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8/10 open thread and news update

Community/Meta Transgender Rights

– Last week, the Eleventh Circuit ruled in favor of a transgender student who wanted to be able to use the correct restroom. The court’s decision is here

This is an open thread. We’ll post any breaking news.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. __M  |  August 10, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Hi all – do we know what’s going on with the Prop 8 videos? The last thing I heard about was the appeal the 9th Circuit. It’s only 2 days left I think. Thanks

  • 2. VIRick  |  August 10, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Barbados: Parliament Passes Anti-Discrimination Law, Inclusive of LGBT Couples

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The Employment (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill, 2020, first introduced into the Barbados House on 25 February 2020, passed that body on 28 July 2020, and then moved on to the Barbados Senate, where it passed, without amendment, on 5 August 2020.

    The bill, now law, bans employment discrimination based on "sex" and on "sexual orientation," but not specifically based on gender identity. However, it may be reasonably argued that "sex" discrimination includes anti-transgender discrimination, as has been understood by courts in both the USA and Canada.

    As an additional prohibited ground, the new employment anti-discrimination law also includes "domestic partnership status," which is defined as a "relationship between 2 persons, each at least 18 years of age, who live together on a genuine domestic basis…" Because of the non-gendered language, in addition to covering unmarried hetero couples living together, one can also reasonably interpret this clause as likely recognition of LGBT couples.

    An intro to the Employment (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill, 2020, now law, is here:

    The entire text can be found here:

  • 3. VIRick  |  August 10, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Baja California: LGBTI File Amparo Suit with SCJN for Marriage Equality

    Baja California: LGBTI Interpone Juicio de Amparo en SCJN, por Matrimonio Igualitario

    Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, director de litigio de México Igualitario AC, dijo en entrevista virtual que "Entonces, lo que nosotros presentamos, la semana pasada, es un juicio de amparo en contra del Congreso del Estado de Baja California, argumentando básicamente que esta libertad que tiene el congreso para decidir se ve acotada por el marco de derechos humanos que México establece en la constitución y por los tratados internacionales, es decir, que pusimos en la demanda, es justamente que una vez que se inicia el proceso legislativo para modificar estás normas que son discriminatorias, el congreso ya no tenía otra opción más que aprobarla, porque el rechazo implica una violación al derecho de la igualdad y no discriminación como lo ha establecido la Suprema Corte… Este juicio de amparo ya fue admitido, se radicó en el juzgado tercero de distrito en el estado de Baja California el 3 de agosto 2020 y bajo el número de expediente 407/2020," con mentó Méndez Díaz.

    Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, litigation director of México Igualitario AC, said in a virtual interview that "What we presented, last week, is an amparo suit against the Baja California State Congress, basically arguing that this freedom that Congress has to decide is limited by the human rights framework that Mexico established in the constitution and by international treaties, that is to say, as we put in the lawsuit, it is precisely that once the legislative process is initiated to modify these discriminatory norms, the congress now no longer has any other option but to approve it, because the rejection implies a violation of the right to equality and non-discrimination as established by the Supreme Court … This amparo suit has already been admitted, having been filed in the third district court in the state of Baja California on 3 August 2020, and under file number 407/2020," stated Méndez Díaz.

    Alex is amazing. He effortlessly managed to present his entire cogent argument, from A to Z, albeit with multiple clauses, in one long, extended sentence (which also proved to be somewhat of a challenge in accurately translating into English, given said extended length). Needless to say, it is also a very "winnable" argument, one which everyone needs to absorb.

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