDH, ya que señala que con la observación del alto tribunal, el concepto de familia ha sido modificado y reconocido.

    La Sala Constitucional, por su parte, señaló que da curso a la Acción (de Inconstitucionalidad) ya que reúne los requisitos de la Ley de la Jurisdicción Constitucional.
    https://www.laprensalibre.cr/Noticias/detalle/131

    Today, 1 March 2018, the Constitutional Chamber granted to accept an Action of Unconstitutionality against the directive of the Superior Notarial Council, which has put a stop to marriage equality in the country.

    With this decision from Sala IV, the justices must now analyze the opinion of the supra-constitutional body and the decision of the Costa Rican notaries. The Action of Unconstitutionality, which gives certain light to the LGTBIQ community in Costa Rica, was filed by a lawyer named Valverde Mesén.

    Valverde states emphatically that the decision of the Superior Notarial Council "harms the principle of equality and non-discrimination and contradicts various international instruments on human rights applicable in the Republic." Specifically, Valverde emphasizes the advisory opinion of the IACHR, since he points out that given the opinion of this court, the concept of family has been modified and recognized.

    The Constitutional Chamber, for its part, said that it accepted the Action (of Unconstitutionality) since it meets the requirements of the Law of Constitutional Jurisdiction.

  • 62. VIRick  |  March 1, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    My favorite line is: "Her dramatic encounters with furious, fist-pounding homosexual men," as that descriptively lurid imagery has a totally unintended, yet ridiculously delicious pornographic double-entendre to it.

    Just think: Those furious, fist-pounding homosexual men will inevitably snag you in that special spot every time, won't they?

    Still, April Miller, the lead plaintiff in the original lawsuit, "Miller v. Davis," was her true nemesis, and April is lesbian. I have never sought out the information, but given the way she handled Davis, April might be able to pound a few fists, as well.

  • 63. VIRick  |  March 1, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Colombia Elections: Pro-LGBT Senatorial Candidates

    Germán Rincón Perfetti 84
    Angélica Lozano 10
    Tatiana Piñeros L. ‏ 9
    Maritza Martínez 3

    Pro-LGBT Deputies for the House:

    Mauricio Toro Cámara 105‏
    Ana Teresa Bernal 110
    Wilman Lara 301
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

  • 64. Elihu_Bystander  |  March 2, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Lesbian couple in Texas sues Trump administration after being told they don't 'mirror the Holy Family,' can't foster refugee kids

    Dallas Morning News:
    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-politics/20

    Here is the complaint:
    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/438233

  • 65. Elihu_Bystander  |  March 2, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Trump will give healthcare workers the right to refuse to treat LGBT people

    LGBTQ Nation 17-January-2018
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/01/trump-will-gi

    This is old news; however, I don’t remember seeing it posted on this site before. My apologies if it was.

    “It wasn’t enough to try to strip transgender Americans of their right to serve, roll back access to birth control, and attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Now Trump, Pence, and their Republican cronies want to allow health care workers to discriminate and rip away access to medical care. This rule is unethical and dangerously undermines public health,” DNC Director of LGBTQ Media Lucas Acosta said in an emailed statement.

  • 66. JayJonson  |  March 2, 2018 at 5:59 am

    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."

  • 67. scream4ever  |  March 2, 2018 at 6:47 am

    It's a shame that the HBO bio on Bryant staring Uma Thurman never materialized.

  • 68. VIRick  |  March 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Finland: Babies Can Have Two Mothers from Birth

    On Wednesday, 28 February 2018, Finland's parliament approved the citizens’ initiative to change the Maternity Act, so as to be amended to apply to same-sex partnerships if one of the women uses fertility treatment in order to have a baby, thus legally allowing for two women to be recognized as the baby's mothers from birth.

    The citizens’ initiative was approved with 122 MPs voting in favor, and 42 voting against. One party, the Christian Democrats, unanimously opposed the change in the law. The amended Maternity Act will take effect in the spring of 2019.

    Currently, in Finland, the woman who does not give birth to the baby must legally adopt the child in order to legally become its parent.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/03/01/finland-all

  • 69. VIRick  |  March 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Roy Moore Claims to Be Broke, Begging for Cash in a Phony Money-Beg

    Roy Moore, the candidate who managed to lose the US Senate race in Alabama as a Republican, posted a message on Facebook asking for donations because he has “struggled to make ends meet.” In a rambling post, Moore says that he needs $100,000 for legal fees. Moore has been sued for defamation by Leigh Corfman, who accused him of locking her in a car and sexually assaulting her when she was 14 and he was 32.

    Moore responded to her accusations by calling them “politically motivated,” “completely false,” and “malicious.” He attempted to discredit her by saying she had “disciplinary and behavioral problems” as a teenager. Corfman’s suit is seeking compensation for legal costs, an apology, and a ban on Moore publicly attacking her. She is not seeking monetary damages.

    But Moore only briefly mentions the lawsuit in his Facebook plea. He wrote more about all the people who are out to get him, from the “Washington Establishment” to George Soros, a Jewish, Democratic donor who is a frequent character in rightwing conspiracy theories. Moore also accuses “gays, lesbians, and transgenders” of trying to destroy “all that we hold dear.”
    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/03/roy-moore-bro

  • 70. VIRick  |  March 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Paraguay: Colorado Party Presidential Candidate Opposes Marriage Equality

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    Abdo Will Veto Any Bill on Marriage Equality

    Abdo Vetará una Eventual Ley sobre Matrimonio Igualitario

    Ayer, 1 de marzo 2018, el candidato presidencial Colorado, Mario Abdo Benítez, reiteró su postura en contra del matrimonio igualitario y aseguró que si llega a la titularidad del Ejecutivo, vetará cualquier proyecto que intente legalizar la unión entre personas homosexuales.
    http://www.ultimahora.com/abdo-vetara-una-eventua

    Yesterday, 1 March 2018, the Colorado party presidential candidate, Mario Abdo Benítez, reiterated his stance against marriage equality and said that if he gains the position of Executive, he will veto any bill that attempts to legalize the unions between same-sex couples.

    Despite the negative slant within the Paraguayan news article above, within a very short interval of time, the issues of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage in Paraguay have gone from one that had been almost totally dormant to one that has become the central, over-riding issue in the up-coming country-wide elections.

  • 71. VIRick  |  March 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Brasil: Two Landmark Pro-Transgender Court Rulings on Same Date

    SÃO PAULO — Thursday, 1 March 2018, was an historic day for the transgender community across Brasil because it saw two huge legal victories occur in court.

    First, The Superior Electoral Court ruled that trans candidates are now authorized to run for office using their preferred name just as it will appear on electronic ballot boxes across the country. The ruling couldn’t have come at a better time since this is an election year in Brasil, one in which voters will elect a president, state governors, senators, and members of the country’s Congress.

    As for the second ruling, since 2016, trans people in Brasil have been allowed to have their preferred name on their identification documents, as long as they had undergone sex-reassignment surgery. But now, given the second ruling on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Brasil has declared that trans people can have their preferred name on their civil documents without surgery or hormonal therapy. This decision takes away the litigation process through which trans people sometimes had to go, as well as the necessity of presenting an assessment from health professionals in the process, in order to have their preferred names on documents.

    This Supreme Court ruling was unanimous, and was approved on the basis that any trans person can present themselves and order the change of name and gender at any registry office across the country without the need of a judicial document or a medical report.
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/03/03/brazil-

  • 72. VIRick  |  March 3, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Australia: Sydney Mardi Gras Celebrates 40 Years; Same-Sex Couple Marries at Parade

    Today, 3 March 2018, an estimated 300,000 revellers took to the streets of Sydney, Australia, for the 40th annual Mardi Gras. The first-ever couple to marry at the event did so when Stuart Henshall and his partner, James Brechney, held their ceremony on their own wedding float in the midst of the parade, festively using confetti made from the posters of the "No" campaign on same-sex marriage.
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/03/03/sydney-mard

    The photos taken at the Mardi Gras parade attached to the bottom of this article are spectacular. From them, I see that among many others, "The Queens," with hot escorts (#1, 20), "Snow White" (#2-3), "Miss Russia" and partner (#10), the newly-married couple (#11), hairy "Ballerinas" (#16), a ghastly, very heavy-set "Wonder Woman" (#17), the habitually habit-forming "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" (#21), a hot, totally bare-assed leather dude (#31), "The Three Bears," including an ancient Mr. Australia (#35-36), and a bevy of butch lesbian motorcyclists (#52-63, 66), all put in their usual spectacular appearances.

    If that's not enough, one can see more photos here:
    http://blogdelimagay.blogspot.pe/

  • 73. davepCA  |  March 3, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    If I actually believed that this lying bigoted douchebag was really broke, the schadenfreude would be sooo sweet. A guy can dream….

  • 74. VIRick  |  March 3, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Trans Woman, 86, Opens First Shelter for Elderly LGBTs in Mexico City

    Per Sonora Pride:

    Mujer Trans, 86, Abre Primer Albergue para Ancianos LGBT en la Ciudad de México

    A los 86 años de edad, la activista transexual, Samantha Flores, de Orizaba, Veracruz, ha abierto el primer albergue gratuito, ‘Laetus Vitae,’ para adultos mayores LGBT en México, creando un espacio seguro donde sean libres de ser ellos mismos.
    http://amqueretaro.com/el-pais/mexico/2018/03/01/

    At 86 years old, the transsexual activist, Samantha Flores, from Orizaba, Veracruz, has opened the first free shelter, 'Laetus Vitae,' for LGBT seniors in Mexico, creating a safe space where they are able to be themselves.

  • 75. VIRick  |  March 3, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Colombia: Decree Bars LGBT Discrimination in Public Establishments

    Per Leonardo Castro Manrique, Abogado Litigante (Litigation Lawyer):

    El 3 de marzo 2018, el gobierno colombiano expide Decreto 410 de 2018, para combatir discriminación en establecimientos abiertos al público en razón de la orientación sexual o identidad de género.
    https://twitter.com/LEO_CASTRO1

    On 3 March 2018, the Colombian government issued Decree 410 of 2018, to combat discrimination in establishments open to the public for reason of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Note: I love this blanket decree, as there were no exemptions made for "religious beliefs," or any other bigoted excuse.

  • 76. VIRick  |  March 5, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Washington State: Bill Banning Gay "Cure" Therapy Sent to Governor for Signing

    The Washington State legislature has sent a bill, SB5722, banning the widely-condemned pracice of gay "cure" therapy on minors to the Governor’s office for final approval. It is fully expected that Governor Inslee will sign said bill into law.

    Performing gay "cure" therapy on minors is already is illegal in nine US states plus DC, and counting (Washington State will be #10), as well as in Switzerland, Malta, Taiwan, two Canadian provinces, and the Australian state of Victoria. 

    In February, a separate bill was introduced into the California legislature which would see practitioners of the already debunked gay "cure" therapies prosecuted for consumer fraud (as is already the law in New Jersey).
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/03/04/washington-

  • 77. VIRick  |  March 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    President of Chile Congratulates Daniela Vega

    Per Michelle Bachelet, la Presidenta de Chile:

    Mis mayores felicitaciones a Daniela Vega y todo el equipo de Una Mujer Fantástica! El premio de Oscar, que nos llena de orgullo, no sólo reconoce a una película de gran calidad, sino a una historia de respeto por la diversidad que nos hace bien como país.
    https://twitter.com/mbachelet

    My best congratulations to Daniela Vega and the whole team of Una Mujer Fantástica! The Oscar award, which fills us with pride, not only recognizes a film of great quality, but a history of respect for diversity that makes us good as a country.

    Note: For anyone who may not be aware, Daniela Vega is a transgender woman from Chile. Una Mujer Fantástica!, a Chilean-made film, was voted "Best Foreign Language Film" at the Oscars.

    The President-Elect of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, also posted a generic congratulations (for the film), but then received quite a bit of flack for his blatant hypocrasy in having done so.
    https://twitter.com/sebastianpinera/status/970489

    For example, Luis Larraín retweeted Sebastián Piñera this comment in return:

    En solo 7 días, tiene una tremenda oportunidad para demostrar que ese orgullo y emoción no son solo palabras y ponerle suma urgencia al proyecto que permite que Daniela se llame Daniela en su cédula de identidad.
    https://twitter.com/NoticiasLGBT

    In just 7 days, you have a tremendous opportunity to show that pride and emotion are not just words, by putting great urgency to the bill that allows Daniela to be called Daniela on her identity card.

  • 78. VIRick  |  March 5, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    To the Country List above banning conversion therapy, please add Mexico:

    Per Jacqueline L'Hoist T., Presidenta y fundadora del Consejo para Prevenir y Eliminar la Discriminación de la CDMX (COPRED):

    Todas aquellas prácticas que busquen corregir la orientación sexual de las personas, además de cometer fraude, su práctica se configura como tortura, así lo dice la ley.

    All those practices that seek to correct the sexual orientation of people, in addition to committing fraud, the practice is defined as torture, as the law says.

  • 79. scream4ever  |  March 5, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Also New York bans it as well, although not by legislation, but by allotment of funds.

  • 80. VIRick  |  March 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    The European Parliament Urges the Prohibition of "Reparative Therapies" and the De-Pathologization of Transsexuality

    El Parlamento Europeo Insta a la Prohibición de las "Terapias Reparadoras" y a la Despatologización de la Transexualidad

    Per Dos Manzanas de España:

    El Parlamento Europeo ha aprobado este 1 de marzo 2018, con considerable retraso, el informe sobre los derechos fundamentales en la Unión en 2016. El texto da cuenta de la situación de la población LGTBI e insta a los países miembros a que apliquen las medidas oportunas para acabar con la discriminación. El informe insiste de nuevo en la necesidad del reconocimiento supraestatal de las uniones entre personas del mismo sexo, así como aboga por la despatologización de la transexualidad y la prohibición de las "terapias reparadoras" de la orientación sexual.
    http://www.dosmanzanas.com/2018/03/el-parlamento-

    On 1 March 2018. the European Parliament approved, with considerable delay, the report on fundamental rights in the Union in 2016. The text gives an account of the situation of the LGTBI population and urges the member countries to implement the appropriate measures to end discrimination. The report insists again on the need for the supra-state recognition of unions between same-sex couples, as well as advocating for the de-pathologization of transsexuality and the prohibition of "reparative therapies" for sexual orientation.

  • 81. VIRick  |  March 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Italy Slammed for Homophobia,– Again,– Another 100,000 Euros,– 10 Years Later

    La primera decisión de indemnizar por daños y perjuicios a Danilo Giuffrida, 35, la tomó el tribunal de segunda instancia de Catania in 2008, una ciudad portuaria situada en la costa de Sicilia. Desde allí, estipularon que la cantidad a indemnizar sería de 20 mil euros.

    El joven (a 25 años de edad) reveló en el examen preliminar que era homosexual, y fue por esto por lo que las autoridades competentes decidieron suspender su carnet de conducir.

    El abogado del afectado recurrió en abril de 2011, y el Tribunal de Apelación de la ciudad de Palermo ha sentenciado ahora, el 2 de marzo 2018, que los Ministerios de Defensa y Transporte deberían abonar 100 mil euros en concepto de indemnización por daños y perjuicios a Danilo Giuffrida.
    http://www.cascaraamarga.es/politica-lgtb/lgtb-in

    The first decision to compensate Danilo Giuffrida, 35, for damages was taken by the court of second instance in Catania in 2008, a port city located on the coast of Sicily. That court eventually stipulated that the amount to be paid would be 20 thousand euros.

    The young man (then 25) revealed in the preliminary examination that he was homosexual, and that that was why the competent authorities decided to suspend his driver's license.

    The lawyer for the losing party filed an appeal in April 2011, and the Court of Appeals in the city of Palermo has now ruled, on 2 March 2018, that the Ministry of Finance and Transportation should pay 100 thousand euros in compensation for damages to Danilo Giuffrida.

    As one can easily see from the dates, this case has been kicking around forever, and that as a result, justice in Italy can be extremely slow.

  • 82. VIRick  |  March 5, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Panamá: Torre Trump is History, as Armed Police Force Trump Org to Abandon Hotel

    Per "The Guardian" and Joe.My.God:

    Executives with the Trump family's hotel business have abandoned the management offices of the luxury hotel in Panamá that has been the scene of a tense, 12-day standoff over a business dispute with the hotel’s actual owners. Trump’s security guards also left the property.

    The action took place today, 5 March 2018, as a high-ranking Panamanian judicial official, accompanied by a swarm of armed police in riot gear, escorted into said management offices, the owner of most of the units of the 70-story, former Trump-branded oceanfront hotel in la Ciudad de Panamá.

    The legal dispute involving Trump’s company was expected to continue, but today’s developments meant that Trump had effectively surrendered physical control of the property. Though the owners tried to fire Trump’s management company last year, the Trump Organization had disputed the termination as legally invalid, and refused to hand over the property.
    http://www.joemygod.com/2018/03/05/panama-police-

    As an extra, self-satisfying bonus, at the end of the fracas, one can watch the video as the word "Trump," in faux-gold lettering, is quite unceremoniously ripped off the front façade of the building, one letter at a time, with crowbar and hammer, before a horde of photographers recording the precious moment, the last remaining edifice with that name on it in all of Latin America.

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