Sex discrimination prohibition protects trans students as well as employees

July 25, 2013

The use of Title VII to prohibit employment discrimination based on gender identity has become widespread, both in the courts and through the EEOC’s and  the Justice Department’s decisions in Macy v. Holder.  Now the Obama Administration is extending its reliance on another sex discrimination law, Title IX, to protect trans students from discrimination by […]

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Trans bathroom access case reaches Maine Supreme Court

June 13, 2013

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments yesterday in Doe v. Clenchy, involving a transgender girl and her family who sued Orono school officials over her access to the girls bathroom. The state’s Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, which the state has defined to include gender identity. The plaintiff is now […]

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The Boy Scouts and culture change

June 4, 2013

The Washington Post published an excellent  article about the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow gay scouts (but not scoutmasters – yet)  to openly participate in the program, less than a year after declaring that its exclusionary policy would stay in place. What’s really fascinating, though, is the extensive report on changing public attitudes that the Scouts commissioned. […]

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