Eve Levin  //  8/6/17  //  Topic Update


The EEOC and the DOJ have filed amicus briefs on opposite sides of a case on whether sexual orientation is protected under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Reuters).

  • President Trump and DOJ’s actions to limit the rights of LGBT people make this administration’s hostility toward them “unmistakable,” writes Richard Thompson Ford at Take Care.
  • The DOJ’s amicus curiae brief ignores Supreme Court precedent on the reach of Title VII, argue Joanna Grossman and Anthony Kreis for Verdict.
  • Both the transgender service ban and the DOJ’s assertion that sexual orientation is not protected under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act could run afoul of established case law, argues Joan Biskupic at CNN.

Commentary continued on President Trump’s transgender military service ban.

  • Like his other bans, President Trump’s attempt to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military is disordered enough to rebut the presumption of “regularity,” writes Leah Litman at Take Care.
  • Radical trans activists reject support of the military in response to Trump’s ban (Dorf on Law).
  • Retired Generals and Admirals spoke out against President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals in the military, reports Brian McBride from the Human Rights Campaign.
  • Coast Guard officials reached out to transgender members of the Coast Guard, pledging support (Hill).
  • Russell Spivak outlines the steps President Trump’s tweeted ban would need to go through before becoming official policy, at Foreign Policy.
  • The transgender member service ban was implemented by President Trump to secure funding for his proposed border wall, asserts Faiz Shakir at the ACLU.

A review of executive branch actions since the inauguration show a pernicious anti-LGBTQ campaign on behalf of the Trump Administration, argues Marci A. Hamilton at Verdict.


Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump’s nomination of Howard Nielson, Jr. to the federal bench is an attack on LGBTQ rights.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The Pentagon released a detailed policy for recruiting transgender troops.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop, a case invoking the conflict between religious beliefs and non-discrimination ordinances.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School