Federal Appeals Court Holds Workers can’t be Fired for Being Gay

by Ian Millhiser – Onward to the Supreme Court! With a lopsided majority joined by a bipartisan coalition of judges, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held on Tuesday that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law, at least in the context of the workplace. The court telegraphed in an order last October that Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College was likely to be a victory for victims of discrimination in the workplace. The final vote in the case, however, is a bit more surprising. Eight of the Seventh Circuit’s judges joined Tuesday’s opinion, including Republican appointees Richard Posner, Joel Flaum, Frank Easterbrook, Ilana Rovner, and Kenneth Ripple. Only three judges dissented. The case involves Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of an employee’s “sex.” Though Title VII contains no explicit statement that discrimination...

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Transgender Woman Given Receipt With ‘Gay Bitches’ Written On It Files Complaint

By JOE FLETCHER, Addicting Info – Lambda Legal has filed an official complaint against a restaurant due to a receipt that was given to a transgender woman named Amira Gray. The receipt, according to Gray, had the words, “Gay Bitches,” written on it. According to Gray, when she, along with four other women and two gay men, went to Bistro 18 in August of 2013 they were not served the entire night by the waiting staff. The party was forced to order their food at the bar. Part of the complaint which was given to the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights on June 10 reads “As a transgender woman, I was extremely hurt, embarrassed and upset. I felt that the slur was meant as a slap in the face because of my gender identity and expression, my perceived sexual orientation, my personal appearance, and my association with my friends who are...

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The Other LGBT Victory This Week – This Time In Idaho

By Leo Morales, Interim Executive Director, ACLU of Idaho – With the flurry of court decisions striking down marriage bans for same-sex couples around the country, you might’ve missed the story coming out of Pocatello, Idaho, but it’s a biggie. Voters- in a largely Republican primary- in a small, conservative city– just voted to uphold a comprehensive city law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Yup, that just happened. And it happened in Idaho, by far one of the reddest, most conservative states in the union.  A 2011 Gallup Poll ranked Idaho as second only to Utah as the most Republican state in the Union.  Conservative Pocatello politics are actually more aligned to that of Utah’s because of proximity. Pocatello resident and mother of a gay son Susan Matsuura, summarized what was at stake powerfully: Mothers are endowed with important...

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