Zollicoffer v. Livingston (USA)

Joshua Zollicoffer is a Man who identifies as a Woman serving a 20-year prison sentence for aggravated kidnapping committed at age 19 with his boyfriend. US District Court Judge Alfred H Bennett has rejected a motion to remove Brad Livingston, executive directory of the Texas Department of Criminal Defense (“TDCD”), as a defendant in Zollicoffer v. Livingston.  The lawsuit was filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Joshua Zollicoffer, a man who identifies as a woman named Passion Star.   The judge also ordered limited discovery into Livingston’s knowledge and actions in relation to the lawsuit, in which Lambda legal claims, “TDCJ’s willful decision to leave Passion Star unprotected resulted in horrific sexual abuse and violence.”

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan @WhiteHouse (USA)

President Barack Obama has appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who identifies as a transgender woman, as the Outreach & Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel and Associate Director for Public Engagement.  This new role makes Freedman-Gurspan the primary LGBT liaison to the White House.  According to JoDee Winterhof of the Human Rights Campgain, “We believe it is a tremendous decision by the White House to recognize Raffi’s leadership as well as the importance of having transgender leadership in an important role for the community.”
White House Appoints First Transgender Person As Primary LGBT Liaison – BuzzFeed News

Bill de Blasio @BilldeBlasio (USA)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued an executive order that “requires all city-owned buildings – including schools, city offices, and gyms – to allow people to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify.”  The order also specifies that individuals must be allowed into these single-sex facilities “without being required to show identification, medical documentation, or any other form of proof or verification of gender.”  All city agencies have three months from the effective date to post the Single-Sex Facility Policy in  “conspicuous locations” and update their planning documents to include training on transgender diversity and inclusion within a year of the effective date.
Bill de Blasio mandates transgender access to New York City bathrooms – Washington Times
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What You Should Know (WYSK) About EEOC and Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers (USA)


What You Should Know About EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers

Doe v. Dallas (USA)

A transgender man, who is a Medicaid-eligible resident of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has filed a lawsuit against the PA Department of Human Services Secretary, Theodore Dallas.  The lawsuit, filed under the pseudonym “John Doe,” claims that the denial of Doe’s request for a hysterectomy to treat gender dysphoria (“GD”) constitutes a violation of civil rights, citing “The Medicaid Act mandates that a state plan provide for making medical assistance available to all categorically needy individuals by providing, at minimum, medically necessary physician, hospital and other services, and also provide, at a minimum, payments for such services…”  The lawsuit also specifies “Medically necessary procedures for GD Treatment may include hormone or other prescriptions, therapy, Gender Confirmation Surgery (“GCS” or “bottom surgery”), breast implants or removal (“top surgery”), and others, including hysterectomy, genital reconstruction, and plastic surgery, as appropriate and prescribed and medically necessary for the particular person.”  Although gender reassignment surgeries have not been covered by Medicaid historically, the federal Department of Health and Human Services lifted the official ban on coverage of these treatments in May 2014.  Doe’s lawsuit seeks not only compensatory and punitive damages and Medicaid coverage of treatment for Doe’s GD, but also asks the judge to end the state’s ban on covering treatment for GD for other Medicaid-eligible individuals.
Transgender man sues state to pay for hysterectomy – The Morning Call

EEOC Sexual Orientation Lawsuits (USA)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed its first two sex discrimination cases based on sexual orientation. The federal agency’s Philadelphia District Office filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Scott Medical Health Center, and, in a separate suit, in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division, against Pallet Companies, dba IFCO Systems NA. The lawsuits come years after the EEOC has taken action to ban discrimination based on gender identity through a litigation strategy. Continue reading “EEOC Sexual Orientation Lawsuits (USA)”

Smith v. U Haul (USA)

Annah Kaye Smith, a male who identifies as female, has filed a lawsuit against U-Haul after allegedly experiencing discrimination at the company’s Gresham, OR location.  According to Smith, there were three vans parked outside of the Gresham store, but the employee refused to rent any of them, saying the reservation had been transferred to a different location.   Smith also says, “Like his tone was just like, very kind of forceful, like, I want you not to be here and I’m going do what I can to get you out of here as quick as I can.” Smith claims to suffer anxiety as a result of the incident and is seeking $75,000 from U-Haul in damages.
Transgender woman files $75,000 lawsuit claiming biased employee wouldn’t rent to her _ OregonLive

Charlotte City Council @NotInCharlotte #DontDoItCharlotte (USA)

The Charlotte City (North Carolina) Council is set to expand the city nondiscrimination ordinance to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. During the fall elections, at least eight of 11 council members said they would support expanding the ordinance for LGBT residents. It takes a majority of six council members to pass the ordinance.
Mecklenburg County has had similar protections since 2013.
Council sets LGBT vote for Feb