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Guardian: Trump administration pushing to remove ‘gender’ from UN human rights docs

NEW YORK — Early Thursday morning, The Guardian reported that the U.S. mission to the United Nations is wanting to remove “gender” from human rights documents, replacing it with “woman.” From The Guardian: At recent meetings of the UN’s Third Committee, which is concerned with “social, humanitarian and cultural” rights, US diplomats have been pushing…

DOJ formally says businesses can discriminate against transgender workers

WASHINGTON — Bloomberg Law reported Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice had told the U.S. Supreme Court that businesses can discriminate against workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law. From Bloomberg Law: Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the high court that a civil rights law banning sex discrimination on the job doesn’t…

Transgender and non-binary people face health care discrimination every day in the US

Shanna K. Kattari, University of Michigan Many people may experience anxiety when seeking medical treatment. They might worry about wait times, insurance coverage or how far they must travel to access care. Transgender and non-binary individuals have an added fear: gender-related discrimination. This can involve being outed due to a name or gender mismatch on…

NYT: Trump administration may try to define transgender people out of existence legally

WASHINGTON — The New York Times reported on Sunday that the Trump administration is considering defining gender as biological condition determined by genitalia at birth. This is the latest move by the administration against the LGBTQ community and at the transgender community specifically. From the New York Times: A series of decisions by the Obama…

New federal rules could allow LGBTQ employees to be fired for religious reasons

WASHINGTON — Media reported this week that the Trump administration is planning a new rule that would allow federal contractors to fire LGBTQ employees for religious reasons. The rule, which can be seen here, would “update” regulations with the current law for exemptions with “religion-exercising organizations.” Buzzfeed News reported that it could create a loophole…

National coalition launches campaign for sexual health rights of youth in state custody

NEW YORK — In October 2017, leading organizations working on juvenile justice, adolescent sexual health policy, mass incarceration, and LGBTQ rights, came together with a shared purpose: to remedy the near-total absence of health care that addresses sexual development and the risks of infectious disease for youth in foster care and juvenile detention centers. One…

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN to Ninth Circuit: Don’t breathe life into transgender military ban

PORTLAND – Lawyers in the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN challenging the Trump Administration’s plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to maintain the preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the discriminatory ban. Lawyers also asked the…