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Lawsuit targets Wiener law to protect incarcerated trans people

Lawsuit targets Wiener law to protect incarcerated trans people

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Nov 23, 2021

Lawsuit alleges SB 132, which allows incarcerated transgender people to ask for a transfer to a state prison or detention center that matches their gender identity, is unconstitutional under both the federal and state constitutions.

Florist settles gay discrimination case

Florist settles gay discrimination case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Nov 22, 2021

Nine years after telling a gay couple she could not prepare a flower arrangement for their wedding because of her religious beliefs, the owner of a flower shop in Washington state has agreed to pay $5,000 to settle the dispute.

9th Circuit panel rules for release of Prop 8 trial tapes

9th Circuit panel rules for release of Prop 8 trial tapes

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Nov 19, 2021

In a victory for media organizations, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that tapes of the 2010 San Francisco federal trial that struck down California's same-sex marriage ban can be released.

Biden nominates 2nd lesbian to federal appeals court bench

Biden nominates 2nd lesbian to federal appeals court bench

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Nov 18, 2021

President Joe Biden on November 17 nominated a second lesbian to serve on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

State Supreme Court to hear case on Wiener's LGBTQ senior law

State Supreme Court to hear case on Wiener's LGBTQ senior law

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Nov 11, 2021

The California Supreme Court will review the state's appeal of a lower court ruling that tossed out a part of state Senator Scott Wiener's LGBTQ Senior Bill of Rights as unconstitutional.

Feds get second guilty plea in state AIDS fraud scheme

Feds get second guilty plea in state AIDS fraud scheme

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Nov 3, 2021

Two Sacramento women will be sentenced early next year for their roles in a scheme that defrauded the California Office of AIDS $2.7 million.

US Supreme Court rebuffs Catholic hospital appeal in case involving trans man

US Supreme Court rebuffs Catholic hospital appeal in case involving trans man

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Nov 2, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave LGBTQ legal activists a significant sigh of relief. It also appeared to take some heed of the fact that a Texas abortion ban under scrutiny could have significant implications for same-sex marriage.

Bonta joins other AGs in amicus brief in Connecticut trans student athlete case

Bonta joins other AGs in amicus brief in Connecticut trans student athlete case

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Oct 15, 2021

California Attorney General Rob Bonta and 20 other attorneys general filed an amicus brief in a Connecticut case supporting the freedom of transgender student athletes to participate in sports in line with their gender identity.

Evans sworn in as Alameda County judge

Evans sworn in as Alameda County judge

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Oct 4, 2021

Alameda County Superior Court got its newest LGBTQ judge October 4 when Kelli Evans was sworn in during a hybrid ceremony.

Religion dominates new US Supreme Court term

Religion dominates new US Supreme Court term

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Oct 4, 2021

First in the spotlight as the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new session Monday (October 4) is the seemingly precarious state of the right to abortion, an issue LGBTQ groups have long considered to be of "vital importance" to queer people.

Gay former CHP officer settles discrimination suit for $2.2 million

Gay former CHP officer settles discrimination suit for $2.2 million

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Oct 1, 2021

Jay Brome, a former California Highway Patrol officer, settled a discrimination suit against his former employer for $2.2 million. "I'm always told justice is the process, not the outcome," he said. "We made the process work."

LGBTQ Agenda: Queer legal groups sound alarm over anti-trans federal lawsuit

LGBTQ Agenda: Queer legal groups sound alarm over anti-trans federal lawsuit

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Sep 14, 2021

Twenty states sued the federal government late last month, trying to overturn federal protections for trans and gender-nonconforming students ordered by the Biden administration.

LGBTQ Agenda: Bonta joins other AGs in filing amicus brief in trans ID case

LGBTQ Agenda: Bonta joins other AGs in filing amicus brief in trans ID case

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 19, 2021

California AG Rob Bonta joined the attorneys general of 14 states and the District of Columbia in filing an amicus curiae brief supporting three transgender Alabamans who've been denied driver's licenses that correspond to their gender identity.

SF judge confirms decision to recognize voided 2004 City Hall marriage

SF judge confirms decision to recognize voided 2004 City Hall marriage

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 12, 2021

A San Francisco Superior Court judge ratified his earlier ruling that one of the parties to a 2004 marriage at San Francisco City Hall between two lesbians that had been declared null and void by the state nonetheless qualifies as a "putative" spouse.