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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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LGBT Students in Oregon Were Bullied, Forced to Read Bible, Report Says

In an Oregon high school, LGBT students were taunted with homophobic slurs, pelted with food and when punished, forced to read the Bible, The New York Times reports. Students spoke on those allegations in recent investigative reports into the state’s North Bend School District. In the reports, gay and lesbian high school students described years of harassment and bigotry from school employees and other students, with a deeply religious culture that silenced their complaints. The state found “substantial evidence” of discrimination against LGBT students and maintains that top officials fostered hostile conditions for LGBT students.

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Howe resigns from Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday that its CEO, Lisa Howe, is resigning from her position, Out & About Nashville reports. Howe made headlines in 2010 when her employer, Belmont University, demanded her resignation after learning she and her partner were having a baby. Howe, who coached the Belmont women's soccer team at the time, was said to have violated the school’s "don’t ask, don’t tell' policy. She will leave her post at the Nashville Chamber in August.

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Understanding Workplace Experiences of Legal Professionals: Project Survey

The American Bar Association is launching a nationwide study, conducted by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, to identify the biases encountered by LGBT and/or lawyers with disabilities and to help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases. Taking this brief survey will assist the ABA in its goal to generate a positive impact on the legal profession and on the lives and careers of LGBT lawyers and/or lawyers with disabilities. Thanks for your help with this endeavor. 

TAKE THE SURVEY

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