Versus Trump Podcast: G.G. Case + Patti Goldman
On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, we discuss the status of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a major case about transgender rights, and then speak with Patti Goldman of Earthjustice about an important lawsuit that her organization has filed.
Mitch Landrieu and the Anti-Denigration Constitution
Mitch Landrieu’s speech defending the removal of Confederate war monuments in the heart of New Orleans is an eloquent reminder that the Constitution forbids acts that subordinate or denigrate, whether in the context of religion, LGBT rights, or racial equality.
Updates | The Week of May 8, 2017
Critics of anti-discrimination laws regarding public accommodations misunderstand the overarching purpose of those laws. Further, the decision not to collect LGBT census data could be a missed opportunity for improving the lives of LGBT Americans.
Andrew Sullivan Is Wrong About Public-Accommodations Law
Andrew Sullivan recently criticized gay people who seek to obtain services from those with religious objections to serving them. But Sullivan's criticism fundamentally misunderstands the basic purpose of public accommodations laws and should be rejected.
Updates | The Week of May 1, 2017
The administration's newest executive order and the decision to roll back Affordable Care Act regulations may increase LGBT discrimination.
Deep Problems with the Proposed Executive Order on Religious Freedom
It's rumored that tomorrow, Trump will issue an executive order on "religious freedom," singling out for protection only traditional and conservative religious views on sex, marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and pregnancy. That order will most certainly raise grave constitutional issues under the Establishment Clause.
Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017
The nominee for Army Secretary has a strong anti-LGBTQ track record, and President Trump has targeted national monuments, including the Stonewall Inn.
Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017
The New York Times argued that the federal courts will be the last resort for LGBT progress during this Administration. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Campaign argued the Administration should stand against the Chechen human rights abuses toward gay men.
Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017
This week, President Trump prompted outrage with his appointment of two men with a history of discriminatory statements against LGBT people.
Information Wars Part I: The Challenge To The Census
The Trump administration has enacted several policies to conceal, subvert, or manipulate information. It has retracted a proposal to add LGBTQ identification to the U.S. census and eliminated LGBTQ identification from HHS surveys. These policies and others attempt to deny the existence of a problem by disappearing the (inconvenient) facts.
Updates | The Week of April 3, 2017
The Seventh Circuit broadened workplace rights for LGBT employees in an en banc decision. Take Care featured analysis from Joshua Matz. President Trump's proposed budget would cut tens of millions of dollars in HIV research and prevention.
A Lurking Threat to LGBT Rights & Religious Freedom
Today, the Fifth Circuit hears argument in a major case about the future of religious liberty and LGBT rights. The law under review, HB 1523, is flagrantly unconstitutional. And the result of this appeal may profoundly influence Trump's still-evolving policies.
The Attack on American Cities
Trump's anti-urban rhetoric has fanned the flames of a war by state governments against progressive cities. We see this in battles over sanctuary cities, LGBT rights, gun regulation, employee rights. The time has come for a campaign on behalf of city power.
A Landmark Victory for LGBT Rights (And The Path Ahead)
The en banc Seventh Circuit has held that Title VII protects against sexual orientation discrimination. SCOTUS is likely to grant review of this important issue in the near future. But it remains unclear what position the Trump Administration will take.
Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017
A potential executive order addressing religious freedom has surfaced, and Ira Lupu and Robert Tuttle argue that it has profound constitutional infirmities. President Trump's appointment of Roger Servino within the Department of Health and Human Services has drawn criticism from LGBTQ groups.
Updates | Week of March 20, 2017
The Trump Administration has made a damaging turnabout on gay rights, and LGBT communities fear an absence of hate crime prosecutions under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.