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Delhi Queer Pride 2015

Indian Supreme Hears Petition To Decriminalize LGBT Sex

Today the Indian Supreme Court heard a petition challenging Section 377 of the Indian penal code, an anti-sodomy law that’s been on the books since 1860. Considering arguments that sexual equality was a matter of “far-reaching constitutional importance,”  judges referred the petition to a five-judge bench for closer scrutiny. The move is being heralded as step ahead in the legal battle for LGBT rights in India.

Today the Indian Supreme Court heard a petition challenging Section 377 of the Indian penal code, an anti-sodomy law that’s been on the books since 1860. Considering arguments that sexual equality was a matter of “far-reaching constitutional ...

New racial profiling report highlights LGBT experiences with police profiling

Last week, the NAACP released Born Suspect, a report on racial profiling by the police and the continued fight to end it. The report includes information on the national impact of racial profiling as well as successful advocacy strategies to curb it.

Coming at a time when the national conversation on racial profiling and police violence has taken center stage after the murders of a number of black men at the hands of the police, the report provides much-needed analysis of these issues as they stand today across the nation. It is particularly refreshing to see the inclusion and highlighting of the distinct experiences of LGBT people with racial profiling, as well as LGBT communities’ participation in efforts to put ...

Last week, the NAACP released Born Suspect, a report on racial profiling by the police and the continued fight to end it. The report includes information on the national impact of racial profiling as well as ...

New Jersey school bans trans girl from school unless she dresses as a boy

A New Jersey middle school is refusing to allow 13-year-old Rachel Pepe to return to her school unless she dresses and identifies as a boy.

As reported by the Asbury Park Press, Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey informed Rachel’s mom, Angela Peters, that she must come back to school prepared to dress like and act like a boy as well as use the name on her birth certificate. No accommodations would be made for her gender identity; Peters suggested letting Rachel use the bathroom in the nurse’s office, but the school rejected that idea.

Peters believes sending Rachel to a new private school that is accepting would be the ideal solution, but Middletown School District is also not willing to ...

A New Jersey middle school is refusing to allow 13-year-old Rachel Pepe to return to her school unless she dresses and identifies as a boy.

As reported by the Asbury Park Press, Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New ...

Watch President Obama sign an executive order protecting against LGBT employment discrimination

This morning, President Obama is set to sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT federal employees. The executive order will not contain additional religious exemptions as the current text of ENDA does – something advocates had feared. This executive order will expand protections for federal employees to include gender identity, as well as barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

You can watch from the White House live here:

This morning, President Obama is set to sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT federal employees. The executive order will not contain additional religious exemptions as the current text of ENDA does – ...

In aftermath of Hobby Lobby decision, major LGBT groups withdraw support for ENDA

In the fallout of the Hobby Lobby decision, seven major LGBT organizations withdrew their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. ENDA is not new to much-needed criticism, but the religious exemption established by the SCOTUS ruling that allows companies to deny birth control coverage was the straw that broke the camels back for these groups. 

In the fallout of the Hobby Lobby decision, seven major LGBT organizations withdrew their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. ENDA is not new to much-needed criticism, but the religious exemption established ...

What does Hobby Lobby mean for LGBT employment discrimination?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Elizabeth Deutsch. Elizabeth Deutsch is a student at Yale Law School. She holds an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics. She enjoys long walks on the elliptical.

We’ve all read a lot about the big picture of what the Court decided in the contraceptive mandate case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. A few things are clear from the court’s language: some for-profit corporations can exercise some religious beliefs under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Specifically, closely held corporations like Hobby Lobby with religious objections to contraception can get out from under the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. But it’s much less clear what the Court’s language spells ...

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Elizabeth Deutsch. Elizabeth Deutsch is a student at Yale Law School. She holds an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics. She enjoys long walks on ...

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