Australian policies diverge on gender identity law

July 24, 2012

This month Australia has taken one step forward, one step back in the area of gender identity law. Not surprisingly, the backward step was at the expense of a doubly marginalized group: trans people in prison. On July 5th the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled that transgender prisoner Thalia Sinden (identified in official documents […]

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Worse than you thought

July 20, 2012

The impact of AIDS on the African-American community is even worse than most people think it is. As the International AIDS Conference prepares to begin, new reports detail the statistics. A study from the Black AIDS Institute – Back of the Line: The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men in America –  states that […]

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There’s Something About Iowa

July 15, 2012

Three LGBT-related cases are making their way through the Iowa state courts this month with Lambda Legal’s help… In Rhoades v. Iowa, the plaintiff, a gay man, was previously convicted of intentionally exposing another person to HIV. His attorney advised him to plead guilty; never mind that the sex was consensual, they used a condom, […]

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Abortion rights lawsuits keep coming

July 13, 2012

This has been a hectic week for the Center for Reproductive Rights.  On Monday, lawyers persuaded a Mississippi federal judge to continue a temporary order blocking enforcement of a state law designed to make that state “abortion free.” A longer term ruling is expected soon. On Tuesday, CRR’s first task of the day was to […]

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Setback for Reproductive Rights in Baltimore

July 3, 2012

  Anti-choice pregnancy centers in Baltimore got a boost from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals last week in Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. Granting the plaintiff’s request for summary judgment based on a First Amendment claim, the Court struck down Baltimore City Ordinance 09-252, which required […]

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For smart analysis of the health care decision

June 28, 2012

   Those of you who know me know that no issue is more important to me personally than access to health care, so I am over the moon about today’s decision upholding the 2010 law, especially the individual mandate.  But — I keep this blog focused on lgbt issues. So aside from saying thank you […]

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