Derek Reinbold  //  4/2/17  //  Topic Update


President Trump’s proposed executive order on religious freedom, LGBT rights, and reproductive freedom has profound constitutional infirmities, argue Ira Lupu and Robert Tuttle on Take Care.

Many LGBTQ groups are outraged by President Trump’s appointment of Roger Severino to lead the division charged with enforcing civil rights at the Department of Health and Human Services (Human Rights CampaignRewireHuffington Post).

The election of President Trump has reinvigorated a movement for “extreme religious liberty” to the detriment of children, especially those in LGBTQ families, argues Marci Hamilton (Verdict).

The Trump Administration leveled two attacks on LGBTQ people this week, first in revoking anti-discrimination rules in government contracts and then in modifying the U.S. Census, argues Quita Tinsley (Feministing).

  • The Trump Administration nixed a proposal to include a question about sexual orientation and gender identity in the US Census (Rewire).
  • The Human Rights Campaign responded by filing a FOIA request with the Department of Commerce for communications related to this decision.
  • The White House has rescinded an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose whether they have been liable for discrimination.
  • Rachel Tivens of Lamda comments that this sends a message condoning discrimination.

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