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Vanderbilt to Open Transgender Health Clinic

Vanderbilt Health will open the new Clinic for Transgender Health on Aug. 24, providing comprehensive health care services for transgender patients age 18 and older, according to a press release on its website. Services offered at the clinic will include hormone therapy, lab monitoring and pre- and post-operative guidance with plans to add a mental health provider. While Friday afternoons will be reserved specifically for transgender health care, the clinic will provide comprehensive primary care to LGBT patients during regular clinic hours, including immunizations, HIV prevention and cancer screenings. The clinic will focus on surgical patients one Friday a month.

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LGBT Section Executive Council Member Gives NPR Interview

Western Delegate for TBA's LGBT Section Maureen Holland recently participated in an interview with NPR regarding how President Trump's replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could affect the court's view on same-sex marriage. Justice Kennedy surprised many when he sided with the plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges, for which he authored the majority opinion stating that the constitution protects the right to marry for same-sex couples across the country, and that these couples did not diminish the idea of marriage. Some LGBT proponents have concerns that Justice Kennedy's replacement may take a more regressive view on these issues. You can listen to the interview here.

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Nashville LGBT Chamber Names Woolley as CEO

The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce has named Joe Woolley as chief executive officer, according to a press release on its website. Woolley has a long history with LGBT and political advocacy in Nashville, working on several political campaigns to support candidates with pro-LGBT platforms and is a co-founder of the Tennessee Equality Project. Woolley is a Chamber veteran, having served four years on the board of directors; one year as chair of the marketing committee, one year as vice-president and two years as president. Woolley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Belmont University. He can be reached by phone at 615.507.5185.

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Cases That Could Change the Future of LGBT Rights

President Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, a move that would all but guarantee a conservative stronghold on the court for years to come. In light of this, LGBT legal advocacy groups say they have grave concerns on how the high court could rule in future cases affecting the community. The Daily Beast looks at five cases of particular interest to LGBT proponents, that have the potential to reach the court in time.

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Fab Five Flaunt Flag Colors in Russia

Six soccer fans/LGBT activists attending the World Cup recently found a way to skirt Russia’s law banning the spreading of "gay propaganda" by wearing football shirts in various colors, emulating the Rainbow Flag, according to BBC News. Marta Márquez from Spain, Eric Houter from the Netherlands, Eloi Pierozan Junior from Brazil, Guillermo León from Argentina and Vanesa Paola Ferrario from Colombia adorned their diverse duds out-and-about, visiting iconic places like the Red Square and the Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow, even posing next to Russian police. 

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Meet Your 2018–19 LGBT Section Co-Chairs

 

John Towers Rice is an Associate at Elmore, Stone and Caffey in Knoxville, where he practices complex litigation and handles a variety of medical malpractice, products liability and commercial litigation matters. John served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Sharon G. Lee of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and is a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program. Rice holds degrees from Clemson University and the University of Tennessee College of Law. 

Joshua A. Wallis is an Associate at The Landers Firm, PLC in Memphis, where he focuses on domestic and family law cases, including cases involving divorce, child custody, child visitation, alimony, child support, protective orders and child relocation. Josh served as a clerk for The Honorable Donna M. Fields, Judge of Division Seven of the Circuit Court of Tennessee for the Thirtieth Judicial District and is a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program. Wallis holds degrees from the University of Memphis and the University of Memphis School of Law.

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Nashville Pride Festival This Weekend

The 2018 Nashville Pride Festival will be held on June 23–24 at Public Square Park in Nashville. This well-attended event will feature top-notch entertainment including a drag stage, Kids Zone, Youth Pavilion and over 200 vendors featuring local nonprofits, artists and businesses. You can view the entertainment offered at this year’s festival here.

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Legal Battle Over North Carolina 'Bathroom Bill' Returns to Federal Court

The U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem on June 25 will hear pending motions in Carcaño, et al. v. Cooper, et al., regarding North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2, which has been criticized as being discriminatory against gay and transgender people, reports The Winston-Salem Journal. The bill —repealed last year — was replaced with North Carolina House Bill 142, which omitted restroom, locker room and shower use requirements and prohibited local governments from putting forth any anti-discrimination ordinances through Dec. 1, 2020. You can view the complaint here.

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Supreme Court Rules on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple, The Washington Post reports. In an opinion by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not adequately considered the religious beliefs of baker Jack Phillips. Kennedy said, the commission had been hostile to the baker’s faith, denying him the neutral consideration he deserved. Only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

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Connecticut is Recruiting LGBT Families to Adopt and Foster Kids

Connecticut’s child welfare agency has launched an initiative to actively recruit members of the state’s LGBT community to become foster and adoptive parents, PBS reports. Governor Dannel P. Malloy said on Thursday that Connecticut wants to be known as a state that welcomes and embraces the LGBT community. This comes as states such as Kansas and Oklahoma have passed legislation allowing the denial of adoptions to LGBT families by faith-based organizations. Connecticut has around 4,300 children in state care, with about half unexpected to return to their biological families.

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