Archive for the ‘Gender Identity Discrimination’ category

As most followers of the current “prom season” are aware, Constance McMillen was barred by her high school from wearing a tux and bringing her girlfriend to her senior prom at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi.  The school district maintained that girls must wear dresses and could only be accompanied by boys as […]

In case you weren’t able to attend the Symposium we held last Friday, recognizing the influence of Judith Butler’s work to the law of gender and sexuality, you can now watch videos of three panels and Butler’s Keynote. Over 500 people attended the event, hearing Janet Halley, Kathryn Abrams, Dean Spade, David Eng, Morris Kaplan, […]

As Mai Ratakonda noted in the previous post, last Wednesday the International Olympic Committee announced the recommendations of a panel of “experts” on the manner in which the Olympics should “handle” persons with “Disorders of Sexual Development.” They concluded that the IOC should approach female athletes whose sex has been questioned, treat them as having […]

Mai Ratakonda offers this reaction to the International Olympic Committee’s recent recommendations on how to handle athletes whose sexual identity is called into question, such as Caster Semenya.  Ratakonda is a second year law student at Columbia Law School, a staff member of the Columbia Law Review and received her B.A. from Georgetown University. The […]

Unless you were living in a cave you should be aware that a week ago Tuesday the people of Maine decided to pass on marriage rights for same-sex couples.  Commentators described it as not only “a harsh blow to the gay marriage drive,” but “a major set back to gay rights,” and “a tremendous and […]

Today the House Education and Labor Committee, Chaired by Rep. George Miller, began hearings on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 – a bill that would amend federal employment discrimination law to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections.  Various forms of this bill have been introduced into Congress in prior years, but it has […]

The White House just announced that it has nominated Georgetown Law Center’s Professor Chai Feldblum as a Commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  This is huge not only because Feldblum would be the first out lesbian or gay person on the EEOC (which, as Nan Hunter points out will gain particular significance when/if ENDA […]

Anyone interested in gender stereotyping should rejoice the decision released last Friday in Prowel v. Wise Business Forms.  Brian Prowel describes himself as “effeminate” and that due to his effeminacy he was harassed and retaliated against at his job in violation of the sex discrimination protections contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act […]

Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic can boast another victory – this time on behalf of a gay parolee in Massachusetts.  The Massachusetts Parole Board agreed last week to give Bruce Wilborn, an openly gay inmate, a new parole hearing to settle the sexual orientation discrimination charges he brought against the board more […]



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