Archive for October, 2011

Commonwealth Summit ends with continuing struggle over reforming anti-gay laws

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October 31, 2011

The Commonwealth Summit, a biennial meeting of heads of state of British Commonwealth nations, ended its weekend meeting in Perth Australia with no decision on a new mechanism for addressing human rights abuses in member nations. The human rights controversy has arisen around a cluster of issues including the continuing existence of criminal and other […]

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The week ahead: October 31, 2011

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October 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 1 – New York – The NYC LGBT Bar Association is sponsoring a CLE program on The Impact of Marriage Equality in New York. The event will be held from 6 to 8 pm at the LGBT Community Center. Discussion "will focus on many of the areas potentially impacted by marriage equality in New […]

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District Court considers injunction against Missouri school district’s filtering software

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October 28, 2011

U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey heard arguments yesterday on whether to grant an injunction against a Missouri school district's use of filtering software that screens out lgbt-positive sites. From the Kansas City Star: … Judge Laughrey made no immediate decision on whether to impose a preliminary injunction against the Camdenton School District at the […]

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University of Richmond seeking to fill chair in gender studies

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October 28, 2011

The official announcement: The University of Richmond invites applications and nominations for the Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  This is a tenured position beginning August 2012. Teaching responsibilities will support the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding teacher with at least 10 years of […]

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New rules in EU allow asylum seekers to cite persecution based on gender identity

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October 27, 2011

Announced by the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights: Today the European Parliament formally adopted a new set of asylum rules for the European Union. The binding rules now include gender identity as a ground of persecution, which EU Member States must take into account. Governments have already agreed to the changes, which are final. Until […]

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Ace Supreme Court litigator defending DoMA, challenging health reform

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October 27, 2011

Paul Clement, who has argued more Supreme Court cases in the last decade than any other lawyer, is likely to be visiting the Justices again later in this term to argue against health reform and perhaps next term to try to persuade them that DoMA is constitutional. Given his skill and relative youth (45), Clement […]

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