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HRC Mississippi staff and volunteers gathered recently for a monthly happy hour. Each month, HRC members come together for an evening of fellowship and to find out ways to become engaged in this important work. These happy hour events, along with many other activities, are planned and implemented by volunteers.

Volunteers are essential to success in any movement.  That’s certainly the case with HRC’s Project One America initiative, a comprehensive, multi-year campaign to dramatically expand LGBTQ equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. Whether it’s a rally at the capitol, a pride event or a happy hour gathering, our volunteers can be counted on to show up and give their time.

After the recent meeting, I thanked one of the volunteers for her service. “I volunteer because I believe in this work,” she eagerly replied. She made it clear that her service did not come from obligation, but out our shared mission to bring about full equality for everyone in Mississippi.

I’m grateful to all of the volunteers who believe in this work and make change possible. You can sign-up to volunteer with HRC here.


Author: Rob Hill
Posted: September 20, 2017, 9:18 pm

In a major decision this week, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of equality for LGBTQ parents. In the case, which involved a divorced lesbian couple, the justices affirmed that the state was required to extend the same “constellation of benefits” attendant to marriage, including in parentage issues, to same-sex couples as they would to different-sex married couples. This decision is consistent with both Obergefell v. Hodges and Pavan v. Smith. HRC congratulates the National Center for Lesbian Rights on this important victory.  

Following the couple’s divorce in 2011, a child custody battle ensued with the non-biological mother exercising her right to an ongoing role in the life of her child. A lower ruled in her favor, but that decision was overturned on appeal, leading to the case being brought before the Arizona Supreme Court.  

Drawing directly from Obergefell, the Court wrote, “Denying same-sex couples ‘the same legal treatment’ in marriage, and ‘all the benefits’ afforded opposite-sex couples, ‘works a grave and continuing harm’ on gays and lesbians in various ways—demeaning them, humiliating and stigmatizing their children and family units, and teaching society that they are inferior in important respects.”

The Arizona Supreme Court also called out the state legislature for their refusal to update hundreds of state laws and statutes that now violate the U.S. Constitution following the Obergefell v. Hodges decision:

"Through legislative enactments and rulemaking, our coordinate branches of government can forestall unnecessary litigation and help ensure that Arizona law guarantees same-sex spouses the dignity and equality the Constitution requires ― namely, the same benefits afforded couples in opposite-sex marriages.”

In July, HRC launched HRC Rising, the largest grassroots expansion in its history that will include significant investments in Arizona ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Follow hrc.org/resist for more information.


Author: Ianthe Metzger
Posted: September 20, 2017, 7:18 pm

On Monday, 150 people filled an auditorium on the campus of College of Charleston in South Carolina for a special event featuring HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride. The event, hosted by Charleston Pride, was part of a week of events celebrating the LGBTQ community in the lowcountry of South Carolina. HRC was proud to sponsor this event and Charleston Pride week, now in its seventh year.

Joining McBride on stage were four local LGBTQ advocates who helped share their perspectives and experiences in the Palmetto State.

Reagan Williams is a South Carolina native and a Psychology major with minors in both political science and women & gender studies at the College of Charleston. Leon Williams is a senior at the College of Charleston and is the president of Prism, the organization formerly known as Gay Straight Alliance.

Vanity Reid Deterville is a 23-year-old political science student at the College of Charleston and a native of Charleston. In addition to volunteering with We Are Family, she is also highlighting her intersecting identities as a black person and a trans-woman in the form of a poetic play entitled "Sugar in the Grits," which will be showcased in this year’s annual MOJA Arts festival.

Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez was born in Celaya, Mexico and moved to the U.S. at the age of 5. Growing up in Georgia, Jonatan has a passion for LGBTQ rights and is one of the youngest Hispanic immigration activist in the lowcountry.

As a long time South Carolinian with more than 10 years of experience organizing in the state, last night’s event organized by Charleston Pride was extremely inspiring. What I heard last night was a genuine desire on the part of many to break down barriers, to meet at the intersections of identities and find more ways of working together to advance all LGBTQ issues. I’m proud that HRC could be a part of that discussion in South Carolina and hope it will inspire more work in the Palmetto state for years to come.

To learn more about HRC’s work in South Carolina and across the South, contact Ryan Wilson at ryan.wilson@hrc.org.


Author: Ryan Wilson
Posted: September 20, 2017, 7:06 pm

According to the most recent data, more than 22,000 children and youth are in foster care in Florida, with nearly 6000 awaiting adoption. Research tells us that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented among these young people in out-of-home care. Thanks to an exciting collaboration with Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS), HRC’s All Children - All Families (ACAF) project’s impact in the Sunshine State is about to increase exponentially, helping many more child welfare workers welcome and support LGBTQ youth and families.

ACAF provides resources to foster care and adoption agencies across the U.S. to help them better serve the LGBTQ community. A large part of this engagement is providing LGBTQ competency training, which gives social workers the knowledge and skills they need to understand and serve LGBTQ youth and families. In order to really make a difference, LGBTQ training needs to be offered on an ongoing basis and LGBTQ content should be embedded throughout an agency’s training program.

ACAF now offers a “Training of Facilitators” program to build an agency’s internal capacity to provide LGBTQ training routinely. Last December, ACAF piloted this program for CHS. Over the course of a full week, CHS trainers were prepared to deliver ACAF’s expert training. This August, after additional planning and preparation, the facilitators began delivering the training to colleagues throughout the state.

Once completed, the training rollout will include more than 2000 CHS staff members. The agency serves more than 50,000 children and family members every year throughout Florida. CHS’s website makes the organization’s commitment to strengthening families clear: “We believe in a world where children realize their full potential. We believe in turning odds into opportunities. And we're leading the way.”

As the first agency in the country to conduct a Training of Facilitators with ACAF, CHS puts these words into action and HRC is proud and appreciative of this partnership.

Learn more about All Children–All Families’ work to promote LGBTQ cultural competency in adoption and foster care at hrc.org/acaf.

Want to stay up-to-date on All Children - All Families resources and activities? Subscribe to “Field Forward,” the program’s monthly e-newsletter at hrc.im/field-forward.

Pictured from left to right: Karey Scheyd, ACAF Training Manager; Alison Delpercio, HRC’s Deputy Director of Children, Youth & Families Program; Garry Bevel, ACAF Expert Trainer; CHS Staff Members: John Miller, Arminda Jones, Rebecca Gonzalez, Elizabeth Phelps, Alexandra Fields, Rene Ledford and Sam Oliver.


Author: Alison Delpercio
Posted: September 20, 2017, 6:26 pm

The recent decision by Catholic University’s seminary and two other Catholic institutions to cancel speeches by the Rev. James Martin, a prominent Jesuit priest and author of a book encouraging the Catholic Church to open dialogue with the LGBTQ faithful, has again highlighted the deep gulf between the church’s laity and its conservative leaders.

HRC’s own polling shows that an overwhelming majority of Catholics in the pews support LGBTQ equality, including marriage equality and employment protections. A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute also found that a majority of Catholics reject the notion that businesses should be allowed to use religion as a guise to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

But for many of the church’s conservative leaders, acceptance of LGBTQ people violates the tenets of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which still characterizes “homosexual acts” as “intrinsically immoral and contrary to the natural law,” and names “homosexual tendencies” as “objectively disordered.”

That’s why Martin’s book, Building a Bridge, published earlier this year, has re-energized the debate about the LGBTQ faithful. It has not only predictably ignited vicious attacks from far right Catholic websites, but, encouragingly, it has also prompted many in the Catholic community -- including leaders like San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy -- to call for an end to the church’s “long-standing bigotry” against LGBTQ people.

"The concerted attack on Father Martin's work has been driven by three impulses: homophobia, a distortion of fundamental Catholic moral theology, and a veiled attack on Pope Francis and his campaign against judgmentalism in the church," Bishop McElroy wrote in an op-ed in America Magazine.

“I think it is important to notice who the author is -- a priest,” said Frank DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, which advocates for LGBTQ Catholics, While Catholic theologians, scholars and lay leaders have tackled the issue of LGBTQ inclusion, it’s far more unusual for a priest to speak out.

In his book, Martin, appointed by Pope Francis as counselor to the Vatican's Secretariat ( a counselor or adviser in the Catholic Church) for Communications, provides a roadmap for repairing and strengthening the bonds that unite all of God's children. He writes that criteria at the heart of the Christian ministry -- "respect, compassion, and sensitivity” -- should guide how the Catholic Church relates to the LGBTQ community.

On his Facebook page, Rev. Martin said he’s received overwhelming support since the controversy began.  

“I am so grateful!” he wrote. “And, as I said a week ago, thanks to so many things -- most of all, Jesus being close to me in prayer, and the support of my Jesuit superiors and brothers -- I am at total peace.”


Author: Michael Toumayan
Posted: September 20, 2017, 5:06 pm

HRC and a coalition of 10 partner organizations are sending a letter to the Georgian Ambassador today, urging his government to protect the human rights of LGBTQ people in the Eastern European nation.

The letter focuses on a recent attack on two LGBTQ Georgians in Batumi, Georgia. According to reports on the August incident, Levan Berianidze and Tornike Kusiani were attacked and beaten by a mob that was shouting homophobic slurs. When the men sought help from the police, they appear to have joined in the attack, rather than protecting the victims. They allegedly arbitrarily detained the victims, prohibited them from using the phone to contact legal counsel, subjected them to further violence and humiliation and verbally assaulted them with homophobic slurs.

HRC recently sat down with Berianidze to talk about being LGBTQ in Georgia, find out more about the attack and what the community is calling on the government to do to prevent such incidents in the future.

In response to the incident and other LGBTQ concerns, a coalition of Georgian non-governmental organizations has called upon their government to:

  • Condemn violence against LGBTQ people in Georgia;
  • Conduct a fair and impartial investigation into this case;
  • Punish the police officers involved; and
  • Create and implement a hate crimes policy and strategic plan.

HRC is partnering with the Georgia Democracy Initiative and other organizations in their efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ Georgians.

In addition to HRC, Advocates for Youth, Council for Global Equality, Global Justice Institute- Metropolitan Community Churches, Human Rights First, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National Center for Transgender Equality have signed onto the letter.

The full text of the letter can be found here, along with the full recommendations of the Georgian LGBTQ community.


Author: Jeremy Kadden
Posted: September 20, 2017, 4:01 pm

BIRMINGHAM, ALA., FAST-TRACKS PRO-LGBTQ CITY ORDINANCES: The City Council recently passed a resolution setting a public hearing for Tuesday, September 26, on two pro-LGBTQ ordinances --  a city contractor non-discrimination ordinance, and an ordinance protecting citizens from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation. HRC has called for both to be passed. The proposed ordinances are the culmination of almost 10 years of work by local LGBTQ grassroots organizers and a pro-equality coalition including Equality Alabama and HRC. Should the full non-discrimination ordinance pass, Birmingham’s citizens will be the first in the state to be protected from discrimination in housing, public accommodation and employment on the basis of real or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or familial status. More from HRC.

TRUMP DEBUTS AT UNITED NATIONS, CRICKETS ON LGBTQ RIGHTS ABUSES AROUND THE WORLD -- INCLUDING IN CHECHNYA: LGBTQ advocacy groups throughout the U.S. spoke out after Trump’s Tuesday speech at the United Nations, highlighting that his remarks and focus on sovereignty of foreign nations, U.N. reform and repatriation of refugees who come to the U.S. are very troubling for the advancement of LGBTQ rights around the world. HRC Global Director Ty Cobb (@tywesleycobb) took to Twitter to elevate the duplicity in Trump’s statements. More from BuzzFeed.

Trump wants US to lead by example & stop interfering" w/ other cultures. #LGBTQ human rights violations often justified by culture. #unga

— Ty Wesley Cobb (@tywesleycobb) September 19, 2017

In July 2017, @UNHumanRights office criticized Trump’s proposed ban on #transgender people serving in the military. #UNGA 12/14

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) September 19, 2017

.@HRC will continue monitoring the @UN and working with member states & coalition allies to protect human rights of all people. #UNGA 14/14

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) September 19, 2017

CULINARY STARS HEADLINE ANNUAL CHEFS FOR EQUALITY EVENT IN DC: Last night, the HRC Foundation and prominent food writer David Hagedorn (@DCHagedorn) brought together the capital region’s top culinary talent for Chefs for Equality, Washington, D.C.'s premier food event. The evening of food, cocktails, and music to benefit the fight for full LGBTQ equality was at Dock5 at Union Market.

Cheers to a fantastic night at #ChefsforEquality! Thank you to our incredible host committee for your hard work & dedication. pic.twitter.com/aoZs0NslYN

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) September 20, 2017

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- REFLECTING ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF ‘DON’T ASK DON’T TELL’: Today, HRC marks six years since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” officially ended, allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual service members to serve openly in the military. However, transgender service members still remain under attack by Donald Trump’s discriminatory military ban. We thank the brave LGBTQ service members who have served with valor, and will continue to fight the Trump-Pence transgender ban so that everyone can serve openly.

THIRD MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN TEXAS HATE CRIME ASSAULTS: Chancler Enchalade pled guilty to assault this week for using dating websites to target and assault gay men. Two others, Nigel Garrett and Cameron Ajiduah, have already confessed. More from The Associated Press.

#BIWEEK -- EXPLORING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE BI COMMUNITY: Studies show that bisexual people are far more likely to experience mental health issues than either lesbian or gay people. HRC’s Supporting and Caring for Our Bisexual Youth found that “only five percent of bisexual youth reported being ‘very happy,’ compared to 21 percent of non-LGBT youth surveyed.” The survey’s findings also revealed startling stories of harassment, exclusion and isolation among bisexual youth. Only 44 percent of bisexual youth said they have an adult they can turn to, compared with 54 percent of lesbian and gay youth, and 79 percent of non-LGBTQ respondents. More from HRC.

  • The Movement Advancement Project has released a report that takes a closer look at bisexual transgender adults. Read the report here.

POWERFUL STORIES OF NONBINARY PEOPLE: Check out these two fantastic pieces exploring nonbinary identities and sharing the stories of nonbinary people: “Gender Nonbinary in the Age of Trump,” written by Equality Federation Director of Communications Mark Daniel Snyder in HuffPost and “Jill Soloway on Identifying as Gender Nonbinary: “It Feels Like a Relief to Me’” written by Ann Friedman (@AnnFriedman) in Glamour.

HRC’S WORK TO IMPROVE SCHOOL CLIMATES FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS: EdSource spoke to Vincent Pompei, Director of HRC Foundation’s Youth Well-Being Project and Time to THRIVE conference chair about school climates and HRC’s work to improve K-12 education for LGBTQ students through the Welcoming Schools Program. “We’re never going to not be biased,” said Pompei. “We can get better at working on it, because it can harm folks who are often the most vulnerable and marginalized in society.” Read the full interview from EdSource.

HRC MOURNS LGBTQ ADVOCATE RICK STAFFORD: In addition to being the first openly LGBTQ chair of any major state political party, Stafford, of Minnesota, served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS. More from HuffPost.

HRC NAMES GLOBAL PARTNERS IN INNOVATIVE ADVOCACY: HRC announced it will be working with the Georgia Democracy Initiative in Tbilisi, Georgia, Colors Rainbow in Yangon, Myanmar, Kyrgyz Indigo in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and Ovejas Negras in Montevideo, Uruguay, as part of its Global Partners in Innovative Advocacy for 2017-2018. HRC will also continue its program with the Consejo Consultivo LGBTI in Managua, Nicaragua (in partnership with the National Democratic Institute) and conduct programs with the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association in Taipei, Taiwan, and SPoD in Istanbul, Turkey, on a Municipal Equality Index. More from HRC and Washington Blade.

  • Check out the successes of this year’s Global Partnerships in Pride at HRC.

TANZANIAN POLICE ARREST 20 IN ZANZIBAR ON SUSPICION OF BEING LGBTQ: The individuals were attending a training session on HIV and AIDS in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar. More from SRJ News.

INDONESIA’S SCHOOL FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE QUIETLY REOPENS: The school was forced to close last year following a wave of anti-LGBTQ extremism in the country. The school, Pesantren al-Fatah, will celebrate its ninth anniversary tomorrow. More from Voice of America.

READING RAINBOW  

HuffPost shares a conversation between two transgender authors about their experiences; Georgia Voice reports that openly lesbian Georgia State Rep. Keisha Waites is resigning to run for chair of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Author: Allison Turner
Posted: September 20, 2017, 1:33 pm

It’s finally time to celebrate the long anticipated return of NBC’s Will & Grace! We’re especially excited because we all know that the show has not only been a staple of LGBTQ culture – it’s also helped change American culture since it first aired in the fall of 1998. Will and Grace – and Jack and Karen too! – spent eight seasons bringing LGBTQ characters into living rooms all across America.

Thanks to the work of long-time HRC supporters and Will & Grace co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, the series was critical to changing hearts, minds and American culture. The show aired while we battled for marriage equality state by state, took on anti-LGBTQ legislation and worked to teach our neighbors, friends and family that love is love.

Now, 11 years later, Will & Grace is coming back on the air and it couldn’t be happening at a better time. As the whole gang promotes acceptance on the screen, we hope you’ll join HRC and our more than three million members and supporters in continuing to protect LGBTQ civil rights and fight back against discrimination from coast to coast.

As we continue our fight for full equality, take a moment to be inspired by the behind-the-scenes video and share it on Facebook to spread the word about Will & Grace’s return on September 28.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: September 19, 2017, 7:12 pm

On September 13, the Birmingham, Alabama, City Council passed a resolution setting a public hearing for Tuesday, September 26, on two pro-LGBTQ ordinances. One is a city contractor non-discrimination ordinance. The other is a full ordinance protecting citizens from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.

HRC has called for both ordinances to be passed.

The proposed ordinances are the culmination of almost ten years of work from local LGBTQ grassroots organizers and a pro-equality coalition including Equality Alabama and HRC.

Should the full non-discrimination ordinance pass, Birmingham’s citizens will be the first in the state to be protected from discrimination in housing, public accommodation and employment on the basis of real or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or familial status. The ordinance would also provide for the creation of a Birmingham Human Rights Commission to “promote principles of diversity, inclusion, and harmony in the City of Birmingham,” to advise the city council and mayor and to receive complaints of discrimination relative to the ordinance.
HRC and our coalition partners are asking supporters of these ordinances to join us for our “Show Up & Speak Out for Fairness” event at Birmingham City Hall at 9 am on September 26.

If you would like to speak in support of the ordinance during the public hearing, please sign up today.

HRC and our partners are looking forward to packing the chambers and hallways of City Hall on September 26 to show our support for a fairer Birmingham for all. Join us!


Author: Eva Kendrick
Posted: September 19, 2017, 5:39 pm

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender individuals. The lawsuit—brought in response to President Trump’s formal issuance of directions to military authorities late Friday—was filed on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military; one current service member who seeks appointment as an officer; the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization; and Gender Justice League, a gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization, headquartered in Seattle.

“This ban not only wrongfully prevents patriotic, talented Americans from serving, it also compromises the safety and security of our country,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said. “Thousands of current service members are transgender, and many have been serving openly, courageously and successfully in the U.S. military for more than a year—not to mention the previous decades when many were forced to serve in silence. Once again attacking a vulnerable population based on bias, political opportunism and demonstrably untrue ‘alternative facts,’ President Trump is denying brave men and women the opportunity to serve our country without any legitimate justification whatsoever.”

“We promised that we would sue if the president took this action. The law is on our side; justice is on our side," said Peter Perkowski, Legal Director for OutServe-SLDN. "And we are on the side of every single transgender service member and those who want to serve. The nation’s courts exist to protect the people whom tyrants would otherwise abuse. Trump can’t tweet his way out of this one.”

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed the lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The individual plaintiffs, all of whom are transgender, include: Ryan Karnoski, a 22-year-old Seattle man who currently works as a social worker and wishes to become an officer doing social work for the military; Staff Sergeant Cathrine (“Katie”) Schmid, a 33-year-old woman and 12-year member of the U.S. Army currently serving in Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, who has applied to become an Army Warrant Officer; and Drew Layne, a high-school student from Corpus Christi, Texas, who is about to turn 17 and, with parental support, wants to join the Air Force. HRC and Gender Justice League have joined the lawsuit on behalf of their transgender members who are harmed by the ban.

“Our military is stronger when any qualified American willing to defend our country is able to serve, regardless of their gender identity,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride. “It is an unconscionable and unconstitutional breach of trust for the president to single out brave transgender service members and able recruits for discrimination. The harm that this administration is causing to both these courageous Americans and our national security must be stopped. We are proud to be a plaintiff on behalf of our transgender members currently serving or wishing to enlist or commission, but who find their careers and their future under attack - and we thank all of the plaintiffs, Lambda Legal and Outserve-SLDN for their leadership in challenging this dangerous directive."

“Gender Justice League has been fighting on behalf of transgender people for the dignity that all people deserve. At a time when transgender people are facing alarming rates of discrimination, violence and lack of access to housing and medical care, this blatantly discriminatory ban is a slap in the face to our members,” said Danni Askini, Executive Director of Gender Justice League. “We have made strides in Washington state to put this kind of government sanctioned discrimination behind us. This ban stands against our state’s values that all Washingtonians deserve the same rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution.”

On July 26, President Trump posted a series of tweets in the early morning hours announcing that, “The United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” The tweeted ban was swiftly and widely condemned by more than 56 retired generals and admirals and a large percentage of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators and representatives.

Despite that criticism, the White House proceeded to issue a memorandum directing the military to continue the ban on enlistment by those they learn are transgender, even though our armed forces currently are facing recruitment challenges, including in high demand positions like linguists, health care providers, social workers and aviators. The enlistment ban also bars transgender members of the military currently serving openly, such as Staff Sergeant Schmid, from obtaining appointments as officers. The memorandum further orders the return to past anti-transgender policies affecting continued service and medical care of those known to be transgender after the development of an implementation plan by the Secretary of Defense. Today’s lawsuit against President Trump, the United States of America, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the U.S. Department of Defense is based on the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection, due process and free speech for all.

Staff Sergeant Schmid said, “I love serving my country, which I’ve been doing for more than 12 years. Since the ban on open service by transgender men and women was lifted, I’ve been able to live and serve as my authentic self, which has allowed me to form stronger bonds with my fellow service members.”

“This ban is disrespectful and dishonorable to the thousands of transgender men and women who are boldly and bravely serving our country,” added Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Sasha Buchert, herself a transgender military veteran. “It deprives our armed forces of those wanting to serve at a time when the military is already facing threats on multiple fronts. It also is disrespectful to the leadership at the Department of Defense who worked to develop and implement the current policy allowing open service, which has been operating successfully for more than a year.”

The government-commissioned RAND study released in May 2016 determined that the cost of providing transition-related care is exceedingly small relative to U.S. Armed Forces overall health care expenditures, that there are no readiness implications that prevent transgender members from serving openly, and that numerous foreign militaries have successfully permitted open service without a negative effect on effectiveness, readiness or unit cohesion. Based on that study, the Pentagon lifted the ban on open service by transgender men and women in July 2016.

The lawsuit is Karnoski v. Trump. Read a copy of the complaint here: https://www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/legal-docs/karnoski_us_20170828_complaint

The Lambda Legal attorneys working on the case are: Peter Renn, Jon W. Davidson, Camilla B. Taylor, Tara Borelli, Natalie Nardecchia, Sasha Buchert, Kara Ingelhart, and Carl Charles. They are joined by co-counsel Peter Perkowski of OutServe-SLDN. Also on the legal team are pro-bono co-counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Newman Du Wors LLP.


Author: Guest contributor
Posted: August 28, 2017, 1:03 pm

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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:14 am
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Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
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