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Supreme Court rules for anti-gay baker in cake case

Supreme Court rules for anti-gay baker in cake case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 4, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday (June 4) that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated a baker's free exercise rights when it ordered that he sell cakes to same-sex couples the same as he sells to heterosexual couples.

Appeals court rules for city in SFPD text scandal

Appeals court rules for city in SFPD text scandal

  • by Alex Madison
  • Jun 1, 2018

In a move that city officials are praising, the San Francisco police officers who sent homophobic and racist text messages in 2011 and 2012 can face disciplinary charges, an appeals court ruled this week.

AHF files two lawsuits against Gilead

AHF files two lawsuits against Gilead

  • by Alex Madison
  • May 16, 2018

Four Californians living with HIV, including one in Marin County, are suing the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences over its continued distribution of what they say is a toxic HIV medicine.

Trans woman can move forward with lawsuit, judge rules

Trans woman can move forward with lawsuit, judge rules

  • by Alex Madison
  • May 9, 2018

Tanesh Nutall, a transgender woman who is suing the city of San Francisco saying her rights were violated, will be able to move forward with her lawsuit taken on by the state Department of Fair Employment & Housing, a judge ruled Tuesday, May 8.

Judge tosses challenge to SF jail trans policy

Judge tosses challenge to SF jail trans policy

  • by Alex Madison
  • Apr 23, 2018

A challenge to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department's Transgender, Gender Variant and Nonbinary policy and procedures was shot down Friday (April 20) by a San Francisco Superior Court Judge.

Lawsuit filed in ADAP data breach

Lawsuit filed in ADAP data breach

  • by Alex Madison
  • Apr 18, 2018

Lambda Legal files lawsuit against former contractor for California ADAP enrollment program.

Mississippi high court sides with non-biological mom in custody case

Mississippi high court sides with non-biological mom in custody case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Apr 12, 2018

Mississippi is one of those Deep South states that really did not want to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Courts divided over Title VII's impact in LGBT cases

Courts divided over Title VII's impact in LGBT cases

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Mar 28, 2018

Lori Franchina worked as a firefighter for Providence, Rhode Island, and for four years, everything was fine. Then one day, she was paired up with a male worker notorious for sexually harassing female colleagues.

Record Number of LGBT Judges on CA Bench

Record Number of LGBT Judges on CA Bench

  • by by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 7, 2018

There were 53 LGBT judges serving on the California bench as of December 31 last year, according to the latest demographic data released by the state's judicial council.

Outgames organizers sued

Outgames organizers sued

  • by Roger Brigham
  • Feb 28, 2018

Nine months after the 2017 World Outgames in Miami was canceled, a television producer from California who had been registered to compete in tennis has filed a $5 million lawsuit in federal district court against Outgames organizers.

Trans Woman Sues SF over Bathroom Use

Trans Woman Sues SF over Bathroom Use

  • by Seth Hemmelgarn
  • Feb 21, 2018

A transgender woman who claims a San Francisco city worker blocked her from using a women's bathroom and called her a "fucking freak" is suing the city.

4 Public Defenders Run for San Francisco Judge Seats

4 Public Defenders Run for San Francisco Judge Seats

  • by by Seth Hemmelgarn
  • Feb 14, 2018

Four San Francisco deputy public defenders, including a Latina lesbian, have filed papers to unseat incumbent Superior Court judges in the June 5 election.

SF supes OK $100K for lesbian ex-cop

SF supes OK $100K for lesbian ex-cop

  • by Seth Hemmelgarn
  • Jan 24, 2018

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved settling a lawsuit by a lesbian former police officer for $100,000.

Judges deny attempt to legalize sex work in CA

Judges deny attempt to legalize sex work in CA

  • by Seth Hemmelgarn
  • Jan 24, 2018

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has rejected a sex worker group's bid to legalize prostitution in California.