Why does the military get to discriminate against the transgender community? Is this even legal?

This question is the most recent culmination of a long line of military-related issues with the LGBT community that far pre-date the Trump Administration.  Historically, the military took the position that transgender people are medically unfit to serve.  Although case law is sparse, that justification was validated in Doe v. Alexander, 510 F. Supp. 900…

Governor Charlie Baker Signs Transgender Public Accommodations Bill into Law

Today, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Transgender Public Accommodations Bill into law, making Massachusetts the 18th state in the nation to enact legislation to provide transgender people comprehensive protections under the law. The new law is set to go into effect on October 1, 2016 and includes a number of compromises that lawmakers negotiated, including…

Massachusetts House of Representatives Overwhelmingly Passes its Transgender Public Accommodations Bill

The Massachusetts House of Representatives’ version of the Transgender Public Accommodations Bill, HB4343, overwhelmingly passed with a vote of 116-36. However, the version that passed in the House of Representatives varies slightly from the version that passed in the Senate a few weeks ago. As a next step, both chambers must now agree on identical language,…

The Campaign for Southern Equality’s Attempt to Reopen its Case Against the Governor of Mississippi: a “Hail Mary Pass?”

The Campaign for Southern Equality (“CSE”) has done what many litigators consider the “Hail Mary Pass” – they filed a motion to reopen a judgment they received in Campaign for Southern Equality, et al., v. Bryant, and have asked the Court to modify a permanent injunction. The injunction, which was entered last summer, provided that…