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Lambda Legal: Supreme Court should deny premature request for review of transgender military ban rulings

WASHINGTON – Lambda Legal today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a petition from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asking that the Court review three preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from implementing its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services.…

Apple takes down anti-LGBTQ group’s app from store

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has removed an app from an organization that promotes “conversion therapy.” NBC News reported on Sunday that Living Hope Ministries had it’s app removed from the Apple Store after LGBTQ rights groups lobbied the tech giant to remove it. From NBC News: Truth Wins Out, which says it fights “anti-gay religious…

Trans military ban plaintiffs ask SCOTUS to deny the administration’s request for review

WASHINGTON — Transgender service members challenging Trump’s military ban on Monday filed briefs opposing the administration’s request that the Supreme Court hear the cases now, before the courts of appeal have ruled. The administration is seeking early review by the Court in three cases challenging the ban: Doe v. Trump, Stockman v. Trump, and Karnoski…

Lambda Legal joins in lawsuit brought against suburban DC school district on behalf of transgender teacher

BALTIMORE — Friday, Lambda Legal joined Arnold & Porter in a lawsuit filed against the Prince George’s County Public Schools and Board of Education on behalf of a transgender teacher who endured years of abuse, harassment and retaliation at the hands of school administrators, fellow teachers, staff, parents and students after she began to live…

SCOTUS rejects appeals to cut Planned Parenthood payments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear appeals from two states that were sued to prevent them from cutting Planned Parenthood from their budgets. Louisiana and Kansas were wanting to cut their payments through Medicaid, Reuters reported. Even recent SCOTUS appointee Brett Kavanaugh voted to refuse the appeal. From Reuters: The…