Category Archives: A closer look

Trump actions: ‘vicious’ and cross ‘dangerous lines’

LGBT activists say they find the Trump administration's recent actions concerning civil rights protections deeply troubling and indicate it intends "to take every opportunity to limit nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people."

Supreme Court: Potential blockbusters await, again

The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal three years ago from a wedding photographer who wanted to say "no" to a same-sex couple seeking her services. Now, the court is saying "yes" to a baker who did essentially the

The untenable paradox of Title VII reaches Supreme Court

Lambda Legal takes Title VII case to Supreme Court, arguing that the various interpretations of the law in the lower courts forces "creates an uncomfortable result in which the more visibly and stereotypically gay or lesbian a plaintiff is in

Trump’s trans ban is a real threat, say legal activists

Some media outlets and observers think Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has put a freeze on President Trump's proposed ban on transgender service members, but legal activists say it's happening.

Trump names first openly gay appointee

President Trump on Friday night announced his nomination of Richard Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany. Grenell is Trump's first openly gay nominee.

DOJ: Title VII doesn’t cover sexual orientation

The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on a federal appeals court review of a case involving Title VII's language barring "sex discrimination" in employment. DOJ's brief appears to try out a few theories it will likely use at

Trump Executive Order: No bite (yet)

President Trump's new executive order defending "religious liberty" did not change any existing laws or regulations affecting LGBT people specifically, but its directives to various departments to "consider" amending regulations concerning such things as preventive care for HIV and breast

Trump, so far: a ‘mixed bag’ of ‘no surprises’

President Trump has managed to worry both his right-wing religious supporters and the LGBT community in his first 100 days, as he gives with one hand and takes away with the other.

Census deletion: An ‘error’ or ‘malicious’ snub?

Census Bureau director John Thompson said Wednesday that the deletion of "sexual orientation and gender identity" from a list of proposed Census survey questions in a document released Tuesday was simply correcting an error; the subjects were considered but never

Trump term begins: silence, promise, and resistance

President Trump's transition team invited Log Cabin Republicans to weigh in on the importance of existing pro-LGBT executive orders, but most signals from the inauguration and first days of the new administration revealed areas of worry --from a new Justice