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State Treasurer Ma hit with sex harassment, racial discrimination suit

State Treasurer Ma hit with sex harassment, racial discrimination suit

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 20, 2021

California Treasurer Fiona Ma, a former San Francisco supervisor and assemblywoman, has been sued by a former employee alleging sexual harassment and discrimination.

Prop 8 proponents must show standing to appeal in tapes case

Prop 8 proponents must show standing to appeal in tapes case

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 16, 2021

Proponents of Proposition 8 have to file a brief by August 16 to show they have standing to appeal a district court decision to release tapes of the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial that led to the resumption of same-sex marriages in California.

Analysis: No major losses for LGBTQs at Supreme Court

Analysis: No major losses for LGBTQs at Supreme Court

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jul 14, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court session that just ended amounted to mostly a "tread water" experience for LGBTQ people — with several little victories and no spectacular losses.

SF judge recognizes 2004 same-sex marriage state court voided

SF judge recognizes 2004 same-sex marriage state court voided

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 6, 2021

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

US Supreme Court declines review of florist who discriminated against gay couple

US Supreme Court declines review of florist who discriminated against gay couple

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jul 2, 2021

On the last day of the 2020-21 session, the U.S. Supreme issued relief and worry for the LGBTQ community.

US Supreme Court says CA donor law violates 1st Amendment

US Supreme Court says CA donor law violates 1st Amendment

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jul 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 1 that California's law requiring disclosure of major donors to tax-exempt organizations violates the First Amendment rights of association for donors.

US Supreme Court declines to hear trans bathroom case

US Supreme Court declines to hear trans bathroom case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 28, 2021

In a limited but important victory for transgender access, the U.S. Supreme Court announced June 28 that it would not review a lower court decision that favored a transgender student's restroom access at a public high school.

US Supreme Court sides with teen in free speech case

US Supreme Court sides with teen in free speech case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 23, 2021

In an 8-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 23 that a public high school violated a student's First Amendment right to free speech when it suspended the student for posting an angry post on social media after school and off campus.

Analysis: Understanding Fulton: The decision dodged a bullet

Analysis: Understanding Fulton: The decision dodged a bullet

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 21, 2021

Some legal observers viewed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia as a "significant" victory for LGBTQs while others saw it as another sign of "death by a thousand cuts" for queer equal rights.

US Supreme Court rules Philly violated 1st Amendment in Fulton case

US Supreme Court rules Philly violated 1st Amendment in Fulton case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 17, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a city cannot discriminate against a contractor when they claim a religious belief.

LGBTQ Agenda: Amicus briefs urge circuit court to reconsider anti-trans classroom ruling

LGBTQ Agenda: Amicus briefs urge circuit court to reconsider anti-trans classroom ruling

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 18, 2021

Medical professionals and others are urging the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a panel's decision that a university professor can misgender trans students.

LGBTQ groups stake out different sides in upcoming Supreme Court case

LGBTQ groups stake out different sides in upcoming Supreme Court case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Apr 21, 2021

A case to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court April 28 presents one of those rare instances in which different LGBTQ groups are on opposite sides.

Trans SF paramedic sues city for racial, gender identity discrimination

Trans SF paramedic sues city for racial, gender identity discrimination

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Feb 11, 2021

A trans Black man who is a San Francisco Fire Department paramedic is suing the city, alleging he has been discriminated against on the basis of his race and gender identity, harassed, and retaliated against.

Gay SF firefighter sues city for racial, sexual orientation discrimination

Gay SF firefighter sues city for racial, sexual orientation discrimination

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 25, 2021

A gay Black San Francisco firefighter is suing the city, alleging discrimination against him on account of his race and sexual orientation.